Originally created 07/30/05

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Three arrested after shootings

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested three people in shootings that happened Thursday afternoon, records show.

Christopher Jovon Daggett, 22; Jonathan D. Harrell, 15; and Nina Arielle Watson, 18; were charged with aggravated assault, records state.

According to police records, witnesses saw Ms. Watson and Mary Collins, 18, get into an argument with another woman that Mr. Daggett was dating.

Mr. Harrell, in a car with Ms. Watson and Ms. Collins, hung out of a window of a gold Chevrolet Impala and fired shots at the Shirley Avenue home of Mr. Daggett's grandmother, according to police records.

Mr. Daggett, who told police he had heard his grandmother's house had been shot up, was seen by witnesses firing shots at the Impala when it was at Magnolia Park Apartments later in the afternoon, records state.

No one was hurt in either shooting. Sheriff's investigators have taken out aggravated assault warrants against Ms. Collins.

Augusta man charged with molestation

Richmond County sheriff's deputies apprehended Friday an Augusta man accused of molesting a 9-year-old girl.

David DeLardge Sr., 45, was wanted on an outstanding warrant of felony child molestation, said Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree. Mr. DeLardge was last seen running from Vandivere Ridge Apartments near Highland Avenue and Walden Drive on Thursday, he said.

Mr. DeLardge is accused of fondling a 9-year-old girl, police said.

As of 6:30 p.m., Mr. DeLardge was booked into the Richmond County jail.

Woman says someone snatched her money

Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a report by an elderly Augusta woman who said someone snatched money out of her hand Thursday afternoon.

The 84-year-old woman said that at 12:30 p.m., while at the Maxwell House apartment building, a man grabbed three envelopes out of her hand, a police report states.

An envelope with $18, an envelope with a birthday card, and an envelope postmarked from Delaware were taken, the report states.

Police say another teen is linked to shooting

A Richmond County sheriff's investigator identified Friday another teenager who will face charges in a gang-related retaliation shooting.

Investigator Blaise Dresser said Jessie Woods, 17, will be charged with criminal damage to property, weapons possession, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and unlawful street-gang activity.

Mr. Woods is at the Aiken County Detention Center, facing charges over a stolen motor vehicle, Investigator Dresser said.

Mr. Woods, along with Calvin Williams Jr., 17, and Isley Thomas, 17, are accused of firing shots at a home on Sydney Street on Thursday - a home that had no connection to a gang member they were looking for.

He said the case will be forwarded to the office of District Attorney Danny Craig to seek an indictment against Mr. Woods. Mr. Williams remained at large Friday night, jail officials said.

Craig clears jailers in inmate's death

District Attorney Danny Craig told the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that Richmond County jailers did not act improperly before an inmate died of a drug overdose last fall, records show.

Edward Norton, 43, died Sept. 26 of a methamphetamine overdose after being brought into the county jail on drug possession charges, Mr. Craig wrote in a letter to the GBI.

The letter was sent to the GBI this week. Mr. Craig released the letter Friday to The Augusta Chronicle in response to an open records request.

Mr. Norton was observed by an inmate to have consumed a plastic bag containing crystal meth, but he did not tell authorities about this until Mr. Norton was found on the floor of his cell in physical distress.

Mr. Norton died as an ambulance took him to a hospital, the letter states.

Sex offender failed to register, officials say

Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a North Augusta man Friday with failing to register as a sex offender, which is a felony.

Authorities said Christopher Marion Simmons, 24, of the 700 block of Fleetwood Drive, failed to register as a sex offender when he lived in Augusta's 3100 block of Bell Drive from Dec. 25, 2004, to Jan. 22, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

Mr. Simmons was convicted in the summer of 2000 in South Carolina on one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, the report said.

Vehicle is stolen from National Guard Armory

An employee of the U.S. Army said someone stole a vehicle from the National Guard Armory in Augusta and drove it through the armory's gate sometime between 7 p.m. Thursday and 7:40 a.m. Friday.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, Maurice Handy said someone stole a 1981 Chevrolet Silverado from a gated parking area on the south side of the armory in the 100 block of Milledgeville Road.

During the theft, the person caused $4,000 in damage to the armory's gate and fence when he drove the car through them at the entrance to Milledgeville Road, Mr. Handy told deputies, the report said.

Watercolor Society to hold award reception

An opening reception for the South Carolina Watercolor Society's 28th annual Award Exhibition will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. The reception is free. The exhibition will run through Aug. 21. For more information, call 641-9094.