Counterfeit bills passed
An Augusta woman was accused of passing counterfeit bills at two North Augusta bingo locations. According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the owner of Paradise Bingo and Shamrock Bingo reported Sept. 1 that he had received two counterfeit $20 bills from the woman within the past week at Paradise Bingo, and an employee stated that she had also received a counterfeit $20 bill at Shamrock Bingo. While the officer was present, the woman called the owner “and stated that she would not be returning to his businesses for fear of arrest,” according to the report.
Unoccupied home catches fire
North Augusta Public Safety was dispatched Aug. 31 to a house fire.
When officers arrived at a residence in the 600 block of West Buena Vista Avenue around 5 a.m., they found fire in the center of the house that was beginning to go through the roof.
Several windows and the back door were open; however, the home was unoccupied.
The incident was turned over to investigations.
Woman caught driving after admitting license suspended
A North Augusta woman who had told an officer that she was a passenger because her license was suspended was caught driving just a couple of hours later.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the officer first met Kasha Marie Eubanks of the 100 block of Daffodil Drive shortly after 11 a.m. Sept. 4 when she was a passenger in a vehicle and received a seatbelt ticket.
“At that time, Ms. Eubanks stated she had just been arrested for driving under suspension and is attempting to pay her fines. That is why she was on the passenger side,” the report stated.
Around 12:45 p.m., the same officer observed Eubanks driving and initiated a traffic stop.
When her information was checked, dispatch advised the officer that it would be her third offense for driving under suspension and it was for failure to pay traffic tickets.
Eubanks was arrested and charged with driving under suspension third offense.
Drugs, ammunition found during well-being check
A well-being check on Sept. 1 led a North Augusta Public Safety officer to find drugs and ammunition.
The officer saw a vehicle stopped at the stop sign at the exit ramp from U.S. Highway 1 and East Martintown Road around 3:30 a.m. with its high beams on and a man standing outside of the vehicle with the front and rear driver’s side doors open, therefore performed a well-being check, according to an incident report.
The man, later identified as Albert Franklin Temples of the 3700 block of West Lake Drive in Martinez, told the officer that he had stopped to look for a key to a friend’s vehicle. He also told the officer that the vehicle he was driving was a rental. While the Temples was looking for the rental agreement, the officer noticed “an unknown white, powdery substance” in the rear compartment of the center console in plain sight. When the officer asked what it was, the Temples stated he didn’t know.
Thee officer requested permission to search the vehicle to which the man agreed.
The officer found a tin box with 11 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition, three ammunition magazines, a glass pipe that is “known to be used to consume various types of substances; the instrument contained a black residue that smelled of burned marijuana,” according to the report.
The officer also found a plastic container with a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana, an electronic weight measurement device and an instrument used to grind substances, such as marijuana, into a power form.
They also found two plastic bag containing methamphetamine and a bag containing what was believed to be oxycodone hydrochloride.
A female passenger, identified as Melissa Diane Boone of the 300 block of Emory Drive in Beech Island, stated that a green, leafy substance found in the vehicle during a further search was hers and that it was marijuana.
Temples was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Boone was issued a courtesy summons for simple possession of marijuana.
It was later determined that one bag of meth weighed 12.2 grams and the second weighed 1.9 grams. The green, leafy substance weighed 0.8 grams.