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Bar owner acquitted of assault charges

A Richmond County Superior Court jury deliberated just more than an hour Friday before acquitting a downtown restaurant owner of aggravated assault.

William Michael Guthrie Jr., 33, the co-owner of 1102 Bar and Grill, was accused of knocking a man to the ground and kicking him in the head on New Year's Eve.

Defense attorney Travers Chance told the jury in his opening statement the alleged victim tripped and fell on the sidewalk and Mr. Guthrie fell on top of him. After that, a brawl developed with about a dozen people involved, Mr. Chance said.

Man is convicted in sexual assault case

A jury has convicted a 40-year-old Augusta man of crimes connected with a child rape.

Donnie L. Wynn had maintained his innocence in Richmond County Superior Court. But Thursday at the conclusion of a four-day trial that included the victim's testimony as well as DNA evidence, the jury found him guilty of all charges.

Mr. Wynn was accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on May 6, 2006. He faces a minimum prison term of 10 years and as much as life. No sentencing date has been set.

Man sought for using stolen credit cards

Investigators are searching for a man accused of using stolen credit cards to buy gas for other drivers.

William Anthony Curtis, 23, of 3817 Dorset St., is charged with financial transaction card fraud, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Shane McDaniel.

A deputy saw Mr. Curtis using the credit cards, which were reported stolen from a man's wallet Monday morning, to buy gas for others at the Circle K gas station at 1739 Walton Way later that night, Investigator McDaniel said. Anyone with information on Mr. Curtis can call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Driver charged after hitting apartments

A North Augusta woman has been charged with DUI after authorities say she drove her car into an apartment complex early Friday.

Jamie Corbett, 28, of Tracey Drive, was traveling east on Womrath Road about 5 a.m. when she ran a stop sign and then traveled off the roadway, striking a building in the Chalet North Court apartments, according to North Augusta Public Safety Lt. Robert Bell. No one was hurt in the incident, Lt. Bell said. Ms. Corbett also faces several traffic charges, including leaving the scene of an accident.

$155 in gas siphoned from cars at day care

Thieves siphoned about $155 in gas from three work vehicles parked at an Augusta day care sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The incident happened at Cottonwood Daycare at 3423 Peach Orchard Road, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. The thieves also stole a riding lawn mower worth $2,000, the report stated.

Contract changes SRS management

A ruling sent to U.S. Energy Department officials Friday will allow Savannah River Nuclear Solutions to take over Savannah River Site management in 90 days.

The U.S. General Accounting Office mailed the letter approving the contract, said DOE spokesman Jim Guisti. About 160 management positions will be cut, he said. The five-year contract was awarded for an annual $800 million with an option to renew.