Originally created 05/18/98

Additional area news



Augusta man charged with robbery

A 22-year-old Augusta man was arrested on armed robbery charges during the weekend.

Lance Mathew Strahan of the 2500 block of Lyman Street was charged with four counts of felony armed robbery in connection with the robbery of a south Augusta business. Mr. Strahan is also charged with possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to police reports.

A man wearing a white t-shirt and green shorts walked into Sue's Grill on Deans Bridge Road with a dark-colored revolver around 3 a.m. Saturday. The man demanded money, struck the store owner on the head with the gun, took an unspecified amount of money and ran, police reports say.

The victim suffered a half-inch gash on his head and was treated and released from Medical College of Georgia, the reports state.

Laborer drowns in swimming pool

An out-of-town laborer drowned in an area swimming pool Sunday evening.

Martinez Laredo Silvano, age and residency unknown, wanted to cool off after a day's work, so he decided to jump into the swimming pool at Savannah West Apartment complex on Washington Road.

"He and some others were here working for a company out of Texas doing pressure washing," Augusta Coroner Leroy Sims said. "They had just finished the pool's patio area when he said he was hot and jumped into the pool, fully clothed."

Police say they suspect the man had been drinking.

The other workers left the pool area. An apartment manager at the complex, coming to check on the workers' progress, saw Mr. Silvano's body at the bottom of the pool, Mr. Sims said.

The apartment manager retrieved the man's body from the pool and yelled for someone else to dial 911, witnesses said.

Mr. Silvano, who had only a Mexican voter registration card on him, was dead when an emergency response team arrived.

Wreck kills teen returning from trip

A local teen died in a car accident Sunday afternoon as he was returning from a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Adam S. Dunn of the 3300 block of Quaker Springs Road in Augusta lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree, police said.

The 18-year-old was pronounced dead on the operating table at the Medical College of Georgia around 12:50 p.m.

The accident happened around noon Sunday at the intersection of Tobacco Road and Doug Barnard Parkway.

Mr. Dunn, who was alone at the time of the accident, died of massive head trauma, Coroner Leroy Simms said Sunday.

Richmond County Sheriff deputies are investigating the accident and could not immediately provide details about what happened.

Motorcycle accident kills woman

WAGENER -- A Friday evening motorcycle accident has resulted in the death of a Wagener woman.

Sarah Freitag, 36, was pronounced dead at Aiken Regional Medical Centers by her physician at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said.

Mrs. Freitag was riding as a passenger on the motorcycle operated by her husband, Herbert Freitag.

The accident occurred when the cycle collided with a deer at the intersection of Ernest Johnson Road and Poinsettia Drive.

"Neither was wearing helmets," Mrs. Townsend said.

Mrs. Freitag suffered severe head injuries. Mr. Freitag sustained minor injuries but did not require hospitalization.

The deer was killed instantly.

Man accused in fatal shooting

SPARTANBURG -- A 21-year-old Spartanburg man has been charged with fatally shooting a man outside an Arcadia home last week, authorities said.

Jose Piaz was charged with murder in the death of Fidel Briseno, 24. He surrendered to police Saturday at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Mr. Briseno was shot three times May 9 after an argument with his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend in front of an Arcadia house, said Lt. Eric Lawson, a Spartanburg County Sheriff's spokesman.

Mr. Briseno was armed with a knife at the time of the shooting. He died on the way to Spartanburg Regional Medical Centers, Lt. Lawson said.

Police issue exotic-dancing fines

CHARLESTON -- Fourteen people were given more than $10,000 in tickets for new Charleston County ordinances that puts restrictions on exotic dancers.

The Charleston County Metro vice squad said it found violations at Teasers and The Gentlemen's Club on Saturday.

The Charleston County Council has banned topless dancers from accepting tips personally and dancing within six feet of patrons in unincorporated Charleston County.

Sheriff's Lt. Andrene Coury said three exotic dancers at Teasers were ticketed. One was charged with violating the 6-foot rule, accepting gratuities while semi-nude, and violating the no-fondling or caressing rule.

The other two dancers were charged with accepting gratuities while semi-nude.

Five dancers at The Gentlemen's Club were charged with dancing within 6 feet of the patrons and accepting tips personally while semi-nude. Four were charged with violating the 6-foot rule in private dances.

One patron received a ticket for violating the 6-foot rule, and a manager received a ticket for failure to post the new ordinance at the club.

Killer receives life sentence

COLUMBIA -- A Greenville man has been sentenced to life in prison for the killings of a downtown Columbia barber and his customer in March 1996.

The same jury that convicted Felix Cheeseboro on Thursday, could not come to a unanimous decision on Mr. Cheeseboro's fate three days later.

Jurors had to choose between the death penalty and life, but failed to agree.

By state law, Mr. Cheeseboro was given life without the possibility of parole.

Barber Frank Kelly, 75, and customer Leon Poole, 73, were shot in the back of the head. Another barber, 47-year-old Kendrick Davis, was shot in the neck but survived.

Blood Mobile schedule:

The Shepeard Community Blood Center's bloodmobile will hold blood drives this week in the following area locations:

Today: Augusta Christian, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Savannah River Site Central Shops, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (employees only); Westwood, 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Kentwood, 1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday: SRS ITP-back-gate, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (employees); Columbia County employees (Appling), 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: SRS K-Area, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Aiken Community Blood Center, noon to 6 p.m.

Friday: Aiken Community Blood Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Area meetings:

Today: Augusta-Richmond County Board of Zoning Appeals, 2:30 p.m., Room 803, municipal building.

Richmond County Board of Elections called meeting, 5:30 p.m., Room 104, municipal building

North Augusta City Council, 7 p.m., municipal building, Buena Vista Avenue, North Augusta.

Fairfax Town Council, 6 p.m., town hall, U.S. Highway 278, Fairfax.

Tuesday: Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth floor, municipal building.

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

Aiken County Council, 7 p.m., county council annex, Richland Avenue, Aiken.

McCormick Town Council, 7 p.m., town hall, Augusta Street, McCormick.

Wednesday: Human Relations Commission, 4 p.m., 360 Bay St.

Thursday: Augusta Port Authority, 8 a.m., W.R. Toole Engineers Inc., 349 Greene St.

Columbia County Water and Sewer Services Committee, 5:30 p.m., Water and Sewer Services conference room, Evans-to-Locks Road.

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

Aiken County Planning Commission, 7 p.m., county council Annex, Richland Avenue, Aiken.

North Augusta Planning Commission, 7 p.m., municipal building, Buena Vista Avenue, North Augusta.

Allendale County Council, 7:30 p.m., Brant Building auditorium, Courthouse Square, Allendale.

Barnwell County Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., district office, Haygood Avenue, Barnwell.