Originally created 09/21/04

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Truck strikes 9-year-old boy

A 9-year-old south Augusta boy was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Monday morning after he was struck by a pickup while waiting for a school bus.

Richmond County sheriff's officials did not immediately identify the child but said he was taken to MCG before 8 a.m.

Sgt. Glenn Sammons said that according to a preliminary investigation, the child tried to run across New McDuffie Road in the 2300 block.

He was struck by a southbound Chevrolet 1500 driven by Luther Gaskill, Sgt. Sammons said. The sergeant said the child was alert after the accident, which remained under investigation.

Deputies say two men deceived customers

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for two men they said sold tire rims and pocketed the money without delivering the goods, officials said Monday.

Michael Bernard Gilmore, 34, and Larry Bernard Gilmore, 32, are wanted on a charge of theft by deception in Richmond County, sheriff's Investigator Shane McDaniel said.

Officials said the two had been advertising and selling rims and had been telling customers the merchandise would be in within a few days, Investigator McDaniel said.

Weapons charge lands gunshot victim in jail

A Richmond County man who told police he was accidentally shot in the leg was jailed Monday after deputies discovered he was in possession of a weapon as a convicted felon, a police report states.

Michael Jason Allen, 30, of Blythe, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to a police report, Mr. Allen told deputies his dog knocked over a .22-caliber rifle he had borrowed from another person and the weapon discharged into his right calf.

After he was taken to Doctors Hospital, deputies found that Mr. Allen had been convicted of several felonies, the records state.

3 women are charged with drug possession

State and local authorities have arrested three women and charged them with trying to pass illegal drugs to an inmate in federal custody at the McDuffie County jail, officials said Monday.

Jennifer Shelton, 17, of Blythe; Elizabeth Lewis, 29, of Blythe; and Ashley Bartlett, 19, of Augusta, were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, said Mike Seigler, the special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson office.

Agent Seigler said a package for the inmate was intercepted Sept. 7 at the jail and officials found the drugs hidden inside a deodorant container from which the deodorant had been removed.

Augustan is accused of scalding 1-year-old girl

An Augusta man was charged with cruelty to children after doctors found severe burns on a 1-year-old girl, police reports say.

Paul Dewayne Jones, 25, of the 2700 block of Deen Avenue, was charged with cruelty to children in the first degree, police records show.

Mr. Jones, who was looking after the girl, was charged after she was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital for severe burns on both feet.

The records say doctors told authorities the burns were consistent with dunking the child into hot water.

Man takes cash from west Augusta grocer

Sheriff's investigators are looking into a Monday robbery at a west Augusta grocery store, police reports state.

According to a police report, at 1:23 a.m. a man entered the Kroger in the 2800 block of Washington Road and asked whether Western Union services were available.

After being told no, he picked up a pack of gum from the counter and handed a clerk $1 for the purchase.

When the clerk opened the cash register, the man leaned across the counter and snatched the cash, the report says.

Girls say Grovetown man molested them

A Grovetown man is in jail after two juveniles accused him of molestation.

William Elwood Porter, 34, of the 300 block of Creekside Drive, was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday on child molestation and sexual battery charges stemming from a Sept. 11 incident involving two girls he was baby-sitting, said Grovetown Department of Public Safety Investigator Mark Albright.

A 13-year-old Martinez girl and a 15-year-old Grovetown girl told Grovetown authorities that Mr. Porter had fondled them, Investigator Albright said. Mr. Porter was arrested Friday, Investigator Albright said. He was being held on a $35,200 bond, according to jail personnel.

Activists defend DeMint's tax plan

Three anti-tax activists stumped in Aiken on Monday as surrogates for U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint's campaign for U.S. Senate, defending the Republican's support for a national sales tax as part of a push to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and eliminate the federal income tax.

Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, said Mr. DeMint's Democratic opponent, Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, has deliberately distorted Mr. DeMint's position in TV ads by making it appear his proposal would be an additional tax burden on South Carolinians instead of a replacement tax.

The event was part of an all-day campaign swing by Mr. DeMint aimed at deflecting Democratic attacks.



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