Originally created 10/15/02

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Teens charged with forgery

Two Aiken County teens have been charged with passing counterfeit money at an Augusta flea market during the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Nathaniel Lamar Deloach, 19, of Gregg Street, Graniteville, was charged with six counts of felony forgery in the second degree. Andrew Heath Rogers, 17, of Pine Street, Warrenville, was charged with four counts of felony forgery in the second degree.

Merchants at the South Augusta Flea Market on Doug Barnard Parkway told security officers Sunday that the two teens were passing fake money, said Sgt. Jimmy Vowell of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Police stopped the teens and found them with counterfeit 20s, fives and ones. The fake bills were poor quality and may have been reproduced on a color copier, Sgt. Vowell said.

Accident victim's condition improves

A 9-year-old Augusta girl's condition improved from critical to good Monday, a day after a church van rammed into the car in which she was riding, authorities said.

Katilin Jordan suffered a head injury in the wreck, which occurred at 2:36 p.m. Sunday at 12th and Jones streets, police said. She is being treated at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

Two adults and eight children in the church van were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital to be checked out, but none was seriously injured. Willie Trattie, 69, who was driving the van for Pentecostal Outreach Church, was charged with failure to yield at a stop sign.

Official says plant belongs in Nevada

The chairman of one of Nevada's economic development groups contends that the Nevada Test Site is running neck and neck with Savannah River Site as the possible location of a nuclear trigger plant.

Although some contend that SRS is the favorite, Troy Wade, of the Nevada Alliance for Defense, Energy and Business, said his state's chances are 50-50, according to a report Sunday in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

He argues that the test site's history and location 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas make it the most secure and remote choice. He acknowledged, however, that SRS has an advantage because plutonium is already being stockpiled there.

"Less transportation is required, the reprocessing facilities are there, and they have a huge technology base that we don't have," Mr. Wade was quoted as saying in the Review Journal.

Teen outwits man driving her to hotel

A 13-year-old Augusta girl told police she was nearly kidnapped by a man and taken to a hotel Sunday night, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

The teen said that the 48-year-old man, whom police did not identify, offered to take her to a convenience store but that he drove past the store. The suspect then told the girl he was going to drive to a hotel room and asked whether she would tell, the report states.

She said she was able to run from the car after telling the man her shoestring was caught in the door. The man stopped the vehicle, and she jumped out and ran to her grandmother's house, where police were called.

Officers were unable to find the suspect. Police say he will be charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes if he is found.

2-vehicle wreck leaves man dead

A 41-year-old Louisville, Ga., man died Monday, several hours after he was injured in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 1.

George Lovette was pronounced dead at 9:08 p.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Richmond County Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen. The wreck occurred about 1 p.m. at the intersection of East Kensington Drive and U.S. 1. Police say a 1984 Mercury Cougar driven by Derome Elmore, 44, of the 1900 block of Murphy Road, crossed U.S. 1 from East Kensington and entered the path of a 1998 Ford Windstar, driven by William Harvey Gainey, 66, of Lyons, Ga.

Mr. Lovette was a passenger in Mr. Elmore's car. Police say Mr. Elmore fled the scene on foot. He was later arrested on numerous charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to yield at a stop sign.