Originally created 05/08/00

Across the area: Police arrest three men in shooting

Police arrested three Augusta men Sunday in connection with an early-morning shooting that wounded four people in a North Leg Road night club parking lot.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Department has charged Naquan Reid, 18, and identical 18-year-old twins Travis and Tavaras Peterson with four charges each of aggravated assault. The men also each were charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Police reported that the three teens began arguing with two of the four victims in the parking lot of Tinted Windows nightclub before drawing semi-automatic guns and opening fire.

Jason Ivey, 22, and Salathea Warran, 23, were injured during the confrontation. Two bystanders, Grady Allen, and Samuel Sadd, also were injured by stray bullets, police said.

All four victims were treated and released from various hospitals for gun shot wounds to the arms and legs.


One-car accident kills two

LITTLE RIVER -- Two people from Little River were killed in a one-car crash about eight miles north of the town.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Don Causey said the couple, a 37-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman whose names have not been released, were traveling north Friday on Secondary Highway 50 when the driver lost control of the van.

The van rolled several times, throwing both driver and passenger, before coming to rest in a yard.

The woman was pronounced dead on arrival at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, and her husband died later, Cpl. Causey said. Neither was wearing a seat belt.


Noisy motorist dies in chase

COLUMBIA -- A 21-year-old sped away from police, hit a utility pole and died after the officer pulled him over for playing his music too loud, authorities say.

Marvin Walker was stopped early Saturday morning, authorities said. Mr. Walker drove off after Officer Melron Kelly asked for his driver's license.

The officer backed off the chase twice because of Mr. Walker's erratic driving, Police Chief Charles Austin said. It was unclear how fast Mr. Walker was driving when he hit the pole. The South Carolina Highway Patrol was investigating the crash.

After the crash, police discovered Mr. Walker had an outstanding warrant on a criminal domestic violence charge and did not have a valid driver's license, Chief Austin said.

Chief Austin said he had reviewed the incident and determined that Officer Kelly used proper judgment after Mr. Walker drove off.

Mr. Walker's death came just days after Columbia police announced a crackdown on noise ordinance violations. Chief Austin said Saturday's incident would not change that policy.


State clerk gets donated organ

SPARTANBURG -- Department of Motor Vehicles clerk Pam Phillips has asked people countless times if they would agree to be organ donors.

She never thought she would need someone to say yes.

Ms. Phillips, 31 and a diabetic, underwent a kidney and pancreas transplant on April 10 after her kidneys shut down.

She doesn't know her donor, but Ms. Phillips wrote a note of thanks that will be sent to the family.

"I'm sad that somebody died and now I'm getting better because of it," said Ms. Phillips, who has suffered from diabetes since she was 12.


Marshals nab escaped inmate

EDGEFIELD --A federal inmate was captured in Greenville on Sunday after being discovered missing from a minimum-security prison camp, officials said.

At the 3 a.m. head count, the staff discovered inmate Clifton Polk missing from the Edgefield County Federal Correctional Institute, spokesman Mike Smith said. He was last seen at midnight.

About nine hours later, two U.S. Marshals found Mr. Polk at his aunt's home in Greenville, Mr. Smith said. He will be returned to the federal prison today after spending the night in a Greenville detention center, he said.

Mr. Polk was serving a 7-year sentence for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was expected to be released in August 2005, officials said.


Fire in empty house investigated

Fire officials are investigating a fire that consumed an abandoned house on Knox Avenue late Sunday night.

Neighbors in the 2900 block of the south Augusta street reported the blaze at 10:42 p.m., Battalion Chief John Clark said. By the time firefighters arrived, the flames had reached heights of nearly 30 feet, well above the tree line, Chief Clark said.

No one was injured in the fire, and no neighboring homes were damaged, he said.

The fire was "suspicious in nature," Chief Clark said, mainly because no power or gas was connected to the house and no one was living in it. It took about 15 minutes for firefighters to extinguish the flames, but smoke and steam continued to billow from the old house nearly an hour after it was first reported. Arson investigators will examine the ruins today to determine what ignited the blaze.


The following is a list of blood drives for this week:

Today: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lakeside High School, 533 Blue Ridge Drive; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wild Turkey Federation, South Carolina Highway 25, Edgefield; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, 1920 Whiskey Road, SRP Federal Credit Union, Aiken.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lincoln County High School, 345 Ward Ave.; 5-8 p.m., Colonial Village, Walton Way Extension.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aiken County Health & Safety Fair, 828 Richland Ave. W., Aiken; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., McDuffie Regional Medical Center, 521 Hill St. S.W., Thomson.

Thursday: 6:30-11:30 a.m., Monsanto Plant One (Searle), 1750 Lovers Lane; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, 1920 Whiskey Road, SRP Federal Credit Union, Aiken; 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monsanto Plant Two (NutraSweet), 1750 Lovers Lane; 6-8 p.m., Mann Memorial Methodist, 2705 Milledgeville Road.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Alleluia Community Drive, 2819 Peach Orchard Road; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lite 98 Mothers Day Drive, Shepeard Community Blood Center, 1533 Wrightsboro Road; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mothers Day Drive, At Shepeard Community Blood Center West, 112-B Davis Road; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, 1920 Whiskey Road, SRP Federal Credit Union, Aiken; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rich's, 3450 Wrightsboro Road.

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., United Defense Family Fun Day, 15 Windham Blvd., Aiken.



Aiken City Council, 7:30 p.m., Municipal Building, Park Avenue. (pre-meeting at 7 p.m.)

Salley Town Council, 7:30 p.m., Salley Civic Center, Pine Street.

Midland Valley Recreation Association, 7 p.m., Howard Field office building, Highway 421, Clearwater.

Johnston City Council, 7:30 p.m., Municipal Building, Mims Street.

Columbia County Community and Emergency Services, 5:30 p.m., Community and Emergency Services Conference Room, 500 Faircloth Drive, Evans

Grovetown City Council, 7:30 p.m., Grovetown City Hall

Harlem City Council, 7:30 p.m., Harlem City Hall


Aiken County Development Committee, 5:30 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

Aiken County Administrative Committee, 6 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

Aiken County Judicial & Public Safety Committee, 6:30 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

Aiken County Board of Education, 7 p.m., District Office, Brookhaven Drive.

Jackson Town Council, 7 p.m., Jackson Municipal Complex, Main Street.

Edgefield County Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Strom Thurmond High School Library, South Carolina Highway 23.

Allendale City Council, 6:30 p.m., courtroom in City Hall, U.S. Highway 301 South.

Columbia County Management and Financial Services, 6 p.m., Evans Government Center Commissioners Conference Room, Washington West Drive.

Columbia County School Board, 5:30 p.m., Evans Government Center Auditorium


Edgefield County Planning Commission, 7 p.m., County Building, Jeter Street.

Trenton Town Council, 6 p.m., Town Hall, Church Street.


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