Originally created 10/02/00

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Teen-ager killed in jeep accident

AIKEN - A South Aiken High School senior was killed after he flipped his jeep in an early morning accident Sunday, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said.

John Ryan Peacock, 17, of Loganberry Court, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:30 a.m. by Deputy Coroner Bo Reardon. Three other male passengers were ejected from the jeep and taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Fernando Bush and Brendon Czarneck, both 17, were released from the hospital Sunday, officials said. The fourth male's name won't be released because he is younger than 17, said Lance Cpl. R.K. Hughes of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

No one was wearing a seat belt in the jeep, the coroner said. The accident happened at a curve on Greymare Hollow Road, near the coroner's driveway, she said. The jeep ran off the right side of the road, then swerved left and turned over twice, Lance Cpl. Hughes said.

A funeral will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Millbrook Baptist Church, 176 East Pine Log Road. Burial will be private.

Nightclub fight ends in gunfire

An early morning argument Sunday between two men at a Augusta nightclub ended with gunfire.

The two men began to argue shortly after 4 a.m. at a nightclub off Damascus Road, according to Richmond Count Sheriff's Investigator Cheryl Wright. It is not known why they were arguing.

One of the men left the club driving on Damascus toward Highland Avenue. He noticed the other man following him and parked at the 2900 block of Damascus, Investigator Wright said. He got out of his car to confront the man who was following him. The second man drove past him, firing several rounds from a 9 mm handgun into the first man's car, Investigator Wright said.

No one was injured.

Investigator Wright said names could not be released because the investigation continues and an arrest is expected early this week.

Man dies in two-car collision

A North Augusta man was found dead in his car Sunday afternoon after a two-car collision.

H.L. Cox, 77, of Lake Avenue, was pronounced dead at 4:11 p.m. at University Hospital, North Augusta Public Safety spokesman Lt. Tim Pearson said.

Mr. Cox was driving north on West Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. when he swerved into oncoming traffic,clipping the rear bumper of an oncoming car, Lt. Pearson said. The other driver suffered only minor injuries and refused medical assistance.

After striking the car, Mr. Cox continued through the southbound lane, jumping the curb and then hitting a wooden swing at 508 West Ave., Lt. Pearson said.

The car continued to roll, coming to a stop when it hit the front porch at 510 West Ave., Lt. Pearson said. None of the three people in the house was injured.

When police arrived at 3:29 p.m., Mr. Cox was unconscious and without a pulse, Lt. Pearson said. CPR was performed, and paramedics took Mr. Cox to the hospital.

North Augusta Public Safety is investigating the incident, Lt. Pearson said. Authorities are waiting on results of an autopsy to be performed today.

Officials seek couple in robbery

NORTH AUGUSTA - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that happened early Sunday at a North Augusta convenience store, Lt. Michael Frank said.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday, a man and woman walked into the Hilltop Citgo, 359 Jefferson Davis Highway. The man stood by the counter while the woman attempted to buy candy, officials said.

When the clerk rang up the purchase and opened the cash register, the man pulled out a small, old-style double barrel handgun, pointed it at the clerk and demanded money, Lt. Frank said.

The couple left in a green, four-door Toyota Camry or Mazda Millennium with a Georgia tag, witnesses told police. They were last seen heading toward Augusta. Witnesses said the man had been in the store about an hour earlier.

The man is described as black, 6 feet tall, 25-30 years old with black hair and black eyes. He weighs about 320 to 350 pounds and was wearing a black shirt and pants. The woman is described as black, 5 foot 4 inches tall, 20-25 years old with black hair. She weighs about 135 pounds and was wearing a gray bandana around her head and a gray sweatsuit.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (803) 642-1761 or (800) 922-3211. Individuals also should call Aiken County Crime Stoppers at (803) 642-1798. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Dentist dies after hit-and-run

COLUMBIA - Troopers are looking for a white Lexus in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed a Columbia dentist taking an early morning ride on his bicycle.

Dr. Harry Sunshine died Saturday after being hit from behind while riding his bicycle on Two Notch Road at about 6 a.m., state Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.K. Hughes said.

Evidence at the scene points to a white Lexus, Lance Cpl. Hughes said.

Dr. Sunshine was wearing a helmet, and his bike was equipped with a lighted headlight and taillight, Lance Cpl. Hughes said.

A passing motorist saw Dr. Sunshine after the accident and called paramedics. The dentist died a few hours later of a broken neck, Richland County Coroner Frank Barron said.

More manatee visit state

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - South Carolina has become a favorite summer destination for manatee, scientists say.

Historically, the bulky marine mammal that looks part hippopotamus and part seal rarely was seen in South Carolina waters, said Tom Murphy, a biologist with the state Natural Resources Department.

But in the early 1990s, manatee sightings in the state began to explode, reaching an all-time high of 185 in 1998.

Lynn Lefebvre, Sirenia Project leader for the U.S. Geological Survey in Florida, said a number of factors probably contributed to the increase.

Huge power plants that discharge warm water into the intracoastal waterway probably first enabled the creatures to move farther up the Atlantic coast in the springtime, she said.

Manatee also may be being pushed out of their ancestral waters by the increasing number of boats.

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

Edgefield Town Council, 7 p.m., town hall, Main Street

Barnwell City Council, 6:30 p.m., city hall, Burr Street

Tuesday: Edgefield County Council, 6 p.m., county building, Jeter Street

Barnwell County Council, 7 p.m., agriculture building, Courthouse Circle

McCormick Town Council, 7 p.m., town hall, Augusta Street

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

Columbia County Commission, 6:30 p.m., Appling Courthouse, Appling

Thursday: Columbia County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center auditorium

Augusta Commission Committee meetings, 1 to 4 p.m., eighth floor, Municipal Building, Green Street

The following blood drives will be held by Shepeard Community Blood Center today through Sunday.

Today: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Columbia County Employees (Appling), 6343 Columbia Road; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, 615 12th St.

Wednesday: Noon to 3 p.m. Columbia County Employees (Evans), 630 Washington West Drive; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Riegel Consumer Products Division, Riegel Road, Johnston, S.C.; 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way

Thursday: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Olin Chemical, 2402 Doug Bernard Parkway; 1:30 to 4 p.m. Alltel Mobile, 2903 Washington Road; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ambucs, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken

Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dillards, 1795 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road; 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 117 Pleasant Home Road.

American Red Cross Blood Services will hold a drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Allendale County Hospital, Allendale, S.C.


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