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Aiken man dies in 1-car wreck


An Aiken man died early Sunday following a single-car crash.

Audous Cheatham, 32, was killed while riding in the front seat of a vehicle driven by Krista Bryan, 22, also of Aiken. Another person was in the car but was uninjured, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

The wreck happened about 2:30 a.m. on Banks Mill Road, authorities said. The 2004 Kia was traveling south when it left the road, hitting a fence and a utility pole guy wire. It also overturned several times. Mr. Cheatham wasn't wearing a seat belt, Mr. Carlton said.

Ms. Bryan was in fair condition, a Medical College of Georgia Hospital spokeswoman said Sunday evening.

Man reports robbery of Wendy's hamburgers

An Augusta man told police two gunmen who pulled next to his vehicle Saturday night robbed him of food from Wendy's before fleeing.

Aca King Hawkins, 24, of Lumpkin Road, told police he was in the 2500 block of Lumpkin Road about 7:30 p.m. when two men approached him. One assailant jumped from a late-model, red Honda Accord, pulled up his shirt and showed a handgun.

Taken from Mr. Hawkins were Army tags and a bag containing three Wendy's hamburgers, a Richmond County sheriff's report said. In a similar incident, a 22-year-old Augusta man said he was robbed while walking in the 900 block of Walton Way.

William Michael Jennings, of Pinelog Road, told police two men riding in a gray 4-door Impala pulled next to him in the 900 block of Walton Way at 3 a.m. Sunday and pointed a gun.

The robbers took a Visa card from his wallet and continued driving down Walton Way, a sheriff's report said.

Soldier robbed, shot as he gets ride from club

A soldier told police he was shot and robbed early Sunday after getting a ride from an Augusta nightclub.

Michael Adam Williams, 23, of Springhouse Lane, said he was at Club Dreams on Washington Road. Upon arriving at his home, the unknown driver pulled out a gun and demanded money, his wallet and a laptop computer.

After giving up the wallet and money, the victim said he tried to run from the car, but a bullet pierced his ear and cheek.

The victim was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, a police report stated.

DOT sets open meeting on parkway extension

The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold an open house Thursday about a proposed extension of William Few Parkway.

The open house, which will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Greenbrier High School on Riverwood Parkway, will provide information about the proposed reconstruction and extension of William Few Parkway to Hardy McManus Road.

No formal presentation will be made, but DOT representatives will answer questions and project layouts will be on display, said DOT spokeswoman Cissy McNure.

Construction is expected to begin in late summer and take 18 to 24 months to complete, Ms. McNure said.

Railroad crossing will be closed for repairs

The Kissingbower Road railroad crossing will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, according to the Richmond County Engineering Department. The closure will allow crews to repair a broken rail, according to a news release.