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Police blotter

Posted: August 2, 2017 - 2:42am

Motorcycle fatality

A Harlem man was killed Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident in McDuffie County.

Sammy Wayne Hammett, 49, was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident at 4:14 a.m. Sunday, according to McDuffie County Coroner Foster Wylie.

Hammett was traveling on Hillman Gay Road, approaching Neal's Mill Road when his motorcycle went off the road to the right, said Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brad Eagler. Hammett lost control of the motorcycle, flipped, and was thrown from the bike, Eagler said.

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Undercover bust

Police say a Speedy Mart clerk allowed the sale of alcohol to a person under 21 during an undercover operation.

On July 25, an undercover officer attempted to purchase a six-pack of Corona Light from the Speedy Mart on Washington Road in Appling, according to the incident report.

The clerk, Jessica Lacey Pringle, allowed the sale of the beverages after asking to see the undercover officer's license.

Pringle's manager was contacted and in lieu of state charges she was issued a citation for sale of alcohol to persons under 21.

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Diver dumps trash

A woman called police after she said the driver of a trash truck dumped a trash can left over from previous tenants in her yard.

The woman told police that she and her husband had recently moved into the residence on Crenshaw Drive, according to the incident report. The woman said that the previous tenants left a trash can full of garbage at the curb. Around 2 p.m., July 24, the woman said the trash truck driver arrived at the residence and confronted her about the kind of trash inside the trash can.

The woman then said stated that the driver became upset and belligerent toward her and dumped the trash on their front lawn. The driver then took the empty trash can and drove away.

Police attempted to contact the trash service but has not received a call back.

Attempts were made to locate the business at the listed address, but the company was not located there.

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Counterfeiter sought in area

The U.S. Secret Service and local law enforcement are searching for a man who has been using counterfeit money across Columbia County and the Augusta area.

Since June, one man has been tied to seven cases in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties.

Businesses visited by the man include two Circle K locations in Columbia County, New Moon Cafe in Aiken, Fresh Market in Augusta, two Walgreens in Richmond County and Dicks Sporting Goods at Augusta Mall.

Surveillance footage shows him driving a silver or champagne-colored late '90s or early 2000s model Honda Accord.

 

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