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Pageant

2015 Mr./Miss Columbia County Pageant looking for entrants; deadline to enter Wednesday, May 27; up to age 16, $65 entry fee, ages 17-24, $85; (706) 664-5010, localpageants@gmail.com

Estate planning

Free Estate Planning and Elder Care Planning Seminar 3 p.m. Thursday, May 14, Burroughs Elijah LLC, 924 Stevens Creek Road Suite 107; learn about legal strategies to protect family and estate; wills and trusts, estate planning, probate avoidance, power of attorney/advance health care directive, Medicaid and/or VA planning; refreshments; limited seating, registration required; (706) 364-3764, burroughselijah.com

Audubon meeting

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; wildlife biologist Mary Catherine Martin presenting an Overview of Barn Owl Biology and the South Carolina DNR Nest Box Program; refreshments; public welcome; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Gold club

Gold Prospectors Association of America 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 14, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; meets second Thursdays; everyone welcome; (706) 496-4611

5K race

’Til the Cows Come Home 5K Race 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, Steed’s Dairy Farm, 4634 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown; second annual race on farm with rolling hills; fun and challenging; benefits Christ Community Health Services Augusta; registration 5:30 p.m., race 7 p.m., bring a photo ID; water station at halfway point; $25 advance, $30 race day; http://bit.ly/1FB6iue

Marine mud

2015 Marine Mud Challenge 7 a.m. Saturday, May 16, corner of 19th and Chamberlain, Fort Gordon; adult particpants 13 and older, Children’s Challenge ages 5-12; competitive adult times start 7 a.m., noncompetitive adult times 7:45 a.m.; competitive teams must have four members, non-competitives may have three to five memebers; online registration required; marinemud.com

Rotary yard sale

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Columbia County Fairgrounds; vendor spaces start at $25; benefits campaign to promote literacy; (762) 233-9273, giantcommunityyardsale.com

Field trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip 8 a.m. Saturday, May 16, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; Looking for birds along Beaver Dam Trail, green and blue trails; free; beginners welcome; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Water wise

Are you Water Wise? 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, Wildwood Park, 3780 Dogwood Lane, Appling; presented by Safe Kids Greater Augusta; for K-grade 5 and their parents; identification of where water emergencies happen, what safety equipment is needed, being safe around water, identification of drowning person, safe water rescue techniques, cold water risks, more; life jacket provided to first 25 children registered while sizes and supplies last; free; registration required online or 8-8:30 a.m. the morning of the event; (706) 799-3240, chfishforlife.org

Paddlefest

8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, Augusta Riverfront Marina, 105 Riverfront Drive; canoe/kayak, SUP and homemade raft paddle; online registration required – no race day registration; $40-$75; paddlefestga.com

Fishing

Free Kid’s Fishing Rodeo and Family Day 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Wildwood Park, 3780 Dogwood Lane, Appling; ages 2-8 and 9-14; bring your own pole and bait; hula hoop contest, bean bag toss, face painting, balloon animals, cake walk, games, prizes, nickels in a haystack, dunking booth, inflatables, casting contest, visit from Mickey Mouse and Anna, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks; all food and games free; register online or 8:30-10 a.m. event day; (706) 830-6439, chfishforlife.org

Reptile show

Repticon Augusta Reptile & Exotic Animal Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (VIP entry 9 a.m.) May 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no VIP early entry) May 17, Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown; vendors offering merchandise; seminars; free raffles; $10, ages 5-12 $5, under 5 free; repticon.com/augusta.html

Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Glenn Phillips Memorial Park, South Hicks Street, Harlem; arts being sought to display personal work, from painting to pottery and everything in between; (706) 556-6656, luckey_janet@yahoo.com

Bike ride

Pedal Into the Past Bike Ride 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, Lake Olmstead Builhead to River Levee Trail and back; free, donations accepted; (706) 823-0440 ext. 4, augustacanal.com

Home-buying

NACA Home Purchase Workshop 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; no down payment, no closing costs, no fees, no perfect credit, no PMI; learn how to qualify; free; online registration required; naca.com

Free ribs

Shane’s Rib Shack Rib Giveaway 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, Shane’s Rib Shack, 4446 Washington Road, Evans; first 100 guests receive a free half rack of slow-cooked baby back ribs, 20 ounce beverage and special edition Rib Giveaway T-shirt

Thunder

Thunder Over Augusta – Armed Forces Day Celebration 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; music by Jeffery Reed and the Rewinders, backed by full band and members of Symphony Orchestra Augusta; free admission; on.fb.me/1KHuQUe

Signing play

The Magician’s Nephew (A Play in American Sign Language) 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; doors 1:30 p.m., show 2 p.m.; play adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis; actors signing with English-speaking interpreters; for both the deaf and hearing communities; actors are third year ASL home-school high school students; facebook.com/events/1439567823005997

Canal cruise

Saturday Sunset Cruise 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Augusta Canal Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St.; $21, reservations suggested; (706) 823-0440 ext. 4, augustacanal.com

BMX race

6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Blanchard Woods Park BMX, 4600 Blanchard Woods Drive, Evans; riders of all ages competing; membership information available; spectators admitted free, racers $10; blanchardwoodsbmx.com

Georgia Equality

Augusta Community Gathering with Georgia Equality 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Edgar’s Grille, 3165 Washington Road; board and staff of Georgia Equality, host; update on current activities, including where we stand on marriage, religious freedom bills, and the Georgia Unites Against Discrimination Campaign; refreshments, learn about the future of the fight for equality in Georgia; free; bit.ly/1KqOJ17

Guest lecture

Dr. Bruce Bickley, speaking on The Multiple Legacies of Joel Chandler Harris 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, The Georgia Writers Museum, 109 S. Jefferson Ave., Eatonton; reservations required; georgiawritersmuseum@gmail.
com

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Current Events

Pageant

2015 Mr./Miss Columbia County Pageant looking for entrants; deadline to enter Wednesday, May 27; up to age 16, $65 entry fee, ages 17-24, $85; (706) 664-5010, localpageants@gmail.com

Estate planning

Free Estate Planning and Elder Care Planning Seminar 3 p.m. Thursday, May 14, Burroughs Elijah LLC, 924 Stevens Creek Road Suite 107; learn about legal strategies to protect family and estate; wills and trusts, estate planning, probate avoidance, power of attorney/advance health care directive, Medicaid and/or VA planning; refreshments; limited seating, registration required; (706) 364-3764, burroughselijah.com

Audubon meeting

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; wildlife biologist Mary Catherine Martin presenting an Overview of Barn Owl Biology and the South Carolina DNR Nest Box Program; refreshments; public welcome; free; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Gold club

Gold Prospectors Association of America 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 14, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; meets second Thursdays; everyone welcome; (706) 496-4611

5K race

’Til the Cows Come Home 5K Race 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, Steed’s Dairy Farm, 4634 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown; second annual race on farm with rolling hills; fun and challenging; benefits Christ Community Health Services Augusta; registration 5:30 p.m., race 7 p.m., bring a photo ID; water station at halfway point; $25 advance, $30 race day; http://bit.ly/1FB6iue

Marine mud

2015 Marine Mud Challenge 7 a.m. Saturday, May 16, corner of 19th and Chamberlain, Fort Gordon; adult particpants 13 and older, Children’s Challenge ages 5-12; competitive adult times start 7 a.m., noncompetitive adult times 7:45 a.m.; competitive teams must have four members, non-competitives may have three to five memebers; online registration required; marinemud.com

Rotary yard sale

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Columbia County Fairgrounds; vendor spaces start at $25; benefits campaign to promote literacy; (762) 233-9273, giantcommunityyardsale.com

Field trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip 8 a.m. Saturday, May 16, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road; Looking for birds along Beaver Dam Trail, green and blue trails; free; beginners welcome; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; augustaaikenaudubon.org

Water wise

Are you Water Wise? 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, Wildwood Park, 3780 Dogwood Lane, Appling; presented by Safe Kids Greater Augusta; for K-grade 5 and their parents; identification of where water emergencies happen, what safety equipment is needed, being safe around water, identification of drowning person, safe water rescue techniques, cold water risks, more; life jacket provided to first 25 children registered while sizes and supplies last; free; registration required online or 8-8:30 a.m. the morning of the event; (706) 799-3240, chfishforlife.org

Paddlefest

8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, Augusta Riverfront Marina, 105 Riverfront Drive; canoe/kayak, SUP and homemade raft paddle; online registration required – no race day registration; $40-$75; paddlefestga.com

Fishing

Free Kid’s Fishing Rodeo and Family Day 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Wildwood Park, 3780 Dogwood Lane, Appling; ages 2-8 and 9-14; bring your own pole and bait; hula hoop contest, bean bag toss, face painting, balloon animals, cake walk, games, prizes, nickels in a haystack, dunking booth, inflatables, casting contest, visit from Mickey Mouse and Anna, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks; all food and games free; register online or 8:30-10 a.m. event day; (706) 830-6439, chfishforlife.org

Reptile show

Repticon Augusta Reptile & Exotic Animal Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (VIP entry 9 a.m.) May 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no VIP early entry) May 17, Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown; vendors offering merchandise; seminars; free raffles; $10, ages 5-12 $5, under 5 free; repticon.com/augusta.html

Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Glenn Phillips Memorial Park, South Hicks Street, Harlem; arts being sought to display personal work, from painting to pottery and everything in between; (706) 556-6656, luckey_janet@yahoo.com

Bike ride

Pedal Into the Past Bike Ride 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, Lake Olmstead Builhead to River Levee Trail and back; free, donations accepted; (706) 823-0440 ext. 4, augustacanal.com

Home-buying

NACA Home Purchase Workshop 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; no down payment, no closing costs, no fees, no perfect credit, no PMI; learn how to qualify; free; online registration required; naca.com

Free ribs

Shane’s Rib Shack Rib Giveaway 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, Shane’s Rib Shack, 4446 Washington Road, Evans; first 100 guests receive a free half rack of slow-cooked baby back ribs, 20 ounce beverage and special edition Rib Giveaway T-shirt

Thunder

Thunder Over Augusta – Armed Forces Day Celebration 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; music by Jeffery Reed and the Rewinders, backed by full band and members of Symphony Orchestra Augusta; free admission; on.fb.me/1KHuQUe

Signing play

The Magician’s Nephew (A Play in American Sign Language) 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; doors 1:30 p.m., show 2 p.m.; play adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis; actors signing with English-speaking interpreters; for both the deaf and hearing communities; actors are third year ASL home-school high school students; facebook.com/events/1439567823005997

Canal cruise

Saturday Sunset Cruise 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Augusta Canal Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St.; $21, reservations suggested; (706) 823-0440 ext. 4, augustacanal.com

BMX race

6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Blanchard Woods Park BMX, 4600 Blanchard Woods Drive, Evans; riders of all ages competing; membership information available; spectators admitted free, racers $10; blanchardwoodsbmx.com

Georgia Equality

Augusta Community Gathering with Georgia Equality 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Edgar’s Grille, 3165 Washington Road; board and staff of Georgia Equality, host; update on current activities, including where we stand on marriage, religious freedom bills, and the Georgia Unites Against Discrimination Campaign; refreshments, learn about the future of the fight for equality in Georgia; free; bit.ly/1KqOJ17

Guest lecture

Dr. Bruce Bickley, speaking on The Multiple Legacies of Joel Chandler Harris 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, The Georgia Writers Museum, 109 S. Jefferson Ave., Eatonton; reservations required; georgiawritersmuseum@gmail.
com

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Two arrested in connection to scam targeting elderly couple

Two women were arrested last week in connection with a financial scam targeting an elderly couple.

A 78-year-old woman called authorities Wednesday and said she was driving on Deer Run at about 7:30 p.m. when she was cut off and forced to pull over by two men wearing FBI tags around their necks. They were in a maroon sedan with a strobe light on the dash, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s office Incident report. One of the men approached the vehicle and yelled for the woman to turn over her keys, cell phone and money. She refused, jumped out of the car and tried to flag down a passing motorist.

The woman’s passenger – Barbara Oreszak, 60, of New Jersey, said the other man approached her side, opened her door, demanded she get out and took her cell phone, according to the report. He told Oreszak she was under arrest, put her in the back of his vehicle and asked, “Where’s the money?” When Oreszak said she had none, she was ordered to get out and the two men left, according to the report.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the incident was determined to be a ploy, a part of a scam targeting the woman and her 80-year-old husband. Oreszak had been staying with the couple for several days and was likely playing her “role” in the scam. Oreszak was arrested Friday and charged with exploitation or intimidation of an elderly person. Investigators discovered that Oreszak had been arrested for very similar crimes in Missouri.

Investigators discovered that people operating a scam had manipulated the couple, claiming they’d won some money through a lottery or sweepstakes, Morris said. The couple gave the scam artists tens or possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars over several months for what the thieves claim is taxes or other expenses associated with the prize.

During the investigation, authorities discovered that the woman had withdrawn a large amount of money the morning before the “robbery,” and a FedEx receipt where she’d sent it. They intercepted the package and recovered the couple’s money before it was delivered, Morris said.

On Thursday, authorities got a call from the woman’s husband who said there were two people at his home, one claiming to be an FBI agent. When deputies arrived, they found the woman, later identified as Vania Lea Allen, 29, of Norfolk, Va., and a male colleague at the home. Allen was arrested and charged with making false statements and impersonating an officer.

Oreszak and Allen are being held without bond, according to jail records.

Morris said to be aware of such scams.

“If it sounds too good to be true, chances are, it is,” Morris said.

He said as a general rule, if a person hasn’t played the lottery or entered a sweepstakes in another country or state, there’s no way to win it.

Instead of sending money, Morris said residents should “use common sense, trust their instincts and call law enforcement.”

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Two arrested in connection to scam targeting elderly couple

Two women were arrested last week in connection with a financial scam targeting an elderly couple.

A 78-year-old woman called authorities Wednesday and said she was driving on Deer Run at about 7:30 p.m. when she was cut off and forced to pull over by two men wearing FBI tags around their necks. They were in a maroon sedan with a strobe light on the dash, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s office Incident report. One of the men approached the vehicle and yelled for the woman to turn over her keys, cell phone and money. She refused, jumped out of the car and tried to flag down a passing motorist.

The woman’s passenger – Barbara Oreszak, 60, of New Jersey, said the other man approached her side, opened her door, demanded she get out and took her cell phone, according to the report. He told Oreszak she was under arrest, put her in the back of his vehicle and asked, “Where’s the money?” When Oreszak said she had none, she was ordered to get out and the two men left, according to the report.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the incident was determined to be a ploy, a part of a scam targeting the woman and her 80-year-old husband. Oreszak had been staying with the couple for several days and was likely playing her “role” in the scam. Oreszak was arrested Friday and charged with exploitation or intimidation of an elderly person. Investigators discovered that Oreszak had been arrested for very similar crimes in Missouri.

Investigators discovered that people operating a scam had manipulated the couple, claiming they’d won some money through a lottery or sweepstakes, Morris said. The couple gave the scam artists tens or possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars over several months for what the thieves claim is taxes or other expenses associated with the prize.

During the investigation, authorities discovered that the woman had withdrawn a large amount of money the morning before the “robbery,” and a FedEx receipt where she’d sent it. They intercepted the package and recovered the couple’s money before it was delivered, Morris said.

On Thursday, authorities got a call from the woman’s husband who said there were two people at his home, one claiming to be an FBI agent. When deputies arrived, they found the woman, later identified as Vania Lea Allen, 29, of Norfolk, Va., and a male colleague at the home. Allen was arrested and charged with making false statements and impersonating an officer.

Oreszak and Allen are being held without bond, according to jail records.

Morris said to be aware of such scams.

“If it sounds too good to be true, chances are, it is,” Morris said.

He said as a general rule, if a person hasn’t played the lottery or entered a sweepstakes in another country or state, there’s no way to win it.

Instead of sending money, Morris said residents should “use common sense, trust their instincts and call law enforcement.”

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Arts festival in Harlem Saturday

The Harlem Arts Council will showcase works of local artists Saturday at the inaugural Arts in the Park.

The arts festival will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glenn Phillips Memorial Park behind the Harlem Woman’s Club in Harlem.

“Some local artists will display (artwork), but most will be available for purchase,” said Jeanne Turner, a council member and event organizer.

The free event will showcase artworks and crafts from local and regional artists.

There will be lots of children’s activities including a sidewalk chalk drawing event, Turner
said.

Local musicians will perform live and grilled food will be available. Indoor dining areas and restrooms will be available inside the Woman’s Club.

There is no on-street parking, but parking is available nearby, Turner
said.

Proceeds from the event will go toward children’s art education activities in the city.

The Harlem Arts Council is planning to teach children’s art classes at Attic Treasures this summer.

Anyone interested in being an artist vendor should contact Turner at (706) 556-3996 or jeanneturnerslp@yahoo.com.

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Arts festival in Harlem Saturday

The Harlem Arts Council will showcase works of local artists Saturday at the inaugural Arts in the Park.

The arts festival will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glenn Phillips Memorial Park behind the Harlem Woman’s Club in Harlem.

“Some local artists will display (artwork), but most will be available for purchase,” said Jeanne Turner, a council member and event organizer.

The free event will showcase artworks and crafts from local and regional artists.

There will be lots of children’s activities including a sidewalk chalk drawing event, Turner
said.

Local musicians will perform live and grilled food will be available. Indoor dining areas and restrooms will be available inside the Woman’s Club.

There is no on-street parking, but parking is available nearby, Turner
said.

Proceeds from the event will go toward children’s art education activities in the city.

The Harlem Arts Council is planning to teach children’s art classes at Attic Treasures this summer.

Anyone interested in being an artist vendor should contact Turner at (706) 556-3996 or jeanneturnerslp@yahoo.com.

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Mega Millions - 05/12/2015

Georgia Lottery - Wed, 5/13/2015 12:00 AM
14-30-33-36-44 Mega Ball: 02 Megaplier: 5X Estimated Jackpot: $159 Million
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Fantasy 5 - 05/12/2015

Georgia Lottery - Wed, 5/13/2015 12:00 AM
06-07-20-24-39 Estimated Jackpot: $314,000
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Man wanted for tire-slashing scam

Columbia County authorities are looking for a man they believe has been slashing vehicle tires and offering to change them in exchange for money in two counties.

On May 7, a 59-year-old woman called authorities after she said a man who offereed to change her tire was trying to scam her. She parked her vehicle at Lowe’s in Evans at about 9:15 a.m.

When she left about 40 minutes later, the woman said she noticed that her low tire pressure indicator was on and the front passenger tire rim was on the ground, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

As the woman started to make a U-turn on North Belair Road, a man in a green SUV started honking at her and followed her to a nearby parking lot.

The man offered to change her tire. Afterhe changed it, he told the woman that his family needed financial assistance, according to the report. When the woman said she didn’t have any cash, the man offered to follow her to a bank.

The man followed her to a nearby Wells Fargo bank. As she pulled into the ATM, the man backed his SUV into a parking space. The woman gave him $40.

She then took her vehicle to a nearby repair shop, where she was told her tire had been slashed. It would cost about $150 to replace the tire.

Authorities said the incident is a scam. The man – a clean-cut black man, about 6-foot-2-inches tall and 195 pounds – isaccused ofslashing the tire. Police say he offered to help change the tire, then coerced the woman to give him money.

Two other people filed similar reports Thursday. A 75-year-old man said he parked his vehicle at Kroger on Washington Road in Evans at about 9 a.m.

When he returned about 25 minutes later, a man matching the description told him a tire was going flat, according to a report. When the man said he’d take it to a nearby tire store to be repaired, he said the stranger walked away.

At the repair shop, the man was told the tire had been slashed in the sidewall.

A few hours later, a 41-year-old woman said she was walking to her vehicle in the same Kroger parking lot when she noticed a man sitting in a green van in the parking space next to her vehicle, according to the report. Her front left tire was flat and the suspect offered to help her change it. After changing the tire, he told the woman he was saving up money for a hotel room and asked for $40. She didn’t have $40, but said she gave him $40.

When the woman took the tire to get repaired, she was told it appeared that someone forced a nail into the sidewall.

Several reports of similar incidents have been filed in Richmond County.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the man should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.

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Man wanted for tire-slashing scam

Columbia County authorities are looking for a man they believe has been slashing vehicle tires and offering to change them in exchange for money in two counties.

On May 7, a 59-year-old woman called authorities after she said a man who offereed to change her tire was trying to scam her. She parked her vehicle at Lowe’s in Evans at about 9:15 a.m.

When she left about 40 minutes later, the woman said she noticed that her low tire pressure indicator was on and the front passenger tire rim was on the ground, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

As the woman started to make a U-turn on North Belair Road, a man in a green SUV started honking at her and followed her to a nearby parking lot.

The man offered to change her tire. Afterhe changed it, he told the woman that his family needed financial assistance, according to the report. When the woman said she didn’t have any cash, the man offered to follow her to a bank.

The man followed her to a nearby Wells Fargo bank. As she pulled into the ATM, the man backed his SUV into a parking space. The woman gave him $40.

She then took her vehicle to a nearby repair shop, where she was told her tire had been slashed. It would cost about $150 to replace the tire.

Authorities said the incident is a scam. The man – a clean-cut black man, about 6-foot-2-inches tall and 195 pounds – isaccused ofslashing the tire. Police say he offered to help change the tire, then coerced the woman to give him money.

Two other people filed similar reports Thursday. A 75-year-old man said he parked his vehicle at Kroger on Washington Road in Evans at about 9 a.m.

When he returned about 25 minutes later, a man matching the description told him a tire was going flat, according to a report. When the man said he’d take it to a nearby tire store to be repaired, he said the stranger walked away.

At the repair shop, the man was told the tire had been slashed in the sidewall.

A few hours later, a 41-year-old woman said she was walking to her vehicle in the same Kroger parking lot when she noticed a man sitting in a green van in the parking space next to her vehicle, according to the report. Her front left tire was flat and the suspect offered to help her change it. After changing the tire, he told the woman he was saving up money for a hotel room and asked for $40. She didn’t have $40, but said she gave him $40.

When the woman took the tire to get repaired, she was told it appeared that someone forced a nail into the sidewall.

Several reports of similar incidents have been filed in Richmond County.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the man should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.

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Authorities looking for lottery ticket thief

 

Columbia County authorities are trying to identify a woman they say stole lottery tickets from the office of a Martinez convenience store.

The manager of the Circle K. on Washington Road at Columbia Road recently told authorities that a woman stole lottery ticket books from the office twice last month, on April 3 and April 9, according to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The manager said she conducted an inventory audit of the lottery tickets on April 16 and discovered eight lottery ticket books missing. She called the Georgia Lottery office and was told that the eight ticket books has been activated because someone attempted to cash the tickets, according to the report.

When reviewing the store video surveillance footage, the manager said she saw a black woman she didn’t know walk into the office and steal the tickets. She showed the photo of the woman to her supervisors, but no one recognized her.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the woman should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.

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Authorities looking for lottery ticket thief

 

Columbia County authorities are trying to identify a woman they say stole lottery tickets from the office of a Martinez convenience store.

The manager of the Circle K. on Washington Road at Columbia Road recently told authorities that a woman stole lottery ticket books from the office twice last month, on April 3 and April 9, according to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The manager said she conducted an inventory audit of the lottery tickets on April 16 and discovered eight lottery ticket books missing. She called the Georgia Lottery office and was told that the eight ticket books has been activated because someone attempted to cash the tickets, according to the report.

When reviewing the store video surveillance footage, the manager said she saw a black woman she didn’t know walk into the office and steal the tickets. She showed the photo of the woman to her supervisors, but no one recognized her.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the woman should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.

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Jumbo Bucks Lotto - 05/11/2015

Georgia Lottery - Tue, 5/12/2015 12:00 AM
01-12-16-27-35-43 Estimated Jackpot: $2,100,000
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Fantasy 5 - 05/11/2015

Georgia Lottery - Tue, 5/12/2015 12:00 AM
06-08-09-13-29 Estimated Jackpot: $205,000
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Fantasy 5 - 05/10/2015

Georgia Lottery - Mon, 5/11/2015 12:00 AM
02-06-09-29-30 Estimated Jackpot: $120,000
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Former Richmond County officer found dead

A former Richmond County police officer was found dead Wednesday by his wife, a former jailer.

Stephanie Dodaro called authorities to her Pleasant Home Road home at about 11:45 p.m. after she said she found her husband, Michael Angelo Dodaro Jr., 37, unresponsive on the kitchen floor.

Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison pronounced Dodaro dead at the scene just after midnight. Stephanie Dodaro told authorities that she came home a few hours before and went to be with her children in a bedroom and never saw her husband on the floor, Garrison said. She said she found him lying unconscious and face-down on the kitchen floor, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Garrison said she suspects drugs to be involved in the death. She expects an autopsy to be performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta on Friday.

Michael Dodaro was a former Richmond County sheriff’s investigator and resigned after 10 years with the department in March 2013 after being arrested for driving under the influence. He was terminated from the Hephzibah Police Department in October 2013 after another driving under the influence charge.

Michael Dodaro’s death happened the day after his wife resigned from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office because of a shoplifting arrest.

Columbia County authorities arrested Stephanie Dodaro, 33, Monday after she was caught trying to steal $240 worth of merchandise from the Martinez Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway.

A store asset protection employee told deputies that he saw Stephanie Dodaro select numerous personal care and beauty items and conceal them inside a storage tote she got from a different part of the store, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

Stephanie Dodaro went to the self-checkout and paid for some grocery items, but did not ring up the $240.52 worth of merchandise inside the tote, which included hair accessories, medications, make-up and other personal-care items, according to the report. She was stopped as she left the store and escorted to the store office while the employee called authorities.

Stephanie Dodaro was charged with shoplifting and was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Monday evening after posting a $1,300 bond, according to jailers.

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Former Richmond County officer found dead

A former Richmond County police officer was found dead Wednesday by his wife, a former jailer.

Stephanie Dodaro called authorities to her Pleasant Home Road home at about 11:45 p.m. after she said she found her husband, Michael Angelo Dodaro Jr., 37, unresponsive on the kitchen floor.

Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison pronounced Dodaro dead at the scene just after midnight. Stephanie Dodaro told authorities that she came home a few hours before and went to be with her children in a bedroom and never saw her husband on the floor, Garrison said. She said she found him lying unconscious and face-down on the kitchen floor, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Garrison said she suspects drugs to be involved in the death. She expects an autopsy to be performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta on Friday.

Michael Dodaro was a former Richmond County sheriff’s investigator and resigned after 10 years with the department in March 2013 after being arrested for driving under the influence. He was terminated from the Hephzibah Police Department in October 2013 after another driving under the influence charge.

Michael Dodaro’s death happened the day after his wife resigned from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office because of a shoplifting arrest.

Columbia County authorities arrested Stephanie Dodaro, 33, Monday after she was caught trying to steal $240 worth of merchandise from the Martinez Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway.

A store asset protection employee told deputies that he saw Stephanie Dodaro select numerous personal care and beauty items and conceal them inside a storage tote she got from a different part of the store, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

Stephanie Dodaro went to the self-checkout and paid for some grocery items, but did not ring up the $240.52 worth of merchandise inside the tote, which included hair accessories, medications, make-up and other personal-care items, according to the report. She was stopped as she left the store and escorted to the store office while the employee called authorities.

Stephanie Dodaro was charged with shoplifting and was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Monday evening after posting a $1,300 bond, according to jailers.

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Prep Calendar for Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Tuesday, May 12

GHSA State Class AAAAA Baseball Tournament

Greenbrier vs. Union Grove (DH), 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12

GHSA Boys and Girls Class AAAAA State Tournament, TBA

Friday, May 15

GHSA Girls Class AAAAA State Tournament at Mercer University, 5 p.m.

GHSA Boys Class AAAAA State Tournament at Mercer University, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 14 to Saturday, May 16

GHSA Class AAAAA State Boys Track and Field Championship at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson, Ga., TBA

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Prep Calendar for Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Tuesday, May 12

GHSA State Class AAAAA Baseball Tournament

Greenbrier vs. Union Grove (DH), 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12

GHSA Boys and Girls Class AAAAA State Tournament, TBA

Friday, May 15

GHSA Girls Class AAAAA State Tournament at Mercer University, 5 p.m.

GHSA Boys Class AAAAA State Tournament at Mercer University, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 14 to Saturday, May 16

GHSA Class AAAAA State Boys Track and Field Championship at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson, Ga., TBA

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