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A black bear was spotted off Stevens Creek Road on Monday.  Special
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A black bear was spotted off Stevens Creek Road on Monday.

Authorities arrested a Harlem man Tuesday morning as part of a 10-month investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Federal and local authorities served a search warrant at the home of 25-year-old Derrick Boyd, of the 200 block of Shady Grove Drive, and seized several bottles of prescription painkillers, crack cocaine, four guns, two cars and about $5,000, according to Columbia County Sheriff's Office Staff Sgt. Tripp Penn.

Mr. Boyd faces charges including possession of cocaine, Staff Sgt. Penn said. The case is ongoing, and Staff Sgt. Penn said he could not comment specifically on Mr. Boyd's alleged activities.

Wallet theft suspects seen on store video

Columbia County authorities are looking for two women believed to be stealing wallets from shoppers' purses and asked the public's help in identifying them.

The women target purses left unattended, according to an e-mail from Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. They then use credit cards from the purses to purchase gift cards at stores, Capt. Morris said.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 541-2800.

Contract with master plan designers OK'd

The Augusta Commission approved a contract Tuesday with Shields Design LLC, which is working on a master plan covering parts of the city not included in the downtown plan sponsored by Augusta Tomorrow.

City Administrator Fred Russell said the contract amount is about $500,000, which he planned to take out of the city's capital funds.

Commissioner Jerry Brigham said he would rather use excess sales tax dollars, and he asked Mr. Russell what happened to efforts to find outside funding sources, such as contributions from south Augusta industries and employers. Mr. Russell conceded that needs to be pursued further but said the contract needed to be approved because Shields has already started work and has subcontractors involved. Last month, the commission authorized Mr. Russell to spend up to $100,000 of the $500,000 contract amount for preliminary work.

On a motion from Mr. Brigham, the commission voted 9-1, Joe Bowles opposed, to approve the contract, with instructions to Mr. Russell to look for available local sales tax money and outside funding sources.

Terrorism exercise at fort to create delays

Military and civilian workers should expect more security searches and some delays while traveling into and on Fort Gordon next week as the post conducts its annual anti-terrorism exercise.

According to a news release, those who enter the base for appointments or regular business should avoid them if possible from Monday through June 26.

For more information, call the Installation Operations Center at (706) 791-9747.

Bear still wandering around

A wandering black bear that toured several Columbia County subdivisions Monday was on the move again Tuesday and traveled through several new areas without causing any problems.

The bear was spotted at places including the Columbia County School of Ballet, the woods behind the Earth Fare grocery store on Furys Ferry Road, Jones Creek subdivision and in the vicinity of Lakeside High School, county Emergency Services director Pam Tucker said.

Wildlife authorities say the bear is probably a male weighing about 150 pounds and probably 2 years old. Such bears commonly wander outside their normal habitat range in late spring and early summer in an instinctive search for new companions.

If the bear is left alone, it will continue to move and eventually will leave the area, Mrs. Tucker said.

"Right now it looks like it's moving in the right direction," she said, noting that the bear might be able to cross the Savannah River. "If it could get across the river he'd be in Sumter National Forest," she said.

Anyone seeing the bear should simply leave it alone, she said.

- Rob Pavey, staff writer

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APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 06/17/09 - 04:10 am
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How stupid these two thieves

How stupid these two thieves are. Can you say BUSTED. I hope the amount was enough to make it felony. Better yet, invoke the RICO law for on-going criminal operation because they commited the same crime more than once. That is a 20 + years federal sentence.

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 06/17/09 - 06:00 am
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Guess you have to pay for

Guess you have to pay for your home somehow. One more doper off the streets. GOOD! Keep going cause there's alot more out there.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/17/09 - 06:34 am
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How many millions of taxpayer

How many millions of taxpayer dollars were spent on the 10 month investigation into the lifestyle of Derrick Boyd? If he was such a big time dealer, why was such a tiny pittance recovered from the home? The war on drugs seems to still need a big competency boost. After all these years, they're still spinning their wheels.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/17/09 - 06:37 am
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The master plan for the

The master plan for the entire city is past due. I'm glad to see the commission taking the necessary first steps.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/17/09 - 06:39 am
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don't feed the bears!

don't feed the bears!

LEO
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LEO 06/17/09 - 07:25 am
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Maybe the 'tiny pittance'

Maybe the 'tiny pittance' that was recovered was because he moved a lot of the inventory. Who's to say that the inventory was even there in the first place? Statistics could be presented from both sides showing the success or failure of the war on drugs. The fact is, whether we agree with them or not, the current drug laws should be enforced. The debate concerning legalization of certain drugs that are currently illegal to possess, use or distribute, will be a long one - and it should be, considering potential consequences. But the law is the law. We can't pick and choose what should be enforced based on how much the investigation will cost. It's screwy, but that's the cost of living in a 'civil' society.

LEO
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LEO 06/17/09 - 07:36 am
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I'm always leery of

I'm always leery of government attempting to make master plans for the city. The best thing government can do is limit its plans to infrastructure only and leave things tourism related to the private sector. We all know of the potentially incompetent decisions our local 'leaders' could make. What IS tried and true, however, is the free enterprise system. If an entrepreneur wants to invest his own money in a project, then let him go for it - win or lose. The taxpayers should not have to pay for commissioners' pet projects.

missaugusta07
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missaugusta07 06/17/09 - 08:27 am
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CAN WE ALL SAY VIDEO

CAN WE ALL SAY VIDEO CAMERA!YEAH BOYS AND GIRLS,NOW CAN WE SAY IDIOTS,YES,THAT'S GREAT,NOW LET'S SAY LOCK THEM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY!This is what happens when you sit around and don't work,and take advantage of others that do.I hope when they are found that they have enough eveidence on them to send them away to marinate in they're own juice's,you just can't trust human kind anymore that's very sad,very sad.

AAQueen
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AAQueen 06/17/09 - 08:58 am
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can you say innocent until

can you say innocent until proven guilty!

mad_max
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mad_max 06/17/09 - 09:07 am
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My guess is the thieves will

My guess is the thieves will get a pass. You know the deal. One of our "probabation" judges will shake his finger at them and then let them go. Apparently they took Obama's "share the wealth" statement literally.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/17/09 - 09:09 am
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Notice how Brigham tells Fred

Notice how Brigham tells Fred (What, me worry?) Russell to find "available" sales tax, i.e., SPLOST, money to fund this ridiculous "study." It shows the dishonesty of city government officials. The voters approve SPLOST for a list of projects. Then when the sales tax money rolls in, they say the money is "available" and spend it on whatever they want to.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 06/17/09 - 09:40 am
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The two "women" are NOT

The two "women" are NOT stealing. They are just redistributing wealth and cutting the government out of the process.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 06/17/09 - 09:50 am
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Somebody tackle that bear!
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Somebody tackle that bear!

crackertroy
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crackertroy 06/17/09 - 09:51 am
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haha That bear is a sign of
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haha That bear is a sign of the times! It's a bear-market, kill the bear! kill the bear!

crackertroy
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crackertroy 06/17/09 - 09:53 am
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Wow, those women were smooth,
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Wow, those women were smooth, they walked outta there like they just bought that stuff!

mommato2
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mommato2 06/17/09 - 10:56 am
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That's why stores should

That's why stores should require gift card purchases to be paid by cash or debit, where you have to put in a pin number. At my store, that's what we do. You cannot use checks or credit cards to purchase gift cards. And what all stores should do that mine does not, is require photo ID at the time a credit card is used. But stores don't do that. It's part laziness, part they don't care who pays for it as long as a sale is made. When someone stole my debit card and used it at Kroger, a gas station, and other places, they used it as credit and no one asked for their ID. Now, if they would have required the photo ID, they would have realized my card was stolen. Instead, I had $300 taken from me. I wish I could have seen the idiots who took it. I thought I had just lost my card, until the bank told me the charges that were made to it. I can't stand dishonesty, thieves, etc. They make me sick. And also, why don't stores' cameras have better quality than that? I can't really identify their faces, but Lord help them the day I am able to recognize the crook...

hurlyburly11
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hurlyburly11 06/17/09 - 10:59 am
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well one of them looks like

well one of them looks like meechelle............................

dani
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dani 06/17/09 - 12:30 pm
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They were caught on camera,

They were caught on camera, therefore they are already guilty.
It doesn't take a judge or jury to recognize a crime...the video knows it all..

NEone
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NEone 06/17/09 - 02:27 pm
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Momma, I hear your pain. My

Momma, I hear your pain. My husband's wallet was stolen. We closed the account within a couple hours. The guy somehow got access to our NEW account. (Bank said maybe he set up automatic debits that rolled from the old to the new, and promised he had ZERO access to the new account.) We closed that one. He continued getting money even after we closed it. The bank is confused, and the fraud department doesn't understand it either. Watch your accounts, no one cares about them as much as you do.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 06/17/09 - 03:09 pm
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Checking ID's when using

Checking ID's when using credit or debit cards should be mandatory in all stores and restaurants. they make it easy for crooks to take advantage of us all. Then again, people have been warned about walking away from carts with their purses in them, keep your purses on your person ladies.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 06/17/09 - 03:25 pm
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Every dealer they get off the

Every dealer they get off the street is better than none off the street, regardless of how much they found on the guy. There have probably been times when he had alot more but perhaps the timing didn't work out to their advantage. Obviously something needs to be done about the drug problem.

gnx
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gnx 06/17/09 - 04:25 pm
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Maybe a few bait purses

Maybe a few bait purses filled with rattlesnakes would be an appropriate way to catch those women. I'll happily volunteer some of my best purses as long as I can have a front row seat.

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