Originally created 11/23/05

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Man held in 4 store robberies

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office arrested Michael Yarbray, 18, on Monday in connection with a string of armed robberies.

The string ended at four, when a witness flagged down an off-duty sheriff's deputy, Investigator Tim Owen said.

Mr. Yarbray is charged with armed robberies at the Subway restaurant at 3126 Peach Orchard Road on Monday, the Subway restaurant at 4104 Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah on Nov. 14, the Circle K at 3755 Wheeler Road on Oct. 26 and the Subway restaurant at 3736-C Mike Padgett Highway on Oct. 28.

He is also charged with four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of false imprisonment.

Investigator Owen was unsure why Subway was a target of choice.

Robbers take money, fire shots at motorist

A motorist looking for assistance Monday was robbed and shot at, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

The victim said he flagged down someone to jump-start his car, which had stopped near 10th and Barnes streets. Two men wearing dark hoodies pulled up in a newer model gold Chevrolet Malibu and demanded his money.

The victim handed over $697 and ran, the report said, but the robbers fired four or five gunshots at him.

2 men with handgun hold up video store

Two men with a handgun held up Video Warehouse in the 3800 block of Woodlake Road in Hephzibah at 11:30 p.m. Monday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The two men showed the handgun and demanded money, the incident report said. They made the employees enter the safe code and then get on the floor.

They also stole the employees' wallets, the report said.

Duo's effort to collect money ends in holdup

Two people going to collect money wound up being robbed at 6:37 p.m. Monday, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

Troy Alexandria Bell and Heather Noel Ford went to the 2800 block of Lumpkin Road to collect $25 from someone they knew as "Chris," the report said. While they were waiting in a car, they were waved inside a residence.

Once inside, they were ordered to the floor and robbed, the report said. Identification, car keys and $150 were taken from them, they said.

Robbers enter house through unlocked door

Two men walked through an unlocked front door in the 2400 block of Mansion Court Road and robbed three people at gunpoint Monday night, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The intruders demanded to know where money was and began ransacking the home.

The men stole $110 and a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, the report said.

One victim was kicked in the forehead after being told to lie down, the report said.

Restaurant employee has gun held to head

A man with a gun assaulted an employee of First China Garden before robbing the business, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The incident occurred at 9:19 p.m. Monday in the 2700 block of Tobacco Road in Hephzibah, the report said.

The man put a gun to Yu Zhang Yan's head and demanded money, the report said. She gave him the money in the cash register, and he left.

Part of street to close during work on rooftop

A portion of Macartan Street will be closed Friday though Dec. 9, according to the Augusta Engineering Department.

Macartan Street from Broad to Jones streets will be closed to allow heavy equipment to be parked for the resurfacing of Health Central's roof, the department said.

The department said motorists could use Ninth or 10th streets.

Soldier punished for using cocaine, lying

A Fort Gordon soldier has been sentenced to 90 days' confinement, given a bad conduct discharge and reduced to the lowest rank in the Army, according to Marla Jones, a civilian spokeswoman at the post.

Staff Sgt. Benjamin O. Jones, of headquarters and headquarters company, 513th Military Intelligency Brigade, pleaded guilty in his court-martial this week to failure to obey a lawful order, failure to report for his place of duty, wrongful use of cocaine and making false statements.

The 35-year-old chaplain's assistant has 12 years' service in the Army.

Police chief in Wrens cleared of wrongdoing

Wrens Police Chief David Hannah will not face any charges related to complaints filed by a former officer, District Attorney Steve Askew said Tuesday.

The results of an inquiry into the complaints levied by former Lt. Willie Nelson Jr. were recently turned over to the District Attorney's Office of the Middle Judicial Circuit by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The complaints alleged policy violation and crimes including theft by extortion, bribery, violation of oath and sexual harassment.

Blessing of the Hounds scheduled for Thursday

The Aiken Hounds' Opening Meet and Blessing of the Hounds will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Gates in Hitchcock Woods.

The Rev. Garrett Clanton, of All Saints Anglican Church, will officiate. The event is open to the public.

Call (803) 643-3724 for more information.

- From staff reports