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Body found in lake identified


A body found at Thurmond Lake during the weekend has been tentatively identified as a missing 46-year-old Harlem man whose pontoon boat was found drifting in the lake's Little River arm more than a week ago.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Jennifer Barnes said fishermen spotted the floating body near an island around dusk Saturday, and authorities called to the area recovered the body at about 10 p.m.

Positive identification remains pending, but authorities say the clothing matches a description of the missing man - Michael Wade Bowman - given by family members when he vanished a week ago. Mr. Bowman's truck was found at a boat ramp in McDuffie County.

Ms. Barnes said a cause of death has not been determined, but the body will be taken to the Georgia Crime Lab in Augusta for further investigation.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now in charge of the case.

Man is sought in two armed robbery cases

Aiken County sheriff's authorities are seeking a man who held up two businesses during the weekend.

Just before 11 p.m. Saturday, police said, a man walked into Four Seasons Food and Fuel at 4667 Jefferson Davis Highway, went behind the counter, pulled a steak knife on a clerk and snatched cash from a register.

Police said that earlier that night at about 9 p.m., a man matching the same description tried to rob Todd's Shop and Go, 1181 Sand Bar Ferry Road, in Beech Island. A clerk grabbed a broom and swung wildly at the suspect until he was forced to leave.

The suspect is described as a man between 35 and 45 with brown hair who was wearing a tan baseball cap.

He was driving a red pickup, possibly a Chevy S-10, with an American flag on the license plate.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) 559-TIPS. Callers will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000, police said.

New Ellenton police investigate shooting

The New Ellenton Police Department is investigating a Sunday afternoon shooting.

At about 1:40 p.m., police were called to a wooded area on Williamson Street, Sgt. Bill Cook said.

He said a teenage boy was shot in the leg, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Aiken County sheriff's officials are assisting in the investigation, Sgt. Cook said. No suspects were in custody as of Sunday evening, he said.

Firm reports theft of items worth $5,100

An Augusta industrial company reported thefts during the weekend after someone cut a hole through a security fence at Technochem Inc., 1853 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Thieves stole four stainless steel tables valued at $500 each.

They also took three stainless steel commercial dishwasher doors, one stainless steel tabletop and one stainless steel commercial dishwasher top all valued at $3,100, the report stated.

Paine College holds graduation this week

Paine College will hold its graduation ceremonies at 9 a.m. Sunday at Bell Auditorium.

The ceremony will feature a commencement speech by Ray Robinson, the chairman of the board of Citizens Trust Bank, the sixth-largest black-owned bank in the nation.

The baccalaureate program will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Gilbert Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Manager searches for relatives in theft case

The manager of a Wrightsboro Road restaurant named two employees in regards to a theft at his business.

Robert Lee Hunnicutt, told police he hired two relatives as managers of The Great American Hot Dog, 3115 Wrightsboro Road.

As of April 21, $1,300 was missing from a safe, and Mr. Hunnicutt hasn't been able to contact the managers, according to a Richmond County sheriff's police report.

Mr. Hunnicutt doesn't want to file charges, the police report states.