Originally created 11/27/06

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Man sought in armed robbery

North Augusta authorities are looking for a man last seen running from the scene of an armed robbery and subsequent chase.

Police said the unknown man was the passenger in a Suzuki Grand Vitari involved in an armed robbery Friday night.

At about 9 p.m., police were called to Zaxby's restaurant, 1671 Knox Ave., after a manager said two men demanded an employee hand over money from a cash register. After another employee responded to the ruckus, one of the robbers pointed a silver handgun at her, a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report stated.

Police then pursued the SUV down Martintown Road toward Augusta, the report said.

Richmond County sheriff's deputies took over the chase and stopped the vehicle at Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway, police said.

A 16-year-old boy who was driving was arrested, police said. The passenger escaped.

Anti-violence prayer rally set for December

An anti-violence prayer rally has been scheduled for next month in Augusta.

The "Stop the Violence" campaign will continue the group's 40 days of prayer and fasting as a formal way of protesting slayings and gun violence that have occurred in the area this year, according to Frank Johnson, the president of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc.

The rally is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Second New Hope Baptist Church, 1035 10th St.

For more information, call (706) 737-4747.

Veterans benefits event set for Dec. 7

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service will hold its 41st annual "Supermarket of Veterans Benefits" on Dec. 7 in Augusta, the agency said.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Georgia National Guard Armory, 88 Milledge Road, next to Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The event, started in 1966, will have representatives from federal, state and local agencies on hand to help veterans and their families with benefits, including medical care, disability compensation, pensions, burial, education benefits, home mortgages and small-business loans.



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