Originally created 07/13/01

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BURKE COUNTY
Police charge man, find robbery list

WAYNESBORO - A Waynesboro man is in custody in connection with the July 3 robbery of All-Star Video, and police were able to warn his future targets thanks to a notebook where the suspect listed who would be robbed next, Waynesboro police officials said.

Johnny Mims, 18, was arrested July 6 after he was questioned by investigators. During a search of his residence, police found a small spiral-bound notebook listing 10 businesses and six individuals the suspect and an accomplice were allegedly plotting to rob. The list included motels, convenience stores, clothing stores and suspected drug dealers, Investigator Claude Wade said.

All-Star Video was on that list. Mr. Mims and another man went into the store July 3, and Mr. Mims signed up for a membership listing his real name and address. That night, a clerk said, the man who had been in the store with Mr. Mims came back and robbed the store, Investigator Wade said.

That man, who police still are searching for, is thought to be responsible for two other robberies, including one after the video store robbery.

In that incident, a couple was robbed behind the Bird Dog Cafe by two men who match the descriptions of Mr. Mims and the other suspect in the video store robbery.

"The suspect had a similar cloth mask over his face, as described by the video store," Investigator Wade said. That man is the one who was said to have had the gun.

AUGUSTA
Mothers get probation for abuse

Two mothers who admitted to physically abusing their children received probation sentences Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Karen C. Wright Pierre, 40, pleaded guilty to first-degree cruelty to children for a Jan. 20 assault on her 11-year-old son that left the boy bruised and bloody. Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Mrs. Pierre to seven years of probation under the First Offenders Act. She must serve one year in a state detention center and undergo counseling.

Mona L. Givens, 36, also pleaded guilty to first-degree cruelty to children and received a five-year probation sentence under the First Offenders Act. She admitted to beating her 12-year-old son Jan. 30, leaving the boy bruised and suffering a broken bone in his foot. As a condition of her probation, Ms. Givens must continue in counseling.

AUGUSTA
Two charged in equipment theft

Two Augusta men were arrested Friday on Davis Road after allegedly stealing several items of lawn-care equipment from a truck parked at a nearby restaurant.

James Gary Brown, 36, of Meadowlark Road and Robert Jerome Holmes, 37, of Kennedy Drive were charged with felony theft by taking and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center with their bond set at $5,050 each, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

The incident occurred at about noon when two men were seen loading a lawnmower and other items into their truck from the back of another truck parked at Ryan's Family Steakhouse on Bobby Jones Expressway, Capt. Morris said. Witnesses called police and provided a description of the suspects and their vehicle. Police tracked the suspects down and made the arrests on Davis Road.

AUGUSTA
Man gets jail time in shooting

An Augusta man convicted of aggravated assault last month received a 30-year prison sentence Friday.

Roger Thompson, 25, was on parole for a theft conviction when he fired gunshots at Darrell Greenwood on March 22. Mr. Greenwood was grazed by a bullet that ricocheted off the ground. A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Mr. Thompson in June.

Because of his prior conviction, Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Mr. Thompson to the maximum 20 years for aggravated assault, although he could have probated some of the time. Mr. Thompson also received an additional 10 years for weapon violations.

AUGUSTA
Adoption videoconference set

An adoption videoconference will be from 10 a.m. to noon today in the Jack B. Patrick Information Technology building at Augusta Technical College.

About 20 to 25 children between the ages of 5 and 15 attending a party in Atlanta will be connected to nine videoconference sites in Georgia and South Carolina. For more information, call Lisa Lumpe at the Georgia Department of Human Resources Office of Adoptions toll-free at (877) 242-5774.

EDGEFIELD COUNTY
Police charge man in robbery

Edgefield County sheriff's investigators arrested a 19-year-old Edgefield man on Thursday in connection with a July 5 robbery in Edgefield.

Authorities say Douglas O'Neal Mitchell walked into Security Financial, at 211 Folk St., about 7 p.m. along with another man. They pointed guns at three employees and ran after taking money, police say.

Police are still searching for the second man. Mr. Mitchell was being held Friday at the Edgefield County jail.

EDGEFIELD COUNTY
Man sought in store robbery

Edgefield County Sheriff's Office investigators are searching for an armed man who robbed an Edgefield convenience store late Thursday, authorities said Friday.

The suspect, carrying a small chrome handgun, went to Kent's Corner Exxon Convenience Store at 1210 Columbia Road at about 10 p.m. He showed the weapon to the clerk and demanded money, Capt. Roger Lowe said. The man then walked away from the store.

He is described as black, 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 240 pounds and wearing all black, Capt. Lowe said.

IN THE AREA

Small checks will be in the mail

A Social Security official says not too many people are complaining, but benefit recipients are curious why they'll be getting a check for up to $19 in the mail.

Letters have told recipients nationwide of the change and that a check will follow.

John Coloscetti, management support specialist for the Social Security Office in Aiken, said the adjustment is because of a slight Bureau of Labor Statistics error in computing a 1999 cost-of-living adjustment.

More information is available at www.ssa.gov, the Social Security Administration's Web site.

NORTH AUGUSTA
Road will close for widening

A portion of Knox Avenue in North Augusta will be closed today as crews continue to widen the road.

South of Bradleyville Road, crews will divert northbound traffic west onto Martintown Road. The traffic will continue to Georgia Avenue then north back to Knox Avenue.

Southbound traffic will be diverted south onto Georgia Avenue, then back east onto Knox Avenue.

The detour will continue until Monday morning.