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Police seek suspect in man's fatal shooting

Police are looking for a suspect considered armed and dangerous who they believe fatally shot one man and wounded two others early Saturday morning.

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for Nicholas Nathaniel Johnson, 20, of the 3100 block of Bellmeade Drive, who is charged with murder, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, said Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew.

At 3:25 a.m., police say Mr. Johnson fatally shot Tremayne Markis Cobbs, 20, in the parking lot of Econo Lodge in the 2000 block of Gordon Highway.

Witnesses said the men had been arguing when more than 10 shots were fired into a silver Chevrolet Suburban.

Two other victims, Exzavius Bray, 16, and Danvanqwez Burley, 19, were shot in their legs, Sgt. Chew said. Both were released from the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics on Saturday.

Police have obtained surveillance video that could identify other suspects. Anyone with information about Mr. Johnson's whereabouts can contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

Domestic argument led to mall incident

An argument between a man and the mother of his child led to Friday's incident at Augusta Mall's parking lot in which several people were hit by a car.

Keith Lavelle Varner Jr., 19, is charged with four counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated assault family violence after police say he ran into the mother of his child, their 6-month-old baby and four other people about 9 p.m. Friday night, Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew said.

Mr. Varner was arguing with his child's mother, Reneshia Williams, outside the mall when he saw her walk out of the building.

Mr. Varner backed up his vehicle and rammed into Ms. Williams, their child and the others. They were transported to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics, Sgt. Chew said. Ms. Williams and her infant were not injured, but the other four were treated for cuts, bruises and possibly a broken hip.

Mr. Varner is in the Richmond County jail without bond.

Goodwill hopes for donations after fire

Goodwill officials say they hope by Wednesday to reopen an Aiken donation facility damaged by fire Friday night.

No one was injured, but more than 20,000 items of clothing and household items were lost after the fire broke out about 7 p.m. at the Whiskey Road Emporium, a press statement said.

Tax deductible monetary donations can be mailed to: Goodwill Works Foundation at PO Box 212668; Augusta, GA 30917, or call (706) 564-4521. CSRA donation locations:

- Aiken: Goodwill Emporium, 1400 Whiskey Road, (803) 644-4601

- Augusta: Goodwill Emporium, 3120 Peach Orchard Road, (706) 790-3800

- Goodwill Donation Center; 3021 River Watch Parkway, Suite E, (706) 650-5760

- Goodwill Donation Truck; Augusta Exchange Shopping Center (Next to Target, in front of Circuit City)

- Martinez: Goodwill Emporium, 4047 Washington Road, (706) 855-8559

Man claims 3 people robbed him at motel

Aiken authorities are seeking three people after a man reported being robbed at the Econo Lodge, 3560 Richland Ave. West.

According to the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the robbery took place about 3:45 p.m.

The victim said he was in his motel room when he was approached by a white female and two black males. As the three entered the room, they closed the door behind them. One man put a handgun to the victim's head and he was robbed of cash, a cell phone, a .40-caliber Ruger pistol and several pairs of shoes.

The robbers left in two vehicles. The first is described as a 1991 Toyota Camry with South Carolina tag CSH914. The second vehicle is believed to be a dark blue car similar in shape and size to a Ford Crown Victoria.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Aiken Public Safety at (803) 642-7620. Callers can call the tip line at (642) 7799. Callers may also call Crime stoppers of the midlands at 1-888 CRIME-SC and remain anonymous. Callers may be eligible for a cash reward of $50-$1,000.

Teacher from Colquitt County is recognized

A Colquitt County educator has been named Georgia's Teacher of the Year.

Gwen Desselle, a teacher for 32 years, was honored Friday by state officials at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. One of the 10 finalists was Michele Rigsby, a BelAir Elementary School teacher in Columbia County.

Ms. Desselle, a high school social studies teacher, will spend the next school year traveling the state, speaking about her profession and conducting workshops for educators.

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Nero 05/17/09 - 02:43 am
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"Mr. Varner was arguing with

"Mr. Varner was arguing with his child's mother, Reneshia Williams, outside the mall when he saw her walk out of the building." Huh? Now which one was it? Were they arguing via cell phone?

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colcamp1 05/17/09 - 06:29 am
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What a damn idiot. Not only

What a damn idiot. Not only do you attempt to murder your child's Mother but you also attempted to murder your child and 4 innocent bystanders. This should be 6 counts of attempted murder.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/17/09 - 06:35 am
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Tremayne, Exzavius, and

Tremayne, Exzavius, and Danvanqwez was shot @ 3:25am while in the EconoLodge parking lot. What you recon day be wuz doing?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/17/09 - 06:38 am
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Being 19 is no excuse for

Being 19 is no excuse for this behavior. Keith Varner needs to be remove from society for an extended period. A severe training camp seems to be required also. What a [filtered word]punk.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/17/09 - 06:40 am
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EconoLodge sure gets a lot of

EconoLodge sure gets a lot of free advertising on this site.

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emanuelgeech 05/17/09 - 09:02 am
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Dey wuz to de econolodge

Dey wuz to de econolodge looking for de soda machine, had a jones for a scrawberry soda. Dem's good homeys, no reason for dem to be shot.

areyoukidding
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areyoukidding 05/17/09 - 09:48 am
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So does PT and emanuelgeech -

So does PT and emanuelgeech - removed from society for and extended period (at least from decent and civilied society)

colcamp1
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colcamp1 05/17/09 - 09:55 am
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EMANUEL was that some type of

EMANUEL was that some type of attempt at humor or the byproduct of inbreeding?

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humbleopinion 05/17/09 - 11:10 am
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As for the EconoLodge robbery

As for the EconoLodge robbery in Aiken, what is the rest of the story? Had the guy called for an escort and when he let her in her boys followed for the robbery....or was he sitting with his door open for no reason.....or was it a drug deal gone bad? There is much more to this story than we're hearing, that's for sure.

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FallingLeaves 05/17/09 - 11:57 am
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I wonder if Calvin Holland

I wonder if Calvin Holland noticed the address of the murderer they're looking for is right around the corner from his house. Is that the house on Bellemeade Drive the guys were always just hanging out on the carport all the time, watching all their neighbors comings and goings? So glad I don't live in that area anymore. So many murders, drug use and selling, gunfire, going on within a 2 mile radius of that neighborhood. It's just not normal to have all that going on in subdivisions. Let's not address that, though, lets just make sure we have beautiful entrances and speed bumps. (that's sarcasm, by the way).

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Good Times 05/17/09 - 12:15 pm
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HA!!!! Good one colcamp1. PT

HA!!!! Good one colcamp1. PT and the others spew their prejudice, ignorant, racist and cowardly views on a blog. Cawards hide behind blogs.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 05/17/09 - 12:18 pm
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Cawards?

Cawards?

Good Times
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Good Times 05/17/09 - 12:20 pm
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cowards. u know what I meant.

cowards. u know what I meant. guess you will make something of the misspelling now baroness.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 05/17/09 - 07:07 pm
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"Two other victims, Exzavius

"Two other victims, Exzavius Bray, 16, and Danvanqwez Burley, 19, were shot in their legs". Why was the 16 year old out in the parking lot of the hotel at 3:25am and not at home with his parent/ guardian? Probably gang/ drug activity. "Live by the sword, die by the sword."

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 05/17/09 - 07:20 pm
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By the way, since when does

By the way, since when does money exempt you from the law? The McKnight family repeatedly uses the ASU property for personal gain and they even closed a public road for a wedding this weekend. I know they had music blasting from a band until after midnight last night. Yet if you talk to local officers they just say, "Well that is the McKnight family, I am not saying anything to THEM". Spring Break they had underage drinking at a party but RCSO refused to do anything about it. The law is the law regardless of wealth and political contributions.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 05/17/09 - 07:22 pm
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I hope I get treated the same

I hope I get treated the same way next time I have a party at my house.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 05/17/09 - 07:59 pm
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no, Good Times, not making

no, Good Times, not making anything of it, I do typos more than often enough to keep me humble.

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