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Gunshot victim found naked; 2 are arrested


A man and woman were arrested in the shooting of a man found naked Friday morning on Central Avenue near Merry Street.

Robert Dunn, 48, of the 2000 block of Fernwood Circle, and Dusty Hudson, 31, of the 1700 block of Central Avenue, are charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and false imprisonment, according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Blaise Dresser.

Dresser said police are not releasing the name of the victim. He was in critical condition Friday morning, police said.

Shooter gets 10 years, agrees to pay victims

A young Augusta man who wounded two people in a shooting last spring was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

Terry Lee Thomas Jr., 22, and five other young men were indicted on charges of aggravated assault and weapon violations in a March 29 shooting on Oellerich Avenue. Timesa Lynch, 17, and Kenneth Holloway, 20, were wounded, said Assistant District Attorney John Manly.

Thomas' plea in Richmond County Superior Court included an agreement to pay $350,000 to compensate the victims for medical bills.

Volunteers to meet at park for cleanup today

The Augusta Canal Authority is seeking volunteers and volunteer groups for its semiannual spring cleanup to be held from 9 a.m. to noon today.

Volunteers will meet at Lake Olmstead Park near the boat ramp and will be served a picnic lunch after the cleanup.

City leaders agree to take Work Ready test

Mayor Deke Copenhaver and several other Augusta leaders agreed to be tested Friday to "set an example" for the city becoming a certified Georgia Work Ready Community.

The tests, administered in an Augusta computer lab, measure a person's skills and work readiness.

To receive the certification, Augusta must show that large segments of its public and private employees, high school and college students and unemployed have taken the tests, said Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce President Sue Parr, who also was tested.

Aiken police seek 2 in brothers' shooting

The Aiken Department of Public Safety has issued warrants for two men wanted in the shooting of two Augusta brothers earlier this week.

John Henry West, 29, and Joseph Bernard Williams Jr., 22, are wanted on two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, Public Safety Lt. David Turno said in a news release.

De Lance Walton, 18, and De Lacy Walton, 20, both of Dallas Drive, were seriously injured in the shooting about 2 a.m. Monday, Sgt. Aaron Dowdy said.

Witnesses told police that a fight broke out and shots were fired at Club Dreams in the 600 block of Richland Avenue.

Ku Klux Klan puts off rally in Burnettown

The Ku Klux Klan will postpone its planned April rally in Burnettown until June, according to Tim Bradley, the grand dragon of the Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

Bradley said Friday that after further planning with Burnettown and Aiken County, everyone thought it would be safer if the event was delayed.

Bradley had expressed suspicion about Burnettown park rentals and lack of availability.

Authorities will charge man who shot himself

The Aiken Department of Public Safety said Friday it plans to charge a man with filing a false report after he accidentally shot himself and blamed it on someone else.

Lt. David Turno said investigators will charge Stephon Carter once he is discharged from the hospital.