Originally created 06/12/04

Across the area



Man is wanted in check fraud

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who they said cashed several checks in the area that had false bank accounts on them.

Eric Paul Flournoy, 32, of Midville, Ga., is wanted on charges of negotiating checks with false information, said Investigator Shane McDaniel.

Nearly every day this past week, Mr. Flournoy and others have cashed fictitious payroll checks at area businesses, Investigator McDaniel said. Similar checks have been cashed from Atlanta to Augusta, and more than $10,000 has been taken in the scam.

Anyone with information about Mr. Flournoy is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Police investigate herbicide spraying

North Augusta police are investigating an incident in which herbicide was sprayed in the front yard of a Bolin Road residence, damaging expensive trees and shrubbery.

Phillip Mottel, of Bolin Road, told police his plants began deteriorating in May. After initially thinking they were being attacked by a fungus, Mr. Mottel reported that soil samples showed the plants had been sprayed with an herbicide. The damaged plants include a Japanese ornamental maple, two dogwood trees, azaleas, boxwood hedges and a holly tree.

Damage was estimated at $4,200 to $5,000.

Fund is created for children of victim

A fund has been established for the three children whose mother was strangled and burned earlier this week, according to the family's church.

The public can contribute to the fund for Shanequa Carpenter's three children - Alyssia, 11 months; Isaiah, 2; and Schuyler, 5 - at any area Wachovia bank branch, according to members of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

Donations can also be sent to the Shanequa Carpenter Children's Fund, P.O. Box 9896, Augusta, GA 30916.

Firefighters found Ms. Carpenter's body Sunday off Pebble Creek Road.

Authorities search for restaurant burglar

Richmond County authorities are looking for a burglar who stole more than $1,500 from Nacho Mama's restaurant on Broad Street, according to a police report.

Managers closed at 11:30 p.m. Thursday and returned an hour later to find the back door ajar and the office door forced open.

Employees told police they believe someone hid in the restaurant at closing time.

Beasley plans trip to downtown Aiken

Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley, fresh from his first-place finish in Tuesday's Republican primary for U.S. Senate, will be in Aiken this morning, a campaign spokesman said. Mr. Beasley, now facing a June 22 runoff against U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, of Greenville, will take a walking tour of downtown Aiken with state Rep. Roland Smith, the chairman of the Aiken County legislative delegation, and Mayor Fred Cavanaugh.