The Upson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Sunday, August 2, at the Flash Foods Convenience Store on Highway 19 North.
According to an incident report by Deputy Shelton Richard, he responded to a call from the store about 10.50 p.m. When he arrived, the clerk stated that a black male, between 5’7” and 5’11”, approximately 240 pounds, and wearing a blue knit cap, a blue bandana covering his face, black shirt, black pants, and black and white Converse-style shoes came into the store. She said he came behind the counter, pointed a black handgun at her and told her to open the registers and “drop the safe.”
The clerk said she opened the registers, but told the robber that she could not open the safe. She said he took the money out of the cash registers, approximately $150, and left, walking north on foot.
There were several people in the store at the time of the robbery, and they collaborated the clerk’s testimony.
Sheriff Dan Kilgore said his investigators are following leads, trying to identify the subject.
“We encourage anybody with information to please contact our office at 706-647-7411,” he said.
A Thomaston man is facing charges of cruelty to animals after neighbors claim he shot and killed three dogs and dumped their bodies in his backyard. Edgar Alto Ard was arrested on August 4.
According to a report by Sheriff’s Sgt. Rodney Ozley, he was dispatched to a Willis Road home on August 1 in reference to cruelty to animals. He talked to the complaintant, who said that her children were playing down the road and found three dead dogs behind a house that Ard had lived in until a week ago.
Sgt. Ozley went to the house and observed several dozen buzzards on the ground and in the trees around and behind the house. He found the remains of two dogs in the backyard.
While he was in the area, Ozley reported he was approached by another neighbor who alleged that Ard had shot the dogs the week before. She alledged that Ard shot the dogs with a rifle and threw them in the back yard by some mattresses.
Upson County Animal Control Officer Drew Fordham arrived on the scene and took the remains of the two dogs to a veterinarian’s office for examination. Ozley turned the scene over to Fordham. He said in his report that Fordham advised he later found the missing third dog, but that there wasn’t much to gather due to the buzzards. Fordham also advised that the other two dogs were x-rayed and both had been shot in the head.
Ard was arrested a short time later at another location and allegedly confessed to killing the dogs.
“He said he was financially unable to care for them,” Kilgore said. “The dogs had gotten in poor condition and when he was moving, he shot them and put them in a pile behind his house. That is absolutely unacceptable. If anybody finds themselves in that situation where they can’t care for an animal, while we’re sympathetic to their economic situation, that’s why we have Animal Control, and that is the course that they should follow, and not starve the animal and then shoot it.”
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.