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By Patrick Yost editor Two gun welding men burst into Madison’s Moore’s Pharmacy Saturday morning and held the owner and his son at gun point while they robbed the store of cash and prescription narcotics. According to Sgt. Scott Pitocchelli, Madison Police Department, two black males with masks and pistols entered the drug store located on Eatonton Road at approximately 9 a.m. Owner David Moore and his son Joseph were at the store during the robbery. The men arrived in a stolen commercial cleaning van and left the store approximately …

Chase ends when bike runs out of gas drug charges filed against suspect

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By Patrick Yost editor A South Carolina man attempted to flee officers both on a motorcycle and on foot before he was apprehended and charged with a host of drug offenses. According to Madison Police Department reports, Jonathan Jeriniah Busch, 39, Akins, S.C. was arrested on Saturday, August 6 at approximately 3:30 p.m. after he attempted to flee from Madison Police Officer Andrew Koth. Koth, reports state, first observed Busch standing beside a motorcycle parked behind the Bulldog BP gas station on Monticello Road. When Koth approached Busch he was …

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Madison Police Department On August 6 a damage to property complaint was filed at the Wal Mart parking lot, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said that when she returned to her vehicle parked at row 9, she noticed a small dent and deep scratches on the passenger side of the vehicle. On August 5 a counterfeit bill complaint was filed at McDonalds, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said two elderly women used a counterfeit $10 bill to pay for an order at the drive through lane. …

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Madison Police Department On July 29 a burglary complaint was filed at the Budget Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a man said that he had just received a new Samsung phone from an insurance claim. The man said a man in a neighboring room was “constantly” asking to borrow money and cigarettes. The complainant said he left the room, walked to the store, purchased a pack of Newports and returned. The man said he gave his neighbor four Newport cigarettes and placed the remaining pack and cell phone on …

South Carolina men charged in Craigslist scam

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By Patrick Yost editor Two South Carolina men were arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property and theft by bringing stolen property into the state after they allegedly attempted to sell a stolen customized golf cart. Kenayas Lavert Kelly, 29, McCormick, S.C. and Byron Cordez Heath, 26, McCormick both remain incarcerated in the Morgan County Detention Center after their Sunday, July 24 arrest. The pair were arrested in the parking lot of the Buckhead Chevron, Seven Islands Road after they alleged attempted to sell the golf cart to …

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Madison Police Department On July 25 a theft by taking and criminal trespass complaint was filed at TA Truck Stop, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee reported that someone had broken into a coin-operated Georgia Lottery machine and removed money from the machine. On July 23 a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that sometime between 3:16 a.m. and 4 a.m. someone damaged the trunk lid of her 2013 Kia Optima. The complainant offered officers a suspect …

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Madison Police Department On July 17 a shoplifting arrest warrant was issued for Demondre Stephen Mathis, 29, Madison. According to reports, Mathis allegedly took a can of beer from the Golden Pantry Store, North Main Street, without paying for the item. Reports state that a clerk allegedly observed Mathis place two beers in his pants pockets and then walk to the counter to pay for a beer he had in his hand. When the clerk confronted Mathis regarding the pocket beers, Mathis allegedly placed one beer on the counter and …

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Madison Police Department On June 27 a theft by shoplifting compliant was filed at Wal Mart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee alleged that he observed a Wal Mart employee remove a Blue Tooth device from its packaging, place the device on his person and then throw the empty package into a cardboard baling machine. Reports state that the employee was fired. No arrest or warrant for arrest was made. On July 7 Kabria Nicole Humphries, 17, Madison was arrested and charged with simple assault. According to reports, Humphries …

Criminal sentences given in Superior Court

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By Patrick Yost editor The following persons were adjudicated last week during criminal hearings in Morgan County Superior Court. Quwan Raymond Kendrick, 24, Atlanta pled guilty to one count theft by taking and one count criminal trespass. Kendrick was sentenced to 10 years. According to court documents, Kendrick was arrested on March 26, 2014 after he and another person entered property on Walter Shepperd Road, Rutledge and took a Honda CRV. David Stephen Suggs, 33, Cohoes, New York pled guilty to one count speeding and was sentenced to one year …

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Madison Police Department On June 29 a burglary complaint was filed at a East Avenue residence. According to reports, the executor of an empty property stated that sometime between June 16 and June 29 someone entered the vacant residence through a sun room door. Damages were made to both the sun room door and French doors. Estimated damages is $1,000. On June 29 an information report was filed at the Morgan County Courthouse, East Jefferson Street. According to reports, a man said that after a temporary protective order hearing, he …

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Madison Police Department On June 24 an information report was filed at a Lions Club Road location. According to reports, a man alleged that during a fire fighting demonstration some fire extinguisher residue was left on his truck. The man alleged that the residue damaged his paint job and has sent the city of Madison a quote to repaint his truck. On June 25 an aggravated stalking complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location. According to reports, a woman alleged that her ex-husband had made continuous attempts to contact …

Wilkerson indicted for murder of son

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Arlie Wilkerson, 82, was indicted for murder by a Morgan County Grand Jury on June 7. In March, Wilkerson was charged with fatally shooting his son, Bryan David Wilkerson, 54, after confessing to firing six shots into his son as he slept at their shared home in Rutledge. Arlie Wilkerson, a decorated Korean War veteran who is now wheelchair-bound, called the police himself on the morning of March 11 to confess to killing a man inside his home. Police later discovered it was Wilkerson’s …

Couple asleep in truck charged with heroin possession

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By Jamison Hooks staff On June 15 at 1:50 a.m. 31-year-old Charles Starnes and 31-year-old Kera Sharpe were arrested and charged with possession of heroin. Corporal Andy Cason of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious vehicle located at 1740 Seven Islands Road. When Cason approached the 1991 Ford Ranger he noticed a male and female sleeping inside the vehicle. Cason approached the truck and asked the couple inside why they were sleeping. According to the incident report, the woman advised Cason that the vehicle ran out of …

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Madison Police Department On June 14 Richard L. Yerian, 39, Jackson, Ohio, was arrested and charged with interference with a business. According to reports, an officer was called to the Exxon convenience store, Monticello Highway at 8:45 p.m. in response to a man stating that someone was trying to hurt him. When the officer arrived he observed Yerian in a “highly intoxicated” state. Yerian could not tell the officer how he had gotten to the store but said he had been beaten by a group of people. The officer noted …

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Madison Police Department On May 31 a theft by taking complaint was filed at the Madison Aquatic Center, East Avenue. According to reports, a woman stated that someone took her son’s Apple I phone 6 from a black bag he had stored in the locker room at the pool. The woman said the phone is valued at $629 and that the theft occurred sometime between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. On May 31 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a South Main Street location. According to reports, a …

Chase rips through Buckhead

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By Jamison Hooks staff A high-speed chase beginning in Greene County ended with the seizure of a stolen vehicle, drugs, two semi-automatic weapons, and the arrest of a convicted-felon, John Lamar Pelican. “The chase was initiated in our county and Deputy McCannon got behind him and chased him through Morgan County into Putnam,” explained Greene County Sheriff Donnie Harrison. At 2:19 pm on May 26, Greene County Deputy Robert McCannon was traveling west on GA 402 when he noticed a grey Dodge Charger with North Carolina plates. McCannon initially pursued …

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Madison Police Department On May 27 a recovered stolen vehicle report was filed at the Madison Crossing Shopping Complex, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an officer observed a “suspicious” vehicle parked at the shopping center at midnight, unoccupied. The officer ran the license tag number and it returned as stolen from DeKalb County. The vehicle was towed by Youngblood Motors. On May 24 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Flambeau Manufacturing, Atlanta Highway. According to reports, a shift supervisor reported that someone had broken into a Vend-A-Matic machine …

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Madison Police Department On May 20 Daniel Chavez, 26, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. According to reports, a Madison Police Department officer arrived at Chavez’s Garnett Street residence in response to reports that the front door of the residence was open. The officer approached the house to check on a possible burglary and allegedly observed Chavez and a second man sitting on a couch near the open front door. A pipe and loose suspected marijuana were observed, the officer reported. He also stated that Chavez said …

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Madison Police Department On May 12 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Enterprise Rental Car, Eatonton Road, after a man alleged that someone had taken personal items from his rental car. According to reports, the complainant said that he had been arrested while driving the rental car. The rental car was eventually towed to Enterprise where the car was cleaned and, reports state, items removed. The complainant alleged that more than $3,000 worth of items, including Gucci flip flops and a $480 money order were taken. He also …

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Madison Police Department On May 2 an information report was filed at Burger King, Eatonton Road after an employee alleged that her manager placed hands on her at work. According to reports, the employee said she and the manager got in a verbal argument regarding what time she could leave work. The employee said she told the manager she was leaving 30 minutes early and the manager said if she did so she would be fired. The employee alleged that as she was standing next to a door waiting on …