On July 4 Willie Siouxast Hardge, 25, Social Circle, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, a loss prevention manager at Wal Mart, Eatonton Road, said that at 11:55 p.m. he observed Hardge take six DVD movies from the electronics department and then he heard Hardge attempting to open the DVD cases. The manager followed Hardge to a vehicle in the parking lot and secured a tag number.

Based on that information officers located Hardge at a Micha Way residence. Hardge told the officers he had taken the DVD’s, reports state and he gave the DVDs to the officers. He was then cited for shoplifting. On July 4 Janie Aretha Swain, 24, Madison, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, Swain allegedly attempted to take a bag of diapers and $26.92 worth of medicine from Wal Mart, Eatonton Road, without paying. Reports state that Swain told a Wal Mart employee she had attempted to take the items because her child needed the items. On July 1 Tonya Lyn Collins, 30, Eatonton, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, officers received a dispatch call stating that a woman had attempted to take several items from Dollar General, Eatonton Road. Officers stopped a vehicle in which the woman was a passenger and observed a child’s inflatable pool in the back seat.

Officers were told by Dollar General employees that the woman had attempted to take more than 20 items worth $73.20 when she was caught. Reports state that she gave all the items back except the inflatable pool and then fled the store. On July 6 Randy Lee Peavy, 42, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and open container violation. According to reports, an off-duty officer allegedly observed Peavy and two other men exit a pickup truck at the Wal Mart parking lot and throw beer cans in a trash can. An officer stopped the vehicle as it was leaving the parking lot for a traffic violation and observed an open can of beer at Peavy’s feet and located a suspected marijuana cigarette in Peavy’s pocket. On July 6 Celestia Arehart, 35, Madison, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. According to reports, an officer located her sleeping in the front yard of a Highland Avenue residence. Reports state that earlier in the day Arehart had been banned from the Budget Inn and two different Commerce Street residences. Reports state that after the officer approached and woke up Arehart she became belligerent during transportation to the Morgan County Detention Center.

On July 3 a firing a weapon complaint was filed at a Morgan Circle location. According to reports, a woman stated that prior to her returning home someone fired 12 rounds at the intersection of Morgan Circle and Eliza Morris street. The woman said her four children were at the residence at the time of the shooting. Twelve brass shell casings were located at the site. The woman’s baby sitter was questioned and told officers that she heard the shooting at approximately 5:15 p.m. and looked out the window but did not see who fired the shots. Officers then determined that the baby sitter had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Walton County and she was then arrested and transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.

On July 2 Phillipe Mantrelle Thomas, 25, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, officers responded to a complaint call on Maple Street regarding Thomas refusing to leave a residence at 2:40 p.m. Thomas had left the area when officers arrived but they were called back at 5:12 p.m. and found Thomas at the residence. The officers attempted to give Thomas a ride to a relative’s house but he refused and told the officers to arrest him and take him to jail. After 10 minutes of discussion, reports state, an officer handcuffed Thomas and two officers placed him in a patrol car for transportation to the Morgan County Detention Center.

On July 1 James Michael Reid, 48, Madison, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and public intoxication. According to reports, an officer at Budget Inn observed Reid on the Budget Inn property even though he had been served a criminal trespass warning against him regarding being on the Budget Inn property. Reid walked into a ditch area between the motel and Ward Road and told the officer he did not have to go any further. The officer advised Reid to go home or go to jail and Reid allegedly laid down in the westbound lane of Ward Road. He was then arrested.