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Wed
12
Oct

Woman receives multiple bite wounds during Putnam attack by two dogs

By Don Richeson / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Two dogs charged and repeatedly bit a woman and the dog she was walking in a Sept. 29 attack in the 100 block of Lakeview Estates Drive, sending the woman to the hospital.

The woman was on the way back to her home with her Maltese dog around 8 a.m. when a blue nose pit bull and mixed mastiff-boxer came at her and her dog, according to a Putnam County Sheriff's Office incident report. She picked up her dog to protect it, but the attacking dogs still were able to bite it and severely bite both of the woman's arms and her left leg multiple times.

EMS transported the injured woman to St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greene County.

Animal control officers seized the pit bull and mastiff-boxer.

Wed
12
Oct

Big Eatonton city cleanup in the works

The Rev. James Kilgore, pastor of New Life Outreach Christian Center, said his church is organizing a 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 22 big community cleanup of the City of Eatonton’s Ward 2. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

 

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- An Eatonton pastor wants to clean up the city, and a city councilor wants to take some action on blighted property, according to discussions at the Oct. 4 Eatonton City Council meeting.

Speaking during public comment time, Pastor James Kilgore, of New Life Outreach Christian Center, said his church is organizing a community cleanup of the City of Eatonton’s Ward 2 from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Oct. 22.

Kilgore said a shooting had taken place near the church awhile back that caused the church to think about how unkempt property encourages a criminal element in the neighborhood. The pastor said his church is there to help and be a light in the community, and its members want to help by cleaning up the community around them.

Sat
08
Oct

Eatonton couple enter guilty pleas in shoplifting, impersonation cases

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- An Eatonton woman who authorities say stole baby formula and clothes from the Eatonton Walmart store pleaded guilty in a Putnam County court. Her husband, whom authorities say told store management he was a police officer when she was caught, also pleaded guilty in a Putnam County court.

Jessica Guyton Adams, 30, 174 N. Steel Bridge Road, Eatonton, was charged June 16 with theft by shoplifting, when she was reportedly caught by store employees attempting to leave Eatonton Walmart with a letter stencil set, baby formula and baby clothes without paying for them, according to police reports.

While she was in a back room of the store writing out a confession, her husband, Carl Jude Adams, 35, of the same address, confronted the store manager with a police badge and said he was a police officer.

Wed
05
Oct

Putnam crash claims life, sends three more to area hospitals

The roof on this 1998 Honda Accord is smashed down so it touches the dashboard and seats after the car ran off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive early Friday morning and rolled multiple times. The crash claimed the life of a Milledgeville man and injured three others. (Putnam County Sheriff's Office photo.)

 

 

By Don Richeson / Staff

PUTNAM COUNTY -- A Putnam County crash early Friday morning claimed the life of a Milledgeville man. The single vehicle wreck on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive also sent all the rest of the car's occupants -- two additional passengers and the driver -- to area hospitals.

Cedecki Stephens, 41, was pronounced dead on the scene, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills reported, after the southbound 1998 Honda Accord Stephens was riding in ran off MLK Drive a half mile southeast of Park Road. The car overturned and rolled multiple times before ...

Sun
02
Oct

Daily Report account: Shooting of Putnam woman was accidental

In this screen capture shot taken from a WSB TV newscast last week, Putnam County resident Claud "Tex" McIver, far left, waits with his attorneys Sept. 28 outside Atlanta Police headquarters where he was questioned, according to a WSB TV station report. The fatal shooting of his wife, Diane McIver, in Atlanta has placed in the top spot on several Atlanta media outlets last week.

From staff reports

ATLANTA – As of Sunday, authorities had yet to officially release any explanation of how a gun discharged in a car last week, fatally wounding a Putnam County woman. However, a man described as “a public relations agent and longtime friend” of the woman’s husband, is offering one -- even though he apparently did not witness the shooting.

Fri
30
Sep

Authorities keep tight lid on fatal shooting involving Putnam woman

In this screen capture shot taken from a WSB TV newscast this week, Putnam County resident Claud "Tex" McIver, far left, waits with his attorneys Wednesday outside Atlanta Police headquarters where he was questioned, according to a WSB TV station report.

By Don Richeson / Staff

ATLANTA -- Authorities continue to keep a tight lid on this week's fatal shooting case involving a Putnam County woman. However, an Atlanta Police Department incident report released Wednesday did offer a few more new details, including that the woman, Landa Diane Smith McIver, 63, of Pea Ridge Road, was seated in a vehicle's front passenger seat when a bullet pierced her back. Earlier reports failed to say whether she was in the driver's seat or a passenger seat, but did say the bullet came from a gun fired from inside the vehicle. Authorities have not said whether or not the vehicle was moving when the gun fired.

The report released Wednesday also names the type of vehicle she was seated in -- a 2013 White Ford Expedition, which is a sport utility vehicle. The shooting occurred while the vehicle was located at 1073 Piedmont Avenue N.E., which is near Piedmont Park in Atlana.

Thu
29
Sep

Putnam County woman fatally shot in Atlanta

This photo of fatal shooting victim Diane McIver of Putnam County is from her online LinkedIn page.

By Don Richeson and Lynn Hobbs / Staff

ATLANTA -- A Putnam County woman is dead after being shot in her car in downtown Atlanta early Monday morning. Landa Diane Smith McIver, 63, of Pea Ridge Road, died during surgery at Emory Hospital in DeKalb County around 1:20 a.m. Monday, a senior investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Tuesday. She had been taken by private vehicle to the hospital following the incident.

Wed
28
Sep

Plans for downtown murals move forward

At an earlier mural meeting, Putnam County High School Fine Arts Department Chairman Paige Barlow holds up a photo of a planned downtown Eatonton mural site -- the south wall of Nina’s Beauty Supply store. Barlow’s PCHS art students are expected to help create a mural there. It would likely depict Israel “Old Put” Putnam and William Eaton, the late 1700s-early 1800s military historical figures for which Putnam County and Eatonton are named. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- A mural could be one of those win-win projects, according to discussion at the Sept. 21 Eatonton-Putnam Tourism Arts Heritage Partnership meeting.

Some slight changes and progress have been made since the last report on the mural project, said Kevin Tomson-Hooper, a member of a committee seeking to put murals around downtown Eatonton.

The first mural, originally planned for the south side of the Pex Theater, instead is slated to go on the side of the Georgia Writers Museum’s permanent facility, the former county annex building also known as the old Eatonton Hotel. The Putnam County Board of Commissioners, which owns the building and leases it to the Briar Patch Arts Council, gave approval at its Sept. 20 meeting to put murals on it, with the caveat that the commissioners OK the final design.

Wed
28
Sep

Eatonton police rescue toddler locked in hot car

Eatonton Police Officer Pat Welch keeps the department’s inflatable auto unlocking kit and is quite efficient with it, according to Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence. (Photo by Lynn Hobbs.)

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- What potentially could have been a family’s worst nightmare was saved by an Eatonton Police Officer Sept. 16. Around 4 p.m. that Friday afternoon, a father was strapping his toddler son into the child car seat in the backseat of their car while the mother was checking out at the cash register inside. The father then closed the car door and went to get in the front door of the driver’s seat, only to realize the toddler somehow had grabbed the keys to the car and was holding them inside the closed car. All the doors were locked.

The frantic father called 911 and a couple of Eatonton police officers responded. They, in turn, called fellow officer Pat Welch, who keeps the department’s inflatable auto unlocking kit and is quite efficient with it, according to Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence.

Tue
27
Sep

>> WEB EXCLUSIVE: Thieves hit multiple cars in North Madison Ave. area

By Lynn Hobbs / Staff

EATONTON -- At least four people Eatonton woke up Wednesday morning, Sept. 14, to find their cars had been broken into and items were missing. Each of the incidents took place in the North Madison Avenue/Dogwood Lane neighborhood, according to police reports.

At approximately 8 a.m., a man at 410 N. Madison Ave. said his Filson wallet was taken out of his Chevy Tahoe, according to a report by Eatonton Police Officer Candace French. The wallet reportedly had five or six credit cards, other personal identification cards and approximately $100 in cash. The man said he had other items of value in the vehicle, but only his wallet was missing.

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