Originally created 12/01/05

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Shooter profile produces tips

The behavioral profile authorities released of the gunman who went on a shooting rampage in North Augusta has yielded numerous tips but no arrest yet, according to North Augusta Public Safety officers.

Lt. Tim Pearson said there were quite a few new calls Wednesday and that police will be following up on the leads.

The man authorities are searching for shot William L. Powell Jr. to death and injured the Rev. Earl Carter and Constance Davidson outside of two restaurants near U.S. Highway 25 and Interstate 20 on Nov. 22.

Analysts with the FBI and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division compiled a behavioral profile, which among other things outlined the shooter's likely criminal past and treatment for either drug and alcohol or mental health problems.

Anyone with information about the man's whereabouts is asked to call (803) 279-2121 or 911. He is considered extremely dangerous.

2 arrested, 1 sought in smash-grab cases

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested two men Wednesday who were wanted in several smash-and-grab burglaries, and they are looking for a third.

The sheriff's office said Charles Anthony Shine, 47, was wanted on burglary charges.

Oscar Shine, 44, and Benjamin Holden, 47, were arrested Wednesday. Johnny Ealey, 51, has also been charged in the cases.

Anyone with information about Charles Anthony Shine's whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond County sheriff's office at 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Brick-throwers back in Summerville area

After several weeks of quiet, the Richmond County sheriff's office is investigating a new case in which someone threw a brick at a vehicle in the Summerville neighborhood, a police report states.

A 47-year-old woman said that while driving past Big Oak Park in the 2800 block of Wheeler Road at 6 p.m. Tuesday, she heard something strike her 2005 Ford Explorer and saw a group of juveniles running away.

Three brick attacks were reported Oct. 31, and one attack was reported Nov. 1.

The sheriff's office said patrols have been increased around the park since the attacks.

2 men arrested after shots fired in house

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested two men after someone fired shots in a house near 15th Street, sheriff's office records state.

Ronald Ashley, of Silver Court in Jackson, and Timothy Bernard Jones, of Amsterdam Drive in Augusta, were both charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer, jail records show.

Mr. Ashley was additionally charged with reckless conduct; Mr. Jones also was being held for the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.

A police report says officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Emmett Street after someone called 911 and said shots were fired.

A witness flagged down deputies and told them that while she was at a home on Curran Street, Mr. Ashley fired shots inside and outside the home toward a man.

Deputies forced their way inside after getting no response and found Mr. Ashley on the floor with a .357-caliber revolver. Mr. Jones, the report states, attempted to hide from officers.

Armed man gets cash in Mini Mart holdup

North Augusta authorities are investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store near the end of Atomic Road, a police report states.

Employees at Friendly's Mini Mart in the 600 block of East Buena Vista Avenue said that at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, a man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a mask entered the store, pulled a small black handgun and took about $400 from the register, a report states.

Chamber, legislators to meet at breakfast

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce will hold its pre-Legislative Breakfast, with members of the Augusta-Richmond County legislative delegation, at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, a news release states.

The meeting will be held at the Radisson Riverfront Conference Center.

The event, sponsored by BellSouth, is free but seating is limited. Call the chamber at 821-1300 to reserve a seat for the meeting.

Voter turnout high in early runoff balloting

Wednesday was another popular day for advance voting in Augusta's Dec. 6 runoff.

Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections said 1,221 people turned out to cast their ballots at the three precincts.

That brings the weekly total to 3,793, well above early voting participation in the Nov. 8 general election at this point.

Man is accused of brandishing knife

Police arrested a man Wednesday night after he was accused of pulling a knife on Broad Street bar patrons.

Gerald Harper, 39, was taken to the Richmond County jail and faces several charges including attempted armed robbery, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Rick Chase said.

Mr. Harper, who is listed as homeless, was in the 500 and 600 blocks of Broad Street and on separate occasions asked three men, including one elderly man, for money. When they refused, Mr. Harper pulled out a knife and demanded money, Investigator Chase said. The incidents happened at about 7 p.m., police said.

Mr. Harper remained in jail Wednesday night.

He is charged with two counts of armed robbery, three counts of possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and one count of terroristic threats.