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Police search for man in woman's shooting

Police are searching for a man wanted in a Monday afternoon shooting that sent an Augusta woman to the hospital.

Royce Smith, 20, is wanted in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tim Rzasa. Police said Mr. Smith fired several shots and struck the woman, whom he did not identify, in the buttocks before shooting at a trailer in the 4200 block of James Drive at the Mims Trailer Park.

Anyone with information may call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

State labor department allots money for youth summer jobs


The Georgia Department of Labor will provide $33,297 for summer jobs for youth ages 14 to 21 in Richmond and Burke counties, state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced Monday.

The money is part of a $1 million grant that the department will provide statewide to create summer jobs for youths in rural and urban Georgia communities with limited employment opportunities.

The grant will help create 25 jobs for youths in Richmond and Burke counties, including those with disabilities enrolled in High School/High Tech, a department program designed to help students with disabilities study technology.

Youths interested in applying should contact their local Workforce Investment Board for more information. In Richmond and Burke counties, the contact is Jacqueline Dunn, (706) 721-1858.

Stray horse, owner reunite after weekend

The owner of a stray horse that was found Friday in Grovetown has been reunited with its owner.

Pam Tucker, the Columbia County Emergency Services director, said Jeffery Sellinger, of Goldsboro Road, picked up the 18-month-old on Monday.

The horse was reported running loose by a resident of Goldsboro Road, where it was picked up by Animal Care and Control officers without incident.

Lacking indictment, man is granted bond

A young Augusta man charged with murder was granted a $90,000 bond Monday.

Alfonzo D. Dawkins, 21, is accused of shooting 22-year-old Jimmy Quarles to death Nov. 19. Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said the case against Mr. Dawkins appears too weak to take to the grand jury.

Those jailed for three months or more without indictment are entitled to bond.

Judge denies bond to convicted sex offender

Bond was denied Monday for a grandfather and registered sex offender who is accused of new child molestation charges.

William H. Widener, 57, has been jailed since January, when the mother of five children, ages 6 to 12, contacted the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Widener has not been indicted on the charges in Richmond County Superior Court.