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Fri
21
Jul

DOC: Officers failed to conduct security measures

Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose are escorted into Putnam County Superior Courtroom by Putnam County Sheriff's Office officers June 20 for their first appearance hearing. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Georgia Department of Corrections posted the following notice Friday, July 21, regarding its investigation of the escape of inmates Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose from a DOC transport bus on the Sparta Highway in Eatonton in the early morning of June 13.

Two GDOC officers, Sgt. Curtis Billue and Sgt. Christopher Monica, were slain during the inmates’ escape. The inmates were captured a few days later in Tennessee.

Sat
01
Jul

Rangers to be on Lakes Sinclair, Oconee this holiday weekend

A boater circles a cove on Lake Sinclair Saturday afternoon, before the July 4th holiday.  

According to DNR, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths; and Georgia Game Wardens will be focusing on keeping boaters safe this July 4th holiday by cracking down on boating under the influence (BUI).

In partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators(NASBLA), DNR’s Law Enforcement Division is working to increase boater awareness of the hazards associated with BUI, and decrease the number of accidents and deaths attributed to impaired boating and other unsafe boating practices.

From June 30 - July 4, boaters will notice an increase in the numbers of officers on Lakes Sinclair and Oconee as the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will have all their available Game Wardens working Georgia’s waterways. They will arrest and remove all impaired operators, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for boaters.  

Thu
22
Jun

Water main breaks close to Wal-mart

EPWSA worker Jason Tompkins works on broken water main in the old Horton Homes property. Superintendent Drew Johnson said only Walmart and the BP are out of water and it should be fixed within 30 minutes. No boil water advisory is necessary.

Wed
14
Jun

Missing Florida woman found in Eatonton

By Lynn Hobbs

lynn@msgr.com

An elderly Florida woman who had been missing two days was found in Eatonton by a Putnam County deputy last week.

The Mount Dora Police Department in Florida issued a Silver Alert Wednesday, June 7, searching for a 74-year-old woman with dementia whose daughter had not been able to find her. The daughter reported to police that her mother was not answering her phone and her debit card was being used in places she was not familiar with.

Wed
14
Jun

BREAKING: Authorities now looking for two vehicles in connection with escaped prisoners

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills holds a press conference to provide an update on the manhunt.

By Lynn Hobbs

Authorities are on the lookout for two vehicles in connection with yesterday's prison guard fatal shooting and inmate escape.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said they are still looking for the Green Honda Civic tag number RBJ6601; and now they also are searching for a white 2008 Ford F-250 work truck with tool boxes along the sides of the bed. The truck was stolen during the night last night from a rock quarry business near I-20 in Morgan County. Sills said evidence left at the scene led them to believe it was the two escaped inmates who took the truck.

Thu
18
May

Calendar Change

TWO CALENDAR CHANGES:

The mural unveiling ceremony Monday, May 22 at 10 a.m. beside Nina’s has been postponed. No date has been set yet.

The Jazz Concert this Saturday, May 20, is from 4-8 p.m. at the community stage.

Thu
18
May

EPD Officer collapses in road

EPD Officer Pat Welch, shown in this file photo when she received national certification from the Traffic Injury Prevention Institute. 

Eatonton Police Officer has heart attack on job

 

An Eatonton Police Department officer suffered a heart attack while directing traffic Thursday morning, and is recovering at an Athens hospital.

Officer Pat Welch was on Oak Street at Old Glenwood Springs Road directing traffic headed to Putnam County Primary School for the start of the school day, when she collapsed.  The officer  was taken immediately by ambulance to Piedmont Athens Regional hospital, where doctors treated her and are watching her; she is “holding her own,” and members of her family are there with her, Police Chief Kent Lawrence said.

Thu
27
Apr

McIver indicted on murder charges

A Fulton County Grand Jury has indicted Claud “Tex” McIver on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and three counts of influencing witnesses.

The charges are on the shooting death of McIver’s wife, Diane, in September 2016.

McIver, a retired attorney, has two addresses – a condominium in Buckhead and a farm on Pea Ridge Road in Putnam. He serves on the Putnam Development Authority and recently was selected to serve on the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority.

Wed
26
Apr

400 gallons of gas spilled at Murphy

The smell of fuel permeated the air around Eatonton’s Walmart after 422 gallons of gasoline spilled from a pump April 25 at the retail store’s Murphy USA gas station.

The attendant was doing a routine filter change on pump three when the spill occurred, Eatonton Fire Department Assistant Chief Andy Harris said.  

Fri
07
Apr

Pinwheels are a call to prevent child abuse

Pinwheels are a call for help

 

By Lynn Hobbs

lynn@msgr.com

 

Two hundred pinwheels spin in the breeze on the Putnam County Courthouse lawn to remind all who pass by that Putnam County has an unusually high number of child abuse cases and community involvement can reduce those numbers.

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