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Grave vases stolen for value as scrap metal

Thieves recently stole 27 bronze flower vases from graves in Hillcrest Memorial Park on Deans Bridge Road.

The thefts, which were reported Monday, are thought to have occurred Thursday and Friday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. The total value of the vases is believed to be more than $3,000, and investigators think they were stolen for their value as scrap metal, according to Lt. Tony Walden.

Police seek suspect in west Augusta shooting

Police are seeking a man in a shooting in west Augusta early Monday.

At 2:10 a.m., Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called to the 1100 block of Marks Church Road.

Antonio Tyrone Pringle, 38, of the 1100 block of Marks Church Road, told police he gave a man a ride from the Deans Bridge Road Wal-Mart and that while en route to his house the man demanded his wallet, took his money and pushed him out of his white 2007 Chrysler 300.

Mr. Pringle was treated for a gunshot wound at University Hospital, a police report said. His wound was not life-threatening.

Trial finds shooting of acquaintance justified

An Augusta man who shot an acquaintance after being attacked in his home was acquitted of felony charges Monday.

At the conclusion of a bench trial in Richmond County Superior Court, Judge Duncan D. Wheale ruled that Frankie R. Quale, 30, was justified in shooting Sean Cowan in August 2006.

Mr. Quale and a visitor at his Scenic Drive home on Aug. 3, 2006, testified that Mr. Cowan accused Mr. Quale of asking his girlfriend out and then attacked Mr. Quale without provocation.

Man pleads guilty in fatal drive-by shooting

The second of three men charged in a fatal 2006 drive-by shooting pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday.

Bryant L. Collier, 21, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to aggravated assault. Judge Duncan D. Wheale accepted the plea negotiation, which called for 10 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.

Mr. Collier and Alvin L. Scott, 24, have pleaded guilty in the June 24, 2006, shooting that killed 27-year-old John D. Grimes III and wounded Steven L. Griffin. A third man, Terrell A. Green, 20, still faces trial.

Registration deadline for vote on town nears

The voter registration deadline for the Graniteville-Vaucluse-Warrenville incorporation referendum is Saturday, according to the Aiken County Registration and Elections Commission.

Anyone who lives in the proposed municipality and is 18 years old by Aug. 26 can register at the Voter Registration and Elections office at 916 Vaucluse Road in Aiken, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They also may go to the Web site, www.scvotes.org, and print a voter registration form or obtain a form at a local post office.

Butler will hold camp for incoming freshmen

Butler High School will hold Freshman Academy Saturday Camp on Aug. 2

The camp will allow students to meet teachers, administrators and classmates; get schedules; buy lockers and sign up for extracurricular activities. Transportation and lunch will be provided.

Students are asked to RSVP by calling Butler High at (706) 796-4959 no later than Monday.

Ozone alert declared for Augusta, Aiken


Expected high temperatures and stagnant wind conditions have led authorities to declare an ozone alert for the Augusta-Aiken area today.


The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control declared an Ozone Action Day for Aiken, Edgefield and Barnwell counties, and the air quality Web site Airnow.gov declared an Alert Day for Augusta.


It is a good idea to limit outside exertion, particularly for those with respiratory diseases such as asthma, DHEC cautioned in a news release.


Higher concentrations of ground-level ozone are formed when volatile organic compounds in the air, many from vehicle emissions, react with sunlight. The conditions are compounded when the air is stagnant.

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Reality
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Reality 07/22/08 - 04:02 am
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He gave a man a ride at

He gave a man a ride at 2:00am, I think there is more to this story.

Reality
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Reality 07/22/08 - 04:03 am
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So much for "perpetual care".

So much for "perpetual care".

rjay
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rjay 07/22/08 - 04:56 am
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so if the people who stole

so if the people who stole the vases take these to a scrap yard if the owner has any sense they should be able to spot 27 bronze vases, you think? and maybe call the police. acourse they don't spot a/c coils.

edst4
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edst4 07/22/08 - 05:25 am
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The scrape yards in Augusta

The scrape yards in Augusta need to start being on the look out. What normal human being would walk up to a scrap yard with 27 brass pots. Gezzz folks wake up stop taking scrape metal from people. Who you know should have no right to have those items

Yak1
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Yak1 07/22/08 - 05:28 am
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WHY...not...(here is a

WHY...not...(here is a shocker) find out WHO is buying them. That is receiving Stolen merchandise (Theft by Receiving) and hook up the owners of the scrap yards.

Richmond Co. Citizen
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Richmond Co. Citizen 07/22/08 - 05:35 am
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I will have to agree with

I will have to agree with other posters, scrap yards know that 27 brass pots is unusual to scrap, these scrap yards should be held accountable like pawn shops are.

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 07/22/08 - 05:42 am
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People they usually don't

People they usually don't just walk in with them, they melt them down first. Duh

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/22/08 - 05:47 am
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The Law needs to send a

The Law needs to send a message to all those scrap dealers and tell them IF someone brings you stuff like brass and copper and IF you buy it and never report them, IF we catch you, you going to jail as well, no IF and or BUTS about it. Those dealers gotta know some of that stuff is HOT.

tootall
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tootall 07/22/08 - 05:58 am
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Who picks up the gas bill for

Who picks up the gas bill for talking students to their class orintation Aug. 2 at Butler High? Oh yea, the BOE wants to increase taxes for us. Are they being picked up at all high schools?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/22/08 - 06:03 am
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pantherluvcik, think of the

pantherluvcik, think of the logistics of melting down a bronze vase, let alone 27. The thieves may try to crush them though, still, 27 bronze pieces would be suspicious to an honest dealer.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/22/08 - 06:04 am
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Good call, Reality.

Good call, Reality.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 07/22/08 - 06:18 am
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The recyclers now have

The recyclers now have implemented policy to check photo ID, have signatures, and validate the materials. Anything suspicious should be an auto alert..the only problem is that someone employed there could be in on the crime. Just like the murder at CMC a while back. Thieves just get dumber and more brazen with a bad economy, so expect more metal theft or lock everything down with a pair of Rottweilers on patrol.

christian134
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christian134 07/22/08 - 06:18 am
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These people are made up of

These people are made up of the stuff underneath the pond scum..Just get a job like the rest of us...Stealing from cemeteries is not much of a surprise it is just reprehensible...

comininonthenighttrain
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comininonthenighttrain 07/22/08 - 06:50 am
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panther, what have you melted

panther, what have you melted down lately? Sounds as if you know the drill!

thumper
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thumper 07/22/08 - 06:58 am
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Butler students buy lockers?

Butler students buy lockers?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/22/08 - 07:15 am
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Yep, it's reprehensible and

Yep, it's reprehensible and the chronicle just put a dollar figure on the urns for others of the same mentality (or lack of it) to start drooling over in temptation. Expect more thefts in the near future, if not at Hillcrest, at other cemeteries.

darktall
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darktall 07/22/08 - 07:17 am
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Why is everyone complaining

Why is everyone complaining that a scrap yard should have turned them in? Nobody said anyone sold the pots to a yard yet. Man everyone thinks they are detectives on here. Do you think that RCSD did not think to tell a scrap yard that they would be charged with TBRSP if they knowingly accepted stolen property?

berninalady
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berninalady 07/22/08 - 07:18 am
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Next they will be stealing

Next they will be stealing caskets and dumping the bodies, they need security out there.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 07/22/08 - 07:23 am
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So much for being the good
Unpublished

So much for being the good Samaritan, that guy got SHOT! Oh, and it's probably the scrap yards who are stealing all the scrap metal.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/22/08 - 07:39 am
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No you RENT lockers for the

No you RENT lockers for the school year in Middle and High schools LOL...

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/22/08 - 07:41 am
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The first time one of those

The first time one of those crooks reached over to grab a vase, A HAND should came up from out of the ground and grabbed them LOL...

heyheyhey
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heyheyhey 07/22/08 - 08:05 am
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yea u thought they were

yea u thought they were free........

grizzilies
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grizzilies 07/22/08 - 08:13 am
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Scrap yards should start

Scrap yards should start giving receipts for all items that are bought in with a picture ID and also a tag number of the vehcile. Also a video camera should be there when they bring items. It does not have to be on all the time. Just when someone is selling. Also the scrap yards are not giving full price. They turn it in and get full price.

egan
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egan 07/22/08 - 08:31 am
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If someone shows up at a

If someone shows up at a scrap yard with something that is obviously stolen and the yard operator dosen't call law enforcemt he should face the same penalty as a pawn shop that takes in stolen goods.

i.b.e.w..electric
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i.b.e.w..electric 07/22/08 - 09:53 am
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my parents a buried at

my parents a buried at hillcrest and i found out the hard way not to buy expensive flowers for them,its hard to fathom that people would steal off of a grave ,but then again nothing is sacride anymore

ITDoc
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ITDoc 07/22/08 - 10:09 am
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There is no shame left in the

There is no shame left in the world. Nothing is sacred. It's the "Age of Me".

charlesyounce
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charlesyounce 07/22/08 - 10:45 am
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trash is stealing everything

trash is stealing everything but job applications.law enforcement is overwhelmed, time to gird up and start the horse thief mentality.it's a shame we would have to go back to that, but we have a trashy segment of society that does not deserve to be here with those of us carrying the load.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/22/08 - 11:07 am
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The grave thieves are going

The grave thieves are going to hell!!!! I hope the police stay in top of this and eventually find out which scrap place buys them w/o reporting it. If these unscrupulous places did not buy this stuff the thieves would not be stealing it to sell!! Start finding them and punishing them hard!!!

lovetolaugh
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lovetolaugh 07/22/08 - 11:26 am
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Wow this is awful people can

Wow this is awful people can not get much lower. My parents are buried there as well guess I better check on their vase to see if it was one of the ones taken.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/22/08 - 12:55 pm
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Maybe some of the scrap

Maybe some of the scrap dealers are telling the crooks what to look for, what they will buy from them. Who would have thought stealing vases from grave tops would sell? Somebody somewhere knows what's what when it comes to copper/metal materials that can be hocked quick. Put the dealers in jail.

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