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Council to select firm to build new complex


Aiken County Council members will interview six architectural firms vying to design the county complex this week.

The council will interview three firms beginning at 6 p.m. Monday and three more starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, County Administrator Clay Killian said. The interviews will be a part of a closed meeting, Mr. Killian said.

The Council will select a firm by Wednesday. It will take a least a year to design the complex, Mr. Killian said.

Health worker sought in attempted robbery

A Hephzibah woman told police she was the victim of an attempted armed robbery Saturday by a health center employee.

The woman said she went to Belle Terrace Health Center on Golden Camp Road before noon to get a prescription. She then received a call from the prescription program coordinator telling her she needed to come back to sign something, according to a Richmond County sheriff's incident report.

When she returned, the man asked her to go into his office and then put a knife to her throat and told her not to scream, the report stated. The employee then let her go without taking anything.

The suspect, identified in the report as Michael Pruitt, was not at the store when police arrived and had not been arrested by 10 p.m. Saturday.

Acupuncturist reports rape by her co-worker

A 51-year-old Augusta woman says she was sexually assaulted and raped by a co-worker on three occasions in late October and November.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, the woman said she and the man work in the same office and on Oct. 27 he complained of a knee injury.

The woman, an acupuncturist, said that when she began to massage his knee he took off his pants and had her move up to his thigh area. The suspect then took off the victim's clothing except for her undergarments and forced her to perform a sexual act.

On two dates in November the man went to the victim's home and raped her, she told police. No arrest has been made.

Man reports masked robber took $750

A 20-year-old Augusta man told police he was robbed Friday night while parked in the 800 block of Strother Drive in east Augusta.

The victim said about 10:30 p.m. a man approached him wearing an Army fatigue jacket and a black ski mask, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. The man displayed a chrome revolver and demanded money. The victim gave him $750, and the robber fled.

The robber was described as black, 18 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds.