Originally created 05/11/05

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3 men break in at apartment

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Tuesday morning home invasion at an apartment complex off Deans Bridge Road, according to a police report.

A 24-year-old man said that three men kicked open a front door at the Regency Village apartment complex in the 2800 block of Thomas Lane before 1:30 a.m.

The man said the intruders entered his bedroom, where they forced him and a woman onto the floor.

The intruders ransacked the bedroom and took $120, a watch and a gold necklace, the report says.

The 24-year-old also said the men kicked him in the head, demanding to know where the money was.

The report says three children were asleep in a spare bedroom during the incident but the robbers never went into that room.

Inmate facing trial is charged in jail attack

A man facing a death penalty trial in the 2003 slaying of a convenience store clerk has been charged in an attack against a fellow jail inmate, officials said Tuesday.

Cedric Beals, who will be tried in the 2003 slaying of Margaret King at the Pump 'N Shop on Central Avenue, was charged along with Clifford Walker III with simple battery, said sheriff's Lt. James Young.

Lt. Young said the two attacked inmate Johnny Lott on the fifth floor of the Richmond County jail at 401 Walton Way.

The lieutenant said the fight started after Mr. Lott, who has special dietary requirements, received a food tray with chicken instead of beef, which apparently upset Mr. Walker.

Mr. Beals also has been charged with felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, stemming from an incident in July with sheriff's deputies.

Man says he was shot walking along street

Authorities are investigating the shooting of a man in an East Augusta neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

At 3:38 p.m., Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called to the EBT convenience store at 619 East Boundary, where a man reported being shot.

Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Jo Ann Nutter said Albert Boyd, 18, of East Cedar Street, told police he was walking along East Boundary near East Walker Street when he heard three gunshots and realized he had been shot in the inner thigh.

Mr. Boyd was taken to Medical College Georgia Hospital.

His injuries were not life-threatening, Investigator Nutter said.

Woman is carjacked waiting for food order

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she was the victim of a carjacking as she was picking up an order of Chinese food, officials said Tuesday.

The 26-year-old woman said she was at Almond Express in the 2600 block of Deans Bridge Road, at about 10:30 p.m. Monday when a man approached her and grabbed her purse.

When she refused to let go, the man hit her on the left side of her face with what appeared to be a handgun.

She let go of the purse, and the man got into her Dodge Stratus and drove off.

The victim's car was recovered in the 1800 block of Haynie Drive.

Sheriff's Lt. James Young said the gun turned out to be a plastic toy that broke after the assailant hit the woman.

Developer purchases 2 historic properties

The purchase of two historic Greene Street properties has been completed.

On Tuesday, local developer Clay Boardman purchased the Houghton School and Widow's home properties via Historic Augusta and the Downtown Development Authority, which facilitated the transaction.

The Capital Development Group, of Atlanta, sold the Houghton School for $270,000 and the Widows Home for $230,000.

Mr. Boardman plans to stabilize the buildings and perform much-needed maintenance on them.

Police seek man who sold bootleg DVDs

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man in connection with selling bootleg DVDs along Gordon Highway, officials said Tuesday.

Travis M. McNeil, 22, is wanted on a charge of unlawful distribution of recorded material, said Investigator Greg Newsome.

The investigator said Mr. McNeil and a co-defendant, Jeremy Antione Hill, are accused of selling illegal DVDs with photocopied covers in the 1600 block of Gordon Highway. Mr. Hill has been arrested.

Anyone with information about Mr. McNeil's whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Police say man fired weapon outside bar

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a Statesboro, Ga., man and charged him with firing a weapon after coming out of a bar Monday night.

William Bart Edenfield was charged with discharging a firearm near a public road and was booked into the Richmond County jail, according to a police report.

The report says Mr. Edenfield walked out of the Wooden Barrel in the 3300 block of Peach Orchard Road at about 11 p.m. and fired in the air.

City, sheriff's office sued over car chase

The city of Augusta and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office are being sued over a police chase that ended in the death of an innocent driver.

The Richmond County Superior Court lawsuit was filed on behalf of Ajaryl Williams, child of Harold Williams, who was killed in an April 14, 2003, crash at Walton Way and Ninth Street.

The lawsuit names the city, the sheriff's department and the deputy who was pursuing Eric D. Ferguson, who police said was fleeing in a stolen vehicle.

Mr. Ferguson was convicted of murder in Mr. Williams' death. He was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison.

A lawsuit represents only one side of a dispute.

The defendants have 30 days to respond.

Convenience store robbery investigated

Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into an armed robbery at a Marvin Griffin Road convenience store Monday night.

An employee of the Lucky Convenience Store, in the 1800 block of Marvin Griffin Road, told police that a man entered the store at 9:30 p.m., fired a single shot and demanded money from the cash register.

The woman said she opened the register and the man took money, the police report says.

No damages reported after thunderstorm

An afternoon thunderstorm that brought nickel-sized hail to parts of Columbia County on Tuesday did not immediately spur reports of damage, said Pam Tucker, Columbia County's Emergency Services director.

The storm, which blew through the county after 4 p.m., brought hail ranging from nickel-sized in Appling to pea-sized in the Martinez-Evans area.

"But it wouldn't surprise me at all if after the storm is over in some of these areas where we had the larger nickel-sized or larger hail reports, that people could have some damage to roofing, their shingles, some dings in their automobiles, and maybe even a cracked window or two in some of these areas," Mrs. Tucker said.

Man accused of using a stolen credit card

A Barnwell County man has been arrested after using a stolen credit card five times, including a for cab ride home that led to his arrest, police said Tuesday.

Norman Yates Carthans, of Dunbarton Road in Williston, is charged with one count of financial transaction card theft and five counts of financial transaction card fraud, Aiken Public Safety Capt. Wendell Hall said.

Mr. Carthans stole the card from a woman at the Aiken Mall, used to it buy dinner and other purchases in Aiken, and used it again for a $60 cab ride home, Capt. Hall said.

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

Hit-and-run suspect surrenders to police

An Augusta man who was being sought by police in connection with a hit-and-run accident involving an 11-year-old boy turned himself in at the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Michael Westbrook, 22, of the 3100 block of Collier Road, was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run, probation violation and driving while his license was suspended, said Cpl. Danny Whitehead of Richmond County Sheriff's Office's Hit and Run Division.

Mr. Westbrook is being held at the Richmond County jail without bond, a jail official said.

Police said Mr. Westbrook was driving a 1995 Ford Aspire, which struck the child May 1 in the 3700 block of Fairington Drive.

The boy, Gregory Truesdell, was riding his bike in front of his residence when the accident happened at about 7 p.m., police said.

- From staff reports