Originally created 05/15/04

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Bond is denied for Augustan

Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of murder and weapons violations.

Henry O. Burnett, 61, is accused of shooting John M. Carter to death May 9 outside the victim's Picquet Avenue home.

The two had argued, said Assistant District Attorney Shauna Reeves, and Mr. Burnett pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Carter, 53, twice, once in the back of the head.

Mr. Burnett had previously committed homicide, Ms. Reeves said.

In 1976, he beat his wife, Ruth Burnett, to death. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and served five years of a 15-year sentence before he was paroled.

In Richmond County Superior Court, Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr. rejected a plea for bond for Mr. Burnett.

Man gets 2 years in jail in assault on dad

An Augusta man who charged at his elderly father with a knife received a two-year prison sentence Friday.

Glen A. Gramling, 38, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to attempted aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts for the Dec. 1 incident.

Mr. Gramling's father, Oscar Gramling, 74, shot his son in self-defense that day. His son has recovered from a wound to his leg.

Clyburn named to state budget panel

South Carolina Rep. Bill Clyburn, D-Aiken, has been named a member of the state House-Senate budget conference committee.

Mr. Clyburn, who was named Thursday by House Speaker David Wilkins, will join other House members and three senators to work out differences between budgets drafted by the House and the Senate.

Temporary agreement made on artifacts

The Department of Energy and several groups that want to preserve historic artifacts at the Savannah River Site reached a tentative agreement Friday on how to proceed with preservation, a spokesman said.

Members of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness and representatives from Augusta, Aiken, and state and federal historic groups spent most of the day hashing out the agreement, DOE spokesman Jim Giusti said.

He said historians still had to select a museum site, but details about how to preserve Cold War buildings and collect oral histories from scientists were ironed out.

All parties still have to sign the agreement, which will be announced later.

Man is charged in drive-by shooting

Police have arrested an Evans man in connection with a drive-by shooting in Grovetown on Sunday.

Richard Franklin Deas, 18, of the 200 block of Edwards Drive, was taken into custody Monday afternoon, said Grovetown Department of Public Safety Chief A.L. Robinson.

Mr. Deas was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, discharging a firearm on or near a public highway and criminal damage in the first degree, Chief Robinson said.

He was released Tuesday morning on a combined $7,150 bond.

Witnesses told police they saw Mr. Deas fire several shots at a house on the 300 block of Ford Avenue while riding with an unidentified woman in a silver Acura at about 3 p.m. Sunday, Chief Robinson said.

2 men charged in separate drug cases

Richmond County sheriff's narcotics investigators have made two arrests of people suspected in the operation of clandestine methamphetamine labs, officials said Friday.

George Max Saucier, 38, and Doyle Eugene Hoopaugh, 46, were arrested in two separate cases and were charged with the manufacture of and trafficking in methamphetamine, sheriff's Sgt. Mathue Phares said.

Mr. Saucier was arrested after deputies found a mobile meth lab in an old conversion van parked in front of a residence in the 2000 block of Battle Row on Thursday night, Sgt. Phares said.

Mr. Hoopaugh was arrested Wednesday after investigators found a fully operational meth lab in a barn at the rear of his residence on the 3400 block of Lewis Road, the sergeant said.

Boy reports being propositioned in lot

An Augusta boy told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a woman made him an indecent proposal Thursday afternoon, a report states.

The 12-year-old boy told deputies that at 1:30 p.m. while he was walking through a convenience store parking lot, a 29-year-old woman asked him to follow her to her trailer and took him by the arm.

The boy told deputies that the woman offered to perform a sexual favor in exchange for money, which he refused.

Woman's purse is nabbed at gas station

A 56-year-old Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone snatched her purse while she was at a west Augusta gas station early Friday, a police report states.

Judy C. King told deputies that at 12:30 a.m., she was standing by a gas pump at the Pump 'N Shop in the 2600 block of Washington Road.

She said the man approached her from her left side, grabbed her purse and ran north behind the store.

Mother, daughter taken to jail in fight

A mother and her adult daughter were arrested Thursday after they got into a fight, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Desirae Marie Herrin, 20, and her mother, Wanda Bishop Rhinesmith, were booked into the Richmond County jail, reports state. Ms. Herrin was charged with battery and Ms. Rhinesmith was charged with simple battery.

According to the report, Ms. Rhinesmith told deputies that Ms. Herrin attacked her, biting her thumb, shoulder and stomach.

Ms. Rhinesmith said she punched Ms. Herrin in the face and pulled her hair.