Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Aug. 23, a damage to property complaint was filed at the Hightower Road railroad crossing. According to reports,  a tanker style truck was stuck on the railroad crossing. A crane was at the scene when the deputy arrived to attempt to lift the truck off the crossing but failed. CSX, reports state, had been notified and all train traffic had been stopped. The incident occurred at 11:45 a.m. A wrecker service was called and two wreckers were used to remove the 32,000 pound truck and trailer.

On Aug. 23, a verbal dispute complaint was filed at a Sandy Creek Road residence. According to reports, a woman standing in the front yard of the residence alleged that a man inside the camper was reluctant to give her back her cell phone and tablet computer. A deputy spoke with the man who allegedly told him he had searched for the items in the camper but had no luck locating the devices. The man said that if, and when, he located the devices he would return the items to the woman, who lives across the street. The woman requested permission to enter the camper to perform a personal search but was denied. The denial, reports state, was a catalyst for anger in the woman.

On Aug. 22, an information report was filed at a Rehoboth Road, Bishop residence. According to reports, a 19-year-old man alleged that his mother had taken his Winchester rifle. The teen said that his mother and father were going through a divorce and alleged that the mother had taken other items that belong to the teen during the divorce period.

On Aug. 22 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Bostwick Highway residence. According to reports, a deputy stated that at 6 p.m. he noticed trespassers on the property of the old Nolan House. The deputy saw four vehicles parked beside the house and he observed people inside the house. The deputy approached and spoke to a woman who said she and her five friends were photographers and had found the house online and wanted to take pictures. The deputy asked the group if they had permission to be on the property and they allegedly said they did not. They did say, however, that they had an appreciation for historic structures and had driven a long distance to photograph the house. While the deputy was speaking to the group the house owner arrived and told the deputy that he had a long history of problems with trespassers at the house. The owner said previously he had given photographers clearance to shoot the house and afterwards they had placed the pictures online and it had created an overwhelming desire in other photographers to come to the property to take pictures. Since, he said, he has had problems with photographers and vandalism. The deputy began the process of issuing criminal trespass notices to all six in the group but two women had walked away. They had, however, left their vehicle on the property of the Nolan Store. The deputy spoke with that property owner and was told to have the vehicle removed. However, the two women returned. All six were issued criminal trespass notices.

On Aug. 22, an information report was filed at a Pine Tree Circle residence. According to reports, a woman said as she was taking her baby to see her father at a residence, the baby’s father confronted  and became angry when the woman expressed no desire to be involved with him any more. The man allegedly threw the woman’s car keys away and took her cell phone, despite witnesses pleading with him to stop. Some, reports state, attempted to retrieve the woman’s items but were thwarted by the man’s threats of physical violence. A man who is both a cousin and neighbor of the woman attempted to speak with the baby’s father in an attempt to create peace but reported that the man allegedly reached his hand into a bag. The cousin said he did not observe a weapon in the bag but does know that the man has a reputation for carrying a weapon. The man said the baby’s father was also broadcasting ill intent against both him and the baby’s mother on Facebook Live. The baby’s father, reports state, does not have a permanent address but stays with different associates on different nights. 

On Aug. 18 an aggravated battery complaint was filed at a Godfrey Road residence. According to reports, a woman stated that during an argument with her boyfriend, the boyfriend allegedly pushed the complainant backwards while she sat on a rocker chair on the front porch. The woman reported that she injured her right hand during the incident and that she drove herself to the hospital. The woman reported that a doctor told her she would need surgery to repair the fractured hand. The woman said she was going to relocated to a relative’s residence and was advised to request a police escort when she returned to the residence to retrieve her belongings.

On Aug. 17 an information report was filed at a Deerwood Drive residence. According to reports, an officer observed a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria parked perpendicular to the roadway with the rear tires in a ditch. The vehicle had been left secured. The deputy attempted to reach the vehicle’s owner but failed. The vehicle was removed by a wrecker service.

On Aug. 17 an information report was filed at a Cox Road residence. According to reports, a woman said she had given a man her 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe back in April after it broke down with the promise that the man would fix the vehicle. The woman said she received a call from a neighbor of the Cox Road residence stating that the vehicle had been towed away three weeks ago. The residence owner is currently incarcerated at the Morgan County Detention Center, reports state, and allegedly told an investigator that the vehicle had been at his residence before he was incarcerated.

On Aug. 17 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Knox Chapel Road location. According to reports, a deputy advised he responded to a report of a tree down on the road and found several people attempting to remove the tree. A man said as he was traveling to Fairplay Road the tree had struck his black 2004 Kia Serento.

On Aug. 17 warrants for fleeing or attempting to elude and affixing a license plate with intent to conceal or misrepresent was filed against Brandon Scott Hoover, 40, Maurepas, La. According to reports, a deputy executed a traffic stop on a Ford F 150 on Parks Mill Road with a concealed tag. Reports state that following the stop, the deputy and a Georgia State Patrol trooper ran Hoover’s license information and allegedly learned that he was wanted for felony warrants in Louisiana that included damage to property and hit and run. When the deputy walked back to the truck and asked Hoover to exit the vehicle he put the vehicle in drive and fled the scene. Reports state because of weather conditions and safety to the public the officers did not pursue.

On Aug. 6 a dog complaint was filed at a Riverwalk Road residence. According to reports, a man alleged that a month prior a Husky dog came onto his property and bit his wife. The man said he contacted Morgan County Animal Control and they responded and picked up the dog. The man said animal control returned the dog and that the dog had come back onto his property and acted in an aggressive manner so he shot the dog with his pistol. 

The man said after he shot the dog, the dog ran into the woods. A deputy noted finding a patch of fur on the ground but no blood. Animal control was contacted, reports state.

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