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Wed
18
Jul

Senior care facility employee arrested

An Eatonton woman who is said to work in two local senior care facilities was arrested Tuesday morning, according to a notice from Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence. 

Kayla Fuller, 33, of Bluegill Road, Eatonton, was charged with one felony count of cruelty to a person who is 65 or older/disabled adult and three felony counts of financial transaction card fraud. 

EPD was notified of missing funds from a patient's account at Eatonton Health and Rehabilitation on July 11, and Investigator Howell Cardwell probed the case, according to Lawrence. On July 18, Cardwell and Det. Brian Moore of the Greene County Sheriff's Department arrested Fuller at The Glen at Lake Oconee. She is being held at Putnam County Jail.

Lawrence said the amount of funds missing is undetermined at this time and the investigation is ongoing. 

*By Lynn Hobbs

Wed
11
Jul

McIver ranch to be auctioned

This photo from the Putnam County Tax Assessor's site shows some improvements and additions that were made to the back of the Pea Ridge Road house in 2005. 

The Putnam County estate of Tex and Diane McIver will be auctioned off in August.

On April 22, a Fulton County jury found Tex guilty of murder in the Sept. 25, 2016 shooting death of his wife, Diane. He received a life sentence (30 years). McIver all along has said the shooting was an accident, and his attorneys reportedly filed for a new trial.

According to the Putnam County Tax Assessor’s website, the ranch on Pea Ridge Road is more than 80 acres, and includes a barn used for entertaining, and a 4,572-sq.-ft. house with an in-ground swimming pool. During the murder trial in Fulton County, the ranch was touted to be worth $750,000.

Wed
11
Jul

Georgia Power issues credits on July bills

Georgia Power customers to receive second $25 Vogtle credit on July bills

Final $25 installment scheduled for September to complete $188 million in total credits for customers

ATLANTA – Georgia Power customers will receive the second of three separate $25 credits for the Vogtle nuclear expansion this month. A total of $75 in 2018 bill credits, or $188 million overall, were approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) as part of its order to continue construction of Vogtle 3 & 4 in December 2017. The third and final $25 credit is expected to be issued in September. The credits are a direct result of parent guarantee payments for the Vogtle project from Toshiba available due to the strength of the original contract for the project and protections in place for Georgia electric customers.

Thu
05
Jul

$5.4 million county road rehab project begins mid-July

$5.4 million county road rehab project begins mid-July

By Shannon Sneed

Shannon@msgr.com

 

Thu
05
Jul

Fireworks explode, injuring two in Eatonton

Two men celebrating Independence Day by shooting fireworks over Lake Sinclair were injured when some of the fireworks exploded Wednesday night. 

Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources Sgt. Bo Kelly and Putnam County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Russell Blenk said James Mallory, 30, and Austin Myer, 25, were shooting fireworks off of a pontoon boat that had been converted to a flatbottom. The boat was anchored to a dock in a cove on Cold Branch Road and the two men were shooting the fireworks over the lake when sparks from the fireworks set off the fireworks on the boat and caused a "fireball explosion," Blenk said. 

Both men received first and second degree burns and were taken by ambulance to Lake Country Baptist Church on Crooked Creek, from where they were flown by helicopter to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. 

Tue
03
Jul

Unattended pot on stove causes house fire

STOCK ART

A house fire yesterday morning in Eatonton started because a woman left the stove on which she was cooking and went to deal with her children, authorities say. No one was injured in the mishap.

Around 9:45 a.m. Monday, July 2, the woman began heating a pan of cooking oil on the stove when she became distracted by her children in another room, Eatonton Fire Department Chief Eugene Hubert said. She walked out of the kitchen to take care of her children and while she was gone, the oil caught fire. The fire spread to the vent and hood over the stove and the cabinets over the stove.

When firefighters arrived, the house, at 250 Standish Avenue, was “smoked up a bit,” and the fire was quickly extinguished. Everyone got out of the house safely and no one was injured, Hubert said.

Fri
29
Jun

Don't forget to switch to hands-free phone use while driving

Ready or not, drivers in Georgia will have to keep their phones out of their hands and away from their bodies if they want to talk on their devices when the state's Hands-Free Law takes effect this Sunday.
GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said there will be no 90-day grace period.

Thu
28
Jun

Authorities investigate rash of crimes during night

Residents of Eatonton and Putnam County were the victims of a rash of crimes last night. According to information from Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence and Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, there were 15 incidents of car break-ins between 11 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 and 5 a.m. Thursday, June 28. Five cars also were stolen, they said, as well as guns.

One of the stolen firearms was a shotgun from a Putnam County Deputy Sheriff’s car, Sills said, noting a brick was thrown through the driver’s side window of the car for access.

“I’ve been a sheriff for 22 years, and this is the first time a deputy’s car has been broken into,” he said.

An agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations also lives on the same road as the deputy, and the agent’s wife’s car reportedly was broken into, but nothing stolen.

Mon
25
Jun

Local woman competes tonight on TV show

Hawk and Kane represent Eatonton in the Wedding Cake Championship -- 

Viki Kane and Reva Hawk, the pair behind Merci Beaucoup situated right in Eatonton, are up for the Wedding Cake Championship, hosted by Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski on Food Network premiering Monday, June 25 at 9 p.m., in which they will compete for the title of Wedding Cake Champion.

Wed
20
Jun

Arrests made in shooting; one teen injured

Authorities have made two arrests in connection with a shooting that happened in Eatonton Monday night, June 18.

Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence announced Wednesday, June 20, that Belvin Malik LaQuins, 18, of Greensboro, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; and Tyra Elaine Harris, 17, of Eatonton, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault (party to a crime).

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