Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Dec. 27 a burglary complaint was filed at Valero Gas Station, Newborn Road. According to reports, a deputy responded to a an alarm at 1:24 a.m. at the store. He observed that a glass front door had been shattered and the store had been ransacked. Reports state that deputies reviewed video that showed a man damaging the door with a crow bar. The man then entered the store and damaged a cash register with the crow bar and a safe. Damages to the items were approximately $1,300. Nothing was reported stolen. A passenger in the suspect’s vehicle left the vehicle several times and looked into the store through the broken door but never entered, reports state.

On Dec. 27 an entering auto complaint was filed at the boat ramp, Lake Rutledge Road, Hard Labor Creek. According to reports, a man said while he was boating he observed a red vehicle pull up next to his 2007 Ford Expedition. A man got out of the red vehicle and shattered the complainant’s window and took a cell phone holder. The complainant had captured the incident on a dash cam camera. The suspects’ images were sent to a probation officer who identified the man wanted for breaking the window. Damage is estimated at $450.

On Dec. 27 a simple assault complaint was filed at a Seven Islands Road, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her husband had been “drinking all day” and then the couple went to a Madison restaurant where the man allegedly “drank double shots of liquor.” The woman said she tried to distance herself from the man but he cornered in a pantry of the couple’s home and tried to take away her cell phone. The woman said the two wrestled for the phone and the man tore her night gown. The woman said she then ran to a neighbor’s house for safety. When deputies arrived the man had left, however, the woman told them the man only had one friend and that friend lived in Athens.

On Dec. 25 a domestic dispute report was filed at a Pinetree Circle residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that a man had shoved her twice on the chest during an argument. Reports state that a deputy could find no physical evidence of shoving, however, the deputy was able to secure the woman a place in a domestic violence shelter.

On Dec. 24 Richard Devonta Turner, 26, Social Circle was arrested and charged with DUI, improper stopping and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, a deputy responded to a complaint of a yellow “muscle” car driving recklessly on Eatonton Highway. The deputy located a silver Ford Mustang parked in the roadway of Ramada Lane with the brake lights engaged. When the deputy approached he allegedly observed Turner asleep at the wheel. The deputy woke Turner and Turner allegedly took his foot of the break and pulled into the Circle K parking lot before driving back onto Eatonton Road. The deputy activated his emergency lights and the vehicle stopped. Consequent to Turner’s arrest, the deputy searched the vehicle and allegedly found some suspected loose marijuana on a platter on the rear seat.

On Dec. 23 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Church Street, Bostwick location. According to reports, a deputy responded to a report of damages on a utility pole. Someone, reports state, had damaged a lock relay on pole.

On Dec. 23 a fraud complaint was filed at a Wildflower Way residence. According to reports, a man said his daughter had received a fraudulent email from someone claiming to be from a bank. The fraudulent email directed the teen to change her banking password and she changed the password. After the change, approximately $4,000 was taken from the account. The complainant said he then was contacted by the bank and advised that someone had made two mobile deposits to the daughter’s bank account for more than $10,000 using checks from a South Carolina business.

On Dec. 22 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Parsonage Road residence. According to reports, a man said that between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. a 2020 Yamaha Raptor 700 and Yamaha YFZ 450 four wheeler were stolen. The man valued the two vehicles at $15,000. The man said the vehicle’s had been parked in his front yard and were unsecured.

On Dec. 22 William Maceo Fitzgerald Clark, 36, Hephzibah was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. According to reports, a deputy performed  traffic stop on a 2010 Hyundai Sante Fe with no revalidation decal on the tag. Consequent to the stop, reports state, Clark told the deputy that he had the registration decal in the glove box but he had not put it on the tag. 

The deputy also learned that Clark had an outstanding warrant out of Taliaferro County. While in his patrol vehicle, reports state, the deputy allegedly observed small pieces of suspected marijuana stuck to tape on the registration document. In the vehicle’s center console the deputy located a black and orange semi-auto handgun. Under the gun the deputy located a small black bag that contained two Mason jars with suspected marijuana, a digital scale, a bag labeled as “Medical Cannabis” with substance in the bag and a small bag with a white powdery substance which later tested positive for methamphetamine. The small bag weighed three grams. Clark was issued a warning for operation of a vehicle without re-validation decal on a license plate and then was transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.

On Dec. 22 a terroristic threats and acts complaint was filed at a Little River Road, Newborn residence. According to reports, a man alleged that his son had threatened him and other family members with, among other threats, murder. 

The son disputed threatening anyone and said that he and others had been shouting at each other. The son was criminally trespassed from the property.

On Dec. 20 a found property report was filed at a Mission Road residence. According to reports, a man said he found a brown and gold leather Valentino purse on his property as he was doing yard work. 

The man noted that he would like to keep the purse if no one claimed the item.  

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