Originally created 02/09/03

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Brassell goes on offender list

A Martinez man accused of aggravated child molestation is now registered as a sex offender.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Web site, Bobby Clark Brassell Jr. added himself to the list of sex offenders in the state Friday. Mr. Brassell, 42, of the 200 block of Highview Way, was accused of aggravated child molestation but was allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery.

Anyone convicted of a sex crime must register with the Georgia Crime Information Center, a division of the GBI. This also includes crimes such as kidnapping in which the victim is a minor.

The GBI Web site is: www.ganet.org/gbi.

Afternoon blaze destroys family home

An Appling family was burned out of their home Saturday.

A one-story, log-cabin-style home in the 2800 block of Old Thomson Road in the Cottonwood Estates subdivision burned down while the family was out.

The owner's father, who lives next door, saw smoke coming out of the home at about 1 p.m. and called 911. Winfield Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, but too much damage had already been done.

According to Winfield Fire Chief John Black, 90 percent of the house was destroyed, and it took firefighters 45 minutes to contain the blaze.

Chief Black said he believes the fire was caused by a damaged flue in the home's fireplace.

No one was injured.

Police say vehicle fire was set deliberately

Police were investigating a suspicious car fire on 15th Street early Saturday morning.

The 1984 Chevrolet Suburban was found on fire at about 2:30 a.m. by Augusta-Richmond County firefighters and was extinguished, according to a sheriff's office report. Fire investigator Lt. G.B. Hannan said gasoline was splashed on the vehicle, and a partially burned gas can was found nearby.

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

Two armed robbers steal cash, pants

Two men wearing black masks robbed a group of 10 people gathering early Saturday at a residence on Overlook Road, according to sheriff's report.

The thieves entered Toi L. Jackson's unit at Overlook Apartments shortly after 1:30 a.m. and ordered everyone to the kitchen. The victims - who had gathered at the apartment to play cards - were ordered to stay on the ground while the men took Ms. Jackson to the rear of the residence.

The men demanded money, and took $45 in cash and a necklace worth $225 from Ms. Jackson's bedroom. The robbers then took more than $6,000 in property, including cell phones, cash and jewelry from the other victims, and placed the items into a pillowcase.

Several of the victims were stripped of their pants during the robbery. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Pizza Hut delivery man reports armed robbery

Richmond County authorities were looking for two men who robbed a Pizza Hut delivery man on Thomas Lane.

Tony L. Ducke told police that at 9:19 p.m. Friday, two men with guns robbed him of $65 after he made a delivery, according to a sheriff's office report. One of the robbers used the gun to hit Mr. Ducke on the back of the neck, causing him to fall, the report states.

The men then took the money from Mr. Ducke's back pocket and ran.

Gunman robs woman near her apartment

An Augusta woman was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Skinner Mill Road.

Cathy S. Watts told officers Friday that a man approached her vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. at Merrick Place Apartments, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The robber - armed with a revolver - demanded money and left with the victim's cell phone and two bags of groceries, the report states.

Man stays in hospital after severe beating

An Augusta man remained in serious condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after he was beaten unconscious during a fight at a nightclub.

Police found Valdez Tyler Lamkin at Kings Lounge with bruises to his face and a large cut to the back of his head, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states. Damion Terrell Scott said Mr. Lamkin had been involved in a fight with five or six men at the club on Deans Bridge Road.

Aiken AARP plans meeting with LeDuc

The Aiken chapter of AARP will hold a meeting at 3 p.m. Monday in the Fellowship Hall of South Aiken Presbyterian Church, 1711 Whiskey Road.

The guest speaker will be Aiken City Manager Roger LeDuc. The meeting is open to the public.

Korea veterans group offers memberships

The Korean War Veterans Association, Sgt. Harold F. Adkinson Chapter 225, meets at 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month in the Burnettown Town Hall, South Carolina Highway 421, Burnettown, S.C.

Membership is available to anyone who served in the armed forces from June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955, and anyone who served in the armed forces in Korea from 1945 through the present. Associate memberships are available to other interested parties.

For more information or an application, contact secretary Clyde Hooks at (803) 278-1039 or e-mail KWVAA225@aol.com. - From staff reports