Golf Cart attack

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By Patrick Yost editor A Madison man faces several felony charges, including aggravated assault and obstruction of a police officer, after he allegedly attempted to run over an officer with a golf cart. According to reports, Steven Floyd Adcock, 39, Madison, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, obstruction, driving while license suspended; habitual violator and fleeing and attempting to elude police after an officer applied a taser cartridge to Adock at approximately 9 p.m. last Thursday. Reports state that Corporal Stacey Eaton, Madison Police Department, was on routine patrol when …

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Madison Police Department

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  On November 1 a damage to property and simple assault complaint was filed at a Highland Avenue location. According to reports, a man said that after he and a friend returned to Micha Way from a party, the friend became upset because he alleged that the complainant was speaking with men who live in the Orchard Grove area. The complainant said his friend then struck him in the lip and broke the window on his 1978 Chevrolet pickup truck. On November 1 Quentin Hardge, 19, Madison, was arrested and …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On November 1 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Chivers Avenue, Buckhead location after a man reported that someone had run over a light pole on his front yard. The complainant estimated it would cost $600 to repair the pole. On November 2 a fight complaint was filed at a Weaver Jones Road, Rutledge location after a man and woman alleged that there son had attacked the father. Reports state that a deputy located the son driving a Cadillac Escalade and detained him. The son said he …

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Woman gets 15 years in I–20 wreck

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By Patrick Yost editor A Columbia, S.C. woman who struck a tow truck operator on Interstate 20 in April pled guilty last week to one count of DUI and one count serious injury by vehicle. Gladys Patricia McDaniel, 54, was sentenced to 15 years with three years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. On April 20 Scott Youngblood, the president and co-owner of Youngblood Motors in Madison, was attempting to remove a vehicle from the westbound lane of Interstate 20. Earlier reports state that two Morgan …

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Last fallen trooper is memorialized

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By Tia Lyn Lecorchick managing editor The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) held the last of 23 road dedications in two years honoring fallen troopers in Madison on Thursday, Oct. 23. A section of 441 south between the city limits of Madison and Eatonton was named for Fallen Trooper John Dixon Morris, who died in route to a school bus crash in a car accident in May of 1982. The portion of the road dedicated to Dixon was chosen because it was a “favorite spot” of Dixon’s to patrol. The nearly …

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Jury says ‘not guilty’ in molestation case, others sentenced

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The following cases were adjudicated during a criminal trial week at Morgan County Superior Court last week. Angel A. Hernandez, 32, Euless, Texas, pled guilty to one count of trafficking in marijuana. He was sentenced to 20 years with five years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation. He was fined $100,000. According to court documents, Hernandez was arrested on November 27, 2007 by a Georgia State Patrol trooper after the trooper located approximately 40 pounds of marijuana in a trunk compartment in a rental vehicle. Al …

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Law Enforcement

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Madison Police Department: On October 21 a check forgery complaint was filed at a Lions Club Road welding shop after a woman said her business account had been closed because of fraudulent activity. Reports state that the woman was contacted regarding a fraudulent $1,369 check that had been created and cashed in Thomaston bearing her business name and checking account number. Reports state that a black male also attempted to cash two more fraudulent checks in Locus Grove and Griffin. The man fled the bank in Locus Grove and left …

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Madison Police Department: On October 18 Melissa Ellen Kettler, 23, Eatonton, was arrested and charged with larceny. According to reports, Kettler was arrested after she allegedly took cash from a cash register and took a cash deposit while she was employed at Subway restaurant, Eatonton Road. On October 19 a burglary complaint was filed at a Larkmartin Street location. According to reports, a woman said someone entered her unsecured residence and removed a Mossberg .270 rifle and a Playstation 4 game console. On October 17 a fraud and harassment complaint …

Trooper Sewell remembered

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor The Georgia State Patrol held a luncheon, memorial service, and road dedication for a fallen trooper, Keith Harlan Sewell, a First Class Trooper, who died in 1979 in a car crash while answering a call concerning a motorcycle gang riot in Greene County. The call was later discovered to be a false call. Sewell’s family, Georgia State Patrolmen, and local law enforcement representatives gathered to witness the unveiling of a memorial sign dedicating the bridge of Route 441 near Apalachee Road to Trooper Sewell …

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Facebook rant causes church to evacuate

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A threatening message left on the Centennial Baptist Church Facebook page had police officers scrambling and church officials shutting down services last Sunday. According to a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office report, Centennial Baptist Pastor Michael Stovall alerted authorities that a man had left a message stating “If you decide to got to church this morning, avoid Centennial Baptist in Rutledge/Madison, G. Details on why coming soon. Stay tuned…” According to an email sent to church members by Pastor Stovall, the church “determined that the only way …

Law Enforcement: Madison Police Department

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  On October 12 Taranda Hulsey, 27, Sparta, was cited for disorderly conduct. According to reports, Hulsey allegedly threatened a 15-year-old female at a Micha Way apartment. Reports state that the juvenile alleged that Hulsey threatened to kill two of her family members and then walked to his vehicle and retrieved a pistol. When officers arrived Hulsey was sitting on a couch with the pistol within reach. He told the officers he had argued but had not threatened anyone and that he had a concealed carry permit for the pistol. …

Law Enforcement: Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On October 13 a counterfeit currency complaint was filed at Morgan County High School. According to reports, a member of the Morgan County Air Force Junior ROTC reported that while the members had collected money for the “Wounded Warrior Project,” he noticed that one of the $10 bills collected appeared to be counterfeit. A deputy confirmed that the bill was counterfeit and it was seized. On October 12 Ryan Johnson, 25, Madison, Eric Johnson, no age, no address given and Jessica Adams, no age, no address given, were all arrested …

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Pilot at fault in fungicide spread, DOA says

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Dept. of Agriculture says chemicals applied illegally in bird deaths The Department of Agriculture findings lend credence to Michael Vaden’s claims that a neighboring dairy farm’s crop dusting practices led to the sickness and death of over 20 exotic birds that were to be a part of the coming Georgia Zoo and Safari Park next spring. Michael Vaden, one of the founders of the coming zoo, blames the crop dusting, spread via airplane, from Everett Williams’ dairy farm for contaminating his property, the River …

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Man shot in leg

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By Patrick Yost editor A 62–year–old Madison man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly shot a man in the leg. Willie Thomas Clower was arrested at his Holland Springs Road residence at approximately 8:15 p.m. after deputies responded to a report of a person being shot. When officers arrived they observed Clower sitting on the porch of the residence with a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber pistol next to Clower. They also observed a 52–year–old man …

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On October 5 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Apalachee Woods Trail, Buckhead, location. According to reports, a man said someone entered his property and removed a trailer that contained a four-wheeler, a Stihl weed blower, Ryobi chain saw and battery charger. The trailer was located on the side of Oconee Road but all the items, including a deer stand, were taken.   On October 5 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Pinetree Circle location. According to reports, a man alleged that a woman …

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Madison Police Department

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On October 3 a simple assault complaint was filed at a Micha Way location. According to reports, a man said he had moved out of the residence he shared with the mother of his children and had moved in with his mother because of “relationship problems.” The man said the mother attempted to talk to the woman but the woman allegedly threw a liquor bottle at the mother. The man said he went to the mother’s apartment and confronted her regarding the bottle throwing incident and she grabbed him by …

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Madison Police Department: On September 27 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Morgan Circle location. According to reports, a woman said that someone had slashed the front tire of her 2007 Chevy Impala. The complainant said that last week someone slashed two tires on the vehicle. The woman said replacement cost for the tire is $109. On September 27 a damage to property complaint was filed at Budget Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said she observed a man standing next to a vehicle and …

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On August 18 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Reese Road location. According to reports, a man said he found a white Crown Victoria parked in his driveway. Reports state that the engine compartment was still warm but a search for a driver was unsuccessful. A wrecker was called to remove the vehicle but moments before the wrecker arrived the driver of the vehicle arrived and said that he had run out of gas. The driver said he thought he shared the driveway with the complainant. He was …

Madison Police Department

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On August 15 a fraud (impersonation) complaint was filed at a Green Meadows Drive location. According to reports, an 81-year-old woman was told by her bank that someone had used her identification to have a GE Capitol Card issued and that the card had been used at a dentist center in Gainesville, Fla. For $5,000 worth of services. On August 14 a larceny complaint was filed at a Bell Circle location. According to reports, a man said someone had removed a yellow 7/11 combination ladder from the side of his …

Law Enforcement-Madison Police Department

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On August 10 a larceny complaint was filed at an East Jefferson Street location after a man reported someone entered his apartment and removed his brown leather wallet. On August 10 a damage to property and larceny complaint was filed at Ingles gas station, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee reported that someone had shattered the glass of a Coke machine and removed Coke products. Video tape showed two white males approaching the machine at 2 a.m. One male was wearing a black hoodie, a red shirt, black pants …