Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Sept. 20 Billy Joe Eaton, 42, Eatonton was arrested and charged with battery and damage to property. According to reports, a woman at an Old Buckhead Road residence alleged that when she arrived to her house at 9:30 a.m. Eaton also arrived and attacked her while she sat in her car. The woman alleged that Eaton struck her twice in the forehead and refused to let her out of the vehicle and left a dent on her car door. She also alleged that he threw either cold coffee or a mixed drink on her while she sat in the vehicle. A deputy noted that the woman had a bump or knot on the right of her forehead. Eaton agreed to meet a deputy and told the deputy that when he arrived at the woman’s residence with a beverage in his hand, he and the woman began to argue and the woman tried to slap him in the face, causing him to spill the beverage on her.

On Sept. 19 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Walter Shepherd Road location. According to reports, a man said near Nunnally Lane a vehicle had  left the roadway and traveled in a cotton field. A deputy noted tire tracks in the cotton field and broken stalks of cotton. The complainant estimated that approximately $300 in products was damaged.

On Sept. 20 a battery complaint was filed at a Newborn Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that while she and a man engaged in a verbal argument, the man choked her and slammed her to the floor on the back porch. She said when she tried to call 911 the man took her phone away and choked her and while being choked hit her on the right side of the face and broke her glasses. She said she then grabbed him by the throat and broke his glasses. The man then allegedly passed out. Deputies stated that the complainant had no marks on her face or neck. They spoke with the man who alleged that the woman had attacked him by grabbing him by the throat and breaking his necklace. Reports state that the man had marks on his neck and  a broken necklace. 

On Sept. 20 Jackie Vining, 27, Madison was arrested and charged with battery and aggravated assault. According to reports, a woman at a Mergendollar Road residence alleged that Vining came to her residence in a white SUV with a red hood. The woman said she told Vining several times to leave, that she was not allowed on the property and that she would call the police. Vining allegedly said, “Then that’s what your gonna have to do.” The complainant said Vining exited the vehicle and clawed her face and grabbed her by the hair. The woman said she was able to push Vining off her and Vining went back to the SUV and grabbed a gun but the male driver of the SUV was able to stop Vining from using the weapon. Vining was located near the 5500 block of Bostwick Highway and was arrested.

On Sept. 20 a stolen mailbox complaint was filed at a Hawkins Academy Road, Social Circle residence. According to reports, a man said when he returned from church he noticed his mailbox was missing. The post remained but the box was gone and is valued at $50.

On Sept. 19 Deon Michael Murphy, 29, Chicago, Ill. was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, failure to maintain lane, speeding, failure to have license on person and expired or no driver’s license. Gabrielle Anastasia Gomez, 23, Los Angeles was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. According to reports, a deputy stated that he executed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Murphy westbound on Interstate 20 at 3:17 a.m. for allegedly speeding and failing to maintain lane. Consequent to the traffic stop, reports state, deputies located approximately one ounce of suspected marijuana in a  Hefty Strong Seal gallon bag on the passenger side floor board of the front seat. Reports state there was “marijuana shake” and ashes on the center console of the vehicle. Deputies also located in a duffle bag a set of digital scales and blue baggies. In a purse in the vehicle deputies located $1,963 in cash wrapped in rubber bands. Initially, reports state, Murphy took ownership for the suspected marijuana, scales and cash. However, later Gomez told deputies the cash belonged to her.  She also told deputies she had a flight to catch.

On Sept. 19 a found property report was filed at a Davis Academy Road residence. According to reports, a man reported that  while cleaning the right of way in front of his property he found a “strong box” that contained birth certificates, a passport and military discharge papers. A deputy was able to determine that the items belonged to an Oconee County man who had recently been burglarized.

On Sept. 16 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Pricemill Road, Good Hope residence. According to reports, a man reported that someone had damaged a horse trailer on his property. The man said he suspected a man who has, recently, been “making life hard on him.” However, the complainant said he did not observe the man damage the trailer. Brake lights are missing on the trailer. The complainant said when he came home past midnight and backing the trailer to the door of his property he had observed the suspect “walking around the yard.”

On Sept. 16 Sarah Hernandez, 24, North Miami, Fl. was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug related items and speeding. According to reports, a deputy allegedly observed Hernandez driving 84 mph in a 55 mph zone in the area of Eatonton Road and Ponder Pines Road. Consequent to a traffic stop, reports state, a deputy allegedly found approximately 16 grams of suspected marijuana in the vehicle along with two marijuana “grinders.”

On Sept. 15 a fraud complaint was filed at a Apalachee Road residence. According to reports, a man said after he received multiple text messages from a person claiming to be a “Cash App” representative, he made contact  with the person and gave that person his banking information over the phone. The man said while he was giving the information, someone took more than $700 from his account without his permission.

On Sept. 13 an arrest warrant was for battery and cruelty toward children was issued against Cecil Eugene Morris, 34, Madison. According to reports, a woman alleged that at a Pinetree Circle residence Morris began “wigging out” and accused her of cheating on and meeting men in the park. The woman denied the accusation saying, in part, that she has four children and doesn’t have the time. 

The woman accused Morris of using illegal drugs and left the residence with a child but then came back and grabbed her by the neck with both hands, lifted her off the floor and slammed her into the refrigerator. He also, she said, threatened to kill her. 

She said her children witnessed the incident. The woman said she called her father and while leaving a voice mail Morris allegedly put the barrel of a pistol in his mouth and threatened to kill himself. An officer, eventually, was able to speak with Morris on the phone and Morris allegedly told the officer he could not go to jail because he had a child support arrest warrant against him in Walton County and he needed to get that warrant dropped before he faced the Morgan County charges. 

A deputy later returned to the woman’s residence and was informed by a neighbor that Morris had returned and told the neighbor that “he was not going to jail and th only way he was going with (law enforcement) was in a body bag.” The neighbor said he then observed the woman and her four children walking up the road and Morris said he was going to the take the woman and children to town for a meal. Neither Morris, the woman nor the children have been observed at the residence since the report. 

On Monday, Sept. 14 a Morgan County deputy met a Walton County deputy at the Morgan/Walton line and took custody of Morris after Morris had been arrested and detained by Walton County authorities.

On Sept. 14 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a FairPlay Road residence. 

According to reports, a woman reported that someone had taken her “Biden for President” campaign sign from the front yard. The woman said she last noticed the sign at 3 p.m. and observed that it was gone at 5 p.m. 

The woman valued the sign at $20.

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