Originally created 09/23/05

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Fordham files appeal notice

Augusta pharmacist Duncan Fordham followed Robin Williams' lead Thursday by filing notice of his intention to appeal.

Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. granted the receiver permission to liquidate to Mr. Fordham's business, Duncan Drugs.

Mr. Fordham was convicted of health-care fraud with Mr. Williams and three others.

C. Michael Brockman, former director of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia, which was the victim of the health-care fraud, filed a motion asking to remain free on bond pending the outcome of his appeal.

Augusta attorney John Long filed notice this week that he will represent Mr. Williams on appeal. Of the five men tried and convicted together, Mr. Williams received the longest prison term: 10 years.

Police charge man in woman's stabbing

A 46-year-old Aiken man faces charges in the stabbing of a woman Thursday afternoon.

Christopher L. Taylor, of the 100 block of Marvin Drive, was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Aiken sheriff's officials say Mr. Taylor stabbed Sara D. Gadson, 49, of the 100 block of Sumter Street in Aiken.

A motorist saw Ms. Gadson collapse at the intersection of South Carolina Highway 118 and Willow Run Road near Aiken and called for help.

Ms. Gadson was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, but a hospital spokeswoman said she could not release information about her condition.

Investigators arrested Mr. Taylor at his home and found a knife there.

Deputy finds missing Alzheimer's patient

The missing Alzheimer's patient who drove off from an Aiken Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse was found late Wednesday night in southeast Georgia.

Charles Underwood, 73, was stopped by a deputy in Brantley County for weaving at about 9 p.m., Aiken Public Safety spokesman Sgt. David Turno said.

When the officer ran the vehicle's tag number, Sgt. Turno said, he found Mr. Underwood listed as a missing Alzheimer's patient.

Sgt. Turno said the man "obviously drove" to the county near Brunswick, Ga.

"But which route? We have no idea."

Mr. Underwood drove off in a Ford Ranger after his wife went into the store on Whiskey Road at about noon Wednesday.

Mr. Underwood's family drove to Brantley County to pick him up.

Woman left child with patients, police say

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a woman who they reported left her 4-year-old child alone with two patients at her personal care home early Thursday morning.

Monnie Jennifer Walker, 47, of the 3600 block of Audubon Place, was charged with contributing to the deprivation of a minor, violations of city ordinances against public drunkenness and being a "known drug user in a known drug area," Richmond County jail records state.

At 12:28 a.m., deputies saw Ms. Walker loitering, intoxicated, on the corner of Dahlia and Columbine drives, next to a "known drug house," a police report states.

The report states Ms. Walker said she left her child with two patients - both of whom are on numerous medications - at her personal care home.

The boy was taken into the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.

Police connect man to fire at riverwalk

Richmond County authorities investigated a fire in a public restroom on Riverwalk Augusta on Wednesday night.

At about 11 p.m., officers were sent to the restrooms at Jessye Norman Amphitheater after someone called authorities to say there was a naked man on the riverwalk, a police report states.

Fire officials found a fire in the women's restroom, which started after someone set fire to a plastic toilet paper roll, and a burned area in the men's room.

Deputies found Jim Dean Gore, 43, lying on the floor with his pants around his feet, wearing no shirt or shoes, and said he was highly intoxicated.

Deputies arrested Mr. Gore on an outstanding Superior Court bench warrant. He faces a felony shoplifting charge. Jail officials said he was held only on the bench warrant Thursday night and had no other charges at that time.

2 teenagers charged in concessions theft

Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged two teenagers in a burglary at the concession stand at Butler High School on Wednesday night, officials said.

Lt. C.A. Tony Walden said Eric Braswell, who on Wednesday turned 17, the age at which he could be charged as an adult, was charged with burglary. A 15-year-old boy, who was not identified, was charged as a juvenile.

A police report states officers were sent to the Butler High School stadium at about 10 p.m. after someone called to say three males were carrying away crates of beverages.

Woman says man hit her, stole medicine

A 26-year-old North Augusta woman told police that someone assaulted her and robbed her of some prescription medication Wednesday night, a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report states.

The woman said that at 9:15 p.m., while she was walking between Pinecrest Apartments and Chalet North Court, a man approached her and tried to grab her purse.

She said she resisted, and the man punched her in the face. He took out a pill bottle of alprazolam (Xanax), took some of her pills and ran.

Officers noted swelling of her face and blood coming from her nose.

Augusta man says driver shot his leg

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was shot in the leg early Thursday morning, a police report states.

The 23-year-old man said that at 3:25 a.m., while he was walking home on Beman Street, an Isuzu Trooper approached him and the driver demanded his money.

The victim said he told the driver he had nothing and walked away. He said he heard a bang and realized he had been shot. The victim was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

- Edited from staff reports


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