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Father missing since Thursday

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are seeking help in finding a missing Augustan who has Alzheimer's disease.

Marshall Gregory, 67, has been missing since 2 a.m. Thursday. He was last seen wearing a pink-and-burgundy, striped shirt, dark jeans and red-and-black tennis shoes, Investigator Paul Evans said.

Mr. Gregory has gone missing at least nine times, most recently two weeks ago, and tries to go back to Daphne, S.C., where he used to live, Investigator Evans said.

The missing man, who now lives with his daughter, was last seen in his apartment in the 3200 block of Heritage Circle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Evans or any violent crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020 or (706) 821-1080.

Pharmacy technician faces drug charges

Richmond County's narcotics team executed a search warrant Thursday, arresting two people, including a pharmacy technician, on drug and weapon charges.

Natasha Denise Watson, 25, and Milton Thomas Trimble, 35, were arrested at their home in the 3600 block of Elliot Boulevard in Augusta at about 12:30 p.m., according to jail records. Both were charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute, possession of hydrocodone and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Mr. Trimble was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

During the search, officers found 100 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of crack cocaine, eight ecstasy pills, a bottle of Percocet pills, a .32 caliber handgun and a .22 caliber handgun, sheriff's office reports said.

Investigator Daniel Stenger said that Ms. Watson is a pharmacy technician at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

Arson suspected in fires at two churches

Authorities believe arson was the cause of two fires that destroyed churches in Washington County.

The churches - Mount Sinai AME Church and Holy Springs Baptist Church - were burned Thursday, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine said.

Windows of a third church in the county were damaged by a shotgun, Mr. Oxendine said.

His office is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the fires. Tipsters can call the arson hot line at (800) 282-5804.

Two arrested in theft of steel catwalk

Deputies arrested two men after a stainless steel catwalk was stolen from a business on Slayton Street, Richmond County Sheriff's Office Investigator Tim Owen said.

Dennis Harris, 49, loaded an 8- to 10-foot catwalk into the back of a truck at 6 a.m. Friday, but it fell out when he made a turn, Investigator Owen said. The man drew the attention of a road patrol deputy.

Deputies charged Mr. Harris with burglary, giving a false name and an outstanding warrant.

Gregory Smalley, 40, also was arrested, the investigator said. He was charged with obstruction, accused of lying to investigators.

16-year-olds charged with robbery by force

Two juveniles have been charged in Wednesday's robbery of the Thriftee Grocery Store on Sand Bar Ferry Road.

Police charged each of the youths, both 16, with one count of robbery by force.

Their names are being withheld because they are being charged as juveniles, Richmond County Sgt. Richard Roundtree said.

The teens are accused of entering the store at about 8:55 a.m. and throwing the owner and his wife to the floor. One of the them is believed to have choked the woman almost to the point of unconsciousness.

Men sought in check fraud investigation

Richmond County investigators are searching for two men they believe passed fraudulent checks at area banks.

Erik J. Brown, 28, of the 2000 block of Gordon Highway, and Jonathan Edward Moore, 34, of Johnston, S.C., are wanted in separate incidents dating to May, according to Investigator Shane McDaniel.

Anyone with information on either man is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Man exposes himself at Department of Labor

A man exposed himself inside the offices of the Department of Labor on Greene Street on Wednesday morning, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The man motioned a woman over to where he was sitting, the report said. When she walked over to him, he had his shirt raised and his pants unzipped.

He then left the office.

Keyboard is stolen from school overnight

Someone broke a window at Immaculate Conception and stole from the school, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The intruder got in by breaking a window and took a Casio keyboard valued at $250, the report said. The incident occurred between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

History of McDuffie will be presented

"The Life and Times of Gov. George McDuffie" will be presented at the July 8 meeting of the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society.

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. at the Lynch Building annex of the Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield.

George McDuffie, one of Edgefield, S.C.'s "Ten Governors," was born Aug. 10, 1790, in Columbia County. He became a member of the South Carolina House in 1818 and was elected to the U.S. House in 1820. He served as governor from 1834 to 1836, according to the society.

Bronze Star recipient will address meeting

Dr. Richard Jadick, who was awarded a Bronze Star for his service in the Iraq war and who was featured on the cover of Newsweek in March, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday during the Committee for Good Government meeting at the Julian Smith Barbecue Pit.

For more information, call (706) 267-9099.

- From staff and wire reports