Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: April, 2014

Sexist principal (finally) leaving Williston-Elko

Head Football Coach Dwayne Garrick is not the only one leaving Williston-Elko High.  Turns out, Dr. Brian Newsome is too.  Dr. Newsome’s departure is actually good news, since he was the bonehead who thought it would be a genius idea to ban the Blue Devil cheerleaders from wearing their uniforms to school because men and boys couldn’t control their fucking boners.  Before Dr. Newsome leaves to go to Orangeburg Prep, he needs to really read what AMP (Amelia McDonell-Parry) wrote when Yoga Pants-gate started. [The People-Sentinel]

And speaking of slut-shaming women and girls: an idiot professor lowered a college student’s grades because she is a stripper. [The Frisky]

Some sexist tech dude battered and fried his girlfriend by hitting her 117 times.  Can you guess how much time in jail he got?  It will enrage you. [The Frisky’s Lady News]

Buckwild has apparently come back from the dead.  This time, though, it will be headed way too far away from me to even think of the cast, in Sarah Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.  I only wish I had the chance to know Cara Parrish in person. [Jessica Wakeman]
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Latta Mayor Earl Bullard axes Police Chief because she is a lesbian

Latta mayor fires police chief because she was a lesbian

LATTA — Latta Mayor Earl Bullard abused his power on Tuesday afternoon and fired the town’s first woman police chief because she is a lesbian.

In a move unexpected by South Carolina standards, many people in this Dillon County town known for its rabid support of the Vikings athletics were rightfully angry at the mayor for the dismissal of Police Chief Crystal Moore, which is (sadly) legal in South Carolina.

“This woman has been a veteran of the department and a pillar of this community for years,” said Kevin Drawhorn, a Latta resident and supporter of Chief Moore.

Some town council members say Bullard didn’t follow protocol when he fired Chief Moore.  The group discussed the issue in a meeting Thursday.

“We have codes, but this Mayor refuses to obey anything in that book he don’t want to,” said Lutherine Williams, another Latta Council member.

Specifically, she says, Bullard should have first given Chief Moore a verbal warning, then a written one.  Then, discuss the matter with council before axing her.

Council members say that Bullard didn’t do any of that.

“If an employee does something, you don’t wait three or four days or two or three weeks to do something about it,” said Councilwoman Williams.

Instead, Council Williams says the mayor gave Chief Moore all seven written reprimands within a span of 17 hours.  They were her first reprimands during her 20-plus years on the job as both a deputy for the Latta Police Office and as Police Chief.  (Click here to read all 7 of the reprimands from the Mayor)

“I looked at the reasons, some of them are questionable,” said Brian Mason, another Latta Council member.

Some residents believe the mayor firing was retaliation, which is also legal in South Carolina as it is a right-to-work state.  Chief Moore investigated Bullard’s most recent hire, Parks And Rec Director Vontray Sellers.

WBTW broke the story about Sellers driving a Latta town vehicle while his license was suspended.  This was two months ago.

When News 13 brought that nugget of information to Chief Moore’s attention, she did her job and started investigating.  She found that the mayor neglected to conduct a background check on Sellers.

“Since he’s been in here, it’s been haywire!,” said Tammy Taylor, another Latta resident.

Other residents of the town said that Bullard had a vendetta against Chief Moore because she is openly lesbian.

“Before he was sworn in office, he said Anne and Crystal would not have a job,” said Councilwoman Williams.

WBTW also has phone conversations to back up those claims.  The conversations recorded Mayor Bullard as saying he “doesn’t agree with some lifestyles.”

The convo is above in images.

On Thursday, the town council voted to correct this by putting a referendum on the November 4 ballot that, if passed, would significantly weaken the power of the mayor.

Chief Moore was among 50 present in Thursday’s meeting.

“I can’t believe that we still have no equal rights. That’s the biggest issue. I’ve been harassed, intimidated. This is the first time it’s been this public. I’d tried living a quiet decent life and do what I’m supposed to,” said Chief Moore.

About 130 of the 270 municipalities have a council-strong form of government, including the Town of Williston.  If the referendum passes, Latta will be the 131st town/city with that form of government.

WBTW News 13 residents react

WBTW News 13 council meeting

NADPS says that woman who gunned down sleeping husband in front of children was possessing narcotics in front of children

NORTH AUGUSTA — You may remember this 20-year-old woman who was arrested and charged with murdering her husband ten days ago.

Now, new details about what happened ten days ago are coming out.

Terry Ashton, 20, was arrested ten days ago by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety was was originally charged with only the slaying of her husband, 21.  Late that night, NADPS added five charges to the list: possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and four counts of child neglect — one charge for each child that was present during the murder.

Warrants said that Terry was placing her children of unreasonable risk of harm by manufacturing marijuana at their residence on WEST HUGH ST.  Although nothing about narcotics were mentioned at the time of Terry’s arrest, the NADPS said that they will not seek any additional child neglect charges against Terry for the marijuana.  To reiterate, those child neglect charges are for the domestic violence slaying that the four children were spectators to.

Terry Ashton story

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Man murders ex-wife’s boss at restaurant, kidnaps her, then murders her and commits suicide

Man guns down wife, victim’s boss, in domestic violence double murder-suicide

LAVONIA, Ga. — A man gunned down his ex-wife and her boss before committing suicide this weekend in Upstate Georgia.

The Hart County Sheriff’s Department said that the suspect busted inside the restaurant shortly after it parted for the night on Saturday.

Sheriff Mike Cleveland of Hart County said that the suspect, Sammy, was armed (legally) and began littering the business with bullets.

“There were a lot of shots fired in there,” said Sheriff Cleveland.

Frohmuller’s Grill’s owner, the domestic violence victim’s boss, was caught in the crossfire and hit.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We’re not sure if Mr. Forkin was just a bystander or if he was targeted by [redacted],” said Sheriff Cleveland.

Sammy then looked for one employee in particular.  His ex-wife.  The others fled to safety.  She wasn’t so fortunate.

Sammy kidnapped the woman he was formerly married to and took her from Hart County to Franklin County to a place that both knew.  One that was burned down.

Sammy had a history of being possessive and extremely jealous of Lori, long after their marriage imploded, according to Sheriff Cleveland.

WHNS 21 Fox Carolina
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Ferlicia Cuthbertson wins school board seat in Williston Elko School District!

Heading into Tuesday’s elections, we already knew that there would be a brand new school board member as Scotty Richardson announced that he would step down.  Voters in Williston, Elko and White Pond spoke loud and clear: Ferlecia Ashley Cuthbertson is the one to fill that seat.  The five precincts in the three communities in Aiken and Barnwell counties gave Mrs. Cuthbertson 459 votes, while Martha Rivers got 437.  In rival Blackville-Hilda School District, voters in Blackville, Hilda and Lees decided to put Evelyn Coker out to pasture and replace her with Ethel Faust. [The People Sentinel]

Politically conservative women show just how douchey they are: attacking other women on Equal Pay Day for wanting the pay they deserve.  On average, women are still paid nearly 19 cents for every quarter a man makes. [Claire Hannum, Los Angeles Times] Read the rest of this entry »

Woman murdered husband in North Augusta

NORTH AUGUSTA — A 20-year-old woman was arrested and charged with murdering her husband this morning.

Terry, 20, was taken into questioning this morning.  After about five hours of questioning, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety determined that she was the triggerperson and they took her to the Aiken County Jail and charged her with her hubby’s murder.

Ms. Terry is now facing five additional charges: possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and four counts of unlawful conduct towards children.

Deputies with the NADPS found the victim, 21, motionless with a gunshot wound to the head at around 10:28 today.  He was taken across the Savannah to Georgia Regents University Hospital where he died.

Four small children were home when the shooting happened, but none of them were injured. They were turned over to the custody of their grandparents at the scene. The children are ages four months and 1, 3 and 4 years old.

This shooting was the result of a domestic dispute.  This is North Augusta’s second domestic violence murder in less than six months, and metro Augusta’s second domestic violence murder in three days.  In each instance, the victim were men, and the suspects were women.

The fact that Ms. Terry murdered her husband in front of their children is literally beyond revolting.

Aiken Standard

The Jail Report

[image via The Jail Report]

UPDATE at 21:38: as promised, the mugshot of Ms. Terry is now up.  Also updated the post to include more information about the incident.

Augusta woman murders boyfriend, then intentionally sets fire, burning herself to death

AUGUSTA, Ga. — An Augusta-Richmond County woman has died at Doctors Hospital after she burned herself badly in an attempt to destroy evidence that links her to the brutal, unprovoked slaying of her boyfriend.

Sources told the Jail Report that Karla Harter (left), stabbed her boyfriend, 51, to death before she intentionally set the fire, according to authorities.

“The fire was definitely a suspicious fire,” said Augusta-Richmond County’s Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose. “It was intentionally set.”

Ms. Harter succumbed to her injuries afterwards.

Meanwhile, officers and others continue to comb over the scene at CRAWFORDVILLE DR in search of any evidence that was unburned or survived the fire.

The Jail Report

[image of Ms. Harter via The Jail Report]

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