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Police seek identity of credit card thief


Columbia County authorities are asking for help identifying a woman accused of using a stolen credit card.

A Martinez man told police on June 13 that someone spent about $700 using his two stolen credit cards at several Columbia County businesses, including Rhinehart's on Belair Road and the Evans and Martinez Wal-Mart locations, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.

Anyone with information regarding the woman's identity or whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 541-2800.

Arrested pair is linked to separate robbery

A North Augusta man and a juvenile arrested by Aiken Public Safety in connection with an armed robbery Saturday face charges in a Friday incident.

Aiken County authorities announced Monday that Dayfan Tyshawn Fuller, 24, of the 100 block of Edna Street, North Augusta, and an unnamed juvenile face charges of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the Friday robbery of the Kangaroo Express on Edgefield Road in North Augusta.

Aiken County officials say that during their investigation of the Friday armed robbery they learned that the two were already in the custody of the Aiken Department of Public Safety for a similar crime -- Saturday's armed robbery at Greg's Gas Plus on Richland Avenue East. The juvenile is now being held by the Department of Juvenile Justice. Mr. Fuller was being held at the Aiken County Detention Center on Monday.

Overstreet appointed to resolution board

Superior Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet of the Augusta Judicial Circuit has been appointed to the state's Commission on Dispute Resolution.

The Georgia Supreme Court appointed Judge Overstreet to serve a five-year term on the commission that oversees alternative dispute-resolution services.

According to a release Monday from the commission, the use of alternative dispute resolution has grown from three counties in 1992 to 111 today.

Murder trial was fair, state's high court says

The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed an Augusta man's murder conviction Monday.

The justices ruled that Todd Paslay was fairly tried and convicted in May 2006.

Mr. Paslay, 32, was sentenced to life in prison plus five years for the shooting death of his wife, 21-year-old Elizabeth Paslay, on Aug. 20, 2004.

Contractor picked for fort child-care facility

A Washington, D.C., contractor will build a $6.3 million child-development and day care complex at Fort Gordon under a contract awarded last week by the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees construction on military bases. The contract to Lifecycle Construction Services LLC includes construction of a standard-design Child Development Center and playground to support a full range of day care, after care and other associated support programs for children from infancy to age 5, according to a news release from the corps' Savannah District.

Felon sentenced for having a gun

A Grovetown man was sentenced to 65 months in prison Monday for being a convicted felon with a firearm and ammunition.

Michael Andrew White was prosecuted in federal court as part of the Project Ceasefire initiative , a program that targets convicted felons and drug dealers who arm themselves, U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr. wrote in a news release.

Mr. White has prior convictions for theft and drugs, according to court records in Richmond and Columbia counties.