On Sept. 27, an information report was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said she was walking through the store with her purse on her shoulder but then later realized that her purse was missing. Reports state that there were two debit cards, her driver’s license and car keys in the purse.

On Oct. 4, Lyndarious Marquon Benton, 27, Madison, was arrested and charged with simple assault and discharging a firearm on the property of another. According to reports, a woman alleged that around 1:30 a.m., Benton fired a shot outside her bedroom window. Reports state that an officer observed Benton walking away from the Terris Drive residence when the officer arrived. Benton was stopped and questioned and allegedly told the officer that he had fired the weapon in the air. A Rock River Arms LAR-15M was found beside a mailbox. A Taurus G3 pistol was located in Benton’s vehicle at the scene, reports state. Both weapons were seized as evidence. The woman told an officer that she and Benton had been dating for nine years and have been having domestic issues recently.

On Oct. 2, a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at Coach and Buggy Car Wash, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said a vehicle had damaged the automatic car wash at the business. Reports speculate that a wide vehicle had damaged the machine, causing it to stay stuck in the “wash” position. Officers reviewed video surveillance to identify the vehicle and the tag number.

On Oct. 1, Chad Hodges, 51, Madison, was arrested and charged with DUI, following too closely and possession of open alcohol container. According to reports, an officer responded to the intersection of Georgia Highway 83 and Georgia Highway 12 where a man alleged that a black Dodge pickup truck had struck the rear of his vehicle and then fled. The man gave the officer the tag number of the truck and the officer located the truck backed into the driveway at a Hillside Road residence where the truck was registered. The officer noted that the driver’s side door of the truck was open and Hodges was seated in the driver’s seat and had befouled himself in several different ways. Hodges allegedly told officers he left the scene because he was trying to get his vehicle off the road. Hodges exited the vehicle but, reports state had to use the truck for balance. A search of the vehicle produced two cases of cold beer and several empty cans of beer on the floorboard. Three beers were missing from one of the cold cases. A can cool to the touch was allegedly found on floor of the vehicle. The truck was impounded.

On Sept. 27, a criminal trespass complaint was filed at the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration, North Second Street. According to reports, an employee stated that she had observed a man with a stick approaching the windows of the office on the office’s video surveillance system. The man was identified and told officers he was trying to measure the windows. The man was criminally trespassed from the property.

On Oct. 1, an entering auto complaint was filed at a Terris Drive residence. According to reports, a man claimed that two persons had entered his vehicle around 9 p.m. and removed a barber bag that included a head lamp, hair clippers, scissors, brushes and combs.

On Sept. 23, a financial transaction card theft and financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee reported that a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper had called the store to report that they had received a recently purchased laptop computer. Reports state that the computer had been purchased at the Madison Walmart using a stolen credit card. The employee was able to pull up video surveillance using information from the receipt to identify a suspect in the fraudulent purchase.

On Sept. 30, a fraud complaint was filed at a Commerce Drive residence. According to reports, a woman claimed that someone had hacked her company’s accounts, including email to facilitate fraudulent wire transfers and to contact financial institutions and customers with requests for money.

On Sept. 29, a harassment complaint was filed at Town Park, West Washington Street. According to reports, a man alleged that a woman had been following him to both Walmart and Ingles and to his place of employment in Bostwick. The man was advised on how to secure a temporary protective order against the woman.

On Sept. 23, Michael Jerome Snipe-Watkins, 29, Sparta was arrested and charged with crossing the guard line with contraband, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and no insurance. According to reports, Snipe-Watkins was stopped on Eatonton Road after an officer determined his vehicle had no insurance. Consequent to the stop the officer learned that Snipe-Watkins had an outstanding warrant out of Putnam County. While being processed at the Morgan County Detention Center, deputies allegedly found a small bag of suspected marijuana in Snipe-Watkins’ waistband.


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