Originally created 08/04/06

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Two men sought in burglary, gun theft

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for two men for questioning in the burglary and theft of guns from a west Augusta dealer.

Lt. C.A. Tony Walden said Thursday that authorities are looking for Derrick Stubbs II, 19, and Erique Davis, 19, both with a last known address in the 2800 block of Glenn Hills Circle.

Someone broke into Shooters, off Washington Road near Patriots Way, on July 27 and July 28. Five guns were taken in the first burglary; 20 were taken in the second incident.

Already arrested were John Henry Moss, who was charged with burglary; and Julius Bussey, who showed up to perform community service at Diamond Lakes Park on Monday with one of the stolen guns in his book bag, the lieutenant said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Stubbs or Mr. Davis can call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

Deputies seek man in burglary in Hephzibah

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man in connection with a Hephzibah burglary.

Investigator Horace Anderson said Joseph Crawford was identified by a witness as one of several people leaving a home that had been burglarized in the 2000 block of Story Mill Estates Drive on July 25. Several weapons were taken.

Anyone with information about Mr. Crawford's whereabouts can call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1020 or (706) 821-1080

Three arrested in man's death


Three men were in custody Thursday night in connection with the July 26 shooting death of Mickel Ian Mosley of Gaffney, S.C.


Mr. Mosley's body was found in the Savannah River at the base of the Lock and Dam near Augusta Regional Airport. He had been shot in the head.


In custody are: Kelly Roberts, 28, and Demetric Lamont Twitty, 31, both of Gaffney; and Woodrow Wilson Garner Jr., 27, of Spartanburg, S.C.


Mr. Roberts is being held at the Edgefield County Jail, pending extradition. Mr. Garner is being held at the Spartanburg County Jail and Mr. Twitty is being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center.


Mr. Mosley's mother, Jackie Mosley Fowler, said her son was a student at the University of South Carolina Upstate and lived in Spartanburg.

Two arrested after subdivision shooting


Two men are in custody after a shooting Thursday night on Scenic Drive.


Frankie Quale, 28, of the 3100 block of Scenic Drive, and Sean Cowan, 31, of Woodcrest Apartments, were both at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Richmond County Sheriff's Investigator Brandon Beckman said.


Mr. Quale is charged with aggravated assault, and Mr. Cowan is charged with felony battery. More charges are pending.


The shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. at a residence in the Valley Park subdivision.


According to Investigator Beckman, Mr. Cowan went over to Mr. Quale's residence and an argument ensued. The two fought and Mr. Quale shot Mr. Cowan with a .40-caliber handgun in the right thigh.


The two will be booked into jail on their release from the hospital, Investigator Beckman said.


Mr. Quale was in good condition late Thursday; no information was available on Mr. Cowan, an MCG spokeswoman said.

High of 101 ties record

The high temperature tied the record Thursday at Augusta Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

A high of 101 - nine degrees above normal - was recorded at 3:41 p.m. at the airport, the weather service said. The record of 101 was set in 1953.

The weather service is forecasting a near 100-degree high today. The record for Aug. 4 is 103, set in 1954.

Woman gets $12,000 in account by mistake

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman whose checking account was mistakenly credited with a large amount of money by her employer.

Monica Nicole Jackson is wanted for felony theft of mislaid property, said Investigator Michael Shane McDaniel.

He said that on Thursday, University Extended Care Westwood's payroll department mistakenly deposited $12,595.51 into her credit union account, and Ms. Jackson withdrew all of the money from the account at 10:48 a.m.

Investigator McDaniel said she refused to pay back the money after the sheriff's office and bank called, and hung up on the investigator.

Anyone with information about Ms. Jackson's whereabouts can call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1020 or (706) 821-1080.

Man is sent to prison in death of toddler

A Grovetown man will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday in the October death of a toddler.

Morris Edward Perkins, 59, of Eisenview Drive, pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. Superior Court Judge William M. Fleming Jr. sentenced Mr. Perkins to five years in prison, followed by five years' probation, $2,000 in fines and 260 hours of community service.

Police say Mr. Perkins was driving under the influence Oct. 11 on Interstate 20 when he struck a stalled vehicle, killing 18-month-old Taylor Brooklyn Hegre. The toddler was inside the vehicle as the child's mother, Casey Hegre, of Dodge Lane in Grovetown, was trying to move the car onto the shoulder.

Seventh person held in shooting at store

A seventh person was arrested in connection with a July 3 shooting outside a south Augusta convenience store.

Cordero Rodriguez Dunn, 19, of the 2300 block of Barton Chapel Road, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault Tuesday, said Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Jimmy Young.

Mr. Dunn fired shots during a gang-related altercation outside the Circle K on Tobacco Road, Lt. Young said.

During the shooting spree, 18-year-old Nyeshia Gant was wounded by a stray bullet, while sitting in a vehicle outside the store.

Clothing store robbed by gun-wielding man

A Hephzibah clothing store was robbed Wednesday by a man with a handgun, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The man entered A-Town Styles in the 3000 block of Tobacco Road and took several clothing items to the counter, then pulled out a handgun and demanded money.

When the man put his weapon away, the store employee tried to grab the man, but the robber got away with about $200 in clothing and accessories.

Man reports attack, robbery at restaurant

An 87-year-old Madison, Ga., man told Columbia County deputies he was attacked and robbed Thursday at a Martinez restaurant.

Curtis Estes said he was attacked from behind in the restroom of Golden Corral on Bobby Jones Expressway about 3:15 p.m., Capt. Steve Morris wrote in an e-mail.

Mr. Estes told police he never saw his attacker and that money was taken from his wallet. He was not injured, the e-mail said.

Fire starts in yard, spreads to house

A fire ignited in the backyard of an Augusta home Wednesday and spread to the exterior of the house before it was doused, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

Flames erupted from a container holding clothes and tools in the backyard of Thelma Sweetenberg's home in the 1000 block of Miller Street, according to the report.

The fire then spread to the yellow, aluminum siding of the house, causing more than $500 in damages, the report said.

Ms. Sweetenberg's grandson said he saw a juvenile running away from the yard, according to the report.

Man catches car thief in his own driveway

A 45-year-old man caught someone stealing a vehicle from his driveway Thursday morning, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report.

When he left his McKenzie Street home, Stanley Hill saw a man backing his vehicle away from the house. When the man saw Mr. Hill, he jumped out of the moving vehicle and ran.

The driverless vehicle rolled across the street and hit another vehicle.

The man had started the vehicle by breaking into the steering column, the report said.

Jailer charged with assaulting his wife

A Richmond County sheriff's jailer remained behind bars Thursday while facing battery charges involving his wife.

Donell Jerome Weatherspoon, 39, of Big Dipper Circle in Hephzibah, was arrested Wednesday and charged with assaulting his wife, Christine Weatherspoon, 48.

An argument over a cellular phone prompted Monday's incident, a police report stated. Mrs. Weatherspoon had a bruise on her stomach, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tess Alexander-Brunson.

Mr. Weatherspoon has been employed as a jailer since December 2000, she said.

Mr. Weatherspoon is suspended without pay until his case comes before a Sheriff's Review Board.

Aiken man reports assault, robbery

A 28-year-old Aiken man told police he was assaulted and robbed Wednesday night on Greenville Street.

The man said he was walking to his Crosland Park home when three men in a green Chevrolet Lumina stopped and asked for directions, according to a report from the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Two of the men got out of the car and grabbed him, he told police, and he ran but they caught up with him.

The man said he was beaten and kicked. The men took $300 from his pockets, he told police.

He was treated at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Magnet school will hold orientation

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School will hold orientation next week.

Orientation for sixth-graders will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and for seventh-through 12th-graders from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Also Thursday, Advanced Placement students will meet from 4:45 until 5:45 p.m.

All of the meetings will be held in the school's theater.

Elections meeting is rescheduled in Aiken

The Aiken County Registration and Elections Commission meeting has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Registration and Elections office, 916 Vaucluse Road. For more information, call (803) 642-2028.

Fort's band lending hand in New Orleans

Fort Gordon's U.S. Army Signal Corps Band spent a week in New Orleans, performing public concerts and helping a school get ready for classes.

The band is helping St. Mary's Academy, a traditionally black Catholic high school founded in the 19th century, by moving furniture and books, and cleaning the building.

The band also performed at the school, which was hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina. Other concerts were held at the Washington Artillery Park and the D-Day Museum.

The band will perform today at the Jazz History Museum and Woldenberg Park.

- From staff reports

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