Originally created 02/17/99

Across the area



Augusta man, 21, dies in car crash

An Augusta man died from injuries he suffered in a car accident in Savannah, according to reports.

Tywand Daniel Jackson, 21, of the 3200 block of Burgundy Street, was killed Monday in a car accident, a spokeswoman for Savannah Memorial Hospital said Tuesday. Savannah police would not release information on the accident Tuesday night.

A 1995 graduate of Evans High School, Mr. Jackson worked as a cook for Friday's restaurant in Augusta.

Two teens arrested in robbery

An 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old juvenile were charged with armed robbery after a man was robbed in a North Augusta apartment complex, police said Tuesday.

The victim, whose name police refused to release, was walking in Pinecrest Apartments on Swiss Street in North Augusta just after 7 p.m. Monday.

Two men approached him from behind, pushed him to the ground and stole money from him, said Lt. Tim Pearson of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. The robbers claimed they had a knife and a gun.

Jermaine Wright, 18, of the 500 block of Bradley Street, and a 16-year-old were arrested a short time later in an adjacent apartment complex.

Mr. Wright was jailed and the teen was released to his mother, Lt. Pearson said. Investigators found a knife in the area.

Aiken Prep science fair scheduled

Aiken Preparatory School will hold its first science fair from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Friday in the school gymnasium. Students in sixth through eighth grades will demonstrate their science projects.

Sixth-graders will cover physics and chemistry as well as life and earth sciences. Seventh-grade curriculum emphasizes physics, chemistry and life and Earth sciences. Eight-graders study energy, stability, patterns of change, scale and structure, and systems and interactions.

Club sets date for fund-raiser

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta will have its annual fund-raising dinner next month.

The 12th annual Steak and Burger Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. March 30 at Augusta State University's Athletic Center on Wrightsboro Road.

The dinner allows young members of the clubs to have a steak dinner while adults feast on hamburgers. The speaker is S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman of Chick-Fil-A restaurants.

Corporate sponsorships include a table at the dinner, an advertisement in the event's program and youth sponsorship. For information, contact Armen Boyajian at (706) 722-2698 or armenb@csranet.com.

Aiken man charged in shooting

An Aiken man was arrested in connection with a weekend shooting, Aiken County sheriff's officers said.

Donald Lendell Harrison, 25, of the 400 block of Red Oak Drive, was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and pointing a firearm.

The incident happened at 2 p.m. Saturday when Mr. Harrison's neighbor, Isaac Cummings Jr., 34, was walking home and struck up a conversation with Mr. Harrison.

They got into an argument. Mr. Harrison produced a pistol, dropped its clip on the ground, pulled the trigger to make sure the chamber was empty and threatened to hit Mr. Cummings with the pistol butt, according to police reports.

Mr. Cummings told officers he pushed Mr. Harrison away and a scuffle ensued, sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said.

Mr. Cummings told police Mr. Harrison put the clip back into the gun, pointed it at Mr. Cummings' feet and fired a shot but didn't hit Mr. Cummings.

Mr. Cummings turned and walked away and heard three more shots fired, he told police.

Mr. Harrison was arrested Saturday evening at his home and was released from jail Sunday on bond.

Three escape from state prison

REIDSVILLE -- Three inmates escaped from Georgia State Prison by hiding in the back of a food service van and then overpowering the driver after it left the prison.

They later broke into a house in nearby Surrency, assaulted the owner and stole a pickup truck, the state Department of Corrections said Tuesday.

Authorities were searching Tuesday for the inmates, who escaped Monday night.

They were identified as Donnie L. Fisher, who was serving eight years for kidnapping, theft by taking and armed robbery; Danny E. Pierce, who was serving life for armed robbery; and Roy Sanford, serving 20 years for armed robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

The van driver and the van were found Tuesday, according to a corrections department official. The driver was unharmed. The homeowner was slightly injured.

Shootout in vehicles kills two

DECATUR -- Two men were killed in a shootout with another vehicle Tuesday in Decatur. A third man was being questioned by authorities. No names were released.

Police responding to an accident report found the bodies, an assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun inside a Lexus with South Carolina tags at about 1 a.m.

A man who stumbled away from the car was treated for minor injuries and was being questioned, officials said.

Officers charged over steroids

CARTERSVILLE -- Two Bartow County sheriff's officers who enjoy pumping iron have been arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute illegal steroids.

Thomas L. Hunt, 22, and Keith P. Silva, 25, both of Cartersville, were jailed Friday night.

Both were fired and released on bond.

Colleagues said both men are weightlifting buffs and apparently are friends.

Campbell to rally for GOP

COLUMBIA -- Former Republican Gov. Carroll Campbell says he will help GOP lawmakers raise money and get out their message of lower taxes and economic growth.

"Some are poised to neglect our economic growth," said Mr. Campbell, flanked by the House Republican Caucus. "But providing a top-notch education while failing to provide top-notch jobs and opportunities is a dereliction of duty. And we won't have it."

Mr. Campbell took shots at Gov. Jim Hodges on Tuesday without naming him. He said "pie-in-the-sky" promises that won't bear fruit for years won't help the state.

Mr. Hodges is pushing for a state lottery to pay for education improvements, but the game would not operate for several years.