Originally created 11/14/97

Additional area news



Suspect admits to bank robberies

An Augusta man who admitted he robbed three area banks in as many months this year faces a lengthy prison sentence without parole.

Eddie Adonis Garnett, 27, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to three counts of bank robbery.

Each count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Mr. Garnett admitted that he robbed NationsBank on Wheeler Road in Augusta on April 21; the Allied Bank of Georgia on Fury's Ferry Road in Martinez on May 8; and the Allied Bank of Georgia on West Hill Street in Thomson on June 5.

In total, Mr. Garnett stole $42,856.

The judge has not yet set a sentencing date.

Accident forces evacuation

A rolling tanker truck and a broken fuel tank caused New Ellenton police to evacuate a BP gas station, a Huddle House restaurant and the Happy Land Child Development Center on Thursday.

The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m., when a driver for Boc Gas Co. parked his truck behind the BP station on Main Street and got out to buy a newspaper, said New Ellenton Police Chief Tom Grant.

The truck began to roll and jumped the curb on the side of the parking lot, landing in a ditch between the gas station and the restaurant.

About 15 to 20 gallons of diesel fuel from a ruptured fuel tank and oil from a broken hydraulic line leaked out, prompting police to evacuate about 56 people from the restaurant, gas station and neighboring day care center.

No one was hurt in the incident.

"We evacuated for the primary purpose of being overly cautious," Chief Grant said. "There was no immediate threat."

Everyone returned to the businesses that afternoon. Cleanup efforts will probably continue into today, Chief Grant said.

Arrest made in Aiken killing

Police in Aiken have arrested a woman they say is responsible for the death of a man found at his residence over the weekend.

After an investigation, Aiken Department of Public Safety officers arrested Deion Dicks, 31, of the 600 block of Barnwell Avenue, on Wednesday.

She was charged with the murder of Nathan Bush, 64, of Bradby Lane.

Mr. Dicks was found Saturday lying on the floor, bleeding from the back of the head.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident. Anyone with information about the crime should call detective Dwayne Courtney at (803) 642-7620.

Schrenko to speak at forum

Georgia school Superintendent Linda Schrenko will headline a forum on education Monday at Westside High School.

The forum, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Westside auditorium, is open to the public.

The event is part of American Education Week activities, to be held next week at all area public schools.

Mrs. Schrenko will speak about public education issues important to Georgia. Her appearance is sponsored by the Westside and Tutt Middle School PTAs.

For more information, contact Helen Minchew of Westside's PTA at 860-1178 or Penny Strader of Tutt's PTA at 863-1812.

Area Democrats plan breakfast

The Richmond County Democratic party will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday for breakfast at the Sheraton Augusta Hotel.

The speaker will be Michael J. Coles, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party and an announced candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1998.

For more information, call 733-0190.

Fort to auction surplus goods

Need a new mattress, a tent or a computer? You just might find it next week at Fort Gordon's surplus auction.

The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office will auction government surplus from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Property for sale may be inspected today, Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Building 994 on 10th Street.

Other items for sale include battle dress uniforms, furnishings, televisions, typewriters, shop equipment, filing cabinets, refrigerators and exercise equipment.

Show to help children's hospital

AIKEN - A benefit show entitled "Absolutely Fabulous" will be presented at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Aiken County Shrine Club.

A portion of proceeds from the show will go to the Children's Medical Center at the Medical College of Georgia. There will be a fashion and bridal show.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Call John Edwards at 642-5419 for more information.

Town forgets to hold election

BACONTON -- There's very little that Bobby Beck and his coffee klatch at the Midway Stop-and-Shop forget.

They can remember the day a former city clerk was indicted for theft and the day the south Georgia town's one-man police department was forced to close.

But they and the other 880 people in Baconton forgot the town was supposed to hold an election last week for three of its five city council seats.

"Well, I guess it just didn't come up," Mr. Beck said, shrugging his shoulders.

Nobody remembered the Nov. 4 election until a former mayor, who no longer lives in the area, called a friend and asked who won. City officials said the council members have been unopposed for years and just forgot it was time for another vote.

3-year-old burned in fire dies

LaFAYETTE -- A 3-year-old girl, who was burned badly when her uncle and a teen-age girl allegedly set fire to the family's trailer, died Thursday at a Cincinnati hospital.

Winnona Coleman received burns over 50 percent of her body in a fire Saturday at her home. She was found by neighbors lying in a heap of burning clothes on the floor of a utility room.

The girl's uncle, Stanley Ray Tarvin, 43, of Rocky Face and a 16-year-old girl were charged Tuesday with arson.

The little girl was left alone at the house Saturday night with four other children ages 12 to 3. Her mother left them to go to the sheriff's department to report assault charges against Mr. Tarvin, her brother-in-law, after they had an argument.

Authorities said Mr. Wilson said the fire was set, apparently with gasoline, outside the utility room in an attempt at revenge.