Plane crashes near Broughton Road

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A single-engine plane crashed Monday afternoon on the Morgan County/ Jasper County line, killing the pilot. The plane, a Cessna 172 according to Morgan County Fire and Rescue Director Jeff Stone, was piloted by Millwood Ashley Dekle, 72. The plane crashed into a heavily wooded area south of Shiloh Road near the Broughton Road area of Morgan County sometime around 2:30 p.m., said Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriffn’s Office. Authorities said multiple persons called both Morgan County and Jasper County Dispatch to report the …

Farmer finds evidence in back pasture

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A Buckhead farmer found two shirts, including a distinctive hoodie, that investigators believe are connected to a two state crime spree that ended with a Buckhead man being shot and car-jacked. According to Sgt. Chase Young, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the farmer found the wet and soiled clothing in a pasture area on Dec. 26 off Parks Mill Road that was directly in line with a stolen car the two suspects had left on Interstate 20 and the Alford Lane residence of 72-year-old Raymond McCullough. Tre’ …

Empty Stocking Fund brings joy to Morgan families

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By Patrick Yost, Editor More than 100 families representing 250 children aged infant to 12-years-old had a merrier Christmas last Friday thanks to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Empty Stocking program. Parents and guardians who had signed up for the program through an application published in the Morgan County Citizen arrived throughout the day at the Morgan County Public Safety Center where trustees and volunteers delivered large bags of toys for the parents to take home, wrap and deliver to children on Christmas day. The toys have either been donated, according …

Warrants, search leads to meth arrests in Rutledge

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Police attempting to execute an arrest warrant on a Centennial Road resident ended up adding drug charges to both the suspect and a woman at the residence. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Avery Lee Long, 28, Rutledge and Brittany McCoy, 31, Rutledge were both arrested at 9 a.m. on drug charges after officers serving the arrest warrant also performed a Fourth Amendment search on Long’s residence, a camper trailer parked behind a residence off Centennial Road. Inside the camper, reports state, where a black …

Following Sherman’s March to the Sea

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By Patrick Yost, Editor An Akron, Ohio patent attorney has donned a Civil War era Union soldier uniform and is attempting to follow Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s army’s route during the 1864 March to the Sea. On Monday, Ray Slatterly walked from Rutledge to Madison and was hoping to get to the Apalachee River before calling it quits for the night. Slatterly, who also participates in Civil War reenactments, said he is trying to follow the route that his Great-great grandfather John Slatterly walked as part of the 149th New …

Man cited for killing neighbors cat with bow, arrow

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A Rutledge man has been cited on a county ordinance that references animal cruelty after he allegedly shot and killed a neighbor’s cat with a bow and arrow. According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Caleb Eugene Sheridan, 20, Rutledge was cited by Morgan County after Ronald Keith Sailor filed a complaint with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, Sailor stated on Nov. 20 that his partner Amanda Hawk told him she smelled something strange from …

Young man shot, killed for $50

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A 17-year-old Union Point teen remains incarcerated Tuesday after he was denied bond in the shooting death of a Madison man last Wednesday. According to Det. Wes Thompson, Dontearious Burke has been charged with murder and armed robbery after he allegedly shot and killed Kentrell Jones, 23, Madison while Jones was standing on the street on Morgan Circle. Thompson said Burke told authorities that the shooting was part of a robbery attempt that netted $50. Jones was shot three times with a 9mm pistol, Thompson said, …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …