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North Augusta halls may be sold


Rosemary and Lookaway halls might soon be sold.

A bid was made on both properties this week, according to Georgia Bank & Trust representatives. Potential buyers were not named because of confidentiality issues. Bids are still being taken on the property.

Georgia Bank & Trust Co. offered the lone bid during a foreclosure auction in April.

The homes are centerpieces in North Augusta's downtown and carry the history of the city's founder, James U. Jackson, and his brother Walter. Rosemary was built in 1902. Lookaway Hall was built in 1895 at the fork of Carolina and Georgia avenues, which afforded views of the Savannah River. Both halls have outstanding mortgages totaling more than $800,000 each.

Man in kidnapping case is held in Florida

A 22-year-old Augusta man wanted in the kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint has been arrested in Florida.

Travis Lee Brown, of the 2000 block of Cook Road, was being held at the Brevard County jail on charges of armed kidnapping, carjacking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine, said Palm Bay Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez.

In November, Mr. Brown grabbed his girlfriend at gunpoint and forced her into his vehicle at her workplace in the 2900 block of Professional Parkway, said Richmond County Sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew.

She was able to get away. Mr. Brown had been on the run since.

On Tuesday night, police stopped a blue Saturn sedan in which Mr. Brown was riding because neither Mr. Brown nor the driver was wearing a seatbelt.

When officers approached the vehicle, Mr. Brown ran from the car and struggled with the officers, Ms. Martinez said. Police found Oxycodone and cocaine.

He is now being held for Richmond County pending extradition, Sgt. Chew said.

No charges against officer in shooting

The Jefferson County District Attorney will not file charges against a Wadley police officer who shot a man two months ago.

District Attorney Hayward Altman announced the decision in a press release earlier this week.

Cpl. Patrick Paquette, a part-time officer for the police department and a full-time school board officer at Tubman Middle School, shot Jerry Conner on April 3 in Wadley when Mr. Conner approached him with a knife, according to police accounts.

Wadley Police Chief Wesley Lewis said Mr. Conner did not comply when officers ordered him to drop the weapon.

The GBI investigated the shooting and provided a report to the district attorney last month.

Mr. Paquette has been on administrative leave from the Wrens Police Department since the shooting, but Chief Lewis said he would be put back on active duty.

Alzheimer's patient, 85, leaves care home

Deputies are searching for a missing 85-year-old female Alzheimer's patient.

Elizabeth Bert walked away from her personal care home at 3524 Wrightsboro Road on Thursday morning, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office news release.

She was last seen at the McDonald's at 3423 Wrightsboro Road about 10 a.m., the release said.

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

Thieves take off with a TV from TV station

Two thieves apparently stole a TV from an Augusta TV station.

A witness told police early Wednesday that he saw two men putting a TV taken from WJBF into a vehicle near Reynolds Street.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report, deputies found the glass front door to the station smashed and later located what is believed to be the thieves' station wagon in the 1600 block of McCauley Street.

The TV was not inside the vehicle, the report said.

Men arrested in Wrens on fake-check charges

Wrens police arrested two men Thursday after they attempted to cash what authorities say are counterfeit checks at a Jet Store.

Maros T. Johnson III, 30, from Atlanta, has been charged by the Wrens Police Department with one count of forgery in the first degree, a felony. The identity of the second man was not available late Thursday.

Each man presented a separate check in excess of $470 at the convenience store on Thomson Highway, said Lt. David Leonard, an investigator with the police department. The checks were presented as payroll checks from Central Steel Building Systems on Clarks Mill Road in Louisville.

"It is a legitimate company, but the checks are not," Lt. Leonard said. Several cases of counterfeit checks have occurred in Louisville in recent months.

Lt. David Leonard said he did not know if there was any connection to those crimes and to the ones in Wrens.

Police seek to ID man on pawn shop's video

Investigators are trying to identify a man who attempted to pawn some items he is believed to have stolen from a home last April.

Stills from surveillance video show a man believed to be pawning stolen items on May 21 at Georgia Pawn & Jewelry on Gordon Highway.

The man is believed to have taken a flat-screen TV, Xbox, checks and other items from an apartment in the 300 block of Champion Pines Lane on April 9.

Anyone with information can contact sheriff's investigators at (706) 821-1020.

Fees to be waived at recreation sites

The Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees Aug. 1-9 at its more than 2,400 Corps-operated recreation sites nationwide, including Thurmond Lake and other Savannah River Basin reservoirs.

The waiver applies to day use fees collected at boat launches and swimming beach facilities.

Fees for camping and camping-related services and specialized facilities or special events will not be waived.

State and local agencies and private partners who manage recreation facilities on Corps lands are being encouraged, but are not required, to comply with the fee waiver.