A Colbert woman was arrested recently after she lied to an officer about the whereabouts of her son, who had warrants for his arrest.
Kathy Patricia Morgan, 60, was charged with one count of hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal.
Her son, Justin Lee Neese, 38, also of Colbert, was later found and charged with four counts of violating his probation.
On Dec. 10, officer William Elrod went to Morgan’s home on Stone Ridge Drive to serve a warrant on Neese, who was reported to have been there.
Elrod noted that this was the second attempt within one hour to serve the warrant at that residence. On the initial contact, Elrod dealt with Neese’s sister, who the report stated had lied to him a year ago about Neese’s whereabouts under similar circumstances. Elrod noted that he suspected the family was hindering apprehension of Neese that day as well.
He found Morgan and her daughter in the process of leaving and asked Morgan to get out of the car and speak with him. Morgan reportedly told Elrod she knew about the warrants, but had no idea where her son was.
There was a tent set up in the front yard that Neese had reportedly been living in with his children, but Morgan said she had not seen him there since the weekend.
As Elrod continued to question her, Morgan’s cell phone rang several different times, with a message indicating a call from Neese’s girlfriend, who had been in jail in Clarke County for a week.
Elrod asked her to answer the phone and she did, reportedly “coughing loudly” each time the party on the phone would speak so Elrod could not hear who it was.
Finally, Elrod requested Morgan’s phone and spoke to Neese himself, requesting him to meet him at the residence to turn himself in. Neese allegedly stated he would not do that, and had things to take care of and hung up.
A few minutes later Elrod learned from Investigator Pat Holl that Morgan had gone to the Clarke County Jail that morning to pick up Neese’s girlfriend from jail and then dropped her off with Neese somewhere in the Norwood area.
Elrod then told Morgan to call her son and tell him she was being arrested for hindering his apprehension. She did so and Neese reportedly said he was not going to turn himself in and hung up the phone again.
Morgan was taken to jail.
In another arrest, two men were taken into custody after Madison County officers assisted Jackson County with warrant service on Woodale Street in Hull.
James Crosby Daniel, 39, Hull, was charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon or silencer.
Zachery Ray Hix, 32, Commerce, was charged with possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.
According to the incident report, the officers went there to attempt to serve two outstanding warrants on Hix.
Officer Scott Pulliam went to the back door while several other officers went to the front door. Pulliam saw Hix trying to leave by the back door, but he went back inside when he saw Pulliam. Pulliam followed and yelled at him to stop. He stopped and threw a red and black backpack down on the floor of the kitchen. Other officers were coming in from the front door and immediately placed him in handcuffs. The backpack contained three small plastic baggies with a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine and several baggies containing several different narcotic substances. There were also three small notebooks containing pages of names and amounts paid and owed, five cell phones, a Samsung tablet, a Triton T3 digital scale, two Xbox 360 thumb drives, a clear plastic baggie containing numerous unused plastic baggies of various sizes and $897 in cash. The leaseholder of the house told investigators that Hix had run out of her bedroom, but had dropped a small black nylon zipper pouch in her room. Inside the pouch were four plastic baggies, each containing an off white crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, a black digital scale, and a plastic baggie with another controlled narcotic inside it.
During a consent to search the residence a sawed off shotgun was located in a bedroom. James Daniel told officers that he was holding the gun for a friend.
Both Hix and Daniel were transported to the Madison County Jail.
In a third arrest, Mathew Ryan Schofill, 31, Watkinsville, was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude, too fast for conditions and reckless driving on Dec. 14.
Officer William Elrod and two other officers went to Meadow Lane in Hull to attempt to serve a warrant.
Elrod found a Jeep Cherokee in back of the residence running and with its lights on. The driver (Schofill) refused to let the window down, put the vehicle in drive, and sped away.
Officers pursued the Jeep down Hwy. 72 West, reaching speeds up to 80 mph.
After entering Athens-Clarke County the vehicle turned left onto Voyles Road toward Winterville, then made a right onto Spring Valley Road. Once on Spring Valley the vehicle continued onto Athena Drive, at which point he showed signs of stopping by putting both hands out of the window. When Elrod pulled up next to him, he took off again. The vehicle finally pulled into The Coca Cola distributorship and came to a stop.
Officers ordered Schofill and two female occupants out of the vehicle at gunpoint and onto the ground. Once on the ground they were handcuffed and secured for officers safety. No weapons were discovered.
Schofill was determined to have local warrants out of Oconee County for failure to appear with original charges of possession of methamphetamine.
Other arrests on file last week at the sheriff’s office included:
•Keonte Shaquille Anderson, 20, Lavonia, probation violation.
•Angela Marie Bales, 29, Colbert, two counts of battery FVA and cruelty to children in the third degree.
•Santos Rebollar Bautista, 34, Athens, driving without a valid license and headlight requirements.
•Devonte Deon Carter, 21, Hull, reckless conduct.
•Brian Marshall Charping, 40, Danielsville, probation violation. (Danielsville PD)
•Nina Nichole Conner, 26, Athens, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance.
•Daniel Ray Cook, 39, Commerce, probation violation.
•Valderrion Jamal Cooper, 22, Hull, reckless conduct and false statements or writings; conceal facts or fraudulent documents in matters of government.
•Mitchell Justin Daniel, 32, Colbert, battery FVA and cruelty to children in the third degree.
•Arleny Diaz Espericueta, 23, Athens, reckless conduct and false statements or writings; concealing facts or fraudulent documents in matters of government.
•Wiley Earl Frederick, 37, Nicholson, failure to appear and harassing phone calls.
•Tommy Lee Gaddis, 52, Danielsville, driving while license suspended or revoked. (GSP)
•Edward Lawrence Graham, 55, Newborn, carrying a concealed weapon and DUI/multiple substances, possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, driving on the wrong side of the road, violating restriction of driver license, open container and receipt, possession or transfer of a firearm by a convicted felony or felony first offender.
•David Michael Hofer, 50, Athens, disorderly conduct – Danielsville city ordinance. (Danielsville PD)
•James Fayette Hoofner, 50, Comer, failure to appear and driving while license suspended or revoked. (Comer PD)
•Terry James Hughes, 49, Danielsville, probation violation. (Danielsville PD)
•Christina Ann Jenkins, 37, Hull, failure to appear.
•Sara Michelle Lomicky, 27, Hull, driving while license suspended or revoked, felony (fourth of subsequent offense) and no tag.
•Jonathan Blake Martin, 28, Danielsville, failure to appear.
•Misty Dawn Maxwell, 32, Elberton, driving while license suspended or revoked.
•Tiesha Qualla Mitchell, 22, Danielsville, probation violation.
•Henry Russell Mize, 47, Colbert, aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer, head/tail light requirements, fleeing or attempting to elude and reckless driving.
•Scott Anthony Moore, 40, Danielsville, open container, DUI/alcohol and driving while license suspended. (GSP)
•Hallie Elizabeth Sand, 18, Athens, reckless conduct and false statements or writings, concealing facts or fraudulent documents in matters of government.
•Joe Louis Smith, 59, Hull, cruelty to children, reckless conduct and furnishing, purchasing, and possession of alcoholic beverages by persons below legal age.
•Wesley Adam Staton, 41, Arnoldsville, probation violation.
•Victoria Faith Strickland, 21, Colbert, reckless conduct and false statements or writings; conceal facts or fraudulent documents in matters of government.
•Vickie Lynn Terrell, 40, Calhoun Falls, SC, probation violation.
•Coleman Williams, 50, Douglasville, failure to appear felony.
•Johnathan Matthew Wilson, 19, Hull, five counts of aggravated assault and reckless conduct.
•Aemark Reshaw Young, 35, Jefferson, probation violation.
•William-Michale A Young, 22, Hull, public drunkenness.