Man found lying on Fifth Street bridge
A homeless 37-year-old man was found sleeping on the sidewalk of the Fifth Street bridge about 12:40 a.m. March 22.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, James Glenn Mims III was lying down on the South Carolina side of the bridge. When the reporting officer woke him up, Mims became “loud and belligerent.”
Mims told the officer that he had been drinking in Augusta and as he walked across the Fifth Street bridge he decided to go to sleep. He also said he was going to North Carolina.
Mims was arrested and charged with public drunkenness. When he was placed in the patrol car, he refused to put on the seat belt and tried to get out. The officer restrained him, and on the way to North Augusta Public Safety, Mims began to curse at and make threats toward the officer.
After arriving at public safety, he began following the officer’s commands, according to the report.
Shoplifters use wheelchair to steal
A man and woman from Graniteville used a wheelchair to help steal food from Kroger on March 21.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, Reggie Bones Rodriguez, 30, was pushing Keisha Walker, 38, in a wheelchair with the stolen items hidden in the wheelchair. The two left the store and went across Knox Avenue toward Ryan’s restaurant.
Once across the street, Walker got out of the wheelchair and ran toward Chick-fil-A, where an officer caught her. Rodriguez continued to push the wheelchair into the parking lot at Shoppes of North Augusta and put the stolen meat under a parked car before going into Radio Shack. Officers detained Rodriguez, who still had the wheelchair with him.
Rodriguez and Walker were arrested and charged with shoplifting. The estimated value of items stolen was $270, according to the report.