Originally created 08/31/97

Local and regional briefs



Blaze damages restaurant in city

A south Augusta barbecue restaurant suffered extensive fire and smoke damage after a boiling pot was left unattended in the kitchen, according to fire officials.

A cook left Perry's Pig, 1957 Old Savannah Road, to run across the street while a pot was cooking on the stove about 1:30 p.m. Saturday when it caught fire, said Richmond County Fire Department Capt. Steve Bell.

The restaurant was closed at the time and no one was hurt in the blaze, he said.

Ten Richmond County firefighters were dispatched to the scene and brought the fire under control within 10 minutes.

The cooking area of the restaurant was destroyed, Capt. Bell said.

Man charged in stabbing

An Augusta man was arrested Saturday on an aggravated assault charge in connection with an attack on a man who was stabbed in the chest and leg.

Donald Lewis Streeter, 38, of the 900 block of Hopkins Street, was arrested on one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department, Robert Craig Prather, 38, was stabbed in the chest and leg at Charley's Bar, 1006 Ninth St., at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He and Mr. Streeter were arguing over a woman, said Investigator Mark Bowen.

Mr. Prather was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition Saturday evening.

Another Augusta man, 41-year-old John Walter O'Bryant, III, of 2537 Mount Auburn Avenue was in good condition at MCG on Saturday after a similar early morning stabbing incident.

Mr. O'Bryant was stabbed in the chest and shoulder just before 1 a.m. after the exboyfriend of the woman he was visiting went to her Third Avenue home and started an argument, said Investigator Bowen, who added that no arrests have been made.

Adult classes registration set

Registration for Aiken County's adult education night classes will be held Tuesday between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Classes will begin Thursday.

Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at North Augusta High School, Midland Valley High School, Silver Bluff High School and Aiken High School. They will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wagener-Salley High School.

Students may enroll in adult basic education, General Education Degree preparation and high school diploma classes. There is a $20 registration fee for GED and high school diploma classes.

Call 641-2476 for more information.

New sub arrives at Kings Bay

KINGSLAND -- The Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base has a full complement of 10 Trident II submarines with the arrival of the USS Louisiana.

About a dozen sailors were on the deck of the 570-foot-long, 18,000-ton Louisiana as three tugboats guided it to its new home Friday.

The submarine is the fourth Navy vessel to bear the name.

The first USS Louisiana, a former merchant ship, defended the port of New Orleans during the War of 1812. The second, a side-wheel steamer built in Delaware in 1860, was intentionally scuttled in an assault on Fort Fisher, N.C., during the Civil War. The third, a battleship commissioned in 1906, served off the Atlantic coast during World War I before being decommissioned in 1920, according to the Navy.

While the newest version of the Louisiana is the last Trident submarine, Rear Adm. Chuck Beers, commanding officer of Submarine Group 10, said he doesn't view its arrival as the end of an era.

Judge considers citing stations

ATLANTA -- A Juvenile Court judge said he will rule next week on a lawyer's motion that three Atlanta TV stations be found in contempt of court for naming and showing video footage of a 15-year-old charged with shooting five people.

Fulton County Public defender Matthew Dodge told Judge Sanford Jones Friday that WSB, WXIA and WAGA violated a Georgia statute against naming juvenile crime suspects, although Mr. Dodge acknowledged that the state Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional in 1984.

That ruling, which held a juvenile's right to privacy must be weighed against the public interest, renders Mr. Dodge's contempt motion baseless, WSB attorney James Demetry said.

Mr. Demetry said the arrest is public record under a 1995 law that opened some juvenile court records previously closed.

Men killed in head-on crash

Two people have died on South Carolina roads this holiday weekend. Both men were killed in a head-on collision near Myrtle Beach, the state Highway Patrol said.

John David Osborne, 35, of Bland, Va. was killed in the head-on accident on U.S. Highway 501 about one mile north of Myrtle Beach, the patrol said.

Another man who could not be immediately identified also was killed, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge Jr.

Two men die in boat crash

CHAPIN -- Two men died after their boat collided with a dock on Lake Murray early Saturday morning.

Wesley Daniels, 45, of Irmo and Kevin Laster, 35, of Ballentine were killed about 4 a.m. Saturday when their boat slammed into the dock, said Natural Resources Department spokesman Mike Willis.

Both men apparently died of head and chest injuries, he said.

Mr. Laster's wife, Millie, 33, was seriously injured in the accident. Mrs. Laster was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon at Richland Memorial Hospital, according to a hospital administrator.

Inmate death ruled homicide

GREENVILLE -- A Wake Forest University pathologist has found evidence that a Greenville County inmate may have choked to death.

Jamel Orlando Radcliff, 21, died Aug. 21 after struggling with guards who said they subdued him when he tried to attack another guard at the Greenville County Detention Center.

The Greenville County Coroner's Office ruled the death a homicide, but no one has been charged in the case.

The coroner's office said the findings of the private pathologist do not refute their conclusion that Mr. Radcliff suffocated when his chest was compressed by jailers.