Originally created 03/12/06

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Armed men rob chicken eatery

Augusta authorities are investigating an armed robbery at a restaurant late Friday night, a police report states.

Employees at Church's Chicken in the 1800 block of Walton Way said two men wearing black and holding black handguns snatched cash from a register at about 11:30 p.m., a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

They also stole a $150 cell phone from an employee, the report states.

Man is accused of stealing credit cards

Police arrested an Augusta man during the weekend on obstruction charges after Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called to handle an argument at a discount store.

Allen Meredith Johnson Jr., 20, of the 2900 block of Whistler Lane, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with hindrance of a law enforcement officer, financial transaction card theft and obstruction of an officer, according to a police report.

Police said they were called when Mr. Johnson and a female acquaintance were seen arguing inside Fred's discount store on Windsor Spring Road.

By the time police arrived, the couple had left in a Toyota Camry.

When police caught up with the vehicle, they detained the couple and found stolen credit cards, the report states. There was also a brief struggle between Mr. Johnson and a deputy, the report states.

Mr. Johnson remained in custody Saturday.

Police seek men who didn't pay food tab

Police are looking for three men who consumed a significant amount of food and drinks at a Washington Road restaurant and left before paying.

At about 10:30 p.m. Friday, the men were at T.G.I. Friday's, in the 2800 block of Washington Road.

They ordered $140 worth of food and drinks, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

The business plans to prosecute, the report states.

Burglar ransacked home, woman says

A Barton Village resident who lives on Armstrong Drive told police someone burglarized her home Friday between 4:45 and 6 p.m.

The woman said someone damaged her door frame before ransacking the dresser drawers in two rear bedrooms, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Man says assailant hit him at Wal-Mart

An Augusta man told police a man assaulted him at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Deans Bridge Road.

John Warren, 18, told police he was hit in the face by one of five men who chased him inside the business, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

The report says one of the men grabbed Mr. Warren's girlfriend by her waist, causing Mr. Warren to confront the men.

Red Cross will offer free CPR training

The Augusta chapter of the American Red Cross will hold free CPR training March 25 in Martinez, a news release states.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road.

The four-hour session will include training in CPR, rescue breathing and abdominal thrusts.

After completing the training, participants will take a written exam to obtain a certification card.

Those interested in the course are asked to register starting Monday. For more information, call 724-8481, ext. 211.