Lead fire investigator retires amid inquiry

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G.B. Hannan has retired as Augusta's lead fire investigator, Augusta Fire Chief Howard Willis confirmed Tuesday.

Mr. Hannan, 59, who had been suspended pending an investigation into a June 29 DUI charge, officially retired from his lieutenant duties as of Friday, the chief said.

"He's old enough to retire and has at least 25 years of service. I have no other comments," Chief Willis said.

Mr. Hannan was arrested about 10:30 p.m. June 29 on Broad Street in downtown Augusta after police reported that he was driving without headlights.

13 marijuana plants found at residence

Richmond County sheriff's authorities confiscated 13 marijuana plants after receiving an anonymous tip about drug activity in a downtown Augusta neighborhood Tuesday.

Sheriff's Lt. Scott Gay, of the Crime Suppression Team, said his division and county narcotics agents entered a duplex in the 2100 block of Perry Avenue about 4 p.m. Police seized the marijuana plants, which are valued at "several thousand dollars," according to Sgt. Greg Meagher, of the narcotics division. Lt. Gay said the residence contained heat lamps and appeared to be managed by someone with "horticultural experience." No arrests were made, but Lt. Gay said the investigation is ongoing and police plan to interview the homeowner.

-- From staff reports

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Tigger
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Tigger 08/06/08 - 05:16 am
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I hope Mr. Hannah can

I hope Mr. Hannah can overcome this , and take over his mothers funeral home. " Dents Undertaking Establishment."
Perhaps this has humbled he , and his mother.
Fire Frank Griffin , ( the funeral home manager) pay the taxes
with your retirement money. And get this historic buisness back
in buisness. I truly feel sorry for the Dent family. They were once pillers of the community.

It's a shame but sometimes this is what it takes to humble someone, and bring them to thier senses.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/06/08 - 06:03 am
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Well said Tigger.

Well said Tigger.

christian134
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christian134 08/06/08 - 06:13 am
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Lot of problems within the

Lot of problems within the Richmond Country Fire Department..lot of problems...Tigger you said a mouthful and from where I am sitting quite true...

Newsreader
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Newsreader 08/06/08 - 08:36 am
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Lt. Hannah is a great

Lt. Hannah is a great fireman, and wonderful investigator. Determining the cause of a fire is forensic science at its best. Arson or not, the cause is always helpful in preventing future fires. As Cheif Willis said, he has enough years of service, and chose to retire, end of story. Yes I am sure that the family's business trouble and the DUI charge have put stree upon Lt. Hannah, but it does not change the great job that he has done for years. He is to be commended for his service, and allowed to retire just any other city employee would be. Great work and enjoy retirement Lt. Hannah. Now if he wants to help the family and take management of Dent's, I feel he is qualified and can turn this historic establishment around and again serve his community well. Good luck Lt. no matter what you do with your retirement time and money.

peonynut
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peonynut 08/06/08 - 08:40 am
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His getting caught has been a

His getting caught has been a long time coming. He is just lucky he wasn't in the FD vehicle for once. The department was warned about him years ago, about his drinking and using the FD's vehicle while doing so, but as usual that good old boy network covered it up.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 08/06/08 - 08:51 am
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Great post NEWSREADER. There

Great post NEWSREADER. There will always be Naysayers.

pav2003
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pav2003 08/06/08 - 09:49 am
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Enjoy your retirement, GB.

Enjoy your retirement, GB. You've worked hard and no one can take that away from you! Keep the faith...

yak11
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yak11 08/06/08 - 10:08 am
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peo, you have absolutely NO

peo, you have absolutely NO idea what you are talking about. During the time of racial distress (previous chiefs) Lt. Hannah was a solid bridge builder and an excellent investigator. I am guessing you are at best a wannabe who just NEVER was.

Doe
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Doe 08/06/08 - 10:17 am
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Am I reading two different

Am I reading two different stories here about two different people, or does this guy have multiple personalities? Because what I read in the story is we have someone in a high rankiing position who abuses drugs and alcohol. Yet you all seem to see nothing wrong in what he has been doing and wish him nothing but the best. What gives?

MJDW
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MJDW 08/06/08 - 10:38 am
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Mr. Hannah was Not in a fire

Mr. Hannah was Not in a fire depatment car, Not on the clock and we all have our personal lifes to live.................

iletuknow
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iletuknow 08/06/08 - 02:27 pm
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Another one of Augusta's

Another one of Augusta's finest.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 08/06/08 - 05:37 pm
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He who is without sin cast

He who is without sin cast the first stone.The man took the high road and retired.He saved his family and RCFD further embarassment. Ben Harbin could take a lesson from him. Good luck Lt. I hope you will enjoy your retirement.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 08/06/08 - 08:08 pm
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I'm just glad he didn't kill

I'm just glad he didn't kill anybody --- including himself --- when he was driving drunk.

enana03
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enana03 08/06/08 - 10:15 pm
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What Mr. Hannan did was

What Mr. Hannan did was wrong, there is no doubt. Haven't we all done things we are not proud of? The difference is, he got caught which might have saved his life or the lives of others. Let's not allow this one act to cloud all the good he has done in his career and service to Richmond County. Good luck to him in his retirement. It takes a true gentleman to step down to save the fire department and his fellow firefighters further embarassment.

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