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Power scam targets businesses

A scam artist has attempted to get money from several Augusta businesses by impersonating a Georgia Power employee, the company said Monday.

Several business offices have been contacted by telephone by someone identifying himself as a Georgia Power employee, said power company spokeswoman Carol Boatright.

The caller says the electric bill is past due and that the power will be cut off that day if the customer does not provide a credit card payment immediately.

Ms. Boatright said that when the impostor was asked for a call-back number he hung up.

Georgia Power employees will never call a customer seeking personal information such as credit card numbers, she said. Field service representatives will never ask a customer for money when they visit a residence.

Georgia Power's corporate security department is working with local law enforcement to identify the impostor. Possible victims are asked to call (404) 506-4116.

Police charge man in robbery conspiracy

An Augusta man has been arrested and charged with conspiring to rob an Aiken County bank, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Tracy Barnes III, 40, of the 2400 block of Amsterdam Drive, is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

On Friday, sheriff's investigators and FBI agents arrested Mr. Barnes in the parking lot of Midland Valley Shopping Center in Clearwater. A mask, gloves and pistol were found in an automobile. A woman also was taken into custody.

Mr. Barnes was being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Thief breaks into glass case, steals 39 iPods

Thousands of dollars worth of iPod music players were stolen from a glass display case inside Circuit City on Sunday.

The manager of the store on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway told a Richmond County sheriff's deputy that the thief used a tool to break the lock to the case and stole 39 iPods, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. The theft happened during store hours, according to the report.

The stolen items were valued at $9,750.

Driver on wrong side hits, kills woman

A Hephzibah woman died in a head-on wreck on Willis Foreman Road early Sunday morning.

Beverly Jeanette McGruder, of the 3700 block of Crest Drive, was traveling west in the 2500 block of Willis Foreman when she was hit by a car driven by Damien Tavares Evans, of Asheville, N.C., according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. The impact pinned Ms. McGruder inside her car, and it took emergency personnel about an hour to free her. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:45 a.m.

Mr. Evans was arrested on charges of driving on the wrong side of the road and second-degree vehicular homicide.

Sergeant investigated by sheriff's office

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking into allegations that one of its top homicide investigators "mishandled" information pertaining to several open cases.

Sgt. Richard Roundtree, who is undergoing training with the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., is being investigated by the department and is scheduled to appear before the sheriff's review board for possible disciplinary action when he returns in September, his supervisor, Maj. Ken Autry, has confirmed.

The major said the sheriff's office does not typically discuss disciplinary actions but he wanted to dispel any rumors that have arisen as a result of the investigation.

He would not say specifically how the sergeant mishandled the paperwork but said it related to several violent-crimes cases. The department's investigation has not found that any cases were "compromised" because of the infraction, Maj. Autry said.

Emergency worker is arrested in shoplifting

An employee of Richmond County's 911 Emergency Services was arrested Friday on charges stemming from the theft of a silver-colored bracelet from Dillard's in the Augusta Mall.

Courtney Michelle Thomas, of the 1900 block of Piedmont Street, is charged with theft by taking under $300, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. A store employee saw Ms. Thomas place the bracelet, valued at $25, in her shopping bag and leave the store, the report said.

Ex-teacher to appear in court next month

A 37-year-old North Augusta math teacher, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old female pupil is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 5.

Shannon Fowler, an eighth-grade math teacher at Paul Knox Middle School, is charged with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one count of enticing an enrolled child from attendance in school and one count of violating mandated test security regulations and procedures set forth by the state Board of Education.

Mrs. Fowler was arrested last month by agents with the State Law Enforcement Division, who initiated the investigation at the request of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

The middle school teacher has been free on a personal recognizance bond from the Aiken County Detention Center.

Company that built boat ramp to pay fine

An Augusta corporation that built a boat ramp on the Savannah River without securing permits to breach a protective buffer zone will pay a $7,241 fine and provide mitigation land elsewhere, according to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Bluff Plantation Co. LLC built the boat ramp off Bennock Mill Road in Richmond County about a year ago in violation of state Erosion & Sedimentation laws that prohibit development along a 25-foot horizontal zone bordering creeks and rivers.

The company's registered agent, Clay Boardman, said in an e-mail that the land manager for the undeveloped property simply installed a boat ramp and some rock rip-rap but did not cut any trees or destroy any wetlands. "He did not know a permit was needed," Mr. Boardman said.

According to a consent order negotiated with EPD -- and posted last week on the agency's Web site -- the company will pay the fine within 30 days and will purchase land in an approved mitigation bank. The ramp will be allowed to stay in place.

Part of Bungalow Road to close


A portion of Bungalow Road will be closed from Ivey Road to Richmond Hill Road from today until Sept. 1. The closure is part of the Bunglaow Road Improvement project, according to a news release from the Richmond County Engineering Department. Detours will be in place to guide motorists.

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SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 08/12/08 - 01:51 am
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Armed robbery gets life in

Armed robbery gets life in S.C. GOOD! They should give the death penalty by electric chair and sell raffle tickets to see who gets the honor of throwing the switch.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/12/08 - 05:57 am
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The EPA slips it to another

The EPA slips it to another local businessman. I guess this is a karma payback for the Barbee e-mail fiasco.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/12/08 - 05:58 am
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Mrs. Fowler arrested by SLED

Mrs. Fowler arrested by SLED on 5 rather serious charges and is out on a p.r. bond. Something doesn't sound right.

nightcop
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nightcop 08/12/08 - 06:35 am
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poor Mr. Evans. just another

poor Mr. Evans. just another victim of society.

oh...and Sgt. Roundtree is a complete idiot...no surprise with that story.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 08/12/08 - 06:38 am
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Richmond County employees

Richmond County employees seem to be having a rather hard time. Isn't Roundtree one of the "best" ?...... There's a whole lot more to the Fowler incident than is being reported.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/12/08 - 06:59 am
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He's just ONE (Roundtree) of

He's just ONE (Roundtree) of many down at 401 nightcop.

Little Whitey
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Little Whitey 08/12/08 - 07:01 am
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"Top" homicide

"Top" homicide investigators?? You must be kidding. Roundtree must have written the article himself. Ask anyone at the SO and they will tell you, social promotion at its finest. Remember evidence is evidence, and rules are rules. I am surprised that this even made it to the news.

augustian
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augustian 08/12/08 - 07:34 am
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SGT Roundtree is a very good,

SGT Roundtree is a very good, very professional investigtator who handles a large workload im sure, i wouldnt call a highly educated man holding degrees in pyschology and criminal justice an idiot. He's locked up murderers, rapists and other scum of the earth and gotten them off the street for a long time, not to mention inspired me to set my goals higher in law enforcement.

Little Whitey
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Little Whitey 08/12/08 - 07:56 am
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Look darlin' he's a highly

Look darlin' he's a highly educated man. You can have all the book smarts in the world, common sense though??? Maybe the next class he should take would be a ToastMasters class.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/12/08 - 08:11 am
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I work with quite a few

I work with quite a few Highly Educated people, but it's a shame Common Sense can't be taught!

nightcop
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nightcop 08/12/08 - 08:17 am
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yeah...all those cases he

yeah...all those cases he "solved" , 95% of which resulted from tips and were cleared by other investigators. You don't have to be smart to get a degree, just determined. Now because of his poor work habits many of "his" cases will come into question. He was and probably still is in line to be the next Lt. in CID. This little problem probably won't hurt that. That's the way RCSO rolls dawg.

concernedparent2
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concernedparent2 08/12/08 - 08:23 am
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Highly educated people

Highly educated people sometimes think they are above the law (pun intended).

owensjef2
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owensjef2 08/12/08 - 08:32 am
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Jealous Little Whitey, I

Jealous Little Whitey, I guest he passed you up. S o it must only be because of race.

darktall
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darktall 08/12/08 - 08:40 am
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Dad in action for ya! What a

Dad in action for ya! What a role model!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/12/08 - 08:41 am
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Owensjef, Roundtree is known

Owensjef, Roundtree is known throughout the area as a department spokesman that is often quoted in the paper. He's known in the department for other reasons. His education puts him in a much better position for promotion and is more likely to be disliked by fellow workers that took an easier route, but why would the Sheriff's Office release information on an internal investigation to the paper? I'll bet there's more to come. I'll bet none of it is racial.

Dark Lord
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Dark Lord 08/12/08 - 08:45 am
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Sgt Roundtree is no different

Sgt Roundtree is no different from any other officer at the S.O. At some point you or your work ethic will be called into question. Thats what happens when you do your job correctly. People will find something to complain about. With a work load as large as his, it is possible to "mishandle" some information but as long as it wasn't done intentionally then no harm no foul.

chey
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chey 08/12/08 - 08:47 am
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That surprises me about

That surprises me about Roundtree. I hope nothing comes of this investigation. He is a good role model.

nightcop
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nightcop 08/12/08 - 09:46 am
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he's not being trained to

he's not being trained to enter the FBI. he's going through a course they provide.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/12/08 - 09:47 am
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Why did they wait until he

Why did they wait until he went out of town to broadcast this story, are they upset he's being trained for the FBI, if he was to get a job with the FBI, isn't that 10 steps above RCSO? Could there really be some jealously?

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/12/08 - 09:48 am
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Well seems he's trying to

Well seems he's trying to better himself and be more abreast, this training he's taking will not only help him, but maybe others at 401.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 08/12/08 - 10:12 am
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Boy a whole lot of jealous

Boy a whole lot of jealous cops out there. I guess he is already guilty of what, making mistakes. Damn, I thought he was perfect. We need the perfect cops like nightcop and I guess little whiety.

Rose
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Rose 08/12/08 - 10:16 am
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Sgt. Roundtree has been

Sgt. Roundtree has been involved with the people in Augusta, and he is well respected. I have not heard anything negative about him till now. We should wait and hear the rest of the story before anyone cuts him down.

XY
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XY 08/12/08 - 10:18 am
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I find this ridiculus, the

I find this ridiculus, the sheriff's office is reporting that they are investigation one of there top homicide investigators for " mishandling paperwork" MISHANDLING PAPERWORK! are you kidding me. who in thier job has never messed up paperwork. heres a person you say has two degrees, is training at the FBI academy and has put muderers, rapist and child molesters in prison and you say he messed up paperwork. how is this news

intheknow
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intheknow 08/12/08 - 10:24 am
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I have worked with Sgt.

I have worked with Sgt. Roundtree and other investigators from the Sheriff's department. I would be very surprised if any criminal actions come from this investigation. What I am shocked and really I do not know why I am, shocked by how quick so many are to convict this man before any evidence or facts are revealed. Sgt. Roundtree has dedicated the majority of his life to public service. Those of us that do so, are maligned everyday by the criminals that we come in contact with. One of the reason I have never left Federal Service to return to Augusta and work with the Sheriff's department, is the political nature of local law enforcement. No disrespect to the Sheriff's but he has to walk a thin line and cater to political pressure. A lot of the petty complaints that he has to deal with, are not given a second thought on the Federal level. I hope that when the facts are released that it is a simple mistake of human error. Otherwise, the Justice system will do the right thing, whatever that may be.

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heartablazing 08/12/08 - 10:33 am
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This comment has nothing to

This comment has nothing to do with todays forum but I am wondering about the tragic death of John mixons son over the weekend. Even though it has been ruled accidental will any charges be filed against Mr and Mrs Mixon. Child edangerment resulting in death because the gun was accessible to the child and apperantly did not have a trigger lock, or if there was a trigger lock the key to it was accessible.

nightcop
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nightcop 08/12/08 - 10:35 am
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no charges will be filed. the

no charges will be filed. the gun was secured and jr. knew where the key was.

XY
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XY 08/12/08 - 10:36 am
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i totally agree, why would

i totally agree, why would you slander a good mans name for a paperwork infraction. they clearly said that no cases were compromised and that he faces POSSIBLE disiplinary action. i would think that he he was in that much trouble they would not wait for him to return sometime next month. this town will never change and its sad

nightcop
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nightcop 08/12/08 - 10:37 am
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FIREFIGHTERHAMER: never said

FIREFIGHTERHAMER:
never said i was perfect moron. if you had a clue what goes on down there you might just feel a bit different. but i doubt it.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 08/12/08 - 10:46 am
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The only moron on here is

The only moron on here is you. If your job is so terrible, GET A NEW ONE. You sound like a time bomb ready to go off. The worst type of cop for the public to face, a disgruntled one. I pity anyone that comes in contact with you, as they will have to face your rage at being the little guy on the Totem Pole.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/12/08 - 10:49 am
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Evidently nightcop you must

Evidently nightcop you must agree with what goes on down there as you are still employed (if you are). If it's so bad at 401 nightcop then LEAVE and go somewhere else. Are you a deputy or a jailer?

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