Originally created 09/17/00

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One-car accident kills Lincolnton man

A Lincolnton man was killed in a single-car accident early Saturday about two miles north of the city.

Xavier D. Norman, 20, was a former football player at Lincoln County High School.

According to a preliminary report by the Georgia State Patrol, Mr. Norman lost control of his car on Bethany Church Road at about 4:30 a.m. while rounding a curve. The car struck a tree. The driver was not wearing his seat belt and was partially ejected, the report stated.

No one else was in the car, the state patrol said. Mr. Norman died en route to Wills Memorial Hospital, Lincoln County Coroner Paul Reviere said.

The body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta to determine the cause of death, he said.

Bank robbery probe continues

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office continued its investigation Saturday of a Friday robbery of Community Bank and Trust.

So far, police have no suspects. The robber wore a black trenchcoat and had a black scarf over his face, Lt. Michael Frank said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting local law enforcement.

Just before 4 p.m. Friday, the robber, armed with a handgun, held up the Railroad Avenue bank and left in a small black car. No one was injured, Lt. Frank said.

The robber was described as black, perhaps in his 20s and about 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Police ask that anyone with information about the bank robbery call the sheriff's office at (803) 642-1761 or (800) 922-3211 or Aiken County Crime Stoppers at (803) 642-1798.

Green Party supporters will meet

Augustans for a Green White House will hold its weekly meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at 211 Ninth St.

The group also will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Those interested in learning more about the Green Party or Ralph Nader's presidential campaign are asked to attend.

For more information, call 738-4573 or visit greens.org/georgia/richmond/ on the Web.

Hospital will mark rehab week

Walton Rehabilitation Hospital will observe National Rehabilitation Week beginning today.

A wheelchair tennis tournament is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Newman-Augusta Tennis Center. The event, featuring clinics and exhibitions by pros, is open to people with and without disabilities. Call 823-8792 for more information.

Academy joins food program

The Kids Express Academy at 2502 Deans Bridge Road is taking part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The program is available at no separate charge to enrolled children at the academy.

Two charged with making bomb

WALHALLA - A pipe bomb found at an Oconee County business has led to the arrest of two employees.

Randy Deweese, 35, of Toccoa, Ga., and Amber Elizabeth Fenyo, 24, of Six Mile, were charged Friday with manufacturing a destructive device, said Oconee County Lt. Donnie Fricks.

Brent Veronee, owner of All-Phase Electric Motors, found the explosive device Thursday.

"We did not see any intent to blow up a building or injure anyone, but the point is it is a serious offense," Lt. Fricks said.

Anderson Bomb Squad Capt. Bob Eidson said the device's fragments would have been more dangerous than the explosion itself. Authorities blew it up in a field behind the motor shop.

Gas stations stage price war

SANDERSVILLE - A price war dropped gasoline prices to 47 cents per gallon last week at two convenience stores across the street from each other in Sandersville, 50 miles east of Macon.

No one at 15 Speedway or Enmark convenience stores would say exactly who first dropped prices Thursday.

Debbie Anderson, manager of Enmark, said company policy prohibited her from saying too much to the media.

"It got pretty backed up," Ms. Anderson said. "We went to 47 (cents per gallon), and that's where we bottomed out."

The gas war got wild enough for Sandersville police to be called out to handle traffic. It was the second time the stores have dropped prices dramatically on gas.

By day's end, gas was back up to $1.39 a gallon at the 15 Speedway and $1.06 at Enmark.

Fire truck collides with car

COLUMBIA - A volunteer firefighter racing to battle a blaze in South Congaree was cited for running a red light after the tanker truck he was driving collided with a car.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol determined that Don Amick, 25, didn't use "enough due regard" when he proceeded through the red light in South Congaree on Friday night, Fire Chief Eddie Turner said.

Neither Mr. Amick nor the other driver, Lynda Barkley, 57, of Lexington County, was seriously injured, Chief Turner said.

Ms. Barkley's BMW and the $100,000 tanker truck carrying 1,000 gallons of water were totaled. Mr. Amick will be responsible for paying the ticket, the chief said.

State law gives emergency vehicles "permission" to run red lights in emergencies, but drivers must proceed cautiously.

Police charge man in kidnapping

CHARLESTON - A 22-year-old man has been charged after two College of Charleston students told police he kidnapped them at knifepoint and robbed them of $200.

Jalal Fahem Beyah of Charleston was charged Friday with armed robbery, carjacking and kidnapping, said Charles Francis, a police spokesman.

Mr. Beyah is accused of forcing his way into the women's car at about 1 a.m. Thursday. He drove to a bank machine, forced one of the women to withdraw money from her account and fled on foot, police said.

"We pretty much thought we were going to die," said Reed Messer, one of the victims. "The more I think about it, there is so much that could have gone wrong."

Neither Ms. Messer, 19, nor her roommate, Marysa Raymond, 20, was injured in the attack.

"He was cussing and screaming at us to give him money, saying, `I'll cut you. I'll kill you,'ƒ" Ms. Messer said.

A tip led police to Mr. Beyah, who was hiding in the closet of a vacant apartment, Mr. Francis said.

"We're both lucky we came out of it without a scratch," Ms. Messer said. "You just can't imagine something like that happening until it happens to you."


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