Originally created 03/17/04

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Woman reports jewelry stolen

A North Augusta woman told Department of Public Safety officers Monday that someone took items worth more than $16,000 from her home.

Cynthia Riley, 41, of Curtis Drive, said that jewelry worth more than $15,000, camera equipment worth $800, compact discs worth $350 and a bag worth $10 were taken between 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. Monday.

The thief broke in through a back door window, an officer said.

Three-car crash puts two men in hospital

Two men were hospitalized after a three-car accident on Washington Road on Tuesday, a Richmond County sheriff's deputy said.

John R. Scott, 45, of North Augusta, was cited for following too closely after his 2002 Jeep Cherokee rear-ended a 1990 Acura driven by Anthony Martin, 18, of Augusta, at about 3:45 p.m., Deputy William McCarty said.

The Cherokee, which was traveling east, struck the Acura and forced it into the rear of a 1986 Cadillac DeVille driven by William Tutt, 47, also of Augusta, Deputy McCarty said.

The Acura and the Cadillac were at Washington and Stevens Creek roads when the accident occurred, police said.

Mr. Scott was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, and Mr. Martin was taken to Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, police said.

Lincolnton man faces identity theft charges

Federal authorities have charged a Lincolnton, Ga., man with identity fraud and using ill-gotten identities to obtain fraudulent bank loans, officials said Tuesday.

John Daniel Jenkins, 49, has been charged with making false statements on a loan application, bank fraud and fraud connected with identification documents, said Ed Reinhold, the agent in charge of the FBI's Augusta office. Mr. Jenkins was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday.

Investigators found that Mr. Jenkins used Social Security numbers belonging to people in Alabama and north Georgia to obtain false identification, then used the false IDs to get bank loans, Agent Reinhold said.

Insurance agent is indicted in fraud

A 39-year-old insurance agent suspected of bilking rural Burke County Hospital out of nearly $100,000 has been indicted.

Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said Tuesday that a Burke County grand jury indicted Daniel M. Wall on two counts of theft and one count each of forgery and insurance fraud.

Mr. Oxendine's office opened an investigation after hospital employees noticed that the documents they received from insurance companies differed from those they received from Mr. Wall, who sold the hospital several policies.

Man reports robbery in downtown Augusta

A west Georgia visitor reported that he was robbed in downtown Augusta by a man who asked him if he wanted to solicit a prostitute Monday night, officials said.

Thomas Vaughn Coward, 49, of Hogansville, Ga., told deputies that the man approached him outside the Discotheque Lounge on Broad Street at about 10:30 p.m., Richmond County sheriff's Lt. James Young said.

Mr. Coward refused the man's offer and walked on, Lt. Young said, but the man then stuck an object into his back and demanded his wallet.

Company credit cards and more than $100 were taken, Lt. Young said.

Two men are robbed on Gordon Highway

A Milledgeville, Ga., man told police he and his cousin were robbed at gunpoint as they were walking along Gordon Highway in Augusta on Monday night.

Johnny Webb said five men crossed the highway and approached them near the 200 block. One of the men pulled a sawed-off shotgun from his pants, and another took $2,000 in cash from Mr. Webb's waistband, Mr. Webb said.

Senate panel delays vote on tort reform

A vote on tort reform legislation by a key committee of the South Carolina Senate was tabled for two weeks Monday after lawmakers failed to iron out disagreements on several key issues, said Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater.

Rather than risk a legislative defeat, Mr. Moore said, lawmakers decided to postpone the decision in hopes of reaching a compromise.

Woman is arrested in husband's assault

An Augusta woman was arrested after her husband told sheriff's deputies that she cut his neck with a kitchen knife on Monday night.

Jackalyn Middleton, 38, of the 3500 block of Tullock Mill Drive, was charged with battery and booked into the Richmond County jail, a police report says.

Keith S. Leverett told deputies that Ms. Middleton cut him with a kitchen knife during an argument. Ms. Middleton told deputies that she was defending herself.

Two people sought in pawn shop theft

Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking for two people who they said stole a pickup and several items from a Hephzibah pawn shop before hitting two cars and a residence early Tuesday morning.

Johnny F. Parker, 48, of Hephzibah, told investigators that someone took his 1986 Chevrolet C-10 pickup sometime after 4 a.m. Deputies said they spotted someone driving the truck and chased it to the 2300 block of Old Tobacco Road, where the driver and a passenger fled from the vehicle.

Officials investigate shooting of teenager

Aiken County sheriff's officials are investigating the nonfatal shooting of an Aiken teen late Monday night.

Authorities said Randy Williams, 17, was wounded in the chest and left arm by a shotgun round as he stood on the front porch of his home on Dallas Circle at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Lt. Michael Frank said Mr. Williams was taken by emergency medical service personnel to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with wounds that were not thought to be life-threatening.