Lead fire investigator retires amid inquiry

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