Law Enforcement • December 13, 2012
Madison Police Department
• On Dec. 7 Morgan Elizabeth Bruce, 18, Rutledge, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after she allegedly attempted to take a pair of earrings without paying for the items from a Jefferson Street store. According to reports, Bruce and another teen were observed walking through the store and holding items. When the two attempted to leave the store they were confronted by a Morgan County Sheriff's deputy who questioned the girls on what had happened to the items they were holding. The second girl told the officer that she had placed the items back on the shelf. The deputy stated that while a store owner was with the second girl he observed Bruce remove the earrings from her pants pocket and place them on a shelf. She was then arrested. Both girls were served with trespass notices for the store.
• On Dec. 6 a larceny complaint was filed at a West Washington Street condominium after a woman reported that someone had removed three Louis Vuitton purses from a vacant condominium. The woman said she was using the vacant condominium for storage. She said she had placed the purses in the space in July but had been out of the state for several months. She valued the purses at $2,000.
• On Dec. 6 Eddie B. Haley, 30, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. According to reports, Haley was stopped by a Madison officer who reported that Haley had active warrants for his arrest out of Clarke County. The officer reported that following the stop he contacted Clarke County authorities and was told to detain Haley. Consequent to Haley's detention the officer searched a jacket that allegedly belongs to Haley and located a small bag of suspected marijuana in a jacket pocket.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On Dec. 10 a trespassing complaint was filed at a Lower Apalachee Road location after a woman reported that someone had entered her residence and consumed three sodas. the woman said the incident occurred sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 9.
• On Dec. 9 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a Double Bridges Road location after a man reported that a man contacted him regarding an earlier incident between the man and the complainant's son and told the man he wanted "to talk to you face to face because I've got something for you." The complainant also said the man called a day later and requested that the complainant bring his son as well. The man said the calls were prompted by an incident between the man and the complainant's son that is scheduled to go to court on Dec. 14.
• On Dec. 9 a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at a Newborn Road location after a woman reported that someone had damaged the interior of a house. Reports state that the woman had moved out of the house after she had seperated from her husband. The woman said the husband moved out approximately three weeks later and that she had returned to the house to clean it in hopes of moving back in. The woman said the last time she came to the house someone had entered and destroyed sheet rock walls and pulled wiriing from behind the walls. There was no forced sign of entry, reports state.
• On Dec. 9 a found property report was filed at a Sugar Creek Church Road location after a man reported that he found a pair of green-handled plyers near an area where, a month ago, someone had stolen a motorcycle and pushed it off his property. The man said he believes the plyers may belong to the person responsible for the theft.
• On Dec. 7 a 14-year-old male student at Morgan County Middle School was cited for carrying weapons within a school zone after a teacher alerted school officials that the student had a folding knife in the outside compartment of a book bag. According to reports, the teacher was helping the student organize the book bag when the weapon was discovered. The student told the teacher that he had placed the knife in the bag prior to school.
• On Dec. 6 a theft by taking and entering auto complaint were filed at a Bostwick Highway location after a man reported that someone had removed a black .40 caliber Glock pistol from his vehicle. The man said on Dec. 4 he was visiting the residence and three men were standing outside. The man said he stayed at the residence for approximately one hour and left. The man said two days later he went to retrieve the pistol and holster and noticed they were gone from the vehicle.
• On Dec. 5 a terroristic threats and acts and mental person report was filed at a Baldwin Dairy Road location after deputies were called about a woman who had made threats towards a man. When deputies arrived they located the woman sitting in a metal chair in her front yard. The woman told the officers that they needed to take her to jail so she could live there because three men were allegedly coming on her property and creating a smell in order to drive her away. The woman said she had not observed the men but knew them by smell. Reports state during the interview the woman threatened the men with either a gun or a knife. After consultation with a judge, the woman was transported to Morgan Memorial Hospital for mental evaluation. The officer noted that between January 1, 2011 and Dec. 6, 2012 Morgan County 911 had been called approximately 75 times from the residence regarding domestic incidents, harassing communications and violent or suicidal threats. The officer noted that he had responded to the residence 11 times in that same time period.
• On Dec. 3 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Knights Road location after a man alleged that his brother has struck him in the head. The man told authorities that a fight started after he told his brother not to download pornography on a computer the complainant had set up for his parents. The man also alleged that his brother was absent without leave from the U.S. Marines. Deputies attempted to speak to the brother but were told that he had left the residence with his mother. Deputies checked and found that active warrants had been issued for the brother from Camp Lejune Military Base in North Carolina.
Printed in the December 13, 2012 edition