Family restaurant burns in Aiken County, SC

S.E. Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 1-7-17 7:45 a.m. ET

Popular restaurant burns overnight in Aiken County, SC

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By Greg Peterson
S.E. Social Justice Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Aiken County, SC) – A popular family restaurant in Aiken County, SC was extensively damaged late Saturday night by a fire.

The fire was reported about 10:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 6, 2018.

Numerous fire departments were called for mutual aid to fight the blaze at the Seafood Shack and More located at 2620 Columbia Highway North in Aiken County, SC.

The restaurant has received overwhelmingly great reviews on various websites.

The restaurant is located near Harvey Court and close to Interstate 20 north of Aiken.

No word on whether the restaurant will be able to reopen or rebuild. The cause of the fire has not been released. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters remains on the scene until 1 a.m. today, Sun., Jan. 7, 2018.

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Swainsboro Fire Department in Georgia broadcasts honor to all public servants and spotting Santa Claus via NORAD

URGENT – South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-24-17 – Santa spotted over Georgia – 8:50 p.m. ET

Swainsboro Fire Department getting NORAD reports of Swainsboro Fire Department getting NORAD reports of Santa Claus in Georgia
Broadcast honors all those who serve their community and country

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

Swainsboro Fire Department getting NORAD reports of Santa Claus in Georgia
Broadcast honors all those who serve their community and country.
https://www.noradsanta.org/

Fire Department
205 North Green St.
Swainsboro, GA 30401

Phone: (478) 237-8533*
Fax: (478) 237-0115

E-Mail: fire@cityofswainsboro.org
For Emergencies Call 911

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Mike Strobridge
Chief, Fire Department

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Mobile home ablaze in Aiken, SC

URGENT – South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-24-17 – 7:25 a.m.

Christimas Eve Day: Firefighters battle mobile home blaze in Aiken, SC

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

(Aiken, SC) – Aiken firefighters are battling a predawn mobile home fire on Christmas Eve day.
The blaze was reported just before 7 a.m. off of Shiloh Heights Road.

The address is believed to be 1101 Pineland Terrace. Its is said to be at a mobile home between Hazel Drive and Whispering Pines Terrance.

Firefighters have laid lines across streets in the area and traffic will not be allowed on those streets for sometime.
The cause is under investigation.
No other details are available at this point.

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

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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

Federal prosecutors in South Carolina reveal a secretive cash operation that sends millions to Iraqi officials – Cash sent from South Carolina from U.S. contractors – and they charged an Anderson man – but won’t revealed the name of the secret company “Company A”

URGENT – URGENT – South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News – 12-19-17 – 6:45 a.m. ET

Intercepting hush-hush payments to Iraq from U.S. contractor leads to very secretive charges – allegedly skimming off $71,000 out of millions
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By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Anderson, SC) – Federal prosecutors have quietly filed charges against a Anderson, SC man who works for a super secret company that sends millions in clandestine cash payments from South Carolina to Iraqi officials.

53-year-old Charley Dean Hill of Anderson, SC is accused of not sending about $73,000 worth of the payments that were being sent to Iraq, according to the incredible felony information – a tool federal prosecutor use to get someone in custody

Federal prosecutors would only refer to the U.S. contractor as “Company A.”
In fact, the indictment gives no clue about how big the cash payments operation is to send cash payments to Iraq. However, it appears that millions of dollars were routed to Iraqi officials.

Scroll down to read the charges or click on link – and you can read or even download:
Secretive Program: Charley Dean Hill Iraq Payments

Hill is accused of making false statements to an FBI agent who traveled to Iraq to ferret out the scheme.

From February 2006 through February 2009, Hill “was employed in various capacities by a United States company that contracted with and provided integrated security and critical infrastructure services to, among other customers, the United States military (“company A”). company A operated in the Republic of lraq, among other places.,” the felony information states.

“As an employee of Company A, Hill was responsible for working with others, including Iraqi lawyers, translators, and others, to obtain licenses, permits, registrations, and visas in Iraq on Company A’s behalf,” the charges state.
On February 11, 2010, “Hill was interviewed by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) … at the United States Victory Base Complex, Baghdad, Iraq, concerning payments made by Hill on behalf of Company A to Iraqi entities in connection with licensing and permitting processes,” the secretive information states.

“During that interview, Hill knowingly and willfully made materially false representations to the FBI concerning whether he ever mailed shipments of money from Iraq into the District of South Carolina. In particular, Hill falsely stated that he never sent mail shipments containing money from Iraq to South Carolina, when in fact he did so on numerous prior occasions, amounting to at least $71,900.”

Hill allegedly “knowingly and willfully make a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation,” the information alleges. Hill “falsely told the FBI that (he) never sent mail shipments containing money from Iraq to South Carolina.” Hill “did so on numerous prior occasions, amounting to at least $71,900,” federal prosecutors allege.

The government wants Hill to pay back what he allegedly took – and prosecutors want the government paid back pronto – as in this Friday.

“Hill will execute, no later than December 22, 2017, the Consent to Administrative Forfeiture for funds he personally received for his participation in the fraudulent scheme. This Judgment will be in the amount of $71,900,” the felony information states.

The prosecutors are:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Max Cauthen of Greenville, SC

Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Fuhr, Trial attorney for the U.S. Justice Department Fraud Section in Washington, D.C.

Hill also has previous address in La France, SC and Clemson, SC.

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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.

Fort Gordon attack victim

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

North Augusta McDonald’s restaurant armed robbery this morning is second pre-dawn stickup in two days of an all night business – manhunt underway

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-16-17 6:55 a.m. ET

Saturday Seconds: Second predawn stickup at North Augusta all-night business

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

For the second night in a row, North Augusta Police are investigating the pre-dawn armed robbery of an all-night business.
The suspect fled on foot across the parking lot after a stickup at the McDonald’s at 1831 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta.

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The second armed robbery was reported at about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the popular fast food restaurant.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 foot, 2 inches tall, wearing a camouflage jacket, and a half-face neoprene mask.

The suspect this morning was also wearing leather hand gloves and was armed with a handgun.

The masked bandit was last seen running toward the SCE&G offices.

Meanwhile, a North Augusta gas station/convenience store was robbed yesterday morning before sunrise.

North Augusta Robbery 1At about 4:30 a.m. on Fri, Dec. 15, 2017, two suspects with handguns held up the Shell Gas station/Circle K at 10308 Atomic Rd, in North Augusta.

Police used blood hounds to try and find the two suspects armed suspects described as two black males with masks
Witnesses say they fled on foot.

The clerk did not know the direction of travel because they made her lay on the floor

“She is panicking,” one officer reported about the very scared clerk.

Witnesses said they fled on foot, not vehicle – and ran through the parking lot of the BBQ Barn.

North Augusta Police used bloodhound search dogs in the area of Atomic Road and Old Edgefield Road, and a nearby wooded area.

https://southeasternsocialjusticebreakingnews.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/blood-hounds-deployed-in-early-morning-stick-up-at-north-augusta-sc-gas-station-convenience-store

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Blood hounds deployed in early morning stick up at North Augusta, SC gas station convenience store

South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-15-17 5 a.m. ET

Early morning stickup has police out with bloodhounds; and terrified the clerk of a North Augusta, SC  gas station convenience store

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

The North Augusta, SC holdup happened about 4:30 a.m. on Fri, Dec.15, 2017.

The robbery happened at the Shell Gas station/Circle K at 10308 Atomic Rd, in North Augusta, SC.
Two suspects armed suspects
Two armed black males with masks
Not clear if they fled in a car, but witnesses say they fled on foot.
The clerk did not know the direction of travel because they made her lay on the floor
‘She is panicking”
Witnesses said they fled on foot, not vehicle – and ran through the parking lot of the BBQ Barn
North Augusta Police are using blood hound search dogs in the area of Atomic Road and Old Edgefield Road, and a nearby wooded area.