Originally created 05/30/99

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Burnett Woman charged in knife attack

An Augusta woman was arrested Saturday in connection with a stabbing that occurred during a street fight last week.

Tamikka Burnett, 18, of Brown Street, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. She remained at the Richmond County jail Saturday night.

On May 23, at about 1:45 a.m., patrol deputies interrupted a fight involving about 15 girls in the 1100 block of Summer Street, according to police reports. The fight apparently began at a bar earlier in the evening, investigators said.

When officers arrived, most of the girls scattered. Two girls were on the ground, still fighting. When they were separated, a deputy noticed Renee William, 18, of Hines Street, had been stabbed in the back under her shoulder blade.

Ms. William was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and has since been released. Interviews with Ms. William led to the arrest of Ms. Burnett, police said.

Armed robber hits gas station

Police are searching for a man who robbed a south Augusta Crown gas station Saturday morning.

Around 2:40 a.m., Rosetta Phillips, a clerk at the store at 4002 Deans Bridge Road, was taking out garbage when the robber jumped from behind a trash bin, carrying a knife, said Investigator Joanne Nutter of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. The thief grabbed Ms. Phillips by the arm, dragging her back into the store, Investigator Nutter said.

He demanded she open the cash register, and he took the money and some cigarettes.

The man then jumped over the counter and fled. Ms. Phillips was unhurt, except for a small cut on her finger, Investigator Nutter said. The robber is described as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a slim build. He wore a blue shirt, black jeans and no shoes and had an orange scarf around his face.

Delivery man robbed at gunpoint

A driver for a Tobacco Road restaurant was robbed Saturday as he delivered pizza.

Two men rushed up to the car of Angelo's Pizza driver Larry Monroe Lathan while he was on a delivery in the 2800 block of Leawood Court. One of the robbers pointed a .45-caliber handgun at Mr. Lathan and demanded money, police reports stated.

Mr. Lathan handed the robber an undisclosed amount of money and checks. The robbers fled in a 1980s-model white Buick Regal with a black top, police reports said.

The robbers are both described as black, about 6 feet tall and wearing black ski masks. One weighed about 230 pounds, the other about 180 pounds.

Littleton parents at gun buyback

ATLANTA -- The parents of one of the students killed in the Littleton, Colo., shootings were in Atlanta on Saturday to take part in a gun buyback program.

The Southern Christian Leadership Council decided to revive the program in the wake of the Columbine and Heritage high school shootings. The group paid $50 for each working handgun -- no questions asked. Police made sure the guns worked.

The SCLC had enough cash for 76 guns and said it would hand out IOUs after it ran out of money. But some people refused money, saying they just wanted to get the guns off the street.

Two years ago, the SCLC took a hiatus from the 6-year-old buyback program that netted 10,000 guns over three years. The program has been revived because of recent school shootings.

Vonda and Michael Shoels, the parents of Isaiah Shoels, 18, who was gunned down at Columbine High, said they plan to join the SCLC at buyback programs nationwide.

Teen guilty of child sex assaults

CEDARTOWN -- A Cedartown man accused of raping a 7-year-old girl on her way to her school bus stop was found guilty of multiple sexual assault charges.

Christopher Ray Corn, 17, was convicted Friday of three counts of aggravated child molestation, two counts of kidnapping and one count each of rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Mr. Corn's trial began Monday and included charges from three separate cases.

The latest charges involved the Jan. 12 abduction and rape of the 7-year-old girl. He was found guilty on all charges stemming from that attack.

Mr. Corn was indicted in December on charges he abducted and sodomized an 8-year-old boy. He was convicted on all charges related to that attack.

But Mr. Corn was cleared of kidnapping, aggravated sodomy and attempted rape in a 1996 assault on an 11-year-old girl. In that case, Mr. Corn was convicted on one count of aggravated child molestation.

Polk County Superior Court Judge Marion Cummings said he would delay sentencing until Mr. Corn underwent medical and psychiatric evaluations.

Brunswick firm wins Navy deals

BRUNSWICK -- Jered Industries has won two Navy contracts worth $17 million, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston announced.

Under one contract, the Brunswick company will provide cargo weapons elevators, steering gear, capstans and ramps for a 12-ship program that will support the Marine Corps' amphibious assault program, Mr. Kingston, R-Ga., said Friday.

The contract with Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans is for $6 million, but if all 12 ships are built, Jered could have contracts for more than $43 million, Mr. Kingston said.

In another contract, the company has been advanced $11 million from Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia to begin building aircraft elevators for the Navy's Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

Mr. Kingston said Jered has designed and manufactured all such elevators for the Nimitz-class carriers.

Woman perishes in auto accident

COLUMBIA -- One person has died on South Carolina roads on Memorial Day weekend thus far, the Highway Patrol said Saturday.

Betty Faye Davis, 24, of Gaffney, was killed at about 7:15 p.m. Friday when she lost control of her sport utility vehicle on Childers Road near Gaffney.

The vehicle ran off the road, struck a tree and overturned, and Ms. Davis was thrown from the vehicle, said patrol spokesman Kevin Cusack. High speed apparently caused the wreck, Mr. Cusack said.