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Police Blotter

Posted: April 16, 2013 - 1:10pm

Man charged with arson

A North Augusta man was arrested April 10 after declaring he had set his house on fire because it was possessed, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.

Officers responded to the house fire at 1005 Thurmond St. about 11:20 a.m. A man told an officer that the owner of the home had walked up to him and said: “That house is possessed. I poured a gallon of gasoline on it and set it on fire,” according to the report.

Shortly after, 29-year-old Donald Allen Ginn, was found walking near the intersection of Austin and Weston streets. An officer “asked Mr. Ginn if he knew why he was being stopped, to which he replied his house was on fire,” the report stated.

Ginn was arrested and charged with third-degree arson and taken to the Aiken County Detention Center.

Site lists man as offender

A North Augusta man reported that someone used his information to falsely list him on a Web site as an offender.

The 22-year-old stated that he had placed an ad on Cragislist for a roommate and later received an e-mail stating that he was listed on a Web site called Predators Watch, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report from April 5.

The victim went to the Web site and found his picture, age and e-mail address on the site. It would cost him $100 to get the information removed from the site, he told the officer.

He added that he has been unsuccessful in getting a response from someone with the Web site.

“This officer did look at the Web site with the victim and we also looked at his Facebook page, where the picture had come from to make the Predators Watch profile that they are using,” the report stated.

The report further noted that no contact information was listed on the site, other than sending $100 to get the listed information removed.

The officer advised the victim that if he has not committed any sex crimes, then the Web site “sounds like a scam to collect money.”.

Woman charged with stealing cheese

A 53-year-old Augusta woman was charged with shoplifting cheese from Walmart on April 4.

According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, an employee told an officer that she observed Iris Laurie Holland in the store waiting for her prescriptions before going the dairy section, where she selected a package of New York extra sharp cheddar cheese, a package of Colby Jack cheese and a package of pepper jack cheese sticks.

Holland then went to the store’s baby section and placed the items in her purse, the employee stated.

The woman paid for her prescriptions and left without paying for the other items.

Holland, of the 1000 block of Greene Street, was charged with shoplifting under $2,000, according to the report.

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