Four teens were taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital after a wreck on Old Evans Road early Friday morning.
The driver, Jeff Goby, 19, of Graniteville, S.C., was treated and released. John Lamar Craft, 17, of Trenton, S.C., and Aaron Michael Kihm, 18, of North Augusta, are listed in good condition. Melvin Dudley Randall, 17, of North Augusta, is listed in fair condition, said a MCG spokesperson.
Police said the teens were traveling east on Old Evans Road, speeding, when they hit a railroad crossing and became airborne. Goby told officers that when the 1995 Ford Escort landed, it felt like something broke on the front end of the car causing him to lose control. Goby hit an embankment and the car flipped once before landing on its roof.
Charges are pending, said Columbia County Sheriff's Office Capt. Steve Morris.
Hamburglar at work
A McDonald's franchise owner complained to police that one of his employees was faking refunds.
Bobby Jones Expressway McDonald's owner David Eddy Cravens, of Lincolnton, accused one of his cashiers of printing excessive amounts of refund receipts each day he was working July 4-13. No refund was given to the customers, Cravens told Columbia County sheriff's deputies.
The total amount of refunds was $415.06, Cravens said.
The employee said he refunded customers their money and threw the food in the trash.
Cravens compared the employee's total of refunds with another employee's refund tally, which was only $46.71 over a two-month period.
Cravens said he spoke with other employees, who said the man would give refunds to his friends and pretty girls.
An employee who worked with the man on a regular basis said that he once asked her to cover up for him. She also said he often complained about not having money, but that he recently paid for a group of friends to eat and go bowling.
A Martinez car lot co-owner allowed a man to take a Jeep off her lot in May and hasn't seen him since.
Elaine C. Foss, the co-owner of A&E Auto at 4116 Columbia Road, said a man took a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee from her lot May 15 saying he would return in several days with the money to pay for it.
The man hasn't returned and Foss told police she recently learned the man moved to the Lost Wilderness community in South Carolina.
A Harlem man was trying to sell his boat and it was stolen instead.
George Nichols Cagle, of the 1700 block of Appling-Harlem Highway, said he put his 1981 fish and ski boat with its trailer in his front yard to sell it.
On July 23, someone took the boat without paying for it.
Cagle told deputies that the $4,000 boat and $500 trailer were secured only with a padlock.
An Evans Wal-Mart manager recently reported three incidents of purchases at the store using fake checks.
Wal-Mart account office manager Judith Elaine Wade told police July 21 that she recently received three returned checks from different banks saying the accounts didn't exist.
Two of the purchases with the fake checks took place June 10 - one for $192.69 and another for $179.43. The incident report noted that the second check appeared to have been computer-generated and used the false name of Tyiana Love.
A third false check was written to Wal-Mart on July 8 for $204.18 under the false name of Christopher Pope.
Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for July 20-26.
Structure fire, one; vehicle fire, one; controlled burn, one; fire alarm, one; medical calls, 16; rescue calls, six; investigations, three; public service, two; other, two.
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