Across the Area

Burglary suspect flees police car, recaptured


A burglary suspect escaped from the back of a patrol car Sun­day night but was recaptured when he went home, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

A deputy arrested Terrance Watton about 11 p.m. because his shoe prints matched those found at a burglarized home in Hephzibah, according to the report.

The deputy left Watton in the car while she walked through the home with the victim and returned to find Watton had opened his door and fled. Several deputies searched the area unsuccessfully, but one was waiting for Watton when he returned to his home in the 4400 block of Deans Bridge Road.

Watton was charged with burglary and escape.

Recreation site hours could be hurt by cuts

Some of Thurmond Lake’s campgrounds and day-use recreation areas might close earlier, and possibly open later, as the Ar­my Corps of Engineers adapts to a leaner fiscal 2012 budget year.

Currently, several boat ramps are closed, but the reason is low water, not budget issues.

Some of the pending closures are in line with measures taken last year, said Chrissy Wester­berg, the project’s chief ranger for recreation.

“The campgrounds at Mount Carmel and Broad River will close Labor Day, as they have the last few years,” she said. “But all of the other campgrounds, with the exception of Petersburg, will close Sept. 30.”

Similar cutbacks are occurring at many corps facilities, including Lake Lanier, where the corps has announced plans to open some areas later and close them earlier next year.

Aiken officials stress watering restrictions

A rainfall shortage is prompting the city of Aiken to ask residents to adhere to watering restrictions.

City residents are being asked to set their irrigation systems to water every other day, according an e-mail from the Aiken Depart­ment of Public Safety.

Homes with odd house numbers should water only on Mon­day, Wednesday and Friday. Homes with even house numbers should water only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

No irrigation should take place Sundays, the e-mail says.

Sporadic rainfall has forced the city to start using reserve water from the Mason Branch Reservoir. The e-mail states that the city might issue mandatory irrigation restrictions if rainfall doesn’t return to normal and voluntary conservation efforts fail to reduce water use.

Clothes, other items stolen from business

Clothing, watches, shoes, stereo systems and computer items totaling $2,913 were stolen from Extreme Detail and More in the 3100 block of Deans Bridge Road between 8 p.m. Sunday and
9 a.m. Monday.

The clothes and stereos were reported missing from a glass case, according to a Richmond Coun­ty sheriff’s report. Com­pu­ter monitors and printers were taken from an office, and $200 was taken from a cash register, the report states.

Burglar hits company from nearby business

Steel tubing, reels and plates worth more than $11,000 and a $3,500 generator were stolen from Highliter Cable Co. in the 3300 block of Beaver Drive off Marks Church Road, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

On Monday morning, an employee noticed the items missing, including reels measuring 6 feet by 4 feet and 4-by-2-feet steel plates.

The employee said the burglar accessed the rear of the property from an adjacent business sometime after Aug. 20, the report states.

Track marks leading from the property and a hand truck were found at the scene.

Beauty supplies taken in Olive Road burglary

Beauty supplies and jewelry valued at $5,000 each and $200 worth of truck batteries were stolen from B&B Variety Shop in the 1600 block of Olive Road, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

A burglar entered between
2 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Monday by pushing in a window air-conditioner unit, an employee said.

Four glass display cases and a filing cabinet were damaged. The door of a shed on the corner of the property was also damaged, but the stereo and cash register inside it were not taken, the report states.


– From staff reports