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Woman hospitalized after car rear-ended

An accident on Mike Padgett Highway on Monday left a woman in critical condition and stalled traffic for several hours.

Around noon, the woman was attempting to make a left turn onto 4-H Club Road from Mike Padgett Highway when a tractor-trailer rear-ended her, said Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Lonnie Moore.

The woman was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Moore said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was charged with following too closely and failing to stop in time, Sgt. Moore said.

The southbound and northbound lanes on Mike Padgett Highway were closed until about 3 p.m.

Air conditioning units dismantled for copper

A Walton Way business suffered $16,000 in damage over Easter weekend, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Components were stolen from seven air conditioning units at Burt Storey & Associates, in the 3500 block of Walton Way, between Friday evening and Monday morning, according to the report.

The units were dismantled behind the business and were damaged beyond repair, according to the report.

Habitat for Humanity Homes reported a burglary at one of its homes in south Augusta during the same time period. Seven rolls of copper wiring were taken from the Dublin Drive home, which is not yet occupied, according to a sheriff's report.

Investigators could not find any signs of forced entry. The wiring is valued at $900.