Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hephzibah man shot by his fiancee in domestic violence incident

Augusta man shot be fiancee


HEPHZIBAH, GA — A man is in grave condition at the all-new Georgia Regents Medical Center after he was shot by his fiancee.

Just after 15:00 today, police got a call to the 4400 block of Forest Rd after reports of gunshots and one person laying down afterwards.

They found the unconscious 51-year-old man with one gunshot to his upper torso.  That is when they learned that his reported fiancee, Amanda Neeley, 29, of Hephzibah-McBean Rd shot him.

Ms. Neeley was arrested by the Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff's Department and charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime under the Family Violence Act.

She was taken to the Augusta-Richmond County Detention Center.

I hope that they will also charge her with attempted murder or, if he dies, capital murder. [WJBF-DT NewsChannel 6]

Man gets girls buzzed, then rapes one of them


COLUMBIA — A 30-year-old man was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting one of two girls he provided alcohol to.

Columbia Police Department detectives say that Richard Delano Williams, 30, provided alcohol to two 16-year-old girls at a home in the 1400 block of Harden St on Monday.  Mr. Williams attempted a sexual act with one of the teens but she refused.

Investigators say while the second victim was "grossly intoxicated," Mr. Williams allegedly approached her and engaged in a sexual act without her consent.

Mr. Williams is charged with criminal sexual conduct and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. [WIS News 10]

Man arrested after girlfriend turns in 'illegal' gun


BLYTHE, GA — A 38-year-old man was arrested and charged today with…possession of an illegal weapon!

Sammy Dennis Odom’s girlfriend called Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Hayes and asked him to meet her at a secret location in Blythe. That’s where she handed him a 12-gauge shotgun, saying her live-in boyfriend had the weapon at her house and “she did not want it in her house.”

Sgt. Hayes took a timeout and measured the barrel of the gun.  He found that it was short of the 18 inches in diameter as required by Georgia state law, the report says. So he contacted an officer with the Arson, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau, leading to Odom’s arrest.

Mr. Odom, 38, was released Wednesday after posting a $7,900 bond.  It is unknown as to whether they broke up or not. [The Jail Report]

Ex-EMS director fired for sexual harassment disputes claims


TRYON, NC — A woman Polk County EMS director fired for sexual harassment last week disputes those claims and says that her termination was 'part of a campaign promise'.

“The allegations are not true,” said Sandra Halford, the former Polk County EMS director. “I was a campaign promise and here it is. It’s unbelievable, it really is.”

Ms. Halford was fired last week with the county sending her two certified letters, one on June 4 and another more detailed letter on June 5. The detailed letter gave Ms. Halford specific reasons for her termination, including sexual harassment, lying to public officials and creating or causing a hostile or abusive work environment through means of verbal abuse, intimidation and retaliation, according to the June 5 letter sent to Ms. Halford and signed by interim county manager Marche Pittman and commissioner chair Michael Gage.

The second letter specifically gave three reasons for Ms. Halford’s termination, including sexual harassment in violation of Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (both quid pro quo and sexual favoritism for women); impeding the course of an official investigation by lying to public officials, and creating or causing a hostile or abusive work environment through means of verbal abuse, intimidation and retaliation.

Because Ms. Halford was considered a career state employee, as well as a county employee, Jana Berg, Polk County's attorney, said the following statute, General Statute 2010-169 Sections 18 (a) and 18 (e) regarding state and county employees, applied:

“Certain records to be kept by State (18e – County) agencies open to inspection.

(a) Each department, agency, institution, commission and bureau of the State shall maintain a record of each of its employees, showing the following information with respect to each such employee:

(1) Name; (2) Age; (3) Date of original employment or appointment to State service; (4) The terms of any contract by which the employee is employed whether written or oral, past and current, to the extent that the agency has the written contract or a record of the oral contract in its possession; (5) Current position; (6) Title; (7) Current salary; (8) Date and amount of each increase or decrease in salary with that department, agency, institution, commission, or bureau; (9) Date and type of most recent each promotion, demotion, transfer, suspension, separation, or other change in position, classification with that department, agency, institution, commission, or bureau; (10) Date and general description of the reasons for each promotion with that department, agency, institution, commission, or bureau; (11) Date and type of each dismissal, suspension, or demotion for disciplinary reasons taken by the department, agency, institution, commission, or bureau. If the disciplinary action was a dismissal, a copy of the written notice of the final decision of the head of the department setting forth the specific acts or omissions that are the basis of the dismissal.” [Tryon Daily-Bulletin]

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