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

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.
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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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Update – New ADPS case is drug and shoplifting related: Aiken woman once charged in North Augusta mayor’s murder is now back in jail after skating on that murder and drug case 15 years ago

Update on new charges 12-1-17 1:50 p.m.

In this new case, 37-year-old Stephanie Forde of Aiken, SC was charged today with possession of less than one gram meth 1st offense and shoplifting 1st offense
The charges are from the Aiken Department of Public Safety

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URGENT URGENT – S.E. Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-1-17 9:10 a.m. ET

Aiken, SC woman who witnessed murder of North Augusta Mayor – but was freed for testifying – is back in jail this morning as part of a probe in the city of Aiken – after skating on that murder and drug case 15 years ago

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

(Aiken, SC) – A woman who skated on murder charges 15 years ago for testifying against in the shooting and stabbing death of a former North Augusta, SC mayor is back in trouble with the law.

37-year-old Stephanie Forde of Aiken, SC is being held for investigation this morning, Fri., Dec. 1, 2017 by the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Forde is lodged in the Aiken County Detention Center without bond “for investigation” by Aiken city authorities. She was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2017. And was a key witness of the former mayor’s murder.

Forde, then 22, was not prosecuted because she testified against co-defendant Eric Copeland, then 32, although he too received a sweet plea bargain after a jury could not reach a verdict in his trial.

Former murdered North Augusta mayor Kim LedfordCopeland was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading no contest to assault and battery with intent to kill in the death of 64-year-old former North Augusta Mayor Donald “Kim” Kimbrough Ledford. In exchange for the plea, officials dropped the murder, grand larceny and weapons charges that were filed against Copeland.
The murder and crack cocaine distribution charges against Forde were dropped. Forde testified she saw Copeland shoot Ledford four times as he slept in his bed
His shot and stabbed decomposing body was found in that bed in July 2002.
From 1981-1985 Ledford served as mayor of North Augusta, SC. After that his life went down hill. In 2002, Ledford was convicted of distribution of crack cocaine and marijuana and in 1999 on charges of drunken and reckless driving.

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Stephanie Forde of Aiken, South Carolina

Inmate ID#: 940752

Home Address City: AIKEN

Drivers Lic State: SC

Bio:

Sex: F Race: W Build: L

Height: 5-5 Weight: 147

Hair: BLN LONG Eyes: HAZ

Arrest Details

Agency Status Arrest Date Released

ADPS OPEN 11-30-2017 2:06 p.m.

Charge: HOLD FOR ADPS

Case #: Disposition: Open

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Agency Status Arrest Date Released

NAPS CLOSED 07-19-2002

20:55 02-06-2004

Date Released: 02-06-2004

Weekender: NO

Offense: MURDER/DIST.CRACK COCAINE

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Agency Status Arrest Date Released

SCHP CLOSED 02-21-2002

16:22 02-21-2002

Date Released: 02-21-2002

Weekender: NO

Offense: DRV.2FAST4COND./D.U.S. 1ST/IMPRO.LIC.DISPL

Charge: DRV.2FAST4COND.

Charge: D.U.S. 1ST

Charge: IMPRO.LIC.DISPL 
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News coverage from 2002 of former North Augusta mayor murder:

http://www.wistv.com/story/1561576/man-sentenced-to-11-years-for-death-of-former-naugusta-mayor

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