Third burglary suspect arrested
Richmond County authorities arrested a third burglary suspect who had been sought during a manhunt in an Evans neighborhood last week.
Terrance Demetrice Parks, 23, known as "Bear," was arrested Wednesday in Augusta on drug charges and was being held in the Richmond County jail for other law enforcement agencies.
Columbia County authorities identified Parks, of Appling, as one of three men who fled from deputies called to the scene of a suspicious vehicle cruising a suburban neighborhood on April 15.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle, which led them on a brief pursuit before the driver abandoned the SUV on Woodruff Court. The three occupants fled.
Maurice Crawford, 30, of Evans, was immediately taken into custody. Timothy Ware, 25, of Evans, later was found hiding under a house in the Rivershyre subdivision, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. A third suspect, later identified as Parks, remained at large.
Police determined items found in the SUV, including a flat-screen television, were stolen from a home in the 4000 block of Mullikin Road.
After his arrest, Crawford led police to the home he said that he, Ware and Parks had burglarized prior to the chase. The homeowner told police two flat-screen televisions, two video game consoles, a .45-caliber handgun and ammunition magazines were missing.
Grovetown man, 26, killed in wreck
A Grovetown man died Monday evening in a single-vehicle wreck in Appling.
Eric Franklin Dunn, 26, of Barbara Street, lost control of the Kia Sephia he was driving on Cobbham Road just after 7 p.m., according to a report from the sheriff's office.
Dunn was driving north near Mistletoe Road when the sedan spun across oncoming lanes and onto the shoulder. The car hit a street sign before the driver's side struck a tree, according to the report.
Dunn's passenger, Rickey Andra Cullars, 30, of Story Drive in Appling, was not injured.
Dunn was taken to Doctors Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He had not been wearing a seat belt, and alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in the wreck.
Augusta man guilty in Evans robbery
A federal jury has convicted Henry Max Rushen, 51, of Augusta, in the March 2009 robbery of the SRP Federal Credit Union in Evans.
According to a news release, the jury reached its verdict Wednesday after deliberating one hour. Sentencing has not been scheduled, but Rushen faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for the armed robbery conviction, and a mandatory consecutive term of 7 years in prison for a firearm conviction, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Woman burglarizes man's hotel room
A Pine Mountain, Ga., man told police Wednesday that a young woman he allowed to use his hotel room bathroom later burglarized the room and stole his gun.
The 72-year-old concrete foreman was in his room at the Econo Lodge at 4090 Jimmie Dyess Parkway at about 5:45 a.m. when a young woman knocked on the door. She used the bathroom and left, he said. He left about five minutes after the woman.
He went back to the room about 2 p.m. and found that his briefcase and suitcase had been opened and a $600 .45-caliber revolver stolen.
Woman finds glue in her car locks
Someone put glue in an Evans teenager's car locks.
The 18-year-old said that she went to get into her Kia Spectra just after 7 a.m. Wednesday and noticed glue in the door lock. When she looked closer, she found glue in the passenger lock, both rear door handles, the trunk lock and the gas tank filler door.
Imposter steals prescription pills
A man posed as an Augusta woman's son at a Martinez pharmacy and picked up the son's prescription medicine.
The 51-year-old said someone picked up and paid for her son's Xanax just after 7 p.m. Monday from Walgreens at 672 Furys Ferry Road. The medication was to be picked up only by her or her son.
A pharmacy employee told police that the store's policy is for a customer to provide a proper name and address to pick up prescriptions. He said a man whom he described as black, 6-foot-2, 200-220 pounds and 30-40 years old, provided the name and address. He paid with cash.
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