Man accuses candidate Palmer of pointing gun

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Augusta Commission District 1 candidate James "Butch" Palmer, an outspoken activist against crime in his neighborhood, has been accused of committing a crime in Harrisburg himself.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, Elliott Davis, 37, said Mr. Palmer pointed a shotgun at him last week as he rode past Mr. Palmer's house in the 500 block of Tuttle Street, then called him "boy" and threatened to shoot him.

Mr. Davis said Mr. Palmer was angry because he had the music turned up loud on his SUV's stereo.

In an interview with the The Chronicle late Tuesday, Mr. Palmer denied pointing a gun at the man and called his version of events "hilarious."

"He's a nut," he said. "I'm running for public office, and you've got a yahoo who wants to make trouble. That's what I'm seeing."

On Monday, Mr. Davis filled out paperwork to pursue a warrant against Mr. Palmer, and a hearing has been scheduled in Magistrate Court at 9 a.m. Nov. 6, three days after the election. Mr. Davis is seeking a charge of pointing a gun at another, a misdemeanor. A judge will decide whether there is probable cause for an arrest warrant.

In a telephone interview with The Chronicle, Mr. Davis said he lives in the 600 block of Eve Street and was recently laid off from Macuch Steel Products Inc. He said he does not live at 609 Eve St., the illegal boardinghouse targeted as a "nuisance" by a Mr. Palmer and other activists during their Fourth of July march against absentee landlords, but he knows some of the tenants there.

Mr. Davis said he was visiting a friend on Hicks Street the evening of Sept. 24, then made a trip to a convenience store, driving with Bob Marley's No Woman No Cry cranked up on the stereo. He said when he passed Mr. Palmer's house the first time he heard Mr. Palmer yelling.

When he went by again on his way back, he said he saw Mr. Palmer standing on his front porch aiming the gun at him. Bothered, he said, he turned around at the end of the street and pulled up in front of Mr. Palmer's house. Sitting in his truck, he asked Mr. Palmer why he was pointing a gun at him.

Mr. Davis said Mr. Palmer walked to the end of his front walkway, stood behind his gate and, with the gun still trained on him, said, "Turn that music down, boy, before I shoot you."

Mr. Davis said he knew who Mr. Palmer was before the incident but had never interacted with him.

"That's why it kind of bothered me, you know?" he said. "People running for office don't do that, you know?"

Mr. Palmer questioned why, if he were pointing a gun at Mr. Davis, he would turn around and come back.

He said he was on the porch, a Remington 1100 shotgun lying on the ground, when a car came by blasting bass-heavy music that was so loud it rattled the windows of his house.

Mr. Palmer said he yelled, "Too loud!" at the car, and the driver made an obscene gesture. Then the driver came back and started cursing him. So he picked up the shotgun, without pointing it, and went inside, he said.

"It was frightening. I felt threatened by his behavior," Mr. Palmer said.

He never went to the end of his walkway, Mr. Palmer said, nor did he call the man "boy."

This isn't the first time Mr. Palmer has had trouble in his neighborhood involving firearms. On Jan. 18 he told police two hooded teenagers fired pistols at his house after a candlelight vigil for shooting victim Daniel McGee. A deputy found bullet tips on Mr. Palmer's floor and on the hood of an undamaged vehicle. Across the street, the deputy collected six .25-caliber shell casings and one 9 mm shell casing.

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225 or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com.

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faithson
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faithson 09/30/09 - 01:57 am
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mr. palmer was my daughter's

mr. palmer was my daughter's landlord for a short time this spring. I understand he can become very 'unstable' at times, white or black... i am sure a good reporter (if they exist) could investigate and come out with the 'facts' for the community..

eachoneteachone
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eachoneteachone 09/30/09 - 02:19 am
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Faithson...Your daughter must

Faithson...Your daughter must have been the irresponsible tattooed, pierced and fired girl who left an entire trash can of empty imported beer bottles? Those are the classic ones who buy expensive imported beer but they cannot pay their rent. He said she had room mates who brought in so many young people over that she needed a revolving bedroom door. I believe he said that she worked on Central Ave..until she got fired. Mr. Palmer even had the narcotics department watching the house because of suspected dope dealing. He said that he walked in to repair a door and the pot smoke was so think that you could not see through the house. He said that he was glad that they left owing rent without having to do an eviction. He said if she can live with his money that he can live without it. Good riddance.

Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 09/30/09 - 02:34 am
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Someone is not telling the

Someone is not telling the truth. Take a lie detector test Mr. Palmer and prove your innocence.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/30/09 - 03:23 am
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I agree Jim-Bob, but I'd have

I agree Jim-Bob, but I'd have to say Palmers story sounds a little more realistic. This guy knows who he is but still drives by his house taunting him with the music, then goes back to confront someone pointing a gun at them. Sounds a little stretched. I still would like to know what happened the night the police were called(24th).

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Riverman1 09/30/09 - 03:50 am
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Curtis Silwa, founder of the

Curtis Silwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, had to endure this type of harassment, too. I'd like to see more stories spotlighting this remarkable man and the Harrisburg organization.

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Riverman1 09/30/09 - 04:31 am
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Faithson, it sounds like your

Faithson, it sounds like your daughter is part of the problem the Harrisburg citizens are trying to clean-up. "White or black."

twman
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twman 09/30/09 - 04:38 am
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Kinda obvious this story was

Kinda obvious this story was concocted on the front porch of 609 Eve St.Im sure Davis does know the people well as stated.I hope Butch sues the heck out of this guy.Anyway,why wasnt this guy charged with having his radio too loud? He admitted he did.Thats a 24/7 law not just an "after midnight" thing.Theres a house at 610 Crawford Ave that has the same thing going on.Say what you want but Butch IS starting to worry the drug dealers and hookers in Harrisburg.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/30/09 - 04:41 am
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Hmmm, can't say "tramp-stamp"

Hmmm, can't say "tramp-stamp" anymore? I'm referring to the original post I placed this morning. Okay, I won't say it anymore I guess.

twman
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twman 09/30/09 - 05:10 am
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She can get a job and place

She can get a job and place to stay at 609 Eve St.By the way,don't insult the "Snake Lady".Also,those are not "tramp stamps". They are stamps by the USDA.They're not fit for human consumption but can be ground up for animal feed.

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omnomnom 09/30/09 - 05:10 am
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he's not just worrying the

he's not just worrying the hookers or drug dealers.. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a set up orchestrated by some of Augusta's political elite, or the landlords his protests have been targeting.

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TrukinRanger 09/30/09 - 05:30 am
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I'd believe Butch Palmer over
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I'd believe Butch Palmer over those other hoodrats any day. Harrisburg is lucky to have him and the others that are trying to make their neighborhood a better place to live. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BUTCH

twman
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twman 09/30/09 - 05:32 am
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Did you notice the earlier

Did you notice the earlier reports about what the slumlords are charging for those dumps? Gotta be "hush-money".

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ispy4u 09/30/09 - 06:08 am
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All Of you idiots that were

All Of you idiots that were so quick to defend this man. I know why and I am sure that nothing has changed.His actions are no different than the RCBOE officer's. We are so quick to grab a gun to solve our problem. Yeah this other idiot was wrong for blasting music but that is not a death penalty offense.

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ispy4u 09/30/09 - 06:12 am
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You all are a joke.A person

You all are a joke.A person comes on here and mentioned a situation concerning his daughter and you immediately trash her. Eachone must be Palmer or a relative. You trash this man's daughter from behind a computer screen.Real tough!!!!

twman
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twman 09/30/09 - 06:15 am
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No doubt this guy was sent

No doubt this guy was sent there from 609 Eve to bait and taunt Butch.Why would this guy go out of his way to go see someone on Hicks St,if he lived on Eve St.Go check the area.Let me guess,you have friends at 609 also right?Yes we are on computer. Where are you?

harrisburgwillrise
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harrisburgwillrise 09/30/09 - 06:18 am
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faithson, Several of us know

faithson,

Several of us know about your daughter's behavior, and we know that Mr.Palmer does not rent to anyone who is involved in drugs. He had great references for her before renting, so what happened? He thought he has a good tenant. You can not blame him. He was disgusted, especially since he fights drugs and poor behavior on a daily basis. Try having your daughter take a bit of the responsibility. She was part of the problem. Why don't you pay the rent she owe's him?

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jackfruitpaper833 09/30/09 - 06:32 am
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Palmer is mighty big with his

Palmer is mighty big with his shot gun, live by the sword die by the sword, I believe Mr. Davis, Palmer is on his last nerve and WAITING to shoot someone or do them harm because of his pent up ANGER. And OMG he called someone a YAHOO, look at what he looks like now that's crazy looking. It's only a matter of time before he goes off and then what. I wouldn't vote for this QUACK.

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harrisburgwillrise 09/30/09 - 06:37 am
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For those who did not follow

For those who did not follow last night's posts, Mr.Palmer and other Harrisburg Activists had just met that day with Sheriff Strength, George Patty, and Rob Sherman to discuss illegal boarding houses in Harrisburg. There is one landlord who owns 8 of them, and makes $3000 per house per month, renting to 6 different people in each house. The houses are cleverly set up with 6 beds, showers, and toilets, which are cleverly hidden prior to inspection. Because of the sensitivity of the information, we have all been on high alert, especially knowing who the landlord is. He had cronies in the neighborhood who ride around all day and pick up rent. Quite possibly, Mr.Davis lives in one of these houses. Yes, we are rattling the cages in Harrisburg, and disturbing the status quo. Mr. Palmer will continue to be a target, and I'm sure that one landlord in particular will do anything to draw him out. The 600 block of Eve, is one of the worst in Harrisburg. A well known Harrisburg slumlord owns most of these houses. He is a prominent insurance man with a business on Broad St. The boarding house owner operates a business on Gordon Highway across from the failed x-mart.

AhsanMinnik
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AhsanMinnik 09/30/09 - 06:38 am
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fruitcake - You might feel

fruitcake - You might feel differently if you had your house shot up like Butch has.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/30/09 - 06:41 am
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It's to bad, a nut for a

It's to bad, a nut for a nut... Palmer is a NUT...

concernednative
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concernednative 09/30/09 - 06:50 am
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Palmer, may be good for a

Palmer, may be good for a neighborhood watchdog in a tough neighborhood. But a city councilman? I mean this is supposed to be our best and brightest. The people that attract new business to town and everything. He just doesn't fit that profile to me from the outside looking in.

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justus4 09/30/09 - 06:50 am
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Palmer will not be charged
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Palmer will not be charged and the judge will believe Palmers's story...this one is easy.

stovall st
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stovall st 09/30/09 - 06:54 am
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jackfruitpaper. Sounds like

jackfruitpaper. Sounds like your the QUACK "

TroubIe
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TroubIe 09/30/09 - 06:56 am
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i am quite sure that butch is

i am quite sure that butch is not surprised that you will not be voting for him fruitcake

TroubIe
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TroubIe 09/30/09 - 06:58 am
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concerned, considering what

concerned, considering what we have now in the way of councilmen, butch would be a step up

stovall st
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stovall st 09/30/09 - 06:59 am
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jackfruit. when your house

jackfruit. when your house gets shot up let's see how much you QUACK.

stovall st
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stovall st 09/30/09 - 07:01 am
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Butch want be charged. It

Butch want be charged. It an't gona happen.

AhsanMinnik
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AhsanMinnik 09/30/09 - 07:07 am
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justus4 - You forgot to

justus4 - You forgot to address "them" delaying the hearing until after the election.

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bettyboop 09/30/09 - 07:08 am
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Total set up.....the

Total set up.....the slumlords are getting scared and now are trying to cut off the head of the dragon thats going to put them out of business...will not work.

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jackfruitpaper833 09/30/09 - 07:14 am
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LOL I don't care NOTHING

LOL I don't care NOTHING about Palmer NOTHING, LOL... He's a QUACK NUTTY QUACK. Live by the sword DIE by the sword it's that simple. I hope he knows there is always somone badder than you. In other words, you might be bad but there is someone badder than you out there. I still believe Mr. Davis, and it's a matter of time before PALMER the QUACK hurts someone.

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