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Thu
07
Apr

EPD: Putnam Cub Scout leader stole thousands of dollars in group's funds

Robert Brian Butler

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- An Eatonton Cub Scout pack leader has been arrested for reportedly using a few thousand dollars of the pack’s money for his own personal gain; and a signed executive order prohibiting him from being stopped by police was of no help.

Robert Brian Butler, 32, 165B Briar Patch Road, Eatonton, was arrested around 4:30 p.m., Friday by Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence and Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills. Butler was charged with theft by taking.

Butler is the leader of Eatonton Boy Scouts Pack 0034, which is a Cub Scout pack that meets at Eatonton First United Methodist Church, according to the Central Georgia Boy Scouts of America website.

Wed
06
Apr

Board rules Janie Reid ineligible to seek re-election to board of commissioners

Janie Reid

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- One candidate is no longer on the ballots in Putnam County -- unless she can clear her standing with the Dept. of Labor. With a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, the Putnam County Board of Elections and Registration deemed Janie Reid ineligible to hold office.

Reid is the three-term incumbent and Democratic candidate for the District 2 seat on the Putnam County Board of Commissioners.

Her eligibility to run for office was challenged March 22 by Van Manley, a registered voter of District 2. According to Manley’s complaint, there are federal liens indicating that Reid currently “owes federal taxes for the years 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013 totaling $25,274.07 in unpaid taxes.”

Thu
31
Mar

Thirteen arrested, charged with selling drugs in Eatonton

Authorities found this big cardboard box, containing 7 1/2 ounces of loose marijuana, in the apartment of David Ronald Dickey in the Eatonton Housing Authority. (Eatonton Police Department photo.)

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- More than a dozen people were locked up last week for selling drugs in Eatonton, including one who was growing marijuana in his apartment and another who is a repeat offender.

Eatonton Police Department partnered with the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force in an undercover operation, which started the end of December 2015, to get drug dealers off the streets of Eatonton, EPD Chief Kent Lawrence said.

“We received several complaints from people in the community and I immediately called in the drug task force. My officers worked hard with the task force agents and now we are locking them up,” Lawrence said. “I thank the community for their input and congratulate all the officers for a job well done.”

Wed
30
Mar

No go for candidate duo?

Janie Reid, left, and D.J. Scott

IF YOU GO

>> What: Putnam County Board of Elections and Registration public hearing to decide if Putnam County District 2 Commissioner candidate Janie Reid and sheriff candidate D.J. Scott can run in the May 24 primary election.

>> When: 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

>> Where: Main courtroom in Putnam County Courthouse.

>> Information: Call 706-485-8683.

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- If their status as tax delinquents when they declared their candidacy is confirmed, two Putnam County candidates might have to exit their political races. A pair of separate challenges were filed with the Putnam County Board of Elections and Registrations office against District 2 County Commissioner Janie Reid and sheriff candidate Dewey J. "D.J." Scott Jr.

Wed
30
Mar

County OKs spending up to $100,000 for convention center-water park study

Putnam County Recreation Director Stephen Waskey showed this $2,900 water park rendering to commissioners at one of their meetings this month. It shows what such a park in Putnam might look like.

Putnam County Recreation Director Stephen Waskey speaks to commissioners about the proposed park at their March 4 meeting. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- Putnam County commissioners this month OK'd borrowing up to $100,000 from the county's general fund to pay for a study on whether it will be money maker to build a combination convention center, hotel and water park in Putnam. The split vote approving funding the study this spring came following a sometimes heated discussion at the commissioners' March 15 meeting, and a similar discussion at their March 4 meeting. During the two meetings, most of the commissioners generally voiced support for going ahead and taking a closer look at a convention center-hotel-water park project, but split over using so much general fund money to pay for the study now, rather than waiting for money from SPLOST No. 8 to start coming in this fall.

Fri
25
Mar

More Peoples Bank tellers arrested; officials still mum on how much stolen

Vicky Martin

Brandy Mize

This story was updated Thursday afternoon.

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- Eatonton Police arrested two more tellers at The Peoples Bank Wednesday morning, March 23, according to Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence. 

Vicky Martin, 57, 2520 Parks Mill Road, Buckhead, and Brandy Mize, 39, 148 Parkside Lane, Eatonton, are charged with felony theft by taking.

The two appeared before a Putnam County Magistrate Court judge Wednesday afternoon, and bond was posted at $35,000.

The EPD and the FBI are continuing the investigation of theft of money by bank employees at the bank in downtown Eatonton.

Teller Jeanette Williams, 47, 190 Twilight Shores, Putnam County, was arrested March 14, charged with felony theft by taking $32,850, according to a police report. She was booked into Putnam County Jail and released on $35,000 bond.

Thu
24
Mar
Wed
23
Mar

Fiery Putnam crash critically injures drag racer

This is how the Headhunters race car looked after flipping and burning Friday night.

Putnam drag racer Eldred Dywane “Baybay” Yarbrough is fighting for his life in an Augusta burn center, following a fiery crash Friday at the Headhunters drag strip south of Eatonton.

By Don Richeson / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- A crash at Headhunters race track just south of Eatonton Friday night left a Putnam County man with burns over more than 90 percent of his body. Eldred Dywane "Baybay" Yarbrough, 38, received the severe burns after losing control of his 1982 Buick Regal while drag racing at the eighth-mile drag strip, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills reported. The car ...

Wed
23
Mar

LaToshia Maddox halts challenge for Janie Reid's county commission seat

LaToshia Maddox

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON – LaToshia Maddox, District 2 candidate for the Putnam County Board of Commissioners, has dropped out of the race, The Messenger has learned.

“Yes, she officially withdrew her candidacy yesterday afternoon,” Putnam County Board of Elections and Registration Supervisor Lynne Laseter confirmed via email Wednesday afternoon. “She did not include a reason on her affidavit of withdrawal though, so I don't know why she decided to drop out.”

Maddox had been set to face incumbent Janie Reid in the May 24 Democratic primary.

Wed
23
Mar

Two of same make-model of pickup collide head-on on U.S. 441 north of Eatonton

Be sure to check the Public Record page in The Messenger's print edition for the complete law enforcement brief on this and other cases. (It's on page 7A in the March 24 edition.)

By Don Richeson / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Two of the same make-model of pickups -- both even the same color -- collided head-on on U.S. Highway 441 north of Eatonton Tuesday, critically injuring one driver. James Paul Davis, 54, of Putnam County was was airlifted to the Navicent Health Medical Center in Macon, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills reported. Davis’ 2013 gray Toyota Tacoma was struck head-on by a second gray Toyota Tocoma (a 2010 model), when its driver fell asleep and crossed the centerline a little before 7:30 a.m.

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