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Driver arrested after I-20 crash kills man


A woman has been arrested in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 that killed a Thomson man Saturday.

RaSheedah Muhammad, 26, has been charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, driving too closely and driving without a license, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Rich Fishel said.

The victim, 19-year-old Curtis Evans Jr., was riding in the Chevrolet S-10 truck with Ms. Muhammad near the 157-mile marker in Warren County early Saturday when a vehicle hit the truck from behind, Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe said.

The truck driver and Mr. Evans were ejected. Mr. Evans was pronounced dead at 3:57 a.m. at the scene, Mr. Lowe said.

The truck driver was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and has been released.

Trooper Fishel said the accident is still being investigated.

Owner of unlicensed nightclub found dead

The body of an Aiken man was discovered by relatives Sunday at an unlicensed nightclub he ran in the 2900 block of Silver Bluff Road.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Bernard Jones, 53, was found dead about 2 p.m.

He was last seen alive early Sunday morning.

Mr. Jones had several suspicious injuries, and an autopsy is scheduled this morning in Newberry, S.C. Aiken County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Myers said investigators are treating the case as a homicide.

Man on street pointed gun, motorist reports

A 41-year-old Augusta woman told police a man pointed a gun at her vehicle while she was driving with her family in the 2400 block of Old Barton Chapel Road on Saturday.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, a man walking down the road about 6:55 p.m. pulled out a black semiautomatic handgun and pointed it at the woman's vehicle.

The man is described as black, between 18 and 20 years old, about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds.

He was wearing a white tank top and white shorts with a red stripe.

Woman says she was kidnapped, left behind

An Augusta woman told authorities she was kidnapped from a parking lot on Doug Barnard Parkway on Saturday.

The woman said two men approached her about 4 p.m. and forced her into the back seat of her car at gunpoint, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

The woman said one man covered her head with a black bag and bound her hands with zip ties.

She said the men drove for four to five hours before they stopped and got into another vehicle, leaving her. The woman was able to remove the ties from her hands.

She said she didn't know where she was and drove for hours before stopping at a gas station in Madison, Ga., where she contacted authorities, the report says.

The woman said the two men talked about making a "drop" and getting another vehicle, the report says.

Robbers assault man at self-storage facility

An Augusta man said he was struck in the head by two men who broke into the Ameristor self-storage facility at 2364 Tobacco Road on Sunday morning.

The man said the men came to the facility between 2:30 and 3:15 a.m. and hit him in the head several times with a gun, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

He said the men cut the locks off six storage units and took items from them.

Traffic update

Richmond County

- A lane will close on both sides of Bobby Jones Expressway between Old Trail Road and Scott Nixon Memorial Boulevard from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to Sunday.

- A lane will close on both sides of Interstate 20 from Warren Road to Wheeler Road from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. today through Sunday.

- A lane will close on each side of Wheeler Road between Augusta West Parkway and Agerton Lane from 9 a.m. to

4 p.m. today until Sunday.

- Marks Church Road will be closed near Jamaica Drive from

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today until Sunday. Detours will be in place.

- Workers will be directing traffic on Perimeter Parkway between Wheeler Road and Interstate Parkway from 9 a.m. to

4 p.m. today through Sunday.