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Police searching for woman in check fraud


The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is attempting to identify and locate a woman, who authorities say earlier this month cashed a stolen check at one bank and tried unsuccessfully to cash a second one at another bank, in North Augusta.

On May 6, surveillance photographs show a heavyset woman cash a forged check for $1,311 at the Bank of America, 315 Edgefield Road. On the same day, the woman tried to cash another stolen check for more than $500 at Security Federal Bank.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the woman can contact Investigator Charles Cain at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office: (800) 922-9709. Tipsters also can call Crimestoppers of the Midlands: (888) 559-TIPS. View surveillance photos of the suspect at

Ex-jail officer accused of sexual misconduct

Agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have arrested a 27-year-old former corrections officer from Hephzibah accused of having sexual relations with an inmate.

Jesse Reid, who was arrested Wednesday. was in jail Thursday in the McCormick County Detention Center on a charge of sexual misconduct with an inmate. According to the arrest warrant, Mr. Reid is accused of having relations with an inmate in August 2007 at the McCormick Corrections Institution, where he was employed at the time.

Illinois lab signs on to aid laboratory at SRS

Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois has signed a new memorandum of understanding with Savannah River National Laboratory to collaborate on nuclear energy and environmental management research projects.

The Argonne lab holds the greatest concentration of scientists involved in reactor design and fuel separation and processing technologies that will be used in the newest generation of nuclear energy systems.

Savannah River National Laboratory, within Savannah River Site in Aiken County, has specialized facilities for studying highly radioactive materials.

Although the new agreement does not mean any specific job or budget additions to either lab, it could create such opportunities in the future, said SRS spokesman Bruce Cadotte.

Man convicted of killing delivery man

A man accused of fatally shooting an Augusta Chronicle delivery man was convicted on murder charges Thursday.

A Superior Court jury returned a guilty conviction against Donald Hugh "Do-Ball" Gamble Jr., 23, who is accused of killing Quamaine Rickman on July 14, according to Assistant Richmond County District Attorney Adam King.

Mr. Gamble was arrested in Dade County, Fla., in September. He could face life in prison, Mr. King said.

Man gets life in prison for his role in invasion

An Augusta man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for his role in a home invasion.

Judge Carl C. Brown imposed the sentence on Marcus Allen Turner, 22, in connection to the Nov. 16 robbery in which he, his accomplice, Montrelle Lorez Teasley, and the victim were shot, according to Assistant District Attorney Adam King.

Mr. Turner was convicted of armed robbery, aggravated assault, two counts of kidnapping and weapons charges in April.

Businesses report theft, armed robbery

Columbia County sheriff's deputies responded to a theft and armed robbery at two businesses Thursday night.

About 8:15 p.m., two men entered Walgreens drug store at Bobby Jones Expressway and Washington Road in Martinez and snatched money from an unattended cash register, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. An hour later, four men entered Grand Chinese Buffet on Washington Road in Evans and demanded money from employees, he said, adding that one of the men was armed. No injuries were reported in either case and police were seeking suspects as of 11 p.m., Capt. Morris said.

-- From staff reports