Originally created 12/14/03

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Man arrested in trespassing

An Augusta man was arrested Friday evening by Richmond County sheriff's deputies after he refused to be handcuffed, a police report states.

Zachary Jones, 40, of the 1600 block of Old Savannah Road, was charged with criminal trespass and obstruction of a law officer and remained in the Richmond County jail late Saturday, a jail official said.

The incident started after deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call from a woman who said Mr. Jones refused her requests to leave her home.

When officers arrived, they saw Mr. Jones inside the house even though police had barred him from entering the woman's home in October, the report said.

As police handcuffed Mr. Jones, he hit his head on the floor, cut his right eyebrow and forehead and refused treatment after being taken to University Hospital, the report states.

The woman said Mr. Jones did not fight her, but she just wanted him to leave.

Report says three men tried to rob residence

Three men, including two who were armed with handguns, attempted a robbery and home invasion at an Augusta home Friday night, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

At about 8:30 p.m., the men forced the door open at a home in the 2600 block of Thomas Lane, showed two handguns and demanded money from three people inside, the report said.

One of the men knocked on the door and identified himself as "Bobby" before forcing open the door, the report said.

A single gunshot was fired through the front door, the report said.

Woman says burglar stole guns, jewelry

A Hephzibah woman said a burglary at her home Friday resulted in her losing more than $6,000 worth of valuables, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

Sandra Lajune Redd, 40, of the 2800 block of Conniston Drive, said someone broke into her home and took a Glock pistol, a diamond necklace and earring set, four men's gold rings, another gun and assorted necklaces and bracelets, the report said.

The burglary happened between 8 a.m. and 3:50 p.m., the report said.

Armed man robbed cleaners, police say

Richmond County sheriff's authorities reported an armed robbery at a south Augusta cleaners Saturday.

At about 12:30 p.m., authorities said, a man armed with a silver handgun demanded money from a clerk at Silverstein's, 2763 Tobacco Road, a sheriff's release states.

The robber ran from the business after receiving money from the cash register and ordered the clerk to remain in a bathroom until he left, the release said.

The clerk said the robber was wearing a navy blue skull cap, navy blue hooded sweat shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the robber is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Police search for man wanted in robbery

On Saturday, Aiken authorities continued their search for a man wanted on charges of robbing a Montmorenci post office.

Lt. Barney Eagerton, of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, said police were still looking for Claude W. Cordell, 27, of the 100 block of Jonny Street.

Mr. Cordell faces armed robbery charges, police said.

He is wanted in a Dec. 9 incident in which a man robbed the post office on 3053 Charleston Highway.

Lt. Eagerton said he was unclear how Mr. Cordell is considered a suspect, but "many witnesses at the scene were interviewed," he said.

Anyone with information concerning Mr. Cordell's whereabouts is asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709.

Employee reports men robbed Augusta store

An employee of an Augusta convenience store told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that his store was robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning, a police report states.

The employee of the Amoco gas station at 2701 Washington Road told deputies that at 4:30 a.m., two men wearing dark clothing and wielding a handgun came into the store and took $185 and two cartons of cigarettes, the report states.

The employee said that after the men got the items, they fled north on River Ridge Drive.

Hundreds lose power in Columbia County

Hundreds of homes were without power late Saturday after a tree limb fell on a power line in a Columbia County neighborhood, a Georgia Power official said.

Tal Wright, an Atlanta-based spokesman for the company, said 577 customers were without power after 11 p.m. in the Quail Creek neighborhood.

As of about 11:30 p.m., Georgia Power crews were still searching for the exact point where the tree limb fell on a line, Mr. Wright said. He said he was not sure how long the power outage was expected to last.


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