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4 arrested on drug, gun charges

AIKEN - Aiken County investigators arrested four people Tuesday night after a traffic stop yielded drugs, a gun and money, authorities said today.

Eric Lavell, 25, of Aiken, is charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and assault and battery on a police officer, Lt. Troy Elwell of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Johnny Lamont Frazier, 30, of Aiken, is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Lt. Elwell said.

Shayla Holmes, 32, of Jackson, and Bennie Wright, 32, of Aiken, are both charged with trafficking marijuana, trafficking cocaine, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to the statement.

All four were being held Wednesday in the Aiken County Detention Center.

About 10 p.m. Aiken County sheriff's deputies stopped two vehicles at Morgan Street and Hampton Avenue in Aiken, according to the statement.

Lt. Elwell said that during the traffic stop officers discovered a firearm and about 17 pounds of marijuana, 7 ounces of cocaine and $77,000 in cash.

Man barricaded inside home bites deputy


A Richmond County sheriff's deputy was bitten by a man who barricaded himself inside his home and threatened to cut himself with steak knives.

Deputy Meghan Davis responded to the 2700 block of Woodcrest Drive on Tuesday evening to do a welfare check on Matthew Clay Wright, according to a sheriff's report. Mr. Wright had barricaded himself inside the home and threatened to harm himself, the report stated.

When the deputy opened the door, Mr. Wright bit her on the hand and was taken into custody, the report stated. He is charged with obstruction of an officer.

2 women report man peeping in window

Two Augusta women reported a man peeping through their windows Tuesday night.

The first occurred in the 1700 block of Kings Woods Drive, when a woman saw a man looking through her window while she was exercising at about 8 p.m., according to a sheriff's report. The second happened about two hours later in the 1700 block of Jenkins Street, where a woman said she saw a man looking through her bathroom window, the report stated.

Driver who almost hit deputy pleads guilty

A man accused of nearly running over a sheriff's deputy while fleeing a drunken driving arrest was sentenced to prison Wednesday.

Barton W. DeYoung, 43, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to aggravated assault, reckless driving and driving under the influence. Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Mr. DeYoung to four years in prison followed by three years on probation.

Assistant District Attorney Brooks Hudson said Mr. DeYoung fled from a Washington Road traffic stop June 24 and nearly ran over a deputy who was on foot, the prosecutor said.

Mr. DeYoung has a history of DUI convictions, including a guilty plea to DUI and traffic offenses two months before June's incident.

20-year-old man is arrested in stabbing

A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in the stabbing of an Augusta teen the night before.

Curtis Prince was charged with aggravated assault and affray, according to Richmond County jail records.

According to a sheriff's report, police responded to a stabbing in the 2000 block of Hephzibah-McBean Road. An 18-year-old was found on a couch with multiple stab wounds and was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Fast food restaurant is robbed at gunpoint

An Augusta fast food restaurant was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday morning.

Two men entered Krystal on Deans Bridge Road about 10:30 a.m. with handguns and demanded money, a sheriff's report states. One of the men took money from a front register and a safe.

One of the men was described as black, 6 feet tall, 120 pounds and wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a blue jacket with fur around the collar. The other suspect was described as black, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 120 pounds and wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a black jacket with a hood.