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Early morning wreck kills two


Two people were killed in a single-car wreck on Harlem-Grovetown Road in Columbia County early Sunday.

Cameron Newman, 23, of the 1000 block of Brown Circle in Harlem, and Mallory Jason, 19, of the 4600 block of Country Meadows Lane in Martinez, died at the scene, county Coroner Vernon Collins said.

The wreck occurred at about 3 a.m. Sunday. Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said the Dodge Quad Cab was headed west on Harlem-Grovetown Road near Young Drive when it left the road and struck a pine tree. Ms. Jason, a front-seat passenger, wasn't wearing a seatbelt, authorities said.

Two other people in the car - Brandon Newman, 24, of Harlem, the car's driver and Cameron's brother, and Sara Boykin, 16, a front-seat passenger - were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Authorities said the injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening.

The accident was still under investigation Sunday.

Police officer pulls gun on DUI suspect

A North Augusta man who reeked of alcohol became so combative when he was pulled over that the officer had to hold him at gunpoint until another officer could handcuff him Saturday.

Reynold Christopher Hartman, 36, of the 5000 block of Fieldcrest Drive, is charged with DUI, resisting arrest and not having a driver's license, according to a report from the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

Officer Van Williams was cut off by Mr. Hartman on Saturday afternoon while driving to work. He got Mr. Hartman to pull over in a lot on Nutgrove Drive.

Mr. Hartman told the officer that he was chasing a girl and did not have a license. He then ran around the vehicle when the officer tried to handcuff him, the report said.

The officer used pepper spray, then pulled his gun and yelled for Mr. Hartman to get on the ground. When other officers arrived, they managed to get the man handcuffed.

Broken windows at school to cost $1,600

Two windows were broken in the building leading into the weight room at Richmond Academy on Saturday.

The damage was estimated at $1,600, but it didn't appear that anyone went into the room, according to the Richmond County sheriff's report.

Woman says intruder stole TV, computer

A woman reported that her home was broken into and her television and laptop computer were stolen Saturday afternoon.

The woman, who lives in the 2100 block of Reserve Lane, told officers the person likely came in through a bedroom window. Cash, a watch and a diamond necklace also were taken, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Pajama-clad man is shoplifting suspect

An Augusta man doing some early morning shopping at Walgreens in his pajama pants is facing several charges, including shoplifting.

Calvin Eugene Butler, 35, of the 2100 block of Faircrest Avenue, is charged with theft by shoplifting, giving a false name, felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, felony interference with government property, giving a false name and date of birth to a law enforcement officer and an outstanding state court warrant, according to jail records.

The store's alarm sounded when a man was leaving the store in the 3200 block of Peach Orchard Road.

An officer found Mr. Butler behind the business and told him to stop, but he ran and was caught by two other officers nearby, according to a sheriff's report.

A number of items from the store, including Calgon Body Mist Totes and Cadbury Fruit and Nut Candy bars, were recovered and returned, the report said.

Missing man needs medical treatment

Police are searching for a Hephzibah man who was reported missing Saturday.

Henry Louis Parks, 49, of the 3800 block of Farrington Drive, went for medical treatment Saturday afternoon and has not been seen since.

Mr. Parks requires regular medical treatments, suffers from dementia and also has a problem with drugs.

Anyone who might know where Mr. Parks is asked to contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

Road to close during installation of sewer

East Boundary Road between Telfair Street and Watkins Street will be closed Tuesday until June 8 to install a sewer line and storm drain, according to the Augusta Engineering Department.