Across the Area

Storm system cuts power to hundreds


A storm system that swept through the Augusta area Saturday afternoon left hundreds of residents without power.

About 1,700 customers in Belvedere and North Augusta lost power when a circuit went out, said Angie Townsend, a spokeswoman for South Carolina Electric & Gas.

She said power was restored to all customers by 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Clerk at Broad Street Budget Inn is robbed

The Budget Inn on Broad Street was robbed Friday night, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The clerk said a man entered the motel and came around the counter. He took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.

The man was seen leaving the area in a late-model green truck with a white stripe and silver toolbox. He is described as black, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 220 pounds.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Gunman places order, then robs Dippin' Dots

The Dippin' Dots at 4108 Windsor Spring Road was robbed by a gunman Friday night, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

An employee said a man placed an order about 9 p.m. As the employee rang up the order, the man lifted his shirt to reveal a silver handgun in the waist of his jeans. He then told the employee: "This is a robbery. Don't cause a scene. I'll shoot you."

The employee handed over money from the register, and the man left in a white, four-door Kia Rio driven by another person. They drove west on Tobacco Road.

The robber is described as black, 5 feet 8 inches or 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds with short black hair and bushy eyebrows. He was wearing an orange shirt, blue jeans and a black do-rag with holes in it.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Man reports being robbed at front door

A 24-year-old man was robbed at his home Friday morning, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The victim said that shortly after he was dropped off at his home on Greene Street about 1:30 a.m. he heard a knock at his front door, and a man with a black handgun told him to hand over his wallet and keys.

The robber is described as black, in his mid-30s to 40s, 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Items worth $10,000 stolen from business

Thieves broke into a North Augusta automotive business Thursday night or early Friday and stole items worth nearly $10,000, according to a North Augusta Public Safety report.

An employee of Total Automotive, 1622 Georgia Ave., said that he closed the garage at 6 p.m. Thursday and that when he opened up the shop shortly before 8 a.m. Friday the front door had been kicked in.

Listed as missing were an orange 2007 KTM Dirt Bike valued at $5,000; a white 2005 YAM four-wheeler valued at $3,600; a silver Smith & Wesson Sigma .40-caliber pistol with a black case, valued at $550; and a gray jump box with Total Automotive written on the case, valued at $130. Cash also was missing from the register, he said.

An officer estimated damage to the door at $150.

Lightning causes fire that displaces family

An Aiken family was displaced Saturday night after lightning struck their home, resulting in a fire.

Aiken Department of Public Safety firefighters were dispatched to the home at 3 Woodwind Way at 6:40 p.m. to extinguish the fire that had engulfed the attic, said Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. David Turno. The lightning hit the home during evening storms.

The family escaped the home unharmed, but the home was significantly damaged by water, smoke and fire, Lt. Turno said. Family members will take in the family until they find permanent housing.