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J.D. Paugh Memorial Concert on Saturday

Evans Towne Center Park will be the place to rock this weekend at a concert to honor a fallen officer and raise funds for local law enforcement.

The rock band Tonic will perform Saturday at the inaugural J.D. Paugh Memorial Concert at Lady Antebellum Pavilion.

The concert was organized in conjunction with the fourth annual J.D. Paugh Memorial Ride, which will be held earlier in the day, said Michael Cardenaz, president and co-founder of the J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation.

A concert for the slain officer was considered by foundation officials for a few years, Cardenaz said. Musicians will perform at Wild Wing Cafe in Augusta after the ride. But organizers wanted to extend the festivities into the evening.

“We didn’t want to go small,” Cardenaz said. “We wanted to go big. We wanted to do a headlining act that evening.”

The all ages concert starts at 6 p.m. with Tonic and special guests The Edison Project.

Tickets cost $10 each and can be purchased at the gate or at Wild Wing Cafe, Augusta Harley-Davidson and online at www.etix.com and www.jdpaughmemorial.org.

Proceeds from the concert and ride benefit the J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation, which supports 13 Georgia and five South Carolina law enforcement agencies around the Augusta area.

“Everybody has budget constraints,” said Cardenaz, adding that they help purchase needs and wish list items for the agencies. “The things that make the officers’ jobs safer and in turn makes their ability to serve the public safer.”

The foundation also provides benevolence, financial assistance to law enforcement officers who may have fallen on hard times due to injuries or accidents.

Cardenaz said food and drink vendors will be at the concert, so no outside food, drink or coolers are allowed. But chairs and blankets are welcome.

For more information, visit www.jdpaughmemorial.org.

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J.D. Paugh Memorial Concert on Saturday

Evans Towne Center Park will be the place to rock this weekend at a concert to honor a fallen officer and raise funds for local law enforcement.

The rock band Tonic will perform Saturday at the inaugural J.D. Paugh Memorial Concert at Lady Antebellum Pavilion.

The concert was organized in conjunction with the fourth annual J.D. Paugh Memorial Ride, which will be held earlier in the day, said Michael Cardenaz, president and co-founder of the J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation.

A concert for the slain officer was considered by foundation officials for a few years, Cardenaz said. Musicians will perform at Wild Wing Cafe in Augusta after the ride. But organizers wanted to extend the festivities into the evening.

“We didn’t want to go small,” Cardenaz said. “We wanted to go big. We wanted to do a headlining act that evening.”

The all ages concert starts at 6 p.m. with Tonic and special guests The Edison Project.

Tickets cost $10 each and can be purchased at the gate or at Wild Wing Cafe, Augusta Harley-Davidson and online at www.etix.com and www.jdpaughmemorial.org.

Proceeds from the concert and ride benefit the J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation, which supports 13 Georgia and five South Carolina law enforcement agencies around the Augusta area.

“Everybody has budget constraints,” said Cardenaz, adding that they help purchase needs and wish list items for the agencies. “The things that make the officers’ jobs safer and in turn makes their ability to serve the public safer.”

The foundation also provides benevolence, financial assistance to law enforcement officers who may have fallen on hard times due to injuries or accidents.

Cardenaz said food and drink vendors will be at the concert, so no outside food, drink or coolers are allowed. But chairs and blankets are welcome.

For more information, visit www.jdpaughmemorial.org.

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Harlem to celebrate Georgia Cities Week

Harlem officials will spend next week celebrating Georgia Cities Week.

The theme for the week of festivities from the Georgia Municipal Association is Destination Downtown. And city officials will be showing off a part of downtown, the city’s Public Safety Building, during an open house on Sunday.

“It’s for people to come in and look,” said Stacie Hart, the city’s Community Services and Events coordinator.

Hart said citizens are invited to tour the building at 110 W. Milledgeville Road from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The public can talk to police officers and firefighters, tour the facility and view equipment and enjoy refreshments.

Georgia Cities Week gives cities an opportunity to share information about the valuable services they provide to residents and how they positively affect quality of life for citizens. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate community achievements and recognize volunteers and city employees.

In honor of Georgia Cities Week, city officials will recognize three Harlem Middle School sixth graders who wrote entries for the “If I Were Mayor” essay contest at the monthly meeting on April 27.

Hart said she’ll also be recognizing two senior citizens who are active in the community.

“I’m hoping it will also encourage volunteerism from many,” Hart said.

Also during the city-centered week, a Harlem High School senior will be job-shadowing Public Works Director Robert Fields.

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Harlem to celebrate Georgia Cities Week

Harlem officials will spend next week celebrating Georgia Cities Week.

The theme for the week of festivities from the Georgia Municipal Association is Destination Downtown. And city officials will be showing off a part of downtown, the city’s Public Safety Building, during an open house on Sunday.

“It’s for people to come in and look,” said Stacie Hart, the city’s Community Services and Events coordinator.

Hart said citizens are invited to tour the building at 110 W. Milledgeville Road from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The public can talk to police officers and firefighters, tour the facility and view equipment and enjoy refreshments.

Georgia Cities Week gives cities an opportunity to share information about the valuable services they provide to residents and how they positively affect quality of life for citizens. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate community achievements and recognize volunteers and city employees.

In honor of Georgia Cities Week, city officials will recognize three Harlem Middle School sixth graders who wrote entries for the “If I Were Mayor” essay contest at the monthly meeting on April 27.

Hart said she’ll also be recognizing two senior citizens who are active in the community.

“I’m hoping it will also encourage volunteerism from many,” Hart said.

Also during the city-centered week, a Harlem High School senior will be job-shadowing Public Works Director Robert Fields.

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Police Blotter, April 15, 2015

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

iPad is stolen from visitor

A man in town for the Masters Tournament called authorities Friday after discovering his iPad missing from his hotel room.

The 60-year-old man said he left his room at the Quality Inn on Jimmie Dyess Parkway near Interstate 20 at about 6 a.m. the previous day to go to the tournament. He said the iPad was missing when he returned at about 5:30 p.m.

The hotel manager said housekeeping personnel did make a note that the man’s room door was open when they arrived to clean it.

Woman scared by firecrackers

A Grovetown woman said early Sunday that someone set off fireworks near her home.

The woman said someone set off firecrackers in front of her home between 10:50 p.m. and midnight Saturday. She was on the side of her home when she heard the fireworks, but she didn’t see anyone or a vehicle nearby.

A deputy found red paper strewn in the street in front of the woman’s home and two pieces of Black Cat wrapper paper next to her mailbox. The mailbox and yard were not damaged.

Man threatened by computer

An Evans man said Thursday that a computer hacker locked up his computer.

A 46-year-old man said he got a call from a 989 area code at about 6 p.m. The caller claimed to be a Microsoft employee who needed remote access to the man’s computer to safeguard it from viruses. The man followed the caller’s instructions to go to www.teamviewer.com to allow the remote access. After following the instructions, the caller asked the man to pay for the services.

When the man refused to pay initially, the caller insisted the man provide his credit card information. When the man again refused, the caller told him the computer would be blocked. The computer reset and the man couldn’t log in. When he called the number back, it went to a recorded message stating the number was out of service.

A deputy told the man to contact all of his banking and credit institutions.

Woman taken for drug tests

A friend of a Martinez woman called 911 early Sunday to say she might have been drugged at an Augusta club.

The woman said she was at a night club in Richmond County late Saturday into Sunday morning and left about 2 a.m. because she was feeling unusually intoxicated, possibly high. She went home, but didn’t feel any better. The woman called her roommate, who called 911.

The woman was adamant that she’d only had two alcoholic beverages during the night. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital for further evaluation.

Thieves target jewelry store

An employee of a Martinez jewelry store said Thursday that she found evidence someone tried to break into the store through the ventilation system.

The employee of The Gold Shop at 3817 Washington Road said she found damage to the air conditioning duct that leads into the building. She thinks someone tried to get into the building through the air duct.

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Police Blotter, April 15, 2015

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

iPad is stolen from visitor

A man in town for the Masters Tournament called authorities Friday after discovering his iPad missing from his hotel room.

The 60-year-old man said he left his room at the Quality Inn on Jimmie Dyess Parkway near Interstate 20 at about 6 a.m. the previous day to go to the tournament. He said the iPad was missing when he returned at about 5:30 p.m.

The hotel manager said housekeeping personnel did make a note that the man’s room door was open when they arrived to clean it.

Woman scared by firecrackers

A Grovetown woman said early Sunday that someone set off fireworks near her home.

The woman said someone set off firecrackers in front of her home between 10:50 p.m. and midnight Saturday. She was on the side of her home when she heard the fireworks, but she didn’t see anyone or a vehicle nearby.

A deputy found red paper strewn in the street in front of the woman’s home and two pieces of Black Cat wrapper paper next to her mailbox. The mailbox and yard were not damaged.

Man threatened by computer

An Evans man said Thursday that a computer hacker locked up his computer.

A 46-year-old man said he got a call from a 989 area code at about 6 p.m. The caller claimed to be a Microsoft employee who needed remote access to the man’s computer to safeguard it from viruses. The man followed the caller’s instructions to go to www.teamviewer.com to allow the remote access. After following the instructions, the caller asked the man to pay for the services.

When the man refused to pay initially, the caller insisted the man provide his credit card information. When the man again refused, the caller told him the computer would be blocked. The computer reset and the man couldn’t log in. When he called the number back, it went to a recorded message stating the number was out of service.

A deputy told the man to contact all of his banking and credit institutions.

Woman taken for drug tests

A friend of a Martinez woman called 911 early Sunday to say she might have been drugged at an Augusta club.

The woman said she was at a night club in Richmond County late Saturday into Sunday morning and left about 2 a.m. because she was feeling unusually intoxicated, possibly high. She went home, but didn’t feel any better. The woman called her roommate, who called 911.

The woman was adamant that she’d only had two alcoholic beverages during the night. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital for further evaluation.

Thieves target jewelry store

An employee of a Martinez jewelry store said Thursday that she found evidence someone tried to break into the store through the ventilation system.

The employee of The Gold Shop at 3817 Washington Road said she found damage to the air conditioning duct that leads into the building. She thinks someone tried to get into the building through the air duct.

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Perfect day for county teams

 

On the day back from spring break, it was a perfect day for Columbia County teams in their respective region tournaments. All who played moved on to the semi-final round and qualified for the state post-season.

Where to start.

The Evans boys tennis team entered the Region 2-AAAAA tournament as a No. 4 seed on the road facing No. 1 Houston County. Forfeiting No. 1 doubles because one of the players was ill, all three singles won for the 3-2 win.

“We went out and played hard today,” said Evans coach Sarah Harrington. “I told the boys, No. 4 doesn’t mean anything, play strong!”

Not as big an upset but the Lakeside soccer girls were a No. 3 seed on the road facing No. 2 Northside, Warner Robins. They went into penalty kicks tied at two and won that 4-3 in seven attempts. They’ll face No. 1 seed and crosstown rival Greenbrier Thursday night at Blanchard Woods Park.

The No. 1 seed Lakeside boys and girls tennis teams cruised to 5-0 wins over Warner Robins and Northside, Warner Robins, respectively. No. 2 seed Greenbrier girls and boys followed suit. The girls beat Warner Robins 5-0 while the boys topped Jones County, 3-0.

In soccer, the No. 1 seed Greenbrier boys beat Northside, Warner Robins, 10-2, while the Lady Wolfpack blanked Warner Robins, 9-0. The No. 2 seed Evans Lady Knights beat Jones County at home, 3-1. The Lakeside boys were a No. 2 seed facing No. 3 Warner Robins and won at home, 4-2.

The Grovetown soccer boys had their shot at an upset delayed when their game with Houston County was postponed due to lightning. The Lakeside boys will face the winner of that contest – at some point.

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Perfect day for county teams

 

On the day back from spring break, it was a perfect day for Columbia County teams in their respective region tournaments. All who played moved on to the semi-final round and qualified for the state post-season.

Where to start.

The Evans boys tennis team entered the Region 2-AAAAA tournament as a No. 4 seed on the road facing No. 1 Houston County. Forfeiting No. 1 doubles because one of the players was ill, all three singles won for the 3-2 win.

“We went out and played hard today,” said Evans coach Sarah Harrington. “I told the boys, No. 4 doesn’t mean anything, play strong!”

Not as big an upset but the Lakeside soccer girls were a No. 3 seed on the road facing No. 2 Northside, Warner Robins. They went into penalty kicks tied at two and won that 4-3 in seven attempts. They’ll face No. 1 seed and crosstown rival Greenbrier Thursday night at Blanchard Woods Park.

The No. 1 seed Lakeside boys and girls tennis teams cruised to 5-0 wins over Warner Robins and Northside, Warner Robins, respectively. No. 2 seed Greenbrier girls and boys followed suit. The girls beat Warner Robins 5-0 while the boys topped Jones County, 3-0.

In soccer, the No. 1 seed Greenbrier boys beat Northside, Warner Robins, 10-2, while the Lady Wolfpack blanked Warner Robins, 9-0. The No. 2 seed Evans Lady Knights beat Jones County at home, 3-1. The Lakeside boys were a No. 2 seed facing No. 3 Warner Robins and won at home, 4-2.

The Grovetown soccer boys had their shot at an upset delayed when their game with Houston County was postponed due to lightning. The Lakeside boys will face the winner of that contest – at some point.

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Birdies & Bogeys: Spieth not the only 'winner' in Masters

ScottMichaux.com - Tue, 4/14/2015 3:38 PM
By Scott Michaux

It was a Masters performance few saw coming – wildly spectacular beyond anyone’s expectations.

 

Not Jordan Spieth. You could sense his green jacket moment hurtling towards us from a year away.

 

I’m talking Tiger Woods. As T17s go, his was both wild and spectacular.

 

Woods arrived at Augusta National as a massive question mark after injuries, swing changes and a crisis of confidence left him seemingly under-prepared and overextended. He left with just a little bit of his old swagger back.

 

This was a Tiger Woods we’d never really seen before at Augusta. He was acknowledging fans with smiles and fist bumps in practice rounds. He displayed a human side with his children and girlfriend in a rare showing at the Par 3 Contest. And he was eager to publicly show off the work he’d done on rebuilding his short game in private.

 

Sure, there were bumps along the way. He was as errant as ever off the tees. He never really adjusted to the pace of the greens. He hit the “big ball” twice before the little ball, letting his club fly both times and once claiming he’d “popped a bone” back in after wincing in obvious pain.

 

Yet in spite of it all, Woods went out Sunday in one of the last three groups. He lashed at shots with a healthy abandon. He did what he used to do, turning potential homeward-bound 77s into week-saving 73s. And he had moments of his unmistakable brilliance.

 

His presence – especially playing with Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy on the weekend – enhanced the Masters as much as Spieth’s inspiring performance.

 

Let’s not get carried away and say Tiger’s “back.” He’s got a lot of work to do refining his swing and needs to play more consistently. But if you’re investing in futures, there’s only a handful of guys like McIlroy, Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed who I’d buy more stock in over the next five or six years.

 

Overall, there were more relative winners than usual and a few losers at the 79th Masters:

 

BIRDIE: Jordan Spieth. You can’t say enough about this 21-year-old’s record-setting performance and the grace in which he accomplished it. He grabbed the tournament by the throat with a Thursday 64 and never let go. Even his post-tournament scorecard recitation was a work of art. Ink him among the Masters favorites for the next 20 years.

 

BIRDIE: Rory McIlroy. Despite a somber demeanor much of the week and ultimately postponing completion of his career slam, there was way more positive than negative in the Northern Irishman’s career-high fourth-place finish. Four straight rounds under par show he’s solving the Augusta riddle, especially his 15-under over the last 45 holes. Clean up that front-nine 40 on Friday and he’ll get that jacket eventually.

 

BOGEY: Jim Furyk. The only top-10 player in the world who didn’t make the cut. But he gave a great speech at the GWAA banquet.

 

BIRDIE: Phil Mickelson. He may be closing in on 45, but Lefty still finds that fountain of youth when he turns the nose of his car onto Magnolia Lane. He could break Jack Nicklaus’ age record for a winner as soon as 2017. For now, he completed his career runner-up slam.

 

BIRDIE: Hideki Matsuyama. His 66 tied McIlroy for the Sunday low and his solo fifth has his sights set higher. “I would really like to become a Masters champion one day,” he said. He’s still only 23.

 

BIRDIE: Bubba Watson. His four rounds in the 70s and T38 weren’t memorable, but he set a class standard for reigning champs by simply showing up in his jacket for the Drive Chip and Putt, honorary tee shots and Ben Crenshaw’s farewell all the way through Spieth’s finishing putt and jacket presentation. Bravo.

 

BOGEY: Aussies. Jason Day (T28) and Adam Scott (T38) were disappointing non-contenders and Marc Leishman had to sadly withdraw to tend to his wife’s health.

 

BIRDIE: Justin Rose. Made a serious weekend charge to claim co-runner-up and earned his first place in the final pairing of a major. Only five times has the Masters winner had a lower score.

 

BOGEY: J.B. Holmes. As hot as he was coming in with a pair of seconds and a win the week before in Houston, missing the cut was a huge letdown for a power hitter like him.

 

BIRDIE: Dustin Johnson. Career-best T6 at Augusta included a record three eagles in Friday’s round. Still too many unforced errors, including three double bogeys, but he’s trending the right way.

 

BOGEY: Amateurs. Seven of them were in the field and none of them made the cut to earn the silver medal at a combined 67-over par. The only highlight was Corey Conners’ second-round 69. Unfortunately he shot 80 in the first round.

 

BIRDIE: Ben Crenshaw. Forget the 91 on Thursday and the 32-over par total. Gentle Ben may have bowed out too late, but he did it with his inimitable grace and his magic rubbed off on a Texas icon for a new generation.

 

BIRDIE: Carl Jackson. Even though he wasn’t able to caddie for the 54th time, he was rarely more present at the Masters. It didn’t end with getting the key to the city or his tearful curtain call and hug with Crenshaw. Spieth and his caddie, Michael Greller, leaned on Jackson’s advice until the sweet end.

 

BIRDIE: Brits. Five of the six Englishman in the field (not Luke Donald) made the cut, including three in the top six with Paul Casey and Ian Poulter joining Rose up high. All three Northern Irish entries made the weekend including Darren Clarke. Scotland went 0-3 and Wales 1-1 in the cut market.

 

BIRDIE: Hunter Mahan. In case you didn’t notice, he quietly went 11-under over the last three rounds to finish T9. Only Mickelson (-12) and McIlroy (-11) did as well or better.

 

PAR: UGA. Four of the six Georgia boys made the cut, with Russell Henley leading the way at 21st. It was awfully cool that double heart transplant recipient Erik Compton made the weekend and finished 51st.

 

BIRDIE: Ernie Els. The 45-year-old faded on the weekend, but he’s made his peace with his fate and is relishing whatever time he has left at Augusta (at least two more starts pending).

 

BIRDIE: Charley Hoffman. It was only his second Masters, and he acquitted himself well until hitting a wall Sunday. First top-10 in a major guarantees his return next year.

 

BOGEY: Brandt Snedeker. He worked so hard to earn his way into the field and didn’t break par in an event he’s twice before been in the final Sunday pairing. It’s possible he wants to win the Masters too much for his own good.

 

PAR: First-timers. Eight of 14 professional rookies made the cut, led by the tournament’s first Austrian entry, Bernd Wiesberger at T22.

 

BIRDIE: Fred Ridley. Former USGA chief has come a long way from his protecting par days. Despite tools at his disposal to manipulate conditions, the Competition Committee chairman let a softer course and attack pins ride so that players could dictate scores and not the course. It made for the most eagles and more fun.

 

BIRDIE: CBS. A year after drawing the fewest weekend viewers since 1957, ratings improved 23 percent on Sunday and 48 percent on Saturday thanks to Spieth’s historic effort and a popular cast of leaders including Mickelson, Woods and McIlroy. Nearly 18 million watched the last half hour.

 

BIRDIE: Ike’s Tree. It made a comeback in the form of a striking cross section for the Eisenhower Presidential Library and its genetic revival for future generations to possibly contend with on the 17th hole or elsewhere.

 

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Mother arrested for hosting teenage party

An Evans mother was arrested Monday accused of hosting a party with drugs and alcohol for her teenage daughter and her friends.

Rachel Lynn Lehnardt, 35, was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

An Augusta woman told authorities Saturday that she was recently appointed as Lehnardt's sponsor through Alcoholics Anonymous and Lehnardt told her about a recent incident at her home on Whitney Pass, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Lenhardt said her children were with their father when her 16-year-old daughter texted asking if she could have friends over "to party," according to the report. She agreed and allowed her daughter and her friends to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana in her home.

The woman said Lehnardt continued to describe the incident stating she played naked Twister with the teens and had sex with an 18-year-old and her daughter's 16-year-old boyfriend, according to the report. The woman said Lehnardt also claimed she showed photos of herself and her boyfriend having sex and other pornographic material to her daughter.

Lehnardt was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $3,200 bond, according to jailers.

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Mother arrested for hosting teenage party

An Evans mother was arrested Monday accused of hosting a party with drugs and alcohol for her teenage daughter and her friends.

Rachel Lynn Lehnardt, 35, was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

An Augusta woman told authorities Saturday that she was recently appointed as Lehnardt's sponsor through Alcoholics Anonymous and Lehnardt told her about a recent incident at her home on Whitney Pass, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Lenhardt said her children were with their father when her 16-year-old daughter texted asking if she could have friends over "to party," according to the report. She agreed and allowed her daughter and her friends to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana in her home.

The woman said Lehnardt continued to describe the incident stating she played naked Twister with the teens and had sex with an 18-year-old and her daughter's 16-year-old boyfriend, according to the report. The woman said Lehnardt also claimed she showed photos of herself and her boyfriend having sex and other pornographic material to her daughter.

Lehnardt was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $3,200 bond, according to jailers.

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Missing man found drowned in lake

A man wanted in South Carolina who disappeared from a lake recreation area over the weekend was found dead in the lake early Tuesday.

Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie King said that a park ranger found Devin T. Wright, 47, of Jackson, S.C., floating 20-30 feet off shore in a cove at West Dam Recreation area at about 8:30 a.m. King pronounced him dead at 10:15 a.m. He is presumed to have drowned, but King said an autopsy will be performed at a Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

Wright was reported missing early Saturday after a park ranger at the recreation area on Clarks Hill Lake discovered his drivers license in the trunk of a rented Ford Focus in the parking lot and some personal items including keys, a cell phone and clothing on a picnic table nearby, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The vehicle was seen in the park the night before, but was not reported until the park ranger saw it again Saturday morning.

Though no one saw Wright in the water, Morris said the Columbia County Dive Rescue and Recovery Team was called and searched for Wright.

Morris said Wright is a suspect in about 15 incidents of thefts of construction equipment, accessories and vehicles in Columbia County over the past several years. In one of those cases, the victim saw a piece of his stolen construction equipment for sale online. He found out where the equipment was and saw it before calling authorities, according to a press release from Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah.

On April 6, Aiken County authorities executed a search warrant and began a week-long search of property owned by Wright in Ridge Spring, S.C., said Abdullah. A large cache of stolen property including vehicles and construction equipment was found on the property.

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Missing man found drowned in lake

A man wanted in South Carolina who disappeared from a lake recreation area over the weekend was found dead in the lake early Tuesday.

Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie King said that a park ranger found Devin T. Wright, 47, of Jackson, S.C., floating 20-30 feet off shore in a cove at West Dam Recreation area at about 8:30 a.m. King pronounced him dead at 10:15 a.m. He is presumed to have drowned, but King said an autopsy will be performed at a Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

Wright was reported missing early Saturday after a park ranger at the recreation area on Clarks Hill Lake discovered his drivers license in the trunk of a rented Ford Focus in the parking lot and some personal items including keys, a cell phone and clothing on a picnic table nearby, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The vehicle was seen in the park the night before, but was not reported until the park ranger saw it again Saturday morning.

Though no one saw Wright in the water, Morris said the Columbia County Dive Rescue and Recovery Team was called and searched for Wright.

Morris said Wright is a suspect in about 15 incidents of thefts of construction equipment, accessories and vehicles in Columbia County over the past several years. In one of those cases, the victim saw a piece of his stolen construction equipment for sale online. He found out where the equipment was and saw it before calling authorities, according to a press release from Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah.

On April 6, Aiken County authorities executed a search warrant and began a week-long search of property owned by Wright in Ridge Spring, S.C., said Abdullah. A large cache of stolen property including vehicles and construction equipment was found on the property.

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North Augusta police say man fatally shot by wife

Latest News from North Augusta Today - Tue, 4/8/2014 5:06 PM

Police said a woman shot her husband in their North Augusta Gardens apartment while their four small children were home.

North Augusta Public Safety officers were called to Apartment 1701 at the Marion Avenue complex around 10:30 a.m. and discovered Dakota Cook, 21, with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center where he died from his injuries, Coroner Tim Carlton said in a news release.

Police have charged his wife of four years, 20-year-old Terry Cook, with murder. According to a news release, the shooting appears to be the result of an ongoing domestic dispute.

The couple’s four children, ages 4 months, 1, 3 and 4, were at home at the time of the shooting but were not injured, Lt. Tim Thornton said. The children are in the custody of their grandparents.

Reach Bianca Cain Johnson at

bianca.johnson@augustachronicle.com.

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Local Easter Egg Hunts: Send in your event

Latest News from North Augusta Today - Tue, 4/8/2014 1:36 PM

Easter is right around the corner and we’re compiling a list of Easter egg hunts in North Augusta and Belvedere. If your church, organization or business is having an Easter egg hunt, please send details to nikasha.dicks@northaugustatoday.com.

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