Travis Eric Smith-aka Eric Waters

Eric Smith, of Portal, GA, went missing on the evening of December 20, 2019. His best friend, Justin Smith, had dropped him off, according to one of Justin’s comments, at Tanner Lanier’s place of residence. That’s the last time Justin saw his best friend.

Justin Smith has searched relentlessly and set up community searches for Eric during this time. He has searched woods, creeks, dirt roads etc. He’s even had his life put in incredible danger. A couple of weekends after Eric’s disappearance, Justin and his wife were out looking for Eric when they passed Tanner Lanier’s house. They couldn’t have imagined the horrible events that would unfold at that time. Lanier decided to chase Justin and his wife down with his truck, ram their vehicle and fire shots at them. Lanier was arrested and released on bond. A few days later, Lanier was arrested again on multiple drug charges and again, let out on bond.

https://www.statesboroherald.com/local/man-questioned-missing-person-case-charged-aggravated-assault/

https://www.statesboroherald.com/local/mother-wants-answers-case-missing-son/

Ms. Frankie Waters was told her son was last seen around the area of Westside Rd and David Colley Rd. He was reportedly with another man and helping someone with a vehicle that had broken down. Ms. Waters says that BCSD (Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department) knows of audio recordings and screenshots of people discussing what actually happened to her son, Eric. ~~refer to article above

All updates and complete background will be added as I get them.

If you have information relating to Eric’s disappearance please don’t hesitate to call the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department. 912-764-8888

https://www.facebook.com/Help-Bring-Eric-Home-105859224268682/

Justice for Jonathan Swierski

Photo obtained from Dawn Swierski

July 6, 2019 marked the beginning of a dark and tragic rollercoaster for the Swierski family. They received the devastating news that their son, Jonathan, had been shot and killed.

Jonathan, age 20, is described by all as a loving son, loyal friend, great football player, protective big brother and hard worker. He was dedicated to the ROTC program and had plans to join the military. Jonathan worked with his father, Mr. Scott Swierski, daily. Mr. Swierski loved working side by side with his son and had plans of passing down his business to Jonathan one day.

Photo provided by Dawn Swierski

His mother, Mrs. Dawn Swierski, cherished every moment with her son. She still shared precious mother/son moments with Jonathan, like cutting his hair. She was very proud of the young man Jonathan had become and had high hopes for his future.

Photo provided by Dawn Swierski

Jonathan also had a special bond with his little sister, who he lovingly called his “baby girl”. He absolutely adored her and spent as much time as possible with her. He proved to be very protective of her and even wrote of her frequently in his journal at school.

Photo provided by Dawn Swierski

But everything changed on that dreadful night in July. Their lives were turned upside down and inside out.

On the night of July 6, 2019, Jonathan received a phone call from a friend saying that he was being threatened and a fight was about to happen. He asked Jonathan to come help. Being the loyal, loving friend he was, Jonathan immediately agreed to aid his friend. Jonathan explained the situation to his girlfriend, Lacey Horne, and two other buddies that were at his house at the time. All four decided to go help. Upon arriving at the Paces Pointe Apartment Complex, details get a little hazy.

Photo obtained from Fox 46 news report

According to Dawn Swierski, Jonathan spotted a guy at the playground of the complex. He exited the vehicle to approach the unknown man. As Jonathan was headed towards the playground, his girlfriend goes to the apartment of the friend that called for help. Jonathan’s friend that drove them there got out of the car with a loaded shotgun and a few extra shells in his pocket. (From here on he will be referred to as The Shooter)

Photo obtained by Fox 46 news report

As The Shooter approached the playground, Jonathan was already engaged in a fight with the unknown man. According to The Shooter’s 911 call, the stranger hit him and the gun went off.

Jonathan was shot at very close range in the chest. Law enforcement arrived on the scene and found Jonathan deceased.

North Carolina law states that pointing a gun and accidentally shooting someone is considered involuntary manslaughter. For reasons I don’t understand, Matthews PD declared Jonathan’s death an accident within a week or so even though the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. The case was then turned over to the Mecklenburg County DA’s office.

The Swierski family felt a sense of hope in August 2019 when Brad Smith weighed in with his opinion. Smith, a Charlotte criminal defense attorney, reviewed the case and the 911 call. He stated, “There’s a large difference between what’s reckless and what’s an accidental act.”

Screenshot from Fox 46 interview

Getting hit again with gruesome news in September 2019 was hard on the Swierski family. The DA’s office made an announcement that no charges would be filed against The Shooter.

Dawn Swierski has reached out to several media outlets and such to get justice for her son. She has worked and fought so hard to bring this case to light. I stand with her in this fight! Bringing a loaded shotgun to a possible fist fight is absolutely reckless and irresponsible. If I’m not mistaken, the attorney, Mr. Smith, made a comment about the stranger on the playground hitting The Shooter could be charged too. And what about the so-called friend that called Jonathan over in the first place?? Instead of simply locking his apartment door or calling the police or perhaps handling his own battles…he called Jonathan. He didn’t, to my knowledge, leave his apartment to come help Jonathan. He was in his apartment avoiding all the mess while Jonathan was engaged in a fight and being shot. And what about other cases in North Carolina that ended in involuntary manslaughter? Why does this case get dismissed?

Clipping from Newspapers.com

Clipping from Newspapers.com

We will continue to fight for Jonathan. We will seek justice for this young man who was stripped from this world over reckless and irresponsible behavior.

Please show your support for Jonathan’s family on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/justiceforjonathan/?ref=share

Photo obtained from Dawn Swierski

President Trump vs. Chicago crime


According to President Trump’s tweet (such a weird word, to me!), he is fed up with the rising crime rate of Chicago.  He wrote, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I’ll send in the Feds!”

I have read comment after comment on social media and people are divided on this statement.  Some are for the help and some against it.  In my opinion, Chicago has been getting worse every year for while now.  I’m not saying other cities aren’t bad, but they don’t call Chicago “CHIRAQ” for nothing!  We are only 26 days into this year and already have over 40 killings there.  That’s a damn shame!

As of today, according to heyjackass.com, 45 have been shot and killed, 219 shot and wounded, 264 total shot and 46 total homicides.  Seriously?!?  If Chicago cannot get its crime under control, why not have assistance?  I know most are bringing up martial law and saying help would create a bigger mess.  Chicago is already a huge mess.  How about the National Guard?  I’m not trying to promote violence on violence, believe me.  But can you imagine what the citizens of Chicago must go through on a daily basis?  I’m guessing many live in fear and wish life could be less threatening.  And yes, you can bring up the fact that Chicago needs more jobs and such.  You can bring up the fact of low- income.  But I don’t see new jobs being able to become available until the killings stop.  Business owners are already struggling and have been struggling for years.  No one wants to be out and about in all that mess.  It’s hard to build up a city that is constantly tearing itself down.  What else should be done?  Should Chicago be left alone to continue their war on each other?  Should innocent children continue to be caught in the crossfire?  I’m interested to read what you think on this matter.

Here is a video I came across of the lovely sounds of Chicago when the sun goes down.