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Mr. Payroll employee admits taking $50,000

An employee of an Augusta payday loan business admitted Wednesday she stole $50,173.

Chantele L. Battle, 28, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to theft. She admitted she stole the money from her employer, Mr. Payroll, on July 12.

Ms. Battle was sentenced to serve five years in prison followed by five years on probation. Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet agreed to sentence her under the First Offender Act. As a condition of probation she must repay the money she stole and pay a $25,000 fine.

Armed robbery reported at motel

Police responded to an armed robbery at a south Augusta motel late Wednesday.

About 11:30 p.m., two women entered the Wingate Inn at 2123 Nolan Connector off Gordon Highway and demanded cash from an employee, an Augusta 911 dispatcher said.

No injuries were reported and Richmond County sheriff's investigators were called to the scene.

Two men sentenced in sex crimes with child

Two Augusta men received prison terms Wednesday after pleading guilty in separate cases in which a child was the victim of a sex crime.

Arnie A. Rodriquez, 43, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to child molestation and five counts of sexual exploitation of children. He admitted he molested a girl between the ages of 13 and 15. He was sentenced to nine years.

Ralph J. Conklin, 24, pleaded guilty in the sexual battery of a 5-year-old girl in May. Mr. Conklin, the prosecutor said, had been accused of child molestation before. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Intruder being sought might have injuries

A man sought for vehicle break-ins at West Lake subdivision is not suspected of break-ins in other Columbia County neighborhoods, police said on Wednesday.

The Monday break-ins in Westlake, a gated community in Martinez, resulted in the intruder's possibly being shot by a Medical College of Georgia police officer, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

The MCG officer, Peter Barbara, discovered the man in his Chevrolet Suburban, parked at his home on the 3800 block of Inverness Way, about 6 a.m. Monday. The intruder reportedly pointed a gun at Mr. Barbara, who had his own weapon and shot four times, striking the intruder's .40-caliber Glock, which was stolen from a vehicle earlier that morning, Capt. Morris said.

The West Lake Property Owners Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of the intruder, which police describe as a black male, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing about 160 pounds. He might have a wound on his right arm or right hand, Capt. Morris said.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at (706) 541-2800.

Ex-Brown adviser told to surrender passport

Former James Brown adviser and trustee David Cannon was ordered to surrender his passport Wednesday.

Mr. Cannon, who has been accused of misappropriating millions of the late singer's money, is to hand his passport over to his attorneys, Judge Jack Early ruled.

Judge Early had previously ordered Mr. Cannon not to leave the state, but an attorney representing the singer's children expressed concerns that the former trustee might flee.

At a court hearing in November, Mr. Cannon testified that he owns property in Honduras, where he and his wife have spent about $866,000 to build a home. Mr. Cannon also is the focus of an IRS audit and a criminal investigation being conducted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Relative dies of head injuries after fight

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a New Ellenton man in a fight with his stepbrother outside a home in the 100 block of Mull Street in New Ellenton, sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said.

The victim is identified as Randy M. Simpson, 46, of the 200 block of Valley Drive in New Ellenton, Lt. Frank said.

Nicholas L. Scott, 28, also of the 200 block of Valley Drive in New Ellenton, is facing a murder charge, he said.

Early Wednesday, the victim reportedly got into a fight inside the home with his stepbrother. The fight moved outside, where Mr. Scott repeatedly kicked the victim in the head, Lt. Frank said. Mr. Scott fled.

An autopsy in Newberry found that the victim died of a closed head injury.

Mr. Scott is described as white, 6 feet 3 inches tall and 185 pounds.

He has brown hair and a tattoo on his neck, Lt. Frank said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Brad Wertz at (800) 922-9709 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) 559-TIPS.

Controlled burn was cause of smoky skies

Smoky skies over downtown Augusta on Wednesday were caused by a controlled burn at Fort Gordon, according to Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker.

She said numerous phone calls prompted her to contact the state forestry service. The burning operation is designed to clear underbrush from 1,086 acres on the military property, she said in an e-mail.

Woman dies of wreck injuries

A 21-year-old Gloverville woman who was injured in a wreck on Sudlow Lake Road on Valentine's Day died Wednesday, according to a news release from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Brandy Cox never regained consciousness after the crash and died of a traumatic brain injury at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, the release stated.

Ms. Cox was the lone occupant of a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse and was believed to be returning from Augusta on Sudlow Lake Road in Aiken when her vehicle left the eastbound lane and struck a tree, Mr. Carlton said.

Meetings on nuclear weapons set for today

A federal agency will hold public meetings today in North Augusta to discuss a plan to restructure the nation's nuclear weapons platform.

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, the agency responsible for the security and upkeep of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile, will hold meetings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 10 p.m. at the North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.

The agency is considering consolidating the assets of the nation's nuclear weapons complex, according to an Energy Department news release. Officials will discuss the Draft Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.

To view a copy of the presentation, log on to www.eh.doe.gov/NEPA/na/bbs08January11ComplexTrans">style="bold">www.eh.doe.gov/NEPA/na/bbs08January11ComplexTrans formationDEISNOA.htm

Law department counsel gets job permanently

Augusta commissioners promoted the interim general counsel of the city's in-house law department to permanent status Tuesday.

Chiquita T. Johnson was awarded the job permanently with no discussion. She will be paid $125,000 a year and receive a car allowance, according to City Administrator Fred Russell. Ms. Johnson was hired as a staff attorney but was named interim general counsel when Macon City Attorney J. Pope Langstaff decided not to accept the job.

Ms. Johnson graduated from Emory University School of Law in 1996 and has worked for the City of Atlanta Law Department; Association County Commissioners of Georgia; the Georgia Department of Public Safety and more recently Deming, Parker, Hoffman, Green and Campbell, Associates, in Norcross.

-- From staff reports

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ONLY THE TRUTH
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ONLY THE TRUTH 02/21/08 - 04:52 am
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Do we have an County

Do we have an County Emergency Services Director in Richmond County????????????

Itll be alright
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Itll be alright 02/21/08 - 05:55 am
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Goodmorning

Goodmorning

WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 02/21/08 - 06:45 am
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The commission ran off the

The commission ran off the Richmond County emergency services director and she moved to Columbia County. We thank the commissioners for their stupidity!

Itll be alright
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Itll be alright 02/21/08 - 07:54 am
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What happened to The Rants

What happened to The Rants and Raves Reader Comments, I can't leave a message or see where anyone else has either. What up????

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 02/21/08 - 07:55 am
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So now your fire chief does

So now your fire chief does double duty.

naugliberal
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naugliberal 02/21/08 - 08:27 am
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Someone stole money from a

Someone stole money from a payday lender. Now that's irony.

1loveforever2
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1loveforever2 02/21/08 - 08:32 am
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Someone please help me!

Someone please help me! What happen to the white chick that stole money in Bruke County from?

dani
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dani 02/21/08 - 08:58 am
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Burke County? You might need

Burke County? You might need to call somebody there.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/21/08 - 09:21 am
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I noticed the problem with

I noticed the problem with Rants and Raves today, too. Thanks for making note of it angie1961. I'll try to reach "Sherman". As for why we don't have a Pam Tucker. No good reason I've been able to figure. Maybe she asked for an emergency siren system. It seems to be a no-no around here. I've found that out the hard way. It's too simple and effective. Sure it's probably expensive. But so is loss of life and limb in disasters.

dani
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dani 02/21/08 - 09:27 am
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baroness..Austin was saying

baroness..Austin was saying that Bob Young had an agenda for replacing Pam Tucker. And we now know the replacement didn't work out.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 02/21/08 - 09:42 am
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She got greedy. $29,000.00

She got greedy. $29,000.00 would have gotten her probation.

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peachykeen 02/21/08 - 10:12 am
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The lady in Burke County

The lady in Burke County plead guilty, under the First Offender Act she received 5 years probation, and a fine, can't remember how much. If she pays the fine in 12 months she can serve the remainder of her probation unsupervised. But note probation under first offender is very strict....can't mess up.

Jillian
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Jillian 02/21/08 - 10:13 am
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What happened to the people

What happened to the people who worked for the dump and was stealing $$$$?

peachykeen
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peachykeen 02/21/08 - 10:13 am
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She had already returned the

She had already returned the amount she was accused of stealing so that was not an issue.

Jillian
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Jillian 02/21/08 - 10:25 am
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Returning the money stolen

Returning the money stolen does not eliminate the crime.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/21/08 - 10:37 am
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dani, yep, I heard that, too.

dani, yep, I heard that, too. I was just being a grumpy opportunist when I was venting about the lack of an emergency warning siren. Where's some chocolate. LOL.

dani
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dani 02/21/08 - 11:18 am
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baroness..I wish I could pass

baroness..I wish I could pass some chocolate along to you. All this Valentine candy added to chocolates still uneaten from Christmas. Yikes.

Jillian is right. Stealing is a crime and should be treated as such.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 02/21/08 - 11:37 am
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She returned the money

She returned the money because she got CAUGHT.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/21/08 - 12:55 pm
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I hope people will realize

I hope people will realize they need to keep their cars locked for a number of reasons, no matter where they are. You don't want to be driving along and suddenly discover you have an extra passenger who was hidden in the back before you entered your vehicle. You don't want some vindictive person planting contraband in your car for some nefarious reason, you don't want someone entering your car and stealing anything that might have information helpful for identity theft. All this makes me anxious, but I found some chocolate to calm my nerves. Any of ya'll ever made cooked pudding? They still sell that type and I cooked some up two nights ago and put the rest in the fridge. So I'm having my hot chocolate pudding, now chilled, for dessert after my lunch. That will tide me over. Neighbors and friends, don't make things easy for criminals, lock everything up.

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augusta49 02/21/08 - 12:58 pm
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What happened with the

What happened with the assistant manager from the Evans Walmart who stole cash?? Was he arrested? The paper only said that he was terminated. What was his name? Names are usually in all other theft stories. You would think that with it being WALMART and in Evans, that there would have been a bigger story. Anyone have any clues?

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augusta49 02/21/08 - 12:59 pm
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Also, I have a friend who

Also, I have a friend who doesn't have health insurance because of losing her job. She is now in another job but only part time. What is the best route to take for getting some type of health insurance that is cheap?? Thanks and everyone have a great day. This would be for her and her little boy.

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merlin 02/21/08 - 01:19 pm
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How can you all be worried

How can you all be worried about people stealing money when a 24 yr old got ONLY 5 years in prison for sexually battering a 5 YEAR OLD????? The other guy molested an older girl and I'm assuming he got 9 yrs because of the additional counts of exploitation. Exploitation is nothing near a 5 year old being sexually battered. Plus the guy had been accused of molestation previously. What's up with the system? That's not justice.

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Lucy123 02/21/08 - 01:48 pm
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Why no report on the

Why no report on the carjacking that took place yesterday on Walton Way?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/21/08 - 02:06 pm
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merlin, it might be that

merlin, it might be that people are too upset to say anything about it. Just reading this much has made my stomach feel like it is getting sliced inside. There is a lot of injustice in the world. I don't know the particulars of this case, so I don't feel that I am in a position to discuss it, but it sure hurts like you know what to know people like this exist. Lucy123, I was wondering the same thing. I heard that a student didn't cooperate with attempted carjackers, she ran off but they carjacked another car. And when she told the person at the counter in the convenience store they wouldn't help her. She had to get help on her own, which delayed response time. This was right across from Richmond Academy. If I was a Richmond County student or parent, I would be boycotting that store.

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GET REAL1 02/21/08 - 02:17 pm
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i always knew that u were

i always knew that u were crazy baroness....i hope that coco ( or a doc) helps

adrian22
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adrian22 02/21/08 - 02:35 pm
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I wonder what she did with

I wonder what she did with all the money. I want to see this thief. Hey, where's the picture. Where's that mugshot?

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me001968 02/21/08 - 02:36 pm
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TY merlin, my thoughts

TY merlin, my thoughts exactly! Who gives a crap about who stole what money when the focus of these posts need to be on these kids who were victimized. Carjacking is wrong too but I'd be more worried about children who were sexually battered and molested than a carjacking.....geez

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/21/08 - 02:52 pm
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GET REAL. If you want people

GET REAL. If you want people to think it's crazy to keep everything locked up, I am prone to theorize that you want it to be easy for things to be stolen. Why would you want that? It's not crazy to be upset that children are being victimized, either. It's crazy NOT to be upset that children are being victimized. So which is it GET REAL, are YOU the one that needs a "doc" - of the shrink variety? You don't know me so you are not qualified to make any assumptions about me.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/21/08 - 03:05 pm
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If a woman is 21 years old

If a woman is 21 years old with a 6 year old child, she shouldn't be going around labeling other people. I'd think she would have learned some empathy for others, or else she hasn't learned anything worthwhile yet. You are just inviting others to judge and label you. That is not smart.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/21/08 - 03:09 pm
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Yeahok, if someone says there

Yeahok, if someone says there stomach feels like it is being sliced up at the topic of children being victimized, it is because they are worried sick about what happened. But that case has already been addressed. The carjacking should also be addressed because the PERPETRATORS ARE STILL AT LARGE and can continue to do harm. In the case of the molestors, they may not have been served full justice in our eyes, but at least they are NOT PRESENTLY AT LARGE. I feel it would be prudent to let the public know that we have carjackers operating in the vicinity.

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