Originally created 05/22/01

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RICHMOND COUNTY
Two men in crash remain in hospital

Two Hephzibah men involved in a one-car accident on Barton Chapel Road last weekend remained in critical condition Monday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, authorities said.

Alann O'Neil Kelly and Sanford Andrew Hawkins Jr., both 21, were in a 1996 Kia Sephia early Sunday when Mr. Kelly lost control of the vehicle, ran off Barton Chapel Road and slammed into a tree, said Investigator Terry Skinner of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Both men had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Two witnesses traveling behind the vehicle told authorities that the Kia was traveling at high speed. It crossed railroad tracks, went off the north shoulder of the road and slammed into a tree on the property of Hammett Electric Co., the witnesses said.

A test to determine whether the driver had been drinking is pending, and Mr. Kelly was cited with driving too fast for conditions, a traffic report states.

AUGUSTA
Police arrest HIV-infected man

An Augusta man who acknowledged he is HIV-positive has been charged with aggravated sodomy on an acquaintance, authorities said Monday, and investigators are pursuing a warrant for reckless conduct by a person with HIV.

After the victim reported the incident late Saturday, Richmond County sheriff's deputies had to subdue Harry Franklin Taylor with pepper spray because he ran while being questioned, Investigator David Santos said.

Mr. Taylor, 37, of the 6000 block of Rollingwood Drive, is charged with aggravated sodomy, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and giving false identification, officials said.

Officers were called to a residence in the 1000 block of Luckey Street at 8 p.m. Saturday because a man was causing a disturbance. Deputies talked with Mr. Taylor and were about to let him go when they were pulled aside by a woman who said Mr. Taylor had raped her earlier that day, Investigator Santos said.

The 30-year-old woman told officers that Mr. Taylor, an acquaintance, had been giving her a ride to the house but stopped at a house in the 1600 block of Ramsey Street. She went inside with him, where he sodomized her, Investigator Santos said the woman reported.

She told authorities Mr. Taylor threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident. She was taken to a hospital for examination. Officers are seeking a warrant for the additional HIV-related charge, according to Maj. Ken Autry.

AUGUSTA
Event honors emergency workers

Emergency workers from Georgia ambulance services throughout the area gathered Monday night at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta for the annual Emergency Medical Services Appreciation Awards.

The banquet honored paramedics and emergency medical technicians from counties within Georgia's EMS Region VI, which includes Richmond, Columbia, Burke, McDuffie and Jefferson counties.

Paramedic Sandra Culver of Columbia County's Horizon EMS won the Medical College of Georgia Trauma Medic Award for handling multiple traumatic calls. Paramedic Michael Bennett of Rural/Metro Jefferson County EMS won the Region VI EMS Hope Award for doing outside work in the community including school programs and life-saving classes.

Martinez Fire Department won the MCG Automatic External Defibrillator Lifesaver Award. Donnie Rogers from Augusta Technical College was named EMS Instructor of the Year. David Herrin of MedstarOne/Screven County EMS and Courtney Terwilliger of Emanuel County EMS tied for EMS Director of the Year.

Thirteen medics were named a 2001 EMT of the Year by their respective departments.

COLUMBIA COUNTY
Teen charged in student threat

A 15-year-old Lakeside High School student was arrested Monday after he reportedly threatened another student.

Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said the student was charged with making terroristic threats after an argument with a 16-year-old student between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

The 16-year-old told school administrators the other teen threatened to kill him, Capt. Morris said.

The 15-year-old was taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center, Capt. Morris said.

AIKEN COUNTY
Bat bite gives teen-ager rabies

An Aiken teen-ager was bitten by a rabid bat Thursday at a pond in the Bettis Academy Road area off Interstate 20 near the Aiken-Edgefield County line.

The bat was confirmed rabid Friday, and the teen is under a doctor's care, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The incident is the second positive rabies case in Aiken County this year. There were five cases in the county last year and 181 statewide.

Rabies can be fatal to humans if untreated. Health officials are urging residents to be cautious around wild and stray animals. State law requires all pets to be vaccinated for rabies.

AIKEN COUNTY
15 arrested in drug operation

A four-month, joint undercover narcotics operation led to 15 arrests last weekend, and more warrants will be served, Aiken County law enforcement officials said Monday.

Undercover officers from the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office worked with informants to buy drugs, Aiken Public Safety Inspector David Turno said. Thirty-one warrants have been issued, he said.

The operation is continuing, and more arrests will follow, officials said.

Among those arrested on charges of distribution of cocaine or crack cocaine were: William Darryll Riley, 39; Leshelle Nichole Fuewell, 20; Betty Jean Hicks, 49; Annette Simmons, 38; Terrance Curry, 25; Hattie Mae Corley, 44; Albert Merril Jefferson, 34; Bernard Williams, 30; and Stacey Lamont Bing, 27.

PENNSYLVANIA
Ninth man charged in race killing

YORK - A ninth white man was charged Monday with killing a black woman from Aiken during a 1969 race riot - a slaying for which the York mayor has also been arrested.

Thomas P. Smith, 50, is accused in the ambush shooting of Lillie Belle Allen, 27.

York Mayor Charlie Robertson - who was a police officer when Ms. Allen was shot to death 32 years ago - was charged last week. Prosecutors said he yelled "White power!" at a rally and handed out ammunition used to shoot at a car in which Ms. Allen was riding.

Mr. Robertson, free on $50,000 bail, has denied involvement in the killing.

In Mr. Smith's case, prosecutors said witnesses say they saw him with a gun at the scene of the crime. Mr. Smith said that he "got the car" and that he had shot out its back window, according to the witnesses.

GEORGIA
Sheriff wounded en route to fire

FORT GAINES -The sheriff of Clay County was wounded by rifle fire Monday while driving to a fire in Calhoun County, television station WALB in Albany reported.

Law enforcement officers rushed to the scene and found another man shot to death in nearby woods, a Calhoun County sheriff's office dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said Sheriff Roger Shivers was treated initially at Calhoun County Memorial Hospital in Arlington, then transferred to Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany. His condition was not immediately known.

Sheriff Shivers has been sheriff of the rural southwest Georgia county since 1981.

The sheriff's department declined to comment on the shooting.