2009-08-19 / For The Record

From the Blotter

Give me justice … or jail

A Waynesboro man screaming for justice got jail instead.

Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Cedric Jerome Phillips caught the attention of deputies working security outside Club Paradise when he came out screaming that a woman had slapped him.

According to the report, he began yelling about justice at the top of his lungs and insisted that he be allowed to slap her back. After several minutes of refusing to settle down, refusing to follow instructions and refusing to call someone to pick him up, Phillips was arrested for disorderly conduct.


A Magnolia Acres melee was complete with baseball bats.

Last Monday night, police were called to sort out a disturbance involving at least 75 people arguing and fighting in the housing project parking lot.

According to the police report, a number of men and women were wielding baseball bats.

One man told officers the fight started when someone threatened to hit him with a chair, then indicated he had a gun.

While police were trying to take his statement, another man, later identified as Cedric Walker, 23, took a swing at someone in plain sight but missed. After the crowd dispersed, Walker was taken to jail for disorderly conduct.

The limit

Anybody who's purchased a used police car better doublecheck the window tint job.

"Lots of people are buying these cars as-is at surplus auctions," said Chief Investigator Gene Boseman of the Waynesboro Police Department. "There's no tint limit for police … but there's a limit for everybody else."

Boseman said drivers have been getting warnings in Waynesboro and citations at roadblocks and in other towns. "We're going to start citing here soon," Boseman said.

Heat of the day

Wal-Mart shoppers called for back-up when they saw a dog suffering in a parked van.

According to the police report, officers were called to Hopkins Corner around 2:30 p.m. last Friday to see about a dog left in a hot van with only slightly lowered windows.

The dog was suffering from "obvious heat trauma" and had to be immersed in cold water in the Wal-Mart garden center until it could stand on its own again.

The dog was eventually released to its owner, a Columbus, Ohio man who returned to the parking lot after the crisis was over.

Red handed

A Waynesboro man was arrested after the cops spotted him at Bill's Car Wash trying to ditch his red bolt cutters. Police detained Dennis Wright, 44, after retrieving his cutters from the garbage, then jailed him after he readily admitted he was trying to get some change to use the phone.

One of the coin boxes had been damaged, but Wright, who had only 11 pennies in his possession, had not gotten the goodies.

He was arrested for criminal damage to property in the second degree and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Out and in

A just-paroled felon tried to catch a ride but stole a truck when he couldn't.

According to Sardis Police Chief John Finley, Albert Ellison, 43, is back in jail following a theft in front of the Jet Food Store.

Witnesses told police Ellison walked into the store around 5:30 a.m. Friday asking for a ride to Augusta … then helped himself to an idling pick-up truck after no one offered.

By lunchtime, Ellison wrecked the truck in Augusta and was jailed by Richmond County officers.

Chief Finley says Ellison is also the suspect in the Friday morning burglary of Jenkins IGA.

The Jet Food Store security camera captured footage of Ellison walking from the direction of IGA just moments after the break-in occurred. According to Chief Finley, tobacco products and petty cash from the register were reported stolen.

According to Georgia Department of Corrections records, Ellison was released from prison earlier this month after serving time on two 2000 burglary convictions.

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