Fiery collision on Bostwick Highway

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By Patrick Yost, Editor An Athens man remains in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital after a truck he was driving west on Sandy Creek Road burst into flames following a violent collision last Wednesday. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Larry Edwards, 68, was airlifted to Grady following the 9:13 a.m. incident at the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Bostwick Highway. Reports allege that Edwards stopped at the intersection and then drove his 2016 Nissan Frontier into the path of 2011 Ford Superduty truck hauling a …

Seizure Cash Pays for New Pistols

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Drug forfeitures and seizures are paying for the purchase of new pistols for deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office has purchased 44 new pistols that are all 9mm caliber Glock weapons. The $27,000 purchase, he said, is a “transition to modernize our weapon.” Currently, deputies carry two primary duty weapons, a .40 caliber Glock and a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver. Those weapons allow for 51 total shots but also utilize different ammunition.  …

Local Mike Akins becomes Governor appointee

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Morgan County man has been chosen to serve on a state board overseeing the booming film industry in Georgia. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced last Wednesday that Morgan County resident Mike Akins has been appointed to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Commission. Akins joins 17 other notable industry insiders and state politicians on the commission.  According to a press release by the governor’s office, Akins earned a Master’s Degree in Science from Oklahoma State University. Akins, who is currently a business agent with …

Nothing ‘funny’ about this $$

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By Patrick Yost editor  A former Golden Pantry clerk is wanted for theft by conversion after she allegedly tried to replace real money in the cash register with “toy” money. Madison Police Department officers are searching for Nichole Asheley Cook, 24, after a manager of the Golden Pantry, North Main Street, alleged that Cook placed six “toy” $20 bills into the cash register and removed real money on Nov. 7.  The manager filed the complaint with the police department on Nov. 8 after he reviewed store video surveillance. Reports state …

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Second arrest made in Buckhead shooting

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By Patrick Yost editor  South Carolina authorities last Wednesday, Nov. 13 arrested a second suspect in a multi-state, two-day crime spree that included the shooting of an elderly Buckhead man. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Barnwell, S.C. Police Department officers arrested Tre’ Quan Garvin, 20, after Garvin was observed as a passenger in a vehicle that drove past the Barnwell Police Department headquarters. The vehicle was stopped, Howard said, and Garvin attempted to flee on foot but was detained by officers. Garvin’s arrest ended a …

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Madison waiting for man’s prison release

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By Patrick Yost editor A Madison man arrested in June, 2016 during a child sex operation called “Southern Hospitality” and soon to be released from federal prison will now face local charges of aggravated child molestation, rape and aggravated sodomy. Percy Harris, 49, is expected to be released from the Butner Federal Prison in Butner, N.C. in December, said Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department but will now have to answer to warrants filed last Friday alleging Harris molested a girl on two separate occasions while the girl was between …

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Man shot during robbery

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By Patrick Yost editor A Buckhead man was shot in the arm Monday morning during a car jacking and home invasion. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Raymond McCullough, 72, was shot once in the right forearm around 6:50 a.m. as two masked men approached him for his car keys at his Alford Lane residence. Howard said McCullough was initially transported to Morgan Medical Center, then Athens Regional where he underwent surgery Monday night and, Howard said, was “doing fairly well.” Howard said the shooting is …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Jan. 3 an information report was filed at Madison Cemetery. According to reports, a man said while he was mowing grass in the cemetery a man known to him approached and accused him of calling police when he observed the man’s vehicle parked in the cemetery. The man allegedly told the complainant that “if you call the police one more time you are a dead man.” The complainant said he had never called the police on the man and attempted to convey that to the man but the man …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Jan. 5 a terroristic threats and acts and harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Apalachee Road residence. According to reports, a woman said she had received several phone calls from a man she did not know. The complainant recorded the calls and gave the deputy the number. She had recorded several of the calls and, reports state, in one of the calls the man threatens to come to her house and “cut her head off.” The woman said she was uncomfortable staying at the residence until the …

Shots fired at Sheriff’s home

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By Patrick Yost A Morgan County resident remains in a mental facility under evaluation after he allegedly fired a pistol four times while driving past Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley’s Old Mill Road residence. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was stopped by Sheriff Markley after the Wednesday, Dec. 26 incident. Howard said Sheriff Markley was standing next to his vehicle at noon in his driveway when a vehicle drove by his house and he heard the distinct sound of four gunshots. Howard said …

Man charged with molestation

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By Patrick Yost A 67-year-old Madison man was arrested three days before Christmas and charged with molesting and sodomizing an 11-year-old female. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Alfonzo Foster, Fifth Street, Madison, was arrested without incident on Dec. 22 and charged with one count aggravated child molestation, one count, aggravated sodomy and one count enticing a child for indecent purposes. He remains incarcerated in the Morgan County Detention Center. Howard said the arrest came nine days after relatives of the victim presented allegations to investigators …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 26 an identity fraud complaint was filed at Lowes, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a man said he had been contacted by Lowe’s that someone had come to the store and attempted to use his identity to purchase more than $3,000 worth of faucets. Reports state that when a cashier recognized discrepancies in the identification and questioned the man, the man became irate, snatched the false ID and left the store. On Dec. 17 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at Budget Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Dec. 30 a cruelty toward animals complaint was filed at a Rehoboth Road, Bishop residence. According to reports, a man said his Beagle-mix breed dog went missing and he located the deceased dog behind a neighbor’s house. The dog, which the man said had been a family pet for more than eight years, had apparent shotgun pellets in its leg. The complainant said he was helping a neighbor when, at approximately 11 a.m., he heard a shot. The neighbor’s dog came running up. At 4 p.m. the man searched …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Dec. 20 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at an Indian Creek Road location. No other information was available regarding the complaint. On Dec. 19 Jadarious Lemar Hardy, 27, Covington was arrested and charged with passing in a no passing zone, driving while license suspended, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to reports, a deputy allegedly observed a vehicle Hardy was driving on Atlanta Highway near Newborn Road pass a vehicle in a no passing zone. Consequent to …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 14 a lost or mislaid property report was filed at Wal Mart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said while shopping at Wal Mart she believes she left her wallet at the store. The complainant said she remembered writing a check and showing her driver’s license to a clerk. The wallet contained checks and a driver’s license. On Dec. 18 an invasion of privacy report was filed at James Madison Inn, West Washington St. According to reports, a man said someone was flying a drone over the …

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Criminal indictments in Morgan County

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B A Morgan County Grand Jury Thursday, Dec. 13 returned several criminal indictments in Morgan County Superior Court. The following indictments were issued by the grand jury. • Marquis Demario King, no age, no address given was indicted on two counts fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer one count theft by receiving stolen property, one count possession of Ecstasy, one count DUI, one count reckless driving, one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, one count hit and run, one count removal of plate to conceal or …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Dec. 16 a burglary complaint was filed at a Parks Mill Road residence. No other information was available regarding the alleged burglary. On Dec. 15 an information report was filed at a Davis Academy Road residence. According to reports, a woman requested and received a criminal trespass notice against a woman she said she had warned to stay off her property. The woman was located and served with the notice three days after the request.  On Dec. 12 a dog attack report was filed at a Sewell Church Road, …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 15 a disorderly conduct complaint was filed at a Hough Circle residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her granddaughter had been assaulted by a group of girls. Reports state that an officer spoke with the granddaughter who identified one girl as an attacker. The other girls, she said, did not participate in the fight but watched. Reports state that the granddaughter’s clothes were dirty. A pair of shoes, a hair weave and a cell phone belonging to the assailant were found on the ground. An officer …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Dec. 9 a trespass complaint was filed at a Cochran Road location. According to reports, a man stated that a woman he had brought to the residence to stay the night began drinking and created a series of disturbances. Reports state that the man alleged the woman woke up residents in the house because she was having trouble locating her purse. A deputy reported that the woman was having incoherent and could not answer simple questions. The complainant requested that the woman be served with a criminal trespass notice. …

Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On Dec. 1 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, a woman reported that someone had taken a package delivered to her front door from Bath and Body Works. The woman confirmed with FedEx that the package had been delivered on Dec. 1. The package contained approximately $80 worth of merchandise. On Dec. 6 a theft by taking complaint was filed at at the Madison Chophouse parking lot, S. Main Street. According to reports, a man reported that someone took a Huffy …