Originally created 10/31/04

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Store's robber still on loose

Aiken County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who was involved in an early morning armed robbery of a Clearwater convenience store Saturday.

The man walked into the Four Seasons convenience store in the 4600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway at 7:25 a.m. and handed an employee a note demanding money, said Lt. Michael Frank, Aiken County sheriff's spokesman.

The man took an unspecified amount of money and fled.

Sheriff's deputies are searching for a white man who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He was wearing sunglasses, a fake beard, blue jeans, a black leather jacket and a blue bandanna on his head at the time of the robbery, according to police.

Party chairman says Cheeks flier is wrong

Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum said Saturday a flier claiming his support for incumbent state Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, is fraudulent.

The flier, signed by "The Democratic Friends of Senator Don Cheeks," urges Democratic voters to support Mr. Cheeks and includes a quote from Mr. Greenbaum praising Mr. Cheeks' efforts against predatory lending scams.

Mr. Greenbaum said he made that statement two years ago when Mr. Cheeks ran as a Democrat.

Motorcycle accident victim is hospitalized

An Evans man who was involved in a motorcycle accident was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon.

Frankie Lee Jenkins Jr., 22, of the 600 block of King Taylor Road, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with minor cuts on his hand and arm, Columbia County sheriff's Deputy David Sward said.

Deputy Sward said the man was traveling south on Blue Ridge Drive when he lost control of the motorcycle.

Woman is accused of theft at Wal-Mart

Personnel at the Wal-Mart store on Deans Bridge Road told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a woman tried to shoplift at the store.

At about 3 p.m. Friday, store security identified a woman who grabbed socks and sunglasses valued at $48, a police report said.

Sarina Lewis, of Waynesboro, Ga., was charged with shoplifting and taken to the Richmond County jail, where she remained late Saturday afternoon, a jail official said.

Mooning results in indecency charges

An Augusta woman was arrested Friday night at the Augusta Mall on public indecency charges.

Gina Khina Young, of Rockdale Drive, was charged with public indecency after she took off her slacks and mooned several people who were standing in the common area of the mall, police said.

She also was charged with giving police a false name.

Church's bells, tower will be dedicated

The eight bells and tower installed this summer at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way, will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. today.

A band of ringers from the North American Guild of Change Ringers plans a dedicatory peal. For more information, call 738-3386.