Originally created 12/12/04

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Man charged in carjacking

Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested a man Saturday in a morning carjacking in Hephzibah, officials said.

Philip Devon Leach, 19, was charged with armed robbery, theft by taking a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Investigators Brooke Kelly and Tim Owen said.

At about 7:30 a.m., Mr. Leach took a gray Mercury Mystique from Thomas Griffin, 32, on Cougar Court, the investigators said.

They said Mr. Leach fled and was chased to an area near James Drive, where sheriff's deputies arrested him.

Bath man arrested in Warrenville shooting

Aiken County sheriff's deputies have arrested a Bath man whom they accuse of shooting a man in Warrenville early Saturday morning.

John W. Bonnett, 50, of Bay Street, was charged before 5 a.m. with assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to a news release from the agency.

According to the release, Charles Weathersbee, 21, of Ridge Spring, was shot in the stomach at Roselite and Tim­merman streets in Warrenville.

Mr. Weathersbee walked to the home of a nearby elderly woman, who called for help.

Aiken County EMS took Mr. Weathersbee to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

MCG spokeswoman Danielle Wong Moores said Saturday afternoon that the hospital will not release information on Mr. Weathersbee's condition.

Mr. Bonnett is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Man reports woman broke truck windows

A Hephzibah man told Rich­mond County sheriff's deputies that a woman smashed windows in his pickup with a flowerpot early Saturday morning.

Julius H. Doggett III, 45, of Rosehill Drive, said that at

2:36 a.m., the woman came to his home, and when he would not talk to her, she became irate, a police report states.

He told police she picked up a concrete flowerpot off the porch and used it to break out the driver's- side window and front windshield of his 1995 Ford Ranger.

Mr. Doggett also said the woman scratched the hood of his truck and broke a radio antenna.

IHOP employee says students didn't pay

An employee of a Washington Road restaurant told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that several people who were at the restaurant Friday to eat their Senior Day breakfast left without paying, a police report states.

The employee of the Interna­tional House of Pancakes restaurant in the 2500 block of Washington Road said that at 10 a.m., a large group of Hephzibah High School students came to the restaurant for breakfast.

She said that she has a video of all the students entering, eating and leaving the restaurant but that she cannot say which ones didn't pay until she views the tapes.

The employee said she will prosecute.

Men say pair broke into home, stole cash

Two Augusta men told Rich­mond County sheriff's deputies that they were the victims of a home invasion early Saturday , a police report states.

Sheriff's deputies were sent to a home in the 200 block of Watkins Street after someone made a 911 call but hung up , the report states.

The men said that two men carrying firearms forced open the front door of their home and entered.

The victims said the men demanded money from them, which they gave, then forced them to go into the bathroom while the intruders rummaged through the house.

The report does not say whether either of the men was injured.

Burglars steal from nail, tanning stores

Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a burglary at two Washington Road businesses Saturday, a police report states.

The report states that deputies were called to Nail Time in the 3200 block of Washington Road after a burglar alarm had been activated.

Deputies found that a side window had been forced open and was found on the floor of Nail Time.

The business's owner said the door between his business and next-door Southbeach Tanning was open.

The report states that two bottles of tanning lotion, two bottles of tanning gel and a safe were taken in the burglaries.

Man tells police he was shot in left arm

A 28-year-old Beech Island man was shot in the left arm Friday night.

James Bates Jr., of the 300 block of Laurie Drive, told police he was in his front yard just before 11 p.m. when he was shot, said Lt. Michael Frank, the spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Frank said Mr. Bates did not cooperate with officers when asked more questions about the shooting. A white Toyota Corolla that belongs to Mr. Bates had blood in it, leading investigators to believe the shooting happened somewhere else.

Mr. Bates was taken to Medi­cal College of Georgia Hospital.

The investigation is continuing.

Art museum joins in Toys for Tots program

The Morris Museum of Art, along with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, will collect toys through Dec. 19 at the museum, 1 10th St.

Visitors who bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Morris Museum of Art will receive one free admission to the museum.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 724-7501.