Morgan man guilty of animal cruelty

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A Morgan County man plead guilty to 10 counts of cruelty to animals in Morgan County Superior Court and was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to serve 40 hours of community service and was ordered to pay Madison Animal Control $1,457 in restitution. Dwight Floyd, 39, pled guilty before Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Trammell on Jan. 3. Floyd was arrested on Feb. 2, 2017 after a Madison Police Department officer observed the 10 Pit Bull breed dogs in an emaciated state behind Floyd’s Billups Avenue residence. …

18-year-old charged with child cruelty

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An 18-year-old Godfrey teen remains incarcerated in the Morgan County Detention Center after his Jan. 9 arrest on cruelty to children in the first degree charges. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Mateo Burgos Jr., Godfrey was arrested on Jan. 9 by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies at his Seven Islands Road after Morgan County Magistrate Judge Connie Holt signed an arrest warrant executed by Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Special Agent Niki Simmons. The warrant alleges that on Dec. 17 Burgos was laying in bed with the child’s …

Local heroes avert tragedy

Patrick Yost Community, Featured

Just two days before the 1986 basketball team was to be honored at the Morgan County basketball game, one of those team members came within minutes of not being at the event. Former star Bulldog, Denny Wyatt, was saved by neighbors while fishing on a local lake after his boat capsized.  Had it not been for the quick thinking and actions of Mark Grubaugh and Herb Payne, Wyatt would have succumbed to hypothermia and/or possibly drowning. Wyatt said, “It was an act of God, and these two men were the …

Smith family home up in flames

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When the Smith family settled into their Heidi Trail home for a quiet chilly evening Sunday, they never expected that just a few short hours later they would be watching their family home being engulfed by flames. According to Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR), when one of the parents attempted to use the gas fire place, some kind of malfunction occurred causing a sudden explosion, blowing out the back of the house and catching the rest on fire. The explosion had enough force to blow the mounted television above …

Roland promoted to captain as Sheriff’s Office

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Veteran Morgan County Sheriff’s Officer Dietrich Roland has been promoted to captain of the department’s uniform division. According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, Roland, who was a lieutenant with the department, was an obvious choice to head up the uniform division. “Dietrich has been performing the duties as a lieutenant. He has stepped up and been willing to take on greater responsibility. Both his personality and work ethic fit the bill.” Roland has been in law enforcement for more than 25 years. He said he initially became interested in …

Rep. Belton gives annual update

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State Representative Dave Belton came through Morgan County this week to give a legislative update to the public, reporting on the state legislature’s main priorities for the year and recent progress made on various issues. “Our top three priorities this year are education, healthcare, and broadband access,” said Belton, who noted all three of these issues are in desperate need of improvement throughout rural Georgia. Belton announced that Georgia’s state budget this year was passed at $26 billion, a full billion dollars higher from last year’s budget. “That is all …

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Juveniles rampage auto repair shop

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A 10-year-old and 13-year-old male juveniles face charges of damage to property, second degree and criminal trespass after they wreaked havoc on a local automotive repair shop. According to Madison Police Department reports, officers on Friday, Dec. 30 at 12:45 p.m. were called to the TK’s Auto, Fairgrounds Road regarding two juveniles who had jumped the fence and were “doing donuts in a vehicle.” When officers arrived they observed a 10-year-old exit the vehicle and attempt to jump a fence. The 10-year-old and 13-year-old were detained by witnesses and were …

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Horse shot, killed in Buckhead

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Morgan County authorities are treating as “suspicious” the apparent shooting death of a horse on Perryman Road in the town of Buckhead. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, a woman told deputies that when she arrived home to her Perryman road residence she noticed her white mare horse dead in its pen next to a barn. The complainant said she left the residence around 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5 and returned around 5:30 p.m. and found the horse still warm to the touch but deceased. Reports state that …

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November has record job growth

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State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that metro Atlanta set a new record for job growth in November, as employment and labor force numbers grew and unemployment insurance claims declined. “This is a great jobs report,” Butler said. “All the significant numbers are trending in the right direction.” “In fact, records are being set. This is further proof of our growing, dynamic economy. Metro Atlanta continues to be a leader nationally.” Metro Atlanta posted a record-high 2,785,100 jobs in November, up by 13,100 since October.  Most of the job …

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High speed chase rips through Madison’s Canaan neighborhood

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Madison Police Department authorities are currently searching for a man who allegedly fled from police in the Caanan neighborhood and, eventually, let his vehicle roll into a Madison Police Department patrol car. According to reports, while officers were working a traffic detail near West Washington St. and South Main St. a 2014 Dodge Charger allegedly driven by J’Reese Nyquan Cobert, 23, Monroe pulled into the detail drove past the detail with an expired tag. The Charger was stopped in the parking lot of EZ Bottle liquor store, West Washington St. …

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Shot fired, man says

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A man alleged that another man fired a shot at him after the two argued outside a residence on Maple Street. According to Madison Police Department reports, a 52-year-old man said that on Dec. 11, around 8:30 p.m., a man known to him as “Lil Shorty” pulled up in a Honda. The complainant said he was outside smoking a cigarette and went over to talk to the man. The complainant said the driver of the Honda was “hostile and argumentative” and then exited the vehicle and reached in his pants. …

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On Dec. 20 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Broughton Road location. According to reports, a man reported that for the past month someone had been taking pecans from a storage bin. Reports state that cameras were able to capture the images of a white female and a white juvenile female taking the pecans. A farm supervisor estimated that 200 pounds of pecans had been taken. The nuts are valued at $2 per pound. On Dec. 19 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Hestertown Road …

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Cruelty charges filed

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A Morgan County Grand Jury last week issued several cruelty to children indictments against the parents of an 8-month-old baby who remains on life support after receiving a head injury on July 1, 2017. Andrew Grady Carson, 31, Madison, faces six counts of cruelty to children in the second degree and one count of cruelty to children in the first degree. His wife, Rebecca Mosley Carson, 27, Madison, faces six counts of cruelty to children in the second degree. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, authorities began an investigation …

Teen indicted in shooting

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Dakota Jarrett Feathers, 18, Madison, was indicted last week on charges related to the shooting of a 15-year-old Madison teen, Deshunden Robertson, who survived a single gunshot to the face. Feathers was indicted by a Morgan County grand jury on three counts: aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.  After authorities procured an arrest warrant for feathers in mid-October, Feathers turned himself in to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 24. Feathers is accused of shooting Robertson in the face on Oct. …

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Sheriff’s Office serves more than 100 families at Christmas

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The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office completed its annual Empty Stocking Fund Program, distributing stockings full of gifts for 126 families throughout Morgan County. “It was another successful year that was only made possible by all our generous donors and volunteers,” said Olivia Laborn, chairperson of the Empty Stocking Fund. The Empty Stocking Fund was started under the former Sheriff Ken Pritchett and taken over by Sheriff Robert Markley when he was elected to the office in 2001. “This is a long-time treasured tradition of the Sheriff’s Office,” said Laborn. “Our …

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Morgan County Grand Jury returns indictments

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The Morgan County Grand Jury met last week at Morgan County Superior Court. The grand jury returned several criminal indictments. The following persons were indicted. • Antonio Govea, 24, Marietta, was indicted on two counts serious injury by vehicle, two counts DUI, one count failure to maintain lane and one count failure to wear seat belt. According to court records, Govea was arrested by a Georgia State Patrol trooper on Aug. 28 after he allegedley crossed over the center line south of Crawford Road and struck another vehicle. A person …

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Sentences handed down in Superior Court

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The Morgan County Superior Court took several criminal court plea agreements during a recent session of the Superior Court. The following people pled in criminal court. • Leonard Lee Davis, 34, Madison, pled nolo to one count driving while license suspended. He was sentenced to one year probation and fined $500. According to court records, Davis was arrested on private property by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Sep. 23, 2016. • Clifford Hill, Jr. 46, Eatonton, pled guilty to one count DUI and one count driving while license …

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Rep. Belton gives BOE house preview

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Rep. Dave Belton (R, District 112) gave the Morgan County Board of Education a preview of this year’s legislative agenda. Belton, a former member of the Morgan County Board of Education, said he would continue to promote education spending in Georgia and said that next year, 62 percent of the budget will be spent on education. Belton said Georgia has become the fourth fastest-growing state in the nation and is now the eighth largest state with an economy that is growing at five percent per year. He said legislators would …

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Teen wanted for assault after allegedly pulling, pointing pistol

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The Madison Police Department is actively searching for a 16-year-old male who allegedly racked a shell in a pistol and pointed it at a woman who caught the youth sleeping in her house. According to reports, a Green Meadows Drive resident told officers that on Saturday, Dec. 9, “something told her to check her daughter’s room.” The woman said the door to her 15-year-old daughter’s room was locked. The woman said she knocked on the door and when her daughter opened the door, she saw the male in the bed. …

Judge denies murder suspect’s bond

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Photo by Jesse Walker Justin Sandiver Slaughter, a 22-year-old Madison man charged with killing his mother, Paula Slaughter, 54, and a family friend, Colin Smith, 53, appeared nonplussed Thursday during a first appearance hearing before Morgan County Magistrate. In fact, he smiled. During the hearing, Judge Connie Holt asked the suspect if he understood his rights, what he had been charged with, and the next steps in the process. She addressed Slaughter’s court-appointed attorney, Darell Mitchell, after the hearing. “Your client smiled at me,” Judge Holt said. Mitchell shrugged his …