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Rants & Raves

...column, a chief of staff who wants an SUV, druggies on the sheriff's department who should have been arrested, a fire marshal with extortion charges and commissioners crying over their gas cards. The way it looks, Augusta is in good shape...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-11-01/rants-raves
Indicted Augusta fire marshal challenging city's termination

Indicted Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard wants a review of his termination.City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson confirmed Wednesday that Beard has requested...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-10-21/indicted-augusta-fire-ma
State investigation of Marshall Square fire continues

The state fire marshal's office said Friday that it still hadn't completed its investigation...plan a meeting to review it, according to Laura Wright, the state fire marshal's office information spokeswoman. Investigators completed their...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-10-16/state-investigation-marshall-
Putting out a fire

If found guilty, Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard could serve 20 years on federal extortion charges. Those charges are reprehensible enough.But that's nothing compared...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2015-10-13/putting-out-fire
Tuesday morning fire destroys woman's Grovetown home

...Wheatley said."I'm thinking it started in the basement and went up through the walls," Wheatley said.The state fire marshal's office was called in to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-10-06/firefighers-blaze-grovetown
West Ga. college fire displaces students

...Apartments. The apartments provide student housing for students at the university. No injuries were reported.Columbus Fire Marshal Ricky Shores says the incident stemmed from food being left on a stove in an apartment. Officials say about 10 apartments...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-11-10/west-ga-college-fire-displace
Ex-Augusta fire marshal Jason Beard pleads not guilty, remains free on bond

Former Augusta fire marshal Jason Beard entered a not guilty plea Wednesday on felony charges of extortion and attempted extortion.Beard was fired from his...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-10-28/ex-augusta-fire-marshal-
Harlem, Grovetown candidates make case for election at forum

...20 years ahead."Harlem is also expected to get some new residents from the Fort Gordon growth. Stokes, who is a fire marshal at Augusta University and longtime Harlem firefighter, said that growth needs to be managed so as to maintain Harlem's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/2015-10-13/harlem-groveto
Augusta's fire prevention bureau gets new leader

...overseeing Augusta's fire prevention bureau after Fire Marshal Jason Beard's indictment on extortion charges last...2010 he was a lieutenant, and by 2013 he was a captain fire marshal.In 1996, Beard was fired from the department after...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-10-12/augustas-fire-prevention-bure
Augusta fire marshal indicted on extortion charges

Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard has been indicted on extortion charges.According to the...July 1987. In 2010 he was a lieutenant, and by 2013 he was a captain fire marshal.In 1996, Beard was fired from the department after testing positive...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-10-09/augusta-fire-marshal-i