Originally created 10/12/03

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Officers pursue armed robber

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office continued to search Saturday for a man who robbed a hairstylist Friday night at gunpoint and then fled into a wooded area, a police spokesman said.

The man approached Tyrone Davis outside Hair Salon 19 on Edgefield Road at about 9:30 p.m., according to Lt. Michael Frank. The man pointed a gun at Mr. Davis and ordered him into Mr. Davis' car, Lt. Frank said.

The gunman then ordered Mr. Davis to drive to nearby Williams Lane, where he took his money and fled, Lt. Frank said. Police searched the area with bloodhounds and had not found the man Saturday night, Lt. Frank said.

Mr. Davis told authorities that the man had been in the salon earlier Friday and that he knew who the man was, Lt. Frank said. Police did not release the man's identity.

Anyone with information should call Investigator Stewart Graybeal at (800) 922-9709.

No violence reported at football games

Authorities said Saturday that football games at T.W. Josey and Cross Creek high schools occurred without incident despite concerns from parents about possible gang violence.

Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Johnny Beard, who patrolled the Cross Creek-Greenbrier game, said there were no problems and that the stadium was "quiet and peaceful."

"The fans just had a good time," he said. "I hope all the worries they had were put to rest."

Sheriff's Capt. Donnie Chavous, who was in charge of security for the games, said Saturday that he had not received word of any violence.

Capt. Chavous acknowledged that there had been problems in the past regarding gangs, but he said he thought the danger had been blown out of proportion.

He said there will continue to be a strong police presence at Cross Creek and Josey football games for the rest of the season.

Pair beat up men at Augusta home

An Augusta man told police that two men rushed into his residence and assaulted him early Friday morning, a Richmond County police report states.

Paul Griffin, 41, of the 600 block of Bransford Road, told police that the two men rang his doorbell at about 3:51 p.m., and when he opened the front door the men ran in and began beating him with their fists.

Another man inside at the time, Colouis Lynch II, 26, said he came from another room to help Mr. Griffin, but one of the assailants hit him and knocked him into an aquarium, cutting his left arm.

Both Mr. Griffin and Mr. Lynch suffered swelling and bleeding to their mouths, the report states.

Thief takes handgun from woman's home

An Augusta woman on Friday reported the theft of her .38-caliber gun, a Richmond County police report states.

Ramona Lynn Morgan, 36, of the 2200 block of Central Avenue, said someone entered her house and took the gun between 12:15 and 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

The gun's value is estimated at $200. Officersdid not find any signs of forced entry, the report states.

Park worker reports theft, vandalism

An Augusta Recreation and Parks employee told Richmond County police that someone damaged two government vehicles and broke into two concession stands at Diamond Lakes Park overnight Friday.

The employee said that, between 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, someone broke windows on a 1993 Chevrolet Cheyenne C2500 and a 1999 Ford Ranger that werein a locked, fenced-in area at the park's maintenance shop.

The employee also said that, between 11 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday, someone broke into the safes of two concession stands and took a total of $300.

Investigators found that someone pried open the roll-down security door behind the concession stand screens.

Snacks are stolen from machine at inn

A Beech Island woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone took about $200 worth of snacks from a vending machine at a local motel.

Janet Kendall told police that, between Sept. 27 and Friday morning, someone had broken the dispenser door off the machine at Masters Economy Inn on the 3000 block of Washington Road.

Damage to the machine is estimated at $150.

Columbia County club cancels Spring Fair

After 12 years, the Columbia County Exchange Club Spring Fair will not take place next year.

Exchange Club officials announced this week that they will cancel April's fair, which was held annually during Masters Week at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Instead, the club plans to hold smaller fund-raising events throughout the year to raise money.

The fair, which had been the nonprofit group's sole fund-raiser, supported child abuse prevention programs and other community service projects.

Club officials said that, at this point, the cancellation affects only the 2004 date. They did not say whether this marks a permanent end to the fair.

Baptist choir plans to mark anniversary

Members of the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church choir will celebrate their choir anniversary at 2:30 p.m. today at the church, 1753 Mount Pleasant Road in Thomson.

Soldiers will reveal talents in free show

The 2003 U.S. Army Soldier Show will give a free public performance today at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, according to the public affairs office at the installation.

The show is a 90-minute live music revue showcasing the talents of active-duty soldiers selected by audition from throughout the Army. It is put together in six weeks and tours for six months.

Soldiers perform at 57 locations in 21 states, the District of Columbia and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Today's performance will be at 6 p.m.