On Nov. 7, a forgery and financial transaction card theft complaint was filed at a Mission Road residence. According to reports, a man alleged that an ex-girlfriend had written and cashed a $175 check on his checking account and had used his debit card without his permission.
On Nov. 6, a driving away without paying for gas complaint was filed at Rainbow Food Store, Athens Highway. According to reports, a clerk said she activated the pump when she saw a frequent customer drive up to the gas pumps. However, reports state, a man pumped $51.36 worth of gas in a small white SUV and then drove off, northbound on U.S. 441.
On Nov. 5, a missing juvenile complaint was filed at a Bostwick Highway residence. According to reports, a woman said her niece had left the house sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The woman said she drove around the neighborhood seeking the niece and “heard’ the 12-year-old niece was with a 13-year-old boy. The boy was located and while a deputy was speaking with the male juvenile, spectators shouted “she’s over there” and pointed toward the niece. The niece attempted to flee and was handcuffed and placed in a patrol vehicle while her grandparents were called to come and pick her up.
On Nov. 4, Brandon Todd Barnett, 31, Madison, was arrested and charged with obstruction and reckless conduct. According to reports, a woman called 911 after Barnett was allegedly walking around the woman’s house with a silver baseball bat and, she said, was smashing a television set in the backyard. When deputies arrived, the woman said Barnett was upset regarding an upcoming move from the residence. The woman said Barnett said he would “slap anyone, even if it’s my mama.” Deputies observed Barnett when they arrived at the Sandy Creek residence and Barnett allegedly “squared up” at deputies and grunted. He then entered the residence and locked the door. A deputy was able to force entry into the residence and observed Barnett sitting in a closet while holding an Ozark Trail Mossy Oak fixed blade knife in his left hand. Barnett, reports state, was told four times to drop the knife. The fourth time, he allegedly told the deputies, “You don’t (expletive) talk to me.” At that point, one deputy deployed a Taser weapon against Barnett. After a five-second cycle, Barnett had not released the knife and was tased a second time. After the second taser deployment, a deputy removed the knife and Barnett was placed in handcuffs. Deputies also located a bat believed to have been used to destroy the television set.
On Nov. 3, Keenan Merle Stephens, 43, Covington, was arrested and charged with possession of a gun by a convicted felon, speeding and following too closely. According to reports, a deputy stopped a Cadillac traveling westbound on Interstate 20 for speeding. Consequent to the stop, reports state, a deputy allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle allegedly found a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun with a metal magazine of 12 rounds in the trunk of the vehicle.
On Nov. 2, a theft by conversion complaint was filed at Tractor Supply, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said they had sold a Club Cadet LT46 riding lawn mower to a customer in Jasper County. The employee said the store hired a company to deliver the lawn mower and a woman arrived and picked up the lawn mower and provided the store with a form stating the lawnmower had been picked up. The customer, later that day, called the store and said the mower had not been delivered. The delivery company allegedly told the employee that the driver had dropped of the lawn mower at the wrong address but that they could not determine the address. The employee said the delivery company informed her that the same driver had, earlier that day, dropped off a $600 grill at a wrong address.
On Nov. 2, Luis Manuel Lopez, 21, Eatonton, was arrested and charged with reckless driving and speeding. According to reports, Lopez was stopped on Interstate 20 for allegedly driving 122 mph in a 70 mph zone. Reports allege that Lopez was weaving in and out of traffic while traveling at an excessive speed.
On Nov. 1, a trespass warning report was filed at a Sandy Creek Road residence. According to reports, a woman said her neighbor’s small dog keeps coming onto her property, in part, because her dog is “in heat.” The woman said the dog’s owner came onto her property despite a gate being closed. The neighbor said she attempted to speak with the woman “civilly” but the complainant allegedly cursed and demanded she get off her property. The neighbor was served with a criminal trespass notice with a recall date of Oct. 31, 2024. Animal control collected the neighbor’s dog and returned it to her with a warning.
On Nov. 1, a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Baldwin Dairy Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her ex-boyfriend was using a phone app to mask his phone number and calling her with threatening and violent threats. The woman said the man had threatened to kill her and then himself. She was directed for the process of getting a temporary protective order against the man.
On Nov. 1, a burglary complaint was filed at a Sandy Creek Road residence. According to reports, a man said when he returned to the residence after being gone for two days, he observed someone had entered the residence and removed a 1982 Fender Stratocaster guitar, valued at $4,000. A 2010 Mac laptop valued at $2,000 was also stolen. Reports state that a green glove that did not belong to anyone in the household was located on top of a clothing bag. The glove was identified by three people in the residence as the glove that belongs to a person known to them.
On Oct. 31, a harassing phone calls and terroristic threats complaint was filed at a Bethany Road residence. According to reports, a woman reported that after she had been recognized online for an employee award, she has been bashed online with threatening messages. The complainant said she had received harassing calls for the past year but the phone number had been masked by a phone application.
On Oct. 31, a fraud complaint was filed at an Industrial Boulevard location. According to reports, a, woman said she had been contacted by a customer stating that the customer had received a notice to change the direct deposit account information for her company to a California bank.