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Police probing report of abuse

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating an injury to a 10-month-old child that an emergency room doctor reported as possible child abuse.

The doctor at Trinity Hospital of Augusta called police Sunday night to report that a baby was brought to the hospital with a spiral break to her leg, which the doctor said could occur only if someone grabbed the leg and twisted it very hard.

The mother told police that the baby was sitting on the couch with her legs underneath her on top of a belt and that her 7-year-old brother grabbed the belt and jerked it from under her, causing the break.

The doctor said that was unlikely but not impossible, according to the sheriff's report.

The case was turned over to an investigator and the Department of Family and Children Services.

Man robs Movie Gallery at gunpoint

A man robbed the Movie Gallery in North Augusta about midnight Sunday, according to a North Augusta Public Safety Office report.

The man entered the store at closing time and said he wanted to open a membership. He left, saying he needed to get his identification.

He returned with a handgun wrapped in a cloth and ordered the two clerks to lie on the floor and not to move for 10 minutes. He then took money from the cash register and left in a burgundy, four-door car believed to be a Grand Marquis, the report states.

Golf car found after teen reports theft

A golf car was stolen from a south Augusta teen about midnight Sunday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Preston Ryan Greene told officers that a heavyset man wearing dark clothes came up to him on Cougar Drive in Hephzibah, pulled his shirt up, said he had a gun and demanded the keys to the golf car. Mr. Greene gave him the keys, and the man drove away, according to a witness.

The golf car was recovered in the 2300 block of Turkey Trail Drive in Hephzibah and returned to Mr. Greene, according to the report.

County commission reschedules meeting

The Columbia County Board of Commissioners' regularly scheduled meeting for tonight has been rescheduled because of the Labor Day holiday.

The board will meet next at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Evans Government Center auditorium off Ronald Reagan Drive.

Service will mark anniversary of Sept. 11

Columbia County will hold a memorial service to mark the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

The ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Justice Center flagpole in the Evans Government Center to remember those who lost their lives and those who gave of themselves to save others.

County Commission Chairman Ron Cross, the Rev. Richard Thigpen, of Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue, and Capt. David Butler, a bagpipe soloist with Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue, will participate in the event.

Day of Remembrance will honor missing

A day of remembrance will be held at Horse Creek-Midland Valley Veterans Park for the nation's missing in action and former prisoners of war.

The memorial will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the park, which is on Highway 421 in Bath. A reception will follow.

Call Judith Knight at (803) 593-3553 with information on former prisoners of war and people missing in action.

- From staff reports

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pofwe 09/04/07 - 07:17 am
Why not give the race of the

Why not give the race of the Movie Gallery & golf cart thief? When no race is given ...assume they were black. Why?

Leftystandup 09/04/07 - 07:55 am
Who made that assumption? I

Who made that assumption? I think you're reading additional material than the stories I just read. Never once did I personally even think about the race of the perps. It doesn't really matter what color you are, it's about the attitude..... and a decent brain in your head

TWright987 09/04/07 - 08:36 am
My nephew fell out of a

My nephew fell out of a recliner when he was not much older and spiral fractured his femur. Poor child was in a body cast. It was in no way child abuse. He was even playing by himself. He fell over the arm of the chair and had his foot between the cushion and the arm rest. I can't speak for these people, I don't know them. All I am saying is that these things CAN happen. Sometimes good peple get a bad rap, but other times, bad people fall through the cracks.

gadawg1968 09/04/07 - 12:32 pm
POFWE...they wonder why there

POFWE...they wonder why there is racism...You said it must be a black person. Well I say who cares? I am white andI have no problems saying it could have been a white person as well as a black person. When ignorant people such as yourself get out of Augusta then it will be a better place for us all to live. It takes the black keys and the white keys of a piano to play the Star Spangled Banner!!!!

Chuchi 09/04/07 - 12:32 pm
You're right, TWright; those

You're right, TWright; those things can and do happen. The belt story doesn't sound implausible and it would be difficult for the average abusive mom or dad to make something like that up. It's a lot harder to lie and stick to that lie, especially under pressure, than it is to tell the truth. Plus, a leg fracture caused by an angry adult would most likely have been preceded by other marks of abuse, which the doctor undoubtedly would have recognized and reported. I hope the Chronicle will let us know what happens (but I doubt they will).

3572 09/04/07 - 12:46 pm
pofwe you are a real a@@

pofwe you are a real a@@ hole. Everytime you post its something stupid.


What a joke
What a joke 09/04/07 - 01:37 pm
Either the Augusta Chronicle

Either the Augusta Chronicle or the investigators are too silly to realize that if you want to catch a criminal, give the best description possible. If the culprit has been caught, then you don't need to advertise the race.

marien 09/04/07 - 01:59 pm
gadawg1968 you are right,

gadawg1968 you are right, color does not matter a crime has been committed so just focus on the criminal mind and hope they are brought to justice.

charles yonce
charles yonce 09/04/07 - 02:16 pm
how often have you seen a 10

how often have you seen a 10 month old sit on a couch with it's legs tucked underneath? they usually don't have that kind of coordination at that age.take the 7 yr old down the hall and ask him some questions,then let's all ask where was the father? ask him a few questions,simple.

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