High speed chase with the Georgia Patrol ends in rollover this morning – one seriously injured in Emanuel County

HAPPENING NOW – URGENT – South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-30-17 2 a.m. ET

Georgia State Patrol chase through streets of Swainsboro this Saturday morning at year’s end – leaves two cuffed and one seriously hurt

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By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Swainsboro, GA) – The streets of Swainsboro, Georgia were quiet early this Saturday morning near the year’s end – until a wild car chase broke out between the Georgia State Patrol – and three fleeing suspects – that ended with a rollover and one suspect seriously injured.

2018 will be a year of recovery for one suspect who was seriously injured and trapped in the rollover.

The suspect vehicle crashed near the intersection of Old Nunez Road/Dawson Street and Sycamore Street in residential Swainsboro – a check of a map shows Old Nunez Rd. actual changed names near the crash to Dawson St.

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The suspects were in a chase “with GSP – it’s gonna be a rollover,” said one of the first officers on the scene. The Georgia State Patrol trooper was not injured.

The chase began early today around 12:30 a.m. ET this morning, Sat., Dec. 30, 2017.

Medivac helicopter crew 911 was launched and landed at the local airport.

“Medivac 91 is going to be on standby” said the dispatcher updating police on the scene.

“Go ahead and tell them to lift off,” said a supervising officer on the scene.

“We have two in handcuffs,” one officer said adding they were being checked by paramedics and first responders. “We still got one in the vehicle partially trapped”

Two suspects – who freed themselves from the car – were immediately put in handcuffs. The pair was checked over by paramedics, however their friend is not so lucky.

A 32-year-old African American male was medivac’d to a shock trauma hospital – likely Georgia Regents University Hospital in Augusta. The man had been trapped in the demolished car for almost an hour. He was seriously injured.

The entire neighborhood was closed down by police.

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“Come down Harrington Street so they can get to the vehicle,” one of said to another. “Right here by the water tower.”

Just what started the chase with GSP isn’t clear or if officer’s found any evidence in the vehicle.

Soft on child porn – Augusta federal court? Augusta daily newspaper? – Shocking sweet deal, sentencing at federal court in Augusta as man accused of child porn of prepubescent minor engaged in explicit sex – gets that charge dropped for interstate travel sex charge – gets only five years in prison

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-20-17

South Carolina man who wanted to have sex with a 14-year-old Augusta, Georgia girl gets relatively light sentence, avoids child porn trial in sweetheart plea bargain

Prosecutors dropped a child porn charge involving a prepubescent child engaged in explicit sex

Plus Augusta Chronicle aka Augusta Comical dropped ball in coverage – did not even give man’s hometown – or any perspective – guess it was not that important to paper

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By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Augusta, GA) – An Spartanburg, SC man indicted on federal child porn charge and trying to have sex with a young teen in Augusta, GA was given a light prison sentence after reaching a plea bargain with prosecutors.

In October, a Fort Gordon Solider received more federal prison time for child porn for less involvement.

Under the plea agreement, Kenneth Dale Smith of Spartanburg, SC pleaded guilty to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual contact, a federal felony. He is now a convicted Georgia sex offender/child predator.
Smith dodged a big bullet with this plea agreement as prosecutors dismissed a child porn charge involving images of a prepubescent girl younger than 12 years old engaging in explicit sex. Smith is 44 years old.

Smith was sentenced last week to five years in federal prison (56 months) and 20 years supervised release. He could have been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. Richard H. Goolsby was Smith’s defense lawyer. Pulling off such a great deal is a good start to elevating Goolsby to the legendary figure that was his father – tough prosecutor.
There is no parole in the federal prison system.
The 44-year-old Smith was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Randall Hall in the Southern District of Georgia.

The original federal indictment against Smith describe the possessing of child porn charge – that was dropped as part of the agreement with federal prosecutors.

Smith did “unlawfully possess, material which contained one or more images of child pornography …. that involved a prepubescent minor, a minor who had not attained twelve (12) years of age, engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said images having been shipped or transported using a means or facility of interstate.”

Smith traveled on April 26, 2017 from South Carolina to Augusta, Georgia “for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct,” the plea agreement states.
Smith drove to Georgia for “a sexual act with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl,” the plea bargain states.

The federal prosecutors in the case are Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Troy Clark and Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Green Rhodes, lead counsel and deputy chief at criminal division.

Federal judge has enough of Augusta man playing the system with repeated arrests for drugs and guns

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-20-17 – 10:45 a.m. ET

Off to federal prison for a man who has kept Augusta area cops busy for a decade

By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

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(Augusta, GA) – An Augusta man who has been arrested numerous times on cocaine and gun charges is off to federal prison tonight
Michael Lavon Harden mug 235-year-old Michael Lavon Harden of Augusta, GA was sentenced to three years (36 months) in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Randall Hall on Mon., Dec. 17, 2017.

The maximum sentence he could have received was 10 years in prison. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

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Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Harden pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm by a convicted felon involving a Beretta 92F Compact 9 MM pistol during a Dec. 12, 2016 incident in Richmond County

Judge Hall allowed a defense request he serve his time nearby:
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In Feb. 2005, Harden, then 25, was sentenced by Richmond County Superior Court Judge William Fleming, Jr. to 10 days in jail, almost one year probation, fined $630 and had to perform 40 hours of community service plus graduate from a risk-reduction program.

In June 2008, Harden was indicted by a Richmond County Grand Jury for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, receiving stolen property, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

In Nov. 2009, Harden , then 30, of 120 East East Hall Street was indicted by a Richmond County Grand on two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime plus terroristic threats and first-degree criminal damage to property.

In June 2010, Harden and two others were arrested by Richmond County vice officers after a late night raid at a residence pm the 100 block of Greene Street during which agents searched the laundry room and seized two baggies of crack cocaine weighing a total 50 grams plus a gun.

In August 2010, Harden was indicted on cocaine trafficking charges by a Richmond County Grand Jury

Listed Addresses:
202 Forsythe St, Augusta, GA
120 E Hall St, Augusta, GA

WRDW TV-12 June 24, 2010
AUGUSTA, GA — Richmond County narcotics officers were busy last night. Multiple arrests ranging from possession of marijuana to trafficking cocaine and possession of MDMA (ecstasy) with intent to distribute. Some were charged with possession of firearms and others with obstruction.
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/97086914.html

Arrests in Aiken County over past few days has included a woman charged in big heist, S.C. Highway Patrol busts “chop shop” operation, several arrested on drug trafficking charges, man gets scuffed up fighting with North Augusta police, and Augusta, GA man allegedly had child in the car while fleeing police while drunk

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-19-17 – 11:22 a.m. ET

Fleeing cops while drunk with kid in car, fighting with police, a $10,000 plus heist in North Augusta, drugs and more drugs, elderly man jailed in domestic violence case, and huge “chop shop” busted by the South Carolina Highway Patrol

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By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

Major $10,000 plus grand larceny charge filed against North Augusta woman – but who got ripped off

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A North Augusta woman has been arrested and jailed for an alleged big heist.
30-year-old Jennifer Owens was arrested by North Augusta Department of Public Safety at 3 a.m. this morning, Tues., Dec. 19, 2017
Owens is charged with grand larceny value $10,000 or more

Aiken County teen held on 8 major drugs charges involving the distribution of methamphetamine including several enhanced charges for allegedly dealing near a school

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17-year old Denzell Jackson of New Ellenton, SC was arrested about 11 a.m. Sunday morning, Dec. 17, 2017
Charges:
Drugs/trafficking in methamphetamine or cocaine base -100 grams or more
Drugs/trafficking methamphetamine > 100 grams w/in 1/2 mile of school
Drugs/ possession with intent to distribute (PWID) schedule II controlled substance
Drugs/ PWID schedule IV controlled substance
Drugs/PWID schedule IV controlled substance w/in mile of school
Drugs/ PWID schedule IV controlled substance
Drugs/ PWID schedule IV controlled substance w/in 1/2 mile of a school
Drugs/ PWID schedule II controlled substance w/in 1/2 mile of a school

South Carolina Highway Patrol busts major “chop shop” operation out of towing business

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41-year-old David Quarles of Windsor, SC was arrested about 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Charges:
Improper towing
Driving under suspension 3rd
Chop shop, unlawfully own, operate, conduct, or to transport
Chop shop, unlawfully own, operate, conduct, or to transport
A breach of trust with fraudulent intent value $2000 or less

Trafficking and Traffic charges

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24 -year-old Markale Simpkins of Aiken, SC was arrested Saturday night on numerous traffic charges and meth/cocaine trafficking charges
Offenses:
Giving false info to public safety officer
Driving under suspension 2nd
Failure to yield
Drugs/trafficking in meth, or cocaine base-10 grams or more
Plus a hold for Columbia County Sheriff’s Department in Appling, GA.

Augusta, GA man busted for drunk driving and fleeing from police allegedly with his child in the vehicle

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30-year-old Jack Maddox of Augusta, GA was arrested Sunday night and booked into the Aiken County Detention Center
Charges:
Failure to stop for blue lights
Child/child endangerment, commit certain vehicular offenses
Driving under influence alcohol/substance 2nd
Failure to pay

Elderly man charged in domestic attack

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64-year-old Willie Scurry, Jr. of Pelion, SC was arrested Monday evening around 5:20 p.m.
Charge:
3rd degree domestic violence

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Beech Island man busted for allegedly dealing pot including allegedly selling marijuana near a school

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21-year-old Dominique Beal of Beech Island, SC was arrested about 9 p.m. Monday by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
Charges:
Hold for North Augusta Department of Public Safety
Possession with intent to distribute (PWID) marijuana within proximity to school or park
PWID marijuana

It’s not nice to fight the cops – and Quarrentin Schoultz mug 1get hurt

 

26-year-old Quarrentin Schoultz of Jackson, SC was busted about 7 p.m. Monday for allegedly fighting with police while drunk
Charges:
Hold for South Carolina Parole and Probation Services
Open container, beer/wine
Resisting arrest

The spouse of a Fort Gordon Soldier has been arrested by the feds for allegedly punching the wife of another soldier in the face during a bizarre argument involving kids and dogs – and a Fort Gordon soldier faces up to a year in federal prison if convicted of two counts of drunken driving

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-16-17 11:11 a.m. ET

The feds this week charged a Fort Gordon soldier with two counts drunken driving and charged the spouse of a soldier with punching another soldier’s wife in a crazy incident in November 2016

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By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-owner, News Director
906-273-2433

The spouse of a Fort Gordon soldier and a soldier were charged in federal court this week in separate misdemeanor cases.

Daymon Hall is charged with two counts of “DUI on a military reservation,” according to a criminal information complaint, a charging tool used by the feds.

30-year-old Tapria Russell is charged with simple assault, according to her criminal information complaint.

Federal prosecutors have one of their own working at Fort Gordon.

Federal Prosecutor on Base: Special Assistant United States Attorney Candace R. Cunningham, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Gordon

Federal Prosecutor on Base: Special Assistant United States Attorney Candace R. Cunningham, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Gordon

The charges against both soldiers were filed in Augusta federal courthouse on Wed., Dec. 13, 2017.

The prosecutor in both cases is Special Assistant United States Attorney Candace R. Cunningham, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Gordon, GA.

Wife of Fort Gordon solider charged with assault; soldier charged with DUI in another case

Spouse of Fort Gordon soldier charged with assault; soldier charged with DUI in another case

 

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Soldier’s wife Ashley Taylor – who was the victim of an attack on Base

The spouse of a soldier, Russell is accused of assaulting 29-year-old Ashley Taylor – the spouse of another soldier – “by hitting her in the face with her hand,” on Nov. 16, 2016 at Fort Gordon, the federal information states.
Taylor was 28 at the time of the attack.

Taylor says there had been a problem with people not picking up after their dogs in the neighborhood. Taylor spotted the Russell’s son with the family dog and offered him a baggie.

“After the dog did it’s business .. (Taylor noticed) he had a large leaf in his hand.”

“Trying to be a good neighbor, I offered him a baggy,” Taylor told S.E. Social Justice Breaking News this morning.

“He said ‘no’. I offered again and pointed out community guidelines. He said no again and became aggressive.”

A short time later, Russell and her solder spouse allegedly showed up at Taylor’s door in a furor.

“She was aggressively angry, yelled at me for talking to her son. And I panicked. My children were on the other side of our screen door watching.”

The three adults had never met before and Taylor repeatedly asked the Russells to leave.

“She threatened me repeatedly and in an effort to calm everyone down, I literally sat on the ground and asked her to sit and talk with me,” Taylor recounted.

“She refused (and) continued to threaten me,” Taylor said.

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Soldier’s wife Ashley Taylor – who was the victim of an attack on Base

“Ultimately (Tapria Russell) punched me in the face on my right side,” Taylor said of the attack that left her confused by its allegedly aggressive nature. “My glasses flew across the carport and broke.”

That’s when the Russells left and Taylor called Fort Gordon Military Police.
“Her spouse grabbed her and they took off running. I finally felt it was safe enough to turn around, ran inside, and called the MPs.”

Taylor was concerned the case would never be prosecuted – and at one point – as MPs were trying to get to the bottom of the incident – Taylor felt like a suspect.

“I made a report, took pictures, and was threatened by the MPs with assault, even though I never laid a finger on anyone,” Taylor said.

Taylor is pleased the case will finally go to court.

If convicted, Russell faces up to six months in federal prison plus a maximum $5,000 fine.

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Both charges against Hall involve alleged drunken driving on June 24, 2917 on base for “unlawfully driving a moving vehicle” after allegedly drinking too much alcohol, the information states.
If convicted, Hall faces no more than 12 months in federal prison on each of the two counts plus a maximum of $2,000 in fines, and 40 days community service and the completion of a DUI alcohol use risk reduction course.

Wife of Fort Gordon solider charged with assault; soldier charged with DUI in another case

Wife of Fort Gordon soldier charged with assault; soldier charged with DUI in another case

Serious federal drug trafficking indictments returned in Augusta against two men in separate cases

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-8-17 6 p.m. ET – Serious drug trafficking indictments returned in Augusta against two men in separate cases

 

DRUG TRAFFICKING IN AUGUSTA, GA

By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Augusta, GA) – An Aiken, South Carolina man has been indicted on federal charges in Augusta, GA involving allegations of armed drug trafficking in Richmond County.

In addition, the grand jury has indicted a an Augusta man in a separate case for heroin distribution scroll down to read more about him.

Alton Carraway,jr. mug 442-year-old Alton Carraway, Jr. of Aiken, SC is named in a 4-count felony indictment reunited yesterday by a federal grand jury sitting in Augusta, GA.

Carraway is charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances (Meth, heroin), possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a stolen firearm.

On June 20, 2017 in Richmond County, Carraway alleged planned to distribute “500 grams or more” heroin and meth, plus “a quantity” of marijuana, the indictment states.

The same day, Carraway allegedly possessed a Ruger Model Blackhawk .45 caliber revolver, and a Smith & Wesson Model Airweight .38 caliber pistol “in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, the grand jury charged. The indictment alleges the Ruger .45 was stolen.
Alton Carraway, Jr. Indictment

The grand jury alleges that Carraway possessed the handguns knowing he had already convicted of possession of meth and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on June 18, 2015 in Richmond County Superior Court.

The indictment includes a “forfeiture allegation” in which prosecutors are seeking to claim the guns and all proceeds of Carraway’s alleged drug trafficking.

Carraway’s arrest history in the Aiken and Augusta area ranges from shoplifting to failure to pay fines to guns/drugs – possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, plus possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

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40-year-old Matthew Ward Timmerman of Augusta, GA is charged in a one count indictment returned yesterday in federal court in Augusta.

Timmerman is accused of possession heroin for sales on June 22, 2017. The indictment doesn’t describe the circumstances of the case. Timmerman’s arrest record over past decade includes trafficking in both heroin and methamphetamines.

On May 12, 2017, Timmerman was booked into the Richmond County jail on felony charges of heroin trafficking and cocaine distribution.
In 2009 Timmerman was paroled to Aiken County, SC from a state prison in Georgia after serving about six years total for crimes that included a 10-year sentence for drugs.

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Timmerman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after his December 2005 conviction in Richmond County for methamphetamine trafficking to run concurrently with a eight year probation sentence in 2001 for possession of Xanax with intent to distribute. It appears he was in prison from April 2003 when probation was revoked until paroled in 2009.

Timmerman was also ordered wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet upon release to Aiken County.

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The federal prosecutors in the two cases are:

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby L. Christine
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian T. Rafferty, criminal division chief
Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Green Rhodes, lead counsel and deputy chief at criminal division
Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Brian Tanner, chief appellate division

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Federal Counterfeiting Indictment in Augusta, GA: Thousands in alleged fake money could duplicate into a 20-year federal sentence for an accused Augusta counterfeiter who impacted the lives of numerous CSRA shop owners and small businesses

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-8-17 1:46 p.m.

The feds reach out an nab an alleged counterfeiter cops say has been terrorizing shop owners in Richmond and Columbia counties

Fake $ Probe triggered by last year’s arrest of Terrance DeMarkus DeVoe when law enforcement in both counties raised the flag

By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Augusta, GA) – An Augusta area man – who has a long arrest records including for allegedly passing fake money – has been indicted by a grand jury in Augusta, GA on two federal counterfeiting charges involving the alleged making and distributing of thousands of dollars in phony cash across Richmond and County counties.

TERRANCE DEMARKUS DEVOE mug 126-year-old Terrance DeMarkus DeVoe – who has been arrested in Aiken, Richmond and Columbia counties over the past 5 years – is named in the felony indictment handed down Wed., Dec. 6, 2017 by a federal grand jury sitting in Augusta, Georgia.

The indictment was just made public on the federal court doc site – often indictments are not announced until a suspect is in custody.  The notes in the indictment include $50, $20, $10, $5 bills. Scroll down to read the indictment we posted.

Devoe is charged with passing counterfeit reserve notes and manufacturing counterfeit reserve notes. If convicted, Devoe faces up to 20 years on each count in a federal prison, and the feds do not have parole.
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The Richmond County charges are believed to connected to the alleged use of fake $5, $10 and $20 bills totaling $200 in Sept. 2016 to purchase of an Xbox from a man in who was selling the game system on Craig’s List. The victim met with Devoe and an unidentified woman at the Walmart parking lot on Bobby Jones Expressway in an exchange that went quickly due to rain.

The victim was shocked and mortified when he tried to spend that fake cash at the Christmas Tree Shops and the cashier passed along the bad news.

He is also charged with making and distributing bogus bills in Columbia County.

The federal prosecutors in the case are:

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby L. Christine
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian T. Rafferty, criminal division chief
Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Green Rhodes, lead counsel and deputy chief at criminal division
Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Brian Tanner, chief appellate division

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A quick glance at Devoe’s record includes numerous arrests in past five years:

Police agencies in Aiken County, SC:

2014: first degree assault and battery first degree, third offense driving under suspension, failing to stop for law enforcement, defective break light and windshield, defective brake lights.

2012: Driving with suspended license, open beer, first offense shoplifting

Richmond County:

2012: Richmond County Grand Jury indictments: Felony second-degree burglary and attempted fleeing and eluding police plus numerous misdemeanor traffic-related charges including no insurance, hit and run, and reckless driving

WRDW TV-12 story on Xbox counterfeit case
http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Suspect-taken-into-custody-accused-of-paying-man-counterfeit-dollars-for-Xbox-392440581.html

 

Aiken County busts two men wanted in Georgia – one is already facing crack cocaine and other narcotic charges

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin 11-21-17 6 a.m. ET:

Richmond County and Burke County men arrested in Aiken County – wanted by Georgia prison officials

By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
News Director/Co-Owner
906-273-2433

(Aiken, SC) – Its not a good thing when the Georgia Department of Corrections wants you.

Well, Two Georgia men can attest to that. They were arrested yesterday in Aiken County.

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20-year-old T’Varis Jordan of Waynesboro, Georgia and 63-year-old Rickey Thomas of Augusta, GA were arrested about the same time Monday afternoon, Nov. 20, 2017 and are booked into the Aiken County Detention Center.

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Both men have South Carolina records.

The younger man, Jordan was picked up in June 2015 on numerous drug charges including crack cocaine, illegal prescription and possession of Oxycontin. It’s not clear why both men are wanted in Georgia.

 

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T’Varis Jordan

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ACDC

OPEN 11-20-2017 4:30 p.m. booked

Charge: 11-111-1111 Hold for GSC Paperwork

Disposition: Open

Charge: Hold for Georgia Department of Corrections

Disposition: Open

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NADPD
6-15-2015

Date Released: 06-25-2015

Charge: Prescription/possession of drugs without valid prescription

Disposition: Open

Charge: Shoplifting $1000 or less

Disposition: Open

Charge: Drugs/possession of schedule ii controlled substance (Oxycontin)

Charge: Drugs/PWID Cocaine

Disposition: Open

Charge: Drugs/PWID crack cocaine

Disposition: Open

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NADPS 06-15-2015

Offense:

Hold for NADPS Warrants

Shoplifting $1,000 or less

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63-year-old Rickey Thomas of Augusta, GA

ACSO made arrest 11-20-2017 arrest 4:15 p.m. ET

Offense:

Charge: 11-111-1111 Hold for GSC paperwork

Charge: 11-111-1111 Hold for Georgia Department of Corrections

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NADPS CLOSED 06-03-2016

Date Released: 06-04-2016

Offense Charge: Shoplifting /value $2000 or less (enhancement )

Disposition: Order of Release

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URGENT Green Dot card scam run from behind bars – Augusta to Aiken and ripping off Oregonians : Feds allege Augusta prison inmate and his family ran a debit card like scam involved Green Dot cards

NOTICE OF HEARING for Jay Byron Wright Arraignment set for 11/28/2017 10:00 AM in Columbia # 7, Matthew J. Perry Court House, 901 Richland St, Columbia before Magistrate Judge Paige J. Gossett.

Prison inmate in Augusta ran a scam from behind bars: Oregon residents defrauded by family Aiken/Augusta area involving a Green Dot card, feds say

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By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
News Director/Co-Owner
906-273-2433

Three Augusta area residents were arrested this week on federal felony charges involving a fake court fine scam to dupe innocent Oregon residents into paying non-existent “contempt of court” fines for missing jury duty – and it was run by a prolific state prison inmate who has been charged with crimes across Georgia.

Alleged ringleader and family patriarch Jay Byron Wright has a vast record that including a burglary conviction in Columbia County and Richmond County. Many of the convictions are out of Douglas County, Georgia and Gwinnett County.


With a criminal record dating back almost two decades, Wright is currently serving time in a state prison in Calhoun County – and it is not clear what Augusta prison was involved. Wright has been convicted of racketeering, extortion, theft, forgery,  burglary and much more (scroll down to see his file)

The suspects  have been being indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Aiken, SC.
The trio – all members and former of one family – “engaged in a scheme to falsely and fraudulently obtained money by falsely representing themselves as officers of the court” and tricked people into using the Green Dot to pay court fines that did not exist.

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Georgia prison inmate Jay Byron Wright is charged in federal court with attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud
His daughter, Christine Wright of Aiken is charged with attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Barbara Lynn Clayton is charged with attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Clayton “was the wife of Christine Wright,” according to the federal indictment.

The alleged Dec. 2016 scam involves “Green Dot Money Pak cards” that are “prepaid cash-value debit cards known as Money Pack cards,” the indictment states.
Green Dot was a Pasadena, California based company “offering loadable debit cards” and “pre-loaded cash-value” Money Pak cards, the indictment states.
The Aiken-based federal case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Winston D. Holliday and U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.

Here is a portion of the indictment:

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NAME: WRIGHT, JAY BARON SR.

GDC ID: 0000867905


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1975
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’06”
WEIGHT: 160
EYE COLOR: GREEN
HAIR COLOR: BROWN


SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: BURG BEF 7/1/12
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: CALHOUN STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: 06/29/2022
ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE


KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. NICKNAME,GO-KART
A.K.A. RAY,RONALD
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY A
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY ALAN
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY ALLEN
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY ALMON
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY B
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY BARON
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY BARRON

STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 766518

OFFENSE: THEFT BY EXTORTION
CONVICTION COUNTY: DOUGLAS COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/28/2015
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 766518

OFFENSE: THEFT BY EXTORTION
CONVICTION COUNTY: DOUGLAS COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/06/2015
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 766518

OFFENSE: RACKETEERING
CONVICTION COUNTY: DOUGLAS COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/06/2015
SENTENCE LENGTH: 15 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 766518

OFFENSE: BURG BEF 7/1/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: COLUMBIA COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/27/2012
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 766518

OFFENSE: THEFT BY TAKING
CONVICTION COUNTY: GWINNETT COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/27/2012
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

CASE NO: 392973

OFFENSE: FORG 1ST BEF 7/1/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 02/26/1998
SENTENCE LENGTH: 6 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 392973

OFFENSE: FORG 1ST BEF 7/1/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 02/26/1998
SENTENCE LENGTH: 6 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 392973

OFFENSE: FORG 1ST BEF 7/1/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 02/26/1998
SENTENCE LENGTH: 6 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY
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Augusta man shot by cops is off to federal prison – again: Originally was one of over 100 Augusta area residents busted in 2012 undercover probe dubbed “Operation Smoke Screen”

S.E. Social Justice Breaking News – Augusta man shot by cops is off to federal prison – again.

11-17-17 12:45 p.m. ET

Off to a place he left this summer – federal prison

Felon shot by cops Diriuss Antonio Redd

By Greg Peterson
S.E. Social Justice Breaking News
News Director/Co-owner
1-906-273-2433

(Augusta, GA) – An Augusta man who was shot over seven years ago by a Richmond County Sherrif’s Department Deputy is off to federal prison again for violating terms of supervised federal release in a case that began just over five years ago.

redd mug 1Now 31 years old – Diriuss Antonio Redd – was indicted in Feb. 8, 2012 one one count of felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury sitting in Augusta. He was one of over 100 people busted in the Augusta area on state and federal charges during a seven-month joint undercover operation by the RCSD and other agencies including the feds. “Operation Smoke Screen.”

Scroll down to read a press release from federal prosecutors on that operation.

Redd apparently had just been released from federal prison in July 2017 when he was arrested in Nov. 2017 on a supervised release violation.

The indictment stated on October 25, 2011, in Richmond County Redd did “knowingly” possessed a Norinco, Model SKS, 7.62 x 39 caliber rifle. This after having been convicted on June 11, 2004 of forgery-first degree in Richmond County Superior Court.

He was sentenced to five years in prison in July 2012 after pleading guilty to the firearms charge.

However, on Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 Redd was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for violating probation on several occasions while on supervised release including failing a drug test and not paying fines.

He was sentenced in 2012 and this week by U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall, chief judge of the South District of Georgia.

 

In 2010, Redd made the Augusta area news when he was shot by a cop while trying to take the officer’s gun.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Jo Martin shot Redd – then 24 years old – in the groin on April 27, 2010 after he struggled with the officer during his arrest at Augusta Estates mobile home park on Milledgeville Road. Deputy Martin was cleared in the shooting as she was attempting to arrest Redd on outstanding warrants including a felony aggravated stalking charge – when a struggled ensued.

Martin attempted the arrest after responding to the mobile home park about a break-in at a woman’s trailer – and that’s when he spotted Redd.

Redd was wanted on the aggravated stalking charge after his children’s grandmother said he tried to break into a car and was in violation of a court order.

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News coverage:
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Richmond_Countys_Operation_Smoke_Screen_rounds_up_500K_in_expected_stolen_merchandise_suspects_140742813.html

U.S. Justice Dept. Feb. 2012 News Release:
24 Defendants Charged with Gun Offenses After Undercover Investigation

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Southern District of Georgia
The United States Department of Justice – Southern District of Georgia U.S. Attorneys Office
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2012
Edward J. Tarver, United States Attorney
Contact: James D. Durham
(912) 201-2547
james.durham@usdoj.gov

24 Defendants Charged with Gun Offenses After Undercover Investigation

Undercover RCSO officer purchased and seized over 64 firearms during “Operation Smoke Screen”

AUGUSTA, GA – 15 federal indictments, unsealed today in federal court, have charged 24 defendants with federal firearms offenses. An additional 85 defendants were charged by the Augusta Division’s District Attorney’s Office on state burglary, theft, firearm and drug charges. The federal and state indictments follow a 7-month undercover investigation in the Augusta area dubbed “Operation Smoke Screen.”

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) initiated Operation Smoke Screen in August of 2011. As a result of this undercover operation, RCSO seized an estimated $500,000 in property and identified suspects in 104 burglaries, 12 car break-ins and 16 thefts. While guns were not the focus of the investigation, 64 firearms were recovered; many from convicted felons or individuals dealing in firearms without a license. A number of the guns seized during the undercover operation were reported stolen.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver stated, “Operation Smoke Screen is a great example of the successes that can be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of federal and local law enforcement agencies working together to protect the public. This operation serves as notice to the criminal element that if you traffic in stolen guns and other stolen items, law enforcement is watching and you will be prosecuted.”

“The right of citizens to feel safe in their homes is a basic freedom that we feel is worth protecting. The suspects that were targeted during this investigation were alleged to be involved in victimizing citizens of this community and putting guns into the hands of the criminal element,” said Special Agent in Charge Scott Sweetow, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Atlanta Field Division. “ATF actively partners with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to stem firearms-related violent crime. We applaud the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for initiating this multi-faceted investigation aimed at seizing stolen property to include dozens of stolen firearms.”

Following numerous arrests today, initial appearances for several of the federally indicted defendants were held in United States District Court, Augusta, Georgia. The arrests today were undertaken by the RCSO, the United States Marshal Service, the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division and the ATF RAGE Unit, which consists of members from the ATF, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the Aiken Department of Public Safety. A listing of the 24 defendants recently indicted on federal charges is attached.

Mr. Tarver stressed that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant United States Attorneys Lamont A. Belk and Nancy C. Greenwood are prosecuting the federal cases for the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

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Operation Smoke Screen

Federal Defendants Charged

Each of the defendants listed below is from Augusta, Georgia unless otherwise noted:

Dewayne H. Anderson, 45, North Augusta, SC

Charles Maurice Andrews, 19

Derrian R. Brown, 24

Leroy Bunyon, 30

Rodriguez Marquis Bunyon, 32

Twain J. Frails, 22, Hephzibah, GA

Craig Maurice Hambrick, 25

Miguel A. Heredia, 23

Mercedes S. Hyman, 21

Robert L. Johnson, 28, Hephzibah, GA

Jerry Mazone, 31, North Augusta, SC

Curtis A. President, 22

Angelo G. Pringle, 20

Diriuss A. Redd, 26

Danson R. Sheppard, 21

Lemuel Fernandez Smith, 32

Dakabein Ahrand Swint, 20

Amid A. Truitt, 23

Lavinski Vaughn, 24

Grady L. West, 26

Akeem Wiggins, 20

Derrick Demone Williams, 41

Jamal Hakim Wright, 26