After three hours of searching with police dogs and a helicopter Monday afternoon, McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall called off a manhunt for an armed robbery suspect.
At about 1:30 p.m., a man entered the Ingles grocery store on Ellington Airline Road in Deering and demanded money from a cashier at gunpoint, Sheriff Marshall said.
By 2 p.m., a canvas of the area surrounding the store was launched, including local deputies, K-9 units from both the Columbia and McDuffie county sheriff's offices, and a helicopter provided by Georgia State Patrol.
"We had information that he ran from the store and was still in the area," said Sheriff Marshall. "But we never got a sighting."
Sheriff Marshall called the hunt off shortly after 5 p.m. and said that he will not reinstate the search unless more information is provided about the suspect or his whereabouts.
Boy faces weapons charge
An Evans High School student arrested Friday for bringing a pellet gun to school was released to his parents after a Monday detention hearing.
The 15-year-old boy will appear in Juvenile Court Nov. 19, said Brian Stutts, an intake officer for the court. The juvenile spent the weekend at the Regional Youth Detention Center in Augusta.
Friday, school officials were tipped that the student had a weapon and then found the pellet gun in the 10th-grader's book bag. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office charged the boy with possessing a weapon on school property. The pellet gun was not loaded, and no ammunition was found on the student.
Chase ends with capture
Aiken County sheriff's officials chased an armed robbery suspect through three counties Sunday night before he wrecked in Orangeburg County and was captured, Lt. Michael Frank said Monday.
A deputy patrolling in Salley at about 9 p.m. Sunday was looking for the suspect, who reportedly was driving a stolen car. The deputy spotted the 1996 Chevy Corsica and attempted to pull him over near Veterans Road, but the vehicle increased its speed, Lt. Frank said.
The suspect led authorities in Aiken, Barnwell and Orangeburg counties on a high-speed chase. The pursuit ended with a wreck on Springfield Road in Orangeburg County at about 10 p.m., and the suspect got out of the car and ran. He was captured after a search, Lt. Frank said.
Edward Nathaniel Walker, 20, of the 100 block of Gordon Street, Salley, was charged with one count of attempted armed robbery. Additional charges related to the chase are pending. He was being held under no bond in the Aiken County Detention Center on Monday night.
Shooting suspect arrestedRichmond County authorities arrested a man Monday afternoon wanted in the weekend shooting of a 21-year-old Augusta man.
Jeffery Heston Burns, 39, of the 2200 block of Burnham Place, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to sheriff's records.
Police said the charges against Mr. Burns stem from the Saturday shooting of Verain Lamar Torrence, who was found at Sunset Villa Apartments on Essie McIntyre Road bleeding from three gunshot wounds to his right knee.
Pupils taken into custody
Three Belvedere juveniles were taken into custody Sunday after a sheriff's deputy found them wandering the halls of Belvedere Elementary School with stolen items in their hands, a sheriff's report states.
One of the juveniles was wearing plastic gloves while in the school, located on the 200 block of Rhomboid Place, the report stated.
An Aiken County sheriff's deputy responded to an alarm call at the school at about 12:30 p.m. when he found an open door and the children inside. The pupils were carrying candy, Coca-Cola and White-out, which were removed from the school, the report stated.
The juveniles, who cannot be identified because of their ages, were placed in sheriff's custody and later released into the custody of their parents. The investigation into possible charges has been turned over to juvenile detectives.
Police seek vandalizing burglars
Columbia County authorities still are searching for suspects in the vandalism and burglary of Greenbrier High School that occurred early Sunday morning.
The burglars smashed a large window in the school's guidance counselor's office, as well as a window in the maintenance office, and took a VCR and various tapes, according to Principal Gloria Hamilton.
The intruders also attempted to take an expensive multiplexor unit from the high school's security office but were unable to remove the equipment that operates the school's surveillance tapes, Ms. Hamilton said.
"We're hoping that's all they got -- a VCR and some tapes, but we're still taking inventory," said Ms. Hamilton.
The high school's alarm system is in the process of being adjusted and was not working Sunday, Ms. Hamilton said.
Freedom Fest schedule set
A team of Green Beret parachuters will float onto Fort Gordon's Freedom Park on Wednesday as one of the featured acts in the Freedom Fest 99 lineup.
The festival will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Freedom Park, which is on Rice Road. F-16 fighter airplanes and a B-1 bomber are slated to fly over. And standing displays -- including Apache and Black Hawk helicopters, and field hospital and communication equipment -- will also be a part of the event. For more information, call 791-3752.
Mayor proclaims MADD Day
Mayor Bob Young proclaimed Monday as Mother's Against Drunk Driving Day in Augusta-Richmond County.
Representatives of the organization's chapters in Richmond and Columbia counties presented Mr. Young's office with hundreds of red ribbons and lapel pins Monday to kick off its holiday "Tie One On For Safety" campaign, which runs from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.
The MADD organization is dedicated to combating alcohol-related crashes on American roadways throughout the year. The campaign, which began in 1986, focuses primarily on those crashes that occur during the holiday season.
The effort asks local motorists to display a MADD ribbon on their vehicle as a pledge to drive sober and a reminder to other drivers to do the same.
Suspect waives extradition
CHATTANOOGA -- The 21-year-old man accused of killing three members of an Atlanta family waived extradition Monday after being arrested the previous day in Tennessee, and his girlfriend also was charged.
Kenneth Rayshon Beamon, who was apprehended at the Chattanooga airport after Atlanta authorities alerted local authorities to be on the lookout for the suspect and a female companion, was returned to Atlanta on Monday night.