Interstate 20 crashes injure 4, halt traffic
A series of wrecks Tuesday morning on Interstate 20 near the Appling-Harlem exit injured four people, including one woman who had serious burns to her head. Eastbound traffic was shut down for more than two hours.
The burn victim, Joyce Sheppard, 68, of Thomson, was upgraded to serious condition as of Friday morning at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The first crash occurred at about 9 a.m. as Rogina Wilson, 20, of Columbus, Ga., driving a black Chevrolet Blazer, lost control of the vehicle. It flipped three times on the interstate's left shoulder, authorities said. Georgia State Patrol Trooper Chris Wright said the Blazer was traveling 89 mph as it passed him.
The vehicle had two passengers: Alicia Harris, 42, also of Columbus; and Kamoree Cooper, 11 months. All three were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Wilson and Kamoree were discharged. Harris was released from the hospital Thursday, a hospital spokesman said.
Sarah Bufford, of Tignall, Ga., the driver of a log truck owned by Bufford Jr. Hauling, of Tignall, didn't see vehicles stopping for the wreck ahead and slammed into the back of a white Chevrolet S10 pickup, Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Steven Leathers said.
That wreck caused three other crashes with stopped vehicles. A fire began in the S10, burning Sheppard's head. Wilson was ruled at fault in the first wreck, and was charged with speeding, failing to maintain lane and failing to meet tire requirements because police said her vehicle's tires were not in good condition. Bufford had a pending charge of following too closely in the second wreck.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office
Report says jewelry is stolen from Evans home
An Evans retiree called Columbia County sheriff's deputies Monday morning to report several thousand dollars in jewelry stolen from his home.
The items, a 14-karat gold heart-shape diamond pendant necklace, a 14-karat gold diamond pendant necklace and a 14-karat gold ruby ring, with a combined value of more than $13,000, were taken between the evening of Oct. 23 and the morning of Nov. 3, according to a police report.
The retiree, of the 900 block of Deercrest Court, told police his wife had last noticed the jewelry Oct. 23, but when she checked again Nov. 3, it was missing.
Man says his truck was stolen from Wal-Mart
An Augusta man told police a truck he was trying to sell was stolen from the parking lot of the Evans Wal-Mart Supercenter.
The truck, a white 1983 Datsun 720 King Cab pickup with a blue replacement driver-side door and chrome wheels, had been parked at the Wal-Mart since Oct. 30 with a for-sale sign in the cab, the Augusta man told police.
He last saw the truck at about 2 p.m. Nov. 6, but when he returned to the store Monday, the truck was missing, according to the police report.
The truck's driveshaft is damaged and the vehicle is not drivable. Managers from Wal-Mart told the man they had not had the vehicle towed.
Police arrest two men on shoplifting charges
Two men who authorities say fled from managers at Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway were quickly caught by police and arrested on a charge of shoplifting Tuesday.
Antwon Lamar Moss, 22, of the 2700 block of Crosshaven Drive in Hephzibah, and Antony Carnell Knight, 19, of the 2500 block of Center West Parkway in Augusta, fled on bicycles after managers stopped them because they had seen one man pocket four compact discs inside the store, according to a police report.
Deputies said they found a DVD in Knight's pocket and placed the men under arrest. The two were being held Friday morning at the Columbia County Detention Center on bonds of $1,100 each.
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