Originally created 07/03/05

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Taxicab driver reports robbery

A taxicab driver told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed in Hephzibah early Saturday morning, a police report states.

The 52-year-old Radio Cab driver said that at 3:23 a.m. he was in the parking lot of Video Warehouse in the 3800 block of Woodlake Road, waiting on a wrecker.

He said a white, older-model sedan, possibly a Buick, with moderate front-end damage on the passenger side pulled next to his vehicle. A man got out, pulled out a black handgun and said, "We'll take your money."

The cab driver said the man took $60 and left, driving north on Woodlake Road.

Black bear is spotted in Columbia County

A black bear, which appeared to be about 100 to 150 pounds, was again spotted in Columbia County on Saturday.

The bear, which is believed to be the same creature that led police on a unsuccessful four-hour chase Friday, tried to cross Belair Road, heading east, said Capt. Steve Morris, a Columbia County sheriff's office spokesman.

According to John Adams, a Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management technician, the bear is thought to be a young male Georgia black bear shoved from his den to find his own territory. The sighting occurred at 12:30 p.m.

Center worker reports air conditioner thefts

An employee of Augusta Recreation and Parks told sheriff's deputies that someone stole air conditioning units from the McBean Community Center, a police report states.

The employee said that sometime between April and July, someone took the four outside units, worth $6,000, from the McBean Community Center in the 5100 block of Mike Padgett Highway.

Man faces charge of indecent exposure

North Augusta police arrested a man who they said exposed himself and almost urinated publicly in a business early Saturday morning, a police report states.

Felipe O. Garcia, 37, of the 400 block of Metz Drive in North Augusta, was charged with indecent exposure and public drunkenness, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

A police officer working a special duty assignment at El Chaparral on Martintown Road said he saw Mr. Garcia stagger to the bar at 12:02 a.m. He said Mr. Garcia unzipped his pants and attempted to urinate.

The officer was able to stop Mr. Garcia before he relieved himself publicly, and arrested him.

Authorities search for missing teenager

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a 16-year-old Augusta girl who has been missing since Wednesday.

According to a sheriff's office report, Tyrone Dean told authorities his daughter, Alicia Michelle Robinson, left their home in the 2400 block of Belgrade Court at about 10:30 a.m. after she had an argument with her parents about staying out the previous night.

Alicia was last seen wearing a green shirt, black jeans and black shoes. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. She has brown eyes, a dark complexion and hair styled in braids.

Alicia also goes by the nickname "Chocolate," Mr. Dean said.

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

Motel guest says $700 was stolen from room

An Augusta man told deputies that someone stole hundreds of dollars from his motel room Friday evening, a police report states.

William Earl Norris, 27, said that between 8 and 11:59 p.m., someone entered his room at the Budget Inn Express in the 1600 block of Gordon Highway and took $700.

Police say man was impersonating deputy

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they said identified himself as a sheriff's deputy Saturday when a real deputy called him to get him to stop making harassing phone calls.

Eric Loggins, 33, of the 3200 block of Wrightsboro Road, was charged with impersonating an officer, said Investigator Benjamin Parrish.

The investigator said a sheriff's deputy called Mr. Loggins' home to get him to stop making harassing calls to his wife, Omeeka Loggins.

Mr. Loggins answered the phone, identifying himself as "Deputy Eric Loggins," and told the deputy that he was a Richmond County sheriff's deputy and that if "he had a problem, to call Ronnie Strength," Investigator Parrish said.

Police seek suspect in home invasion

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who they said invaded the home of an elderly Augusta man Friday afternoon, officials said Saturday.

Police said Marquel Donte Harris is wanted on charges of burglary, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

At about 1:15 p.m., officials say, Mr. Harris entered the home of 74-year-old Luther Hewell in the 1300 block of 13th Street, where Mr. Hewell was lying on the couch.

The intruder, who was wearing a ski mask and was armed with a handgun, demanded money from Mr. Hewell. Mr. Hewell struggled with Mr. Harris and pulled his mask off, the sergeant said.

Mr. Harris fled to a neighboring home, then fled from sheriff's deputies, he said.

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