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Man charged with murder


Authorities arrested a homicide suspect Tuesday they say has eluded arrest since last summer.

Terrell A. Green, 19, of Parks Avenue, is charged with murder, aggravated assault and weapon charges in the June 24 slaying of John D. Grimes III, 27, at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 12th Street.

Two others also face murder charges in the case: Bryant Collier, 20, and Alvin Scott, 23.

Celebrated teaching method to be shared

Dr. Steven Ballowe, the superintendent of Gainesville City Schools, will make two public presentations in Richmond County on his education system.

The approach, which President Bush and Georgia's governor have lauded, is founded on public accountability, empowering parents, school choice and a systemwide magnet school program.

The first session will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 11 and will target Richmond County school administrators. The second will be from 1-2:30 p.m. and is planned for parents. The public is invited to both meetings, which will be held at the school board's central offices, 864 Broad St.

Jury indicts Augusta man in wreck death

An Augusta man was indicted Tuesday on vehicular homicide, drunken driving and other charges.

The Richmond County grand jury indicted Ruben Murillo Jr., 33, on charges connected to a fatal Wheeler Road crash on April 21, 2006.

Sheriff's officers reported that Mr. Murillo was driving the vehicle that struck a large tree on the side of the road. Timothy Krauss, 37, who was a passenger, died from his injuries.

24-year-old wounded by gunman in holdup

A Hephzibah man was shot in the stomach during a robbery Monday night, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The 24-year-old said he was walking to his girlfriend's apartment when someone jumped from the bushes and demanded money, the report said. The victim refused and was shot once in the stomach.

The victim was treated at Doctors Hospital but was taken to another unidentified facility, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Man receives 30-year term for molestation

A Dearing, Ga., man accused of sexually assaulting two young girls while living in Columbia County has been sentenced to prison.

Judson Pilcher Wade, 59, of the 4800 block of Iron Hill Road S.E., pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated child molestation and a count of child molestation and was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday, according to Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms.

Mr. Wade was indicted in September on molestation charges. Police say he abused the girls, who were both younger than 14 at the time, between December 1994 and December 1997, the indictment states.

Storm drain work will shut Broad Street lanes

The eastbound lanes of the 100 block of Broad Street from Sibley Street to East Boundary Road will be closed from 8 a.m. today to 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the Augusta Traffic Engineering Department.

The closure will let work crews install a new storm drain.

Bar burglar hauls off alcohol, electronics

Police are investigating the burglary of a bar in which $10,500 in alcohol and electronics was stolen Sunday afternoon, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The owner of the Honky Tonk at 1602 Gordon Highway said someone entered the bar while he was away and took $9,000 in liquor and $1,500 in electronics, the report states.

An employee of the Adam Super Inn nearby said she saw another employee leave the building at about the time the items were stolen.

Suspect in robberies found after 3rd holdup

A man wanted in Aiken County in two business holdups last weekend was arrested by Richmond County authorities after robbing an Augusta convenience store, according to Lt. Scott Peebles.

Herbert Richard Lafavor, 44, of the 1000 block of Greene Street, is charged with three counts of armed robbery, two in Aiken County and one in Richmond County, authorities said.

On Sunday, deputies from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office saw Mr. Lafavor running from the Seven to Seven Store at 316 Greene St. Authorities linked him to two armed robberies in Clearwater and Beech Island on Saturday. He is being held in Richmond County.

WRDW celebrates Smith's 30th year

WRDW-TV meteorologist Bob Smith celebrated his 30th anniversary with the station Tuesday.

"In television, that's almost unheard of," WRDW News Director Estelle Parsley said.

The station celebrated the milestone with a series of "surprises" for Mr. Smith throughout the day, a gift, dinner for him and his wife at their favorite restaurant and an on-air tribute, Ms. Parsley said.

Man gets life term for hotel robbery

A North Augusta man was sentenced to prison Tuesday after a Columbia County jury found him guilty of robbing a Martinez hotel at gunpoint.

The jury found Tommy Joe Griffey Jr., 26, guilty of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime after testimony in the trial, which began Monday.

Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Mr. Griffey to life followed by five years in prison, according to Assistant District Attorney Anthony Nicastro.

Police say Mr. Griffey robbed the Quality Inn on South Belair Road and three Augusta hotels in March 2006 while wearing a suit and fedora. He is awaiting trial on three counts of armed robbery in the Augusta cases.

Authorities charge man with molestation

An Augusta man was arrested and charged with two counts of child molestation after accusations made this week.

Johnny Baker, 32, of Sibley Court, remained at East Central Regional Hospital and will be taken to the Richmond County jail after being discharged, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tess Alexander-Brunson said.

Mr. Baker was arrested after two sisters, ages 13 and 15, accused him of inappropriately touching them Sunday and Monday, the investigator said..

- From staff reports