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Police seek man in apartment shooting

Police are looking for a man suspected in a Thursday night shooting at Cedar Village Apartments on Windsor Spring Road.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's dispatcher, one person was shot about 9:30 p.m. and taken to a local hospital. The dispatcher did not know the extent of the injuries or gender of the victim late Thursday.

Sex offender accused of following teenager

Police have arrested a registered sex offender accused of inappropriately touching himself as he followed a 16-year-old on her way to school.

Robert Lee Bennefield, 43, of Augusta, has been charged with public indecency, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Charles Mulherin. A parent witnessed Mr. Bennefield driving closely behind the Butler High School student on Lumpkin Road around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, said Richmond County School System Lt. Richard Roundtree.

Mr. Bennefield was convicted of rape in 1993 and served nearly three years in prison, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records.

Aiken man arrested in fatal Aug. 12 shooting

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrested another person Thursday in an Aug. 12 incident in which a 16-year-old was fatally shot at a mobile home park.

Sammie Leon Smith, 33, of the 200 block of Wadley Drive, Aiken, was charged with assault with intent to kill and unlawful possession of a handgun, said Aiken County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Myers. Although police say Mr. Smith didn't injure anyone, he is accused of firing the first shot in the incident at T and S Trailer Park.

More than a week ago, Akia Raziel Jordan, 17, was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of James Collins of Aiken.

Sgt. Myers said Mr. Smith was hurt in the shooting and was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. He was taken to the Aiken County Detention Center and released on bond.

Man accused of sexual misconduct surrenders

An Edgefield man authorities wanted on a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a 5-year-old turned himself in within hours of information being released via media outlets Wednesday. Johnnie Lee Snodgrass, 42, surrendered at the Edgefield County Detention Center at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Two men are wanted for robbing barber shop

Police are looking for two men who held up La Nay Nay's Barber Shop at 2919 Peach Orchard Road on Thursday.

The two men entered the barber shop about 11 a.m. and fired one shot from a shotgun. The men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, said Richmond County Sgt. Blaise Dresser.

Police saw the men as they jumped into a burgundy Toyota Tercel. The two robbers were chased until the driver lost control and wrecked the vehicle. The men ran away, Sgt. Dresser said.