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Police are trying to identify people who dug through a trash can outside Target for receipts then used them to return items they never purchased.

Police seek identity of woman, man in Target store receipt scam

Police are trying to identify people who dug through a trash can outside Target for receipts then used them to return items they never purchased.

Police are trying to identify two thieves who have been caught on video digging through the trash can outside Target for receipts then using them to return items they never purchased.

The thieves are identified as a white man and woman of about 40 years old, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's report.

Loss prevention officials at Target on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway told police that on Jan. 14 and Jan. 22 the people entered the store carrying nothing.

They then picked up dog food on one occasion and a George Foreman Grill and toaster oven on the other and returned them using what authorities believe were receipts from other customers.

They were seen leaving in a silver or gray car, possibly an Oldsmobile, bearing a tag number of BEH4092.

Anyone with information on the suspects can call the sheriff's office at (706) 823-1080.

Man to serve 15 years for child pornography

A Grovetown man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for receiving child pornography.

Jeremy J. Williams will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to a press notice from U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver.

Mr. Williams, 28, routinely engaged in sexually suggestive online "chats" with girls he believed to be 13 years old and accessed child pornography network sites more than 500 times, according to Tarver.

Teen guilty of death, robbery gets life

A 19-year-old Augusta man who participated in a deadly robbery to steal a Jesus pendant and gold chain was sentenced Tuesday to prison for life plus five years.

Tavaris L. Samuels pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to the crimes committed in the Dec. 9, 2008, death of 21-year-old Daniel McGee. The victim was on an errand for his uncle when his path crossed Samuels' and Broderick T. Williams', 16, in Harrisburg.

The pair decided they should have McGee's jewelry, said Assistant District Attorney Anthony Nicastro. McGee was shot when he resisted. The case against Williams, who has pleaded not guilty, is pending trial.

Police arrest second in apartment shooting

Officers have arrested a second man in connection with an armed robbery and shooting at an Augusta apartment complex two weeks ago.

According to Richmond County jail records, Tai Ming Cooke, 17, of the 600 block of Bransford Road, was charged with armed robbery.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, the two masked robbers approached two men at Westchester Apartments at 2905 Arrowhead Drive and demanded money. One man threw down money and ran inside an apartment, and the robbers shot the other man in the stomach and left leg.

On Jan. 18, officers arrested Kymell Derrick Pak, 19, of the 2400 block of Mount Auburn Street, and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of armed robbery and one count of criminal attempt armed robbery, according to an article in The Augusta Chronicle.

Officials seek owner of horse hit by truck

Columbia County officials searched Tuesday for the owner of a horse struck and killed by a truck in Columbia County.

Just after 6 p.m. Monday a horse wandered out of the driveway of 3929 E. White Oak Road in Appling into the path of a Nissan truck driven by Annis Skillman Hall, 78, of Augusta, according to a Columbia County sheriff's report.

The truck was extensively damaged. Hall and her passenger, Ralph Martin Gay, 59, of Thomson, were taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Hall was listed in good condition, and Gay was in serious condition.

Charges are pending against the owner, who will likely be charged once he or she is identified, said sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Group renews request for mercury-free Olin

An environmental group has renewed its request that Olin Corp. invest some of its capital to convert its Augusta chlor-alkali plant to a mercury-free manufacturing process.

Simon Mahan, a campaign analyst for Oceana, said in a press release that Olin's newly announced 2009 earnings report shows the company had nearly $460 million in cash and cash equivalents on hand.

Converting the chlorine factory to a mercury-free process would cost about $62.3 million, he said.

The Augusta plant is one of four facilities in the U.S. still using mercury to make chlorine.

PSA board set to meet on Avondale takeover

The Valley Public Service Authority board of commissioners will meet Thursday on a proposed takeover of the Avondale Mills water system.

The commissioners will meet with board attorney Eric Shytle at 4:30 p.m. at the authority's office, 435 Pine St. in Gloverville. Commissioners will decide whether to accept the deal after learning the system recently lost 12 millions of gallons of water over a 26-day period because of a leak.

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