Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Oct. 12 Ashton Cole Ledbetter, 29, Birmingham, Al. was arrested and charged with giving false name. According to reports, deputies responded to a suspicious person complaint at the Valero convenience store, Newborn Road.  A clerk at the store reported that Ledbetter had been hanging around the store since its opening. A deputy located Ledbetter walking onto the Interstate 20 eastbound ramp. Ledbetter allegedly told the deputy his name was Cole Sharp. Ledbetter was transported to the Morgan County Detention Center where fingerprints were taken and he was identified. Ledbetter was transported to Morgan Medical Center, reports state, because he was allegedly impaired by narcotics.

On Oct. 11 a burglary complaint was filed at a Broughton Road residence. According to reports, a man said that someone had entered sheds on his property and removed a sublimation printer, an assortment of tools, two impact drills and a sound system speaker. The complainant was able to provide deputies an image of the suspect.

On Oct. 11 a lost property complaint was filed at a Fairground Road location. According to reports, a woman said someone had taken $300 worth of WIC vouchers. The woman said the vouchers had been in her vehicle.

On Oct. 8 Derrick Donnell Johnson, 41, Rutledge was cited for driving while unlicensed. According to reports, a deputy patrolling the area of West Main Street and Fairplay Street in Rutledge executed a traffic stop on a vehicle allegedly driven by Johnson. Consequent to the traffic stop, reports state, the deputy noticed that Johnson and his passenger met the description of two men who a homeowner had found sitting on his porch. Johnson’s passenger allegedly told the deputy that he had met a woman on SnapChat and had located the woman’s residence and he and Johnson went to the woman’s house for a “surprise visit.” Johnson said he was attempting to make a new friend to play video games with and while at the residence the woman sent him “angry” text messages regarding the men coming to her house uninvited. He also said a man at the house came on the porch with a knife and Johnson and the passenger fled. 

On Oct. 8 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at the Co-Op East Main, East Main Street, Rutledge. According to reports, someone had kicked open the rear door and vandalized the space. Ceiling tiles were knocked down and a cement block had been thrown through a window. 

On Oct. 7 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Pine Tree Circle residence. According to reports, a woman said she went to a man’s home to retrieve her keys and while she was at the residence the man allegedly grabbed her cell phone and threw it into the woods. The phone is valued at $100.

On Oct. 7 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Fairplay Street, Rutledge residence. According to reports, several mailboxes on the street had been removed from their post. In total, nine mailboxes were damaged. Also, reports state, outdoor furniture at the Caboose Restaurant had been flipped over and some chairs had been placed in a  city trash can. 

On Oct. 7 a civil matter complaint was filed at a A Street, Rutledge location. According to reports, a man reported that his truck had become stuck on a railroad crossing. The man said after he called a towing company to help free his truck, the company had damaged the trailer’s “landing gear” in the process. The man estimated cost to repair his truck at $1,000.

On Oct. 5 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at Relax Inn, Athens Highway. According to reports, a man said someone had taken his wallet which contained $305 cash, a bank card and Social Security card. The man said the only person with access to his wallet was his stepson but that he only knew the stepson’s last name.

On Oct. 6 a disorderly conduct complaint was filed at a Second Street, Bishop location. According to reports, a deputy responded to a fight in progress between two contractors at a construction site at the location. The complainant said he was delivering a P.O.D. storage trailer to the job site when a man working the site approached him and introduced himself as the “(expletive) whose son owed him money.” The complainant alleged that a second man, another son of the man, came around the building and allegedly swung an object at the complainant. The man alleged that the complainant had been arguing with one of his sons regarding money owed in a civil matter. The man said the complainant had then started calling him and cursing at him regarding the money. The man said he had never met the complainant until he came onto the job site and he then approached him and used the same expletive to describe himself as the complainant had used over the phone when addressing him. He said the complainant then appeared surprised at the information, shoved him away and left to call 911.

On Oct. 6 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Parks Mill Road, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a man said someone had entered his property and removed three John Deere tractor keys, a Bobcat key and a fire extinguisher. 

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