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Woman gets sentence reduced to probation

An Augusta woman sentenced to serve prison time for stealing $51,000 from her employer was granted a new sentence Wednesday.

In Richmond County Superior Court, where Chantele L. Battle was originally sentenced last month, Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet changed Ms. Battle's five-year prison sentence to 10 years probation. Her attorney told the judge he had $25,000 for restitution, said Assistant District Attorney Philip Catalano, who opposed the sentencing remold.

The owner of Mr. Payroll, where Ms. Battle worked, also opposed the remold, the prosecutor said. Ms. Battle walked out of the office with the cash in a bag on July 12.

Neighborhood burglar gets 15 years in prison

An Augusta man with a history of breaking into neighbors' homes pleaded guilty to another burglary Wednesday.

This time it was just too much, victim Merrill Wilkie said. His daughter was home alone on Dec. 11 when David W. Blount broke out a window and stole a bra.

The prosecuting and defense attorneys negotiated a sentencing recommendation of 15 years in prison. Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet imposed the sentence. Mr. Blount, 50, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court. According to the Department of Corrections' Web site, he has burglary convictions dating back to the early 1980s.

Man heads to federal court in ID theft case

A former Augusta businessman accused of identify theft will be returning to face the charges in federal court.

An indictment was issued against Sabra Harrison Johnson about two years ago.

He was recently arrested in Houston, where he lives. At a Wednesday hearing, a magistrate judge set a $100,000 bond for Mr. Johnson with electronic monitoring a condition of bond, U.S. Attorney Edmund Booth Jr. said.

According to the indictment, Mr. Johnson operated Tour of Hope Inc. in Grovetown. He is accused of stealing the identities of people who applied for jobs between January 2003 and January 2005.

Facilities manager reports for duty

The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority's facilities manager Julie Huggins was at work Wednesday, despite warnings that if she showed up the authority would fire her at Tuesday's meeting.

The board hired Ms. Huggins three weeks ago contingent on satisfactory background checks from her previous employer, the Morocco Shrine Auditorium in Jacksonville, Fla. Ms. Huggins stated on her rÃsumà that she was the nonfraternal director of operations at the auditorium, but the business manager said she was rental manager.

Agency investigates Brynwood Pharmacy

Brynwood Pharmacy, which closed Tuesday, was shut down by the Drug Enforcement Administration, a DEA spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

The diversion department of the DEA is investigating the pharmacy located in the 3500 block of Walton Way Extension, said DEA Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdale.

Federal agents and Richmond County sheriff's deputies performed an inventory of medications at the pharmacy Tuesday.

The owner, Mae Woo Wong, surrendered her license Tuesday, so refills and prescriptions can no longer be administered from the pharmacy, Special Agent Truesdale said.

No public disciplinary action has been taken against the pharmacists at Brynwood, said Georgia State Board of Pharmacy spokesman Matthew Carrothers.

Until the investigation is complete, details will not be released, Special Agent Truesdale said.

School official takes post in Saluda County

David Mathis, the associate superintendent of the Aiken County schools, will move to Saluda County schools in July.

Dr. Mathis was named superintendent of the small school district on Tuesday. He will succeed Dr. Hydrick Stone, who is to retire after six years with the district.

Dr. Mathis applied for the superintendent positions in Aiken and Edgefield counties last year. He has spent most of his career working for more than 20 years in the Edgefield School District and the past two years in Aiken County.

Area Three pupils to make up missed day

Area Three schools in Aiken County will make up Monday's school day, which was canceled because of the weekend tornadoes, on March 28.

Included are Byrd, Clearwater, Gloverville, Jefferson and Warrenville elementary schools; Langley-Clearwater-Bath and Leavelle-McCampbell middle schools; and Midland Valley High School.

March 28 will be an in-service day for other schools in the district. For more information, call (803) 641-2639.

-- From staff and wire reports

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WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 03/20/08 - 03:37 am
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Judge Overstreet is the man

Judge Overstreet is the man you want hearing your case! When he retires, I'm sure the ACLU will hire him.

namaste
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namaste 03/20/08 - 04:10 am
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Stole a bra? [filtered word]?

Stole a bra? [filtered word]?

Reality
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Reality 03/20/08 - 04:37 am
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Let's get this right, steal

Let's get this right, steal and spend $51,000, get caught pay $25,000 back with a net gain of $26,000 and get probation. Seems like a good deal. Did we pay for her attorney as well?

christian134
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christian134 03/20/08 - 05:01 am
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I like that observation

I like that observation Reality...right on target :-)

karmakills123
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karmakills123 03/20/08 - 05:02 am
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Isn't this the second time

Isn't this the second time this week we have read about a judge using money to influence his decision?.

augusta49
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augusta49 03/20/08 - 07:17 am
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Does anyone know about a

Does anyone know about a fight involving some middle school teachers? It was on the news last night, and I missed it, and I don't see it in the paper. Am I overlooking it?

pofwe
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pofwe 03/20/08 - 07:30 am
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Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet,

Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet, what a lucky P. of. S. How did he get his Judgeship, before he got his "up 'n' comings?"

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 03/20/08 - 07:38 am
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The fight between the

The fight between the teachers was in Columbia SC area. Not much news about it yet.

noneya
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noneya 03/20/08 - 08:00 am
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That happened in Columbia sc,

That happened in Columbia sc, richland middle school iirc...read it in the State newspaper yesterday.

getalife
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getalife 03/20/08 - 08:24 am
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Reality, you hit the nail on

Reality, you hit the nail on the head!! How is it a criminal can make a profit on a crime and a judge releases them on probation? But a person can shoplift a $5.00 item and received prison time. Judge Overstreet needs to step down.

Rose
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Rose 03/20/08 - 08:50 am
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The woman had already been

The woman had already been sentenced to 5 yrs in prison, then the judge changed it to 10 yrs probation. What made him change it? Something stinks.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/20/08 - 09:49 am
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I hate it when the TV

I hate it when the TV stations lead you to believe an incident is local and take the time to wait for it to air and then it is not even in the CSRA. (Columbia SC teachers fighting)

rzombie125
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rzombie125 03/20/08 - 09:49 am
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Next week Overstreet is going

Next week Overstreet is going to commute the sentence of the burglar to 3 weeks unsupervised manual labor cleaning area homes.

whyme
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whyme 03/20/08 - 11:21 am
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Hm. Brynwood Pharmacy was

Hm. Brynwood Pharmacy was constantly reporting break-ins and thefts of drugs. Now I wonder if that was even true!

kathynboys
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kathynboys 03/20/08 - 12:11 pm
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For those interested in the

For those interested in the middle school teachers fighting, it made national news. I don't know if I can put a web site on here, but if you go to fox news it is on their home page.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 03/20/08 - 04:09 pm
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Judge Overstreet is a POS.

Judge Overstreet is a POS.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 03/20/08 - 04:10 pm
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Spot on, Reality. Spot on!

Spot on, Reality. Spot on!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 03/20/08 - 04:49 pm
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Wtg Overstreet ..

Wtg Overstreet .. AGAIN!!!....Someone needs to do something about him. A lot of his sentences are a joke. He should be held accountable to the victims, when these offenders repeat their crimes, you know they will. I wonder how many repeat drunk drivers he lets go with slaps on the wrist, I already know of quite a few. When they kill someone the family should be able to sue him!!!! Goes for the rest of these judges who are so lienient or for money or connection will fold!! I'm really questioning his morals these days, he really does need to step down!!!!!

tonytonytony
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tonytonytony 03/20/08 - 07:33 pm
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Maybe the bra was a diamond

Maybe the bra was a diamond studed with 18K gold trimming. Might have been like a millon dollar bra. I guess he wanted to look great while cross dressing . I bet he will have a blast in the barbwire motel explaining that one. First thing they will ask him, what you in for? Stealing a bra. You got 15 years for stealing a bra, they will say you must have went infront of overstreet. How did you guess.

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