Law Enforcement • December 6, 2012
Morgan County Sheriff's Department
• On Dec. 2 a deceased animal report was filed at a Seven Islands Road, Buckhead, residence after a man reported finding a dead Jack Russell dog in his yard. The man said on the previous day he had heard a single gunshot at about 10 a.m. The man said he believes the dog belonged to a neighbor.
• On Dec. 1 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Blackwell Road location after a man reported that a chef at the location had left work early and without permission and had allegedly taken a Beretta 12-gauge shotgun. The man said the suspect's girlfriend had called him and told him that the suspect said he was in North Carolina with a loaded shotgun and that police were looking for him.
• On Dec. 1 an attempted suicide report was filed at a Seven Islands Road, Buckhead location after a deputy responded to a suicide attempt report. Reports state that when the deputy arrived he observed a 43-year-old woman who told the deputy she had stabbed herself in the stomach. The deputy contacted emergency medical services and the woman was transported to Athens Regional Hospital. Reports state that the wound did not appear to be life-threatening.
• On Dec. 1 a theft by taking complaint was filed at an Indian Bend, Rutledge, location after a man reported that he had accidently left his cell phone in a vehicle driven by a Greshamville woman. According to reports, the man said he had called the woman who told him she had seen his phone. The man said later when he made arrangements to pick up the phone the woman told him two other men had borrowed her car and she did not know where the phone was located.
• On Nov. 29 a vehicle fire report was filed at a Nunnally Road, Rutledge, location after a deputy observed a large cloud of smoke at 3 a.m. while patrolling the area. Reports state that a vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. A man arrived and told the deputy that he had heard approximately 20 gunshots in the area of the burning vehicle. A radio and an Infinity car sticker were recovered from the vehicle.
• On Nov. 29 a suspicious mail report was filed at a Thankful Road location after a woman reported that she has been innudated with sweepstake offers. The woman told a deputy that approximately one year ago she had sent $20 into a sweepstake contest and since has received numerous mailings and phone calls from people attempting to get money and personal information from her.
• On Nov. 27 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Broughton Road location after a man reported that someone had taken three chain saws from a shed on his property. The saws are a Stihl, Husquvarna and Poulon Pro and are valued at $800.
• On Nov. 27 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Fairplay Road, Rutledge, location after a man reported that someone had taken an enclosed trailer. The man said the trailer contained approximatley $20,000 worth of antiques and old furniture that had been removed from his deceased mother's residence.
Madison Police Department
• On Dec. 1 an arson complaint was filed at a Sulgrave Drive apartment after a woman reported that someone started a fire at her front door. According to reports, the woman said she noticed the fire at approximately 4 a.m. The fire was fueled by charcoal, aluminum cans, shoes and other household trash. No injuries were reported.
• On Dec. 1 a damage to property complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road motel after a woman reported that two people had trashed a motel room. Reports state that an officer was flagged down by a motel employee who told him that a couple had left the room in the middle of the night. Reports state that a hole had been knocked in a wall, a refrigerator had been pushed over, food had been thrown around the room, medication had been thrown around the room and there were dirty towels and clothes thrown around the room.
• On Dec. 2 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Highland Avenue location after a man reported that someone had damaged his mailbox. The man said the mailbox had also been knocked off its post two nights prior. An officer also observed three other mailboxes on the same street that had been knocked off their posts.
• On Dec. 1 Wanda Y. Martinez, 33, Madison, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and interference with a business. According to reports, Martinez was charged after an officer told her several times to quit screaming. Reports state that an officer was called to an Eatonton Road motel for a disturbance call and when he arrived he observed Martinez yelling at a motel employee. Reports state that Martinez became upset when a motel employee came to a room she and another man were renting and told them that he had received noise complaints from the room. Martinez allegedly demanded her money back and the motel employee told her and the man that he would refund the money once they cleared their belongings from the room. The man with Martinez attempted to calm her but, reports state, she allegedly accused him of having a relationship with another woman. The officer placed Martinez in the back of his patrol car in an attempt to calm her but she started kicking the windows of the car. At that point she was placed under arrest.
• On Dec. 1 Sylvia Crew, 47, Madison, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after she allegedly took more than $100 worth of groceries from an Eatonon Road grocery store without paying. According to reports, she was stopped outside the store by a manager. The stolen items included four cans of energy drink, popcorn, coleslaw and pacifiers. The items were hidden in a baby carriage, reports state.
• On Nov. 27 a criminal trespass and larceny complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road wrecker service after a man reported that someone had cut through a security fence and removed two tires and wheels valued at $1,303.
• On Nov. 28 a larceny complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road truck stop after a man reported that someone had siphoned approximately 50 gallons of fuel from his truck. According to reports, the man said while he was sleeping a "low fuel" indicator chimed. The man said he looked in a sideview mirror and observed a man closing the door of a truck and driving away.
Reports state that the fuel cap was off the truck and there was a trail of fuel leading away from the vehicle.
• On Nov. 30 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Cooks Hill Road location after a woman reported that someone had taken parts of her free-standing porch. The woman stated that her house had been destroyed by a tornado but she left the porch because she intends to rebuild on the site. She also said concrete blocks had been removed.
• On Dec. 2 a damage to property complaint was filed at an East Jefferson Street location after a woman reported that her ex-boyfriend had kicked the driver side headlight of the Ford Ranger she was driving. The woman reported that the man was upset because she was attempting to leave the location. The man had fled the scene on foot when officers arrived.
• On Dec. 2 a larceny complaint was filed at a Hill Street residence after a man reported that someone had removed a grey and orange DBX 10 speed boys mountain bike from his garage. The bike is valued at $250.
Printed in the December 6, 2012 edition