Across the area

Missing man found in woods near home

Authorities said Monday they found a missing autistic man in a wooded area of Columbia County after a search Sunday using a helicopter and dogs. Timothy Norton, 23, was found near his home on the 1500 block of Joy Road, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Municipal building burglar steals cash

Investigators are searching for a burglar who broke into the Richmond County Municipal building's snack bar between Sunday night and early Monday morning.

The burglar smashed the window to the Jury Room Express and took $340 from an ATM inside, according to a sheriff's report.

The damage to the ATM was estimated at $3,500, the report said.

Investigator Aaron Hannsz said the burglar did not enter the first floor of the building.

Sex offender jailed for not registering move

A convicted sex offender who crossed state lines without contacting law enforcement as required was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge J. Randal Hall imposed the maximum sentence possible on Terry Lee Robinson, 36, who was arrested in Burke County in December 2007.

Mr. Robinson is required to register as a sex offender because of a 1998 child molestation conviction in Florida. The requirement extended to Georgia when he moved north in September 2007, but did not register.

Judge Hall noted that Mr. Robinson served time in Florida for not registering as a sex offender, and seven months after his release from prison he moved to Georgia and again did not register.

Police post reward for tips about stolen safe

Grovetown police advertised a $1,000 reward Monday for information leading to the capture of the person who stole a safe from City Hall.

Someone stole the safe from Grovetown City Hall on Dec. 3. A Public Works Department worker discovered the break-in about 6 a.m.

The safe contained about $1,000 in cash and checks for bill payments by residents.

Police found the empty safe later that day along Gordon Highway near Augusta State Medical Prison.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Grovetown Department of Public Safety at (706) 868-9583, or the Crime Information Tip Line at (866) 844-7090 or (706) 650-8117.

Toys for Tots receives thousands from SRS

Savannah River Site employees donated an estimated 11,836 toys and $15,900 during the site's 18th annual Toys for Tots Drive.

The drive, sponsored by the employees of SRS's Construction Department with support from various SRS organizations, contractors and building trades, offered employees options to donate unwrapped toys, fill stockings, adopt "Christmas Angels" or make monetary contributions.

For the seventh year, the Construction Department helped sponsor the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, allowing SRS employees to adopt 151 area children. Many SRS employees chose to give more than 3,250 clothing and accessory items to Angel Tree recipients.

About 500 Christmas stockings also were filled for area children.

Traffic update

COLUMBIA COUNTY

- Georgia transportation officials will close the Lewiston Road entrance ramp to Interstate 20 for westbound motorists at times on both Wednesday and Thursday. Workers will be paving the ramp between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Detours will be in place. The work had been scheduled for earlier this month, but rains forced delays. For general information on DOT projects, visit their Web site at www.dot.ga.gov.