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Man arrested in Augusta tire slashing scam

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 9:49pm

A man suspected in a multicounty tire slashing scam was arrested in Richmond County on Friday, officials said.

Michael Simoneaux, 48, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor theft by deception and five counts of criminal trespass, according to Richmond County jail records. He was being held at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris confirmed that Simoneaux was one of the suspects in a number of identical scams throughout the area.

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Truck driver cited in Johnston, S.C., train wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 9:43pm


A truck driver who caused a train wreck in Johnston, S.C., after his tractor-trailer stalled on the tracks was charged Friday with disobeying a permit, officials said.

Trans United driver Thomas Blackiston, of Chesterfield, Mich., was cited for violation of a single trip permit, State Transport Police Cpl. Ronald Heitzenrater said.

The permit was issued for carrying an oversized load, he said. Blackiston violated the conditions of the permit when he failed to comply with a restriction at the railroad crossing on Lee Street in downtown Johnston.

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