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07
Jan

New Year‘s DUIs keep Eatonton police busy -- nab six drivers

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- Law enforcement officers rang in the New Year by arresting six people for driving drunk in Eatonton on the holiday, including some who were under-aged.

Those arrested include:

Thu
07
Jan

Man indicted in attack case

Francisco Gomez, right, was recently indicted on two counts aggravated battery on a peace officer, aggravated assault on a peace officer, aggravated assault, two counts obstruction of an officer and simple battery. When Eatonton Police Officer Willie Brinkley, left, responded to a call this past fall involving Gomez, the Putnam County man punched Brinkley, knocking out his eye. Brinkley, who still is recovering from surgery, was named the EPD's Officer of the Year last month.

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- A man reportedly attacked an Eatonton police officer who was protecting doctors and nurses; another reportedly left his dogs and a cat unattended and they died of starvation; a young man reportedly robbed a pharmacist at gunpoint for prescription drugs; a man reportedly broke his wife’s back by pushing her down some steps; a woman reportedly stabbed her boyfriend in the back – these were a few of the 24 cases indicted by a Putnam County Grand Jury Dec. 14-15 and going to court in 2016.

Wed
30
Dec

Tree crashes into home

While other children in Putnam County probably were dreaming of Santa Claus coming down their chimney, those in the Dennis household had a tree crash through their ceiling and onto their bed while they slept in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

They received only minor injuries, Eatonton Fire Chief Eugene Hubert said.

“It was a close call, extremely close,” he noted. “If it had been a green tree instead of an old rotten one, they would have been seriously injured or killed. They were very fortunate.”

Heavy rains caused the pine tree to fall around 5:15 a.m. at 108 Sunnyland Drive, Eatonton, homeowner Mary Dennis said.

“We were all sleeping and it was a loud boom and the whole house shook,” she described. “I ran to the back room to see if they were okay, and I couldn’t get the door open because of the debris.”

Wed
30
Dec

Rains batter roads

By Don Richeson

Heavy overnight rains last week forced the closing of multiple Putnam County roads and left more than 100 residents stranded for most of a day. The first wave of rain – nearly half a foot in some areas -- hit in the early morning hours of Dec. 22 and knocked out sections of two Putnam roads in which large steel culvert pipes carry creek waters under the roads – Little River Trail and Rose Creek Road. 

Mon
28
Dec

EATONTON CHRISTMAS PARADE

Portraying a train conductor, Oconee Springs Park weekend resident Tom Madorin (above) rides a float dubbed “Oconee Springs Express” as it rolls down North Madison Avenue Saturday night in the Eatonton Christmas Parade. Oconee Springs Park’s entry captured first place in a parade float competition for the third straight year.
 
Mon
28
Dec

Man pulls gun on cops

By Lynn Hobbs
 
It took eight grown men to take a convicted felon into custody after he started to pull a gun on an Eatonton police officer, then fought with an unusual amount of strength during attempts to take him down.
 
Mon
28
Dec

Putnam honors its four Teachers of the Year

By Lynn Hobbs
 
The four teachers of the year for each school of Putnam County Charter School System were honored Tuesday evening at a reception, and Superintendent Eric Arena announced Holly Hardie as the Putnam County Teacher of the Year.
 
Wed
04
Dec
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