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Police seek robber of Laney Walker business

Police late Monday were still seeking an armed man in connection with an armed robbery at a Laney Walker business earier in the day.

At about 11: 40 a.m., a robber entered Family Dollar, 825 Laney Walker Boulevard and demanded cash from a store manager, said Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles.

The manager was reportedly walking to his car when the robber approached him with a gun and demanded the money.

Anyone with information leading to an arrest should call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

Another wall of honor advances

An Augusta Commission committee approved a request from the Richmond County Historical Society on Monday to build another wall honoring veterans at Riverwalk.

The city would contribute $20,000 to build a low curving wall with bronze markers facing the existing Heroes' Overlook if the plan is approved by the full commission next month.

Man reports assault, robbery at apartment

A 30-year-old Augusta man was attacked and robbed inside his Sanctuary Drive apartment Monday morning, according to a police report.

The victim said two men in black masks knocked on his front door and rushed toward him as he answered it, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. One of the men struck the victim in the face and fired gunshots inside the room, the report said. The suspects took about $3,500 in jewelry.

Head of bank robbery crew gets 137 years

The leader of a bank robbery crew in the Augusta area was sentenced Monday to 137 years in prison.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge William T. Moore Jr. sentenced Adrian Branham to the prison term to be served without the possibility of parole.

Federal agents charged him and three other South Carolina men who robbed at least five banks in South Carolina and one each in Augusta, Martinez and Evans in the spring of 2006.

In addition to Mr. Branham, the judge sentenced Vincent Savageau to 248 months in prison; Demetrius T. Freeman to 260 months in prison; and Isaac Doby to 128 months in prison.

Evans to Locks will close for road work

Evans to Locks Road at its intersection with Washington Road in Evans will be temporarily closed today through Oct. 16 as road realignment work is conducted.

The closure will prevent any entry or exit off Evans to Locks Road at Washington Road, according to a Columbia County government news release.

Meanwhile, Evans to Locks Road at its intersection with Evans Town Center Boulevard will remain open for traffic headed to businesses on the extreme western end of Evans to Locks.

The closure will allow for a realignment of Evans to Locks at Washington Road as part of the Home Depot development project. The work also will include installing a new traffic signal at the realigned intersection.

Series of burglaries occurs on Walton Way

Richmond County sheriff's investigators are searching for suspects in a series of burglaries near Walton Way.

Lt. Tony Walden said between Friday night and Saturday morning someone broke into a home on Montpellier Drive and stole about $4,000 worth of electronics and other items.

About the same time, two cars were stolen from separate homes on the same road.

A block away, on Candace Drive, someone stole items from the carports of two homes, including a set of golf clubs valued at more than $1,500 and a bicycle, Lt. Walden said.

On nearby Orleans Place, various items were stolen out of cars parked at three homes.

Lt. Walden said the timing of the robberies and their proximity to each other leads police to believe they were committed by the same person or people. Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Same man suspected in two bank robberies

Authorities say they suspect the same man is responsible for bank robberies in North Augusta and Augusta this month, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety press release.

The suspect entered Bank of America, at 441 West Martintown Road, on Sept. 11 and passed a note to the clerk demanding money.

On Friday, a man fitting the description of the suspect in the North Augusta robbery entered the Bank of America on Walton Way and also presented a robbery note. The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds.

Anyone with information can contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080 or North Augusta Department of Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.

Nominee for judge's position declines

One of eight potential contenders to replace retiring Superior Court Judge Neal W. Dickert will not be applying.

Timothy S. Mirshak wrote to the Judicial Nominating Commission on Monday to let commissioners know that he would not submit an application, although he said he was honored to be nominated.

The commission will evaluate the remaining nominees and compose a short list of candidates for the governor's consideration. Judge Dickert is retiring Nov. 1.

Mayor's breakfast starts at 8 a.m. today

Mayor Deke Copenhaver will be joined by Dr. Gregory Young and Matt Aiken at his prayer breakfast today at Trinity On the Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

The breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. For more information, call the mayor's assistant, Karyn Nixon, at (706) 821-1833 or e-mail

Public's input sought in nuclear contracts

Contracting agencies and the public can comment on the National Nuclear Security Administration's contracting structure for nuclear weapons complexes.

The NNSA oversees eight nuclear weapons complex sights. It is evaluating alternatives to current contract arrangements.

Comments can be posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site at

Enjoy Fort Discovery for free with card

Fort Discovery will participate in "Museum Day," presented by Smithsonian magazine and Hyundai Motor America on Saturday.

Museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge.

Visitors must present Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry. The card is available in the September issue of Smithsonian magazine and on the Museum Day Web site at

- From staff reports

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Inkjet 09/25/07 - 06:39 am
What's with all these

What's with all these robberies this time of year, it's not even Christmas season! Doesn't anyone work for a living anymore?

patriciathomas 09/25/07 - 06:55 am
Halloween shopping?

Halloween shopping?

Tater 09/25/07 - 06:57 am
I would be willing to bet it

I would be willing to bet it will be some lazy person who doesn't want to work because they are getting a gov. check. They have too much time on their hands, get bored, go rob people for fun. Some of you might think my comments are wrong but would you bet against me.

cottontop 09/25/07 - 08:09 am
The price of drugs must have

The price of drugs must have gone up.

charles yonce
charles yonce 09/25/07 - 09:57 am
that's what i say inkjet. if

that's what i say inkjet. if you look in the paper and on the internet there are hundreds if not thousands of jobs.why rob someone and go to prison for a few dollars? build more prisons,put this trash here for a long, long time and forget them.when the word gets out that they will be gone a long time, maybe they will try working. until then who cares about this riff raff?

Inkjet 09/25/07 - 09:13 pm
Stiffer penalties for these

Stiffer penalties for these crimes wouldn't hurt either, popkorn!

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