Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Staff Written Law Enforcement

 On Jan. 4 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Nolan Store Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone had taken a 2004 Hooper trailer from his residence. The last time the man saw the trailer was on Oct. 27. The trailer is valued at $2,000.

On Jan. 3 a missing person complaint was filed at a Plantation Road, Bostwick residence. According to reports, a woman reported that her daughter had left the house to go to the barn to feed horses and cats. The woman said the daughter had not returned. Authorities responded with search teams at the residence and the woman located the daughter’s location on her “find my iPhone” app. The daughter was found in a field near the residence approximately one hour after the missing call was made to Morgan County Dispatch.

On Jan. 3 an information report was filed at a Centennial Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man alleged that his estranged wife, who works at the same grocery store as his niece, requested that his niece ask the complaint for her half of the stimulus check. The man said by judge’s order he and the woman were to have no contact with each other. The woman allegedly asked the niece to bring her a check because the couple could not be around each other.

On Dec. 31 a dispute complaint was filed at a Double Bridges Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that after she refused her boyfriend relations the boyfriend grabbed her around the neck and scratched her. The woman said she left the couple’s residence in Clarke County and came to a friend’s house to report the incident. She also alleged that, for a time, the boyfriend followed her as she left Clarke County.

On Dec. 31 a battery complaint was filed at a Newborn Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man and woman said another couple at their residence had engaged in a physical confrontation while on on the front yard celebrating New Year’s Eve. Reports state that the woman said the male beat the woman to the extent that her mouth was bleeding and her eye was swollen shut. When the couple called police, both the male and female fled, stating that they had outstanding arrest warrants against them in South Carolina and did not want to talk to police. Deputies searched the wooded area around the residence for the couple but were not successful. The man was later found sitting on the steps of the complainant’s garage but the woman could not be found. The man was driven to a Madison motel.

On Dec. 31 Michael Zachery Stephens, 21, Rutledge was arrested and charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. According to reports, a deputy arrived at a West Main Street, Rutledge residence and observed two men trying to hold Stephens down. Reports state that one of the men alleged that Stephens had been consuming alcohol most of the day and that during a break from playing video games had made aggressive moves towards a woman in the house. The man said he contacted the second man who came to the residence and both men tried to subdue Stephens. Reports state that while Stephens was detained in a patrol car he began to vomit. The woman, reports state, got a bucket and tried to help Stephens while one of the men holding him down reported to the deputy that he had previous heart issues and he had chest pain. The man was examined by EMS and released. Stephens was transported to Morgan Medical Center where he was evaluated before being released and transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.

On Dec. 29 a damage to vehicle complaint was filed at an eastbound Interstate 20 location. According to reports, a man said after he had changed lanes at mile marker 116 to avoid a large tire tread in the roadway something hit the front windshield of his vehicle. The object entered his vehicle, struck him on the shoulder and exited through the back window. The man was checked at the scene by National EMS and released.

On Dec. 29 a civil complaint was filed at a Fairplay Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman said she was missing her 1-year-old Chocolate Labrador and she checked on a missing dog Facebook page and recognized her dog. The woman said she contacted the woman publishing that she had found the dog and the woman refused to return the dog until the complainant provided paperwork. The complainant said she prepared the necessary paperwork but then the woman refused to return the dog. A deputy attempted to contact the woman with the dog but was unsuccessful. The complainant later said the woman had contacted her and agreed to return the dog.

On Dec. 27 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Rawlings Drive, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man said at 5:42 a.m. his shed alarm sounded and he grabbed his gun and exited his residence. The complainant said initially he did not see any sign of criminal behavior and assumed the inclement weather had set off the alarm and forced the vertical slide door lock down. At 5 p.m., however, he noticed that the door appeared to have been pried open. The door was now warped and would not close smoothly. The man estimated damage to the door at $90. 

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