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Richmond County investigators are looking for a person broke into a 60-year-old woman's car while she was running on the Family Y's walking track on Sept. 1.

 

The woman said she parked at the track, which is located at 3570 Wheeler Road, and noticed a man around her vehicle while she was running but could not give a full description, a Richmond County Sheriff's report said.

The thief broke through the window and took her purse, some checks and other various items, the report said. Anyone with information can contact the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Two men robbed the Waffle House at 3160 Deans Bridge Road early this morning at gunpoint.

The men, who had shirts covering their faces, stole money from the register and $25 from a person inside the restaurant, a Richmond County Sheriff's report said. They were last seen running toward Kipling Drive.

No new details in Weinberger case

There are no new leads in the case of an Augusta businessman who died after a police chase in Putnam County, Sheriff Howard Sills said Monday.

Furniture store co-owner Jay Weinberger took his own life after a deputy tried to pull him over as he towed what turned out to be a stolen trailer in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 5. Police have since linked at least six stolen trailers to Mr. Weinberger.

Sheriff Sills said no other trailers seem to be involved and there are no other suspects or accomplices.

The sheriff released a deputy's dash-cam video of the chase Monday in response to an open records request by The Augusta Chronicle. The video confirms initial police accounts of the chase, although it appears that Mr. Weinberger never stopped before shooting himself and running off the road. Earlier reports said he stopped and a deputy approached before the vehicle lunged ahead for a short distance and ran off the road.

City might shut down illegal boardinghouse

The "concerned citizens of Harrisburg" appear to have won out on at least one property they've been targeting.

The city is moving to shut down an illegal boardinghouse at 609 Eve St., Code Inspector Larry Lariscy said Monday. He said he's looking for the owner, Roy Searles Jr., so he can order him to vacate the house and revert it to a single-family residence.

Mr. Searles didn't have a boardinghouse permit, Mr. Lariscy said, and the house doesn't have enough square footage to qualify. Mr. Searles was renting to too many unrelated people, he said.

Mr. Lariscy said when he inspected the house Sept. 8 he was accosted by a belligerent woman who appeared intoxicated and a group of men who shouted racial slurs and threatened to assault him, prompting him to call for a sheriff's deputy.

The house was one of three "nuisance" properties targeted by neighborhood activists July 4 when they staged a march against absentee landlords and drug activity.

Four computers stolen from education center

Burglars broke into the Alternative Education Center at 2216 Bungalow Road during the weekend and stole four computers.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report, thieves broke the side windows of three classrooms and swiped four Dell desktop computer systems from the school between 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday. The four computers are valued at about $3,000. The cost of damage to the windows was not known.

Two masked men rob restaurant at gunpoint

Two men robbed the Waffle House at 3160 Deans Bridge Road at gunpoint early Monday.

The men, who had shirts covering their faces, stole money from the register and $25 from a person inside the restaurant, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report said. They were last seen running toward Kipling Drive.