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Mother of wandering 4-year-old is arrested


Authorities have arrested the mother of a 4-year-old who was found wandering the streets Monday.

Allison Jontil Barnes, 24, of the 1900 block of Central Avenue, was charged with depravation of a minor Thursday, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's jail committal.

Her child was found sitting on the side of Central Avenue and her apartment was filled with filth, authorities said.

Man is arrested after delivery man is robbed

An Augusta man was arrested Thursday on armed robbery charges in connection with the holdup of a Pizza Hut delivery man Sunday.

Jerrell Marquese Anderson, 17, of the 2300 block of Hardwick Road, is charged with one count of armed robbery. The victim told police he was delivering a pizza to a home on Truxton Drive when three men assaulted him, pointed a gun at his face and stole his wallet, a sheriff's report said.

Man sought in North Augusta bank robbery

Police are looking for a man who robbed the Bank of America on Martintown Road Thursday.

North Augusta Public Safety Lt. Tim Pearson said a man wearing black pants, a black shirt and a mask and carrying a pistol entered the bank about 12:30 p.m. and demanded money. He then fled into a wooded area.

A state constable who was in the parking lot unsuccessfully tried to stop the robber as he came out of the bank.

Lt. Pearson said a report that gunshots were fired has not been verified. No one was injured.

Switch glitch turns off power for 5,000

A problem with a switch at a substation caused a power outage Thursday morning, leaving about 5,000 south Augusta customers without electricity for about two hours, said Steve Chalker, of Jefferson Electric Membership Corp.

The outage was centered on the Tobacco Road area and most customers got power back Thursday morning, he said.

Two Richmond County schools -- Jamestown Elementary and Morgan Road Middle -- were without power for a few hours, according to Director of Public Information Louis Svehla.

Date still not set for Neumar murder trial

Authorities in Stanly County, N.C., said Thursday they have yet to set a trial date for a 77-year-old Augusta grandmother accused of murdering her husband in 1986.

The trial date for Betty Neumar, of Cambridge Court, has yet to be determined, said Ginger Efird, of the Stanly County District Attorney's Office. "The case is still pending," she said.

Mrs. Neumar was charged with the 1986 shooting death of her fourth husband, Harold Gentry, in the small community east of Charlotte. She was arrested at her home in Augusta in May 2008 and accused of hiring a hitman to kill Mr. Gentry.

She is free on bond.