Celebrity burglar strikes Madison? Thefts of silver range from Charleston to Belle Meade, Tenn.

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A man dubbed “Burglar to the Stars” may have been involved in the theft of more than $20,000 of antique sterling silver from a Madison resident. According to Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, the recent arrest of Blane Nordahl in Florida due to similar thefts alerted local authorities that Nordahl might also be connected to a March 24 theft at a Dixie Avenue residence. In that theft, Ashburn said, a large window pane was removed from the front of the house and someone entered and removed …

Traffic stop leads to arrest for meth, marijuana

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A traffic stop last Thursday, August 29, led to the arrest of a Madison man for possession of both marijuana and methamphetamine. According to Madison Police Department reports, Richard Scott Smith, 31, was arrested after the 1 a.m. stop on U.S. 441. Reports state that Officer Elliot Kline allegedly observed Scott driving a black 1994 Honda Accord northbound on U.S. 441 near Zaxby’s restaurant without headlights. Kline reported that following the stop, Smith told the officer he had a warrant for his arrest from south Georgia …

Teen arrested and charged with obstruction, possession

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A 16-year-old male was arrested on August 22 after a 200 yard foot chase and charged with receiving a stolen vehicle, giving false information, obstruction and possession of controlled substances. According to Madison Police Department reports, officers were dispatched to the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store, Eatonton Road, in reference to a suspicious male sitting in a pickup truck near employee parking. When officers arrived, they located the juvenile sitting in the truck. The juvenile told officers that he was waiting for his uncle …

Law Enforcement: Sept. 5, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On August 30 Marvin Seetell McCommons, 33, Union Point, was arrested and charged with resisting officer, driving with a suspended license, open container and giving false name. According to reports, a Dodge Stratus McCommons was driving north on South Main Street was stopped for an alleged defective tag light at approximately 12:30 a.m. Following the stop, reports state, the officer noted that McCommons appeared nervous and called for backup. McCommons allegedly told the officer that his name was Benjamin McCommons. The officer reported that dispatch advised his …

Law Enforcement: Aug. 29, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On Aug. 24, an illegal use of credit cards incident was filed at a Highland Avenue location. According to the report, the complainant told an officer that his debit card had been used illegally after midnight in New York City, charging an amount of $304 to the card. Reportedly, the complainant contacted local law enforcement in order to comply with instructions from his bank. On Aug. 19, a burglary complaint was filed at a Porter Street location. According to the report, the complainant stated that someone entered …

Law Enforcement: Aug. 22, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On August 13 a simple battery complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road department store after a woman alleged that while she was waiting to check out, a black male, aged 15-years to 18-years-old, placed his hand between the woman’s leg and rubbed her buttock. The woman said she smacked the male on the arm and the male fled the store and ran towards Budget Inn. On August 17 Kendrick Lewis Simmons, 23, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, …

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 …