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Student is accused of punching officer


A Butler High School student was arrested Thursday and accused of punching a Richmond County Board of Education police officer.

Lashay Danielle Mays, 17, of the 1800 block of Formosa Drive, is charged with felony obstruction of an officer and disruption of public school, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. Officer Adrienn Burns was attempting to break up a fight in the school's hallway when Ms. Mays cursed at her and warned her to stay away, the report said. When Officer Burns tried to restrain the teen, Ms. Mays began punching her.

Boy, 10, says man in pickup kidnapped him

Police are investigating a 10-year-old Augusta boy's claim that a man driving a red pickup tried to kidnap him as he was walking home from school Wednesday. The boy was in the 1700 block of Deerchase Lane when the man got out of his truck, punched him in the stomach and threw him inside the vehicle, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's report. The boy said that when the man stopped his truck, he jumped out and hid.

Suspect in threatening of principal arrested

An Aiken County man who had been wanted since Tuesday, when according to police he threatened to harm a school principal, was arrested Thursday in Lee County, Fla.

Aiken County sheriff's Capt. Troy Elwell said Tregory Tyler, of Tyler Road, was arrested on an unrelated charge.

Police said Mr. Tyler called Wagener-Salley High School's principal and threatened to harm him because his child was facing disciplinary action. Police immediately locked down the school.

Police said Mr. Tyler was also wanted on unrelated arrest warrants, one involving a harassment charge and another on assault and battery.

Architect of kickback scheme pleads guilty

A man who tried to set up a kickback scheme involving a Fort Gordon subcontractor's bid pleaded guilty Thursday.

Michael C. Waters, of Marietta, Ga., was working for IAP World Services when he tried to persuade a lower-tiered subcontractor to inflate a bid and split the excess with him.

If the other contractor had gone along with the scheme last fall, he and Mr. Waters would have each netted $1,500, according to U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr.

No sentencing date has been set. Mr. Waters, who is free on bond, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Man pleads guilty in mortgage scheme

A Martinez man pleaded guilty Thursday to committing mail fraud in connection with a mortgage scheme.

Walter E. Stuckey Jr., 52, operated All-Star Lending in Augusta. Between 2002 and 2006, he defrauded mortgage lenders by providing false information and omitting facts on mortgage applications, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr.

Nine of the homes in Mr. Stuckey's scheme have gone into foreclosure.

No sentencing date has been set for Mr. Stuckey, who is free on bond.

Ex-investigator gets probation for forgery

A former Columbia County sheriff's investigator accused of forging victims' names on several official documents pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation at a sentencing hearing Thursday.

Former Property Crimes Investigator Brooke Renai Kelly, 35, pleaded guilty to violating the oath of a police officer and three counts of forgery.

Superior Court Judge Michael Annis sentenced Ms. Kelly to seven years' probation under the First Offender Act, along with $5,000 in fines and 200 hours of community service.

"You were someone in a public trust position," Judge Annis said. "You violated that trust. That is the worst part."

Ms. Kelly, who also is a former investigator for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and the Army, was arrested in October after a victim claimed her case was incorrectly closed and her name was forged on a waiver-of-prosecution form.

Civil workers arrested for falsifying papers

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has arrested three civil process employees accused of falsifying legal documents while working for Aiken County.

The suspects are employed with APS International Civil Action Group, a Minnesota-based company that provides legal support services to agencies worldwide. The suspects were subcontracted by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Janice Voigt, 50, of the 3800 block of Richland Ave., is charged with three counts of forgery, conspiracy, perjury and false certification by notary.

Mary Cox, 53, of the 2300 block of Wire Road, is charged with three counts of forgery, conspiracy, breach of trust with fraudulent intent, perjury and false certification by notary.

Tara Devine, 31, of the 100 block of Mossback Circle, is charged with false certification by notary.

Glenn Hills student had brass knuckles

A Glenn Hills High School student was arrested Wednesday after being caught carrying brass knuckles on campus.

Lekelvin Miguel Ray, 17, of Augusta, was charged with felony possession of a weapon on school campus, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's jail committal.

A teacher saw the brass knuckles fall from his pocket while he was playing basketball in the school's gymnasium.

Augusta Tech receives grant for adult literacy

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Augusta Technical College a $10,070 grant.

Augusta Tech will use the funds to further its literacy and basic education outreach efforts.

"The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is excited by the work Augusta Technical College is doing and their positive impact on the community," Dollar General Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said in a news release. "We are proud to help our neighbors take a step toward improving their quality of life by supporting Augusta Technical College's literacy initiatives."

Since the Dollar General Literacy Foundation's inception in 1993, it has improved the functional literacy of adults by providing grants to nonprofit organizations.

DOT meeting to outline improvements in Aiken

The South Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Tuesday in Aiken to discuss improvement plans for a portion of Powderhouse Road.

The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the atrium at Millbrook Baptist Church near the intersection of Pine Log and Whiskey roads, according to a news release.

It will have an informal drop-in format with displays for viewing.

The DOT is planning to improve about 2.5 miles of Powderhouse from Pine Log to Whiskey Road, with shoulder widening, drainage improvements and resurfacing on the to-do list for improving safety in the area.

For more information, call Julie Barker, a DOT project manager, at (803) 737-1365.