On Oct. 5, Deontae Ques Carter, 20, of Hephzibah, was arrested for possession of marijuana, less than one ounce. According to reports, officers performed a traffic stop on a yellow Camaro I-20 for speeding. Officers state there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and they asked the driver, Elijah Alston and his passenger, Carter, to exit the vehicle. Officers state that Carter advised he had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket and after a search of the vehicle, officers located another small bag of marijuana in the passenger door. Carter advised that all the marijuana in the vehicle belonged to him and not Alston. Officers issued a citation and advised Carter of his court date before being released.
On Oct. 23, an information report was filed regarding property damage on Ga. 24 at Pierce Dairy Road, in front of Travel Centers of America (TA). According to reports, officers observed two telephone poles, one on each side of the road, snapped off near their base. One pole had a coil of cable attached to the end. Multiple DOT highway signs were also damaged. Witnesses revealed that a large oversized truck load passed under the cable, pulling it down and breaking both telephone poles. Video surveillance supported the accounts. After the property was destroyed, the oversized load left the scene. The roadway was cleared and the investigation is ongoing.
On Nov. 2, a theft by taking and entering auto complaint was filed at a Four Lakes Dr. residence. According to reports, officers were dispatched to the Morgan County Library after a caller to 911 observed three juveniles riding on a golf cart at the library. When the caller pulled into the library, the juveniles abandoned the golf cart and fled on foot towards the Track & Field complex on College Dr. When officers arrived at the library, they discovered a purse on the golf cart with most of its contents emptied. It was determined the purse belonged to Jessica Williams. An unopened UPS package addressed to Williams was also found on the golf cart. Officers notified Williams and brought her to the scene where she identified the golf cart as stolen from her driveway. She identified her purse and package as being stolen from her unlocked Jeep Wrangler and advised she was only missing three $2 bills from her wallet. Williams’ property was returned and a search of the area for the juveniles yielded no results.
On Nov. 5, Deanarius Corey Carter, 33, Madison, was arrested and charged with DUI less safe and failure to maintain lane. According to reports, Morgan County Dispatch advised of a vehicle on Ga. 12 driving recklessly and possibly missing a tire. An officer with Madison Police Department responded and witnessed the green Honda Accord, driven by Carter, traveling in the center of the road. While performing a traffic stop, the officer noted both tires on the passenger side had been blown and were completely missing, leaving Carter to drive on the rims. The officer also noted cotton stuck in the driver side front fender. While Carter struggled through a field sobriety test, the officer administered a road side sample of breath which showed no results of alcohol. The officer stated Carter subsequently refused to consent to the state administered chemical test of his blood. Carter was taken to the Morgan County Jail and charged with DUI less safe and failure to maintain a lane.
On Nov. 5, a burglary complaint was filed at a Bramblewood Drive apartment. According to reports, Alexis Hall left her apartment on Nov. 5 and when she returned Nov. 6, she found her TV missing from the living room and the back door in the kitchen standing open. She estimated the TV was valued at $900 and no other items were missing. Officers observed pry marks on the back door and a footprint on the door near the handle and deadbolt.
On Nov. 6, Cody Thomas Clark, 40, of Athens, Ohio, was arrested for disorderly conduct and interference with business of another. According to reports, officers were called to Travel Centers of America (TA) in reference to Clark cussing at employees, allegedly because they wouldn’t sell him beer without an ID. Officers met Clark exiting the parking lot and state that Clark appeared intoxicated and was still cussing about the employees. Management, staff, and customers observed Clark cussing at the employees for several minutes and ‘flipping them all off’ when he walked out of the door. Clark was handcuffed and arrested for disorderly conduct and interference with a business before being transported to the Morgan County Jail.