On Sept. 23, a theft by taking complaint was filed at Morgan County High School. According to reports, an administrator at the school told a deputy that he had observed a social media post where a 16-year-old male student had alleged that he had taken several electric outlet covers from the school and a soap dispenser. The administrator confronted the student, reports state, who allegedly told him he had taken the electrical outlet covers. He denied, however, taking the soap dispenser and told the administrator that he said on his social media post that he had taken the soap dispenser in order to “be cool.” The outlets have been returned to the school, reports state and the student has been disciplined.

On Sept. 23, a harassment complaint was filed at an Old Mill Road, Rutledge, residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her neighbor, for the past five or six years, has randomly trespassed on her property and called various government agencies, including Morgan County Animal Control, Georgia Adult Protective Services and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on non-existent issues. The complainant said the female neighbor has randomly walked into her residence and claimed that she did so because there were people in the driveway trying to get to the house. The complainant said on that occasion there was no one in the driveway. The complainant also alleged that the woman walks onto her property and attempts to peer through the windows. She said that the neighbor will “be quiet” for a few months and then report a non-existent issue to a government agency. A deputy advised the complainant on how to file a restraining order against the woman.

On Sept. 23, a terroristic threats complaint was filed at an Atlanta Highway residence. According to reports, a man came to the Sheriff’s Office to report that he had received a threatening text message. The message was a threat to kill the man and came from an unknown phone number, reports state.

On Sept. 23, an arrest warrant for hit and run and failure to yield right of way was issued against Melvin Eugene Pope, 56, Norcross. According to reports, a deputy responded to a wreck report at the intersection of Atlanta Highway at Old Mill Road. At the intersection, the deputy found a woman sitting in the rear seat of her damaged vehicle. The woman told the deputy that a white dump truck had allegedly run a stop sign and turned in front of her, causing her to strike the truck. The truck driver allegedly yelled at the woman that he was going to call 911 and left. A second truck driver stopped and helped the woman, reports state, and told a deputy who the missing truck driver worked for. The deputy contacted a construction superintendent who offered the company’s tracking service on the truck. The superintendent told the deputy that the truck was not driving back to the batch plant as it should but instead was driving toward Norcross. The owner of the trucking company was contacted and was informed of the incident. The owner gave the deputy the truck’s information and insurance information and the driver’s name and phone number. The owner said he contacted Pope and told him to return to the scene but Pope allegedly told the owner he was already home for the night. The deputy was able to contact Gwinnett County Police Department and a Gwinnett officer located the truck and reported that there was damage on the side of the vehicle. The Morgan County deputy also determined that Pope’s license had been suspended for child support violations but he had not been served.

On Sept. 22, an information report was filed at a Madison Parkway residence. According to reports, a teen told a deputy that he was notified by a third party that a 16-year-old male had threatened to retaliate against the complainant because a friend of the 16-year-old’s had been suspended from school after allegedly pouring water on the complainant while the complainant was in the bathroom stall. The complainant told the deputy that the 16-year-old allegedly threatened to order a pizza from the complainant’s place of work and then when the complainant delivered the pizza, the 16-year-old was going to blow up the complainant with tannerite explosives. The complainant said he notified his employer and was given the day off. He also said he was going to attend school virtually to avoid confrontations.

On Sept. 21, a harassing phone call report was filed at a Price Mill Road, Bishop residence. No other information was available regarding the complaint.

On Sept. 20, Phillipe Matrelle Connelle Thomas, 32, Covington, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. According to reports, a deputy responded to a complaint at a Pine Tree Circle residence. Reports state that when the deputy arrived, a Madison Police Department officer was on the scene and Thomas was allegedly screaming at a woman. The deputy stated that he was familiar with Thomas and that Thomas repeatedly was kicked out of his Covington residence and brought to Pine Tree Circle. Reports state that Thomas appeared “clearly impaired.” The woman alleged that Thomas had thrown a chair at the residence and had broken a window. A deputy noted that a window at the residence was smashed out and a chair was sitting under the window.

On Sept. 25, an incident report was filed at a Greensboro Hwy. residence. A man reported that someone had damaged his mailbox and two others between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. that day. According to reports, it appeared a vehicle had traveled off the left shoulder of the roadway and struck the three mailboxes. Deputies were unable to locate the vehicle that caused the damage after canvassing the immediate area.

On Sept. 25, deputies responded to a report of a fight in progress at a Bethany Road residence at approximately 5:19 a.m. According to reports, a female subject said her husband was fighting with another male subject. She advised dispatch that she had left the location but would be back by the time deputies arrived. While waiting, deputies spoke with the male subject who reported nothing was going on and no one else was at his residence besides his father, who was asleep, which is why he refused the deputies entrance into his residence. He told deputies the female and her husband had both left the residence earlier in the night. The complainant later came to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office with the alleged victim who stated he had been struck multiple times in the face and head with a closed fist. He also told deputies he was at the residence earlier when they were questioning the alleged assailant. According to reports, he stated he was in the bathroom, which was why he didn’t come out to speak with the deputies. Reports state the deputies did see two small bruises on his forehead, but concluded there was not sufficient probable cause to file charges in this situation.

On Sept. 27, an incident report was filed at a Davis Academy Road residence. According to reports, the complainant, who resides with her uncle in separate homes on the same property, said her uncle had complained for the last three years of having articles and money missing from his vehicle periodically, but she never believed him. After becoming frustrated with the missing items, reports state, the uncle decided to place a camera inside the vehicle. The complainant showed deputies a photo taken from what appeared to be a trail camera taken at 6:15 a.m. that morning, showing a face of a black male subject, partially obscured by a hood covering the eyes and forehead, according to reports. She stated the thefts had been occurring over approximately the past three years and she estimated the total value of the stolen items at approximately $700.


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