Police seek those who dealt with fraud suspect
Columbia County authorities are searching for people who have had dealings with an Evans man recently arrested on theft by conversion charges.
Harry Chadwick "Chad" Hill, 46, was arrested Oct. 22 and charged with two counts of theft by conversion. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail personnel.
Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said the charges stem from home improvement fraud. Authorities say he accepted payment to perform home improvements but never did any work.
Mr. Hill, of the 600 block of Tara Lane in Evans, has previously been arrested in Columbia and Richmond counties on home improvement fraud and deposit account fraud, Capt. Morris said. Anyone with information should contact Investigator Gary Harden at (706) 541-1044.
Couple faces murder charge
Manslaughter charges against an Augusta couple have been upgraded to murder.
The Richmond County grand jury reindicted Jeanne and Buel Peterson on Tuesday. If convicted, they would face life in prison for the death of Mrs. Peterson's 30-year-old sister, Christina Baxter, who weighed just 46 pounds when she died last month.
The Petersons have been in custody since Oct 25. Initially they were charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Authorities need club videos, photographs
The Statesboro Police Department has requested assistance concerning a murder investigation involving a Hephzibah man.
Authorities are seeking to contact anyone who might have taken photos or video footage at Club Jackson or at Club Apex on the night of Oct. 28, when Julius Isaac McReynolds, 19, was shot and killed outside of Club Jackson in Statesboro, said L.C. Williams, a Statesboro Police chief investigator.
On Oct. 31, police arrested Thomas Lee Jones, 21, of Lyons, in connection with the killing. Mr. Jones remains in the Bulloch County Jail and faces murder charges involving Mr. McReynolds' death. Anyone with photos, videos or additional information should contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Molestation suspect goes free on bond
A 37-year-old Aiken man charged with molesting two girls during a one-year period at a Warrenville home was released Tuesday from the Aiken County Detention Center on a $60,000 bond.
James Edward Hooper III was arrested by the sheriff's office Monday on two charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor second degree and four charges of a lewd act upon a child younger than 16.
According to the arrest affidavit, the abuse involving an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl began in August 2006.
Writers find support, critiques at meeting
CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Barnes & Noble on Augusta West Parkway.
Writers interested in a support group are invited to attend and bring eight copies of a manuscript to be critiqued. Contact Steve Fox at (706) 836-7315.
Aiken Tech offers mentoring classes
The Workforce and Business Development Division of Aiken Technical College is offering a series of classes on youth mentoring in November and December. The series explores the benefits of mentoring.
The Power and Impact of Mentoring will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, introducing the concept of mentoring and identifying the types of mentoring programs. Topics will include maintaining and evaluating mentoring programs, recruitment of mentors and youths and screening procedures. The cost to attend is $75.
Train the Trainer: Evaluating Mentoring Programs will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4. This will be a follow-up workshop for those who are ready to train mentors and youths. The cost to attend is $85. The cost to attend both sessions is $145. Sessions will be at the Augusta Tech campus. For more information, or to register, call (803) 593-9954, ext. 1230, or e-mail Patsy Fields at email@example.com.
Organist will perform at First Baptist Church
The Augusta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present Scott Montgomery in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way.
He is the winner of the 2006 National Young Artist Competition in organ performance. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call Alvin Blount at (706) 733-6627.
-- From staff reports