Originally created 09/24/01

Across the area



AUGUSTA
Alzheimer's patient remains missing

Authorities continued their search Sunday for a man with Alzheimer's disease who walked away from an Augusta retirement home Saturday.

Bernard Joseph Colligan, 83, left Augusta Gardens, 3725 Wheeler Road, early Saturday morning. Investigator Bill Walker, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, spent Sunday posting "missing" signs at stores around the retirement home.

It is the second time Mr. Colligan has been listed as missing. Two years ago when he lived in California, he disappeared before turning up in Texas after taking a bus, Investigator Walker said.

The investigator said the elderly man might be trying to go to Jersey City, N.J., where he has family. That was his destination two years ago. After that incident, his son moved him into the personal care home in Augusta.

Mr. Colligan is described as white, 5 feet and 7 inches tall and 150 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes. He was wearing light-gray sweat pants and a blue-and-white T-shirt.

Anyone who has seen Mr. Colligan is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Mother gets 19-year sentence

COLUMBIA - A 19-year-old woman has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for killing her 4-month-old child, Ailyia Hammond.

Tasha Blacks, of Edgefield County, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful conduct to a child.

Prosecutors say Ms. Blacks mixed adult-strength cough medicine with baby formula then left the child with a 13-year-old baby sitter overnight. The baby died the next day. Toxicology experts said the child had 10 times the recommended adult dosage of cough medicine in her system when she died.

Ms. Blacks' two other children are in the custody of the state Social Services Department.

AUGUSTA
Man arrested after police chase

A Waynesboro, Ga., man was arrested Sunday night for leading Richmond County sheriff's deputies on a 10-mile chase from south Augusta to North Augusta.

Earl Bolar, 38, of the 100 block of Aberdeen Road, tried to elude police after the manager of Kroger on Deans Bridge Road called police to report shoplifting, said Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Amelio Lamkin. Police pursued Mr. Bolar on several streets - Lumpkin Road, Peach Orchard Road, Gordon Highway, Walton Way, Broad Street and 13th Street.

The chase ended on the 13th Street bridge beyond the South Carolina state line when Mr. Bolar lost control of the truck he was driving and crashed into a guardrail, Deputy Lamkin said. No one was injured.

Deputies found three Eveready Pen Light pens from Kroger inside the dark-green Chevy pickup, which had been reported stolen in Richmond County, Deputy Lamkin said.

Mr. Bolar was taken to the Augusta-Richmond County Law Enforcement Center. He faces charges of reckless driving, shoplifting, driving a stolen vehicle, fleeing and attempting to elude police and driving with a suspended license.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Big rig swerves, killing cattle

SPARTANBURG - More than half the 78 head of cattle being hauled in a tractor-trailer have died after the truck driver swerved to miss several deer in the road and flipped the 18-wheeler along Interstate 26, police say.

Driver Rick Hawley's reaction early Saturday caused the weight of the cattle to shift, and the truck overturned in the westbound lane near the bridge at Old Anderson Mill Road, said Capt. Ashley Campbell, of the Westview-Fairforest Fire Department.

Mr. Hawley, who drives for Gene Daves of Hickory Grove, was not seriously injured. Firefighters estimated 40 animals were killed.

GEORGIA
Deserter sentenced in molestation

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE - A Newnan man who deserted the Air Force in 1988 to escape criminal charges has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for molesting three juveniles.

Tracy Lynn Davidson, 35, a former senior airman, pleaded guilty to 10 sex charges involving a 13-year-old girl and two Georgia boys. His guilty pleas came Friday, minutes before his court-martial was to begin at Robins Air Force Base.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors withdrew charges of rape of the girl and wrongful use of a controlled substance.

Mr. Davidson admitted to deserting the military in 1988, weeks before he was supposed to stand trial on the charges of raping the girl while driving her home from her grandmother's house in Virginia.

He led a secret life until his arrest in January at his home in Newnan, where he had been living under the identity of a dead cousin.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Jurors acquit in teen's slaying

SUMTER - A 24-year-man has been found innocent of shooting a teen to death outside the boy's Sumter home.

A Sumter County jury deliberated five hours before returning the verdict Thursday for Quentin Lavern Green, who had been in jail since 17-year-old Alex Wells was found shot to death Aug. 17, 2000.

Mr. Green was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

Two co-defendants, Darnell Chestnut, 25, and Terry Lee Lowery Jr., 22, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of accessory to murder after the fact in exchange for their testimony in the case.

Mr. Lowery and Mr. Chestnut testified Wednesday that they were at a friend's house when they heard shots from down the street. Both men told the jury that Mr. Green had bragged about shooting Mr. Wells.

Eyewitness information had led police arrest the three men.

Defense attorney Chip McMillan said there were too many inconsistencies in the prosecution's case.

"Quentin Green is the only one in this case who has had a consistent story," Mr. McMillan told the jury.

MEETINGS

TODAY:

Aiken City Council, 7:30 p.m., municipal building, Park Avenue (pre-meeting at 7 p.m.)

Burnettown Town Council, 6 p.m., Burnettown Town Hall, 3144 Augusta Road, Burnettown

Columbia County Planning and Development, 5:30 p.m., Evans Government Center auditorium

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

Public Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 12:30 p.m., Room 803, Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Administrative Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 1 p.m., Room 803, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Public Safety Committee of the Augusta Commission, 1:30 p.m., Room 803, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Finance Commission of the Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., Room 803, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Engineering Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 3 p.m., Room 803, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

TUESDAY

Aiken County Board of Education, 7 p.m., District Office, Brookhaven Drive

Columbia County Public Works, 5:30 p.m., Evans Government Center auditorium

Columbia County school board, 6 p.m., Columbia County Board of Education, Appling

THURSDAY

Edgefield County Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Strom Thurmond High School Library, South Carolina Highway 23

BLOODMOBILE:

The following is a list of locations for the Shepeard Community Blood Center this week:

Today: 2-7 p.m., 258 N. Harris (U.S. Highway 15 South), Sandersville, Ga.

Tuesday: 1-7 p.m., May Park with radio station WPRW-FM (107.7) (inner-city sickle cell awareness drive), 622 Fourth St.; noon to 6 p.m., 210 Academy, Waynesboro, Ga.

Wednesday: 5-8 p.m., Warren Baptist Church, 3202 Washington Road; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lakeside High School, 533 Blue Ridge Drive, Evans

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Georgia Iron Works (administrative area), 5000 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Burke County High School, 1057 Perimeter Road, Waynesboro, Ga.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Georgia Iron Works (main plant), 5000 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peachtree Street, Washington, Ga.; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Phi Beta Sigma, 1235 15th St., Gary Hall

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Franklin Covenant Baptist Church, 4800 Franklin Covenant Church Road, Hephzibah