Originally created 01/08/01

Across the area



NORTH AUGUSTA
Truck-minivan collision injures 8

A two-vehicle collision at Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 25 in North Augusta on Sunday night left eight people injured, one with life threatening wounds.

Shortly before 8 p.m., a truck and a minivan collided at I-20 Exit 5 at U.S. 25, according to Wally Holden, Aiken County Emergency Medical Services assistant shift supervisor.

Seven of the victims were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital's trauma unit, one with life-threatening injuries, Mr. Holden said. Three of the victims were children. One victim was treated at the scene and released.

North Augusta Public Safety sent five patrol cars to the scene, according to a dispatcher. No charges have been filed, and the incident is still under investigation.

RICHMOND COUNTY
Police arrest robbery suspect

Authorities have arrested a woman wanted in connection with a New Year's Day armed robbery at the Depot Food Store on Wheeless Road.

Angela Faith Young, 30, is charged with robbery by intimidation and was being held in the Richmond County jail on $5,050 bond late Sunday.

According to police, a woman walked into the store, used the restroom, purchased an item and left. Moments later, she returned, purchased another item, then stuck her right hand into her coat pocket, indicated she was armed and ordered the store's clerk to empty the cash register.

AUGUSTA
Robbers make off with wallet

An Augusta man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning by two men who approached him as he walked to a neighbor's apartment.

Gerald Roberts, of the 2700 block of Brenda Court, told police the men pointed a silver-plated handgun at him and ordered him to the ground, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Department report. The men took Mr. Roberts' wallet, then fled in a gray or blue Buick.

The men were described as black, in their early 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 145 pounds. They wore dark clothing and black ski masks, the report stated.

AUGUSTA
Mayor will address city via television

Augusta Mayor Bob Young will deliver a State of the City address at 7:30 tonight on Comcast Cable Channel 4. The 15-minute speech will be followed by a question-and-answer period during which viewers can call in and direct questions to Mr. Young.

"By speaking directly to the people of Augusta in this unedited format, I feel my message can be more clearly understood," the mayor said.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Teen driver charged in accident

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - The teen-age driver involved in a crash that killed a Hilton Head Middle School science teacher has been charged with murder, police said.

Micah A. Taylor, 17, of Estill, was arrested Friday and is at the Beaufort County Detention Center, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said.

Sheriff Tanner said the murder charge is separate from charges of driving under the influence, marijuana possession and petit larceny that Mr. Taylor already faces in the accident that killed Stephenie Cecil on Dec. 18.

Mr. Taylor and his passenger, Joshua Mikell, 18, of Estill, reportedly stole a purse in the Festival Centre parking lot on Hilton Head Island before the crash. They were attempting to flee when their car hit Ms. Cecil's vehicle, officials said.

Neither Mr. Taylor nor Mr. Mikell was hurt in the crash.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Cause of fatal fire sought

IRMO - Investigators are searching for the cause of the fire that killed one man and injured a child and four firefighters, Irmo Fire Capt. Michael Levy says.

Preliminary findings show that Larry Holloway, 40, who was found Saturday in a second-story bedroom, died of smoke inhalation, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. An autopsy is expected today, he said.

Mr. Holloway's wife, Helen, and daughter Lateshia Gowans were treated and released from a Columbia hospital. But 4-year-old Taylor Holloway was in serious condition Sunday, a Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital spokesman said.

MEETINGS

Today: Columbia County Community and Emergency Services, 5:30 p.m., Community and Emergency Services Conference Room

Harlem City Council, 7:15 p.m., Harlem Woman's Club

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

Aiken City Council, 7:30 p.m., Municipal Building, Park Avenue

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

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

Finance Committee of the Augusta Commission, 1 p.m., Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, eighth-floor committee room, 530 Greene St.

Administrative Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., municipal building, eighth-floor committee room, 530 Greene St.

Engineering Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 2:30 p.m., municipal building, eighth-floor committee room, 530 Greene St.

Public Safety Committee of the Augusta Commission, 3:30 p.m., municipal building, eighth-floor committee room, 530 Greene St.

Public Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 4 p.m., municipal building, eighth-floor committee room, 530 Greene St.

Richmond County Board of Elections, 6:30 p.m., municipal building, Room 104, 530 Greene St.

Tuesday: Columbia County Management and Financial Services, 6 p.m., Evans Government Center Commissioners Conference Room

Columbia County School Board, 6 p.m., Evans Government Center Auditorium

Augusta Commission interview for Richmond County's director of Human Resources, 4 p.m., with Randy Caldwell

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

Wednesday: Augusta Commission interview for Richmond County's director of Human Resources, 9 a.m., with Brenda Byrd-Pelaez

Thursday: The Museum & Attraction Funding Study Subcommittee of the Augusta Commission, 1 p.m., eighth-floor committee room, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

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

Trenton Town Council, 6 p.m., town hall, Church Street

BLOOD DRIVES

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

Today: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken

Tuesday: 8 to 11 a.m., SRS Wackenhut; 12:30 to 3 p.m., SRS C Area; noon to 7 p.m., Washington Regional Medical Center community blood drive, 610 Sparta Road, Sandersville

Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., SRS E Area; 6 to 9 p.m., New Hope Church of God, 715 Old Belair Road; 1 to 8 p.m., Bridgestone/Firestone, No. 1 Bridgestone Parkway, Graniteville

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 8 a.m. to noon, Augusta-Richmond County Family and Children Services, 520 Fenwick St.; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Palmetto GBA, LLC/United Health Care/Care South, 2743 Perimeter Parkway; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., SRS H-Tritium

Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Shepeard's Aiken Community Blood Center, SRP Federal Credit Union Building, 1920 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Augusta State Medical Prison, 3001 Gordon Highway

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Berlin United Methodist Church, 1546 Hephzibah-McBean Road, Hephzibah

American Red Cross Blood Services will hold a drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Augusta Technical College, 3116 Deans Bridge Road