The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division arrested two people Tuesday on drug trafficking and weapons charges.
Robert Karl Powick, 40, and Elise Lauren Staples, 32, have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to a statement from Sgt. Michael McDaniel.
Aiken Public Safety is asking for help finding an Aiken man wanted for felony driving under the influence.
Dustin Tre Munoz, 21, is accused of operating his motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Munoz disregarded a red light at Silver Bluff Road and Hitchcock Parkway, which caused a traffic collision, according to Detective Jeremy Hembree. The collision, which occurred Sept. 6, resulted in “great bodily injury to the driver of the vehicle he initially struck,” Hembree said in a statement.
The fifth and final member of a crew that targeted women who left their purses in vehicles was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.
James J. Woodard pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity fraud. In 2012 in Richmond and Columbia counties, the crew stole identification and checkbooks from purses left in vehicles. Then women were recruited to serve as “cashers,” drawing money from the accounts.
An employee of a Martinez golf and country club was arrested and accused of drug possession at work.
Edilberto Morales Diaz, 35, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of methamphetamine and trafficking methamphetamine. Diaz is the manager of the Men’s Grille at West Lake Country Club, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. A woman who answered the phone at the club Wednesday wouldn’t say whether Diaz is still employed by West Lake.
Montgomery Gentry concertgoers will have the chance to hear a song from a local band that should hit the radio waves early next year.
Harlem’s Jeremy Graham recently signed a three-year contract with Dominion Entertainment, and he and his band will perform the single Ride Out to Nowhere on Friday at Lady Antebellum Pavilion before Gentry takes the stage.
“Ride Out to Nowhere is a song when you have a little something on your mind, and you need some alone time,” said Graham, the band’s lead singer and one of its songwriters.
A strong odor prompted the evacution of Warren Road Elementary School on Wednesday.
The odor was initially feared to be a gas leak but later determined to be the smell of diesel coming from equipment at a nearby construction site. Dee Griffin, spokeswoman for the Augusta Fire Department, said students were sent to nearby Good News Church while the gas company investigated.