Madison Blotter

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:

DAMAGE: On Oct. 8, Lt. Mark Jerome was summoned to the tennis fieldhouse at Madison County High School, where someone had damaged a door and signs to the restrooms.

GAS THEFT: On Oct. 8, Cpl. Alan Stratton was dispatched to Adam’s Clover Farm on Wildcat Bridge Road, Danielsville, where a man driving a dark green GMC Yukon pumped $80 worth of gasoline, then jumped quickly into the vehicle and drove off without paying for the gas. The clerk was unable to get the license plate number.

GAS THEFT: On Oct. 8, Deputy Andrew Wilkes was dispatched to the Market on Main on North Main Street, Ila, where a man in a Toyota Sienna van pumped $56 worth of gasoline, then drove off without paying. She was able to get the license plate number, which is registered to a man in Hartwell.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 8, Deputy Andrew Wilkes was dispatched to Seagraves Mill Road, Hull, where someone broke into a residence and stole several items.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 9, Sgt. Gary Floyd was dispatched to Shiloh Fort Lamar Road, where a man said he came home from work and found someone entered his home and stole a TV and several firearms.

Entry was made through a window.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 9, Deputy Stephen Waller was dispatched to Hardman Morris Road, where a couple said someone entered their home, possibly through a window, and stole three gold chains, two watches, a Mickey Mouse chain and bracelet and other items.

THEFT: On Oct. 9, Deputy Brandon Hanley was dispatched to a home on Fitzpatrick Road, where a woman said she tried to turn on her heater and it wouldn’t work. A family friend came over to check the system and found the copper gas line and been cut off and stolen.

DAMAGED FENCE: On Oct. 9, Deputy Shawn Rhoades met with a man who showed him where someone ran a vehicle through his pasture fence, allowing some of his cattle to escape.

GUN SEIZED: On Oct. 10, Deputy Justin Hanley, Lt. John Smith, Lt. Burl Johnson, Sgt. Klint Segars and Deputy Steven Waller all went to a home in the 7000 block of Georgia Highway 172 to serve a temporary protection order on Dennis Paul Mathis.

The order was served, but later that day, deputies were dispatched to the home after they learned Mathis had already violated the order. Mathis, 39, was taken to jail for the violation. A 9mm pistol was located in Mathis’ pickup and placed into evidence.

THEFT: On Oct. 10, Deputy Bradley Free was dispatched to Jack Sharp Road, where a man said a man renting a mobile home had sold a refrigerator out of the home that didn’t belong to him.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 10, Deputy Stephen Waller was dispatched to a home on Swamp Guinea Road, Colbert, where a woman said someone entered her home and stole an Xbox 360 video game system.

DUI: On Oct. 12, Cpl. Josh Smith was patrolling on Georgia Highway 98 when he observed a Jeep pass two vehicles. The officer’s radar showed the Jeep was traveling at 80 mph.

Smith made a traffic stop near Cody Fowler Road and smelled alcohol inside the vehicle. When he asked the driver and his three passengers if anyone was drinking, they all said no one had been drinking. However, the driver tested positive for alcohol consumption. Devin E. Welborn, 18, of Clarkesville was charged with DUI, reckless driving and speeding.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 12, Deputy Brandon Moss was dispatched to Sanders Road, where a woman said someone entered her home and stole her medication, which was on the coffee table.

DUI: On Oct. 12, Deputy Brandon Hanley was traveling west on Georgia Highway 72 near Colbert when he saw a Chevrolet Cobalt with only one headlight. He made a stop and smelled alcohol inside the car.

The driver, Rocco M. Crapis, 25, of Marietta was charged with DUI.

HARASSMENT: On Oct. 12, a resident of Ila reported that the woman he is dating called wanting to borrow $5, but he didn’t have the money. The woman sent him a text message saying she was going to get an attorney in an effort to sue him.

The man was advised how to get a protection order.

BURGLARY SUSPECT: On Oct. 14, Deputy Brandon Hanley was dispatched to a home on Belhaven Lane, Hull, where a couple reported they came home and found someone had entered their home and stolen a TV and Xbox 360 video game system.

Hanley spoke to a neighbor who said she saw a man walking out of the victims’ home with a bag. The deputy then drove to Amberly Drive and saw a green Jeep Cherokee with 29-year-old Damon Hewell sitting in the passenger seat.

Hewell was wanted on a probation warrant, so Hanley asked Hewell to step out of the Jeep. However, Hewell got out and ran. As Hanley pursued, he fired his Taser gun into Hewell’s back. Hewell tensed and fell to the ground, but the connection was lost and Hewell got up and ran again. The officer chased, but lost him.

Hanley returned to the Jeep, but no one was there so he went to the house to speak to the residents. Luther H. Collins, of Norwood Lane, Athens, came outside and became loud and unruly and was placed in handcuffs for safety reasons.

Sgt. Gary Floyd arrived and searched the vehicle, finding the TV stolen earlier on Belhaven Lane. Deputies obtained a search warrant and found the stolen Xbox inside the house. Collins was taken to jail on a charge of burglary.

Hewell is still being sought.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 14, Deputy Wesley Bryant was dispatched to Northwoods Circle, where a man said he and his wife returned home and found someone had entered the house and forced open a safe. The deputy found where someone pried open the back door to enter the home.

DUI: On Oct. 15, Lt. Jason Luke was patrolling on Rogers Mill Road when he saw a Chevrolet Beretta weaving in the road. He made a traffic stop and the driver, Timothy M. Rowland, said the lug nuts were loose on one of the front tires, which was causing the weaving motion.

While talking to the driver, Luke saw the passenger, Matthew F. Hodge, 18, of Hull. He knew Hodge was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Wilkes County and placed him under arrest.

Rowland was sweating and nervous, so the deputy performed some roadside sobriety tests and charged Rowland, 26, of Fay Carey Road, Danielsville, with DUI.

Rowland refused to provide a urine test, but a search of the car revealed a small bag with some methamphetamine inside. Wilkes County authorities were contacted, and because they didn’t want to place a hold on Hodge, he was released from the warrant.

He and Rowland were, however, both charged with possession of methamphetamine.

ASSAULT: On Oct. 10, Deputy Brandon Moss was dispatched to a home at Diamond Hill Mobile Home Park on U.S. Highway 29, Hull, where he met with Chelsea Cole, 19, of Maysville, who said she had tried to leave the location with her baby, but W.T. Escoe, 52, would not let her.

She said Escoe punched her in the face numerous times, causing bruises and swelling to her face.

Loretta Escoe told the deputy that Escoe had run away to another trailer before the deputy arrived. The deputy went to the trailer and found Escoe, who said Coile tried to leave with his child and that she jumped on him. Escoe had several scratches on his neck. He denied punching Coile, but admitted head-butting her.

Escoe was arrested on a charge of battery. The deputies also charged Coile with simple battery.

Escoe, who was wanted in Texas for a felony probation violation, has been released to Texas authorities.