Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Gina Young

Gina Young, 27, of Augusta, was charged Tuesday with theft by shoplifting in Richmond County. She allegedly went into a dressing room and loaded her purse with four shirts and four dresses from J.C. Penney's at Augusta Mall. Another woman with Young allegedly stole items too, but pushed the loss prevention officer out of the way and fled, a report says.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Richard Rule

Richard Rule, 53, of Aiken, was charged with DUI on Tuesday by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Jenna Brown

Jenna Brown, 21, of Augusta, was charged Saturday by Richmond County authorities with DUI and a related traffic charge.

She's only been 21 for a month. Perhaps drinking isn't for her.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Stephanie McLaughlin

Stephanie McLaughlin, 37, of Augusta, was charged Wednesday by Richmond County deputies with possession of Oxycodone, a felony.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Javonist Gant

Javonist Gant, 19, of Augusta, was arrested Wednesday by Richmond County authorities for fleeing/attempting to elude officers, speeding, theft by receiving stolen property, criminal attempted felony and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Basically, authorities say he and another man, David Callahan, tried to rob Belair Package Shop on Wednesday night but got spooked and fled without anything. They later caught the attention of a deputy while riding in a stolen car and ended up leading deputies on a high-speed chase reaching speeds over 100 mph. The chase ended in Columbia County with their arrest. A report doesn't indicate how he sustained the injuries to his face.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Former NAHS Asst. Principal Arrested for Leading Police on Foot Chase

The former assistant principal for North Augusta High School was arrested early Saturday morning after leaving an Aiken bar to head home to an unattended child.

According to the report, the officer observed Charles Gregory make an improper turn on Whiskey Road. When he turned around, Gregory quickly pulled into the parking lot at McDonalds and exited the car.

The officer watched as Gregory made his way back the way he had come on foot. When the blue lights came on, Gregory bent down to remove his shoes then took off into the parking lot of Millbrook Baptist Church.

The officer yelled at him to stop, but Gregory only redoubled his shoeless speed and ran into the nearby cemetery. He tripped over a fence, recovered, then climbed over another fence, falling yet again. Still being pursued, Gregory dashed onto East Pine Log Road and, you guessed it, fell again.

At this time, the deputy was able to end the brief chase with a set of handcuffs. On the way to the station, Gregory admitted that what he did was “stupid” but that he just got nervous, the report stated.

Gregory also admitted to leaving his 6-year-old daughter at home alone and requested that his mother be contacted so she could go take care of her. Now wasn’t that thoughtful?

Gregory was charged with failure to obey a lawful officer and improper lane change.

A woman answering phones at the school says Gregory resigned after school ended a few weeks ago, before this incident occurred. She said they have not updated their website.

Mugshot of the Day: Eric Warren

Eric Warren, 46, of Graniteville, was arrested Tuesday by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and charged with disorderly conduct and littering.

He's had a few minor arrests years ago for driving under suspension and being a drunk pedestrian, according to jail records.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Rico Sanders

Rico Sanders, 23, of North, S.C., was charged Thursday by Wagener Police with grand larceny.

Sanders is a repeat offender with previous charges of accessory after the fact to burglary, possession of stolen goods, failure to stop on police command, malicious injury to courthouse, failure to appear and drugs - prohibited acts. He remains in the Aiken County Jail.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Lauren Bunting

Lauren Bunting, 28, of Martinez, was charged Wednesday by Richmond County Sheriff's Office with shoplifting, at least her fourth arrest for shoplifting in the area since 2002.

That is her newest mugshot on the right. This same time last year, she was arrested for shoplifting as well, where jailers photographed her with purple hair (left).

Bunting has made several trips to the Augusta jail over her young life for charges of shoplifting, DUI and driving while license revoked.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Timothy Chaples

Timothy Chaples, 18, of Salley, was charged by Salley Police on Tuesday with assault & battery and disorderly conduct, his second arrest in less than a week. That's his newest mugshot on the right. The left mugshot is from last Thursday's arrest by Salley police for simple larceny and drug paraphernalia. We hope he'll stop his criminal ways soon.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Conella Smith

Conella Smith, 56, of Augusta, was arrested today by Richmond County sheriff's officials for disorderly conduct.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pepper Spray Ends Foot Chase of Shoplifting Suspect

An Aiken shoplifting suspect led officers on a wild foot chase outside a day care last week before it ended with a blast of pepper spray to the face, according to a sheriff’s report.

Cornelius Adams, 32, had allegedly hidden two DVDs and a CD in his back pocket at the Aiken Walmart on May 31. When a loss prevention officer confronted him, he ran.

Aiken public safety officers picked up the chase, which ended up near a wooden privacy fence for the Family Affair Day Care. To gain access to the area behind the day care, Adams broke and pried the wooden boards off the fence, a report says.

An officer used pepper spray, but it only struck the suspect’s neck and side of his face. Adams jumped the fence but realized he was surrounded by police and threw his hands up. But when he backed up and ignored orders to get to the ground, an officer sprayed him again, leading Adams to fall to his knees and surrender.

Adams was charged with shoplifting, resisting arrest and malicious injury to real property.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Tommie Brooks

Tommie Brooks, 48, was charged Friday by Richmond County deputies with DUI, leaving scene of accident, habitual violator and improper backing. Does he look in a condition to drive?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Mickey Washington

Mickey Washington, 66, was arrested Wednesday by Richmond County authorities on a charge of simple battery.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: George Merriweather III

George Merriweather III, 40, of Augusta, was arrested Monday by Richmond County deputies for shoplifting and giving false information to law enforcement.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mugshot of the Day: Arlene Bender

Arlene Bender, 57, of Augusta, was arrested June 3 by Richmond County sheriff's officials on a charge of disorderly conduct. She gave this big grin for her mugshot.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Franklin Farrell Jr.

What is he thinking? Franklin Farrell Jr, 35, of Warrenville, was charged June 3 by Aiken County sheriff's officials with failure to appear and pay family court bench warrant. He made this unusual face when it was time to pose for the camera.

Farrell is a repeat offender with previous charges for criminal domestic violence, manufacturing meth, failure to pay child support and traffic offenses.

Perhaps he is angry with himself for getting busted again and thrown in the slammer.