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Police have a warrant for the arrest of 21-year-old Rommie Williams, of Augusta.

Man is shot in front of store


A 19-year-old man was shot Sunday morning outside the Pack and Go store at 1649 Olive Road, according to Richmond County Investigator Glen Rahn.

Police have a warrant for the arrest of 21-year-old Rommie Williams, of Augusta, in the shooting, Investigator Rahn said.

The 19-year-old victim, whose name was not released by police, was shot in the upper shoulder or neck area while standing in front of the store, the investigator said. He was in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Investigator Rahn said.

Investigators think the assailant fled the scene with three or four other black males in a burgundy vehicle. They were last seen on Olive Road.

Pickup driver killed in collision with Jeep

An Augusta man died Sunday night when his Ford F-150 pickup collided with a sport utility vehicle near the Richmond-Burke County line, authorities said.

Dieter Sullivan, 63, of the 2100 block of McElmurray Road, was pronounced dead at the scene at about 8:42 p.m., according to Mark Bowen, Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner.

The wreck occurred in the 5100 block of Storey Mill Road in a rural section of Richmond County, and Mr. Sullivan was pronounced dead by Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen at 8:42 p.m.

Mr. Bowen said the man's wife was riding inside the pickup and was taken to a hospital. The driver of the Jeep Commander was also being treated a hospital, he said.

Cold fries led to chair attack, worker says

An employee of McDonald's at 3444 Mike Padgett Highway was hit over the head with a chair by a customer complaining that his french fries were cold, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The store's on-duty manager told police the assailant was arguing with her and that when she tried to take the fries and replace them, the customer picked up a chair and broke it on her head. The assailant then fled, she said.

No arrests had been made Sunday.

Intersection is closed for sewer installation

East Boundary at Telfair Street will remain closed until Friday, according to the Augusta Engineering Department.

The closure will allow work crews to install a sewer line and storm drain, the report said.

Drivers can use Greene Street, Walker Street and Second Street.

Woman hit police after arrest, report says

A 26-year-old Augusta woman is in jail on a felony charge of obstructing an officer after slapping, punching and kicking two deputies, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

Sarah Rebecca Pitts, of the 2700 block of Kipling Drive, was arrested at 1102 Downtown Bar and Grill on Broad Street on Saturday night for being intoxicated in public.

When Deputy Eric Sikes tried to put her in the patrol car, she kicked him in the forehead, the report said.

At the jail, she slapped Deputy Rose Miller in the face and punched her in the right forearm, according to the report.

Man's lip detached after punch to face

An Augusta man was punched in the face while urinating in an alley near 1033 Broad St. on Saturday night, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The victim said the punch caused about a half-inch of his lower lip to become detached.

He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. No information was available on his condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Spillway tests will be conducted this week

The Army Corps of Engineers will conduct required safety tests of spillway gates at Thurmond Lake and two other Savannah River reservoirs today and Tuesday.

The tests will ensure the gates work properly and can be activated in the event of an emergency to protect the dam and people and property downstream, corps spokesman Billy Birdwell said in a news release.

The gates allow dam operators to release water rapidly from the reservoirs to prevent dam failure. The tests are required as part of the Corps of Engineers Dam Safety Program.

The tests will begin with Hartwell Dam from 1 to 3 pm. today, followed by a test at Russell Dam from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, with gates at Thurmond Dam operated from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

By conducting the tests in this order, lake managers will conserve the most water, Mr. Birdwell said. They predict that the overall change in reservoir levels will be about 0.1 inch for the three-lake system.

This is a required safety test and won't create a large flow of water as some floodgate exercises have in the past, he said.

Event will teach kids to deal with strangers

A free stranger danger event will take place 6 p.m. March 30 at Seigler's Karate Center, 4471 Columbia Road, Suite A3, Martinez. Children will learn how to defend themselves. Call (706) 855-5685.