Originally created 03/31/04

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Police charge man in robbery

An 18-year-old Hephzibah man was indicted Tuesday on multiple charges, including the hijacking of a Superior Court judge's relative.

The Richmond County grand jury indicted Christopher T. Jones on two counts of armed robbery, two counts of hijacking a motor vehicle, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of aggravated assault and eight weapons violations.

According to the indictment, Mr. Jones is accused of starting a short crime wave Jan. 10 with an armed robbery at a Burger King and stealing an employee's vehicle.

He is accused of hijacking Ann Overstreet's vehicle Jan. 16 and stealing her wallet. She is the sister-in-law of Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet.

The indictment also accuses Mr. Jones of pointing a gun at a Golden Pantry employee and demanding money Jan. 18, and of driving off without paying for gas the same day.

At the time of the crimes, Mr. Jones was serving 10 years' probation, under the First Offenders Act, for two thefts. In that case, Mr. Jones was accused of robbing two Augusta Chronicle carriers at gunpoint Aug. 9, 2002. Senior Judge Bernard J. Mulherin imposed the probation sentence recommended by the prosecutor.

Stabbing victim released from MCG

A man whom authorities said was stabbed in the chest this weekend was released from an Augusta hospital, officials said Tuesday.

Tyrone Glenn III was discharged from Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Deborah Humphrey, an MCG spokeswoman. Richmond County sheriff's deputies reported that Mr. Glenn was stabbed during a fight late Sunday night.

Marcus Rodriques Mosley, 27, was accused of stabbing Mr. Glenn in the chest after an argument in the 3400 block of Richmond Hill Road. A police report says Mr. Glenn decided not to prosecute, and Richmond County jail officials said they had no record of Mr. Mosley being charged.

Valve installation could shut off water

Some Augusta residents could experience low water pressure starting just after midnight today as Augusta utilities workers install a six-inch water valve.

Areas that could experience low water pressure or possible outages include: Markwood Drive, Bridgewater Drive, Mayo Road, River Watch Parkway, Stevens Creek Road, Hudson Trace and Sterling Road, according to a news release. The work is scheduled to last three to four hours. Those with questions can call the Utilities Department at 842-3060.

Potato chips dispute leads to man's arrest

A man was arrested for disorderly conduct after an altercation that his girlfriend's sister said started over their children's arguing over a bag of potato chips Monday, a police report states.

Robert Lavone Williams, of Tate Road, was charged with disorderly conduct under city ordinances, the report states.

Rachel Thomas, 21, told deputies that at about 4:30 p.m., she, her sister and Mr. Williams got into an argument after their toddlers started fighting over the bag of chips.

Ms. Thomas said Mr. Williams began to scream profanities at her, when her sister picked up a bat and said she would hit Ms. Thomas if she didn't back off.

When officers arrived at the home on Langdon Drive, they found Mr. Thomas in the street screaming profanities, but he did not comply with orders to stop shouting. Richmond County jail officials said Mr. Williams remained at the facility Tuesday afternoon on $300 bond.

Driver says passenger tried to take his truck

A Clearwater man says someone he tried to drive to a Gordon Highway motel tried to punch him and take his truck Monday night, a police report states.

Richard Allen, 53, told deputies the man tried to assault him at 10:15 p.m. while he was trying to give him a ride to the Adams Super Inn on the 1600 block of Gordon Highway.

Mr. Allen said he was able to fight the man off, and the man ran away from the truck while they were in the parking lot of the inn.

Newspaper lawsuits moved to local court

Lawsuits filed against The Savannah Morning News, a sister newspaper of The Augusta Chronicle, have been transferred to the Richmond County Superior Court.

The lawsuits filed by Vidalia City Manager William D. Torrance and his daughter Sarah Torrance allege that a series of Morning News articles published in spring 2003 defamed them and invaded their privacy. The articles focused on the death of 28-year-old Henry Dickerson Jr.

The lawsuit names reporters Tuck Thompson and Bret Bell, Managing Editor Daniel Suwyn, Morris Publishing Group, Morris Communications Corp., Southeastern Newspapers Corp. and two people who provided information for the articles. They were initially filed in Toombs County but were transferred Monday to Richmond County, the home of the newspaper's corporate owner, Morris Communications.

The newspaper's attorney countered that the First Amendment protected the publication and that the newspaper had the right to inform the public about a curtailed Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigation of the city manager, illegal wiretapping of a GBI agent's telephone by a city official, the GBI agent's lawsuit against the city, and the hiring and promotion of a police chief with questionable credentials.

Man says woman bit, cut him during fight

An Augusta woman was charged by Richmond County sheriff's deputies after her children's father said that she bit him on the shoulder and cut him on the hand with a kitchen knife during a fight Monday, a police report states.

Teresa Denise Moore, 23, of the 1600 block of Apple Valley Drive, was charged with battery and was booked into the Richmond County jail, the report states.

Jason C. Moody, 21, told deputies that at 5:10 p.m., he and Ms. Moore were fighting when she bit him on his shoulder and cut him.

Officers saw a bite mark on his left shoulder, a cut on his right hand and two scratches on the left side of his face.

The report says Mr. Moody did not want to prosecute Ms. Moore, but deputies arrested her.

Walton Way, Monte Sano detour in effect

The eastbound inside lane of Walton Way at Monte Sano Avenue will be closed through 4 p.m. Thursday as workers repair a cave-in.

Motorists are asked to use Wheeler Road, Washington Road, Central Avenue or Wrightsboro Road as a detour, an Augusta Public Works and Engineering Department news release states.

Man charged in death of 4-year-old girl

An Augusta man was indicted on murder charges Tuesday in the death of his girlfriend's toddler.

The Richmond County grand jury issued the indictment against Jermaine D. Boyd, 30, accusing him of beating 4-year-old Treymaine D. Berry on Jan. 10. The child of Demetria D. Harris died the next day.

Mr. Boyd was indicted on charges of felony and malice murder in Treymaine's death. He has been held without bond since his arrest.

Search continues for stabbing suspect

North Augusta and South Carolina authorities continued to search Tuesday for a man they said stabbed another man in his arm, officials said.

Donamechie Cobb, 40, of Chalet North Court, is wanted for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, said North Augusta Department of Public Safety Detective Tim Thornton.

A police report states that Stephen Phillips, 40, said he was talking to other people while near a parked vehicle in the cul-de-sac of Chalet North Court when Mr. Cobb came up behind him, grabbed both of his arms and cut him in his left forearm with a type of buck knife.

The Aiken County sheriff's bloodhounds were used to search for Mr. Cobb, officials said. Detective Thornton said his agency is continuing to track down leads as to Mr. Cobb's whereabouts.

Brightest students sought for awards

The Augusta Chronicle is seeking nominations for its Best and Brightest Awards recognizing outstanding high school seniors.

Academics, extracurricular activities, community service and character are among the criteria to be considered.

Twenty-five students will be selected for recognition in the newspaper's annual graduation section. They will be honored at a banquet on May 24.

The deadline for nominations is April 16. The two-page nomination form is available online at www.augustachronicle.com/metro.

The original form posted did not include the second page of the entry form. Both pages, plus a letter of recommendation from someone who is not a relative of the student, are required.

To request a mailed application, call 823-3646.