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5 men sought in robberies


Police are looking for suspects in two liquor store armed robberies Friday night, according to Richmond County Sgt. Calvin Chew.

At about 10:40 p.m., the Kissingbower Liquor Store was robbed by three men wearing masks. They demanded money from the register and then tried to open it themselves, but were unable to steal anything.

About 20 minutes later, two men entered Harbins Wine and Spirit on Boy Scout Road and one pointed a black gun at the clerk, Sgt. Chew said. They then grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled the store.

Sgt. Chew said investigators do not believe the incidents are connected.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Hunter Street trash containers set on fire

Several trash bins were set on fire in the Cherry Tree Crossing housing project on Hunter Street early Monday morning, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

Richmond County firefighters extinguished the fires but could not determine who set the fires.

Second man sought in credit card fraud

One brother is in jail and another is still at large after they charged $1,453 on a friend's credit card while he sat in jail on a DUI charge July 1, according to Richmond County Investigator Anita Hopson.

Michael Burman, 27, of Augusta, turned himself in to police Monday morning and was charged with one count of felony fraud.

His younger brother, 26-year-old Matthew Burman, of Augusta, is wanted by Richmond County and Columbia County sheriff's departments on five counts of fraud, Investigator Hopson said.

The victim asked Matthew to retrieve his truck after he was arrested for driving under the influence. Matthew spent the day using several of the victim's credit cards to purchase two Xbox 360 video game systems, a lobster dinner and several other items.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Woman charged in assault of husband

Aiken authorities arrested a 35-year-old Aiken woman for attacking her common-law husband.

Stephane Denise Wise was arrested and charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence.

According to an Aiken Department of Public Safety report, the victim told police that when he tried to leave the house, Ms. Wise swung a knife at him, cutting his left hand and causing a two-inch laceration.

The suspect told police the victim cut his hand on his vehicle's left rear door.

14-year-old shot in leg while sleeping

A 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg early Monday morning while asleep in his family's North Augusta mobile home in the 500 block of Bradley Drive, according to an Aiken County Sheriff's Office news release.

A family member of the boy told authorities three vehicles, a white SUV and two small cars, stopped in front of the residence about 3:15 a.m.

Two men got out of the vehicles and fired numerous shots into the building, the release said.

The boy was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment. Police said he suffered a broken left leg.

Police are offering a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000 for information in the case. Individuals are asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709 or (888) 559-8477. Callers can remain anonymous, the release said.

Youth center to open today in Waynesboro

Burke Community Partnership will open The Teen Scene, a center to serve youth ages 12-18 at 3 p.m. today, 808 Davis Road, Waynesboro.

The center will offer after-school tutoring and homework assistance, life skills and abstinence education classes, leadership development training, recreation and arts.

The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

- From staff reports