Originally created 12/15/05

Across the area



Peeping puts man in prison

A man caught peeping under a woman's bathroom stall by a police officer's wife pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Johnny L. Baker, 30, was working as a custodian at Augusta Mall on Aug. 4, 2004, when Ann Cross spotted him on his hands and knees looking under a stall in a woman's restroom. A young woman was in the stall at the time, Assistant District Attorney Tom Peterson said.

Mr. Baker's arrest for peeping Tom led to the revocation of his parole, and he is now in prison until February 2007. He was convicted of aggravated assault in Jefferson County in 1994.

On Wednesday, Judge Duncan D. Wheale accepted the attorneys' plea negotiation for a five-year probationary sentence that begins after he is released.

Police say man tried to kill ex-girlfriend

An East Flat Rock, N.C., man was arrested Tuesday by Aiken County sheriff's deputies and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

Gregory Evan Freeman, 39, of the 2100 block of Old Spartanburg Road, was also arrested on a bench warrant for not appearing in court in October on a disorderly conduct charge.

According to an Aiken County warrant, on Nov. 9 in Aiken, Mr. Freeman choked a former girlfriend until she blacked out and slammed her head and upper torso around the inside of a vehicle.

Wagener man charged with domestic violence

An 18-year-old Wagener man was arrested by Aiken County sheriff's deputies Wednesday and charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in the first degree on a girlfriend.

Christopher Marcus Staley, of the 100 block of Pinto Road, was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center.

Arrest warrants say Mr. Staley cut his girlfriend's left side with a knife and tried to sexually assault her.

Armed, masked man robs Roly Poly eatery

Police are investigating a Wednesday night armed robbery at a west Augusta shopping and business plaza.

At about 9 p.m., a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and ski mask smashed the front window of Roly Poly restaurant in the 3000 block of Walton Way Extension and demanded money from employees, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Dan Carrier said.

The business was closed, Investigator Carrier said. No injuries were reported and the robber was alone. He was carrying a black handgun.

This marks the second robbery of Roly Poly in two weeks. On Dec. 5, an armed man entered the restaurant and demanded that three employees lie on the floor before he took money, police said.

Church offers reward in Huddle House case

A reward is being offered in exchange for "useful information" in the Nov. 22 shootings at a North Augusta Huddle House, police said Wednesday.

Detective Tim Thornton, of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, said in an e-mail that reward money has been offered by the congregation of Little Horse Creek Baptist Church in Graniteville, the church of one of the shooting victims, the Rev. Earl Carter.

The gunman, whom police said was armed with an assault rifle, attacked William L. Powell Jr., 61, and the Rev. Carter in the parking lot of the Huddle House near Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 25.

Before that, Constance Davidson, 59, was shot in the back when she refused to surrender her car across the street.

Mr. Powell was killed.

Detective Thornton did not disclose the reward amount.

Anyone with information leading to the arrest of a suspect is asked to call the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.

Man injured in wreck still in fair condition

A Richmond County man who authorities said was pinned between two cars remained at a hospital Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Freddie Ray Lariscey was in fair condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Danielle Wong Moores, a hospital spokeswoman.

Police said Mr. Lariscey was hit by a white Chevrolet Corsica and broke his right tibia. The case has been forwarded to the district attorney's office.

Wait for lab results slows road rage case

Officials are still waiting for all the lab results in a road rage shooting that happened Dec. 3 on West Martintown Road near Interstate 20 in North Augusta, officials said Wednesday.

Detective Tim Thornton, of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, said in an e-mail that the agency still had not decided whether charges would be filed against Clarence Shehan, 51, of Pickens, S.C.

Police said Mr. Shehan fatally shot Mark Y. Sharrock, 49, of Edgefield, after a traffic accident on West Martintown Road.

Police said Mr. Sharrock choked Mr. Shehan, who then took his .45-caliber pistol from his glove box and shot Mr. Sharrock, then called 911. Mr. Shehan was released after questioning. Detective Thornton said the case will be presented to the district solicitor's office in Aiken after lab results are received.

Robbers at apartment take dental jewelry

Two Augusta teenagers were assaulted Tuesday evening at their apartment complex, Richmond County sheriff's reports state.

In two separate incidents at Heritage Apartments, off Jackson Road, the boys, age 14 and 15 and both students at the Academy of Richmond County, said they were assaulted by a group of males. Both were hit with a baseball bat.

The assailants took $150 in dental jewelry from the 15-year-old, including white gold crowns with the word "greasy" on the grill, the report states.

Aiken County schools get Palmetto awards

Nine schools in Aiken County have received 2005 Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards, which recognize outstanding academic achievement and student academic improvement.

Each school will receive a portion of the district's $116,571 in state funds designated for the awards program.

Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School received a silver award, and eight schools attained gold awards: Silver Bluff High, Aiken High, South Aiken High, North Augusta High, Aiken Elementary, Millbrook Elementary, Chukker Creek Elementary and the Aiken County Career Center.

- From staff reports