Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Aug. 16 an entering auto complaint was filed at a Seven Islands Road residence. According to reports, a man said when he walked outside the residence at 9 a.m. he noticed the left door to his wife’s 2008 Mercedes Benz was open. His 2017 Mercedes Benz had also been entered, he said, but nothing appeared to be missing from either vehicle.

On Aug. 16 Damarius Artavious Ford, Hogansville, Ga. was a arrested and charged with obstruction, fleeing and attempting to elude, DUI less safe, reckless driving, improper lane changed, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, driving too fast for conditions, open container and driving while license suspended or revoked. According to reports, a deputy assisted a Madison Police Department officer in a vehicle pursuit incident on Interstate 20. Reports state the deputy joined the pursuit at the Monticello Road exit of Interstate 20 after a yellow Camaro registered to Ford used the exit ramp but immediately pulled back onto the interstate. The pursuit reached speeds of more than 130 mph and the Camaro pulled off the interstate again at the Rutledge exit, pulling into the parking lot of the Valero convenience store on Newborn Road. Ford allegedly exited the vehicle and fled into the woods. A Georgia Department of Corrections officer arrived with a tracking dog and Ford was found near the interstate in a wooded area where he was detained by a Georgia State Patrol trooper. A Newport cigarette box with suspected marijuana was located inside the center console of the Camaro, reports state. 

On Aug. 15 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Lower Apalachee Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone had taken his 1995 Nissan King Cab pickup truck. The man said he leaves the keys in the truck and that a cousin from Forest Park had been interested in the truck lately. The man told a deputy about the missing truck on Aug. 13 but asked the deputy not to file a report until he had a chance to talk to the cousin. By Aug. 15 the cousin was not returning any phone calls or text and the man reported the truck stolen.

On Aug. 15 an aggravated assault arrest warrant was issued against Charles Hansel Hamm, 41, Rutledge. According to reports, a deputy was called to a Kelly Street residence regarding a woman being struck in the head with a souvenir baseball bat. Reports state that when the deputy arrived he located two young girls at the end of the driveway and a woman inside with a blood-soaked towel against her head and an ice pack. The woman alleged that during an argument Hamm struck her one time with the bat.

On Aug. 15 a domestic dispute complaint was filed at a River Woods Drive residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that a man struck her in the ear during an argument. Reports state that a deputy found the woman walking near the residence. The deputy transported the woman back to the residence where a man alleged that the couple was arguing over the woman wanting to take clothes with her that he had purchased for her. Reports state that the deputy could not find any marking on the woman’s ear or neck. The deputy told the couple that ownership of the clothing items would have to be settled by Morgan County Magistrate Court as a civil matter. The woman was provided with a ride from the residence.

On Aug. 14 a financial identity fraud complaint was filed at a Turner Road residence. According to reports, a teen reported that someone had used his information to create a business with the Georgia Secretary of State office.

On Aug. 13 a financial identity fraud complaint was filed at a Davis Academy Road residence. According to reports, a woman reported that someone had used her name and Social Security information to sigh up for and receive unemployment benefits. The woman said she was able to login to an unemployment account and learned that the person was receiving $965 per month.

On Aug. 13 a criminal trespass notice was served on a man at the River Store, Greensboro Highway. According to reports, an employee alleged that the man had entered the store and was yelling at customers and knocking items off the shelves. A deputy located the man walking on the road and the man initially requested a ride to Greensboro. The deputy served the man with a criminal trespass notice from the store and then informed him that he could take him to the Greene County line but no further. The man agreed and the deputy, who stated the man appeared intoxicated but able to make decisions, drove the man to the county line but the man then requested to be driven back to his sister’s residence. The deputy drove the man back but when the vehicle came close to the residence the man requested to be let out and said he would walk the rest of the way.

On Aug. 13 a theft by taking , larceny and forgery complaint was filed at a Bostwick Road, Bostwick residence. According to reports, a man alleged that while he was at his estranged wife’s residence cleaning hogs after a hunt, the estranged wife entered his pickup truck and removed the man’s check book. The man said the wife then allegedly wrote a check for $599.51 at a Monroe grocery store and a second check for $223.63 without his permission.

On Aug. 12 a theft by taking and criminal trespass complaint was filed at an Apalachee Woods Trail, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a man said someone had entered a vacant house he owned and removed a $7,500 pool table. The table, covered in burgundy felt with leather pockets, was last seen in the residence three weeks ago.

On Aug. 10 a financial transaction card theft complaint was filed at Youngblood Motors, Athens Highway. According to reports, an employee said a man used a fraudulent credit card to purchase eight tractor tires for $2,196 edna  lawnmower for $4,318. After the man made the purchase another man arrived and took ownership of the items. A day later the purchases were removed from the business account and flagged as fraudulent. Videos of the man arriving were supplied to law enforcement.

On Aug. 11 an information report was filed at a Boxwood Place residence. According to reports, a man reported that after his son had driven 2018 Honda Accord to school and band practice, the man noticed scratches on the vehicle.

On Aug. 10 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Morgan Drive, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a man reported that someone had entered his vehicle and removed a Titan .25 caliber handgun. A second weapon, reports state was also removed. It is a Tokareva CZ 7.62 handgun.

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