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Authorities looking for check fraud suspects

 

Authorities are trying to identify two women they say cashed fraudulent checks earlier this month.

The two women cashed fraudulent checks on Feb. 5 at a bank of Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, according to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Krista Johnson. They were seen traveling in a white SUV possibly a Dodge Durango.

One of the women has several piercings on her face and might be from the Atlanta area.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of either of the women should call Johnson at (706) 541-4021.

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Authorities looking for check fraud suspects

 

Authorities are trying to identify two women they say cashed fraudulent checks earlier this month.

The two women cashed fraudulent checks on Feb. 5 at a bank of Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, according to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Krista Johnson. They were seen traveling in a white SUV possibly a Dodge Durango.

One of the women has several piercings on her face and might be from the Atlanta area.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of either of the women should call Johnson at (706) 541-4021.

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Son arrested for assaulting father with golf club

A Grovetown man who told authorities his son had attacked him was hospitalized Feb. 24.

Nathaniel Jackson, 48, was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening with a severe head injury, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

His son, Alexander Lee Jackson, 21, who lives with his father, was charged with aggravated assault.

Authorities were called to the Jacksons’ Baldwin Lakes Drive home by the alarm company, Morris said.

Deputies arrived and found Alexander Jackson uninjured, but with blood all over his hands, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. Nathaniel Jackson came outside disoriented and covered in blood, with lacerations to his head and fingers, according to the report. He told authorities that his son attacked him with a golf club and a hammer. Morris said Nathaniel Jackson’s son hit his father in the head with a golf club.

A Georgia Regents Medical Center spokeswoman said Tuesday she could not provide any information on Nathaniel Jackson’s condition.

His son is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

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Son arrested for assaulting father with golf club

A Grovetown man who told authorities his son had attacked him was hospitalized Feb. 24.

Nathaniel Jackson, 48, was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening with a severe head injury, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

His son, Alexander Lee Jackson, 21, who lives with his father, was charged with aggravated assault.

Authorities were called to the Jacksons’ Baldwin Lakes Drive home by the alarm company, Morris said.

Deputies arrived and found Alexander Jackson uninjured, but with blood all over his hands, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. Nathaniel Jackson came outside disoriented and covered in blood, with lacerations to his head and fingers, according to the report. He told authorities that his son attacked him with a golf club and a hammer. Morris said Nathaniel Jackson’s son hit his father in the head with a golf club.

A Georgia Regents Medical Center spokeswoman said Tuesday she could not provide any information on Nathaniel Jackson’s condition.

His son is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

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Police Blotter

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Woman sells fake gold bars

An employee of a Martinez jewelry store called authorities Thursday after discovering he had bought a fake gold bar.

The employee of The Gold Shop on Washington Road said that two days earlier, a woman came into the store to sell a Suisse 10-gram gold bar, which she presented in a sealed package. He said the bar had all the appropriate markings and appeared to be authentic. He paid the woman $275 for the gold bar.

The employee said the owner of a Hephzibah pawn shop called him and said a woman came in and sold him a similar fake gold bar. After looking up the sale from the woman, the employee said he and the owner of the Hephzibah business determined they’d received the fake gold bars from the same woman.

The gold bar should have weighed 10 grams, but when weighed, the employee said it weighed only 9.6 grams. He also performed an acid test on the bar and determined it was not made of gold.

 

Man scammed over driveway

A Martinez man told deputies Friday that he was scammed by someone who was selling driveway repair services.

The 33-year-old man said he was approached Friday afternoon by a man who identified himself as Ezzie Small who offered to seal the cracks in his driveway with asphalt for $450. The man agreed and paid the repairman, who then sprayed a substance over the entire driveway. He left mounds of raw asphalt along a few cracks before leaving for lunch.

The man said the repairman told him a road crew would come back in about an hour to finish the job. When no one returned, the man called the repairman’s associate, who said he’d check with the crew and call back. He never returned a call to the man and all of his subsequent calls went unanswered.

 

Women spot foot-toucher

Two women recently told authorities they were approached by a man they later recognized as one arrested for touching women’s feet in public.

On Saturday, a woman said she was loading her groceries in her car outside the Grovetown Wal-Mart at about 5:20 p.m. when a man approached her asking for help. She told him to wait while she loaded her groceries, then went to his vehicle. She said the man laid down on the ground, lifted up his shirt and asked her to jump up and down on his stomach. When she asked how that would help, the man said it would give him leverage to reach a bolt.

The woman refused and walked away. The man got up and asked if he could kiss her feet for good luck. She refused and drove away.

After an online search, the woman said she found a photo of the man, who had been previously arrested in Columbia and Aiken counties for touching women’s feet in places such as Wal-Mart.

A woman told authorities that the previous day the same man approached her at a gas station. The woman said she was at the Circle K on South Belair Road in Martinez at about 8 p.m., on Friday when a man approached and asked for a pair of her socks. The woman refused and watched him get into the passenger side of a waiting station wagon.

The woman later did an online search and identified the man as the same one the woman at Wal-Mart identified.

 

Woman turns tables on caller

A Harlem woman turned the tables on a phone scammer Saturday by putting him on the phone with a deputy.

The 62-year-old woman said she received a call at about noon from a man claiming to be a federal court case worker in Atlanta telling her she needed to pay $497 to be done with her case. Though the woman informed the caller she had no case in Atlanta federal court, he continued to call requesting money.

The woman went to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office substation and a deputy got on the phone with the caller. He identified himself as a U.S. marshal and said he was taking out a warrant for her son for impersonating a deputy, believing the deputy who spoke to him was the woman’s son.

The calls were coming in every few hours throughout the day, so the woman is planning to change her home and cell phone numbers.

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Police Blotter

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Woman sells fake gold bars

An employee of a Martinez jewelry store called authorities Thursday after discovering he had bought a fake gold bar.

The employee of The Gold Shop on Washington Road said that two days earlier, a woman came into the store to sell a Suisse 10-gram gold bar, which she presented in a sealed package. He said the bar had all the appropriate markings and appeared to be authentic. He paid the woman $275 for the gold bar.

The employee said the owner of a Hephzibah pawn shop called him and said a woman came in and sold him a similar fake gold bar. After looking up the sale from the woman, the employee said he and the owner of the Hephzibah business determined they’d received the fake gold bars from the same woman.

The gold bar should have weighed 10 grams, but when weighed, the employee said it weighed only 9.6 grams. He also performed an acid test on the bar and determined it was not made of gold.

 

Man scammed over driveway

A Martinez man told deputies Friday that he was scammed by someone who was selling driveway repair services.

The 33-year-old man said he was approached Friday afternoon by a man who identified himself as Ezzie Small who offered to seal the cracks in his driveway with asphalt for $450. The man agreed and paid the repairman, who then sprayed a substance over the entire driveway. He left mounds of raw asphalt along a few cracks before leaving for lunch.

The man said the repairman told him a road crew would come back in about an hour to finish the job. When no one returned, the man called the repairman’s associate, who said he’d check with the crew and call back. He never returned a call to the man and all of his subsequent calls went unanswered.

 

Women spot foot-toucher

Two women recently told authorities they were approached by a man they later recognized as one arrested for touching women’s feet in public.

On Saturday, a woman said she was loading her groceries in her car outside the Grovetown Wal-Mart at about 5:20 p.m. when a man approached her asking for help. She told him to wait while she loaded her groceries, then went to his vehicle. She said the man laid down on the ground, lifted up his shirt and asked her to jump up and down on his stomach. When she asked how that would help, the man said it would give him leverage to reach a bolt.

The woman refused and walked away. The man got up and asked if he could kiss her feet for good luck. She refused and drove away.

After an online search, the woman said she found a photo of the man, who had been previously arrested in Columbia and Aiken counties for touching women’s feet in places such as Wal-Mart.

A woman told authorities that the previous day the same man approached her at a gas station. The woman said she was at the Circle K on South Belair Road in Martinez at about 8 p.m., on Friday when a man approached and asked for a pair of her socks. The woman refused and watched him get into the passenger side of a waiting station wagon.

The woman later did an online search and identified the man as the same one the woman at Wal-Mart identified.

 

Woman turns tables on caller

A Harlem woman turned the tables on a phone scammer Saturday by putting him on the phone with a deputy.

The 62-year-old woman said she received a call at about noon from a man claiming to be a federal court case worker in Atlanta telling her she needed to pay $497 to be done with her case. Though the woman informed the caller she had no case in Atlanta federal court, he continued to call requesting money.

The woman went to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office substation and a deputy got on the phone with the caller. He identified himself as a U.S. marshal and said he was taking out a warrant for her son for impersonating a deputy, believing the deputy who spoke to him was the woman’s son.

The calls were coming in every few hours throughout the day, so the woman is planning to change her home and cell phone numbers.

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Upscale service hotel to join Gander Mountain, CarMax

An upscale service hotel will be built near Gander Mountain and CarMax.

Plans for Hyatt Place have been submitted in Columbia County, and construction on the 112-room hotel could begin as soon as early March, said John Engler, the vice president of local development firm McKnight Properties.

The four-story hotel will be built on three acres on Mason McKnight Jr. Parkway behind Sprint Foods, just off Interstate 20, and include a fitness center and outdoor pool. The project should be complete in time for the 2016 Masters Tournament, Engler said.

“We’ve been talking about this for over a year now,” he said. “We wanted to have a brand that would be a different model for Augusta. They’re not in the Augusta market.”

Launched in 2006, Hyatt Place caters to frequent business travelers and small corporate and executive meetings. The brand builds properties in airport, urban and suburban areas and has more than 200 hotels worldwide.

A message left at Hyatt’s corporate headquarters in Chicago was not immediately returned.

The hotel is the next facet of a vast mixed-use development on Mason McKnight Jr. Parkway that already includes CarMax, the 240-unit Gateway Crossing Luxury Apart­ments and outdoors retailer Gan­der Mountain, which opened last September.

About 40 undeveloped acres remain on the site in Columbia and Richmond counties, Engler said.

“Interest is coming back in the area,” he said. “This is just another one of the phases that we were waiting to do over time, just waiting to find the right partner.”

As much as 200,000 square feet of additional retail space is available next to Gander Mountain. Res­taurants and a grocery store would be ideal tenants, said Engler, adding that developers are in talks with retailers and hope to make more announcements soon.

That land has been graded for future building activity, he said.

“It’s all ready to go, and it’s just a matter of getting the right tenants to come along,” Engler said.

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Upscale service hotel to join Gander Mountain, CarMax

An upscale service hotel will be built near Gander Mountain and CarMax.

Plans for Hyatt Place have been submitted in Columbia County, and construction on the 112-room hotel could begin as soon as early March, said John Engler, the vice president of local development firm McKnight Properties.

The four-story hotel will be built on three acres on Mason McKnight Jr. Parkway behind Sprint Foods, just off Interstate 20, and include a fitness center and outdoor pool. The project should be complete in time for the 2016 Masters Tournament, Engler said.

“We’ve been talking about this for over a year now,” he said. “We wanted to have a brand that would be a different model for Augusta. They’re not in the Augusta market.”

Launched in 2006, Hyatt Place caters to frequent business travelers and small corporate and executive meetings. The brand builds properties in airport, urban and suburban areas and has more than 200 hotels worldwide.

A message left at Hyatt’s corporate headquarters in Chicago was not immediately returned.

The hotel is the next facet of a vast mixed-use development on Mason McKnight Jr. Parkway that already includes CarMax, the 240-unit Gateway Crossing Luxury Apart­ments and outdoors retailer Gan­der Mountain, which opened last September.

About 40 undeveloped acres remain on the site in Columbia and Richmond counties, Engler said.

“Interest is coming back in the area,” he said. “This is just another one of the phases that we were waiting to do over time, just waiting to find the right partner.”

As much as 200,000 square feet of additional retail space is available next to Gander Mountain. Res­taurants and a grocery store would be ideal tenants, said Engler, adding that developers are in talks with retailers and hope to make more announcements soon.

That land has been graded for future building activity, he said.

“It’s all ready to go, and it’s just a matter of getting the right tenants to come along,” Engler said.

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Current Events

Strawberries

Senior Citizens Council is taking orders for strawberries from Plant City, Fla.; $20 per flat (12 pints/6 quarts); order/payment deadline March 20; pick up 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 27, Columbia Professional Centre, 4210 Columbia Road Suite 13A, Martinez; (706) 868-0120, katernce@gmail.com

Benefit yard sale

Donations being accepted; benefits a local family; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28; Four Paws, 479 Old Evans Road, Evans; (706) 651-9040; $5 hot dog combo for people, $5 nail trim for dogs

Essay contest

Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness contest open to high school juniors and seniors in Columbia, Richmond Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell counties; also open to CNTA members’ families who have high school juniors and seniors in other locations; 1,000-5,000 word essay on one of three topics chosen; deadline Feb. 28; check with science teachers and/or guidance counselors for details; (803) 649-345s6

Open house

3:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, Columbia County Christian Academy, 4004 Prescott Drive, Martinez; pre-K through eighth grade; Bob Jones University Press Curriculum used; (706) 863-0535 ext. 304, c4christianacademy.com

Pancakes

9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Evans Christian Academy, 213 Old Belair Road, Grovetown; fundraiser for the school’s seniors; $7; evanschristianacademy.org

Storybook meal

11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; benefitting Southeastern Firefighters Burn Association, break-fast followed by a parade of storybook characters; autographs and photographs with characters; tickets required; sfbf.net

Birding trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Field Trip to Lovers Lane 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, meet at Popeyes, 450 Walton Way; open to the public, beginners welcome; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Havana Nights

Columbia County charity gala 7-11 p.m. Feb. 28, Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown; Vegas-style games, dinner, raffle, prizes, complimentary been and wine; cash bar; $80 individual, $150 couple; (706) 312-7192

Empty Bowl

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, Legends Club, 2701 Washington Road; sample foods from area restaurants; take out available; silent auction; advance $20, ages 2-10 $5; at door $25, $7.50; (706) 364-6086, emptybowlcsra.org

Lake workshops

Army Corps of Engineers Thurmond Project Shoreline Management Plan Public Workshops 6-8 p.m. each meeting; March 2, Lincoln Center, 160 May Ave., Lincolnton, Ga.; March 3, McCormick High School, 6981 S.C. Highway 28 S., McCormick, S.C.; March 5, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; to discuss specific issues one on one with Corps representatives and to provide concerns, ideas and opinions related to the Thurmond Project Shoreline Management Plan; no formal presentations; Robin Webb (800) 533-3478 ext. 1134, cesas-op-t@usace.army.mil

Preschool tour

Tours and open registration 11 a.m. Wednesdays in March, BeeHive Preschool, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans; tours followed by Q&A session; meet teachers, visit classrooms; nonsectarian art and activity-based early learning program centered on the whole child; for potty-trained children ages 3 and turning 4 by end of school year; at the Augusta Jewish Community Center; (706) 833-0033, Beehivepreschool.com

Time Out

Lunchtime fellowship ministry 11:50 a.m. Thursday, March 5, First Baptist Church of Evans, 515 N. Belair Road; Kaye Morris, speaker; fried chicken, mash potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, rolls and dessert; $6; reservations required by noon Wednesday, March 4; (706) 863-1228, fbcevans@knology.net

Museum gala

7 p.m. Friday, March 6, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; an evening of fine food, entertainment and dancing celebrating the exhibition American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp; $175 members, $200 others, $125 ages 35 and younger; themorris.org

Winter concert

Augusta Men’s Chorus 2015 Winter Concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way; featuring music by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bach, Copland and other composers; $10

Yard sale

Held by Augusta South Rotary Club and Aquinas High School; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Aquinas High School, 1920 Highland Ave.; space rental $25, deadline to reserve March 1; leave items to be donated at Catholic Social Services; doors open 7 a.m. for set up; (706) 840-2087, plightsey@gru.edu

Catalyst Quartet

Symphony Orchestra Augusta: Catalyst Quartet 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; Bank of America Columbia County Music Series; $15.74; soaugusta.org

Recycling

Electronics Recycling/Home Medical
Equipment Collection Day 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, Aquinas High School, 1920 Highland Ave.; electronics and used home medical equipment; benefits Friends of Disabled Adults and Children; held by Rotary Club of Augusta South; (706) 550-4256, (706) 840-2087, rotarypam@gmail.com, fodac.org

Clarks Hill trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip to Clarks Hill 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7, meet at Thurmond Lake Welcome Center, parking lot overlooking lake, 510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C.; looking for waterfowl and small birds; carpool around area checking below dam areas and the lake; trip goes into afternoon, bring lunch or snacks; open to the public, beginners welcome; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Seuss Birthday

10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, Hire Grounds Cafe, 3179 Washington Road; celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with book readings, cookies; free

Celebration

St. Patrick’s Day celebration noon Saturday, March 7, Augusta Harley-Davidson, 4200 Belair Frontage Road; everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day; Irish fare, cold beer and more, while supplies last; please ride responsibly; free; augustahd.com

Something Wild

5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Julian Smith Barbecue Pit, 3 Milledge Road; wild game tasting and soiree; silent and live auctions; music by Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold; benefits Fisher House Augusta, Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust and other charities; tickets available online; $40 advance, $45 day of; (706) 724-5756, AugustaWestRotary@gmail.com, eventbrite.com

Sandwich sale

Deadline to place orders March 9 for kosher corned beef meals 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 and 16, Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road; $12; overstuffed corned beef sandwich on rye bread with pickle, condiments, chips, a drink and freshly-baked brownie; (706) 736-8788, cornedbeefaugusta.com

Industrial exhibit

New electrical, instrumentation and automation products; 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown; continuing education seminars available; free, open to the public; isaga.org/penshow

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