Law Enforcement December 1, 2011
Madison Police Department
• On Nov. 27 Phalon Robertson, 17, Bostwick; Kah’Deem Chisolm, 19, Madison; and Jason Dowdell, 17, Bostwick, were arrested and charged with shoplifting after they allegedly took fountain drinks valued at $3 total and a cheesecake desert cup valued at $2.31 from an Eatonton Road grocery store. According to reports an employee at the store allegedly observed Dowdell and Robertson pour the drinks and attempt to leave the store. The cheesecake desert was located in a red Ford Mustang after officers stopped Chisolm near the store.
• On Nov. 26 a harassing communication complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a man alleged that the boyfriend of his former daughter-in-law had allegedly threatened to cut his throat. According to reports, the boyfriend allegedly called the complainant from the former daughter-in-law’s cell phone. The daughter-in-law told authorities that the complainant made unwelcome comments regarding her physical appearance that she perceived to be sexual in nature. The boyfriend denied making any threats.
• On Nov. 24 a leash law violation complaint was reported at an East Avenue location after a woman reported that a boxer dog attacked her dalmation while she was walking the dog past the East Avenue residence. The woman said the boxer ran from the yard onto the sidewalk and that her dalmation sustained injuries to the left ear, snout, right ear and left hind quarter. The dog’s owner told authorities that she was experiencing a fireplace issue when the incident happened and opened doors to vent smoke from the house.
• On Nov. 20 a city ordinance violation was filed at a South Main Street location after a woman reported that someone was racing four-wheelers on the property adjacent to her residence. An officer responded and spoke with a man who said that the four juveniles were not racing the four-wheelers but were just riding on the property. The officer told the man that the activity might be a city ordinance violation and the man requested to see a copy of the ordinance. The man said that the four riders were nearly done riding for the day. The officer suggested that the man contact city hall on Monday to clarify the ordinance. The man said he would. The complainant said she already left messages with city hall to report the alleged violation.
• On Nov. 19 a warrant for the arrest of Jerieus Marksye Hawkins, 18, Madison, was issued on damage to property charges after he allegedly kicked down the front door to a residence on Micha Way.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On Nov. 27 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Seven Islands Road, Buckhead, convenience store after a man reported that while he was attempting to pull into the convenience store parking lot, he struck a gate. A clerk at the store reported that the gate had been closed by strong winds. The 1996 Jeep Cherokee suffered damage to the grill and the gate was fixed in a position so it would not close on its own again.
• On Nov. 26 Austin Wayne Whitehead, 22, Covington, was arrested and charged with felony theft by deception after he allegedly took $140 from a woman and fled. According to reports, the woman alleged that Whitehead advertised a watch on Craigslist that she wanted to purchase for her father for Christmas. The woman and another man agreed to meet Whitehead at the Dumpster site at the intersection of Centennial and Newborn roads. During the meeting, reports state, Whitehead allegedly demanded to view the money. The woman said she showed him the money and he allegedly snatched it and fled to his car. The couple reported following Whitehead back to his Newton County residence in an attempt to retrieve the money. The woman said Whitehead told the couple he had a weapon and to leave him alone. Whitehead was detained by Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies. He told Morgan County authorities that he never agreed to sell a watch, but met the couple at the intersection because they had called him requesting to purchase pills. He said he took the money and gave the couple an empty cigarette pack and fled. He also alleged that the man with the woman owed him money from a previous transaction.
• On Nov. 24 an entering automobile and theft by taking complaint was filed at a Heidi Trail, Buckhead, location after a woman reported that the father of her child had taken her car keys, bi-polar medications, antibiotics, steroids and diet pills and left the location. The woman said the man arrived and requested to take their daughter. The woman said the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs and she denied the request. The woman said the man then requested money so that he could leave and she also denied that request. The woman said her father forcefully requested that the man leave and he did, but stopped at her vehicle and removed the keys and the medications. The father also requested that the man return tools that he allegedly stole. The woman said the man texted her and told her he had thrown the keys out his window and, therefore, she could not prove that the incident occurred.
• On Nov. 23 a theft by taking and burglary complaint was filed at a Madison Woods location after a woman reported that someone had forcibly entered her residence and removed a new, 19-inch, flat-screen television and a government-issued cell phone. The woman said this was the fourth time she had been burglarized and that the suspect also inspected under her mattress.
• On Nov. 22 an affray complaint was filed at a McDonough Street, Rutledge, location after an altercation on a basketball court led to a physical confrontation between a 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old male. According to reports, the 16-year-old told police that during the game the other male struck him on the head with a ball and slapped him. The younger man said he then body slammed the older male to the ground and left with his cousin to go to his grandmother’s house. Reports state that the grandmother and the boy’s aunt both drove the 16-year-old to McDonough Street to find the 17-year-old. Once he was located, reports state, the grandmother instructed several people at the scene not to interfere and the two young men continued to fight. The 17-year-old told police that when the grandmother and aunt and the juvenile male arrived, the grandmother allegedly exited the vehicle with a large stick and instructed the 16-year-old to hold the 17-year-old in order to allow her an opportunity to strike the 17-year-old with the stick. The 17-year-old said that he then began fighting anew with the 16-year-old and, at one point in the fight, the grandmother delivered the stick to the 16-year-old who then used the stick to gain advantage in the fight. After the stick was introduced, reports state, the fight was broken up. Both young men had visible injuries. The 17-year-old’s mother advised police that she was going to file warrants for the arrest of both the 16-year-old and his grandmother. “She stated she was going to ‘handle it,’" reports state.
Printed in the December 1, 2011 edition