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September 12, 2013 Issue

Wadley man arrested in shooting
Stolen diesel found
Alzheimer’s fundraiser walk set for Sept. 21

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Wadley man arrested in shooting

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

A shooting in Wrens Friday, Sept. 6, has led law enforcement to arrest Christopher Anthony Hill, 28, of Wadley. Hill has been charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Lt. Barrow Walden said this week. Walden is an investigator with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

“We interviewed multiple subjects; but, we have only one person in custody,” Walden said.


“Friday afternoon, we received a report of an altercation at the intersection of Center and Howard streets in Wrens. Wrens officers Shane Barrow and Brett Smith responded and found a male victim had been shot in the leg,” he said.

Walden said the officers called for assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Alex Nelson, Cpl. Joe Mentor, Deputy Michael Dallas and Walden responded.

“Information gathered at the scene by Wrens officers led us to two separate residents on Center Street where we located three of the subjects involved in the altercation; and, they were transported to Wrens Police Department. Lt. Tim Moore with the sheriff’s office met me at Wrens Police Department,” the investigator said.

“After a thorough investigation of the altercation has been completed, one man has been charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. One subject, Christopher Anthony Hill, has been charged,” he said.

Walden said the weapon used in the altercation has been recovered by the sheriff’s office. The investigation is still ongoing; and, more charges may follow, he said.

Wrens Police Chief Garry McCord said he arrived on the scene to coordinate with investigators, Walden and Moore, and deputies at the scene.

“Quick responses from Wrens PD and the sheriff’s office resulted in an arrest,” McCord said, adding the investigation is continuing.

Walden said the victim’s injury was not thought to be life threatening.

“He is expected to make a full recovery,” he said.

Stolen diesel found

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Two counties have filed theft charges against 35-year-old Simon Boatwright Jr. of Wrens. Lt. Barrow Walden, an investigator with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said this week Boatwright has been charged with stealing diesel fuel at least three times in Jefferson County.

Chief Deputy Sammy Purvis of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said this week Boatwright has admitted to stealing some diesel fuel from one of the businesses in Warren County.


“He admitted it happened the first part of August,” Purvis said. “He admitted to 1,000 gallons. An estimate of the value would be somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000. The investigation is not complete. No warrants have been taken at this time as the case is still under investigation.”

Walden said the sheriff’s office received a call at 8 a.m. two weeks ago from a farm headquarters located on Highway 80 in Wrens.

“The victim was reporting the theft of diesel fuel from his tank. Cpl. James Kitchens and I responded to the scene where we met with the victim,” Walden said.

“Approximately 500 gallons of off-road diesel fuel had been stolen from his tank. This was the second fuel theft the victim had suffered in the past two months. After the first theft, cameras were installed on the property. The second time, the suspect was captured on video stealing the diesel fuel,” Walden said.

The investigator said after he reviewed the video with the victim the suspect was identified as Boatwright.

“During the investigation, it was found that Simon Boatwright Jr. was involved in a theft involving approximately 640 gallons of diesel fuel belonging to a business in Wrens. There’s a third victim he has stolen 1,000 gallons of fuel from. This victim is from another jurisdiction,” Walden said, referring to the case in Warren County.

"As of right now, I have charged Mr. Boatwright with three felony counts of theft by taking,” Walden said. “On average, diesel fuel is worth $3.38 a gallon at the time of the thefts.”

Alzheimer’s fundraiser walk set for Sept. 21

By Megan Johnson

Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the brain. It use to be thought of as a disease that only affected older people but now it is known to affect all ages.

It is the sixth most worldwide disease and doctors have not found a cure for it yet. Organizers believe participating in the Second Annual Alzheimer’s Fundraiser Walk a Thon will help find a cure for Alzheimer’s.


“We are very excited about this year’s fundraiser,” Glenda Walker said, adding, last year’s walk was a success.

Walker is the head of the Alzheimer’s Walk.

“My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008,” Walker said. “I did some research to find out more about the disease and came across the Alzheimer’s Association.”

Walker said she found a lot of people going through the same thing she was.

“I wanted to help them get through it and helping find a cure for Alzheimer’s was the perfect way to start,” she said.

She said 65 people participated in the walk last year. Walker said they raised $1,700 last year and would like to increase that amount this year. “The event will have balloons for kids, face painting and information about the disease and how you can cope while friends or family members go through it,” she said.

“This is something that we hope to continue in the future. It is my goal to get more people involved this year,” Walker said.

“Last year we had a balloon release at the closing of the fundraiser in honor of those affected by the disease and for the caregivers of those suffering,” she said. “This year I want to do something different, you will just have to come to find out what it is.”

The second annual Alzheimer’s Fundraiser Walk a Thon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Jefferson County Hospital walking track.

Walker said there are registration forms available at Jefferson County Hospital or online at www.alz.org for advanced registration or register the morning of the event at 8 a.m.

“The walk begins at 9 a.m.,” she said.

“People last year who were not able to walk made a donation and got someone else to walk for them or just made a donation and did not walk at all,” Walker said.

“Give your donation to C.T. Walkers team, which is who holds the Walk to End Alzheimers Fundraiser,” Walker said. C.T. Walkers is a team Walker and her family formed. The team is named after her father, Clifford “Buddy” Thompson, who passed away with Alzheimer’s in 2010.

“All pledges are $5 a lap and the money raised stays in Georgia and goes to the Alzheimer’s Association,” she said.

“I would like to encourage everybody to come out to the fundraiser,” Walker said.

“This year is very special because the fundraiser is actually on World Alzheimer’s Day, which is very exciting. “Come out and support the event. “Come and help raise money for Alzheimer’s as you learn more about the disease.”

For more information contact Glenda Walker at (478) 718-5823.

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