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Police probing report of abuse


The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating an injury to a 10-month-old child that an emergency room doctor reported as possible child abuse.

The doctor at Trinity Hospital of Augusta called police Sunday night to report that a baby was brought to the hospital with a spiral break to her leg, which the doctor said could occur only if someone grabbed the leg and twisted it very hard.

The mother told police that the baby was sitting on the couch with her legs underneath her on top of a belt and that her 7-year-old brother grabbed the belt and jerked it from under her, causing the break.

The doctor said that was unlikely but not impossible, according to the sheriff's report.

The case was turned over to an investigator and the Department of Family and Children Services.

Man robs Movie Gallery at gunpoint

A man robbed the Movie Gallery in North Augusta about midnight Sunday, according to a North Augusta Public Safety Office report.

The man entered the store at closing time and said he wanted to open a membership. He left, saying he needed to get his identification.

He returned with a handgun wrapped in a cloth and ordered the two clerks to lie on the floor and not to move for 10 minutes. He then took money from the cash register and left in a burgundy, four-door car believed to be a Grand Marquis, the report states.

Golf car found after teen reports theft

A golf car was stolen from a south Augusta teen about midnight Sunday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Preston Ryan Greene told officers that a heavyset man wearing dark clothes came up to him on Cougar Drive in Hephzibah, pulled his shirt up, said he had a gun and demanded the keys to the golf car. Mr. Greene gave him the keys, and the man drove away, according to a witness.

The golf car was recovered in the 2300 block of Turkey Trail Drive in Hephzibah and returned to Mr. Greene, according to the report.

County commission reschedules meeting

The Columbia County Board of Commissioners' regularly scheduled meeting for tonight has been rescheduled because of the Labor Day holiday.

The board will meet next at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Evans Government Center auditorium off Ronald Reagan Drive.

Service will mark anniversary of Sept. 11

Columbia County will hold a memorial service to mark the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

The ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Justice Center flagpole in the Evans Government Center to remember those who lost their lives and those who gave of themselves to save others.

County Commission Chairman Ron Cross, the Rev. Richard Thigpen, of Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue, and Capt. David Butler, a bagpipe soloist with Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue, will participate in the event.

Day of Remembrance will honor missing

A day of remembrance will be held at Horse Creek-Midland Valley Veterans Park for the nation's missing in action and former prisoners of war.

The memorial will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the park, which is on Highway 421 in Bath. A reception will follow.

Call Judith Knight at (803) 593-3553 with information on former prisoners of war and people missing in action.

- From staff reports