Originally created 12/30/00

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RICHMOND COUNTY
Police investigate armed robbery

The Richmond County Sheriff's Department was investigating an armed robbery at an Augusta hair salon Friday night and looking for the stolen car of one of the victims.

The robbery was reported at about 9:40 p.m. at Mirror Mirror Hair Studio, 2541 Peach Orchard Road. Deputies were searching for two black males, one heavyset and one thin. One of the robbers was reportedly armed with a chrome 9 mm pistol.

Investigator Richard Roundtree said there were four victims and that one victim's car was taken. He said he would interview witnesses past midnight and could not discuss details.

The robbers drove away in a beige Buick Regal with a brown top and chrome wheels. The thin man was described as 6 feet tall, wearing black pants and a brown jacket and having a goatee. The other man was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing blue pants.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call investigators at 821-1080.

LANGLEY
Pond level to drop for dam inspection

The water level in Langley Pond will be lowered beginning Monday to allow inspection and maintenance of the Langley Pond dam.

A statement from the Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department said the drawdown also would help in the development of the new Langley Pond Park.

The plan is to begin lowering the water level Monday, conduct inspections and maintenance beginning Jan. 8 and refill the pond to the original level beginning Jan. 29.

For more information, contact Brian Sanders, director of the department, at (803) 642-7559.

GEORGIA
Fugitive charged in fatal choking

LAWRENCEVILLE - A fugitive accused of strangling a woman in Florida has been arrested and charged with murder, the FBI said Friday.

Agents arrested Benjamin Scott Kennedy, 30, of Sunrise, Fla., on Thursday without incident, the bureau said. He is charged with first-degree murder.

Authorities said Mr. Kennedy met Tabitha Elizabeth Carroll, 33, in a Pompano Beach bar Dec. 20, took her to his motel room and strangled her.

Mr. Kennedy was staying with people he knew in Lawrenceville, about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, the FBI said. He was being held at the Gwinnett County Jail pending extradition to Florida on the murder charge.

GEORGIA
Man arrested in dog's drowning

LaGRANGE - Police have arrested a LaGrange man in the drowning of a police dog.

Randall Dewaun Chambers, 20, was arrested Thursday, LaGrange police Lt. Mike Pheil said. Mr. Chambers is accused of drowning Ando, a Belgian shepherd who was chasing him and another man after police stopped the two for traffic violations.

The second man remained at large Friday.

Mr. Chambers was charged with felony obstruction of a police officer and causing the death of a police canine. The latter charge is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Mr. Chambers was released from Troup County Jail on $14,000 bond, Lt. Pheil said.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Slaying suspect found in Florida

GREENVILLE - A man accused of killing a Blue Ridge man was arrested in Florida when the car he was in was pulled over for a traffic violation, police said.

Timothy Cole, 22, was picked up from Florida Thursday by Greenville deputies and is charged with murder in the shooting death of 58-year-old Glenn Dewees. Mr. Dewees was shot in the head in a small building behind his home Dec. 13.

Mr. Cole was seen with Mr. Dewees on the day of the shooting and was considered a business acquaintance, said Greenville sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Mike Brown.

The car was pulled over by the St. John's County Sheriff's Office. A record check found he had three outstanding grand larceny warrants from South Carolina. Those charges stem from three separate incidents where Mr. Cole is accused of taking utility trailers from several Upstate businesses in the past three months.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Tire marks matched to man's car

ANDERSON - Skid marks at the scene of an accident that killed an Anderson woman shows the husband's car could have caused her car to run off the road, the Anderson County coroner says.

Kendra Arter Scott, 30, died Tuesday night after her car ran off a road and into some trees. Her husband, Adam Cooper Scott, was traveling in a separate vehicle.

He told troopers his wife was following him. Officials started an investigation because his statement did not match physical evidence at the scene.

"You can see her (skid) marks going over and veering off into the tree, and his are in the same area," Coroner Greg Shore said Thursday. "We want to determine whether he was in front of her or behind her and basically to make sure he didn't contribute to the accident."

"(A set of) skid marks measured out and matched up to the husband's car," Mr. Shore said. "His statement says (the marks) are not his."

Mrs. Scott died from head and chest injuries suffered in the wreck, an autopsy Wednesday indicated, the coroner said.

There were no signs of injuries prior to the accident, he said.

Sheriff's deputies and the Highway Patrol are investigating.

GEORGIA
Man faces trial over Bush threat

ATLANTA - A man whose brother was executed in Texas in August must stand trial on charges that he made threatening statements against President-elect George W. Bush, a federal magistrate ruled Thursday.

Bruce Robertson of suburban Gwinnett County was released from detention until trial by U.S. Magistrate Clayton Scofield, who ordered him to undergo mental health evaluation and treatment.

Magistrate Scofield also told Mr. Robertson to confine his travels to Georgia and refrain from drugs and alcohol.

Mr. Robertson's brother, Brian, was executed for capital murder under a death warrant signed by then-Gov. Bush.

On Dec. 21, when police responded to a domestic dispute call, Mr. Robertson told officers he believed he had been "ordained by God" to "take Bush down."

The air conditioner installer told officer "He's not going to become president," Gwinnett police Sgt. Michael Sellers testified.

Sgt. Sellers reported Mr. Robertson's behavior to the Secret Service.

GEORGIA
Airport wins FAA safety award

ATLANTA - Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport has won a safety award from the Federal Aviation Administration less than a month after being scolded for its handling of an emergency landing.

The airport finished ahead of two nominated airports in Jacksonville, Fla., and Huntsville, Ala., to win the 2000 FAA Southern Region Air Carrier Airport Safety Award, according to Stephen Brill, manager of the agency's airports division.

The award recognizes the best safety improvements among 80 commercial airports in the region during the year, Mr. Brill said.

"We think Hartsfield is the safest and most efficient airport in the world," Mr. Brill added.

On Nov. 30, the acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Jim Hall, criticized the handling of the first of seven emergency or near-emergency incidents in a two-week period.

No one was hurt in any of the incidents, in which planes either returned to the airport or made unscheduled landings because of smoke or equipment problems.