Originally created 04/09/00

Across the area: Group uses pistol while stealing CDs

A group of men used a long-barreled pistol to take their pick of CDs at Sound Selective Music on Saturday afternoon, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Department.

A clerk told investigators she was alone in the store at 1553 Laney-Walker Blvd. at about 3:30 p.m. when three or four men burst inside and forced her to lie face down on the floor. She could give only sparse details to police: One pointed a gun and wore jeans, a black coat and a ski mask; one had braided hair and wore a blue camouflage shirt; the third wore lime-green and white tennis shoes; at least one wore shorts.

Investigator Mark Bowen said about 25 CDs were taken from the store, along with cash from both registers. A few CDs were found dropped outside, near tire skid marks, he said.


Two men charged in robbery

A woman who saw two men beat another man to the ground and take his wallet later helped police make two arrests Saturday.

According to Richmond County Sheriff's Department, a 36-year-old man was walking between CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority Inc. and a Shell Station on Greene Street at about 12:45 p.m. when two men attacked him, punching him and kicking him in the chest. They took his wallet, which contained about $175, Investigator Trey Schneider said. The bleeding man was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital but was not seriously injured, the investigator said.

A witness gave deputies descriptions of the attackers, and Dennis Taylor, 38, and Nicholas Brown, 22, were found nearby and charged with robbery by force, police said.


Police seek two men in robberies

Police say they believe two thin white men in an old gray car might be on a crime spree targeting women and their valuables.

Just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday, a 65-year-old woman was walking to her car from the Old Navy Store at 219 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, when two men in an early-1980s Ford Mustang pulled beside her, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Mark Bowen said. The man in the passenger seat leaned out the window and grabbed the woman's purse from her shoulder, dragging her several feet before she fell and let go, he said.

The victim received cuts and scrapes to her arm, Investigator Bowen said. The purse contained about $100 in cash, a Mega women's watch and an amethyst ring.

Investigator Bowen said the two men might be the same pair who robbed a 17-year-old girl parked outside the Dairy Queen at 3149 Washington Road on Friday night. In that incident, one robber was described as having a thin goatee and mustache, and they drove away in an old, light-blue or gray car, Investigator Jo Ann Nutter said.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call investigators at (706) 821-1020.


Task force meeting set

The Augusta Task Force for the Homeless will hold a public meeting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Salvation Army Conference Room, 1384 Greene St.

The topic is the Continuum of Care application process. Continuum of Care applicants are urged to attend. For more information, call the task force at 774-1059 or Kathleen Pennington at 854-9106.


Video of city's history to air

Augusta Remembers, a documentary video on the history of Augusta during the first half of the 20th century, will be shown from 3 to 4 p.m. today on Georgia Public Television.

The video was produced and directed by Mark Albertin and was featured last week at the Augusta Genealogical Society meeting.


Hydrant testing continues

Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department battalions will test fire hydrants this week and for the next 2' months.

Battalions will be in the following areas on weekdays:

Battalion 1: Broad Street at the boundary line of 15th Street; and Broad Street to Washington Road, Lake Olmstead boundaries and Fenwick Street.

Battalion 2: Woodbluff subdivision, Skinner Mill Road from Woodbluff to Boy Scout Road, West Eagles Greens apartments, Wheeler Road from the county line, Spicewood apartments, Hill Creek subdivision, areas surrounding Doctors Hospital, Huntington apartments, Bradford Point apartments and Augusta Exchange shopping center.

Battalion 3: Gordon Highway to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Turnip Street, Nicholas Street, Popular Street, Railroad Avenue, Mills Street, Kent Street, Morgan Street, Piquette Avenue, Savannah Road and Gordon Street.

Battalion 4: Georgia Highway 56 from Bennocks Mill Road to the county line; Horseshoe Road, Hephzibah-McBean Road, Old Waynesboro Road and all roads off Hephzibah-McBean Road.


Winds cause damage, injury

ATLANTA -- Thirteen people were injured Saturday in a festival at Atlanta's Piedmont Park when strong winds snapped a 60-foot tree and sent it crashing onto a tent where people were browsing for arts and crafts.

The injured, including three children, were taken to area hospitals, but none of the injuries seemed life threatening, officials said. One person suffered a broken leg, said Stephen Sicarra, organizer of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

Festival-goers said they heard a loud noise as the tree broke near its base.

"It started cracking and it fell. It took about 15 seconds for it to fall," said Noelle Davis, one of the injured. "I just got hit on the head, but several people were trapped under the thing."

A number of people rushed to the tree and lifted it off those trapped underneath.


Story change leads to arrest

COLUMBIA -- An employee of a weekly newspaper in Greenville has been charged under the state's computer crime laws for deliberately changing a news story that was published, authorities say.

Terry Anthony Posey, 40, of Taylors was arrested Thursday and released on personal recognizance, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Hugh Munn said.

According to the arrest warrant, in mid-February, Mr. Posey altered, damaged, destroyed or modified data contained in a software program belonging to the Greenville Journal that caused more than $25,000 in damage, Ms. Munn said.

The news story changed and published was about rezoning, Mr. Munn said.


Students protest Coke bottles

ATLANTA -- Students from five colleges protested outside the World of Coca-Cola on Saturday, saying the soft-drink giant has broken its promise to use more recycled material in its bottles.

About 20 students, members of an Internet-connected group of college environmentalists called Ecopledge.com, contend Coke has not kept a 1990 promise to use 25 percent recycled plastic in bottles.

The company never made such a promise, Coke spokesman Trey Paris said Saturday. He said the company tested new bottling materials that turned out not to be financially sound.


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