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Ruffin funeral set for Saturday at Tabernacle


The funeral for former Judge John H. "Jack" Ruffin Jr. will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Dr. Charles E. Goodman Jr. will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, 1223 Laney-Walker Blvd. Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to the Morehouse College Scholarship Fund or a charity of the donor's choice.

W.H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Blvd., is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call (706) 722-6401.

North Augusta man charged with driving too fast before collision

A North Augusta man was charged after colliding with a tractor-trailer on an icy road Monday.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol charged Luis Sanchez-Curiel, 23, with driving too fast for conditions, said Trooper Judd Jones. Sanchez-Curiel was traveling west on Belvedere-Clearwater Road about 7:45 a.m. in a 1996 Chevrolet Camaro when it slid on a patch of ice. Sanchez-Curiel lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line and hit the side of the eastbound tractor-trailer, driven by Walter Smith, of Albemarle, N.C.

Smith and Sanchez-Curiel's two passengers were taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital with minor injuries.

Armed men attempt to rob Ruby Tuesday

Employees of a Ruby Tuesday restaurant say two men tried to rob them early Monday.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report, an employee was leaving the restaurant at 499 Bobby Jones Expressway about 12:45 a.m. when a man with a gun tapped on her window.

He and another man forced her and a male employee back into the restaurant and threatened to shoot them if they didn't open the safe. When they told him they couldn't, the armed men told them to go inside a freezer. The employees came out about 20 minutes later and called police.

The report said the man with the gun was black, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 165 to 170 pounds. The other was black, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and possibly weighing 200 pounds.

N. Augusta discusses possible property swap

The North Augusta City Council discussed a proposed property swap between the city and American Legion Post 71 during a study session Monday.

Post 71 is 62 years into a 100-year lease with the city at its current post home on East Spring Grove Avenue, officials said.

In 2002, Post 71 bought about four acres next to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety's substation 2, off Five Notch Road near Interstate 20. The city is considering purchasing that land from Post 71.

The proposed land swap would give Post 71 $80,000 from the sale of the four acres and the return of land at their current post home that is not being used.

Post 71 plans to build a new home on its current site but needs the land deeded to it to move forward.

Police charge man with theft of games

A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday after police say he and a 13-year-old girl tried to steal video games at the Target store at 235 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway.

Richmond County jail records say that Terrance Stevens Donahue was charged with theft by shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, an employee saw the man and girl take two video games and try to conceal them. The games were recovered and were valued at $35.

Authorities learned that the girl was a runaway juvenile, and she was committed to the Augusta Regional Youth Detention Center.

Man says he was attacked, robbed

A 21-year-old Hephzibah man told police he was attacked and robbed by two men Monday.

The armed robbery occurred about 3 a.m. at the intersection of Kindling Drive and Meadowbrook Drive, a Richmond County sheriff's report says. The victim told officers that one robber approached him from behind and hit him on the back of the head with a handgun.

The second robber took all of the victim's belongings, including a gold necklace, a diamond bracelet, a pair of boots, a cell phone, $25 and his clothing. The robbers fled in a black Nissan.