2012 crosswalk fatality: No criminal charges filed

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Based on the results of a more-than-150-page Special Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) investigation of a fatal crosswalk incident in Madison, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Alison Burleson said Monday that no criminal charges will be filed in the incident. On Jan. 26, 2012, Joan Deaver, 76, was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by Kah’deem Hashawn Chisholm, then 19 years old, at the intersection of South Main Street and Burnett Street, north of Madison ChopHouse Grille. Deaver’s husband, Carl Deaver, 81, sustained serious injuries …

Arrest in fraudulent check scam at Walmart: “Massive theft ring” brought in about $300,000; all checks totaled $498.80

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Madison Police Officer Corp. Phillip Malcom arrested a College Park woman that, reports state, may be involved in a massive theft ring concentrating on fraudulent checks cashed at Walmart. According to reports, Latiffany Taylor, 25, was arrested by Malcom soon after she allegedly attempted to cash a fraudulent $498.80 check. The check, Malcom reported, was a payroll check ostensibly from a Nashville, Tenn., medical supply company. After Taylor was apprehended attempting to leave the store by Officer Elliot Kline, Malcom notified an officer with Walmart Global …

Law Enforcement: Aug. 15, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On August 9 a larceny complaint was filed at a Veranda Park Drive location after a man reported that someone entered his unsecured garage and took two mountain bikes. One bike was a red Trek valued at $375 and the other was an orange, ladies’ mountain bike valued at $150. On August 9 a burglary complaint was filed at a Mapp Street location after a man reported that when he arrived home he noticed two chrome 24-inch rims sitting near his carport and a pair of Nike …

Second suspect is arrested in Bostwick beating incident

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By Patrick Yost Editor A second suspect has been arrested and charged in the brutal beating of a 70–year–old Bostwick man. David Gunner McCullough, 19, Greensboro, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and robbery in relation to the beating of Thomas Gary Etris. Etris was found in a pool of blood in the carport area of his Bostwick Highway residence on July 23. According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, McCullough was also charged with burglary in relation to a August 14, 2012 burglary at Etris’ residence. Markley said …

String of thefts from cars plagues Madison

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By Patrick Yost Editor In two days five different vehicles were entered and items were stolen last week. According to Madison Police Department reports, the thefts, which occurred on July 31 and August 1, had a recurring theme. None of the vehicles were locked. “It’s imperative that citizens are proactive when it comes to protecting their property,” says Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn. “When a person leaves their vehicles unlocked and unattended it allows a criminal simple access to valuable items.” Three of the larceny reports were all filed at …

Law Enforcement: Aug. 8, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On July 31 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a South Main Street location after a man reported that someone had entered his unlocked Ford F-150 pickup truck and removed his wallet. The man reported that he had $700 cash and debit and credit cards in the wallet. On July 31 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a Flash Foods, Eatonton Highway, after a woman reported that someone had removed her purse from her unlocked Honda. The woman said the purse contained $150 …

Former Bostwick man indicted in the murder of his grandfather

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  By Patrick Yost Editor A former Bostwick resident has been indicted by a Cobb County Grand Jury for the murder of his grandfather. According to a story published Friday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Casey Collins, 30, and Sarah Cook, 23, were both indicted in the stabbing death of 78-year-old Edward Smith. Collins and Cook were indicted for malice murder, felony murder, four counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and for concealing the death of another, the story states. Collins and Cook were both arrested in May, …

Man attempts to fleece Madison auto parts store: Suspect busted with careful records of returns made to O’Reilly Auto Parts

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By Patrick Yost Editor A Riverdale man faces several criminal charges after he allegedly attempted to return stolen merchandise to a Madison O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store. According to Madison Police Department reports, Troy Durham Wise, 42, was arrested on July 26 at approximately 6:20 p.m. after an employee at the store on Eatonton Road alerted police that a man in the store was attempting to return merchandise that had allegedly been stolen from another O’Reilly’s location. Reports state that an officer observed the man attempting to leave the store’s parking …

Law Enforcement: Aug. 1, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On July 25 a burglary complaint was filed at a Commerce Street location after a man reported that someone had removed a .380 caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol from a drawer in his bedroom dresser. The weapons were valued at $200. On July 28 Sabrina Katrina Caughman, 31, Madison, was cited for shoplifting. According to reports, Caughman was observed by an Ingles employee allegedly taking a six pack of Bud Light beer from the store without paying for the item. Reports state that the employee provided …

Ga. State Patrol Trooper Prosser hosting teen driving class in Morgan County on Aug. 14: PRIDE Class, through Ga. State Patrol and Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute at the University of Georgia, meant for teenagers and their parents; registration deadline is Wednesday, July 31

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By Patrick Yost Editor Trooper First Class Patrick Prosser wants to save a life. Maybe more. As a Georgia State Patrol trooper, Prosser has seen first-hand the tragic results of poor decisions drivers make on Georgia’s roads. Especially, he says, with young drivers. Prosser, in conjunction with the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute at the University of Georgia, is offering teen drivers and potential drivers from ages 14 to 16 years old, a two-hour Parents Reducing Injuries and Drivers Error (PRIDE) class in Morgan County. The class, which will have …

Law Enforcement: July 25, 2013

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Madison Police Department On July 15 a harassing communication complaint was filed at a Twin Bridges Road, Eatonton, location after a woman reported that a man had called her and told her they had met at a restaurant and that he was impressed with the help the woman and her husband had given the man. Reports state that the man then made several inappropriate comments regarding the woman and her husband. The woman questioned the man’s location and the man hung up the phone. The woman then did a reverse …

Woman arrested after alleged attempt to get contraband to inmate

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By Patrick Yost Editor A woman has been arrested and a jail supervisor has resigned over an alleged attempt to get drugs and tobacco to a prisoner at the Morgan County Detention Center. According to Capt. Chris Bish, Criminal Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Shunise Frenchette Reid, 21, Madison, was arrested on June 28 and charged with possession of marijuana with an intent to distribute and crossing the guard line with contraband after she allegedly brought a pack of playing cards to the Morgan County Detention Center that attempted …

Man stabbed 10 times during argument, survives

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By Patrick Yost Editor A 54-year-old man survived being stabbed 10 times during an argument outside a Budget Inn Motel room. Robert James Higgins, Madison, suffered stab wounds to the chest, left arm, left side and back area after he allegedly engaged in a fight with Butler Heard, 50, Madison. Reports state that officers arrived to a distress call at the motel and found Higgins covered with blood sitting in a chair next to a room. A small fixed–blade knife was at his feet, reports state. Higgins told officers that …

Law Enforcement: July 18, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On July 3 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a South Main Street location after a man reported that someone had entered his unlocked Ford Focus and removed a $850 laptop computer. On July 13 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a Churchill Avenue location after a woman reported that someone entered her unlocked Honda Odyssey van and removed a debit card, driver’s license, $30 in cash and $1,400 in jewelry. The woman reported that someone had used the debit card at four …

Law Enforcement: July 11, 2013 edition

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office On July 5 a disorderly conduct complaint was filed at an East Main Street, Rutledge location after a man reported observing a black male walking on East Main Street waving a pistol. According to reports, a deputy and Georgia State Patrol trooper responded to downtown Rutledge and confronted a black juvenile and white juvenile at the Gazebo. Reports state that a deputy located an air soft gun in the black male’s pants pocket. The weapon had been painted black including over the orange safety tip. Reports …

Morgan County Grand Jury returns indictments

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Staff Reports The Morgan County Grand Jury recently met and returned several criminal indictments to the Morgan County Superior Court for the June session. The following individuals were indicted: Benjamin Clay Porter III, 42, Madison, three counts aggravated cruelty to animals and three counts cruelty to animals. According to an arrest warrant, Porter is charged with the death of three dogs found by Morgan County Animal Control on his former property on Enterprise Road on January 28, 2013. Mary Shannon Porter, 42, Madison, three counts aggravated cruelty to animals and …

Law Enforcement: July 4, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On June 25 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at an Old Post Road location after a man reported that someone entered a silver Honda Accord on Old Post Road and removed a Sony CD players a touch screen stereo laying on the back seat, a grey carpeted subwoofer box containing a 12-inch JL Audio speaker and a 12-inch Infiniti speaker. A 2000 watt amplifier was also taken. Total value of the items is $800. On June 7 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at …

Law Enforcement: June 27, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On June 23 Raphael Vanness Brown, 24, Hephzibah, Ga., was arrested and charged with speeding and felony possession of marijuana. According to reports, a vehicle Brown was driving east bound on Interstate 20 was stopped by an officer for speeding. Consequent to the stop, reports state, the officer reported smelling the odor of green marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle allegedly produced two marijuana cigarettes and a vacuum packed bag of suspected marijuana in the vehicle. On June 19 Pledge Keeley, no age, …