Originally created 09/30/03

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Escapee caught after 12 hours

A man who escaped from Georgia Regional Hospital on Monday ending up spending less than 12 hours away from the facility.

Joshua Wilborn, 22, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., was seen walking down Georgia Highway 56 by a Richmond County sheriff's deputy at about 8:25 p.m., said Investigator Paul Godden.

Mr. Wilborn escaped from the hospital at 3405 Mike Padgett Highway at 10:20 a.m., according to authorities. He is in custody at the Augusta hospital in connection with a March 1998 assault of a security guard at a business on Augusta West Parkway, a police report stated. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in that case, authorities said.

Running team threats yield second arrest

Authorities have arrested a second Augusta man in connection with gun threats to a high school cross country team, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Mikael Jochanna Frails, 18, of the 3000 block of Elliot Boulevard, was arrested at about 9:10 a.m., jail records showed.

On Sept. 19, members of the T.W. Josey High School cross country team were accosted by a group of young men in cars with guns, a police report stated. Mr. Frails was driving one of the vehicles and pointed a gun at the team, the report said.

On Sept. 24, Eric Allen, 17, of the 2500 block of Ivey Road, was jailed for his part in the incident, authorities said. The incident is gang-related, Maj. Ken Autry said.

Mr. Frails remained at the Richmond County jail Monday night without bond and is charged with reckless conduct and simple assault, a jail employee said.

Man pleads innocent in pawnshop slaying

The man accused of killing an Augusta pawnshop worker during an April 10 robbery pleaded not guilty Monday at an arraignment hearing in his death-penalty case.

Glenn E. Beasley Jr., 23, entered the plea during a 15-minute hearing before Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. Mr. Beasley is being represented by court-appointed defense attorneys Peter Johnson and Johnny Markwalter.

Mr. Beasley is charged with robbing and shooting 54-year-old David L. Vanderloop at Mo Money Jewelry & Pawn Shop on Mike Padgett Highway. Before the slaying, he had lost his construction job.

District Attorney Danny Craig declared his intention in August to seek the death penalty. A motions hearing is expected in mid-November.

County raccoon tests positive for rabies

A raccoon killed by a dog in south Augusta has tested positive for rabies, a health official said.

The raccoon was killed on a weekend earlier this month, and the dog's owner packed it in ice to preserve it for testing, said Rudy Morris, the environmental health county manager for Richmond County. It was sent off Thursday and came back positive Monday.

Also on Monday, the health department was preparing to send off another raccoon for rabies testing. A fox found near Wheeless Road also tested positive for rabies last week, but the cases are probably unrelated because they occurred about 10 miles apart, Mr. Morris said.

People are urged not to approach wild animals or strays and to get their pets vaccinated, Mr. Morris said.

Congressman throws hat into Senate ring

Republican U.S. Rep. Mac Collins announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at Heroes Overlook on Riverwalk Augusta on Monday morning.

His campaign stop in Augusta, which was attended by Mayor Bob Young, is part of a two-day announcement tour around the state.

The seat he is seeking will be vacated by Democrat Zell Miller next year, who has said he does not plan to seek re-election.

Mr. Collins, who owns the trucking business he started at age 18, is serving his sixth term in Congress, where he is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Injured prison worker too hurt for interview

A food service worker at the Augusta State Medical Prison was recovering at a hospital Monday from an inmate's attack, authorities said.

The employee was badly beaten and suffered broken bones in the attack Sunday, said Scheree Lipscomb, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Corrections. The worker's injuries were so serious that agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the corrections department could not interview her Sunday or Monday.

Ms. Lipscomb would not give details of the attack, the victim's name, the inmate's name or the hospital where the worker is being treated.

"We don't want to taint the investigation," she said.

Ms. Lipscomb said the attacker is being held in isolation as the agencies investigate the attack.

Two men face charges in 5-day crime spree

Two Aiken men have been arrested in connection with a five-day burglary spree that included the theft of washing machines, furniture, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and a big-screen television, an Aiken County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Monday.

Steven W. Conder, 36, of 314 Willow Run Road, was charged with three counts of grand larceny and two counts of second-degree burglary. Lewis M. Wigfall, 25, of 32 Sandy Lane, is charged with receiving stolen goods.

The men were arrested Thursday and are being held in the Aiken County detention center, authorities said.

Police seek man after girlfriend is beaten

Police are looking for a man wanted on charges of beating his ex-girlfriend.

Larry Gillyard, 48, is wanted on aggravated-assault charges in Thursday's attack on Johnnie Mae Bynes at the business where she works on Tobacco Road.

Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Paul Godden said Mr. Gillyard followed Ms. Bynes to work, grabbed her by the hair and threw her into a dry-cleaning machine. She suffered several bruises and a separated shoulder.

Mr. Gillyard might be driving a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle with a Georgia tag containing the letters JMAE.

School board to hear fired teacher's case

The Richmond County Board of Education will convene a public hearing at 9 a.m. today to deal with the firing of an Alternative School teacher.

Brenda Wynn requested the hearing after she was fired as a business management and vocational teacher. The meeting will take place in the central office's board room at 2083 Heckle St.

The Alternative School serves pupils with serious or chronic disciplinary problems.

Museum program looks at Edgefield

Bettis Rainsford will discuss the Edgefield District and its relationship with Augusta at noon Wednesday at this month's Brown Bag History Series at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.

Mr. Rainsford is an Edgefield, S.C., native and has been active in the community for more than a quarter-century.

The program is free to museum members and costs $2 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Participants are asked to bring their own lunches, and the museum will provide a beverage and dessert.

For information, call 706-722-8454.



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