Juvenile court judge selected
A new member for the juvenile court bench in the Augusta Judicial Circuit has been selected.
The eight members of the Superior Court bench selected Amanda Heath to become the newest juvenile court judge for the circuit which includes Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties.
Heath served as
an assistant district
attorney and practiced law as a private attorney since graduating from the law school at
Mercer University and being admitted to the
bar in December
Jennifer McKinzie and Douglas Flanagan were re-appointed to their full-time judgeships, and Keith Johnson was re-appointed to his part-time position on the bench.
Pam Doumar chose not to reapply for a position on the juvenile court bench after her latest four-year term.
– From staff reports
Among the 3,700 athletes registered for today’s Ironman 70.3 Augusta competition, several people with Columbia County ties are expected to race.
The eighth annual event, the largest half-Ironman in the United States with 3,700 registered athletes, sold out in February. The contestants who made the trek to Augusta will start with a 1.2-mile swim down the Savannah River. After a transition to the bike, they will then ride a 56-mile loop into South Carolina and back to downtown Augusta, where they will transition into the start of the 13.1-mile run. The race will finish in front of the Augusta Common on Broad Street.
Chad Gossett of Evans is competing in the Ironman 70.3 Augusta for the first time. The 45-year-old senior small group leader of the Noncommissioned Office Academy at Fort Gordon grew up in Kentucky playing baseball, basketball and football in his youth. In middle school and high school, he ran cross country and track.
He moved in November 2014 to Augusta and began signing up for as many local running races as he could find. Earlier this year, he joined the TriAugusta club after seeing several members at area half-marathons and other competitions.
“They just seemed like they were always having a good time,” he said.
In April, he decided to sign up for the Ironman 70.3 Augusta. The event had sold out earlier in the year, but he requested a charity slot. Gossett reached the $2,500 fund-raising goal for the Scott Rigsby Foundation.
In anticipation of making the competition, Gossett began a weekly routine of biking 150 miles and running 25 miles in April. Then, he added 5,000-yard weekly swims in July after learning how to swim.
Gossett said he has a time of goal of finishing in six hours or less. If all goes well, Gossett said he’ll consider competing in the 2017 Ironman Louisville, a full 140.6-mile event, in his home state.
While Gossett is making his foray into the event, Jeff Brandenburg of Columbia is a veteran triathlete making his second Augusta appearance. The 50-year-old medical director of the consultation/liaison service at Palmetto Health is a 1984 Evans High School graduate.
Brandenburg earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. While going through medical school, he said he lived a sedentary lifestyle, working long hours, eating in the cafeteria.
He didn’t run, bike or swim any before 2000. Then, one of his partners threatened to put him on medicine to treat hypertension. Brandenburg said to give him six months, and he began running every day and biking. Then, he learned how to swim and soon after he competed in his first sprint triathlon in 2001 in Charlotte, N.C.
“There began the obsession,” he said. “It was extremely addictive.”
Brandenburg lost 30 pounds as he kept training for triathlons. Now, he’s competed in 14 full Ironmans, including a trip last year to the World Championship in Hawaii. He finished in the top 25 percent.
“Not bad for an old man,” he said.
Brandenburg, who’s busy almost every weekend with some sort of athletic competition, said he’s partaken in more than a dozen half-Ironman events and many other sprint and Olympic distance competitions. In total, he’s competed in more than 100 triathlons, qualifying him for the USA Triathlon Century Club.
Brandenburg is competing in Augusta for the first time in six years. The reason? To try to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships next year in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Augusta event offers 50 spots broken down by age group – Brandenburg said he probably needs to finish in the top three in his age group.
Brandenburg said he wants to beat his time of 4 hours, 23 minutes he posted in his first Ironman 70.3 Augusta. With the temperature expected to reach 90 degrees today, Brandenburg said he plans to manage the heat by going steady on the swim and bike events and also by properly hydrating and eating throughout.
“I love Augusta,” said Brandenburg, who expects to have several family members and friends supporting him. “It’s been a great course for me.”
As the Greenbrier players huddled up near the end zone after the game, the Wolfpack marching band chanted “Un-de-fea-ted! Un-de-fea-ted!”
Greenbrier focused on ground game in the second half, scoring 28 unanswered points to roll to a 35-7 win over Cross Creek. With the victory, the Wolfpack head into their bye week at 5-0, the second-best start in school history. Greenbrier will try to match the program’s record 6-0 start set in 1997 when it plays Oct. 7 at Lakeside.
“It’s the first time I’ve been alive that Greenbrier’s been 5-0,” senior quarterback Caleb Clark said. “It’s just a great feeling. We’ve been working hard.”
Wolfpack coach Tony Kramer added: “Every team aspires to be in this position. We have to be humble. We’re not the first team to get to this point. It’s all about how you handle and respond to good situations and bad situations. This is a good one.”
With the game tied at 7 in the second half, Greenbrier focused on its running game. The Wolfpack found success, rushing for 213 of their 305 yards the final two quarters. Clark, who attempted 13 passes in the first half, did not throw a pass after intermission. Clark tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Drew Wall in the first half and later added a 1-yard touchdown run. Hayden Harrison, who rushed for 57 yards on 10 carries, scored on a 17-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. John Waters added a 14-yard scoring run.
Sophomore running back JQ Brown posted another solid performance, rushing 19 times for 159 yards to push his season total near 700. Brown scored on an 18-yard run in the third quarter and had a 20-yard run in the fourth marked down at the 1.
“JQ is an awesome runner, but he also pass blocks very well,” Harrison said. “He’s just an overall good running back.”
Cross Creek (3-2) managed 194 yards of total offense, one-fifth of that coming on Devon Hicks’ 41-yard touchdown run in the second half. The Razorbacks committed 14 penalties and had a botched snap in the third quarter.
It appeared Cross Creek was going to challenge Greenbrier in the second half, but the Wolfpack responded with a 66-yard drive in six plays to take the lead for good. Harrison broke off runs of 16, 7 and 3 yards before punching it in the end zone.
“After they scored in the third quarter, we kind of felt dead,” Harrison said. “I knew I had to come in and just spice everybody up, get everybody motivated.”
A botched snap on Cross Creek’s next possession, resulted in a 26-yard loss which pushed the Razorbacks back to 5. Three plays after a Cross Creek punt, Waters scored to extend the lead to 21-7. Then, Brown followed with a touchdown on Greenbrier’s next possession.
Shawn Patrick Walsh and Samantha Anne Goode applied for a marriage license Sept. 12 and were married Sept. 12 in Evans
John Haitas and Abby Leigh Weinberger applied for a marriage license July 5 and were married Sept. 17 in Evans
Leonard Keeffe Pulley and Kimberly Ann Lever applied for a marriage license Aug. 26 and were married Sept. 17 in Augusta
James Garrett III and Jewels Elizabeth Craig applied for a marriage license Aug. 30 and were married Sept. 4 in Harlem
Mark David Woelzlein and Shagofa Hussaini applied for a marriage license Sept. 1 and were married Sept. 10 in Augusta
Joseph Andrew Milton and Aprid Dianne Mejia Stokes applied for a marriage license Sept. 2 and were married Sept. 11 in Augusta
Diego Valverde and Sarah Frances Sims applied for a marriage license Sept. 6 and were married Sept. 10 in
Taylor Joseph Kise and Elaine Nicole Heim applied for a marriage license Sept. 6 and were married Sept. 17 in Grovetown
Joshua David Mccall and Dawn Lynn Sammons applied for a marriage license Sept. 9 and were married Sept. 12 in Augusta
William Byrd Lee V and Brandy Dawn Kruger applied for a marriage license Sept. 12 and were married Sept. 17 in Augusta
Robert Adam Henderson and Cynthia Diane Lampkin applied for a marriage license Sept. 15 and were married Sept. 18 in Augusta
Ian Michael Nielson and Lacy Richelle Young applied for a marriage license Sept. 15 and were married Sept. 17 in Martinez
Barry Bernard Davis Jr. and Caitlin Allison Seidel applied for a marriage license Sept. 15 and were married Sept. 18 in Augusta
Darius Timothy Woodland and Timothy Allen Chancellor King applied for a marriage license Sept. 16 and were married Sept. 16 in Augusta
Santonio Antoine Hobbs and Angela Denise Cunningham applied for a
marriage license Sept. 19 and were married Sept. 19 in Augusta
James Willie Richards and Betty Williams Newson applied for a marriage license Sept. 19 and were married Sept. 19 in Grovetown
Kennyon Lamardre Brown and Emoni Shai Townes applied for a marriage license Sept. 20 and were married Sept. 20 in Augusta
Jacky Chau Nguyen and Nguyet Thi Le applied for a marriage license Sept. 21 and were married Sept. 21 in Augusta
Softball team holding tryout
The Smashhouse Training Facility is holding a tryout for its 10U team at 2:30 p.m., today at Patriots Park (Field 16). Registration begins at 2 p.m.
For more information, contact Ashlyn Masters (850-533-0964), Ike Branch (706-373-9581) or Chris Conner
Baseball team looking players
The 14U Columbia County Coyotes are looking to add players for the upcoming fall season. This is for boys in eighth or ninth grade and who will not turn 15 before May 1, 2017. For tryout information, please contact John Morrison at 706-373-7827 or email@example.com.
AU holding golf tournament
The Augusta University baseball team’s dugout club is holding its annual fund-raising golf tournament at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at Forest Hills Golf Club.
Cost is $400 per team with a limit of 30 teams. Entry fee includes prizes, beverages and food.
For more information, call (706) 731-7925.
A local high school sports team is holding a fishing tournament, Oct. 29, at the Wildwood Park Boat Ramp.
Cost is $125 per two-man team. Based on a 50-boat registration, first prize will be $2,000, with second place receiving $700 and third place $350, fourth place $200 and fifth place $150.
For more information, contact Kevin Waters at (706) 399-3154.
One of the defendants in the Marshall Square civil litigation agreed to pay a $5.55 million penalty in connection with the model of a heating and air unit it manufactured and was installed in the Columbia County retirement complex that caught fire last year.
The Goodman Company entered a consent decree although it did not admit it violated the Consumer Product Safety Act for allegedly failing to properly report the heating and cooling unit posed a fire danger, and for allegedly down-playing the number of fires caused by the defective unit.
Goodman is named as a defendant in three pending lawsuits filed in Columbia County Superior Court by former residents of Marshall Square and by the daughter of 91-year-old Dorothy Carpenter, who died in the June 2, 2015 fire.
The Columbia County lawsuits contend Goodman is liable because they believe the fire was caused by a defective packaged terminal air conditioner/heater installed in the third-floor billiards room at Marshall Square.
The same unit is cited in the complaint filed Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
The complaint accuses Goodman of violating the legal requirements to immediately report, as within 24 hours, a product defect that could create a substantial product hazard, and to report that a product created a risk of serious injury or death.
The product is a heating and cooling unit manufactured by Goodman between January 2007 and April 2008. More than 223,000 units were made by Goodman and sold under the brand names Goodman, Amana, Comfort-Aire, Century and York International, according to the government’s petition.
Goodman should have known of a possible risk because an earlier manufactured unit was the subject of a recall in 2008 because of its potential for overheating, according to the complaint.
Beginning in May 2008, Goodman starting hearing complaints that the unit’s power cord overheated and melted wire and unit components, the complaint alleges. In August 2009, a hotel reported to Goodman that four of its units caught fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The complaints of melting components, smoke and fire continued from 2010 into 2013, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission wasn’t notified until Nov. 26, 2013, the complaint states. A recall was announced Aug. 27, 2014, and it was expanded Feb. 17 to include other products manufactured by Goodman that contained the same defective power cords.
A man accused of raping a woman with a mental disorder was denied bond in Columbia County on Friday.
Paul Alvin Tabor, 61, is accused of raping and taking nude photos of a 39-year-old woman with the mental capacity of a 7- to 14-year-old.
Prosecuting attorney Natalie Paine said Tabor lived just a few doors from the woman and would tell his wife that he was going hunting or taking the dog for a walk, but would instead go to the woman’s home and have sex after her mother had left for work.
During an interview with the woman at the child advocacy center, held there because of her diminished mental capacity, she reportedly indicated that she told Tabor to stop, but he did not. Paine said the woman also indicated the encounters occurred at least five times.
When first questioned by police, Tabor denied interacting with the woman other than just waving hello if they saw each other passing by. A search of Tabor’s home uncovered two cameras and a computer, all containing sexually explicit images of the woman in the nude on her mother’s couch.
Paine said the woman’s mother was concerned that Tabor posed a safety risk to her daughter if released on bond because the avid outdoorsman has several firearms.
Tabor’s attorney requested that the elderly, ailing man be released on bond. Tabor has reportedly lived in Columbia County for more than 20 years, is retired from the military and is a former Columbia County engineer with no prior criminal record.
Members of Tabor’s family, including his wife, two sons and his brother, were present in court to show support. The defense argued that Tabor, who walked into the courtroom with a cane, suffers from vertigo, migraines, dizziness and other physical ailments, is being issued six medications while in custody and would not pose a flight
Tabor was arrested Aug. 15 and is also charged with burglary and exploitation of a disabled adult in addition to the rape
Senior Judge William M. Fleming made no other statement after denying the request for bond.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Man falls victim to phone scam
A man said that he fell victim to a potential phone scam after bailing his daughter out of jail.
According to the incident report, the victim told police that after he posted his daughter’s bond he received a phone call from an unknown person.
The unknown caller claimed to be a representative with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The caller told the victim his daughter would have to pay $250 to have his daughter’s license reinstated.
His daughter asked him to loan her the money to pay the fee since she could not afford it.
The victim said he realized it was a scam after he paid the fee using two Wal-Mart Money Transfers.
Store robbed for second time
Two people are facing charges after taking clothes from the donation area at the Columbia County Goodwill without permission.
According to previous reports this is now the second case of theft from the same location in less than a month.
On Monday, deputies were called to the thrift store located at 4074 Washington Road about 6:30 a.m. after a witness said they observed a couple taking items from the donation drop off area and putting them into a vehicle. Upon review of surveillance video confirmed the report.
The suspects later identified as Roger Gay Jr., 44, and Melinda Williford, 35, admitted to deputies they took the items. Both suspects were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center on charges of theft by taking.
The first incident occurred at the store location Aug. 21 when an employee monitoring the donation area cameras from a remote location saw a man who police identified as Robert Lynn Johnson, 27, loading items into his personal vehicle.
Robert H. Wilson to JR Homes, Inc.; 738 Richland Ave.; $0; Individual to company transfer
Robert Alan Cross and Keri Renee Cross to Robert Alan Cross, or his successor, as trustee of the Robert Alan Cross Living Trust; Map & parcel number: 071D151; $0; Deed of gift
Ernie Er-Yuh Lin and Grace Fu-Li Lin to Ernie Er-Yuh Lin, or his successor, as trustee of the Ernie Er-Yuh Lin Living Trust; Map & parcel number: 0771925; $0; Deed of correction
Susan Ruth Craig to Susan Ruth Craig as Trustee of the Susan Ruth Craig Trust; Map & Parcel number: 031-036; $0; Deed of gift
Dean R. Loss and Kathleen A. Loss to John C. Steed and Karen D. Steed; Map & Parcel number: 072M040; $315,000
Paul-Devin Kuettner to Justin A. Walker and Michelle L. Walker, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 062, 2075; $165,000
IDK Homes, Inc. to Melissa E. James-Thompson; Map & Parcel number: 061, 2058; $238,565
Melissa E. James-Thompson to Melissa E. James-Thompson and Marc A. Thompson, JTWROS; Map &
parcel number: 061, 2058; $10
Southeastern Family Homes, Inc. to Ismael Valenzuela Jr. and Paula A. Valenzuela, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 081, 453; $365,000
John E. Vigna to Christopher B. Vigna; 5061 Fairington Dr.; $274,000
Cindy A. Boatwright to Cindy A. Dye; Map & parcel number: 072K124; $0; Deed confirming title already vested
Thomas Kenney to Christopher M. Brown; Map & parcel number: 061, 1631; $227,000
Marrico V. Hicks to Stelton F. Powell Sr.; 8021 Battle St.; $202,500
Betty S. Adams to Crystal Collins Parten; 3171 Dozier Rd.; $80,000
Daniel Paul Boggs to Daniel Paul Boggs; Map & Parcel number: 069479; $0
All Weathers Construction Company, LLC to Rodney P. Cude; 1211 Carleton Court; $312,900
Richard H. Burrows Jr. to Diane N. Burrows and Richard H. Burrows Sr., JTWROS; Map & parcel number:072, 333; $59,883
David C. Clark and Maren A. Topham to Ierenimo Uini; Map & Parcel number: 067, 1539; $274,900
Lula Floyd to Larry G. Cheek and Ellen G. Cheek; Map & Parcel number: 052, 123; $103,000
River Island Development Company, LLC to River Island Property Owners Association, Inc.; Map & parcel number: 081, 146 H; $0; Corporation to Corporation
River Island Development Company, LLC & Blackstone Development Company, LLC to River Island Property Owners Association, Inc.; Map & parcel number: 081, 397; $0; Corporation to Corporation
Mary Jacobs to JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association; 543 Wendover Way; $120,700
Lynnette Simmons to Fulcher Exchange, LLC; 618 Matheny Ct.; $92,000; First Transferee Foreclosure
Michael A. Opacity and Mary E. Opacity to Michael Opacity; Map & Parcel number: 067752; $0
Beth Partridge to Beth Partridge; Map & Parcel number: 078e257; $10; Deed of gift
Ellois Brinson James to Valerie L. James; 4171 Barhams Ridge; $0; Estate Deed
Besa Development Group, LLP to Ivey Residential, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 36,000
Euchee Forest, LLC to Ivey Residential, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 0622764; $48,000
Besa Development Group, LLC to Ivey Residential, LLC; Map & parcel number: 0671710; $50,000
Euchee Forest, LLC to Ivey Residential, LLC; 437 Brantley Cove Circle; $32,500
Ivey Residential, LLC to Cassandra L. Garrison; Map & Parcel number: 0622684; $229,175
Pbung Do to Robert Parker; 4603 Millhaven Rd.; $185,400
Melanie Danielle Coxville to Julian P. James Jr.; 3773 Silver Mine Bluff Rd.; $139,900
Deborah Hatcher to Darwin N. Barton; 451 Northrop Place; $107,900
Bill Beazley Homes, Inc. to Daniel James; 1624 Tralee Court; $175,900
Shannon L. Majors to Billy Leon Taylor Jr.; 819 Bridgewater Lane; $292,000
Elaine Sharnell Johnson to Daniel D. Rogers; 4045 Raintree Dr.; $159,900
COEL Development Co., Inc. and Stephen Beazley Builders, Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes, Inc.; 224 Carlow Dr.; $45,900
COEL Development Co., Inc. and Stephen Beazley Builders Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes, Inc.; 1641 Tralee Court; $34,900
Bill Beazley Homes, Inc. to John A. Darren; 928 Avalon Court; $204,820
Winchester Homes of Ga, Inc. to S&D Construction, LLC; 2411 Telfair Lane; $42,000
Gregory C. Bryan to James E. Hadden; 3809 Inverness Way; $387,500
Michael Wayne Mordin to Eric H. Fight; 5183 Fairington Dr.; $195,000
DNA Investments, LLC to Christian Hirsch; Map & Parcel number: 077, 793; $170,000
Dean 401(k) Jerry Dean Trustee to Jason E. Tolle; Map & Parcel number: 077I574; $194,000
Tibor J. Horvath to Kerry C. Ezzell; Map & Parcel number: 081B019; $457,000
George M. Bacon Jr. to Daniel J. Stinemire; Map & Parcel number: 066-392; $252,500
Virginia Louise Drake as Executrix of the Estate of Janice Sarah Fryman to Virginia Louise Drake as Executrix of the Estate of Harold Glenn Fryman; Map & Parcel number: 082B129; $0; Estate Deed
Deidre D. Thigpen to Donna M. Tuten; Map & Parcel number: 073E, 338; $129,900
David W. Freeman and Teresa May Freeman to Jason C. Hough and Jenna Hough, JTWROS; Map & parcel number: 071A023c; $310,000
James A. Moragne Jr. to Brian R. Miner and Jessica Lyn Sharp; Map & parcel number: 043B, 029; $99,000
Joel P. White to James A. Moragne; Map & parcel number: 031, 253; $147,500
Robert W. Williams and Gwen F. Williams to Furey Properties, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 077, 652; $86,000
R. Lewis Construction, LLC to Janet G.
Johnson; Map & Parcel number: 084, 173; $434,400
Reneta S. Sikes to Kenneth L. Usry; Map & Parcel number: 078C, 599; $75,000
Rebecca P. Oellerich and William H. Ollerich III to Frederick Lee Ashley III; Map & Parcel number: 077, 565; $159,900
Regis Development Co. to Eban Gray; Map & Parcel number: 024, 220; $80,000
Daniel Austin Beard Jr. and Dakoata Ravon Nicholas applied for a marriage license April 18 and were married September 10 in Augusta
Jonathan Randolph Chabot and Glenda Kaye Wilson applied for a marriage license May 6 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans
Herndon Rodriques Burns and Jamila Michelle Brown applied for a marriage license July 15 and were married Sept. 15 in Jekyll Island
Gabriel Glenn Gadson and Brooke Elnora Robertson applied for a marriage license July 29 and were married Sept. 3 in Augusta
Zachary Alexander Miloni and Elizabeth Jean Napier applied for a marriage license July 29 and were married Aug. 13 in Augusta
Christopher Conrad Alderson and Katlin Elizabeth King applied for a marriage license July 29 and were married Aug. 27 in Appling
Charles Alan Griffin and Birgit Ulrike Vogel applied for a marriage license Aug. 16 and were married Sept. 9 in Sandy Springs
Michael Eugene Dover and Linda Gwen Watkins applied for a marriage license Aug. 24 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans
Carlos Vershawn Bates and Latheres Monique Glover applied for a marriage license Aug. 30 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans
Justin Mckinley Branch and Jennifer Dawn Loyd applied for a marriage license Sept. 1 and were married Sept. 11 in Appling
Benjamin Howard Rickman and Courtney Renee Carter applied for a marriage license Sept. 2 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans
Rudy Daniel Altman and Kandie Barr Buckley applied for a marriage license Sept. 2 and were married Sept. 15 in Evans
James Richard Bannister and Michelle Ann Young applied for a marriage license Sept. 2 and were married Sept. 9 in Appling
Ian Michael Mahoney and Eden Marie Morris applied for a marriage license Sept. 7, were married Sept. 10 in Appling
Neil Thomas Gainey and Rebecca Elizabeth Benton applied for a marriage license Sept. 7 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans
Drew Fletcher Conner and Svetlana Joy Taylor applied for a marriage license Sept. 8 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans
David Earl Stukes and Ashly Michelle Walton applied for a marriage license Sept. 8 and were married Sept. 9 in Appling
Sarfarajali Momin and Shaheen Momin applied for a marriage license Sept. 9 and were married Sept. 13 in Evans
Shawn Patrick Walsh and Samantha Anne Goode applied for a marriage license Sept. 12 and were married Sept. 12 in Evans