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Thu
08
Dec

Eatonton City Council Dec. 6 meeting wrap-up

Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence

At the Dec. 6 Eatonton City Council meeting, councilors:

>> Heard a report from Mainstreet Director Andrew Simpson, who announced Movie Night on the Courthouse lawn event. "The Polar Express" will be shown and space heaters will be in place for a warm evening. The Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday with the parade starting at 6 p.m. Simpson expects around 40 floats, nearly four times more than last year and 35 booths, 15 more than last year marking a huge increase in participation for this year.

>> Joined Mayor Walter Rocker Jr. in signing a proclamation recognizing Chief Kent Lawrence for 30 years of service as police chief. Born and raised in Eatonton, Lawrence is only the seventh Georgia chief of police to serve 30 years.

Mon
05
Dec

Eatonton clerks charged with selling alcohol to minors

Buster's Pantry is among the Eatonton stores whose clerks sold alcohol to underage buyers, according to authorities. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- State “revenuers” were in Eatonton Nov. 21, but it appears they weren’t sniffing out stills.

Instead, three special agents with the Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol and Tobacco Division went to 13 stores throughout the city and county to crack down on the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 21. Two convenient store clerks were arrested.

Shirin Sadig Lakhani, 42, of 14 Fairway Lane, Peachtree City, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. that Monday and charged with sale of alcohol to a minor. The sale took place at Buster’s Pantry on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, according to police reports.

Also arrested was Sheronda Rene Manuel, 30, of 132 Old Glenwood Springs, Eatonton; around 3 p.m., she was charged with sale of alcohol to a minor at the V-Go Quick Pantry on Oak Street.

Fri
02
Dec

Authorities seal off West Walnut Street; investigate suspicious death in home there

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Joe Wooten, left, and another man wearing a GBI vest whom Wooten would not identify exit a home at 307 W. Walnut St. Friday evening. Yellow crime scene tape encircles the home. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Lynn Hobbs and Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- Eatonton Police and GBI investigators sealed off the 300 block of West Walnut Street Friday afternoon in response to a dead body discovered in a home there. Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence told The Eatonton Messenger a 911 call came in around 2:30 p.m. Friday saying a woman was not responding. Lawrence said he, EPD Investigators Howell Cardwell and Lenwood Pickens and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents are investigating the death and he could not immediately say how the woman died. 

Putnam County Coroner Gary McElhenney told The Messenger that he could not give any details, but said he was taking the body to the GBI lab Friday night for an autopsy.

Fri
02
Dec

Drought conditions worsen in spite of recent rain in Putnam

A map of the state from Georgia EPD that shows the Level 2 counties colored red, the Level 1 counties colored orange, and the non-leveled counties white. Level 2/red means outdoor watering, unless for irrigation of food gardens or newly-planted seed, is restricted to two days per week, determined by even/odd-numbered addresses. Putnam and Greene are Level 1, meaning no restrictions.

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Even with rain Tuesday and a 100 percent chance forecast for Wednesday, drought conditions are worsening in the northwest, northeastern, and central parts of the state, causing officials to restrict outdoor water use.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) declared it will raise the state’s Drought Response to Level 2 in 52 counties, which includes Morgan County, and impose a Level 1 in 58 counties, which includes Putnam, Greene, Hancock, Baldwin, Jones and Jasper counties.

Level 2 means outdoor water usage is restricted to certain hours of the day, two days a week, determined by odd and even-numbered addresses.

Level 1, under which the GEPD lists Putnam and Greene counties, requires ...

Sun
27
Nov

Thanksgiving Day crash claims Eatonton woman's life

Putnam County rescue workers respond to the scene of a fatal accident Thanksgiving on the U.S. 441 Eatonton Bypass.

By Dave Brown / Staff

EATONTON -- An 87-year-old Eatonton woman died at the scene of a two-car accident Thanksgiving at the intersection of James Marshall (U.S. 441 Eatonton) Bypass and Church Street.

Irene Nelson was prounced dead at the scene, authorities reported.

The other vehicle was driven by a Florida woman who had two small children with her, but they escaped without serious injuries.

There were no skid marks at the scene from where Nelson entered the highway and witnesses said they didn't see any breaklights prior to the accident.

Sun
27
Nov

Legacy Housing keeps up brisk homebuilding pace

Putnam Development Authority Chairman Bill Sharp makes a point during a recent PDA meeting. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Don Richeson / Staff

Wed
23
Nov

Crash claims life of Eatonton woman, 90

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- A 90-year-old Eatonton woman died after being ejected from her car during a Nov. 13 two-vehicle crash in Eatonton.

The woman, Barbara Moore, was driving west on Imperial Mill Road and attempting to ...

Wed
23
Nov

'Tex' McIver continues to serve on Putnam Development Authority

Atlanta attorney Calud "Tex" McIver participates in an Oct. 10 Putnam Development Authority meeting at the Putnam County Administration Building in Eatonton. He also participated in the PDA's Nov. 14 meeting. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Don Richeson / Staff

EATONTON -- Putnam County officials say Atlanta attorney Claud "Tex" McIver will apparently keep his position on the Putnam Development Authority's board of directors, even though Atlanta Police have not completed their probe into the Sept. 25 shooting death of his wife, Diane McIver, which they say they are investigating as a homicide. McIver was reportedly holding a gun as the couple rode in their SUV through Atlanta when it somehow discharged, firing a bullet into her back.

"At this time, we do not have an update on that case," an Atlanta Police spokesman said last week. "The investigation is still on-going." McIver has never been charged with any crime in connection with the case and Atlanta Police have said little about it.

Thu
17
Nov

GBI: Lake Country man's hunting-related death appears accidental

By T. Michael Stone / Staff

JASPER COUNTY -- A Lake Country man who worked in Putnam County was killed Nov. 11 while he was deer hunting in Jasper County on property east of Monticello Highway (Highway 16), according to a GBI spokesman. The property is between Eatonton and Monticello.

Jasper County Coroner Billy Norris said Joseph Wesley "Joey" Hoffman, 34, of Parks Mill Road in Greene County died Nov. 11 due to a gunshot wound to the abdomen he received at approximately 5:45 p.m.

At the request of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death.

According to Joe Wooten, a special agent with the GBI’s District 6 office in Milledgeville, the death appears to have been an accident. Wooten told The Eatonton Messenger Nov. 17 that the case is still under investigation and his office, which is looking into the death, is awaiting results from the state crime lab.

Thu
17
Nov

Jury: Eatonton man repeatedly molested a school aged child

Eddie William Crawford

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- It took a Putnam County jury 20 minutes to say an Eatonton man was guilty of child molestation last week in Putnam County Superior Court.

Eddie William Crawford, 26, of Recreation Road in Eatonton, was found guilty on four counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of child molestation and one count of incest. Sentencing will be Tuesday, Nov. 11 by Judge Alison T. Burleson.Crawford could get up to a lifetime sentence for each of the first four counts, according to Putnam County Assistant District Attorney Wright Barksdale.

“I can’t stress how pleased and happy I am with the law enforcement involved in this case and the work of my office staff,”Barksdale said. “It was a very tough case where everybody played a huge part and the end result was what we hoped for.”

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