Originally created 06/12/06

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Teen wanted in slaying arrested

Antoine Marcus Thaxton, wanted on armed robbery and murder charges, is in custody after being found in Milton, N.C., on Sunday, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tom Johnson.

Mr. Thaxton was arrested by Caswell County sheriff's deputies at about 1:30 p.m., Investigator Johnson said.

Mr. Thaxton, 15, faces extradition to Georgia today, Investigator Johnson said.

Authorities say Mr. Thaxton shot Jason Harrington, 33, while robbing him in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on May 28.

Mr. Harrington died Friday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Sunday is hottest of 2006, with high of 99

With temperatures just short of 100 degrees, Sunday was Augusta's hottest day so far in 2006, a climatologist said.

Thermometers at Augusta Regional and Bush Field airports reached 99 degrees, and temperatures probably hit 100 degrees in other parts of Richmond County, said Dave Schuetrum of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

Augusta's record temperature for a spring day is 102 degrees in 1993, he said.

Today's temperatures should reach highs in the lower 90s with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms, Mr. Schuetrum said.

Augusta's last significant rainfall occurred nearly two weeks ago, on June 2, when 1.43 inches of rain fell. In terms of precipitation, the area is 5 inches below normal this year, Mr. Schuetrum said.

Shower incident leads to molestation charge

Richmond County authorities charged a Hephzibah man with child molestation Saturday after accusing him of getting into a shower with his girlfriend's younger sister.

While the 14-year-old girl was showering in the bathroom of his Richmond Hill Road apartment, Jose Miguel Machado, 24, entered the bathroom naked, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. He then got into the shower and asked the girl about her sexual history and her boyfriend, the girl said in the report.

After asking Mr. Machado to leave, which he refused to do, the girl left the shower and got dressed, the report said. As he drove the girl back to her home, Mr. Machado touched her left leg, according to the report.

The girl told her mother about the incident when she returned home.

Man is charged after fracas with police

An Augusta man was charged with obstruction Saturday after being pulled over by police because he matched the description of someone who had stolen fuel from a BP gas station in Hephzibah, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The man accused police of racism, refused to cooperate and picked up a deputy and threw him on the ground, according to the report.

At about 5 p.m., a deputy stopped Haven Williams, driving on Morgan Road in a white Ford Explorer, which had been reported as the vehicle that had left the Deans Bridge Road gas station without paying.

Mr. Williams got out of his car and told the deputy, "Don't run up on me like that," the report said. The deputy told him to return to his car, but Mr. Williams refused and asked why he had been pulled over.

After hearing the explanation, Mr. Williams said he fit the description because of his race, according to the report. He denied stealing gas and invited the deputy to check his fuel gauge.

Mr. Williams continued yelling, and a fight ensued when the deputy approached him with handcuffs. After attempting to run away, Mr. Williams was caught on Saddle Horn Road, the report said.

According to the report, the deputy was cut on his left forearm and bruised on his left wrist.

Chinese restaurant is robbed by gunman

A Chinese restaurant in Hephzibah was robbed Saturday night by a man with a handgun whose face was covered by a black shirt, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The man entered China 8 in the 2000 block on Tobacco Road at about 9:30 p.m. Pointing the gun at the cashier, he demanded cash from the register, according to the report.

He then reached behind the counter, took cash and fled, the rep ort said.

Man tells deputies woman stabbed him

An Augusta man told police he tried to walk away from an argument with a woman over her 2-year-old daughter early Sunday, but she stabbed him in the back.

In a Richmond County sheriff's report, Eddie Heath said the woman punched him in the mouth at a home in the 100 block of Walker Street at about 1:30 a.m. When he tried to walk away, she stabbed him in the back with a small kitchen knife - one of two she had brought to the home - then ran from the scene, the report said.

A deputy noted a 2-inch gash on Mr. Heath's back. The deputy was unable to find the woman in the surrounding area.

Waffle House worker threatened, robbed

A Waffle House employee told police she was robbed Sunday morning while taking out trash.

She said she was grabbed from behind at about 8:45 a.m. behind the business at 3417 Wrightsboro Road, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Thomas Johnson said. A man threatened to kill her before grabbing cash from her uniform pocket, the investigator said.

The robber drove off in a dark-colored Ford or Honda with a South Carolina license tag. He was wearing dark clothing and a plaid shirt.

Anyone with information about the incident can call (706) 821-1080.

Nature park will hold Eco Camp for pupils

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will have an Eco Camp for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders today through June 16.

The cost is $125 for Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy members and $150 for nonmembers, and it includes lunch each day. Call (706) 828-2109 to register.

Memorial marker to be dedicated at fort

A Blue Star Memorial Marker will be dedicated at Fort Gordon on Wednesday.

The ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Freedom Park on Rice Road.

The marker is dedicated to the honor of the men and women who have served, are now serving or will serve in the armed forces. The marker will be at Gate 1, off Gordon Highway, near the guardhouse.