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Correction, April, 18, 2007: An announcement in Tuesday's Metro section about a teen volunteer program at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics should not have been published. The program, which will run from June 11 to July 20, is full.
The Augusta Chronicle regrets the error.

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Police to pace stretch of I-20

The eastbound lane of Interstate 20 will be paced from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release.

The pacing will allow crews to install the bridge beams for the Walton Way Extension overpass, the release said. The pacing will begin after mile marker 190, near the Grovetown exit.

Law enforcement vehicles will be at the on ramps of exits 194, 196 and 198 to prevent traffic from entering the eastbound lanes of I-20.

The pacing then will switch to the westbound lanes of traffic between the same hours for April 23-24. Vehicles will be at exit 200 and 199 to prevent traffic from entering the westbound side of the interstate. The ramps will be reopened once the pacing vehicle passes, the release said.

Robber told woman he was husband's friend

An Augusta woman was robbed in her home on the 2000 block of Warren Street early Monday morning by a man who she said was a friend of her husband, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The victim said a man she knew only as "Corey" came to the house at about 3:15 p.m. and she let him in, the report said. She said she went to the rest room, and when she returned the man pointed a knife at her and stole a bow valued at $500, a cellular phone and a kitchen knife. He then fled the scene on foot.

Man's wallet stolen in downtown robbery

A 44-year-old man said he was held down and robbed at the 1100 block of Greene Street on Sunday night, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The victim said the two men approached him from behind, grabbed him, then held him on the ground and took his wallet, according to the report.

The men then ran away and were last seen heading toward 11th Street.

Energy Department to hold public hearing

The U.S. Department of Energy will hold a public hearing tonight about the plutonium disposal environmental impact study for the Savannah River Site in Aiken.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Newberry Hall on Newberry Street in Aiken. Energy Department officials will be present to answer questions about the study.

Police seek suspect in man's shooting

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating and identifying a man who is believed to have shot a North Augusta man early Sunday.

At 12:48 a.m., deputies were called to a residence in the 500 block of Amos Court in North Augusta and found a man lying on the living room floor, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.

In the initial investigation, witnesses stated the shooter and victim were seen arguing.

Investigators are looking for a Hispanic man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing about 220 to 230 pounds.

An hour before the killing, surveillance photos show him walking into a Circle K in the 600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta, wearing a cowboy hat, plaid shirt, blue jeans and white rattlesnake boots.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone with any information about the identity and whereabouts of this individual please call Investigator Tim Abbott at (800) 922-9709 or call Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) 559-TIPS. Callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.

MCG program wants teen volunteers

The Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics is accepting applications for this year's summer teen volunteer program, which provides high school students with a hands-on volunteer experience in health care.

The program will be offered June 12 through July 21. To be eligible, teens must be 15 years old by May 1. The application deadline is April 30.

To request an application, call (706) 721-3596.

Widow sues driver, restaurant in death

The widow of a man killed by a drunken driver has filed suit against the driver and an Augusta restaurant.

Meera Sinha filed the Richmond County Superior Court lawsuit against Richard K. Post and Ruby Tuesday. The case was made public Monday.

Mr. Post struck Harendra Sinha, 63, on Aug. 29, 2005, in the Springlakes subdivision. His body was lodged in the windshield of Mr. Post's car for about a mile.

Mr. Post pleaded guilty and received a 25-year prison sentence last summer. Mr. Post, who registered a .124 blood alcohol level, was allegedly drinking at Ruby Tuesday before the wreck, according to the lawsuit. A lawsuit represents only one side of a dispute.

Sixth lawsuit filed against host, station

A sixth slander lawsuit has been filed against an Aiken radio station and its talk radio host.

The latest Richmond County Superior Court lawsuit made public Monday was filed by the Rev. Bobby G. Hankerson, a former Richmond County commissioner.

The Rev. Hankerson filed suit against Brian L. "Ryan B" Doyle and Rejoice, alleging Mr. Doyle made repeated false and slanderous statements about him.

The lawsuit alleges Mr. Doyle even accused the Rev. Hankerson of taking a $3 million payoff from former Mayor Bob Young.

Five other public and other prominent Augusta residents also have filed suit against Mr. Doyle and the radio station. A lawsuit represents only one side of a dispute.

Bill would give circuit judges $10,000 raise

Judges for the Augusta Judicial Circuit could be getting a pay raise under a bill now headed to the governor for his approval.

The House on Monday gave final legislative approval to Senate Bill 209, which would give each of the circuit's eight Superior Court judges a $10,000 salary increase.

The extra money would come from Columbia County's supplement to the judges, who also handle cases for Richmond and Burke counties. Each county in the circuit contributes to the judges' salary on top of state money.

Rep. Barry Fleming, R-Harlem, said Columbia County commissioners asked lawmakers to make the salary change.

- From staff reports