Originally created 07/20/00

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Thomson man dies after 1-car wreck

A 72-year-old Thomson man was killed Wednesday morning on Interstate 20 after his car veered off the road.

Robert Collins of Dogwood Drive was taken to Doctors Hospital, where he died at 9:41 a.m., Columbia County Deputy Coroner Tommy King Jr. said.

The accident took place at 8:50 a.m. near the Appling-Harlem Road exit after Mr. Collins' car went off the interstate and into a pine tree, Capt. Steve Morris said.

Capt. Morris said Mr. Collins had a history of heart trouble that might have contributed to the wreck. Mr. King said the cause of death is being investigated.

Marijuana plant found in house

Grovetown Public Safety officers arrested a woman Wednesday morning after a small quantity of marijuana was found growing in her house.

Paula Beaulieu, 31, of the 200 block of East Robinson Avenue, was charged with possession of marijuana; her bond was set at $390, Grovetown Public Safety Capt. Mark Bowen said.

Capt. Bowen said Ms. Beaulieu was using the marijuana for herself and was not distributing it. He said officers learned of the growing room in her house from a tip.

"We don't see them growing it in their home very often," he said. "Usually, we find it out in the big warehouses like they did in Augusta or out in a garage somewhere."

Coroner race enters runoff

In the McDuffie County coroner's race Tuesday, incumbent Bobby Aldred placed last in a field of five candidates.

Donnie Crawford claimed 476 votes, or 31 percent, and Russell Gary came in second with 381 votes, or 25 percent. They will meet in a runoff.

Other candidates in the race were James Lewis, with 291 votes, and James Newsome, with 190. Mr. Aldred received 155 votes.

In the Republican primary for county commission, J. Robert Farr defeated Sharon T. Rhoades, 585-536. Mr. Farr will run against Democrat William Jopling in November.

Incumbent sheriff wins election

Incumbent Sheriff Charles Gary Hutchins kept his badge with 2,484 votes, while challenger David Hannah received 1,698 votes in Tuesday's election in Jefferson County.

Johnny Nelson defeated incumbent Coroner Julian Veatch, 2,001 to 1,919.

For the District 2 seat on county commission, Isaiah Thomas was triumphant with 488 votes. Challenger Johnny Davis had 333 votes, and Leon Jackson, 120.

County race could spur recount

The margin of victory in a Lincoln County Commission race Tuesday was so narrow that a recount is expected.

The incumbent in District 4, John Price McWhorter, lost to challenger Clifton Goolsby, 285-284. Both candidates have five days to agree to the recount.

Other races were for the chairman of the school board and Districts 2 and 3 on the county commission.

Edward Pinson outvoted incumbent Marcene Powell, 1,358 to 911 in the race for chairman of the school board.

On the county commission, incumbent Connie Arthur in District 2 defeated Kathie Davis, 462-205. In District 3, incumbent Samuel Thorpe Jr. defeated Regina McCord West, 322-292.

State seeks input on road plans

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is giving the public a chance to review and comment on highway projects planned for the next five years.

Residents of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties can offer their views on $3 billion in highway projects and $144 million in transit projects that the state agency expects to include engineering, acquisition of rights of way, construction and operating costs.

Copies of the transportation plan are available for review and comment at the Lower Savannah Council of Governments office in Aiken, (803) 649-7981; the DOT's Orangeburg district office, (803) 531-6850; and DOT headquarters, Office of Planning, 955 Park St., Columbia, with public information at (803) 737-1270.

Comments are due by Aug. 18. They can be mailed to DOT Executive Director Elizabeth S. Mabry, P.O. Box 191, Columbia 29202-0191.

Man shot in attempted robbery

An Augusta man who was shot outside his home on Olive Road early Tuesday told police three men tried to mug him, then fired a pistol at him when he said he had only $4.

"Just shoot that (expletive)," one of the men told another, according to Herbert Jackson, 45, in a Richmond County Sheriff's Department incident report.

Mr. Jackson told police he was on the 1900 block of Olive Road at about 3 a.m. when the three men approached him, one riding a bike and the other two on foot. All were black, between 17 and 20 years old and wearing dark clothing, he said.

The victim was shot through the left arm, the bullet lodging in his chest. He was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Deputies recovered a green Huffy 15-speed bicycle at the scene.

Parole denied in fatal shooting

An Augusta man convicted of murdering a 25-year-old man who had dinner with a friend's girlfriend has been denied parole by the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.

George Jones Jr., serving a life sentence for his July 1993 conviction in Richmond County Superior Court, will not be considered again until February 2008, according to the parole board, which is mandated to periodically consider parole for prisoners serving life sentences.

Mr. Jones was convicted in the Feb. 6, 1993, killing of David Holloway. Mr. Holloway, who had stepped away from an earlier confrontation with Mr. Jones and his friends at the restaurant, was shot to death.

Man indicted in deadly attack

A Lithonia, Ga., man accused of killing one Augusta resident and wounding a second was indicted Tuesday on murder and assault charges.

A Richmond County grand jury issued an indictment charging Rolland Elliott, 39, with felony murder and malice murder, aggravated assault and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Mr. Elliott is accused in the May 21 shooting of Thomas Pruitt, 27, and Rico Green, 25, on Shalimar Drive. Mr. Pruitt died as a result of his gunshot wound.

All but two precincts counted

ATLANTA - All the votes in Georgia's primary elections have been counted except for two precincts in Chattooga County, election officials said Wednesday.

Twelve of the 14 precincts in the northwest Georgia county have been counted, but Probate Judge Jon Payne said the final two precincts apparently had misprinted ballots that were slightly skewed and could not be handled on automatic counting machines.

He said he expected those ballots to be hand countedtoday.

Judge Payne said he had to ask a Superior Court judge for the right to count the votes by hand because he is the county's election supervisor in addition to Probate Court judge.

He said he expected the judge to approve the application at a hearing today, and after that it should take about two hours for the count to take place.


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