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Man dies after being ejected from vehicle


A car accident on Jimmie Dyess Parkway Saturday afternoon killed an Augusta man.

According to Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen, Sylvester Abney was traveling south when his car went off the road south of Powell Road and struck a concrete drain cover in the median.

He was ejected from the car. He was taken to Medical College of Georgia, where he died at 5:07 p.m. Saturday.

Mr. Bowen said alcohol was a factor.

Police investigate 2 sexual battery cases

Richmond County sheriff's investigators say they are looking into two allegations of sexual battery involving the same 12-year-old boy at Spirit Creek Middle School.

According to sheriff's reports, two girls said the incidents occurred at the school on Dec. 19 and Dec. 22.

Woman accuses man of kidnapping, battery

An Augusta woman told police she was the victim of kidnapping and battery at a motel Sunday.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, the woman was at Savannah Suites, 3421 Wrightsboro Road, where a man she knew only as "Smiley" struck her face with his fist, leaving a cut on her left eye. She said the man then forced her into the trunk of a gray Chevrolet Impala and drove her to Windsor Spring Road, where she was forced out of the trunk, and the man drove away. The suspect is 33, weighs 175 pounds, is 5 feet 10 inches tall, and lives in Augusta Center West Apartments.