Originally created 03/18/03

Across the area



Man admits to strangulation

A Hephzibah man pleaded guilty to murder Monday in Richmond County Superior Court in the slaying of his girlfriend last year at their south Augusta mobile home.

John Dale Cobb, 39, of the 3900 block of Lace Road, admitted to killing his live-in girlfriend, Wanda Graham, early on Oct. 18.

Richmond County authorities called to the residence found Mr. Cobb, who told them he had killed Ms. Graham. The couple had an argument, and Mr. Cobb said he choked her until she fell unconscious. They had lived together for two months.

No sentencing date has been set.

Augusta man charged in child molestation

A 51-year-old Augusta man was arrested Monday on a charge of child molestation.

Roderick Harrison Jones, of the 3700 block of Tahitian Trail, is charged with attempting to undress a 12-year-old girl at his house, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

The girl told police that while she was at Mr. Jones' house Sunday, he asked her to take off her clothes and then tried to take her shirt off, according to the report.

Resident reports theft of boat, trailer in yard

An Augusta man told police someone took his boat and trailer from inside a locked fence last weekend.

William H. Dalzell Jr., 64, said someone took his 2001 Lowe boat, worth $1,300, and his silver trailer, worth $450, from a locked area in the 2800 block of Walden Drive near Gordon Highway.

According to police reports, a padlock on the gate of the fence was cut off, but a chain was wrapped around the gate to give the appearance that it was locked.

Woman reports purse stolen during assault

A Hephzibah woman told police someone damaged her car, hit her on the head with a wooden shoe and took her purse at a Hephzibah gas station Sunday.

Valencia Shamonica Bonner said the incident occurred at 6:22 p.m. while her car was parked at Wally's Chevron on Georgia Highway 88. She said two women approached her and yelled and cursed, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

Ms. Bonner said one of the women then struck her car's windshield with a wooden shoe. Ms. Bonner said she got out of her car and was hit on the head with the shoe. At that point, her vehicle's right front window was broken, the report states.

Ms. Bonner said that during the scuffle, her pocketbook was taken.

Colonel is nominated for promotion by Bush

Army Col. Jeffrey W. Foley was nominated by President Bush to be promoted to brigadier general Monday, according to the public affairs office at Fort Gordon.

A list of promotions announced by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld includes 39 other Army colonels nominated. According to a news release, Col. Foley is the chief of staff for Fort Gordon and the U.S. Signal Center and has been at Fort Gordon since August 2001.

Congressional approval is required for the promotion to take effect.