Rocking Their World – Digging into Augusta’s Equipment Scandal

By Arrowflinger Al

On Thursday, May 25, 2017 citizens of Augusta, Georgia and surrounding counties were shocked to learn that City of Augusta personnel, vehicles, materials and construction equipment had been found deployed and operating on private land in Lincoln County, Georgia, 40 miles from their assigned work site at the Augusta Solid Waste Facility on Deans Bridge Road.

This week the resulting uproar concluded with the resignation of Augusta Solid Waste Director Mark Johnson. Will the Johnson resignation calm the turmoil surrounding a botched investigation by a conflicted Augusta Richmond County Sheriff Department, who turned out to be the custodian of an excavator used in the misbegotten affair, the apparently imprudent white commissioners defending Johnson against evidence, black commissioners defending an Administrator who bungled accountability, and a District Attorney who remains to be kept clueless of the events?

Stay tuned. What happens in Augusta, should stay in Augusta. This time it didn’t and the repercussions look to be immense.

Here is the first hand account of the events from March 15, 2017 through May 28, 2017. Names have been replaced by Pseudonyms.

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Wednesday March 15, 2017

2017-03-15 17:23:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER reaches the top of a hill on an easement road between lands of Cox, Kitchens, bank and partners Troy Meeks and Landowner O of Statesboro, sees construction equipment and stone pile. Stops to video beagle. Joined by neighbor and Informant.

2017-03-15 18:17:15

  • THE ARROWFLINGER meets Informant going back to get serial numbers and photos of an equipment trailer he claims is City of Augusta owned. Informant wants to know who bought the property where the stone pile is. THE ARROWFLINGER states he has met Landowner O, but not his partner.

Texts Between THE ARROWFLINGER and Informant

2017-03-15          19:01:29               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I got confirmation it’s county equipment.

2017-03-15          19:09:41               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Do you have a guess about when it was bought?

2017-03-15           19:14:26               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I can find out.

2017-03-15          19:44:20               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • You know, if they are not alerted and they are getting rock for free, they will be at it for days because that road has to be rocked all the way to Booths Branch Road. They excavated and installed a 30 or 36 inch pipe in the creek bed last week.

2017-03-15          19:50:06               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Your bud who is talking to you might/probably spill the beans, but if we just observe for a few days and take pictures we will have a better picture. The land was bought by Landowner O (guy I met) and Landowner M of Statesboro. We need the serial number off the equipment and the ARCSWD inventory or purchase record. If it looks strong, then state investigators should be called.

2017-03-15          19:55:49               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Landowner M used to work with Director as a contractor.

2017-03-15          19:57:10               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • The trailer was purchased by the county and I took pic of the VIN number. The escalator was seized by the county and falls under the Sheriff.

2017-03-15          19:58:16               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I will go back early tomorrow and photo the VIN of the track hoe.

2017-03-15          20:04:11               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I am gonna go out early on my walk. Probably find a good spot on Booth branch near the gate to observe.

2017-03-15          20:12:31               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Sounds like the Boyz came to play in our backyards! I am amazed.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Texts of March 16, 2017 Between THE ARROWFLINGER and Informant

2017-03-16          09:40:44               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Good morning! A dump truck left about 10 minutes ago. Let’s observe today. They plan on ditching the low spot inside the gate. So they don’t plan on stopping today. I think another rock truck might be coming.

2017-03-16          09:43:09               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Ok.

2017-03-16          09:44:30               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I think if you want to do this up right, we need to notify Sheriff Beggs, followed shortly by Roundtree. The pols will just f**k it up. So will we if we go for a big ‘got you’, as delicious and tempting as that might be.

2017-03-16          09:45:40               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Get the pros in. If they f**k it up then I or we can raise hell.

2017-03-16          09:48:38               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Right.

2017-03-16          09:51:26               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I got a conference call, T 10. I will get with you after that.

2017-03-16          09:53:06               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • They dropped a load at the second wet spot between the gate and creek.

2017-03-16          10:46:00               THE ARROWFLINGER

  • Two dump trucks videoed entering gate and then leaving after dumping loads at stone stockpile on hill.

2017-03-16          11:08:00               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Two trucks came and dumped. Got some video.

2017-03-16          11:08:08               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • No tags.

2017-03-16          11:08:33               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Got names of haulers, I think.

2017-03-16          11:51:58               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Got pix and video of all equipment with serial numbers.

2017-03-16          13:12:45               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I can call Augusta Commissioner MW and just talk to him. He can’t stand the Director.

2017-03-16          13:30:11               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Yes, but anything Augusta Commissioner MW can do can be done if law enforcement drops the ball. Law enforcement can remove these people. Augusta Commissioner MW can only fire them.

2017-03-16          13:31:30               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Law enforcement can surveillance them when they bring in dozers and graders.

2017-03-16          13:36:09               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Ok, I will stand by. You know more than me.

2017-03-16          13:37:07               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Also, I don’t see permits posted.

2017-03-16          13:38:47               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I am going to call Sheriff Beggs in a bit.

2017-03-16          13:39:04               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Knitter is doing research.

2017-03-16          13:40:15               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • On Augusta database. Knitter is a systems person.

2017-03-16       14:06:00

  • Knitter emails THE ARROWFLINGER a .pdf showing that Landowner M attended a prebid conference for landfill work  at the ARC Solid Waste Facility on 1/20/2017.

2017-03-16       Around 14:00:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER calls ARC Chief Deputy, with whom he had conversed about contract mismanagement and fraud during the Augusta SPLOST 7b campaign in 2015. Tells that 2 pieces of equipment are reported to be operating in Lincoln County and one of them is assigned to the ARC Sheriff Department Shooting Range at the Deans Bridge Road landfill. Chief Deputy denies that Sheriff Department has any equipment.

2017-03-16       15:21:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER is texted the email address of Augusta Richmond County Chief Deputy by same for purpose of uploading pictures and serial numbers from Canon camera that is not net-connected.

2017-03-16       16:56

  • THE ARROWFLINGER sends ARC Chief Deputy summary of situation, events, observations and equipment serial numbers.

2017-03-16       18:16

  • Chief Deputy requests pictures be emailed, saying he will, “…get to the bottom of this.”

2017-03-16       18:38

  • THE ARROWFLINGER suggests that ARC Chief Deputy hold off until following Monday, based upon information from inside Solid Waste Department that additional ARC assets would be deployed to Lincoln County site. It was noted that even heavier equipment would be needed to place the stone.

Texts of March 16, 2017 between THE ARROWFLINGER and Informant Resume

2017-03-16          18:48:07               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • ARC Chief Deputy Redacted is now interested. Told him waiting til Monday to pursue is advised. Told him I now believe this is a real deal. Suggested CID come up under coordination and advice of Sheriff Bruce Beggs.

2017-03-16          19:07:53               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Sweet.

2017-03-16          19:29:50               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I suggested that. Told him I will be here.

2017-03-16          19:32:42               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Nice.

2017-03-16          19:40

  • THE ARROWFLINGER called back by Lincoln Sheriff Beggs, who indicates he has discussed with ARC Chief Deputy.

2017-03-16          22:30:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER takes his dog, Lilly, for a tour of fields and then down Booth Branch Road. There was a navy blue 3/4 ton, long wheelbase pickup pulled into a 4-wheeler path onto Corps Land about 80 yards from the red gate into the combined properties and grading project. Did not get license plate.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Texts of March 17, 2017 between THE ARROWFLINGER and Informant

2017-03-17          02:10:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER awakens during interlude when heating system was off. Hears heavy truck in the distance. Goes outside and finds the sound coming from Booths Branch Road. Quickly dons insulated coverall, grabs automatic pistol and digital camcorder. Calls Informant. Gets no answer. Jumps in truck. Drives to red gate at properties/ grading site. Waits and listens. Concludes that the truck was leaving, not entering.

2017-03-17          09:43:08               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • All equipment was removed in the middle of the  night.

2017-03-17          09:45:06               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • No stone deliveries this morning?

2017-03-17          09:46:57               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Long trailer and excavator are GONE.

2017-03-17          09:47:46               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Well it might be back on Monday.

2017-03-17          09:48:29               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Unless someone said something to them.

2017-03-17          09:49:05               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I think the latter. Sold out. Again.

2017-03-17          09:50:03               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • They should be delivering more rock at the standing water spots.

2017-03-17          09:50:12               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • They ain’t.

2017-03-17          09:52:27               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Yea well we have proof they have county equipment out here.

2017-03-17          09:55:53               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I am with you. I think someone tipped them off.

2017-03-17          10:01:28               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Can’t talk anymore. We might have given the right people what they need.

2017-03-17          10:10:22               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I just got a call (from Inside Source at ARC Landfill). We should talk.

2017-03-16       About 10:20

  • THE ARROWFLINGER calls Landowner K, with whom Landowners O and M have an easement agreement with cost-sharing provisions to discuss the condiserable part of the construction on her land. She states she is not paying anything and that Landowner M told her that they can repair the easement road at least cost because they have connections in Richmond and  Columbia Counties. Also discussed was the new culvert installation and the work done on US Army Corps of Engineers lands.

2017-03-17          12:42:21               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I have a visitor (ARCSD Investigator) at 3 who may want to come talk to you, if you are open.

2017-03-17          12:48:39               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Sure.

2017-03-17          15:04:34               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • You coming to my place or yours?

2017-03-17          16:09:08               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • They (investigators) are headed back to you.

2017-03-17          16:09:40               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Ok, I am telling them everything I know.

2017-03-17          16:10:16               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Tell them the truth. They will want your source.

2017-03-17          16:10:37               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • We went out to the site.

2017-03-17          20:07:00

  • Informant calls THE ARROWFLINGER and reports an automobile parked at entrance gate to the combined properties where the work was going on.

2017-03-17          20:09:24               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Should I call the investigator?

2017-03-17          20:10:28               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Call 911.

2017-03-17          20:11:17               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • And tell them what?

2017-03-17          20:17:42               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I called the shield (Sheriff?) number. They sending someone out.

2017-03-17          20:30:00 to    20:50:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER spots Director emerging from around posted gate. Augusta Director explains that he came to check on one of his contractor’s pieces of  equipment, as Bobcat Rentals had called his contractor concerned when an ARCSD investigator called earlier in the day. Shows text and photo sent.

2017-03-17          22:09:00              THE ARROWFLINGER

  • Transmits video of Director to ARCSD Investigator.

2017-03-17          22:35:39               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • (Pictures of Director)

2017-03-17          22:53:48               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Yup, Director.

2017-03-17          22:55:22               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Sent to investigator and our Sheriff.

2017-03-17          22:55:47               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Send short video, too.

2017-03-17          22:55:54               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Sent.

2017-03-17          22:56:03               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Sweet.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Texts of March 18, 2017 between THE ARROWFLINGER and Informant

2017-03-18          01:12:04               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Director’s name is not on the property. His equipment’s showed up there and he drives out here to check. Why?

2017-03-18          01:13:58               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Monday I will tell CID he was out here.

2017-03-18          01:17:23               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • He knew where it was!

2017-03-18          01:18:16               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Yea.

2017-03-18          01:18:31               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Probably 500 yards inside gate?

2017-03-18          01:28:24               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • The Bobcat belongs to Bobcat Renter, which is anther contractor who works for the landfill.

2017-03-18          01:32:31               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Yes, that was the name. Bobcat (of Augusta) gave Redacted LEI.

2017-03-18          01:33:24               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • See, it’s all dirty.

2017-03-18          07:18:27               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • And it is why I have been looking to just leave. I have been fighting it like nobody else in this state for five years, except for hunting seasons, and have only lost “friends” who are on the gravy train. Knitter and I have been looking in McCormick and Abbeville Counties, but now I am thinking northern Mississippi or North Carolina. Yeah, it is like this all over, but any place else I don’t know about them and I damned sure won’t look again. I seesaw between going apes**t exposing how utterly crooked the Augusta area is, making fun of the ridiculous fakery, and just leaving. I think this deal is the last straw.

2017-03-18          12:49:37               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • A white Silverado just pulled out with a Bobcat. I think it was Bobcat Renter.

2017-03-18          12:49:59               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Ok.

2017-03-18          21:02:18               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • When we ride Lilly to tour fields for deer we will ride down Booths Branch Road to the gates and back. Probably in the next 30 minutes.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Texts of March 19, 2017 between THE ARROWFLINGER and Informant

2017-03-19          09:51:08               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Yesterday they hand dug a drainage ditch to drain the mud puddles ten yards inside the gate. They also unloaded three rolls of geotextile fabric at the rock stockpile.

2017-03-19          09:51:24               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Took pix.

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017-03-20          06:16:34               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Heavy truck just went down Booth Branch Road. I am going to see what’s going on.

2017-03-20          06:19:36               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Ok.

2017-03-20          06:36:55               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Drove Ranger out last 4-wheeler trail to left on Corps Land just before gate. Gonna walk Booth Branch past Landowner K.

2017-03-20          11:02:14               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Well, my early morning hike was a quiet one. No turkeys seen or heard.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017-03-21          10:10:55               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • A big truck just went down.

2017-03-21          10:11:51               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Ok.

2017-03-21          10:12:34               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Landowner O probably will keep on plan to finish.

2017-03-21          10:13:22               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • It was the trash truck.

2017-03-21          10:15:37               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Lol.

2017-03-21          10:16:18               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Filled my roller can up an hour ago.

2017-03-21?       11:10:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER researches Grantor and Grantee Indices of the Clerk Of Superior Court of Lincoln County to ascertain if Landowner O and Landowner M had transferred any property interests to Director. Finds no evidence of that. Finds easement agreement from Landowner K to Landowners O and M after a $5000 payment which settled the access rights of the parties. Noted that all landowners bear maintenance and improvement costs.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017-03-22          08:11:29               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I’ve been in the woods since sun up. Haven’t heard any turkeys.

2017-03-22          08:30:11               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • They have been in hiding. I did see a gobbler on the side of a road in McCormick County Sunday.

2017-03-22          12:37:34               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Hey, I am sorry about this morning. I wasn’t trying to be rude.

2017-03-22          20:41:07               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I know. No problem. I want to talk over how you work from the house.

2017-03-22          20:41:56               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Ok.

2017-03-22          20:45:55               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I thought I heard turkeys this morning on my walk back down below the houses on Bamboo Trail.

2017-03-22          20:46:22               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Bambi.

2017-03-22          20:46:24               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Sweet.

2017-03-22          20:46:43               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • We can chat in the morning.

2017-03-22          20:46:57               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Ok.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017-04-27          11:33:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER calls ARCSD Investigator looking for update and leaves message requesting a return call.

Friday, April 28, 2017

2017-04-28          15:38:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER calls Lincoln County Sheriff and leaves message asking him to prod ARCSD into giving an update citing uncertainty over personal status with respect to activity in the public eye.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017-05-02         15:15:00

  • ARCSD Investigator calls THE ARROWFLINGER, apologizes for delay in responding, then says that the investigation was completed and turned over to the Augusta District Attorney and to the Augusta Administrator for an audit. Knitter hears the conversation because the Bluetooth truck phone grabbed the call and it was broadcast in the yard.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017-05-16          19:52

  • THE ARROWFLINGER texts Commissioner G to suggest that he look out for special audit funds for Administrator’s Office. No Response.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017-05-18          19:52

  • THE ARROWFLINGER turns over pictures and summary of events as they existed March 15 through March 20, 2017 to Osprey. Osprey is an Augusta resident with contacts who might discuss.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017-05-20          09:32:09               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Those Statesboro guys are up here for the first time in ages. They are boring perk test holes with an auger.

2017-05-20          12:01:36               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Oh.

2017-05-20          12:03:12               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I thought those guys would squirm their way out of any trouble.

2017-05-20          12:06:31               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Does Landowner O even know? Landowner M is SCI and was with Dabbs… but is Landowner O an ARC contractor, too?

2017-05-20          12:08:48               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I think Landowner O is a contractor.

2017-05-20          12:24:35               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • It’s awful funny they ran out of money and had to move all the equipment out at 3 am.

2017-05-20 13:12:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER calls Commissioner MW, leaves message to please call.

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017-05-22 16:40:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER texts Commissioner G to relay that Osprey has pictures and video of Lincoln County events. Concludes with, “Its Y’all’s Hellhole.”

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017-05-24 11:32:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER calls Commissioner H, leaves message to please call.

2017-05-24 11:38:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER calls Commissioner MW, leaves message to please call.

2017-05-24          19:29:20               THE ARROWFLINGER         Phone Number Redacted

  • Well, you were right. They are blaming the guy who retired two days into the investigation, saying it was a mistake that the equipment got sent.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017-05-25 09:12:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER called Osprey. Both agreed that more commissioner angles needed than Commissioner G and Commissioner F, with whom Osprey had communicated.

2017-05-25 09:32:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER gets call from Commissioner MW, explains background and the developments to that point. Agrees to forward the unchanged, original questions and information of 3/15 to 3/20/2017 to ARC Clerk of Commission.

2017-05-25 11:57:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER emails information sent to Osprey on 05/18/2017 to ARC Clerk of Commission.

2017-05-25 13:08:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER confers with Osprey, who had talked with Director earlier, and who recommended that THE ARROWFLINGER call Director directly with issues and questions.

2017-05-25          13:27:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER called Director. Asked if Landowner M, Landowner O, or Bobcat Lessee are Augusta Contractors, and if he knows any of them. He said no. Asked if DW of Stateboro was a contractor. He said they were but had not done any work since 2013. Said that Landowner M’s firm was not awarded landfill contract after he was on bid documents at January 2017 bid meeting. (Confirmed by THE ARROWFLINGER) Award contested and work might be rebid. (THE ARROWFLINGER agreed, as it had been in the newspaper). Director asked about stone purchases and stated that Augusta purchases aggregates under annual bulk purchase agreement and stockpiles various stone products at landfill. (Known in advance by THE ARROWFLINGER). When asked how Director knew where Bobcat Lessee’s equipment was when Director and THE ARROWFLINGER met at the gate to the combined properties at 8:16 PM on March 16, 2017, Director stated that he was directed to follow the power line and that the equipment was parked under the power line.
  • Director asserted that the reason he could find his way in the dark when spotted coming out of the gate to the combined properties at 8:22 PM on March 16, 2017, was that he arrived in the daylight. (Official sunset was 7:37 PM, but conditions at his exit were clearly past darkness).
  • Director repeated his purpose for coming out of the gate to the combined properties at 8:22 PM on March 16, 2017 was that a contractor at his facility called him, after being unable to contact Director’s subordinate employee, and was concerned about verifying the location of the Bobcat and cutter, so he drove out to the site in Lincoln County to locate the equipment and report back to the contractor, which he had done.
  • Director queried THE ARROWFLINGER about why he was not called earlier into the process of determining the status of the investigation. THE ARROWFLINGER said that the investigation was in the hands of ARCSD and that he was told that it was turned over to the DA. THE ARROWFLINGER turned to Osprey, an Augusta citizen, to investigate, because Augusta is his city. THE ARROWFLINGER had performed considerable free work for Augusta and insisted on better contract controls since 2011, and did not feel compelled to conduct an investigation based upon GORA requests, because that cost money and the Augusta Commission had failed to act to provide a solution to that obstacle when it had been proposed.
  • Director suggested that he had answered all questions truthfully and that THE ARROWFLINGER should accept that, to which THE ARROWFLINGER responded that there were too many inconsistencies in how the work was sequenced and suddenly halted when the investigators arrived at the Augusta Solid Waste Facility on 3/16/17. Director asked if THE ARROWFLINGER had approached the landowners, to which THE ARROWFLINGER responded that the investigation should have done that and no report had been issued.
  • Director asserted that Administrator’s office and ARCSD had determined that there were no criminal violations, but that one of his supervisors had retired as planned, but moved up during the investigation. Director admitted that said supervisor had done work at the Lincoln site. THE ARROWFLINGER asked for a copy of that investigator’s report, but Director said he could not provide it.
  • THE ARROWFLINGER reminded Director of THE ARROWFLINGER’s powerful defense of Director in a commission meeting presentation on another matter.
  • THE ARROWFLINGER agreed to forward an accounting of the conversation to all who had gotten questions and information from THE ARROWFLINGER regarding the Lincoln County matter, and he did.

2017-05-25          14:57:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER emails ARC Clerk of Commission that he talked to Director and provided a summary of points upon which there was agreement, but not points of disagreement, which had been previously sent.

2017-05-25          15:16:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER agrees to discuss the March events in Lincoln County in an on-air conversation with Most Dangerous Man in Augusta Politics, Austin Rhodes of radio Station WGAC.

2017-05-25          15:38:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER goes on the Austin Rhodes program to discuss the March events in Lincoln County.

2017-05-25          23:47:35               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Three weeks ago, the investigator said it was referred to the DA and to City Administrator for an audit, but the DA has nothing. When the guy called that day that my new truck grabbed the audio and output it on the speaker, so Knitter heard him say it. They are trying to duck and cover, but I am satisfied I have it covered with enough proof.  It would be helpful to show how Landowner M has recently been working there. They didn’t apparently get the contract, and Dabbs Williams did work in 2011, I found. The equipment they have conceded and also that the supervisor who was moonlighting retired 2 days into the investigation. Your info was spot on. The heat is on and some of them are spinning deeper. Hope your trip is productive. We got rain!

2017-05-25          23:50:28               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Nice. I heard some of it through the internet on the radio show. Good job.

2017-05-25          23:51:17               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • If he was moonlighting, why was he driving a county truck out there? That’s the word I got from Inside Source.

Friday, May 26, 2017

2017-05-26          00:13:44               out         Phone Number Redacted

  • I wish I had walked up the hill when the Bobcat brush cutter was being used and seen the truck. Pretty sure he was there on a weekday morning.

2017-05-26          00:31:49               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Yup.

2017-05-26          18:12:36               out         Phone Number Redacted

  • Can you tell me who got retired?

2017-05-26          18:13:13               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • McKinley Williams.

2017-05-28          00:35:00               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Also, McKinley has worked there so long and knows all the equipment I can’t imagine he would make a mistake. I think he is just covering for Director.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017-05-28          00:35:45               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Did Director contact you? If he did, he his trying to cover himself.

2017-05-28          00:39:21               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I was told to call him. I did.

2017-05-28          00:40:39               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Oh, well, he is a snake with a lot of political connections.

2017-05-28          00:41:11               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • That’s based on my experience.

2017-05-28          00:44:39               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • He said he did not know Landowner M or Landowner O… the landowners. Said he did not know Bobcat Renter… the Bobcat lessee. Said DW has not worked there since 2014. Said stone is bought under annual contract and stockpiled. Got on my case for not calling him until after sending out claims (emails to ARC Commissioners).

2017-05-28          00:47:22               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • That’s a lie. Bobcat Renter was out there last year helping extend the sides of the land fill to meet the air space. Landowner M was out there all the time. Him and Director went to lunch several times.

2017-05-28          00:48:03               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Said he got up here before dark, is why he had no flash light, and found the equipment because it was under the power line easement… Trouble with that is my video is time stamped 8:48 pm (exit time).

2017-05-28          00:48:40               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Augusta Commissioner G is barbequed.

2017-05-28          00:48:55               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Sweet.

2017-05-28          00:50:38               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I have Commissioners. Augusta Commissioner W and Augusta Commissioner G FURIOUS AND LOADED FOR BEAR for Tuesday’s Commission meeting.

2017-05-28          00:51:01               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Administrator in deep S**t.

2017-05-28          00:51:20               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Administrator.

2017-05-28          00:51:42               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Administrator.

2017-05-28          00:52:29               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I am going to have all their a$$es.

2017-05-28          00:54:14               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Good, if Director told you he didn’t know those guys he is lying. Why did he tell his staff he had property on the lake?

2017-05-28          00:55:47               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • That excavator has a small backward reflex clam-shell or scoop. Small blade. Not suited for moving stone piles. The loaders at landfill ARE.

2017-05-28          00:57:14               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Everyone out there knows the mini excavator, everyone used it, including McKinley.

2017-05-28          00:58:31               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • What about the trailer the county just purchased, did he make a mistake with that, too?

2017-05-28          00:58:33               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • (I am hearing) Commissioner G says landfill doesn’t use that sort of stone. However, it is too fine to use for road without geotextile underlayment. There are four (actually three) rolls of that there.

2017-05-28          01:00:16               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Bull s**t. We use crush and run all the time. Look at the camp sites at the Sheriff range. They have three sites up there for campers. I know because I was told I could park mine there.

2017-05-28          01:00:29               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Sounds like McKinley was the Bobcat operator up here. Isn’t that what you found out?

2017-05-28          01:01:29               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Yes, I know he ran that for sure.

2017-05-28          01:02:18               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Well, that means an ARC employee destroyed US government property.

2017-05-28          01:02:45               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • The landfill owns John Deere skid steers, not Bobcats.

2017-05-28          01:03:29               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • McKinley loves Director and will cover until it’s his a$$.

2017-05-28          01:04:29               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I am gonna fry some a$$. Yes, Bobcat was rented to Bobcat Renter by Bobcat Augusta. Director was concerned about it because Bobcat called him.

2017-05-28          01:05:49               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Yea, brother he knew what was going on, he just wants to take his own or parents’ Winnebago out there.

2017-05-28          01:06:20               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • So Director was concerned about the Bobcat that destroyed Corps woodland. And his supervisor ran it. Perfect.

Footage from March 16, 2016 as events were unfolding.

2017-05-28          01:07:07               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • You keep asking questions and I’ll keep giving information they can’t hide from us.

2017-05-28          01:07:32               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • What about the trailer?

2017-05-28          01:08:18               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • The press and politicians want my hide. After five years you handed me something to tear Augusta apart with.

2017-05-28          01:08:19               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • That was county property. No one made a mistake with that.

2017-05-28          01:08:44               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • They brought it to me.

2017-05-28          01:09:14               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • It does not have property tag or number on it.

2017-05-28          01:10:09               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Oh, they are conceding that the trailer and excavator are Augusta assets.

2017-05-28          01:10:51               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Yea.

2017-05-28          01:11:26               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • The landfill does have loaders and graders, right?

2017-05-28          01:11:47               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I would like to see Director gone. I want to live out there in peace.

2017-05-28          01:12:31               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • I am pretty sure that will happen.

2017-05-28          01:12:59               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Oh yea, Komatsu 320 front loaders, and they use Roads Department grader. They also have a CAT roller.

2017-05-28          01:13:43               in            Phone Number Redacted

  • I know because I have worked on all of it.

2017-05-28          01:15:43               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Ok. Good. So you are sure others saw Director with Landowner M and know that Bobcat Renter did work there?

2017-05-28          01:16:49               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • The investigator did not turn over anything to the DA like he said. It was his bad luck that his call to me telling me that came on over my car speakerphone so everyone in my yard could hear it.

2017-05-28          01:17:37               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Buddy is ready to testify that he saw him up here. In fact, I was in the back seat (actually the passenger seat) of the investigator’s car, and Buddy did not see me when he stopped them in the road and demanded to know who they were.

2017-05-28          01:18:00               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • The Sheriff’s Department is screwed about as bad as Commissioner G and Director.

2017-05-28          01:22:21               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • You can ask anyone who works at the landfill. When I quit, Bobcat Renter was working out there, and that was April last year.

2017-05-28          01:23:29               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Commissioner G called you a disgruntled employee. I am gonna make him rue those words. (Because it was a smokescreen. Informant had nothing to do with the perpetrator’s actions.)

2017-05-28          01:23:38               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Talk to ****. He was a supervisor and he just got hired back.

2017-05-28          01:24:57               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Sorry, I meant James ******.

2017-05-28          01:25:17               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Why would he say that when I resigned?

2017-05-28          01:26:19               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • I went to lunch with him and Director and I said grace before the meal. Dirty people.

2017-05-28          01:26:30               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Don’t worry about that. You are gonna love it.

2017-05-28          01:27:07               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

***

2017-05-28          01:28:24               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Gonna go back to bed. Good night!

2017-05-28          01:29:23               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Good night from California.

2017-05-28         14:23:00

  • THE ARROWFLINGER calls Landowner K and learns that no investigators contacted her after the mid-March incidents. Conversation lasts 39 minutes. Topics beside social updating of family and friends include the easement road work. Three times Landowner K reiterates that Landowners M and O kept saying that they had connections to get the work done. No mention was made of Columbia or Richmond Counties in that context, as was the case in the mid-March conversation.

2017-05-28          15:36:00               THE ARROWFLINGER      Phone Number Redacted

  • Investigators did not contact you or Landowner K.

2017-05-28          15:37:00               Informant           Phone Number Redacted

  • Nope, I talked to them once. The day you were with them.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017-06-01        19:00?

  • Augusta Administrator calls THE ARROWFLINGER on his land line phone (no logs) and a Q&A session resulted that lasted about 30 to 40 minutes. THE ARROWFLINGER called the Informant while the Administrator was on the other line to ascertain that the Informant would allow her to have his number. Later, Informant called to state that he and the Administrator had talked and would continue the next day.

2017-06-02        13:08

  • Commissioner H calls to verify that the Administrator had talked to Informant.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017-06-06          15:27:00 ?

Can the good people of Augusta get their rogue government under control?

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