Woman accused of shoplifting, heroin possession

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By  Patrick Yost editor  A woman initially detained for shoplifting also faces possession of heroin charges after a female deputy allegedly found a packet of the drug in the woman’s bra. According to Madison Police Department reports, officers were called to Ingles, Eatonton Road, on Wednesday, March 18, regarding  a woman suspected of shoplifting who was “acting strange.” When an officer arrived he observed Jessica Michelle Gore, 33, Locust Grove, leaving the store. The officer stopped Gore in the parking lot and detained her. Reports state that Gore complained she …

‘Shots fired’ leads to aggravated assault charge

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By Patrick Yost editor  A man who allegedly fired a single .380 pistol toward two men fighting near a residence on Burney Street has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Three men allegedly involved in the fight have all been charged with disorderly conduct. According to Madison Police Department reports, Antwian Deon Williams, 26, Madison, was found in a vehicle near the fight scene after police had secured the area and were searching for a vehicle allegedly involved in the affray. Williams was charged with aggravated assault. Reports state …

Troopers crash truck in high speed chase

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By Patrick Yost editor  A high speed chase that began when Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley attempted to stop an alleged reckless driver on Interstate 20 last Wednesday ended after a Corp. Fleming, Georgia State Patrol performed a “precision immobilization technique” (P.I.T.) on the Dodge Ram pickup truck on Atlanta Highway. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, the truck left the road near the Hollis Lane area and flipped, coming to rest upside down in a swampy area, reports state. According to Markley, the chase began at approximately 11:30 …

Suspected ecstasy, marijuana seized in arrests

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By Patrick Yost editor  Two men face drug distribution charges after Madison Police Department officers responding to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Meadow Ridge Drive allegedly found nearly 100 suspected ecstasy pills along with digital scales, individually packaged suspected marijuana and a large bag of suspected marijuana.  Reports state that Samir Johnny Omar Graham, 20, Greensboro, faces charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana more than an ounce, possession of drug related objects and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. …

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Madison Police Department

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On March 29, an information report was filed at a Pinetree Circle residence. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to the residence in regards to a complaint of a man allegedly stealing wheels off a vehicle. Reports state when the officer arrived he observed someone fleeing on foot wearing black clothing. A search for the suspect was unsuccessful. A woman told officers that she believed a man known to her had come to the residence to do damage to the brake lines of her vehicle. She said the man …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 29, an information report was filed at a Reids Ferry Road, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a man said that someone was discharging firearms in the neighborhood. The man told a deputy he suspected a person who had recently moved into the neighborhood. The deputy spoke to the neighbor who said his son had been target shooting in a gully on their property. The man said he would talk to the son to prevent a further incident. On March 29, a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at …

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Madison Police Department

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On March 13, a theft by taking complaint was filed at TA Truck Stop, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman reported that two trucks and a flatbed trailer were missing. The woman said the vehicles had not been used for “sometime” and had been left at the truck stop. The woman said the last time the equipment was seen was Feb. 25.  On March 3, Terrance Kennedy, 25, Columbia, S.C. was arrested and charged with speeding and possession of marijuana. According to reports, a vehicle Kennedy was driving on …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 21, a trash left behind complaint was filed at an Athens Highway residence. According to reports, a man said that someone had placed a sofa, mattresses and bed frames inside a dumpster he had placed outside the residence while he was remodeling. The complainant said he passed by the residence at 4:15 a.m. and there was nothing in the dumpster and at noon he noticed the discarded furniture. On March 20, a burglary complaint was filed at a Clack Road residence. According to reports, a man reported that …

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Madison Police Department

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On March 15 a burglary complaint was filed at a North Main Street residence. According to reports, a man said someone had entered a guest house on the vacant property. Reports state that an officer observed that someone had entered the guest house, spray painted green paint on several items, used golf clubs to break out an entry door window and punch holes in an entry way and stairwell walls. The officer located a purple towel and a pair of wet shorts upstairs near a couch. A ripped cigar was …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 16 Jessica Rena Rivers, 32, Madison was arrested and charged with reckless driving, speeding, too fast for conditions and no valid license. According to reports, a deputy driving southbound at 5:45 a.m. on the Madison by pass allegedly clocked Rivers driving 90 miles an hour southbound on the by pass. Reports state that the deputy was able to perform a traffic stop. Rivers allegedly told the deputy she didn’t want to be late for work and that she did not have a driver’s license because she had failed …

Store clerk charged with $15k lottery theft

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By Patrick Yost editor  A former clerk at Madison’s Golden Pantry Convenience store turned herself into Madison Police Department officials Monday after she allegedly stole more than $15,000 from the store while in the store’s employ. Destiny Wyatt, 21, Madison turned herself in without incident, said, Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, after Madison authorities secured a felony theft by taking arrest warrant against Wyatt. The warrant alleges that between Feb. 1 and Feb. 20 Wyatt, while a clerk at the store, produced more than $15,000 in print-out lottery tickets …

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Grand Jury returns criminal indictments

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By Patrick Yost editor  The Morgan County Grand Jury met on Monday, March 3 and returned several true bills regarding criminal indictments. The following persons were indicted. • Christopher Shawn Robbins, 23, Madison was indicted on one count possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and one count possession of drug related objects. According to court documents, Robbins was arrested on Oct. 12, 2019 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Warrants allege that Robbins was arrested in the Pilot Travel …

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Madison Police Department

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On March 8 Laquan L. Boddie-Cunningham, 28, Greensboro was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, following too closely and possession of open container. Shamar Refeal Johnson, 28, Athens was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, an officer was called to a vehicle crash on U.S. 441 near Advance Auto. Reports state that when the officer arrived she smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle Boddie-Cunningham vehicle in which Johnson was a passenger. Both Boddie-Cunningham and Johnson denied there was marijuana in the …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 8 Quentin Darell Hardge, 25, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, driving while license suspended or revoked and failure to obey signs or control devices. According to reports, a deputy observed Hardge failing to stop at a stop light at the intersection of Main Street in Madison and Bostwick Highway. The deputy followed Hardge’s vehicle and made a traffic stop. Consequent to the traffic stop, reports state, the deputy allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and found a small plastic …

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On Feb. 27 William Todd Ayres, 48, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and interference with a business. According to reports, an officer responded to a complaint at Amici’s, West Washington St., regarding a man screaming and cussing at employees. When the officer arrived the person had left. The officer waited and, reports state, Ayres came back, opened the front door of the restaurant and began to curse at customers and employees and challenged everyone to come outside and fight. The officer approached and demanded that …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 1 a criminal trespass and damage to property complaint was filed at Companion Animal Rescue, Atlanta Highway. According to reports, an employee reported that someone had damaged the business sign in front of the establishment, apparently kicking the bottom of the sign. The employee said one person had recently been posting “badgering” messages on the business’ Facebook page. On Feb. 28 a trespass warning was issued at a Mallard Ridge Road residence. According to reports, a deputy was called to the residence in regards to two women who …

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Monroe man charged with child molestation

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By Patrick Yost editor  A Monroe man was arrested last Friday and charged with one count child molestation and one count enticing a child for indecent purposes. According to Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office authorities and Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Arnold Merle McDonald, 60, at his home at approximately 2:30 p.m. without incident. According to a warrant filed in Morgan County Superior Court, McDonald is alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl at the child’s Micha Way residence. The …

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Madison Police Department

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On Feb. 23 Kristi L. Stinnett, 38, Waleska, Ga. was arrested and charged with theft by shoplifting, reckless conduct, driving while license suspended and parking in a fire lane. According to reports, officers responded to Ollies, Eatonton Road in regards to a woman allegedly shoplifting. When they arrived, reports state, they observed a vehicle parked in the fire lane near the front door of Ollie’s. Inside the vehicle was a small child but no one else. Two employees inside the store alleged that Stinnett approached the checkout aisle with “Free …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Feb. 23 Tyree Jameel Sutton, 24, Columbia, S.C. was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug related objects and violation of move-over law. According to reports, a deputy enroute to backup another deputy on a traffic stop on Interstate 20 allegedly observed Sutton not move over to pass the deputy during a traffic stop on Interstate 20. Consequent to a traffic stop, the reporting deputy noted that he allegedly smelled marijuana coming from Sutton’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle found …

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Police charge brother in murder investigation

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By Patrick Yost editor The 15-year-old brother of a 17-year-old murder suspect has now been arrested in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Kentrell Jones. According to an arrest warrant filed in Morgan County Superior Court, Damarcus Jermaine Burke, 15, Union Point has been arrested and charged as an adult on armed robbery. Demarcus Burke is the brother of Dontearious Burke, the teen suspect police arrested and charged with murder and armed robbery following the Nov. 27 shooting death of Jones while Jones was leaning against a vehicle on Morgan …