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Lowell Register claims Peach County arrest ‘illegal’ in Creek 100.9 burglary

After spending three hours in the Peach County jail, Lowell Register said he was wrongfully arrested on burglary [1]and criminal trespassing charges at the broadcast tower for The Creek 100.9 radio station. Peach County deputies were patrolling Aultman Road after the station was knocked off the air Friday and Saturday when the transmitter was sabotaged at the site not far off Ga. 96 and Interstate 75. About 2:30 p.m. Sunday, a deputy arrested Register, 80, after he was caught with his son-in-law, who was drilling holes in the locked door of a building that houses the transmitter for The Creek.

This arrest, that was unwarranted and uncalled for and illegal and a lot of other things I could say, Register said Monday. This is my personal land, building and tower.

Although the Peach County tax rolls show him as the owner of nearly seven acres, it also notes that Register owes nearly $3,200 in taxes for 2015 and 2016. Register s company is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy after years of legal battles and the contested sale of Radio Peach and Radio Perry to Creek Media[2]. In December, Bibb County Superior Court Judge Ed Ennis approved [3]the sale of those radio companies, which had been held in a court-ordered receivership since early 2015.

Register still contends that Register Communications and its subsidiaries were improperly placed in receivership[4], which should negate the sale.

I was not in default on any loans, he said Monday. Documents were presented in court that showed he defaulted on about $7.5 million in loans, property taxes and payroll taxes owed the Internal Revenue Service. Friday, a switch at the transmitter was turned off and Brad Evans, a co-owner of The Creek, suspected that Register was behind the outage but did not press charges.

The switch was flipped back on, and The Creek was back on the air after being off for about five hours, he said. Saturday, the station went off the air again about 10 a.m. when a circuit board was removed. Evans called the sheriff s offices in Peach and Bibb counties, thinking Register might have the board at his Macon home.

Engineers temporarily patched together a repair, and the station was back on the air about 7 p.m. Saturday. Register admits removing the mother board from the transmitter Saturday.

I just pulled it out and my son-in-law hid it, Register said. I m not stealing. Evans recovered it on the property Sunday.

Luckily he put it in a plastic bag, Evans said Monday as he examined the board.

Evans had returned to the tower, where a security guard was posted outside the gate Monday morning. Up until Saturday, Register had a key to the gate and the transmitter building.

It s my property. It s my building and land and up until (Sunday) I ve had the opportunity to come and go, Register said. Evans had the locks changed, which prompted Register to remove the gate Sunday and try to enter the building by drilling the door.

Register claims The Creek is intercepting rent payments due him from Cumulus Broadcasting to rent space on the tower and in the transmitter building. He also expects The Creek to pay rent for its use of the building and property. Evans said if they owed anybody rent, it would be Green Bull Georgia Partners LLC, which owns the loans Register Communications reportedly failed to pay.

Evans said he plans to explore pressing federal charges against Register.

It hurts. … It s already hard enough to run a radio station without someone tampering with your equipment, he said. Ultimately we re just going to keep doing what we have to do to stay on the air. Register also claims The Creek is unlawfully in possession of some Register Data Systems equipment that was removed from the studio on Forsyth Street. He wants Bibb County deputies to arrest someone for stealing my equipment, and he wants The Creek off the Peach County property.

I will have Creek Media removed because that land and that building belongs to me, Register said.

References

  1. ^ arrested on burglary (www.macon.com)
  2. ^ to Creek Media (www.macon.com)
  3. ^ Ed Ennis approved (www.macon.com)
  4. ^ placed in receivership (www.macon.com)

Fort Gordon and GA National Guard start week-long exercise Monday

Exercises on and around Fort Gordon could see increased delays and activity between Monday and Friday this coming week. According to a release from the installation, personnel will be training under a scenario that includes flooding and civil unrest. The scenario is a simulated hurricane that causes a breach of Butler Dam, flooding Southeast Augusta. According to the release, heightened security and increased searches could result in delays for military and civilian personnel traveling onto or throughout the installation. The exercise is part of Fort Gordon s annual all-hazard response training.

Georgia National Guard statewide training conducted that week will be extended to April 2. Those exercises are part of Vigilant Guard 2017. That operation will include over 8,000 personnel from six states. According to a press release, Vigilant Guard 2017 provides an opportunity for the State of Georgia Emergency Management Agency, and the Georgia National Guard to improve collaborative efforts in emergency preparation, coordination, response and recovery management with federal, regional, local, civilian and military partners during domestic emergencies and catastrophic events. The overarching exercise scenario is a simulated hurricane making direct landfall in the state, lining up with the Fort Gordon exercises. The multi-agency Vigilant Guard will include coordinated efforts between the National Guard and organizations such as Richmond County Emergency Management.

Exercises in the Augusta area will include helicopters and personnel working along the Savannah River to simulate flood control and other disaster response operations.

Reach Thomas Gardiner at (706) 823-3339 or [email protected]

Natural Disaster Response Exercise Vigilant Guard To Begin, Spokesman Says

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2017 During the joint natural disaster response exercise Vigilant Guard 2017, the Georgia National Guard and guardsmen from five surrounding states will simulate a hurricane to improve collaborative efforts in the region, Pentagon press operations director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.

More than 8,000 personnel from Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina will take part in the exercise from March 27 through April 2 in various locations around Georgia, Davis said.

The joint regional exercise is hosted by the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Northern Command, he said.

Coordination At All Levels

The purpose is to simulate a real-world natural disaster to improve collaboration efforts that help with emergency preparation, coordination response and recovery management when we coordinate between federal, regional, local and civilian partners during domestic emergencies and catastrophic events, Davis explained.

Overall, the exercise scenario will test the state of Georgia s local and state emergency response to a simulated category-3 or 4 hurricane that makes landfall on the Georgia coast, he said.

Additional scenarios planned for the Vigilant Guard exercise include a disease outbreak, cyber attack, chemical spill, search-and-rescue efforts following a structural collapse and a medical mass casualty, Davis noted.

USS Vinson Joins Foal Eagle

Across the globe, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson departed from Busan, South Korea, after a scheduled stop over the weekend and joined ongoing exercise Foal Eagle 2017, involving U.S. and South Korean troops, the captain said.

The United States and [South Korean] navies began yesterday the combined mine counter measures training exercise as part of Foal Eagle, Davis said. This is designed to increase readiness and interoperability and mine counter measure operations, and enhance the theater security cooperation between our two navies.

During the exercise, U.S. and South Korean sailors and explosive ordnance disposal divers will work together to practice clearing shipping routes, and conduct training surveys, he said.

Also of note, the U.S. and [South Korean] navies are scheduled to begin additional exercises tomorrow, March 21, to strengthen maritime interoperability and tactics, techniques and procedures, Davis said.

These will consist of routine bilateral training, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare drills, communication drills, air defense exercises [and] counter-mine planning, he added.

Foal Eagle is a regularly scheduled annual combined field training exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and [South Korean] alliance s ability to defend [South Korea] Davis said. It is defensive in nature. We are there to be ready at all times to defend them.

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