Originally created 07/08/06

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Suspect in rape is denied bond

A 46-year-old Aiken man accused of raping one woman and suspected of sexually assaulting another was denied bond Friday.

Atheanis K. Elliott, of the 200 block of Willow Run Road, was arrested Thursday evening and charged with attacking a 48-year-old woman on the Fourth of July.

Mr. Elliot is facing charges of burglary, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Aiken County sheriff's investigators said a man entered the woman's home on Old Wagener Road just before 4 a.m., punched her several times in the face, assaulted her and stole money.

Mr. Elliot was linked to the crime when investigators entered the DNA from the attack and matched it to him.

He is also suspected of raping a 65-year-old woman late last month, less than a quarter of a mile from the attack this week.

Day care left 8-year-old at wall, officer says

An Aiken day care center could be the subject of a complaint after police officers found one of its charges left alone at the unveiling of the traveling Vietnam memorial wall Thursday.

According to a police report from the Aiken Department of Public Safety, an off-duty officer was asked by an 8-year-old boy for help in finding his day care teachers, who had taken him and other children to the wall on a field trip.

When officials at the Building Blocks Day care were called, they told dispatchers that they did not know the child was missing, according to the report.

The off-duty officer returned the child to the day care center and called the boy's mother. The report states that a copy will be sent to the Department of Social Services' state licensing board.

Former PTA president gets probation, fine

A former Glenn Hills Middle School Parent-Teacher Association president was sentenced to probation Friday after she was accused of funneling money from the organization for her personal use.

Judge William M. Fleming Jr. sentenced Monica Natevia King to 10 years on probation and a $1,000 fine.

Ms. King was accused by police of writing more than $10,000 in checks for personal benefit from the PTA's account.

17-year-old is charged in apartment shooting

A man who was wanted by authorities for his involvement in a shooting on the 2400 block of Bahama Drive on Tuesday has been arrested.

Darion Antonio McNair, 17, of the 2500 block of Drayton Drive, was arrested Friday morning on six felony counts of aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.

Mr. McNair is accused of firing shots toward people on the balcony of an apartment.

Man forces cigarette, cash from woman

A man armed with a knife forced a woman to surrender her cash and a cigarette Thursday afternoon, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The woman told deputies that she was walking down Franklin Lane at 5 p.m. when two men approached her and asked for a cigarette. When she refused, the woman said, one of the men pulled out a hunting knife and forced her to give the cigarette, along with $20, to the other man.

Attempt to light gas nozzle leads to prison

A Richmond County Superior Court judge sentenced a man accused of attempting to set a gasoline nozzle on fire to prison Friday.

Judge William M. Fleming Jr. sentenced Levi Ross Heggs, 48, to four years in prison after pleading guilty to attempting to commit arson in the third degree.

According to the indictment, he was accused of attempting to set the nozzle attached to the gas pump on fire in October 2005 at the Circle K station in the 1700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

School rooms broken into; items are moved

Two classrooms in A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School were broken into Thursday.

A Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states that glass was broken out of two windows in the Health Science Lab, a window on the main hallway and the door of another classroom. Four computers and two projectors were taken from one of the classrooms and left in the lab. A computer monitor and two computer processors were found outside.

Reporting deputies who investigated the scene found that the wires were cut on the security cameras in the main and back hallways, and that a door leading to the courtyard was propped open with a ball of paper.

Disabled woman says medication was stolen

Prescription medications and syringes were stolen out of the home of a disabled woman Tuesday.

The woman told Richmond County Sheriff's deputies Thursday that someone took a bag containing a variety of medications, including Hydrocodone and Valium. According to the report, the thief also stole the woman's Social Security check.

The woman said she was home at the time of the incident, but was under the influence of a substance.

Police charge man with hitting wife

A man accused of hitting his wife during a fight about their 5-year-old son was arrested, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

James Farmer, 46, of the 900 block of Greene Street, was charged with battery, accused of hitting his wife with a metal pipe.

He is also charged with putting his child in danger.

Augusta NAACP will hold political forum

The Augusta branch of the NAACP will hold a Community Town Hall Political Action Forum. The forum will be at the Henry Brigham Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Candidates running for the Georgia House and Senate are invited.

The event will cover topics such as education, voter empowerment, voter participation, community concerns, politics, health and Medicare Part D. Candidates will present their political platform at this time.

The forum is open to the public and will include a voter registration and a membership drive for the branch. For information, call (706) 724-0390.

- From staff reports