Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Sept. 6 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Shockley Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her ex-husband had sent her a text message threatening to kick down the front door if it was locked while he was trying to retrieve personal items. The woman said she received a second text message that made the same declaration for the next weekend.

On Sept. 6 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Brownwood Road residence. According to reports, a woman said that at approximately 1:30 p.m.  a white male came to her residence and said he was an AT&T representative. The woman said, per the man’s request, she walked to the back of her property and showed the man her property line. After spending a few minutes with the man, she said, she then heard the man’s car horn. The man, she said, thanked her for her time and left in the vehicle, a beige sedan. The woman then re-entered her residence and noticed that someone had taken $40 in cash from her pocketbook. A day later the woman said she noticed that two necklaces were also missing from a jewelry box.

On Sept. 5 Lionel Khali Stephens, 21, Lexington, S.C. was arrested and charged with speeding and was held for an outstanding warrant out of South Carolina. According to reports, a deputy reported while traveling on Interstate 20 at 4:30 a.m. he noticed headlights approaching him at a high rate of speed from the rear. Reports state that when the vehicle approached it slowed and the deputy slowed to record the vehicle’s license plate. The vehicle then passed the deputy an allegedly accelerated up to 92 mph when the deputy activated his emergency lights to perform a traffic stop. Reports state that the vehicle, a white Chevrolet Equinox, failed to slow immediately and continued until mile marker 107 before stopping. Once stopped the deputy learned Stephens was wanted in South Carolina.

On Sept. 5 a  trespass complaint was filed at a Mallard Ridge residence. According to reports, a man alleged that two men trespassed his property while he and his wife were out of town. The man said he observed the two white males on his property at 11 p.m. with flashlights on his surveillance system. The man said he did not recognize either man and that he had not given anyone permission to be on his property.

On Sept. 5 a theft by deception complaint was filed at a Apalachee Way residence. According to reports, a woman said that a person named “Mark” had called her approximately 12 times between Sept. 2 and Sept. 5 and said he represented the McAfee Security. The woman said the man alleged that her computer was sending out fraudulent emails and that she needed to pay him $500 to gain the McAfee coverage for three years. The  woman said she wrote a check for the amount to a Mary E. Crimes at a Richland, Ga. address. While the deputy was speaking with the woman, the woman’s daughter was attempting to stop payment on the check with her bank. The daughter was also in contact with McAfee Security who advised the phone calls were fraudulent.

On Sept. 4  a fraud complaint was filed at a Davis Academy Road residence. According to reports, a woman said after she had responded to an online opportunity for placing advertisements on her vehicle, her bank account had been frozen. According to reports, the woman said after she responds to the online advertisement scam, she received an email from an Alisa Hahn stating that she would receive a check in the amount of $2,650. The email stated that the woman was to place the check in her bank account and after it was deposited to withdraw $2,100 to purchase money orders. The email instructed the woman to leave the recipient of the money order blank. Reports state that the woman said she began receiving persistent text messages asking if she had cashed the check and had it cleared the bank. The woman said her bank contacted her and told her her account had been frozen because of suspected fraudulent activity. 

On Sept. 4 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Seven Island Road, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that a man, sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 and 6:40 p.m. on Sept. 4, removed a manufactured house from her property. The woman said in March, 2019 the man had given the trailer to her grandmother during a public church service. The woman said the trailer, which was apparently purchased by  the man as government surplus, had no clear title and she was able to find the original owner and was able to obtain a clear title to the trailer. The woman said recently she had been attempting to sell the trailer as seed money for a new homestead and, she alleged, the man removed the trailer so he could sell it himself. The man said the woman had “tricked” the original owner into signing a new title and that the title should no longer be valid because the state allegedly purchased the trailer during a road expansion project. The trailer, the woman said, is valued at $15,000 and is white with a green roof and green shutters. The woman believes the man moved the trailer to a Halls Lane location. The  deputy reminded the man that if the title was correct, he could be facing a felony theft by taking charge.

On Sept. 4 an information report was filed at a Cochran Road residence. According to reports, a woman said she went, on Sept. 4, to pay her rent, in part, to avoid a $50 late fee if the rent was paid on Sept. 5. The woman alleged that her landlord refused to take the rent payment on Sept. 4 and was concerned that she did so in order to assess a $50 late fee on Sept. 5.

On Sept. 2 an information report was filed at a South Main Street residence. According to reports, a man alleged that he observed pornographic material on his son’s school laptop. The pre-teen told his father, reports state, that a high school aged male had shown him how to access pornography on his  computer.

On Sept. 2 a juvenile complaint was filed at a Centennial Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her 16-year-old daughter was “throwing things and breaking them.” The complainant said the incident started when she requested that the teen finish her homework. The woman said the teen became upset and began throwing things. The complainant said she recorded the action. She alleged that the teen broke a television remote, injured her arms after she locked herself in a bathroom and then slammed the bathroom door on her mother’s arm. She also alleged that the teen entered the kitchen, took a kitchen knife and cut open a package of chili powder. The teen told a deputy that she did not realize she had hurt her mother and that she had picked up the items she had thrown.

On Sept. 1 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Little River Road residence. According to reports, a woman said after she woke up she noticed that her brindle horse was gone. The woman said she searched the pasture, fearing that the 28-year-old horse had died. She said she observed vehicle tracks at an adjacent entrance to her property. A deputy left and while travelling west on Little River Road located the horse on the shoulder of the road. He contacted the complainant who arrived and noted that it appeared the horse had injuries to both rear legs, indicative that the horse had been forced into a trailer. 

On Sept. 1 a financial identity fraud complaint was filed at a Newborn Road residence. According to reports, a woman said that on Aug. 29 she had received an envelope from her parents that had copies of four checks totalling $4,762 that had been deposited to her account. The complainant said two of the checks were from a Sun Trust account and two were from a Dallas, Texas location.

On Sept. 1 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Valero gas station, Newborn Road. According to reports, an employee said that a silver Ford F250 King Cab pulled up and a white female got out and tried to use her credit card to pump gas but the card was rejected. The employee said she turned the pump on and the woman pumped $49.27 worth of gas and then drove off the property.

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