North Augustan dies in accident
A 19-year-old North Augusta man died April 11 after he was trapped between two trailers at Southeastern Freight Lines.
Cole Kugler was helping a fellow employee attach a tandem trailer to a truck when he became trapped between the two trailers, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.
The driver of the 2012 Freightliner was backing up to the second trailer and did not see Kugler.
Aiken Country deputies were called around 8:15 p.m. to Southeastern Freight, 1040 Edgefield Road in North Augusta, where they found Kugler with head injuries
Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell said he doesn’t foresee any charges being filed.
Marijuana plant found in complex
Landscaping workers found a marijuana plant growing outside an apartment on April 11 in Cameron Cove, a public housing development off West Five Notch Road, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
A woman living in the apartment near where the plant was found told the officer that she knew nothing about it, according to the incident report.
Thief crashes through fence
Someone crashed through Adams Supply Co.’s back fence between 5:15 p.m. April 4 and 7 a.m. April 5 in making off with stolen items, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
The owner of the business at 871 Edgefield Road told police that someone entered the business’s fenced area and stole a pickup truck, a trailer, a golf cart and an unknown amount of lumber. The trailer was hooked up to the truck and the other items loaded onto the trailer.
The estimated value of the stolen items was $23,500.
Dog is shot after lunging at officer
North Augusta Public Safety was called out to the 500 block of West Buena Vista Avenue around 7:30 p.m. April 5 regarding a dog that had attacked a man.
According to an incident report, the 61-year-old neighbor told police that the dog attacked him, but didn’t bite him. As police approached the victim’s home, the dog was standing on the steps of the neighboring house and began to growl. When the officer got to the top steps of the driveway, the dog ran toward the officer “with teeth showing with the intentions of causing harm,” the report stated.
The officer backed away quickly as the dog continued toward him. The officer fired a shot at the dog, hitting him in the head. With permission, the officer fired one more shot to “decease the dog.”
The dog’s owner, Jerry Cordell Stephens Jr., 25, of the 500 block of West Buena Vista Avenue, was issued a citation for animal as a nuisance.
Man accused of attacking mother
A 41-year-old North Augusta man is accused of attacking his mother and trying to hit an officer April 11.
When North Augusta Public Safety arrived at a home in the 300 block of Meridian Avenue, the victim told police that her son, Benjamin Neal Talbert, had hit her in her face. She said that Talbert had been drinking all day and he hit her in the face with a closed fist. Officers noted that the victim’s face was “swollen and red,” according to an incident report.
When the officer told Talbert he was under arrest for assaulting his mother, he resisted and pulled away. He then swung his arm to try to hit one of the officers.
Talbert was taken into custody. He was charged with third degree assault and battery and resisting arrest.