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HIV-positive woman charged by police

An Augusta woman who police say had unprotected sex without telling her partner she was HIV positive has been charged with reckless conduct.

The alleged victim told sheriff's investigators in September that he had sex with Ramika Gregory about five times before her family found out and told him he needed to be tested, a report states.

Gregory, 30, of the 200 block of Sapelo Drive, was charged Tuesday with reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person. HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, can be a precursor to AIDS.

Man shot in shoulder in morning robbery

A man was shot in the shoulder Tuesday morning by a robber, police said.

Investigators say the victim was in a parking lot near the Economy Inn in the 3000 block of Deans Bridge Road about 9:45 a.m. when he was confronted by a man. The robber demanded money, and when the victim refused he was shot in the shoulder, a report says. The robber fled to a nearby waiting vehicle and fled.

The getaway vehicle was later found in the 3400 block of Princess Court. The victim was taken to Medical College of Georgia for treatment.

Police investigating Monday home invasion

Authorities are investigating a home invasion on Pineview Lane in Hephzibah on Monday night.

One of the victims said that when he pulled into the driveway at 11:49 p.m. someone hit him and stole his house keys, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Four men entered the victim's home and held him at gunpoint as they searched for jewelry and money, the report said. They also hit the female victim in the head with a handgun and dragged her into the living room.

Thief targets arcade machines at theater

Someone broke into the arcade machines at Regal 20 Cinemas on Agerton Lane between Friday and Monday.

When a worker came to service the machines Monday, he found the padlocks cut and cash and other items removed, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The thief had broken the locks, pried open the machine, removed the cash, then closed it back up, the report said.

Also stolen were several DVDs and video games from one of the machines.

Thief grabs purse from woman in Kroger lot

A 60-year-old woman was robbed of her purse in the parking lot of Kroger on 15th Street Monday night.

The victim said she was getting into her car at about 10:35 p.m. when a man in the adjacent parking spot got out of his car and pushed her into her vehicle, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. The thief grabbed her purse, got back into his car and drove away.

Aiken County school boards want tribunals

Discipline tribunals are closer to becoming a reality in the Aiken County schools.

The school board voted 7-1 Tuesday to ask administrators to draft a proposal on tribunals and create a more consistent policy across five attendance areas.

The administration will bring the board a proposal for discussion, with the final vote at the next meeting.

Twenty-mile pursuit ends with DUI charge

Police said they arrested and charged a 56-year-old man with driving under the influence Sunday after they pursued him for more than 20 miles.

Bruce Marshall Hewston, 56, of 907 Wire Road, was also charged with failure to stop for blue lights, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety incident report.

About 7:50 p.m. Sunday a man in a Ford Ranger nearly collided with a North Augusta officer's car in the 1000 block of Edgefield Road, the report says. The officer activated his lights, and the driver pulled over on the eastbound Interstate 20 ramp. The officer said he smelled a strong odor of alcohol when he talked to the man.

When the officer walked behind the truck to check the tag number, the man fled east on I-20. Officers from North Augusta Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office pursued him to his house in Aiken, the report says. The man resisted as the officers attempted to handcuff him, and they had to use a Taser several times, the report says.

County awarded loan for sewer line project

Augusta-Richmond County was awarded a $23,530,950 low-interest loan Tuesday that will finance the extension of sewer lines from the Messerly Water Pollution Control plant to a trunk line along Butler Creek.

The financing through the Geor­gia Environmental Fa­cil­i­ties Au­thor­ity's Clean Water State Re­volving Fund carries a 3 percent interest rate over 20 years and will allow faster completion of a n environmental infrastructure project. Augusta's project was the largest of seven announced  by Gov. Son­ny Perdue.

Other awards, which brought the total to $46 million, were made to the cities of Blairs­ville, Craw­ford­ville, Look­out Moun­tain, Meigs and Port Wentworth and the Hen­ry Coun­ty Water and Sewer­age Au­thor­ity.


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