Time capsule

Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2001

As reported in The Columbia News-Times 12 years ago, Oct. 4, 1989

Truck driver shot by motorist near Harlem

A Savannah, Ga. truck driver was seriously injured near here Tuesday afternoon after being shot by a motorist that pulled up along side his rig on U.S. Highway 178, according to Columbia County Sheriff's Department Deputy Mike Barrett.

Deputy Barrett identified the wounded man as Gordon Fisher, believed to be in his mid-50s. Fisher was shot in the upper left arm about 3:15 p.m.

Fisher was transported to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and was reported in good condition.

Authorities were still searching for the suspected motorist.

Grand Jury returns record number 197 indictments

A bit of history was recorded in Columbia County Superior Court here last week when a record number 197 indictments were returned by a county grand jury.

That same grand jury also returned 11 no bills.

The indictments involved charges ranging from murder to traffic offenses. . They also included several related to drug violations.

In one of the drug cases, eight local residents were indicted by the grand jury, including several character witnesses and one key prosecution witness who testified in the triple-murder trial of 19-year-old James Edward ''Jamie'' Tankersley earlier this year.

Harlem Police Chief, officers resign

Within less than a week's time, Harlem residents have lost their police chief, two officers and a dispatcher in the wake of another shake-up at the Police Department.

Former Police Chief Mike Arrington submitted his letter of resignation to City Attorney Jim Wall last Friday after earlier threatening to appeal his case before city council next Monday night - the council's next regularly scheduled meeting.

However, his wife, Pam Arrington, a former dispatcher, who also resigned her position last week, told The Columbia News-Times during a telephone interview Tuesday that her husband had decided to resign the position that he's held since last October because he ''didn't want to put his family through the ordeal of fighting the mayor and city council.''

Mrs. Arrington, citing her reasons for resigning as ''political pressure'' added that her husband was unavailable for comment because he is out-of-town attempting to find gainful employment.

Starrett indicted on murder charge by grand jury

Richard Daniel ''Danny'' Starrett, the man authorities in two states suspect as being a serial sex offender, was indicted by a Columbia County Grand Jury here last Thursday on a murder charge, as well as eight other related charges.

Starrett, 29, who is scheduled to appear in Charleston, S.C., this week to face charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman, was indicted here for the murder of 15-year-old Jeannie McCrea, whose body was found earlier year in a creek bed in Newberry County, S.C. where Starrett led authorities.

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