Son arrested after double murder

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Photo by Josiah Connelly A 22–year–old Madison man faces two counts of murder after he allegedly killed his mother and a family friend with a .20 gauge shotgun. Justin Slaughter was detained in a wooded area Monday night behind his family’s Slaughter Veasley Road residence after members of the Walton County SWAT team deployed a flash bang grenade which, Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley said, stunned Slaughter long enough for officers to detain the suspect. Markley said authorities have charged Slaughter with killing Colin Smith, 53 and Paula Slaughter, 54. Officers …

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Woman faces multiple marijuana charges

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A Madison woman was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute on Friday, Dec. 1 after officers allegedly located several containers of suspected marijuana in her vehicle after a traffic stop. According to reports, Latoya Waskete Hunt, 37, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in a drug free zone, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and safety belt violation after the 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo she was driving was stopped in the Lowe’s …

DUI for Deputy Commissioner Rabon

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The deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is facing DUI charges and, along with a Madison woman, is also under investigation for moonshine after 14 bottles were found in a Corvette driven by Deputy Commissioner Walter Rabon, Jr. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Rabon, 48, of Mansfield, allegedly crashed a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette on Georgia 11 in Jasper County on Sunday, Nov. 19 at approximately 8:40 p.m. According to a story first published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Rabon allegedly “reeked of alcohol” and was “very …

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Fatality on I-20

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A Grandbury, Texas man died tragically after the tractor trailer truck he was driving on Interstate 20 burst into flames after colliding with a box truck. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Scott Edward Bartley was pronounced dead at the scene by a Morgan County coroner after he was trapped in the truck following the wreck. Reports state that a Ford F–550 pulling a trailer and driven by Marvin E. Escobar–Matias, 38, Hogansville was driving west on Interstate 20 when it crossed the grass median and struck a 2018 International …

Parolee attempts to lure police into explosive room

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A man released on parole from prison three weeks ago allegedly tried to lure law enforcement officers into a VFW Lane house that he had doused with some type of accelerant. According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, William Howard Paden, 47, Madison, had threatened to kill himself if approached by law enforcement officers one day after his wife had gone to the sheriff’s office seeking protection. Sgt. Derrick Reid, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, said he had interviewed the woman and had acquired enough evidence to secure an arrest warrant …

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School system revises drug testing policies

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The Morgan County Board of Education Monday heard new changes to the school system’s drug testing policy. According to Morgan County Athletic Director Doug Connelly, the changes will “strengthen” the policy. Currently students who participate in either athletics at Morgan County High School or who purchase a parking permit are eligible to be “randomly” drug tested at any time at the school. Agreeing to drug testing, Connelly said, was a condition to participate in sports or in driving to the school since 2008. “It was and will continue to be …

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Pill crew’s plan foiled by pharmacist at Thrifty Mac

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A South Carolina crew of two women and one man allegedly attempting to fraudulently secure narcotics ran into the wrong pharmacists in Madison last week. Constance Louise Carroll, 31, Ninety Six, S.C.; Ashley Joann McClure, 30, Ninety Six, S.C. and Phillip Ray Yarbrough, 33, Landrum, S.C., all face identity fraud charges after they allegedly attempted to purchase 72 Dilaudid pills from Thrifty Mac Pharmacy, Main Street. McClure also faces one count of pills not in original container. According to reports, a male called Thrifty Mac stating he had an “emergency …

Nine ER trips in six months

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A Carrolton man arrested in Greene County on 11 counts of forgery and 11 counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud faces similar charges in Morgan County. According to a press release issued by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Dustin James Funk, 32, was arrested on Oct. 12 after a month-long investigation. Allegations include using false names during emergency room visits at Greene County’s St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in attempts to obtain prescription painkillers. Five days after Funk was arrested, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office issued nine counts of attempts …

Keith Howard hired as new chief deputy at MCSO

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There is a new chief deputy in town. Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley announced Monday that he had hired Bostwick’s Keith Howard to be the new chief deputy at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. Howard ostensibly is filling a slot left vacant by former Capt. Chris Bish, who recently accepted a state position with the Georgia Department of Corrections. Howard, who also serves as a member of the Morgan County Board of Education, comes to the department with a vast knowledge in both law enforcement and administration. For the past …

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Downtown business burglarized, guns taken

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A downtown Madison business was burglarized on Thursday, Oct. 26, and more than $12,000 worth of guns were stolen, police reports state. According to the Madison Police Department, someone entered Steve’s Place on West Washington Street sometime between 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. and removed the weapons. Reports state that an officer observed several areas where suspects in the theft attempted to enter the business but failed. Suspects attempted to remove an air conditioner and failed, attempted to remove a sheet of plywood to enter, but that was blocked by …

All Hail The Cotton King

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In 1956, when Earl Nunn was cycling out of his commitment to the U.S. Navy, he had a meeting with a superior who was going to explain Nunn’s options for the rest of his career. Nunn says he had enjoyed his time in the service, had enjoyed the exotic ports of call he had experienced in the Far East, but he cut the man, and his sales pitch, short. “I told him there was no use talking to me anymore cause I’m going home.” Of course he was. Home was …

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Veterans to get a free day of dentistry Nov. 10

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Lake Oconee Dentistry will be hosting “Stars, Stripes and Smiles,” a free day of dentistry solely for our servicemen and servicewomen, on Friday, Nov. 10.  Drs. David and Patti Bradley and Dr. Shelly Pound, as well as Lake Oconee Dentistry hygienists, dental assistants and other team members, will provide veterans with their choice of a free extraction, filling or cleaning that day. Dr. David Miller, an oral surgeon and owner of Lake Oconee Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, will also be donating his time, along with his team, in order to help as …