Originally created 07/05/99

Across the area



Alcohol-related crash kills man

A Salley man killed in a weekend traffic accident was drunk when he lost control of his car and crashed, authorities said Sunday.

Jerry B. Faust, 51, of Triangle Drive, was headed north Saturday evening on South Dixie Road when he lost control of his 1974 Ford pickup, flipped it several times and landed upside down, said Cpl. Jones Gamble of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Mr. Faust was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said.

Witnesses told authorities they saw his car swerving before he lost control, and tests indicated he was intoxicated, Mrs. Townsend said.

Mr. Faust's death was the 24th on Aiken County roads this year. He was among 12 people killed on South Carolina's roads during the Fourth of July weekend.

Man charged in briefcase theft

Richmond County sheriff's investigators charged an Augusta man Sunday with robbing a man of his briefcase on the front steps of his home.

Robert Fitzgerald Bell, 33, of the 2700 block of Stream Lane, was charged with a felony count of robbery by force. Mr. Bell, one of three men sought in the robbery, was arrested at 1 a.m. at Phinizy Road and Peach Orchard Road, authorities said.

Robert Alexander Williams, 72, told deputies he was walking up his front steps in Augusta's Forest Hills area when he was pushed from behind by two teens.

He turned around and the thieves grabbed his briefcase from his hand and ran down Natalie Circle.

A witness saw the thieves pass the briefcase to a man sitting nearby in a black Geo, and that man later jumped from the vehicle and ran. Investigators traced the car to an Augusta address. The victim's briefcase was found later, but an undisclosed amount of money inside was missing.

Peeping Tom suspect arrested

Aiken police arrested a local man on peeping Tom charges after a woman said he looked at her in a dressing room in the Goody's store on Silver Bluff Road.

Harold Lester Barrett, 48, of the 200 block of Longleaf Court, was arrested Friday afternoon after he left the store and ran to the nearby Wal-Mart store, where he was spotted by a loss-prevention officer, according to a police report.

The woman, 23, told police she was trying on bathing suits at about 1 p.m. and was naked when she noticed a mirror being placed under the stall. The woman yelled at the man, and he fled. The woman shouted for someone to stop the man. Mr. Barrett later was brought by police for her to identify.

Mr. Barrett was released from the Aiken County jail after posting bond Saturday.

Holiday schedules for the Fourth of July holiday weekend:

Augusta-Richmond County offices: closed today.

Columbia County offices: closed today.

Aiken County offices: closed today.

Aiken city offices: closed today.

Georgia state offices: closed today.

South Carolina state offices: closed today.

Federal offices: closed today.

Richmond County Public Schools: closed today.

Columbia County Public Schools: open today.

Aiken County Public Schools: open today.

Richmond County public libraries: closed today.

Columbia County public libraries: closed today.

Aiken County public libraries: closed today.

Augusta Public Transit: no service today.

Curry Sanitation: no service today; Monday pickup will be Tuesday.

Three Rivers Landfill: closed today.

Columbia County landfill: open today.

Richmond County landfill: closed today.

Aiken garbage: no pickup service today.

North Augusta Sanitation Department: closed today. Pickup this week will be from Tuesday through Friday instead of Monday through Thursday.

Browning-Ferris Industries: usual garbage pickup today.

Waste Management of Augusta-Aiken: office closed; usual garbage pickup today.

Augusta-Richmond County Museum: closed today.

U.S. Postal Service: closed today.

Fort Gordon offices: some offices open today.

Augusta State University: closed today.

Paine College: closed today.

Aiken Technical College: closed today.

Augusta Technical Institute: closed today.

University of South Carolina Aiken: switchboard and some offices open today; no classes.

Medical College of Georgia: offices closed and no classes today.

Area banks: closed today.

Shepeard Community Blood Center bloodmobile schedule:

Tuesday: Noon to 7 p.m., McDuffie County community drive, 111 Railroad St., Thomson.

Wednesday: Noon to 3:30 p.m., Georgia Regional Hospital, 3405 Old Savannah Road; 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4203 Wheeler Road.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., United Health Care and Care South, 2743 Perimeter Parkway, Building No. 200; noon to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center bloodmobile will be parked at Rich Plaza beside McDonald's restaurant at corner of Whiskey and Pine Log roads.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center bloodmobile will be parked at Rich Plaza beside McDonald's restaurant at corner of Whiskey and Pine Log roads.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cellular One, 3241-C Washington Road.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Christ The King Lutheran Church, 4232 Evans to Locks Road; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Central Christian Church, 220 Crawford Ave.

Meetings

Tuesday

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building on Greene Street in Augusta.

Richmond County Board of Assessors, 4 p.m., Room 102, Municipal Building.

Edgefield County Council, 6 p.m., County Building, Jeter Street in Edgefield, S.C.

Aiken County Council, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue in Aiken.

Barnwell County Council, 7 p.m., Agriculture Building, Courthouse Circle in Barnwell, S.C.

McCormick Town Council, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Augusta Street.