Originally created 12/17/05

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Police charge 2, seek 1 in death

Richmond County sheriff's investigators have formally charged two men with murder in the Oct. 27 home invasion death of Melvin Dorsey and are searching for another, officials said Friday night.

Ricardo Scruggs, 17, and Antonio Harris, 22, were charged with murder, armed robbery, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Sgt. Richard Roundtree said in a news release.

Mr. Harris was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, he said.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Andrew Lambert, 20, on similar charges. He is to be considered armed and dangerous, according to the news release.

Mr. Dorsey, 56, was when three armed men wearing Halloween masks rushed inside the Brown Street house and robbed the people inside, according to police.

One of the men fired a gun and the bullet went through a bedroom door and struck Mr. Dorsey, police said.

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

Two sought in armed robbery of business

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for two men who they said robbed a Windsor Springs Road business at gunpoint Friday night.

A female employee leaving Windsor Cleaners, in the 4100 block of Windsor Spring Road, told police the men approached her as she was leaving at about 7 p.m., Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Paul Godden said in a news release.

The men demanded cash and fled on foot behind the business with an undisclosed amount of money, he said. They were last seen running through the wooded, vacant lot between the rear of the building and Raintree Subdivision, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Godden at 821-1080.

Accusations of rape, burglary are dismissed

An Augusta man arrested on rape and burglary charges in July has been cleared, a District Attorney's Office official said Friday.

Charges against John Ralph Hunnicutt III, of the 3100 block of Sanders Road in Augusta, were dismissed Thursday, according to DA office records.

Mr. Hunnicutt was arrested in July after his ex-girlfriend told police he broke into her Martinez home and raped her.

Man reports attack outside Augusta Mall

A Sardis man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was assaulted outside the Augusta Mall on Thursday evening, a police report states.

Eric Council, 18, told deputies that before 6:30 p.m., a man with whom he has had problems with in the past followed him around the mall.

Mr. Council said he went outside to smoke, and when he turned around, the man attacked him with a box cutter, cutting his head, face, left leg and right arm. He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Two men steal cash, vodka at liquor store

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating an armed robbery at a south Richmond County liquor store, a police report states.

Workers at Windsor Package Shop in the 4100 block of Windsor Spring Road said that at 10:08 p.m., two men entered the store and pulled out handguns, demanding money.

The men grabbed $70 and about $200 in Grey Goose vodka.

Pair steal $20 in food, attack deliveryman

A worker for an Augusta restaurant said he was robbed while delivering food Thursday night, a police report states.

The 37-year-old Happy China employee said that at 10:55 p.m., he made a delivery to the 1600 block of Hunter Street.

He said a woman asked to see the food. He showed it to her, and as he put the food back into the bag, a man hit him in the head with a metal pipe, causing him to fall.

The man hit him several times once he was on the ground, and the man and woman took the $20 in Chinese food and ran. The victim was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Deputies arrest man in robbery of teenager

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man Friday who was accused of robbing a teenager at gunpoint, records show.

Kenyatta Dunn Nero, 21, was charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to the sheriff's office.

Lt. James Young said Mr. Nero is accused in the Thursday robbery of 16-year-old Christopher Lewis on East Hale Street.

Object thrown at bus injures 11-year-old

An East Augusta Middle School pupil was injured Friday when someone on the street threw an object through an open window of a school bus and struck the boy in the face.

Richmond County Board of Education spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan said the bus was traveling in the 100 block of Laney-Walker Boulevard at about 4:30 p.m. when the object flew through the window.

Ms. Jordan did not know what the object was or who threw it.

Richmond County Board of Education police took the 11-year-old back to East Augusta Middle, where an ambulance was waiting for him.

She said the boy suffered a cut under his right eye.

Ms. Jordan did not know whether the boy was treated at the school or taken to a hospital.

Wagener, Edgefield receive grant money

Separate Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce are going to Wagener, in western Aiken County, and to Edgefield, in central Edgefield County.

Wagener will receive $500,000 from the department, which it will add to nearly $290,000 from other sources and $50,000 of its own to its railroad corridor streetscape project.

The town will install sidewalks, landscaping and lighting and make street improvements in a three-block downtown area.

In Edgefield, an award of more than $284,000 will be combined with $20,000 from the town and $3,410 from 13 low-income owners of substandard housing units in the Macedonia neighborhood, to rehabilitate seven residences and demolish three vacant units.

The neighborhood improvement will extend the beautification work already completed on Edgefield's Main Street. The county Water and Sewer Authority also plans water line and hydrant upgrades.

Students win grant for environmental project

Seniors at Barnwell High School have won a $500 grant to assist them with an environmental education project.

The students in the school's Biology II class have been named Champions of the Environment for their project to educate others about Craig Pond, a unique wetland habitat known as a Carolina Bay.

The class plans to complete a survey of the plants and animals in the wetland habitat with assistance from Savannah River Ecology Lab.

When that's done, the seniors will create educational materials for the community and present their findings to school and community groups.

The class also has a chance to win additional money for the project at the end of the year.

For more information about Champions of the Environment, visit www.scdhec.gov/champions or call (803) 898-4394.

Outside lanes of I-20 to be closed 4 days

The Georgia Department of Transportation will close the eastbound and westbound outside lanes of Interstate 20 between Washington Road and Bobby Jones Expressway from Monday through Thursday, a news release states.

Sessions planned on cardiovascular course

Augusta Technical College will hold information sessions for its cardiovascular technology program, a program offered through a partnership with University Hospital's School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology. The meetings will be held at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday in the tiered classroom of Building 1300 at Augusta Tech.

3 men are arrested in home invasion

Two Aiken men were arrested by Aiken public safety officers Thursday and face multiple felony charges in a home invasion on Limerick Drive, and a Warrenville man was jailed on a drug charge.

Shane Anthony Cooper, 34, of the 1900 block of Sunshine Circle, was charged with burglary in the first degree, kidnapping, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, disorderly conduct, failure to comply with a lawful order, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

David Bradley Wilkinson, 18, who lives on the same street as Mr. Cooper, was charged with burglary in the first degree, kidnapping, possession of a pistol by a person under 21, unlawful carrying of a pistol, pointing and presenting a firearm, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime, disorderly conduct, failure to comply with a lawful order, possession of another person's driver's license, and possession of an altered driver's license.

Louis Agner, 32, of the 100 block of Royal Pine Drive, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Concert will close part of Broad Street

Part of Broad Street will be closed for the 12 Bands of Christmas concert Sunday, according to the Augusta Engineering Department.

The concert will be held at Imperial Theatre, 750 Broad St., from 6 p.m. until midnight. A section of road near the theater will be closed from 4 p.m. until midnight. Drivers can use Reynolds, Greene or Ellis streets.

- From staff reports


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