Originally created 06/26/04

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Hotels report armed robbery

Two Augusta hotels were robbed by men with guns late Thursday.

A masked man jumped the counter at Homewood Suites Hotel on Stevens Creek Road at about 9:15 p.m. and ordered the employee to get money from a cash drawer. She had seen the man go into a hotel bathroom and was calling 911 when he came out and put a gun to her head, a sheriff's report states. Another clerk ran, but Ms. Thomas was ordered to open a register or die. The man ran after taking the money.

Two hours later, an armed robber surprised a Super 8 motel employee at the Gordon Highway location, a report states. The robber placed a gun against the victim's face and grabbed him by the collar, ripping off his name tag. The clerk pulled away from the robber and fled to Waffle House, but the robber gained access to the register.

Woman is charged in attack on mom, baby

A grocery-store assault on a woman and her 1-month-old son led to felony charges against an Augusta woman, police said.

Leslie Monique Scott, 25, of Taylor Street, is accused of attacking the mother of her boyfriend's child inside Paul's IGA on Greene Street last month. An investigation revealed the attack occurred while Chermisha Latrice Simpkins was holding her 1-month-old son. Both were injured and required treatment at a hospital, police said.

Ms. Scott was arrested Friday morning on charges of cruelty to children in the first degree and terroristic threats and two counts of simple battery.

Wreck kills two teens not wearing seatbelts

A 13-year-old boy from McCormick was one of two youths killed this week when the driver of a car carrying five teenagers wrecked in Greenwood County, S.C., authorities said.

Michael Kent Alverson was killed instantly Wednesday when the 2003 Ford Focus he was riding in struck a tree on Mathis Road outside the city of Greenwood, said Lance Cpl. Steve Sluder, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. A 16-year-old passenger from Belmont, N.C., died later at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Lance Cpl. Sluder said the 16-year-old McCormick boy who was driving lost control of the car, ran off the road and struck a tree. None of the teens was wearing a seat belt. The three McCormick teens who survived, ages 15, 16 and 18, were taken to hospitals.

Gas stations report same man took beer

Police are investigating a series of snatch-and-run beer thefts from convenience stores, including two apparently committed by the same man Thursday night.

A man walked into the RaceTrac on Deans Bridge Road at about 5:45 p.m., picked up two 18-packs of Budweiser beer and left without paying. About 90 minutes later, the same man drove to the Crown Station No. 14 on Gordon Highway, a report states.

Store employee Renee Hall told police she followed the man outside and asked him to pay for the beer, but the man cursed at her and drove away in a silver 1990 Dodge Dynasty with Georgia tag number 240 XBK, the same truck used at RaceTrac. Police said the truck was registered to a Hephzibah woman. The suspect was described as white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150 pounds, in his mid-20s. He was last seen wearing an orange shirt, khaki shorts, a brown ball cap and flip flops.

Teens are charged with entering cars

Three Edgefield County teenagers were charged early Friday with entering unlocked vehicles on Broad Street in Augusta, authorities said.

James Emanuel Merriweather, 17; Jarvis S. Shepherd, 18; and Dexter Ramon Smith, 19, all of Johnston, S.C., were each charged with felony entering a motor vehicle. Mr. Shepherd was also charged with misdemeanor obstruction after police said he ran from them.

Investigator Brian Vallee was on routine patrol just before 2 a.m. when he spotted the teens getting into a 1995 Volkswagen Jetta and a 1996 Geo Tracker in the 1000 block of Broad Street.

Day care owner's son reports vandalism

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone vandalized a day care center on White Road and stole valuable equipment between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

Dejuan Hatcher, 20, the son of the day care center's owner, told authorities he arrived at A World of Kids Daycare at 6:15 a.m. Thursday and saw that someone had broken a side window.

The person stole two computers, a digital camera, stereo equipment, tools and a safe totaling more than $7,000, the report said.

The person also activated a fire extinguisher in the office and spray-painted the walls and floor.

Suspect is arrested for meth outside club

Richmond County narcotics officers arrested an Augusta man Thursday on drug-related charges in the parking lot of a nightclub on Wheeler Road, said Sgt. Allan Rollins.

At 1 a.m., authorities charged Robert Nelson Warlick, 42, of the 400 block of Forrest Hill Drive, with one count of felony methamphetamine possession, Sgt. Rollins said.

Authorities saw Mr. Warlick conduct a drug transaction in the parking lot of the club. When deputies approached him, they saw 1 gram of methamphetamine in plain view in his Chevrolet F-10 pickup, Sgt. Rollins said.

Sgt. Rollins would not disclose the name of the nightclub but said it is in the 3600 block of Wheeler Road.

Mr. Warlick is being held at the Richmond County jail, he said.

2 men are arrested on drug charges

Richmond County narcotics officers arrested two men Friday on drug-related charges.

While conducting a surveillance in the parking lot of a nightclub on Washington Road, deputies saw Jason Michael Arthur, 21, of Blythe, Ga., and Maurice Mealing, 35, of the 200 block of Lafayette Drive, make a drug transaction, said Sgt. Allan Rollins.

When approached by authorities, the pair sped off in Mr. Arthur's Chevrolet F-10 pickup and drove to Mr. Mealing's address, Sgt. Rollins said.

There, deputies found 1 grams of marijuana and 1 gram of cocaine in the vehicle, Sgt. Rollins said.