Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
(News 12 at 6 O’Clock / NBC 26 News at 7)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Police say Beverly Webb is in charge of running what’s called a personal care home, basically a home in a neighborhood that cares for the elderly or disabled.
But, they believe she wasn’t doing it legally. Investigators also believe Webb has more than a dozen other homes scattered across the city.
First responders needed a stretcher to rescue one of the victims living in an unlicensed personal care home on Sprucewood Drive off Golden Camp Road.
EMS workers were dropping off one woman from the hospital there. They couldn’t find a caregiver but discovered three adults who “appeared to have mental disabilities” by themselves, and one “saturated” in urine.
Investigators found the suspected operator of the home, Beverly Webb, charging $500-600 a month for them to stay in a house that one of her victims owns.
"It's a shame because they are just being taken advantage of. That's all it is. Being taken advantage of money wise.”
Crandall Davis lives across the street.
"Oh, the people would say they were waiting on food to be brought to the house and stuff like that. But it would be all day they would wait. Sometimes 2-3 days they would wait for food to be brought to them..."
Reports show deputies responding to 3025 Sprucewood Drive a total of 13 times between 2015 and now. One shows EMS responded to a medical alert to find the woman who pressed the medical pendant missing, another over a missing woman described as having bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
"I'm glad it's finally over with."
It’s over with for the victims at this location. The C.A.V.E team is investigating up to 15 other unlicensed personal care homes they believe Webb operated.
"Look out for the task force cause they coming….Be careful how you treat people. It’s not right at all."
Webb was denied bond in court Monday on six charges including neglect and exploitation.
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A woman accused of operating multiple unlicensed personal care homes has been denied bond, with the judge calling her a "danger to the community."
Beverly Webb was given time to comment during her bond hearing Monday. While she did not discuss the case, she described herself as a "self-employed, somewhat stay-at-home mom and wife with a Bachelor's degree."
C.A.V.E investigators arrested Webb when they found disabled adults living in unsanitary conditions and unsupervised in an Augusta home.
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County investigators say a woman arrested Wednesday night may be operating multiple personal care homes in the two-state.
Deputies say they were called out to a home on Sprucewood Drive around 2:30 pm Wednesday after Gold Cross Paramedics attempted to return a disabled adult from the hospital following a medical procedure.
When they arrived, they found nobody at the address to care for the adult, who was non-ambulatory and could not be left without care, according to investigators.
While officers were on the way, Beverly Webb showed up and identified herself as the caregiver for the patient.
One of the RCSO deputies that responded to the call is a member of the C.A.V.E. unit.
That deputy initiated an investigation with the other members of the unit who also responded. In the home, they found other disabled adults living in unsanitary conditions and unsupervised, investigators say.
It was determined that some of the residents used to live where one of Webb’s licensed personal care homes used to operate.
Deputies say the person that was being brought back from the hospital, is the owner of the property.
They were removed from their licensed personal care home over five years ago by Beverley Webb so that Webb could use the home to put other people in to, according to investigators.
They say Webb has been charging each person a monthly fee of varying amounts. Investigators also believe Webb took the victim’s Social Security payment cards.
Deputies say Webb is potentially operating multiple homes in the two-state and the C.A.V.E. unit would like anyone with any information to contact them to assist.
Investigators say C.A.V.E. unit used the state TERF system to find licensed personal care homes for the victims to move to. The original victim with Gold Cross had to return to the hospital, due to the level of care they required.
The investigation is ongoing with further charges pending.
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
(News 12 NBC 26 News At 11)
UPDATE | 11:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An Augusta woman is behind bars Wednesday night after a call to Richmond County deputies leads to the discovery of yet another unlicensed personal care home.
This investigation is being treated as an unlicensed care home case, but it was a phone call from an unlikely source that lead deputies inside that house and folks living in what they call horrible conditions. Beverly Webb was led away in handcuffs after an investigation uncovers what they're calling an unlicensed care home off Sprucewood Drive.
Sharon Meyers has been living across from the home for years. She says she's never met Beverly Webb, but never would have thought this might be happening right next door.
"In the last year or so, couple years, we noticed after the gentleman who had lived there died and the house was repurchased by someone, then there were different people in and out on a regular basis," Meyers says. "We'd see people in and out and someone over there delivering groceries and things, but to know that what was going on was going on is a surprise."
Gold Cross paramedics called the sheriff's office at 3 o'clock in the afternoon after they tried to drop off a patient from the hospital and realized there was no one home to care for her. They were worried that she and the others inside couldn't be left alone.
Deputies responded and found several elderly disabled people inside the home, who told them to get in contact with Webb. Investigators say it was Webb who'd been running the home and they called her to the scene.
Officials with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Marshal's Office and CAVE investigated for hours looking into Webb's history and the situation inside the home. Officers then say she had been charging rent to those same disabled adults.
"I work with children so any time anybody," Meyers says, "children or the elderly or anybody in between, is being abused it's a problem for me."
Investigators say conditions were gross, describing one resident as being covered in their own urine. Webb was taken into custody while those inside met with new caretakers outside.
"With the conditions like that, I'm glad somebody has realized it and taken care of it so now they're not being abused," Meyers says. "Maybe they'll get into somewhere where they're safe and comfortable for them."
The good news is those people have been moved to state approved and licensed care homes, while one resident had to be taken to the hospital and a different resident with a warrant for his arrest was taken into custody. It is unknown what charges that resident is facing at this time and if it ties into this case.
The home is officially shut down and Webb is facing charges for neglect and exploitation. Investigators say they're still looking into Webb's history and said a relationship she had with one of the residents goes back 10 years.
Stay with News 12 NBC 26 as this story develops.
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County C.A.V.E Unit and the Richmond County Marshal's Office are at a personal care home on Sprucewood Drive at Sumac Drive.
According to investigators on scene, people are being wheeled out of the home and the C.A.V.E unit says they are dealing with a "gross situation" inside. Investigators cannot tell us specifically at this time why they are at the home.
An ambulance was called to the scene and one person was transported to the hospital.
This is a developing story, stay tuned to News 12 for updates.