Originally created 04/28/97

Local and regional news briefs



Teen suffers gunshot wounds

A Hephzibah teen suffered minor injuries Sunday after being shot during a vehicle chase that ended up in the parking lot of a south Augusta supermarket, police said.

Joseph Marby, 18, was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital for bullet grazings and released Sunday, Richmond County sheriff's investigators said.

Mr. Marby told police he and two other teens left a friend's house on Lake Ontario Circle in a white Toyota Camry about 3 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Marby said he was sitting in the back seat of the Camry on the passenger's side when a blue Chevrolet Blazer started following them. Then gunshots erupted from the Blazer into the Camry, grazing Mr. Marby in his shoulder and back, police said.

The Blazer followed into the parking lot of Bi-Lo Supermarket on Tobacco Road where Mr. Marby and the two other boys ran. They asked workers to call police.

No shots were fired in Bi-Lo's parking lot, which was crowded with cars and customers, store manager Donnie Colbourne said.

Police said the vehicle had 10 bullet holes in the rear windshield and at least seven other bullet holes elsewhere.

Police look for armed invaders

Police were looking for five armed men who terrorized a south Augusta family, robbed them and took their car Saturday evening.

Young Park, 67, said he and his wife were in their Cardiff Road home about 9 p.m. when they heard knocks on the front door. Then the door was kicked in and five men wearing dark clothing and ski masks entered. At least two of the men pointed guns at them and made them lay on the floor.

The bandits tied the couple up, then stole about $5,000 and some jewelry, cut phone lines and drove away in the couple's white 1985 Buick Le Sabre, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 821-1080.

Supper, auction to aid mission

A Saturday night spaghetti supper and auction will help raise money for the Augusta Rescue Mission.

The Ladies Auxiliary will host the event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Julian Smith Casino. Some of the items for auction include houseware goods, sporting equipment, furniture and gift certificates.

The auction is free, and the dinner tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Tickets are available at Jeff's Sewing and Vacuum on Washington Road, the Augusta Rescue Mission and the Julian Smith Casino.

No winners in Lotto, Big Game

ATLANTA - No one won the estimated $8 million jackpot in the Lotto Georgia drawing Saturday. The next weekly drawing will have a payoff of about $10 million. There were 70 tickets sold with five of six winning numbers, worth $919. The winning numbers were 1-13-18-22-28-31.

There were no jackpot winners in the Big Game drawing Friday. The estimated jackpot for the next drawing is $19 million.

The Shepeard Blood Centers bloodmobile will be at the following locations this week.

  • Today: Milton Ruben Chevrolet; 3514 Washington Road, Martinez, 1 to 3:30 p.m.; National Plaza, 2816 Washington Road; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Lakeside High School, 533 Blue Ridge Drive, Evans, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Richmond County Department of Family & Children Services, 520 Fenwick St., 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Shepeard Blood Center West, Publix parking lot, Evans Towne Center, Evans; 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Augusta State Medical Prison, 3001 Gordon Highway, Grovetown, 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.; TTX, 1 Hamburg Road, North Augusta, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Dillard Paper Company, 1472 Marvin Griffin Road, 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Garrett General Aviation Services, 1550 Hangar Road, 1 to 4 p.m.; Aiken Community Blood Center, intersection of Whiskey and Pine Log roads, Aiken, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Friday: State Farm Insurance, 3961 Columbia Road, Martinez, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; United Defense, L.P., 15 Windham Blvd., Aiken, 1 to 4 p.m.; Movie Gallery, Publix Shopping Center, 403 Fury's Ferry Road, Martinez, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Lincolnton Baptist Church, Peachtree Street, Lincolnton, 9 a.m. to noon; Our Lady of Peace Strawberry Festival, 856 Old Edgefield Road, North Augusta, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Meetings this week:

    Today:

    Augusta Commission Finance Committee, 1 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

    Augusta Commission Administrative Services Committee, 2 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

    Augusta Commission Engineering Services Committee, 2:30 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

    Augusta Commission Public Safety Committee, 3:30 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

    Augusta Commission Public Services Committee, 4 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.

    General Aviation Commission, 5 p.m., Daniel Field.

    Gov. David Beasley town meeting, noon, North Augusta Community Center, Brookside Drive.

    Aiken City Council, 7:30 p.m., City Hall, Park Avenue.

    Tuesday:

    Joint meeting Aiken County Council/Planning Commission, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

    Thursday:

    Columbia County Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Complex Auditorium.

    - Compiled by Mike Hill