Man arrested for convenience store robberies
A man wanted for convenience-store robberies in Columbia and Richmond counties was arrested early Thursday.
Khatrell Rashon Harris, 21, of Bald Eagle Way in Rivervdale, Ga., was arrested in Richmond County and was charged with three counts of armed robbery, robbery by force, aggravated battery, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He’s being held in the Richmond County jail without bond, according to jail records.
He’s also wanted in Columbia County for armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Harris is one of two men accused of using a handgun to rob the Fuel Express on Jimmie Dyess Parkway near Interstate 20 on Feb. 8. Harris and another man pointed semi-automatic pistols at the cashier and demanded money, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The cashier gave the men cash, and they ran out the front doors.
Harris also is a suspect in at least one armed robbery in Richmond County, the Feb. 7 robbery of the BP station on Gordon Highway in Augusta.
Admitted child molester gets prison sentence
A Grovetown man who admitting molesting two teen girls was sentenced to prison Wednesday.
At a sentencing hearing in Columbia County, Landon “Dock” Norman III, 41, pled guilty to first degree cruelty to children, enticing a child for indecent purposes, child molestation and criminal attempt to influence a witness. Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Norman to 15 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation and a $1,500 fine.
Overstreet also sentenced Juliana Erin Key, 31, of Augusta, to a year on probation under the First Offender Act after he pled guilty to attempting to intimidate a witness.
Norman admitted inappropriately touching a then-16-year-old girl in early 2010. She initially recanted, but then cooperated after the second victim went to authorities.
He also admitted an encounter with a 14-year-old girl in his car at Riverside Park in June 2011. The acts, in which District Attorney Rex Myers said the girl was a willing participant, include touching and oral sex. Norman and the girl knew each other from the park, where his son and her brother played baseball.
Norman and the teen also carried on a sexually explicit relationship on Facebook and exchanged nude photos.
After his October 2011 arrest, Myers said Norman enlisted the help of Key and a fellow inmate at the Columbia County Detention Center to intimidate the victim and possibly vandalize her home to get her to change her story. The inmate told jailers, and Key was arrested in December 2011.
Norman had been held in the jail without bond since his arrest. He was initially charged with several sex charges, including aggravated sodomy, child molestation, aggravated child molestation, sexual battery and electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Cellphone gives away burglary
A Martinez man called authorities Tuesday after realizing a burglar had been inside his home while he and his family slept the previous night.
The 36-year-old man said he locked all the doors of this Maywood Drive home before going to bed at about 10 p.m. Monday. At about 1:30 a.m., his wife got up to let the dog out and found his cellphone on the ground just outside the back door. Thinking her husband dropped it the night before, she brought the phone back inside.
When she told him Tuesday morning about finding the phone, he said he knew something was wrong because he put the phone in the charger before bed. He also discovered his wallet and his wife’s purse were missing.
Mechanic paid with fake money
A Martinez mechanic told deputies Tuesday that a customer paid him with fake $100 bills.
The 30-year-old mechanic said he painted and fixed two vehicles for a man who paid him $1,000 cash some time after Nov. 1. The mechanic said a few days later, he noticed some of the money didn’t look right and after talking with a friend, he confirmed all except one $100 bill was fake.
The mechanic called the man and said he knew the money was fake. The man said the mechanic had better not contact him again or “he would come for him.”
The mechanic spent some of the money before learning the bills were fake. He gave the remaining $460 to deputies.