Originally created 09/10/04

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Man is charged in salon attack

A Thomson man was arrested Thursday on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated assault after police say they connected him to an armed robbery at an Evans tanning salon Monday.

Mark Anthony Myers, 27, of Earl Street in Thomson, was arrested at his home Thursday morning and charged with three counts each of aggravated assault, kidnapping and armed robbery and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Police say Mr. Myers entered Coco's Cabana Centre at Evans, in the 4400 block of Washington Road, at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, forcing three female employees into a back room. According to the incident report, Mr. Myers told the women - two 19-year-olds and a 32-year-old - to take off their clothes.

One of the 19-year-olds suffered a cut to her hand during a scuffle with the man. No money appeared to be missing.

Evidence left at the scene by Mr. Myers connected him to the crime, Capt. Morris said. Mr. Myers was being held at the Columbia County Detention Center.

3 teens are arrested after vehicle break-ins

Three Evans teenagers have been arrested in a recent rash of vehicle break-ins in Columbia County, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Police say the three 15-year-old Lakeside High School students are responsible for burglarizing and ransacking about two dozen vehicles during the past few weeks in western Columbia County neighborhoods, including Jones Creek, Barrington, The Locks and Bridlewood, Capt. Morris said.

Two of the teens were arrested Tuesday night, and police apprehended the third Wednesday. The teens, whose names were not released because of their age, live in the nearby neighborhoods of Carriage Hills, West Lake and Jones Creek, Capt. Morris said. Many of the stolen items were recovered, including several guns.

All three are being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center, where they are awaiting a detention hearing today.

Man steals money, cigarettes from store

A Hephzibah convenience store employee told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a man robbed the store of money and cigarettes at about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a sheriff's office incident report, the employee told authorities the man entered Wally's convenience store in the 4200 block of Windsor Spring Road wearing a hooded jacket and a black-and-white scarf around his face.

The man pointed a silver handgun at the employee and demanded cash and cigarettes, the report said.

The robber ran away with $330 in cash and 10 packs of Newport cigarettes worth $28, the report said.

State party chairman will speak in Evans

The chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, Bobby Kahn, will be the guest speaker at the Columbia County Democratic Party's regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Evans Government Complex.

The public will be able to ask Mr. Kahn questions and to talk with the chairman at a 6:30 p.m. reception preceding the meeting.

Mr. Kahn was voted in as the state chairman in January.

Candidates for school board debate today

Candidates for the Columbia County Board of Education will face off today in the first of two scheduled debates.

The District 2 and District 5 candidates will debate at 7 p.m. at Greenbrier High School's auditorium.

Incumbent Wayne Bridges will defend his District 2 seat against Donnie Porter.

LouAnne Grove and Michael Sleeper will vie for the District 5 seat being vacated by incumbent Lee Muns at the end of the year.

A three-person panel - state Sen. Joey Brush, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee; Linda Schrenko, former state schools superintendent; and Barry Paschal, the publisher of The Columbia County News-Times - will question the candidates.

A second debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Lakeside High School.

Augusta man sought in armed robbery

Richmond County sheriff's officers are looking for a 20-year-old Augusta man wanted in an August armed robbery.

According to Investigator Joanne Nutter, officers are looking for Jerome Walker.

He is a suspect in an Aug. 30 robbery at EZ Go in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The robber reportedly pointed a gun at the clerk and got away with cigarettes, lottery tickets and cash.

Anyone with information about Mr. Walker is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1080.

Mom says Aiken man, 21, has been missing

Aiken County sheriff's officials are looking for a 21-year-old Aiken man reported missing by his mother.

Bennate S. White, of the 100 block of Hyde Road, was last seen at about 9 p.m. Saturday with friends at the Jasmin Club on Whiskey Road. Mr. White and his two friends, whose names were not immediately available, were believed to be riding in an older-model, rust-colored Chevrolet Caprice.

Sheriff's officials said family members are concerned about Mr. White, who reportedly has "diminished mental capacity."

Mr. White is described as black, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue and white shirt and faded jeans. Anyone with information about Mr. White's whereabouts is asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709.

Robber wearing towel takes money at store

A man with a green towel over his head robbed the Beech Island Four Seasons convenience store on Storm Branch Road late Wednesday, Aiken Sheriff's officials said Thursday.

The robber, wielding a sawed-off shotgun, walked into the store at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and ordered the clerk to open the cash register.

After grabbing cash, the man ran from the store. Members of the Aiken Bloodhound Team responded but were unable to track the robber.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709.

19-year-old says mom fired pistol in home

North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers arrested a North Augusta woman Thursday on a weapons charge.

According to a department incident report, officers charged Theresa E. Hamilton, 43, of Indies Landing, with discharging a firearm.

Officers responded to Ms. Hamilton's home at about 3:30 p.m. where her 19-year-old daughter told them her mother fired a pistol in her bedroom after an argument.

Man says two robbers threatened him in lot

An Aiken man told North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers two men robbed him in the parking lot of Gas Plus on Old Edgefield Road on Wednesday.

The victim said the two men approached him at about 2 a.m. and told him to "give it up," according to a department incident report.

One of the men then gestured under his shirt as if he had a concealed weapon, the report said.

The men took $30 in cash, the report said.