Originally created 02/28/04

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Suspect sketch is released

Authorities released an artist's composite sketch of the man suspected in a Friday bank robbery in Thomson.

Mike Seigler, the special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson office, said that after noon, a young man entered First Bank McDuffie on Hill Street and handed a teller a note demanding money.

The man, who is described as white and in his late 20s or early 30s with a slim build, was last seen driving away in a red Chevrolet Camaro, Agent Seigler said.

The man has straight brown hair and acne scars on his face, and was last seen wearing an Adidas cap backward.

Man to serve jail time after fifth DUI arrest

A 24-year-old man who racked up his fifth drunken-driving arrest after wrecking his mother's uninsured vehicle received a short prison sentence Friday.

Henry E. Frazier, of Martinez, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to DUI and driving after being declared a habitual violator. Judge Albert M. Pickett sentenced Mr. Frazier to serve three years in prison followed by three years probation.

Mr. Frazier had four DUI convictions before wrecking his mother's 2001 Saturn on Oct. 17, breaking a fire hydrant and his leg in the process. His mother, who asked the judge to send Mr. Frazier home because she is ill and needs help at home, said the vehicle was covered only by liability insurance.

Man pleads guilty in girlfriend's assault

An Augusta man accused of beating up his girlfriend after she allegedly refused to evict another man from their home pleaded guilty Friday and received a probation sentence.

Larry Gillyard, 49, had no criminal record until appearing in Richmond County Superior Court to plead guilty to aggravated assault and criminal trespass in a Sept. 25 violent assault on Johnnie Mae Bynes. Ms. Bynes suffered bruises and a dislocated left shoulder, which still requires surgery to repair damages, said Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms.

Judge Albert M. Pickett sentenced Mr. Gillyard to seven years probation under the First Offender Act and ordered him to pay Ms. Bynes' medical bills not covered by insurance. If Mr. Gillyard successfully completes probation, his record will be erased.

Judge denies bond to attack suspect

A young man accused of attacking and robbing an elderly man in his home must await possible indictment and trial behind bars, a judge ruled Friday.

Judge Albert M. Pickett denied bond for Jasper M. Newton, 23, during a Richmond County Superior Court hearing. Mr. Newton, who had three prior theft-related convictions, is charged with burglary and robbery.

Investigators alleged Mr. Newton is the assailant who asked a 77-year-old Olive Road resident for a glass of water Feb. 16. When the man's back was turned, the robbery struck him with a glass cake holder, knocking him unconscious, Assistant District Attorney Shauna Reeves told the judge. The assailant then rifled through the victim's pockets, taking his cash.

Teen faces charges in Aiken carjacking

An Aiken teen spent his 17th birthday in jail on felony charges Friday after carjacking a vehicle and leading police on a brief pursuit before wrecking, authorities said.

Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. David Turno said that at about noon Friday, Terrance Wakefield, of Sharon Lane, approached a 69-year-old woman after she had loaded groceries into her car at Publix on Whiskey Road and was preparing to drive off. Mr. Wakefield is suspected of tapping on the driver's side window with a pistol and demanding the woman's white 2002 Cadillac, which she gave up, Lt. Turno said.

The robber changed the license tags on the car, but was soon spotted by a police officer who gave chase until the robber crashed on Richland Avenue.

The robber ran away and was caught by police after a brief chase. Police recovered the weapon, a pellet gun that resembled a .45 caliber automatic, Lt. Turno said.

Mr. Wakefield was charged with carjacking, possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime, and failure to stop for a blue light.

Commissioner plans breakfast meeting

Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson will have a community breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. today at Henry Brigham Community Center.

There will be a presentation on the proposed sports arena at the Regency Mall site by Augusta Entertainment.

Worker reports being robbed at gunpoint

A worker at an Augusta store told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night, a police report states.

The worker at the Chinese Food to Go in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard told deputies that at about 7 p.m. a man entered the business and pointed a silver handgun at her.

She said the man repeatedly asked where the cash register was, and she told him that it was in the kitchen area. The worker said she emptied her coat pockets and gave the man $87 of her own money before he ran out the front door.

Man reports being hit with gun in home

An Augusta man told police that someone came into his apartment and hit him in the head with a handgun Thursday.

Reginald Ricardo Boozer, 19, told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that at 10 a.m., someone came into his apartment in the 1600 block of Luckey Street and struck him in the left temple, causing a bruise.

Mr. Boozer said the man discharged the weapon twice in his living room, but he was not struck by the rounds. The report states officers found no signs that a weapon had been discharged inside the residence.

Augusta man robbed while using pay phone

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed at gunpoint while using a pay phone on Olive Road early Friday morning, a police report states.

Gregory G. Parks, 41, told deputies that at 12:30 a.m. while he was in the 1600 block of Olive Road, he was using the phone when a man got out of a light blue Dodge conversion van, approached him with a silver gun and demanded money.

The man took a wallet containing Mr. Parks' personal papers, identification and several hundred dollars' worth of cash.

Mr. Parks told deputies that he did not want to prosecute, the report states.

Murphey Middle will hold book fair today

There will be a community and family book fair from 9 a.m. to noon today at Murphey Middle School, 2610 Milledgeville Road. There will be 20 authors, national book vendors and a PTA concession stand. The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, call 737-7350.

Augusta Choral does Heritage Concert

The Augusta Chorale will present its biennial Heritage Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College.

Various styles of African-American music will be presented in choral settings and solos.Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 733-7809.