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‘Light Bill Man’ Arrested for Augusta Scam

Lorenzo Curry

A scam artist has been arrested in Augusta for conning people out of cash and promising he would get their lights turned back on. Lorenzo Leon Curry, 31, also known as “ZO” and “The Light Bill Man,” has been charged with theft by deception. Authorities say he told people he ...

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Murder Suspect Charged in Augusta Mother’s Death


Here’s a look at the murder suspect charged in Tuesday’s shooting death of an Augusta woman. Augusta mother Linda Crumbley was killed Tuesday morning and her two adult children were seriously injured following a shooting incident in the Meadowbrook area. Steve Lawrence Allen, 52, of Blythe, was later taken into ...

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Martinez Man Embezzles $200,000 from Lumber Co.

Charles Holtzclaw arrest

A Martinez man has been charged with embezzling over $200,000 while working as a salesman at Howard Lumber Co. in Evans. Charles Holtzclaw Jr., 26, turned himself in Friday afternoon to face charges under the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. He was later released from the Columbia County ...

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Barber Jailed for Shooting at Teen After ‘Robbery Attempt’

Kwame Bryant

An Augusta barber was charged Saturday with reckless conduct for allegedly chasing a teenager and shooting at him. But the barber claims he was justified because the teen was trying to rob him, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report. Kwame Bryant, 35, claims the teen came to Takeover Barber ...

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2 Golf Visitors Arrested at Masters for Disorderly Conduct

Arrests at Augusta National Golf Club

The street preacher from Tennessee wasn’t the only person arrested at Augusta National Golf Club this week. At least two more visitors spent time in jail this week after causing problems at Gate 6 on Berckman’s Road. Joseph Negron, 43, of Fort Myers, Fla. (left), was charged Wednesday with disorderly ...

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Street Preacher Arrested Outside Augusta National

Street Preacher Larry Craft Arrest at Augusta National

A street preacher from Tennessee was arrested Wednesday outside Augusta National Golf Club, accused of trespassing on club property after being told to leave. Larry Craft, a controversial street preacher who travels the country with his family, was arrested for trespassing and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Deputies ordered ...

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North Augusta Man Sets Fire to ‘Possessed’ House

Donald Ginn

A North Augusta man set fire to his own house Wednesday because the house was “possessed,” authorities say. Donald Ginn, 29, was charged with arson in the third degree following the morning fire at 1005 Thurmond Street. The man’s neighbor said Ginn walked up to him outside the burning home ...

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Greyhound Passenger Found with 25 Pounds of Marijuana

Charles Smith arrest

A passenger on a Greyhound bus was caught in Augusta Tuesday night with 25 pounds of marijuana. Charles Edward Smith Jr., 28, of Hemingway, S.C., was carrying the dope in his luggage and tried to escape from Richmond County investigators while in handcuffs, a sheriff’s report says. A confidential informant ...

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