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Brown nets probation for crimes

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By Susan Sharp

Madonna Brown may have eluded police for two months, but she didn’t dodge the consequences for that in court Monday.

Appearing in criminal court, Brown plead guilty to six crimes that spanned a two month period from earlier this year.

Brown agreed she was guilty of three counts of forgery, theft under $500, felony evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.

For this she was placed on probation for four years. Brown was also ordered by the court to pay court costs, along with fines and restitution totaling over $1,800, the plea agreement said.

Brown’s attempts to avoid police ended in March when LaFollette Police Detective Lt. Monty Miller spotted Brown in a vehicle with a group of people.  Brown was located hiding inside the vehicle when officers conducted a traffic stop, LPD reports said.

Brown’s crime spree began on Jan. 20 when Miller investigated an incident at Peoples Bank of the South in which Brown was accused to  have passed a $25 check without the permission of the account holder.

In February, Brown continued this behavior when she allegedly attempted to pay for seven packs of cigarettes at a local gas station with a check that did not belong to her.  When the clerk advised Brown she could not accept the check Brown responded by tearing up four checks in front of her, according to the LPD complaint.  The incident continued when Brown requested to see a knife, valued at $500, out of the display case.  At this time Brown allegedly put the knife in her purse and carried it out of the store.

On the same date Brown allegedly wrote a check at Food City from an account that did not belong to her in the amount of $36.51.

Brown had also managed to sidestep authorities on Feb. 24. When LPD Officer John Baker attempted to stop her for driving on a revoked license she allegedly drove evasively causing Baker to lose sight of her.

Then on Feb. 26 Brown allegedly wrote another forged check at Hometown IGA for $83.88