Originally created 05/15/00

Across the area: Officers find man's body in rock quarry

Columbia County authorities recovered the body of a man Sunday who apparently drowned in a rock quarry outside Grovetown.

Deputies responded at about 5:30 p.m. to the reported drowning in the 5400 block of Wrightsboro Road, where they found the man's body. The man apparently jumped from a cliff at the rock quarry, struck his head on a rock and died, said Capt. Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities were withholding the man's name until the family had been notified.


Teen-ager charged in slaying

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 17-year-old Lawrenceville youth has been charged with murder in the death of another teen.

Police arrested Lief Garrett late Friday night in connection with the slaying of Tyreek Seivwright, 17, also of Lawrenceville.

Mr. Garrett is being held in the Gwinnett Detention Center without bond after being charged with one count of malice murder and one count of felony murder.

Residents of a home in Lawrenceville found Mr. Seivwright dead on their porch at 4:35 p.m. Friday.

Gwinnett County police said Mr. Garrett and Mr. Seivwright were passengers in the same car when Mr. Seivwright was either stabbed or shot.

"It's looking like a stabbing, but hopefully that will be cleared up after the medical examiner's report," said Gwinnett Police spokesman George Gilson. "We're narrowing it down to one suspect, but we're not ruling out the possibility of another suspect."


Gasoline tanker truck explodes

DULUTH - No injuries have been reported in the crash and explosion of a gasoline tanker truck near Duluth.

Thousands of gallons of gasoline exploded Saturday evening when the Chevron Fuel Truck overturned, exploded and caught fire.

Flames and thick, black smoke reportedly were seen as far away as downtown Atlanta and Lilburn.

"The driver is OK," said David Foster, assistant fire chief for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. "We don't know what caused the accident. The investigation is ongoing."

Chevron officials were at the scene after the 5:30 p.m. crash but were unavailable for comment.


Candidate fights drinking charge

ABBEVILLE - A Republican candidate for the state House of Representatives wants a jury to clear him of a public drunkenness charge.

Bob Shirley, who is running for a District 11 seat, said he thinks the police officer who approached his party at an Abbeville restaurant orchestrated a confrontation because of an ongoing vendetta against him.

The 49-year-old former state representatives is accused of being "in a very intoxicated state" and shouting obscenities at the arresting officer.

Mr. Shirley, who owns an Abbeville insurance agency, said he had a few drinks at his home before the incident last week, but was never drunk or loud and did not cause a scene.

He said the matter could have been settled in time for the June primary, but he wants a jury trial.

"I will be vindicated for this," he said. "I hope the people trust and believe in that, because I think they know me and trust me."


Aiken man charged with assault

An Aiken man was arrested and charged Sunday with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature for allegedly running over his wife, then speeding away.

Police said the two were arguing at about 6 p.m. outside the BP convenience store at Banks Mill and Pine Log roads.

Cheryl Williams was leaning inside the driver's window of their white 1990 Plymouth, talking to her husband, Bruce Williams, when he grabbed her, turned on the ignition and drove away, dragging her for a short distance, Aiken Department of Public Safety Capt. Tom Galardi said.

About 30 minutes later, Mr. Williams, 45, of Kellogg Drive, surrendered himself to police.

His wife was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers for a possible broken hip, authorities said.

Mr. Williams is being held without bond at the Aiken County Detention Center.


Road named for race-car driver

SPARTANBURG - You may not be able to reach speeds of 180 mph on it, but a stretch of state Highway 221 has been renamed for NASCAR legend David Pearson.

David Pearson Boulevard runs from Interstate 85 to downtown Spartanburg. Street signs with the new name were unveiled Saturday.

"It is a great day, and it is a lot of fun. It is also one of the greatest things that ever happened to me," said Mr. Pearson, who is a native of the Upstate city.

Mr. Pearson, who is nicknamed the "Silver Fox," won 105 races and was named Sports Illustrated's driver of the century.


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

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

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



Augusta Utilities Master Plan presentation, 7 p.m., Jamestown Community Center.

North Augusta City Council, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, Buena Vista Avenue.

Fairfax Town Council, 6 p.m., Town Hall, U.S. Highway 278.


Augusta Commission special work session to discuss site selection for new judicial center, 1 p.m., Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., eighth floor.

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., Municipal Building, eighth floor.

Augusta Utilities Master Plan presentation, 7 p.m., Warren Road Community Center.

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

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

Columbia County Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center auditorium, Washington West Drive, Evans.


Columbia County Management and Financial Services, 5:30 p.m., Evans Government Center, Commissioners Conference Room, Washington West Drive, Evans.


Aiken County Planning Commission, 7 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue.

North Augusta Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, Buena Vista Avenue.

Allendale County Council, 7:30 p.m., Brant Building Auditorium, Courthouse Square.

Barnwell County Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., District Office, Haygood Avenue.

Columbia County Water and Sewer Services, 5:30 p.m., Water and Sewer Services Conference Room, Evans to Lock Road, Evans.


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