Updated-Woman injured in attempted robbery on Highland Avenue

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March 27, 2009

AUGUSTA Ga.--News 12 has learned a woman who was wounded in her foot last night is the next door neighbor of a Columbia County murder victim earlier this week.

This latest incident happened on Highland Avenue in Augusta.

Rebecca Sears told Richmond County deptuies she was coming out of the Healing Hands Physical Therpay Center, where she works, Thursday night.

She said a man jumped out of some bushes, tried to rob her, and shot her in the foot, grazing it.

She was treated at a local hospital, and deputies have not made any arrests in this case.

Richmond County is handling this investigation.

Mrs. Sears lives at 227 Hot Springs Dr in the Orchard Hill area.
The murder victim, Laverne Kay Parsons, lived at 229 Hot Springs Dr.
She was found severely beaten in her home Wednesday morning and
died at MCG Hospital Thursday. Deputies are investigating her death as a homicide. Columbia and Richmond County deputies have been processing the crime scene at 229 Hot Springs Dr.

Columbia County Cap;tain Steve Morris told News 12 he's aware of the Highland Avenue incident, and his officers will be working with Richmond County as that investigation continues. So far there is
no connection between the two incidents.

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