Originally created 11/26/03

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Man is sought in bank robbery

Police are still looking for the man who robbed an Augusta bank Monday, officials said.

The robber walked in at about 10:45 a.m. Monday and ordered everyone onto the floor. He demanded that a teller fill a plastic bag with money. The man took the money, ran out and sped away in a gold or tan minivan, according to sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry.

The robber was described as white, about 6 feet 2 inches and 200 pounds, wearing dark clothing, surgical gloves, sunglasses and a knit skullcap.

Sheriff's investigators are still searching for criminals in two other unsolved bank robberies, one Oct. 14 at Bank of America at 2853 Washington Road and one Oct. 28 at the SouthTrust Bank at 3535 Wheeler Road.

In all cases, police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrests. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1080.

Police increase award in owner's slaying

Police have increased the reward for information leading to an arrest in the slaying of a convenience store owner in August, officials say.

The reward was increased to $10,000 Tuesday for information in the shooting death of Yang K. Han, 52, who was shot and killed while locking up his convenience store on Golden Camp Road on Aug. 15, according to Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry.

Police said that the homicide was apparently a failed robbery attempt, and that Mr. Han fired his gun in self-defense.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080. All information will be handled confidentially.

Police seek suspect in Augusta robbery

Richmond County authorities continued their search Tuesday for a suspect wanted in a robbery of an Augusta man.

Police are seeking 18-year-old Jamarcus Cornelius Boyd on charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is accused of robbing 21-year-old Michael Callaway Jr. when the victim returned to his Dublin Drive home at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Another suspect, Dominique Wilson, 21, was arrested Saturday during a traffic stop. Anyone with information on Mr. Boyd's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Teenager is charged in sexual assault

An Augusta teenager has been charged as an adult after an 11-year-old boy said he was sexually assaulted Monday, officials said.

Howard Harris, 15, of the 3300 block of Longcreek Lane, was charged Tuesday as an adult with aggravated child molestation, said sheriff's Lt. James Young, of the criminal investigation division.

Lt. Young said the incident happened after 6 p.m. Monday, when the child's mother told police that Mr. Harris had sexually assaulted her son.

The 11-year-old asked to look at Mr. Harris' belt, and Mr. Harris allowed him to if the child would have sex with him, Lt. Young said.

He said the 15-year-old was booked at the Richmond County jail and was sent to a youth detention center.

Two released on bond in death of child

A Wagener couple charged with homicide by child abuse were released on bond Tuesday from the Aiken County detention center.

Damon Marks, 27, and Tonetta Duvivier, 30, of the 100 block of Rawls Mill Pond Road, were released on signature bonds of $15,000 each, said Aiken County Magistrate Judge Sheridan Lee "Danny" Lynn Jr.

Both have jobs and no previous criminal record and aren't considered flight risks, Judge Lynn said. Mr. Marks and his common-law wife, Mrs. Duvivier, were charged in connection with the death of her son, Chanz Coleman, 8, in an early-morning blaze Sunday that destroyed the couple's mobile home, authorities said.

The boy was found near his bed at the rear of the doublewide after firefighters put out a 2:50 a.m. blaze that investigators say was started by food left cooking on the kitchen stove. Mr. Marks told investigators he was preparing to cook a meal when Mrs. Duvivier called for a ride home.

The fire started shortly after he left to pick her up, authorities said. An autopsy ordered by Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend showed the boy died of smoke inhalation and burns. An initial appearance in Aiken County general sessions court is scheduled Jan. 14, Judge Lynn said.

Teen reports she was raped waiting for bus

A 17-year-old Blythe girl told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Monday that she was forced to have sex with a teenage boy, a police incident report states.

The girl said that on Nov. 20 she and the boy, an acquaintance, were waiting for a school bus together alone, when the boy asked her to walk with him behind the U.S. Post Office in Blythe, the report states.

She said she went with him, and he forced himself on her, the report states.

Two men try to rob woman at bank ATM

An Evans woman said that two men tried to rob her at gunpoint at an Augusta bank branch Monday night, a police report states.

Cheryl Dryzga, 33, said that at 8:40 p.m. she was at the ATM at the Bank of America branch near the intersection of Washington Road and Center West Parkway, the report states.

Ms. Dryzga said two men approached her vehicle, and one came to her driver's side window and demanded her money. She said the man pulled a gun from his jacket and pointed it at her before she sped away.

Sheriff's Lt. James Young said that Ms. Dryzga was not hurt during the incident, and that the assailants did not get any money.

Augusta man charged with making threats

An Augusta man was jailed Tuesday morning, accused of making threatening statements in the company of state welfare employees at the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center, a police report states.

Quinton Duvell Lawrence, 39, of the 100 block of Tybee Court, said, "That is why the man in North Augusta shot up people" and "They are messing with my family," according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The comments were made in the presence of two Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services employees, the report states.

Mr. Lawrence has been charged with felony terroristic threats and acts, the report states.

Take-out orders raise employee's suspicions

After an unknown caller was successful in ordering free food from the Augusta Country Club, a suspicious employee finally stopped the take-outs.

After someone called the private golf club on Tuesday to order more food, Henry Marburger, an employee, refused the call from a man who said his father was a club member and would pay the bill at the end of the month, a report states.

The club member was contacted and said he did not order food from the club Tuesday or Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, the report states. The bill was $118 for Nov. 20 and $91 for Nov. 20.

$4,000 in meats stolen from store

More than $4,000 worth of meat was stolen from an Augusta business, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Between 8:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, someone broke the lock on a refrigerated trailer at the Honey Baked Ham Co., 3402 Wrightsboro Road, and took the food, the report states.

Included were 34 cases of ham valued at $3,566, five cases of roasted and smoked turkey worth $330 and six cases of German chocolate cake worth $231, an employee told police.

Authorities listed a possible suspect on the report.