Law Enforcement November 24, 2011
• On Nov. 20 a warrant was issued for the arrest of Tony Arness Jacobs, 43, Madison, for driving with a revoked driver’s license, weaving on the roadway and attempting to flee or elude after an officer allegedly observed Jacobs driving a silver Taurus out of a convenience store parking lot at 2:21 a.m. According to reports, the officer was aware that Jacobs did not have a license. The officer reported that he followed the silver Taurus and that it stopped on North Main Street after the officer attempted to pull the vehicle over. When the officer exited his patrol vehicle, the Taurus fled. The officer followed the Taurus to Turner Road and the vehicle left the road and travelled on a dirt road into a wooded area. The officer and a Morgan County deputy later discovered the abandoned Taurus near a wooded area. Two open cans of beer were located in the vehicle. The vehicle was seized as evidence and impounded. Jacobs was not found.
• On Nov. 19 Scotty Ali Wyatt, 40, Madison, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass after an officer observed Wyatt on the property of a West Washington Street liquor store. Reports state that Wyatt had been previously banned from the property.
• On Nov. 19 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a South Main Street location after a man reported that he heard a noise coming from the front door and when he checked the front door he noticed that the door had been forcefully pulled outward. The man said he attempted to close the door but the door was stuck. The outer door knob was damaged, reports state.
• On November 17 Roger Codarro Smith, 46, Madison, was arrested and charged with drunkenness and disturbing the peace after he alleged accosted several customers at a North Main Street convenience store. According to reports, Smith allegedly made inappropriate remarks regarding the female clerk and also insinuated that he desired sexual relations with a customer. Officers had received earlier complaints regarding Smith’s behavior initially on Main Street.
• On Nov. 13 a forgery of checks complaint was filed at the Madison Police Department after a woman reported that a man had photocopied a company check and cashed the check at three different locations. Reports state that the woman alleged that one of the fraudulent checks was cashed for $200 at an Eatonton Road truck stop.
• On Nov. 16 Brittany Lynn Leach, 22, White Plains, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct after she allegedly cut two other women with a razor knife during a fight on Meadow Ridge Drive. According to reports, a woman stated that Leach allegedly approached her on Meadow Ridge and engaged in a confrontation allegedly over a dispute over a former boyfriend. Reports state that Leach allegedly swung the knife at the woman who fell. Reports state that the woman was cut on the arm and on the stomach. Another woman allegedly picked up a stick and beat Leach, forcing her to drop the razor. That woman gave officers the razor. The second woman also received cuts to her hand.
• On Nov. 15 Lachaka Torressa Stewart, 33, Madison, was arrested and charged with false report of a crime, obstruction and disorderly conduct after an officer responded to a complaint that a woman was being beaten on Jefferson Street. Officers responded but found no incident at that location. Officers located Stewart at a motel where she was arrested for false report of a crime. After that arrest, reports state, she allegedly cursed at officers at which point she was also charged with disorderly conduct.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On Nov. 14 a theft by taking complaint was filed on Interstate 20 near Buckhead after a man reported that someone had taken his 1988 F-150 pickup truck. Reports state that the man said the truck broke down on Nov. 9. The South Carolina resident said his wife picked him up and he arranged for someone to tow the truck back to South Carolina on Nov. 14. The man said when he arrived at the site where he had left the truck he noticed the truck was missing.
• On Nov. 20 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Wallace Road location after a woman alleged that a 17-year-old neighbor had pulled her mailbox from the ground before throwing it across the road and that the male had allegedly hit her donkey on the head with a rock. A deputy reportedly viewed a text message from the male to the complainant’s daughter inferring that the donkey “probably had a headache because he hit him with a rock.” Estimated damage to the mailbox is $70.
• On Nov. 5 a destruction of mailbox complaint was filed at a Fairplay Street, Rutledge, location after a man reported that someone had taken his mailbox off the post and thrown the mailbox over a fence. The mailbox was recovered.
• On Nov. 17 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at an Atlanta Highway, Rutledge location after a man reported that someone had entered a vacant house and removed doors, fixtures, woodwork and appliances. The complainant said he worked for a bank which currently owned the house and was attempting to get the house in condition for sale.
• On Nov. 15 Carla Lateese Johnson, 34, Madison, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after deputies were called to an Athens Highway residence in regards to a domestic dispute. According to reports, a man at the residence told the officers that Johnson was upset regarding some news she had received from Florida. The man said she had broken several windows out of the house. Reports state that a deputy allegedly observed Johnson was intoxicated. The man told officers he would calm Johnson down and that he did not want her to be incarcerated. Deputies agreed and left but were called back to the residence 30 minutes later at which point Johnson met them at the door and allegedly stated that the deputy “could just take her to jail.”
• On Nov. 14 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Bostwick Road location after a man reported that someone had entered a shed on his property and removed an air compressor, a skill saw, a belt sander, a weed eater and a socket set. A woman returned the air compressor while a deputy was at the residence but she said she had not removed any other items from the shed.
• On Nov. 11 a carrying weapons within a school safety zone complaint was filed at Morgan County High School after a deputy responded to a complaint that a student had a knife. Reports state that the deputy confiscated a folding knife and a box cutter from a 14-year-old female student. Reports state that the student told authorities she had brought the weapons to school in order to cut a male student. The juvenile was released to her mother.
• On Saturday, Nov. 12 an entering auto complaint was filed at a Centennial Road, Rutledge, location after a man reported that his son had interrupted someone attempting to steal items from his vehicle. Reports state that the son said he walked outside to smoke and while he was standing on the back porch he heard a man yell an expletive and flee the carport. The man ran into the woods behind the house. The son said he gave chase but did not catch the man. The man was described as white, 5’7”, 140 pounds and wearing shorts, tennis shoes and white T-shirt with a blue and orange logo on the back.
Printed the November 24, 2011 edition