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Driver blamed in man's death

The driver in a single-car accident Saturday morning in Olde Town that killed a 19-year-old Augustan has been charged with vehicular homicide, Richmond County sheriff's Cpl. Brandon Reeves said.

The 16-year-old Augusta juvenile, who Cpl. Reeves said has not yet been charged as an adult, was being treated at University Hospital Saturday for severed fingers. He also faces other traffic and alcohol charges including DUI and driving without a license.

The accident, which police said they believe was caused by alcohol, took place in the 200 block of Broad Street. Cpl. Reeves said the Ford Contour the teen was driving struck a street sign that came through the windshield, bypassed him and punctured the body of Derrick Beard, a passenger in the back seat, causing his death.

Mr. Beard was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 a.m., Richmond County Deputy Coroner Charlena Graham said.

An autopsy was completed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta, Ms. Graham said.

Robbery suspect is arrested after wreck

Richmond County sheriff's authorities arrested a man accused of snatching a woman's purse after the car he was driving collided with another vehicle near the scene Saturday night.

Samuel Cooper, 29, of Windsor, will be charged with robbery by sudden snatching and traffic charges, sheriff's Investigator Glen Rahn. He was being held at the Richmond County Jail.

The investigator said a woman reported the purse snatching at 8:08 p.m. in the 1500 block of Gordon Highway and told investigators the robber drove away in small white vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, emergency dispatchers received a call about a car accident on Deans Bridge Road involving a vehicle that matched the description. The woman identified the man and he was taken into custody, Investigator Rahn said.

Mr. Cooper's 8-year-old son, who police say was in the car at the time of the robbery, was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital for minor injuries he suffered from the car's air bag, the investigator said.

Man struck, killed by vehicle on highway


A pedestrian was killed Saturday morning after being struck by a car as he was walking on a highway north of Sylvania, Ga.

Samuel Lamar Adams, 30, of Allendale, S.C., died at the scene at about 5:20 a.m., Screven County Coroner James Strickland said.

At about 4:30 a.m., the driver of a Chevrolet Lumina hit Mr. Adams while he was standing in the southbound lane of Georgia Highway 301 about five miles north of Sylvania.

No citations were written, authorities said.

Bags of food to be given to families

The CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority Inc. will be distributing bags of food at 9 a.m. Thursday at McDonald's Warehouse, 1024 E. Robert Toombs Ave., Washington, Ga.

The food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

People wishing to receive food must bring a picture ID and know the household size and monthly income for the family.

Only one bag will be distributed per family.

For more information, call (706) 738-4145.

Museum exhibition on ancient Russia to end

The "Religious Icons of Ancient Russia" exhibition at Washington Historical Museum, 308 E. Robert Toombs Ave., Washington, Ga., ends Wednesday.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Hours for the museum are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (706) 678-2105.

Walton Way lane to close for drilling

The right eastbound lane at the 800 block of Walton Way will close Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., according to an Augusta Traffic Engineering news release.

One eastbound lane will stay open to traffic, but those wishing to avoid the area may use Fenwick, Seventh, 10th and Telfair streets as detours, the release said.

The closure will allow crews to drill holes to test for pollution in conjunction with the Atlanta Gas Light mitigation project.

Lane to close for test on Washington Road

A portion of Washington Road from Kroger Road to Club Car Drive in Columbia County will see a temporary lane closure from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The closure will reduce westbound traffic to one inside lane. The closing is the result of testing for a proposed widening project, according to a Columbia County news release.

Seedlings available to some landowners

Free tree seedlings will be available to landowners whose property adjoins U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land along Thurmond Lake.

The seedlings, which include hardwoods, pines and flowering trees, must be planted on public property and are part of the corps' Reforestation Program, designed to establish second-generation forests.

Seedlings will be available today through Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the visitors center at Thurmond Dam; on Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the entrance to Amity Park on Georgia Highway 43 in Lincoln County; and on Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Savannah Lakes Village store, U.S. Highway 378, McCormick, S.C.

For more information on the program, call (800) 533-3478.