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

Child Porn shocker graphic

 

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

Michael L Hardin indict graphic 2

(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

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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Matthew Timmerman mug 1
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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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.

Rickey Thomas 1 Aiken GA Hold
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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Rickey Thomas 1 Aiken GA Hold

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

Jay B. Wright Inmate scam 1

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
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 01/22/2013
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 09/16/2003
INCARCERATION END: 08/08/2004
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 07/11/2002
INCARCERATION END: 03/12/2003
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 10/03/2000
INCARCERATION END: 12/11/2001
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 06/09/1998
INCARCERATION END: 09/16/1999

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

One person severely injured in early morning blaze in Augusta, Georgia

S.E. Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – One badly hurt in Augusta fire

11-15-17 5 am. ET

Augusta bad fire Evergreen Dr

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

(Augusta, GA) – A tragic early morning fire has critically injured one person in Augusta.

The fire was reported about 4 a.m. ET on Wed., Nov. 15 2017 on Evergreen Drive.

The victim was found in one of the bedrooms – and a helicopter was asked to transport the victim who was seriously injured.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s department and firefighters will remain on the scene for hours.

Child Pornographers of the Aiken-Augusta Area: An Aiken Judge Gives a Slap on the Wrist to a Aiken Man arrested with child Pornography – Plus New Busts Not Reported by Media

S.E. Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – A judge slaps the wrist of man who possessed child pornography.
Plus Columbia County, Aiken County and Augusta Augusta area child pornography busts – most of which have not been reported by local media

Read about all these cases below:

S.E. Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – Augusta area child pornography case results in man getting only 90 days in jail – something smells in Denmark

11-14-17 6:45 a.m.

Does anybody care that a slap on the wrist was given to an Augusta area man charged in a child pornography case?

This guy is back out on the streets: Second Judicial Circuit Judge Doyet A. Early III gives slap on wrist and media was duped into reporting 7 years

Aiken Judge gives possessor of child pornographer slap on write – 90 days in jail – and he’s already out on the streets !!!!

Three child pornography busts in Aiken Augusta area – Update on the others facing child pornography related charges so far in 2017

Another child porno trial starts in early December – a case not reported by Augusta area media

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

Three child pornography busts in Aiken Augusta area – Update on the others facing child pornography related charges so far in 2017

(Central Savannah River Area GA/SC) – Three recent child pornography related busts continue to show the extent of the depravity men who prey on children in Aiken, Edgefield, Richmond and Columbia counties.

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Christopher Seigler

35-year-old Christopher Clark Seigler of Aiken, SC was sentenced May 23, 2017 to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Aiken Christopher Seigler 1 hild pornInstead of the 90-day slap on the wrist, Seigler could have received 10 years in state prison – and officials truly down played this sentencing in the media. It seems some were duped.
He can thank Second Judicial Circuit Judge Doyet A. Early III of Bamburg, SC

He pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to court records. Four other counts were dismissed.

Second Judicial Circuit Judge Doyet A. Early IIISecond Judicial Circuit Judge Doyet A. Early III sentenced Seigler to seven years suspended to 90 days active, followed by five years probation, records show.

That means he was out in 90 days.

After prison, he registered as a sex offender.

Seigler’s defense attorney was Brian Katonak.

The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office prosecuted Seigler.

Seigler was arrested on Aug. 4, 2015 after he sent a child pornography related file two months earlier to Aiken County Sheriff’s Office investigator

Child pornography and file sharing software were found on an electronic device seized from Seigler’s home.

http://scor.sled.sc.gov/OffenderDetails.aspx?Display=Main&Id=2302131

Third degree sexual exploitation of a minor defined; penalties

Offense Description

(a) an individual commits the offense of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor if, knowing the character or content of the material, he possesses material that contains a visual representation of a minor engaging in sexual activity

(b) in a prosecution pursuant to this section, the trier of fact may infer that a participant in sexual activity depicted as a minor through its title, text, visual representation, or otherwise is a minor.

(c) a person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned not more than ten years.

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These are just some of the child pornography busts in past year in the CSRA, although figures are not available for all 13 counties.

Two of the recent cases, not reported by local media, are in Columbia County and Richmond counties – and there was a third last week in Aiken County.

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Sean Antone Grace

U.S. Army soldier 43-year-old Sean Antone Grace of 20 Rosland Court in Augusta, GA was busted by special agents of the from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
Grace was also station at Fort Hood, TX and Fort Huachuca, AZ – and a past address in Woodbridge, New Jersey.
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Grace was indicted Oct. 4, 2017 on charges of production of child pornography for allegedly enticing or coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct – that was allegedly distributed.
Grace allegedly committed the crime on July 17, 2017 in Richmond County, according to a Sept. 26, 2017 criminal complaint.

Details of the criminal complaint have been restricted by the court, indicative of an ongoing investigation. Grace remains in jail pending trial.
In fact, Grace is not eligible for pretrial release because of pending state of Georgia charges, according to a federal detention order that was filed in Augusta federal court on Oct. 27, 2017.
If convicted Grace faces a maximum of 30 years in federal prison – with a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.
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The case is being handled by U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps in Augusta pending trial
Pretrial motions are due Nov. 28, 2017 – and no trial date is set.
Those prosecuting the case are:
Grace’s defense attorney is Jerome J. Froelich, Jr. of Atlanta.

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John Michael Shields

With a Dec. 4, 2017 trial date looming, John Michael Shields of 208 Foxfield Dr. in Evans, GA is accused of possessing child pornography on March 30, 2017 “and times prior” in Columbia County, according to a Oct.4, 2017 indictment by a federal grand jury sitting in Augusta.
John Michael Shields Indictment

Jonathon M Shields suspect 2Shields, in his 20s, allegedly possessed images “that involved a prepubescent minor, a minor that had not attained twelve (12) years in age, engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” the indictment states.

If convicted he faces 20 years in federal prison

A forfeiture portion of the indictment demands that Shields turn over any profits, all images (video, still etc) and provide all information on those with whom he dealt – and all involved electronics like computers, laptops.
Shields pleaded not guilty in Augusta on Oct. 11, 2017.
His bond is set at $20,000 with $1,000 secured case.

The above federal cases (Grace, Shields) are being prosecuted by:

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia R. Brian Tanner
Asst. U.S. Attorney C. Troy Clark, lead counsel
Asst. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Rafferty, chief of the criminal division
Asst. U.S. Attorney Patricia G. Rhodes, deputy chief of the criminal division

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Mark Allen Sanders

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2017, 69-year-old Mark Allen Sanders of Aiken County was charged with 30 crimes involving an ongoing probe into the possession and distribution of child pornography – and the maximum sentence if convicted is 300 years in prison.
Sanders was busted on 10 felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 20 felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor,
He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on every count.
The charges were announced Friday by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Wilson said Sanders was arrested by the South Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
Sanders distributed and possessed numerous child pornography images (video, stills), according to Wilson’s news release. The S.C. Attorney General’s Office will prosecute the case.

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Here is update on some of the other child pornography related arrests over the past year:

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David Omar Urizar

21-year-old David Omar Urizar of Aiken, SC was arrested in late August 2017 on numerous charges including one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and five counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly distributing and possessing files of child pornography.
If convicted Urizar faces a maximum of 60 years in prison.
He was arrested on August 29, 2017 by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department and S.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office
He is being held at the Aiken County detention center.
The case will be prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.

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Jason Arlis Johnson

38-year-old Jason Arlis Johnson of North Augusta, SC faces state and federal charges involving multiple counts of child molestation in Columbia County, GA involving a once-missing teen victim who was found because of an Amber Alert.
Johnson was indicted in federal court in Augusta on a one felony count of transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual acts. The maximum sentence for that crime is life in prison. Johnson allegedly committed illegal sex acts and produced child pornography in Columbia County between Aug. 16 and Dec. 10, 2016, the federal indictment states.
Johnson and a 15-year-old girl, were found in Sevierville, TN in December 2016 after a nationwide Amber Alert was issued for the victim.

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Martin William Duncan

Martin William Duncan

62-year-old Martin William Duncan Sr. of Warrenville, SC was arrested in March 2017 on two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor – for allegedly distributing child pornography on the internet.
The charges carry a maximum of 120 years in prison.
Duncan was busted by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the S.C. Attorney General’s Office investigators.

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Derrick Donchez

34-year-old Derrick Jonathon Donchez of North Augusta, SC was arrested in August 2016 on 12 felony counts of sexual exploitation of minors for allegedly distributing child porn through a file-sharing network, according to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
If convicted, Donchez faces a maximum of 120 years in prison – each of the 12 charges carries 10 years.
Assisting in the probe are the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department and the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

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Rural Georgia postal carrier: U.S. Postal Service employee charged in Augusta federal court with stealing mail in Hephzibah, Georgia

U.S. Grand Jury in Augusta, GA: Theft of cash, gift cards and checks alleged in federal indictment in Hephzibah stolen mail case

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By Greg Peterson

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(Augusta, GA) – A Richmond County postal employee has been indicted on charges of theft of mail.

Jennifer Albright, Post theft Augusta 1Jennifer Denise Albright of Augusta/Hephzibah addresses is charged with theft of mail by a postal service employees. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release. There is no parole in federal prison.

Albright was indicted on Tues., Nov. 7, 2017 by a federal grand jury sitting in Augusta, Georgia.

On or about June 20th, 2017, Albright allegedly took property out of the mail valued at approx $525 including cash, checks and gift cards, the indictment states (see below for details). The mail was all from Hephzibah.

A future federal court date has not yet been set.

The case is being prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Rafferty and Asst. U.S. Attorney Chris Howard (lead counsel) on behalf of their boss U.S. Attorney for the South District of Georgia R. Brian Tanner.

A graduate of Westside High School and Augusta Technical College, Albright states on her Facebook page she has been a rural postal carrier since 2015.

In early June, Albright desperately set up a “Go Fund Me” page asking for help with bills because she has lost her job and has children saying “my life has fallen apart.”

“A prayer would also be greatly appreciated,” Albright, a mother of two.

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