Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fourth DUI

Nicholus Martin, 31, of Aiken, was charged Saturday with driving under influence - 4th offense.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol Busted Mr. Martin on Saturday night, and he remains in the detention center early today.

According to DUI.Drivinglaws.org, a fourth DUI conviction in South Carolina can lead to permanent driver's license revocation and a minimum of 1 year in prison (and possibly more depending on the BAC level).

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Traffic Death on I-20

Press release from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton:

32 year old Aaron Jennings of North Augusta SC was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia Emergency Department at 7:18pm. Mr. Jennings was involved in a two vehicle crash on I-20 westbound between mile marker 14 and 15 at approximately 6:15pm.

According to witness' Mr. Jennings' vehicle was traveling west in the #1 lane (nearest the median) when a tractor trailer pulled into his lane from the #2 lane. The tractor trailer was apparently attempting to avoid slower moving traffic when he was alleged to have forced Mr. Jennings into the median where the 2004 Ford Explorer overturned ejecting Mr. Jennings. Mr. Jennings was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the fatal crash.

Another motorist was able to get the tractor trailers vehicle information and the South Carolina Highway Patrol was able to locate the vehicle. It is not known at this time whether the tractor trailer actually struck Mr. Jennings' vehicle. The SCHP MAIT is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

Mr. Jennings is the 9th traffic fatality in Aiken County in 2010. Mr. Jennings died from multiple body trauma.

Sex Offender Arrested Again

A convicted sex offender in Aiken County was arrested Wednesday for unlawful use of a telephone.

Daniel Lee Lard, 23, of Graniteville,
was charged with the offense by Aiken County authorities and remains in the detention center at this hour.

Mr. Lard has a long history of arrests, including many for sex-related offenses. He's a registered sex offender with a conviction just last year for criminal sexual conduct with a minor (11-14 years old), according to the state's sex offender registry. The state registry suggests that he did not serve any prison time for the offense since he was convicted and released on the same date.

According to the Aiken County Jail, these are his previous arrests:
  • May 11, 2006: Criminal sexual conduct with a minor, lewd act on a child
  • Nov. 27, 2007: Marijuana cultivation, drug paraphernalia
  • June 27, 2008: Criminal sexual conduct with a minor
  • July 9, 2008: Lewd act on a child
Oddly enough, Aiken County jail records show him with a Gloverville address while the state sex offender website says he registered in February with an address on Hubert Street in Gloverville.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Maybe he's trying to live up to his neck tattoo, but repeat offender Christopher Buff of North Augusta was charged yesterday with assault and battery. His neck tattoo appears to say "Roughneck."

The 29-year-old man is a repeat offender who has been arrested six other times in Aiken County for charges of breaking & entering, criminal sexual conduct with minors, assault, marijuana possession, driving under suspension and parole violation.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Another DUI

Dustin Lucas, 22, of Aiken, apparently didn't learn his lesson from his first DUI arrest.

Aiken public safety officers busted him Saturday afternoon for DUI - 2nd offense. He's one of many drunk driving arrested over the Easter weekend.

Dustin also has two previous arrests for disorderly conduct - gross intoxication, according to jail records. He apparently likes his alcohol.

Check out The Jail Report on Wednesday for details on other DUI arrests in the CSRA.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

110 mph Along the Interstate

A Columbia, S.C., teen was trying to zoom through Aiken County at 3 a.m. this morning on Interstate 20.

Unfortunately for him, it's illegal to drive 110 mph along the interstate, so 18-year-old Quenshawn Johnson was stopped and arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Instead of hightailing it through the county, he's been stuck here all morning and is still sitting in the Aiken County Jail at this hour waiting to make bond.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sexual Battery in Appling

An Appling man man was arrested Wednesday for sexual battery on his ex-girlfriend, according to a sheriff's report.

Wesley Dye, a 30-year-old carpet cleaner, is accused of touching his ex-girlfriend intimately despite the woman telling him not to, according to a Columbia County sheriff's report. The victim said she had gone to the suspect's home around lunchtime Wednesday to return some clothes Mr. Dye had left at her home. While she was there, Mr. Dye touched her, she said.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Just in Time for Easter

Anita Williamson of Aiken was busted on Monday for criminal domestic violence. She was escorted to the Aiken County Jail and had her mugshot taken with her new pink hair style - just in time for Easter.

The suspect is a repeat offender with previous arrests for criminal domestic violence and simple assault & battery, according to jail records.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sears Scam

Talk about nerve.

Authorities say 34-year-old Aaron Evans tried to pull a scam at the Sears store at the Augusta Mall last week. He walked into the store, picked up two belts and a wallet off the shelf and went to a cashier to return the items, a report states. He said he didn't have a receipt, so the cashier processed a return and gave him a gift card for the amount of the items. Preferring cash, the man then walked around the store and tried to sell the gift card to other customers.

Luckily, an employee saw the man on surveillance and called deputies, who arrived in time to bust Mr. Evans for theft by deception.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Computer Thieves Captured on Video

Columbia County authorities are looking for two men who stole a laptop computer from Computer Exchange on Washington Road earlier this month.

Store video shows the two men, who either distracted the employees or waited until they were busy before swiping the HP G71 computer worth about $900.

Know who they are? Call (706) 541-2800.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Home Invasion with Toy Gun

A Jackson man is accused of kicking in the door of a mobile home and trying to rob a woman with a toy gun early Friday.

David Malpass Jr., 21, allegedly demanded money, but the woman said she didn't have any, so he grabbed a laptop and fled the residence, which is on South Silverton Street. About 30 minutes later, officers traced footprints through the woods to Mr. Malpass' residence, according to Jackson Police Chief Dennis Rushton.

Oddly enough, police found the man's kitchen smoking and the suspect and a roommate passed out. They were able to wake up the residents and tell them they had left a pot on the stove that was smoking, possibly preventing a disaster, Chief Rushton said.

"I guess that's what drugs and beer with do to you," the chief told The Jail Report, suggesting the suspect was under the influence during the alleged robbery.

Mr. Malpass was charged with burglary, larceny and strong armed robbery. He remains in the Aiken County Detention Center today. He's a repeat offender with previous charges of grand larceny, malicious inury to property and disorderly conduct - gross intoxication.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Quick Arrests in Kent's Korner Robbery

A man and woman have been charged with robbing the Kent's Korner convenience store on Pine Log Road on Friday night.

Lashanda Sims, 24, of Barnwell (top), and Frank Green Jr., 50, of Williston, were charged in the robbery.

Aiken authorities say the pair robbed the store at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Through victim and witness statements, a good description of the car was given and officers from the New Ellenton Police Department spotted the getaway car within about 15 minutes of the robbery.

Ms. Sims was arrested at the traffic stop, but Mr. Green fled the scene on foot before being captured a short time later within a police perimeter. A firearm was recovered as well as the funds believed to be taken during the robbery.

Ms. Sims was charged with armed robbery. Mr. Green was charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Aiken Public Safety also has a second armed robbery at the Shell station at 1334 Richland Avenue West shortly after the first. The suspect was a black male wearing all black with a black mask over his face and was armed with a pistol. No further information is available on this robbery and is not related to the first. Anyone with information on the second robbery is asked to contact the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Who is This?

Aiken Public Safety Investigators are looking to identify this suspect wanted in connection with a late night robbery of Barton Radiator & Electric on University Parkway.

The suspect entered through a bathroom window and took about $40 in change from a cash box. The suspect is 5’10” 185 pounds with a mustache and goatee.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers @ 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dumb Crook Alert!

NOTE TO CRIMINALS: If you're going to try to fool cops by giving them someone else's name, make sure the other person isn't on the Wanted list, too.

Alonzo Harrris, 25, of Augusta,
was stopped this week by a deputy while driving on Lee Beard Way. He identified himself as Derrick Harris. The only problem was that Derrick Harris had outstanding warrants, so the deputy took Alonzo to jail.

At the jail, the brilliant Alonzo Harris fessed up that he had given the officer a false name. He told the officer "he used his brother's name because he thought he could get away with it, but he did not realize his brother had warrants, too."

Alonzo was charged with giving false name and date of birth.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Home Invasion in Evans - The Details

Columbia County authorities are investigating a report of a home invasion at 559 Blanchard Road in Evans that was reported Monday afternoon.

Here are the details directly from the incident report:

The complainant, 36-year-old Julie Pond, stated 4 to 5 black males entered her residence armed with handguns and rifles. She stated her husband, 33-year-old Thomas Combs was at the front door when the males entered the residence. She stated the males pointed their weapons at her husband and herself.

She stated 23-year-old Arthur Potter was asleep in his bedroom when the males entered the residence. She stated everyone inside was forced into the back bedroom at gun point. Once in the back bedroom everyone was ordered to lay on the ground. She stated the unknown black males then began removing telephones from the residence. She stated the males then advised everyone to remain on the floor until they left the residence.

Mr. Potter, victim number two, stated when the males left the residence he crawled over to the window attempting to view the registration plate on the vehicle. He stated he was unable to see their registration so he ran out of the house to the neighbors and called 911.

Mr. Combs, victim number three, stated he saw the males walking toward the front door of his residence. He stated as he approached the front door the males opened the door and ran in armed with handguns and riffles. He stated he and the other victims were then ordered to the back bedroom. He stated the males then removed all telephones from the residence and then removed items from inside the residence.

He stated after the males left Mr. Potter ran next door and called 911. It was undetermined what items and how many items the males took at the time of this report.

Upon my arrival I spoke with all victims involved. Written statements were obtained from all three victims. Criminal Investigations Division also responded to the scene at the time of the call. All written statements were turned over to Investigator Smith.

Deadbeat Refuses to Pay

Dale Sweeney refuses to pay for his children, according to jail records.

Apparently, the 21-year-old Jackson man knew how to make a child, he just doesn't know how to support one. The young father is sitting in the Aiken County Detention for the FOURTH TIME since 2007 for failure to pay child support.

He's been arrested once every year since he was 18 for being a deadbeat. We've posted his mugshots from yesterday's arrest (top) and previous arrests.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Thief Steals Donation Jar

Columbia County authorities are hunting for a real loser who stole a donation jar off the counter at Circle K at 3934 Washington Road in Martinez.

The man (pictured here) took the jar March 8 and made off with money that was meant for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Help authorities get this idiot off the street. If you know him, call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at (706) 541-2800.

Monday, March 22, 2010

ACSO Clears 19 Cases with Arrest of Burglar

Aiken County authorities have been able to pin 19 outstanding cases of burglary and grand larceny on a Warrenville man whose been in custody since March 9.

On March 9, sheriff’s deputies arrested a Warrenville man for the home invasion of 115 Easy Street Beech Island, S.C. which led to clearing 19 outstanding ACSO burglary and grand larceny cases, according to Sgt. Dave Myers.

Justin Lee Turner, 2o, of Banion Ct., Warrenville, is charged with Burglary 2nd,(12 Counts), Grand Larceny, (7 Counts), Pointing and Presenting a Firearm at a person, (2 Counts), Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, Possession of a Stolen Pistol, and Kidnapping.

On March 9, Aiken County Deputies responded to 115 Easy Street Beech Island, S.C. regarding a house invasion in progress. The victim told ACSO Deputies that a white male subject had gained entry to her residence, pointed a firearm at him then fled the incident location. Deputies received information from the victim as to where the subject was heading once leaving the incident location.

Sheriff Michael Hunt along with ACSO Deputies, based on information received from the victim, were able to quickly set up a perimeter in and around the area of the last know sighting of the subject. Due to the quick response to the incident, Sheriff Michael Hunt along with ACSO Deputies was able to capture the subject responsible for the home invasion.

As a result of the capture of Mr. Turner, 12 outstanding ACSO burglaries, and 7 outstanding ACSO Grand Larceny cases were cleared.

Sheriff Michael Hunt stated, “Cooperation from the victim, our Deputies ability to make a quick response, and set up a perimeter in and around the area of the subject, were keys to his capture. ACSO Investigations rapid follow up to the incident played a big role in clearing 12 outstanding ACSO Burglaries, and 7 outstanding ACSO Grand Larceny’s.”

Justin Lee Turner is now being held in the Aiken County Detention Center.

Home Alone

An Augusta mother has been charged with leaving her child at home alone while she went to work.

Jamira Williams, 23, of Augusta, is accused of going to work on Sunday afternoon and leaving her 7-year-old daughter at home without supervision, according to a sheriff's report. Someone alerted authorities about the girl, and a responding deputy went to the home on Abba Drive and found the child alone.

Dispatchers called the mother at work, and she said she was on her way home. While the deputy waited, he talked to a neighbor, who said the girl was left at home alone "on several occasions while the suspect goes to work," a report states.

When the mother got home, the deputy went to his patrol car. When he returned to the apartment, he heard the mother yelling at the 7 year old and "threatening her with a beating," a report states.

The officer called the Department of Children Services, and a social worker said the child could not remain in the home. The woman's neighbor agreed to take temporary custody of the girl, and Ms. Williams was arrested and taken to jail on a charge of contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Drunk Driver Runs from the Cops

An Aiken man's been busted for drunk driving and running from police on Sunday.

Jake Miniard, 24, was booked into the Aiken County Jail this morning on charges of DUI, failure to stop for blue light and three counts of hit & run property damage. The charges were filed by the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Jake's been arrested at least twice before on other charges, according to jail records.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Drunk Driving - Again

Two North Augusta men were busted overnight for their second drunk driving offense.

Kahlil Sumpter, 33 (top), was stopped by public safety officers in North Augusta and booked on charges of DUI - 2nd offense, and marijuana possession.

James Eubank II, 27 (bottom), is no stranger to alcohol offenses. He was stopped around midnight in Aiken County and booked on his second DUI offense. In October 2008 and again in February 2009, Mr. Eubank was charged with disorderly conduct for being grossly intoxicated, according to jail records. He also has a previous arrests in Aiken County for assault & battery, malicious injury to real property, drugs - prohibited acts, and negligently allowing a fire to spread.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Trafficking Cocaine in Columbia County

Three people were arrested in Columbia County last night for trafficking in cocaine.

Eric Swancy, 24 (top), Kimberly Blanken, 27 (middle), and Devin Price, 24 (bottom), were each charged with trafficking in cocaine and marijuana possession. Mr. Price and Ms. Blanken were also charged with possession of schedule IV drugs.

All three were booked into the jail about 10:30 p.m. and remain there without bond.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Man Accused of Raping Cousin in Augusta

A teenager has been charged with two counts of child molestation in connection with the rape of his first cousin in Augusta, according to a sheriff's report.

Michael Nasworthy, 19, allegedly had sex with the 14-year-old girl last April, but the victim and her family waited to report the crime, a report states.

According to a report, the victim was staying overnight with relatives when Mr. Nasworthy attacked her at 1:30 in the morning. The report alleges that Mr. Nasworthy "came over and forced himself on her by pulling her hair, taking her clothes off" and raping her.

The incident so devastated the victim that she did not immediately tell anyone and tried to overdose on medication, a report states. When the victim finally told her mother, they agreed to seek counseling for the girl before reporting it to authorities.

The mother reported the incident three weeks after she found out, and Mr. Nasworthy was arrested Wednesday, He remains in the Richmond County Detention Center under no bond.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Man Charged With Stalking Estranged Wife

An Augusta man is sitting in jail today for allegedly stalking his estranged wife.

John Steven Rangel, 47, of Goshen Lake Drive, is charged with aggravated stalking and is being held with no bond.

According to the victim, Mr. Rangel tried to call her seven times on her cell phone despite an order by Judge Hamrick not to have any contact with her "directly, indirectly, by email or any other" form of communication, according to a sheriff's report. The woman said she was afraid for her safety because of the stalking.

Happy to Be Back

Jason Christopher Smith, 26, of Augusta, was arrested in Aiken County this morning on a probation violation. He seems happy to be in jail.

He's a repeat offender with previous arrests for drugs. This time, the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services wants to talk to him.

We'd say he'll probably be "happy" to talk with them.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bad Mom

An Aiken mother is serving as a terrible role model for her children, if the charges against her are true.

Denise Carter, 34, of Aiken, was arrested early today for failure to pay child support. And it's not the first time.

Ms. Carter has a long history of arrest in Aiken County for being a deadbeat. When she's not avoiding her responsibilities as a mother, she's allegedly snatching purses, shoplifting, committing fraud with someone else's credit card, driving under suspension, failing to properly restrain her children and refusing to show up for court, according to jail records.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Arrest in Wagener Homicide & Arson

A Wagener man was arrested today in connection with the homicide of another man and the arson that was allegedly set to cover up the murder.

Dashawn Sanders, 31, of Sharon Lane, Wagener, was charged with murder, and arson in the first-degree.

Authorities responded to a fire Saturday evening at 526 Buckboard Road and discovered the body of resident George Griffin inside the mobile home. An autopsy revealed the victim had died before the fire, according to Coroner Tim Carlton.

In a press release, Sheriff Michael Hunt said, "Due to our investigators' persistence and hard work with this incident, the Sheriffs Office was able to make an arrest concerning a violent act, and give citizens in this community some peace of mind.”

Mr. Sanders is being in the Aiken County Detention Center.

More Exposure for Aiken County Suspects

The Aiken County Detention Center's mugshots are looking a little different these days.

On Sunday, they released this mugshot of a shirtless Paul Smith Jr., who was busted by the sheriff's office for grand larceny. It's the first time we've seen the jail release a photo that exposes so much of a suspect.

Jail officials tell us their fingerprint machine and camera have been damaged, so they have resorted to taking pictures with a hand held digital camera, which may explain the change.

Meanwhile, Mr. Smith is getting a little more exposure than most suspects in the Aiken County facility. But he should be used to getting his mugshot taken. The 20-year-old Aiken man is a repeat offender who was arrested in North Augusta in 2007 for shoplifting.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Curtis Carter, the 18-year-old suspect in a weekend murder, has been captured. That's his newest mugshot above.

The teenager was arrested Sunday and is being held in the Richmond County Detention Center under no bond on charges of murder, aggravated battery and weapon possession.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a subject shot on the 1600 block of Luckey Street Saturday afternoon at 2:47 pm. Deputies arrived to find that 40-year old Scotty Mathis had been shot. The victim was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Emergency Room, where he was pronounced dead. Mr. Carter was identified as the shooter and was listed as wanted until today.

K-9 Sniffs Out Coke Machine Vandals

Two men were caught early Friday trying to break into a Coke machine in Columbia County, but they led authorities on a chase that ended with a K-9 unit sniffing them out of a wooded area.

Daniel Blalock, 25 (top), and David Ragland, 25 (bottom), were arrested Friday and charged with criminal damage to property and obstruction of an officer.

A Columbia County deputy was on patrol at 2:15 am Friday in Martinez when he spotted someone trying to break into a Coke machine outside a business at 213 Hightower Drive. The suspect saw the officer and fled behind Sign-O-Rama on Washington Road into a thick wooded area, a report states.

The officer called out a police K-9 unit, and the suspects were captured, a report states. The men remain in jail today.

Bizarre Fire Death in Wagener

A fire in Wagener on Saturday appears to be a cover-up for a homicide, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

When fire departments responded to a fire at a mobile home on 226 Buckboard Road in Wagener, they discovered the body of 57-year-old George Griffin, who lived at the home.

"Mr. Griffin was taken to autopsy this morning, where it was learned that Mr. Griffin died prior to the actual fire," Mr. Carlton said in a press release. "Mr. Griffin had several suspicious injuries that were discovered by pathologists in Newberry, SC. Even though the body was seriously burned, Mr. Griffin was positively identified."

The fire happened around 7:30 pm on Saturday. This death is being investigated by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and the Aiken County Coroner's Office.

"Further information will be released when appropriate," Mr. Carlton said.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

North Augusta Man Charged with Sex Crimes

A young man with repeated run-ins with the law was charged Friday with two sex crimes.

Robert Creighton III, 20, of North Augusta, was arrested Friday morning for committing a lewd act on a minor under 16 as well as criminal sexual conduct in the second-degree. He remains in the Aiken County Detention Center this morning.

Mr. Creighton is no stranger to the jail. He's been busted numerous times over his early life. His previous charges include reckless driving, forgery, shoplifting, minor in possession of alcohol, driving under suspension and drugs - prohibited acts.

His most recent arrest was made by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Repeat Offender Has Tattoos on Eyelids

Marcus Gregory got tattoos inked on his neck and eyelids sometime in the last two years.

How do we know?

He's a repeat offender with at least nine previous arrests in Aiken County, allowing us to track the progression of his tattoos through his mugshots. (He got the teardrop tattoo sometime between 2005 and 2007.)

Mr. Gregory, 25, of Bath, was busted Thursday for burglary in the second degree. His new tattoo (top photo) shows his new neck tattoo and a hint of tattoos or magic marker on his eyelids.

His previous arrests include grand larceny, probation violation, assault & battery, false information to law enforcement, malicious injury to real property, resisting arrest, marijuana possession, and multiple counts of disorderly conduct.

Shoplifting Mugshot

The Augusta Chronicle is reporting this morning on a bizarre shoplifting case, and we've got the mugshot.

Quantavous Terrence Hawthorn, 21, of Augusta, is accused of stealing five bras and other items Wednesday from Walmart in North Augusta and then leading police on a chase through Chick-fil-A.

According to The Chronicle, the shoplifting suspect ran through the Walmart parking lot and into the restaurant, where he allegedly slung table benches to slow down officers. He was eventually captured and booked on charges of shoplifting, resisting arrest, giving false information, and malicious injury to real property, according to jail records.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Counterfeiters?

Two men are being held in the Richmond County jail after passing fake $20 bills Wednesday night at Coyotes nightclub on Peach Orchard Road, authorities said.

Jamaal Thompkins, 26 (top), and Steven Lampkin, 27 (bottom), were arrested early today after a bartender told an on-duty deputy that one of the men was acting suspiciously by continuing to pay for drinks with $20s instead of using the change she had given him earlier. The suspects were later found with about $600 in fake bills.

According to jail records, Mr. Thompkins was charged with five counts of forgery in the second-degree while Mr. Lampkin was charged with one count. They remain in jail tonight.

The sheriff's office alerted the U.S. Secret Service to the case since the federfal agency is responsible for counterfeiting offenses.

Aiken County Burglars

Two men have been charged in unrelated burglaries in Aiken County.

Justin Lee Turner, 19, of Warrenville (top), was arrested Tuesday for burglary. He's a repeat offender with previous charges of burglary, grand larceny and drugs.

Terrell Lockett, 27, of Ridge Spring (bottom), was busted Wednesday for burglary, criminal domestic violence, was charged with burglary, criminal domestic violence of a high & aggravated nature and malicious injury to personal property. He's also a repeat offender with previous charges for criminal domestic violence (two previous arrests), and driving under suspension.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Drunken Joyride on Stolen Bike

The Augusta Chronicle is reporting this morning about a teen arrested for taking a drunken joyride down East Martintown Road in North Augusta on a stolen bicycle.

We have the teen's mugshot (above).

Matthew Ray Cooley, 19, of Augusta, was charged this morning with shoplifting, disorderly conduct public drunk, giving false information to police and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

The arrest was made by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety after an officer saw the teen riding the bike in the middle of the road and swerving about 2 a.m. today. The suspect had allegedly stolen the bicycle from Walmart, according to The Chronicle's story.

Closing In On 100th Mugshot

It should come as no surprise to anyone that 57-year-old Jimmie Johnson of Aiken was arrested last night for being grossly intoxicated and disorderly in the city limits of Aiken.

Jimmie's name is a regular in the jail bookings published in The Aiken Standard, and his mugshots have appeared in our paper multiple times since we began publishing last June. He is almost always charged with some form of gross intoxication, disorderly conduct or trespassing. He also has some previous arrests for purse snatching, littering, failure to comply with officer's order and resisting arrest.

That's his newest mugshot at the top, taken last night. But we thought it would be fun to count the number of mugshots now available on his booking page (available by clicking here), and it appears Mr. Johnson is closing in on #100.

We counted 97 mugshots since the Aiken County Detention Center began storing them online in 2002. We can't imagine how many arrests he had in the decades before that. His oldest mugshot is shown as the bottom mugshot. It was taken in July 2002.

We mention the word "fun." But really this is sad. What should society do about someone like this who can't control their drinking and continues to cost taxpayers thousands of dollars a year to jail them? Any ideas?