Local Update - March 15, 2007

One bank robbery suspect in custody, one still wanted

Law enforcement teams are looking for Anthony Emetu in Lewisville in connection to a bank robbery in Lincolnton.

Last night, authorities arrested a second suspect, Juwann Beard, in Wrens after a massive manhunt.

It all started in Lincolnton where FBI agents say Beard and Emetu held up the Farmers and Merchant Bank on Washington Street.

The two men left the bank and crashed the getaway car near a house in Wrens.

Law enforcement teams from Lincoln County, Jefferson County, Richmond County, the FBI, and the GBI are all working together on this.

If you have any information, you're asked to contact one of those agencies.

Four arrests in case, but boy still missing

Four people are behind bars in the case of a missing Brunswick boy, but there's still no sign of him.

Six-year-old Christopher Barrios, Jr. has been missing for a week now.

Yesterday, Glynn County deputies arrested George Edenfield on a probation violation. His mother Peggy and father David have also been arrested. The fourth arrestee is Donnie Dale, a friend of the Edenfield family.

All four are charged with lying to police.

George Edenfield told police he played a role in the young boy's abduction.

A reward of more than $30,000 is being offered for the safe return of the six-year-old.

Housing Authority seeks to quell public housing fears

Some south Augustans are saying no way to plans for public housing.

Last night, Augusta's Housing Authority tried to calm neighbors of their worries that their property values would go down and crime would go up if public housing was built in their community.

The Authority is planning to build 130 public housing units off Dean's Bridge Road. It would be the group's first project for mixed income communities.

Augusta has more public housing than any city in Georgia besides Atlanta, but there's still a need for more. Well over a thousand families need it.

Commissioner Calvin Holland says he's upset the Housing Authority did not notify him or community leaders before purchasing the land.

Tom Beck suspended without pay

Parks and Recreation Department head Tom Beck has been suspended for ten days without pay, effective immediately.

City leaders have been investigating beck for months now.

A commission subcommittee was looking into claims that Beck violated city purchasing and hiring policies.

Employees accused beck of discrimination and harassment.

Wanted sex offenders arrested

Two sex offenders who had been wanted by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office have been arrested. Tony Raines turned himself in yesterday after seeing himself on television, and Charles Dozier was arrested last night. The sheriff's office thanks the community for its assistance.


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