PTO treasurer arrested
North Augusta Middle School’s PTO treasurer turned herself in to North Augusta Public Safety shortly after 9 a.m. Friday after an investigation into her use of the organization’s funds, according to a news release.
Connie Faye Boisclair, of North Augusta, was arrested on a single charge of breach of trust. The school’s principal, Barry Head, filed a report on Jan. 5 after the internal auditor for the school district discovered several financial transactions had been converted by Boisclair for her personal use between May and Jan. 4.
An investigation found that since Boisclair was appointed as treasurer in May, she has obtained more than $38,000 from the school’s PTO account without approval.
“Public Safety’s investigation continues because of pending bank statements and various questions yet to be answered,” the news release states.
Officer sent to hospital
A North Augusta Public Safety officer was sent to the hospital Friday morning after a fight with a shoplifting suspect at Walmart.
Officers were sent to the store on Knox Avenue around 1 a.m. to investigate a complaint about Aaron Looper, 20, of Conifer Court, concealing merchandise, according to police accounts.
Looper dropped two bottles of wine on the floor and struggled with the two officers when they tried to arrest him; one officer was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was treated and released, according to the report.
Looper fled the store but was caught near a retention pond between Shoppes of North Augusta and Chick-fil-A, the report states. After another struggle, he was arrested on charges of shoplifting, resisting arrest, public drunkenness, disobeying a lawful order and simple assault.
Five arrests follow long drug investigation
Five suspects have been arrested and a sixth arrest is pending following a monthlong investigation by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Division.
According to a news release sent Friday, police simultaneously executed search warrants on two homes less than a mile apart. SWAT teams from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the North Augusta Department of Public Safety took part.
Three firearms and about 1½ pounds of marijuana and a half-ounce of cocaine were seized, with an estimated street value of $2,000.
“This is a direct result of the alliance that has been built between the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and the citizens of Aiken County,” said Sheriff Michael E. Hunt.
The two homes searched were 571 Samuels St. in Belvedere, and 629 Celeste Ave. in North Augusta.
Arrested and charged were: 25-year-old Avis Jeremy Simpkins and 31-year-old Isaac Thomas Williams, both of 571 Samuels St.; 20-year-old Devon Cordell Davis and 19-year-old Darian Zabriel Davis, both of 629 Celeste Ave.; and 22-year-old Daniel Rashad Lovett of Barton Road in Trenton.
Student arrested for
bringing knife to school
A North Augusta High School student who said she felt threatened by a “burn page” on Facebook was arrested Thursday for bringing a steak knife to school.
Assistant principal Paige Day contacted North Augusta Public Safety around 9 a.m. after she found the knife in a purse belonging to 18-year-old Shuntara Nicole Wilson, according to an incident report.
Day said it was brought to her attention that there might be a fight at the school because of the burn page, which included posts from students, some of which were threatening. On Jan. 11, the page’s discussion focused on a picture of a girl who looked like Wilson, so Day approached the student, searched her purse and found the knife, Day told police.
After Wilson was given her Miranda warning, she told the officer she wanted to explain why she had the knife. She said that it was for “protection because of the threatening comments and people picking on her on the burn page,” the report states.
Wilson was only charged with disturbing schools because she did not take the knife out of her purse to threaten or assault anyone, according to the report.
The officer received a copy of the burn page postings from Jan. 11. Further investigation found that a North Augusta High School burn page was created on Facebook every day and students would post comments on the page throughout the day. The page would be shut down at the end of the day by a student or Facebook staff, and then someone would put it up again the next day, according to the report.
A burn page is an online page usually created for the purpose of posting degrading, threatening comments about people and is often focused on a person’s picture.
By Thursday evening, someone had created a new Facebook page protesting the burn book page called the “North Augusta High School Not Burn Book,” with its first post stating, “This is going to be the nice version of the burn book!”
The page included pictures along with positive comments about the person in the picture and encouraging comments about the new page.
Burglary suspect sought
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects in the burglary of a home in the 100 block of County Place Drive, North Augusta.
According to the police report, at about 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 8, a young man knocked on the front and side doors of the home and waited for a response. When no one came to the door, he entered the garage and stole two leaf blowers, valued at $1,000.
He then got into a vehicle driven by a second suspect and they left the scene. The incident was captured on a surveillance camera that had been installed by the homeowner.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (800) 922-9709 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME–SC.
Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.