Originally created 09/30/05

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Charge upgraded in cyclist death

A Columbia County grand jury upgraded charges against a Martinez man accused of running over a bicyclist who later died, according to court documents released Thursday.

The grand jury indicted Richard Kyle Post, 25, of the 4200 block of Green Ivy Circle, on a charge of homicide by vehicle in the first degree.

Mr. Post was arrested on a serious injury by vehicle charge after police say he hit Harendra Sinha, 63, then drove a mile with the man lodged in the windshield before leaving the car and Mr. Sinha behind an elementary school Aug. 29.

Mr. Sinha died Sept. 19 from his injuries, Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie King said.

The grand jury also indicted Mr. Post on charges of failure to stop at or return to the scene of an accident, kidnapping with bodily injury, driving under the influence and making false statements, according to the indictment.

Mr. Post is being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center.

Glascock school chief is under investigation

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission is investigating a complaint against Glascock County School Superintendent Jim Holton involving alleged irregularities in attendance records.

The commission, authorized by state law to evaluate allegations of criminal behavior or ethical violations by educators, does not share details of such cases until - and if - a disposition is reached, said Gary Walker, the director of the commission's Ethics Division.

Mr. Holton, contacted at his office Thursday, said he welcomes the inquiry and is confident he will be cleared.

Mother accuses man of asking girl for sex

Police arrested a South Carolina man Wednesday after a woman said he asked her teenage daughter for a sexual favor.

Antoine Dakar Brown, 27, of Trenton, was charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to a Richmond County jail report.

Mr. Brown was accused of asking the 14-year-old girl if she would have sex for money, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

The girl refused, her mother told police. The incident occurred Sept. 23 at about 3:30 p.m. on 15th Street, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

Mr. Brown remained in the Richmond County jail without bond, a jail employee said Thursday.

Deputies charge man with driving 104 mph

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they said sped on a south Richmond County road, got into an accident and fled from police Wednesday night.

Ernest Calvin Johnson III, 28, of the 500 block of Pine Needle Road in Waynesboro, was charged with driving 104 mph in a 55 mph zone, fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident, having no license on his person and making an improper right turn, jail records state.

A police report states that before 9 p.m., sheriff's deputies attempted to pull Mr. Johnson over after clocking him at an excessive rate of speed in a 2003 Chevrolet 1500 pickup, going southbound on Mike Padgett Highway at Clark Road.

When Mr. Johnson attempted to make a right turn onto Hephzibah-McBean Road, the truck left the road and hit a parked 1993 Chevrolet S-10.

Mr. Johnson fled before he was taken into custody in the 900 block of Hephzibah-McBean Road, according to the report.

Man sought in forgery of body shop's check

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who they said forged at least one check from a business that was performing work on his wrecked car.

Marcus Sheldon James, 31, whose last known address was West Fourth Street in Waynesboro, Ga., is wanted on forgery charges, Investigator Anita Hopson said.

She said Mr. James is accused of taking at least one check from Quality Paint and Body, where his Ford Mustang was being repaired, and cashing it at a convenience store, receiving $360.

Anyone with information about Mr. James' whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Evans man is accused of making death threat

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Evans man who is accused of threatening to kill a 20-year-old Augusta woman, records show.

Brandon Todd Tinker, 20, of the 4800 block of Hereford Farm Road in Evans, was charged Thursday with felony terroristic threats and acts, felony criminal damage to property in the second degree and misdemeanor battery, jail records state.

A police report states that Andrea Dawn Bruehl, 20, told police Wednesday that Mr. Tinker held her against her will at her home in the 200 block of Timberbrook Circle and held a knife to her throat, threatening to kill her if she called for help.

She also said he punched her several times and ripped an earring out of her left ear.

Police investigating 4 robberies at stores

An Augusta convenience store clerk reported a robbery to Richmond County sheriff's deputies Thursday morning, a police report states.

The clerk at the Circle K in the 1700 block of Walton Way said a man entered the store at 3:13 a.m. and ordered her to "Open up, open up."

The man went behind the counter and ordered her to open both registers. He took money and ran.

In two other cases, police investigated robberies at the BP Gas station in the 3700 block of Mike Padgett Highway and the Short Stop station in the 2500 block of Milledgeville Road, sheriff's Lt. James Young said.

Also, an employee at Wendy's restaurant across the street from the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center reported a robbery there Wednesday night.

A man ordered food, then snatched money from a cash register, she told police.