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Local Man Jailed for Trespassing at Augusta National


A 23-year-old local man was charged Saturday with trespassing at Augusta National Golf Club, authorities said.

Ryan Chancelor Pond was escorted off the Augusta National property by security and told not to return, according to sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay. When he returned, he was taken to the Richmond County Jail and charged with criminal trespassing. Capt. Gay did not say why the suspect was told to leave or whether he had a ticket.

Despite a low bond of only $285 for the misdemeanor charge, Pond remained in jail Sunday afternoon and missed the final round because of his actions.

Pond has a criminal history in both Richmond and Columbia counties, including charges of marijuana possession, theft by taking, driving while license suspended and underage drinking when he was a minor. Last October, he was charged with a probation violation.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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