Originally created 04/24/04

Across the area



Rerouted flow restores power

Georgia Power officials say a brief power outage Friday afternoon in Augusta was caused by a mechanical problem at a West Augusta substation.

Carol Boatwright, a spokeswoman for Georgia Power, said a piece of equipment in the substation failed, but power was restored shortly afterward because the flow of electricity was rerouted to another substation.

The outage occurred at about 3:30 p.m. and "was pretty much throughout the city," Ms. Boatwright said.

In Richmond County, the outage caused some traffic lights and schools to go without power for several minutes. Columbia County traffic engineering officials reported no problems.

Animal Services case is turned over to DA

An investigation of an Augusta Animal Services employee accused of inappropriate activities was turned over to District Attorney Danny Craig's office Friday, Mayor Bob Young said.

Bruce McClure, a field supervisor at Animal Services, is accused of taking a female bulldog from the agency's shelter on Mack Lane, falsifying records and then using her to breed puppies that were sold for as much as $1,000 each.

He also is accused of intimidating employees at the agency.

Attorney plans to run for Pickett's seat

Augusta attorney Sherry T. Barnes announced Friday that she will run for the Richmond County Superior Court judgeship being vacated by the retirement of Judge Albert Pickett.

Ms. Barnes has been practicing law in the domestic relations division of the Augusta Judicial Circuit for nine years and said she believes a female judge is needed in that division.

"And I think it needs to be someone who has practiced in that court," she said.

Richmond County State Court solicitor Sheryl Jolly also has announced her intention to run for Judge Pickett's seat.

Sheriff's office holds substation opening

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office will hold the grand opening of its newest substation at noon today at the Nicholson Village Community Park.

The Nicholson Village substation, located on Community Drive off Wagener Road east of Aiken, is the seventh substation opened by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. They are used as stop-off points for road deputies and are designed to increase law enforcement presence in remote areas of the 1,100-square-mile county.

The department also has substations in Beech Island, Langley, North Augusta, Clearwater, Monetta and Wagener.

GBI identifies remains found in Sandersville

State officials have confirmed the identity of a long-missing woman whose remains were found this week in Sandersville, officials said Friday.

Washington County Sheriff Thomas Smith said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the remains found Monday near an old city cemetery were those of Glenda Tarver, who had been missing since 1991.

He said the GBI used Ms. Tarver's dental records to provide the match.

He said earlier this week that Hosea Griffin, 41, confessed to killing Ms. Tarver and burying her body. He has been charged with murder in her death and is being held at an Orange County, Fla., jail on theft and robbery charges.

Sheriff Smith said Mr. Griffin is not expected to challenge his extradition from Florida.

Two men are sought in robbery of store

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are searching for two men accused of robbing a Gordon Highway convenience store early Friday morning.

According to the report, a clerk at the McTeer Food & Fuel store on the 1200 block of Gordon Highway said two armed men entered the store at 2:50 a.m. They were wearing pantyhose over their heads and demanded money.

The clerk told deputies that both men had handguns, and one put the gun to his head, saying, "Give me the money, 'cause you don't want to die tonight."

The clerk said the assailants took an undisclosed amount of money from a cash register drawer and ran out of the store west on Skyview Drive.

Police seek suspect in man's robbery

Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking for a man accused of robbing a Hephzibah man earlier this month.

Jerome Baker, 39, of the 2600 block of Davis Mill Court, is wanted for robbery by force, simple battery and on at least two court bench warrants, according to a release from the agency.

According to a police report, Trevor D. Clark, 52, of Woodard Avenue in Hephzibah, told deputies that, on April 5, Mr. Baker, to whom he had sold a washer and dryer, came back to get his money back.

Mr. Clark said he came out of his bedroom with some money and Mr. Baker grabbed it, after which he struggled with Mr. Baker to get it back.

Mr. Baker left in a beige Ford Explorer after the incident, the report states.

Anyone with information about Mr. Baker's whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Man faces charges of assault in dispute

An Augusta man was charged with aggravated assault after another man said he was shot at Thursday evening.

George Lewis Chavous, 50, of Bayvale Road, is charged with aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Richmond County jail records show.

According to a police report, Dewey Millard Brown, 21, told deputies that Mr. Chavous threatened to shoot him, then pointed a silver handgun at him and discharged it twice.

Mr. Brown told deputies that Mr. Chavous was retaliating against him because he believed that Mr. Brown hit his daughter, the report shows.

Two men sentenced for damaging home

Two men charged with discharging firearms at an Augusta woman's home last summer were sentenced by a Richmond County Superior Court judge Friday.

William Elliot White, 23, and Travares Sanchaze Mack, 24, pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property in the first degree and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The state accused both of firing weapons at the home of Betty McKinney on the 2700 block of Oakland Avenue last August. Richmond County Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown sentenced both men to five years of probation, community service and anger management.

He also ordered the men to pay Ms. McKinney restitution for the damages caused to her home by the gunshots.

Woman is sentenced for stealing purses

A woman who authorities said had taken purses out of vehicles at a day care center in January was sentenced Friday by a Richmond County judge.

Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown sentenced Terry McManus, 32, to at least 180 days at a state detention center, followed by several years of intensive probation.

Authorities said Ms. McManus was found to have taken purses out of vehicles while parents were dropping their children off at Wheeler Pines Childcare on George C. Walton Drive.

Judge Brown also ordered Ms. McManus to pay a $1,500 fine and to pay restitution to the victims.