Originally created 08/30/99

Across the area: Car hits woman attempting suicide



An Aiken woman trying to kill herself ran in front of a car along a busy stretch of Richland Avenue and suffered serious injuries, authorities said Sunday.

Karen Taylor, 38, of the 1000 block of Linden Street, jumped in front of a 1989 Chevrolet Suburban about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The car rolled over her and she was later taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

By Sunday afternoon, she was listed in stable condition.Witnesses told Aiken police that they tried to stop her from running into traffic several times, but the woman finally walked into the middle of a road and stepped in front of a vehicle.

The Suburban, driven by Joseph Wilson, 16, of Columbia, ran over the woman in front of a Wendy's fast-food restaurant.The driver, who was in the area to visit friends, was not injured and his vehicle sustained minor damage.

Witness Flamb Funches, part-owner of Sparkle Car Care on Richland Avenue, said Ms. Taylor lives near the accident scene and is known for walking up and down Richland Avenue.

Infant's injuries investigated

Richmond County sheriff's investigators tried to determine Sunday what happened to send a 9-month-old Augusta baby to the emergency room at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The baby, Kaylah Bussey, was listed in critical condition Sunday night at MCG. Specifics of her injury were not available.

Kaylah, along with her 4- and 6-year-old brothers and a 2-year-old sister, was under the care of a family friend, Sonya Lewis, 30, when she was hurt, authorities said.

Emergency medical personnel received a call before 2 p.m. from Ms. Lewis, who told the dispatcher that Kaylah was lethargic and not breathing properly, according to police reports.

Ms. Lewis told the dispatcher her 10-year-old daughter had seen one of Kaylah's siblings choking her moments earlier, investigators said.Investigators questioned the children and Ms. Lewis. No one was charged Sunday.

National HIV conference opens

ATLANTA -- The first national conference addressing efforts to monitor and prevent HIV began Sunday with health officials warning that, despite advances in treatment, it continues to be a problem.More than 2,000 scientists, doctors, researchers and advocates are in Atlanta for the first National HIV Prevention Conference convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 17 other groups.

The conference should last for four days.

At the conference, federal officials will release the latest national data on trends in HIV and AIDS deaths and infection rates for the general population as well as prisoners, underrecognized factors in the spread of HIV, and results from a new HIV test.

E. coli found in market's beef

ATLANTA -- Publix Super Markets Inc. has voluntarily removed all ground beef from stores that received it Aug. 23 after U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors found E. coli contamination in beef at a suburban Atlanta store, officials said Sunday.

No illnesses have been reported. But Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said Publix has been working with inspectors from his office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine lot numbers and distribution points for the ground beef that may be tainted with the bacteria.

Consumers who purchased regular ground beef from the Publix Town Center store in Loganville, Ga., on Aug. 23, carrying the store code date of Aug. 25, may return it for a refund, the commissioner said.

Leak spurs chemical plant blast

COLUMBIA -- Dozens of workers at a Richland County chemical plant may have been contaminated by a hazardous vapor leak that caused an explosion. Columbia firefighters were called to investigate the chemical leak containing diphenyl oxide at Shakespeare Monofilament Division when the explosion occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported.

Couple dies in head-on wreck

OAK GROVE -- A Georgetown County couple died after their pickup collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 521 in Oak Grove. David Keith Cribb, 23, of Andrews, and his wife, Sabrina Cribb, 22, were killed early Saturday about seven miles east of Andrews, said Cpl. C.D. Causey of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Tractor-trailer driver Kenneth H. Burgess, 38, of Georgetown was not hurt.

Bloodmobile locations

Appointments are available at these locations for people wishing to donate blood:

American Red Cross Blood Services: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday (except holidays), 950 Millbrook St., Suite A, Aiken; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday (except holidays), 106 Pleasant Home Road, Suite L, LaPavilion Shopping Center, Augusta. Call (803) 642-5180 or (706) 868-8800.

Shepeard Community Blood Center: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday (except holidays), 112-B Davis Road, Martinez; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays (except holidays), 1533 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta; and noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday (except holidays), Rich Plaza near Whiskey and Pine Log roads, Aiken. Call (706) 854-1880 in Martinez, (706) 737-4551, Augusta or (803) 643-7996, Aiken.

Meetings this week

Today
Augusta Commission subcommittee on historic preservation ordinances, 12:45 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., Augusta.
Augusta Commission Finance Committee, 1 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.
Augusta Commission Administrative Services Committee, 2 p.m., 8th floor, Municipal Building.
Augusta Commission Engineering Services Committee, 2:30 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.
Augusta Commission Public Safety Committee, 3:30 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.
Augusta Commission Public Services Committee, 4 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building.
Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp., 4 p.m., second floor, Cotton Exchange Welcome Center, Ninth and Reynolds streets, Augusta.
Thursday
Augusta-Richmond County Museum Board of Trustees, noon, museum at Sixth and Reynolds streets, downtown Augusta.