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Hair caught under car traps teen after wreck


Emergency responders freed a teen from her overturned car Monday by cutting her hair, which had slipped out the car's sunroof and pinned her inside.

Police said Amber Boswell, 17, of Landing Drive in Grovetown, lost control of her Saturn on Baker Place Road near Interstate 20. Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Mark Smith said the vehicle flipped and landed upside down.

"Her hair was actually caught ... under the car," he said.

Ms. Boswell and four teenage passengers had minor injuries, authorities said. She was cited for traveling too fast, failure to maintain lane and violating driver's license restrictions by having more than three passengers, Deputy Smith said.

Police name suspect in 6 Augusta robberies

Police are searching for a man suspected in six Augusta robberies.

Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said Calvin Eugene White, 28, is a suspect in the robbery of Walton Way Supermarket at 1931 Walton Way and Budget Inn at 444 Broad St. on Aug. 10; the Budget Inn again Aug. 14; Georgia Bank & Trust at Eighth and Reynolds streets Aug. 20; Econo Lodge at 1103 15th St. on Sunday; and Subway at 203 13th St. on Monday.

The sheriff's office is offering a cash reward to anyone providing information that leads to Mr. White's capture. Anyone with information can call (706) 821-1080.

Officers say beating put son, 1, in hospital

Richmond County investigators were looking Monday for 26-year-old Christopher Lavert Loggins on a first-degree child cruelty charge.

Mr. Loggins is accused of beating his year-old son with a belt Sunday at his apartment in the 2100 block of B St. The child was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment of welts, bruises and a ruptured spleen. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Mr. Loggins has family in the 2400 block of Lumpkin Road, Lt. Scott Peebles said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080 or the tip line at (866) 939-5050.

Panel OKs settlement in death of student

The Augusta Commission's Finance Committee unanimously approved a $410,000 settlement Monday for the family of a Medical College of Georgia graduate student who was struck and killed by an Augusta Public Transit bus.

Dr. Ji Cheng, 29, was killed March 10, 2008, as she tried to cross 15th Street near Laney-Walker Boulevard.

The settlement must be approved by the full commission.