Originally created 12/22/03

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Worker says he halted robbers

An employee of an Augusta liquor store told police that one of two would-be robbers he blocked from entering the store late Saturday pointed a gun at him through a glass door, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The employee said he was outside Jimmy's Package Store on Deans Bridge Road at about 10:15 p.m. when he saw the men walking toward the entrance. He went inside and held the door closed so the men could not get inside, the report says.

One of the men then pulled a 9 mm gun out of his jacket and pointed it at the employee through the glass. The employee called the sheriff's office, and the men fled.

Shooting victim is in fair condition

An Augusta teenager who was shot by Richmond County sheriff's deputies Dec. 14 was in fair condition Sunday, according to Kim Marlatt, of Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into what led Deputies Timothy Herring and Matthew Perkins to shoot Christopher Todd Mills, 16, near the teen's home in the 2300 block of Overland Road.

Christopher was struck in the side and shoulder, police said, and his condition was initially listed as critical.

Sheriff's officials defended the shooting, saying that when deputies responded to a family-dispute call, the teen came at them with a steak knife.

Some witnesses said that Christopher was not threatening police and that the shooting was not warranted.

Two-vehicle wreck leaves two men hurt

Two Augusta men were injured Sunday in a two-vehicle collision in the 300 block of Laney-Walker Boulevard.

The accident happened at 6:54 p.m. when a 1987 Ford Thunderbird driven by Fred Kemp, 67, of the 2000 block of Wharton Drive, crossed the center line while traveling west on Laney-Walker, Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Bill Adams said.

The car hit an eastbound 2002 Ford Ranger, which overturned, police said. The Ranger was owned by Sizemore Security Services and was driven by James Simpkins, 69, of Augusta, Deputy Adams said.

Both men were the only occupant of their vehicles and said they were wearing seat belts, police said.

Mr. Kemp was charged with failing to maintain his lane and driving under the influence, Deputy Adams said.

Mr. Simpkins was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and released, and Mr. Kemp was in good condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Suspect is arrested on robbery charges

Police arrested an Augusta man Sunday in connection with the armed robbery of a Gordon Highway restaurant last month.

Paytrick Heard, 25, of the 500 block of Highcourt Drive, was arrested at about 12:45 a.m., according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office jail report.

On Nov. 24, two men robbed the Denny's restaurant at 1645 Gordon Highway, Investigator Bonnie Kalbskopf said.

According to police, the men forced two employees into a walk-in cooler at about 5 a.m.

Mr. Heard is charged with felony armed robbery and was being held without bond at the Richmond County jail, a jail official said Sunday.

Manager reports fight at welcome center

A manager of the Georgia Welcome Center said an employee who was upset over being fired attacked him early Sunday, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Perry Clay said that at about 12:30 a.m. at the welcome center, the former employee tried to punch him, and the men began to wrestle.

Mr. Clay told police he did not wish to prosecute.

Attempted robber hits woman at gas station

A Hephzibah woman said a man who asked her for directions outside a gas station tried to rob her at gunpoint, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Srihai Son said the man followed her to her car at the Circle K on Tobacco Road at about 6 p.m. Saturday, opened her driver's side door and asked for directions. When Ms. Son said she did not know the way, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded her money.

Ms. Son said she started screaming and honking her car horn. The man then punched her in the mouth and fled.

No arrests have been made.

Officers charge man with child molestation

Richmond County sheriff's deputies said they arrested an Augusta man on a charge of child molestation Sunday.

Eugene Royals, 42, of the 1600 block of Floyd Street, was charged with two felony counts of child molestation, according to jail records.

An Augusta woman told police that the incident occurred Dec. 1 and involved her 10-year-old daughter and 10-year-old niece.

Mr. Royals was arrested at his home Sunday and was being held in the Richmond County jail.

Space heater starts fire, destroying home

Authorities said Sunday that a weekend fire destroyed an Augusta home.

The fire in the 800 block of King Street started at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lt. G.B. Hannan, a Richmond County fire investigator, said the fire started in the bedroom and spread to the kitchen, causing extensive damage in both areas and heavy smoke damage throughout the house.

The fire started because a space heater was too close to bedding, a combustible material.

Lt. Hannan said no one was injured in the fire.

Application nears for magnet school

A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering Magnet High School will begin accepting applications for the 2004-05 school year Jan. 1.

Parents who are interested in applying can pick up an application from A.R. Johnson or their children's middle schools. The deadline for applying is March 1.

The magnet school is at 1324 Laney-Walker Blvd. For more information, call A.R. Johnson counselor LaJuana Quarles at 823-6933, ext. 209.