Originally created 12/24/01

Across the area



Driver helps thwart robbery

An armed robbery was thwarted at a Golden Pantry early Sunday when a passing motorist saw the crime in progress and called 911 from his cell phone, police said.

After deputies arrived at the convenience store, the masked robber ran into a nearby subdivision, said Investigator James Kitchens of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. The robber remains on the loose.

The store clerk arrived to open the store on Mike Padgett Highway about 4:30 a.m. and was approached by a masked man with a handgun, police said. The robber forced the clerk inside and demanded she open the safe.

Because it was a time-lock safe - which takes 15 minutes to open - the robber forced the woman to the ground while they waited. When he heard deputies approaching, he ran from the store into Castle Pine Estates, where deputies lost him.

The robber is a black male who was wearing a gray shirt, gray cargo-style pants, a ski mask and gray gloves. He was reported to be carrying a chrome-colored, semiautomatic handgun.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1080.

Man arrested for fighting with officers

An Augusta man was charged with two counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer for fighting two Richmond County deputies about 11:55 a.m., Sunday, according to a Sheriff's Department report.

Tyrone Suber, 28, of the 1800 block of Watkins Street, was stopped after Deputy Brian Vallee checked the tag of the car Mr. Suber was driving, the report said. The deputy learned the tag was not registered to the 2001 Dodge Intrepid he was driving but to Mr. Suber's 1979 Chevrolet.

When the car was stopped, three men emerged from the vehicle and ran. Deputy Vallee and Deputy Billy Jones, who arrived to back up Deputy Vallee, pursued Mr. Suber, the report said. When Mr. Suber was caught, he tried to hit and kick the deputies and tried to bite a leg of one of the officers, the report said.

Mr. Suber is charged with two counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer and theft by receiving stolen property. He was placed in Richmond County jail.

Man faces charges of child molestation

A Blythe man was charged Sunday with molesting a 14-year-old girl while she was visiting his house, authorities said.

Marion Leroy Dunbar, 52, of the 4400 block of Etterlee Road, was charged with one count of felony child molestation and booked into the Richmond County jail, where he remained Sunday night under a $15,050 bond, jail officials said.

The victim, a pupil at Glenn Hills Middle School, told authorities she was visiting her boyfriend at Mr. Dunbar's house Saturday night when Mr. Dunbar walked up behind her and groped her, a sheriff's report states. The victim said Mr. Dunbar continued groping her for several minutes before walking out of the kitchen without saying anything, according to the report.

The girl talked about the incident with a relative of Mr. Dunbar, who called police, the report states.

Two Fort Gordon gates will close for holiday

Fort Gordon will close two access gates over the holidays.

Gates 2 and 3, which allow entry off Gordon Highway, will be closed today and Tuesday, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, fort officials said.

The public must use Gate 1 to enter the fort. A Department of Defense decal is required for entrance at Gate 5, off U.S. Highway 1.

Groups announce Christmas schedules

The following holiday schedules have been announced for Christmas:

RICHMOND COUNTY

  • Augusta-Richmond County government offices: Closed today and Tuesday.
  • Richmond County schools: Closed. School will resume Jan. 3.
  • Richmond County libraries: Closed today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Fines will not be charged for the holiday.
  • Augusta Public Transit, Richmond Transit and American with Disabilities Act Paratransit: Services will close at 7 p.m. today and will be closed Tuesday.
  • Richmond County Landfill: Closes at 3 p.m. todayand will be closed Tuesday.
  • Augusta Museum of History: Closed today and Tuesday.
  • COLUMBIA COUNTY

  • Columbia County government offices: Closed today and Tuesday.
  • Columbia County schools: Closed. School will resume Jan. 2.
  • Columbia County libraries: Closed today and Tuesday. Book dropoff at Gibbs Memorial Library will be closed to prevent over filling. Fines will not be charged for the holiday.
  • Columbia County Landfill: Closes at 1 p.m. today and will be closed Tuesday.
  • Columbia County Tax Commissioner: Closed until Thursday.
  • EDGEFIELD COUNTY

  • Edgefield County schools: Closed. School will resume Jan. 3.
  • AIKEN COUNTY

  • Aiken County government offices: Closed today and Tuesday.
  • Aiken city government offices: Closed today and Tuesday.
  • North Augusta city government offices: Closed today and Tuesday.
  • North Augusta city garbage collection: Today's pickup will be collected Wednesday; Tuesday's pickup will be collected Thursday; Wednesday and Thursday pickup will be collected Friday.
  • Aiken County schools: Closed. School will resume Jan. 2.
  • Aiken County libraries: Closed today and Tuesday.
  • Aiken garbage and recycling collection: Today's pickup will not change. Tuesday's pickup will be collected Wednesday. Wednesday's pickup will be collected Thursday. Thursday's pickup will be collected Friday.
  • Aiken County landfill and dropoff centers: Closes at 2 p.m. today and will reopen Wednesday.
  • AREA BANKS:

  • First Union: Closes at 2 p.m. today, closed Tuesday.
  • SouthTrust: Closes at noon today, closed Tuesday.
  • SunTrust: Closes at noon today, closed Tuesday.
  • Wachovia: Closes at 2 p.m. today, closed Tuesday.
  • OTHER

  • BFI: Closed. Tuesday's pickup will be collected Wednesday. Wednesday's pickup will be collected Thursday. Thursday's pickup will be collected Friday. Friday's pickup will be collected Saturday.
  • Augusta Disposal: Tuesday's pickup will be collected Friday; Wednesday's pickup will not change.
  • Waste Management: Today's pickup will not change. Tuesday's pickup will be collected Wednesday. Wednesday's pickup for trash and yard waste will be collected Thursday. Thursday's pickup will be collected Friday. Friday's pickup will be collected Saturday.
  • CSRA Waste Management: Tuesday's pickup will be collected Friday.
  • U.S. Postal Service: Closed Tuesday.
  • Georgia state offices: Closed today and Tuesday.
  • South Carolina state offices: Closed today, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Federal offices: Closed today and Tuesday.
  • Fort Gordon offices: Closed today and Tuesday.