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SCE&G warns of scammers posing as employees


South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is warning Aiken County customers to beware of scam artists posing as the company’s employees.

A customer recently reported that a group of men in a small gray truck came to her home  claiming to be SCE&G employees and asking personal questions, according to a news release.

The men said they were staking a gas line. While one man stayed at the  door with the customer, the other walked around the property. After a few minutes, he returned and the men left. The customer then noticed  her wallet, cash and checks were missing from her pocketbook and called the police.

If someone arrives unannounced and introduces himself or herself as an SCE&G employee, the company recommends calling Customer Service at  (800)  251-7234 for verification or 911 if the customer feels threatened.


 Davis to be sworn in as senator Monday

Hardie Davis can go to work next week as Augusta's District 22 state senator. He's scheduled to be sworn in at 11 a.m. Monday, earlier than anticipated, in a second-floor courtroom of the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Davis defeated Harold V. Jones II in a runoff Tuesday for the seat, which was vacated by Ed Tarver when he became U.S. attorney. The district has been without representation for the first 13 days of this year's 40-day General Assembly session.

Davis' swearing in has been expedited through efforts of the Richmond County Board of Elections, the secretary of state's office and the Senate.

Woman sentenced to 5 years for hit-and-run

An Augusta woman who struck a pedestrian with her vehicle and kept going was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.

Susannah M. Chance, 41, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to the felony offense of failure to stop or return to the scene of an accident and a misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide.

Chance struck Wendy Williams, 47, in the 2200 block of Gordon Highway on Oct. 6, 2008. She surrendered to police the next day.

Man arrested on drug charges near school

Narcotics investigators arrested and charged a man Thursday with operating a meth lab within 1,000 feet of Butler High School.

Jackie Lee Nimmons, 32, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamines, trafficking methamphetamines, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County jail records.

Investigators took him into custody at his home in the 2500 block of Elderberry Drive, off Lumpkin Road, sheriff's Investigator William Leisey said.

Investigators say girl, 1, was not molested

Authorities said Friday they doubt child molestation was involved in the injuries to a 1-year-old Augusta girl reported Thursday.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, the girl's parents took her to University Hospital after they noticed swelling in her private area. A doctor said it appeared the injury was by forced means.

However, investigators said Friday a later examination indicated the swelling was probably not caused by molestation.

Bank robbery suspect sought by authorities

Richmond County authorities are looking for a man who robbed the Georgia's Own Credit Union branch on Augusta West Parkway on Friday.

The sheriff's office responded about 10:45 a.m. to a report that a man had demanded the teller get on the floor while pointing his hand -- which was placed in a bag -- at the woman, according to Sgt. Blaise Dresser.

No weapon was displayed, Dresser said.

Robbery suspects are arrested in traffic stop

A traffic stop Thursday led to the arrest of three armed robbery suspects and the seizure of a firearm, cash and more than 3 ounces of marijuana.

The North Augusta Department of Public Safety charged Exzavian Myers, 20, of Graniteville, with armed robbery, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with mutilated serial numbers and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Lt. Tim Pearson said in a news release.

Stewart Bibbs, 19, of North Augusta, was charged with armed robbery, disregarding a stop sign and expired vehicle license. Hampton Bradley, 21, of Graniteville, was charged with armed robbery.