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Robbery, theft suspects sought


Authorities are asking for help in identifying two men who robbed a Lumpkin Road convenience store Tuesday. Two men entered the store with white T-shirts wrapped around their faces, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. One of the thieves hopped onto the counter and stole the cash register, while the other pointed a handgun at the clerk, the report said.

Authorities also are trying to identify three people who used a man's stolen credit cards to purchase items at the Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road in May. The 65-year-old victim's home was burglarized on May 26 and the same day his cards were used to buy gift cards totaling $400 from the store, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Aaron Hannsz. Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Watch surveillance camera footage of people using stolen credit cards to buy gift cards.

Businessman pleads not guilty to fraud

Arthur Marshall pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in U.S. District Court Thursday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leon Barfield explained the 22 charges against the local businessman and former hometown and NFL football star who is accused of fraud and money laundering.

A federal indictment accuses Mr. Marshall of defrauding three banks in Richmond and Columbia counties, deceiving a mortgage lender and a home buyer regarding the sale of two properties and obtaining more than $1 million from those allegedly fraudulent transactions.

Mr. Marshall was ordered to undergo a drug test and observe a daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. He posted $2,500 of the $100,000 bond Thursday and will have 10 days to file a motion.

Man guilty in 12 cases of child sex assault

After three days of testimony and deliberation, a Columbia County jury found a Grovetown man guilty Wednesday of 12 felonies for sexually assaulting a child.

Arthur Clarence Williams Sr., 33, of Katherine Street, is guilty of four counts of aggravated child molestation, four counts of child molestation, two counts of rape and other charges. Sentencing was not scheduled.

Mr. Williams was accused of sexually assaulting a girl who was between 6 and 10 years old from April 2004 to April 2008.

Woman faces charge in North Augusta shooting

An Augusta woman was charged Thursday with accessory after the fact of murder in a June 11 shooting in North Augusta.

Myra Wright, of the 100 block of Reiser Court, was arrested at work at Augusta Mall and taken to the Richmond County jail, said Aiken County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Myers.

Police have arrested Dewanye Issac, 25, in the fatal shooting of Exzradrian Holloway in North Augusta. An arrest warrant says Ms. Wright met with Mr. Issac at her workplace and allowed him to drive her van to and from the site of the shooting.

Former hotel workers sought in $40,000 theft

Investigators are seeking three former hotel employees accused of stealing about $40,000.

Ashley Hurst, 21; Monica Hunt, 32; and Courtney Sturgis, 26, all of Augusta, are wanted on felony charges of theft by deception, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Michelle Walden.

The women worked at the Holiday Inn at 2155 Gordon Highway, where investigators said they used the computer system to credit money to their own accounts. The hotel's front office manager, Maranda Benefield, 33, of Augusta, is in police custody. The thefts are believed to have occurred between December 2006 and November 2007, Investigator Walden said.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080 or (706) 821-1020.

Talatha rural water district advisory lifted

An advisory to boil water for drinking or cooking has been lifted for Aiken County's Talatha Rural Community Water District, which includes Gray Mare Hollow Road from St. Marks Church to Silver Bluff Road as well as Storm Branch Road, according to an announcement Thursday.

Augusta man arrested in teen's molestation

Jose Alfonso Hernandez, 20, of Augusta, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of molesting a 15-year-old girl in a south Augusta mobile home park, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Patient, workers hurt in ambulance wreck

An Augusta man was charged in a wreck with an ambulance that hurt three people Thursday.

Lawson Landrum of the 3700 block of Winchester Trail was charged with failure to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle after colliding with a Gold Cross ambulance about 1 a.m., said Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Richard Weaver.

Mr. Landrum, in his mid-20s, was driving a Ford Explorer westbound on Central Avenue when he approached a green light at Druid Park Avenue, Maj. Weaver said. He did not stop for the emergency vehicle, which was using its emergency lights.

Two emergency workers and a patient were taken to University Hospital and Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics for minor injuries, Maj. Weaver said.

Arrest made in armed robbery of gas station

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office, arrested a man Wednesday night in the April 15 armed robbery of Greg's Gas Plus at 1186 Edgefield Road in North Augusta. Rickey Brunson, 52, of Trenton, S.C., is charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime and armed robbery.