Originally created 11/05/01

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Coroner names accident victim

Covander Davis, 39, of Augusta, was killed as a result of a fractured neck and blunt force trauma to the chest when a vehicle traveling west on Tobacco Road on Saturday night made a left turn in front of his motorcycle, Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten reported.

The victim's name was released Sunday.

Mr. Davis was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:45 p.m., Mr. Tuten said.

Rider's trailer taken from horse complex

A horse trailer valued at $20,000 was stolen from the Hippodrome Horse Complex in North Augusta during the weekend, police said.

Tricia Schronk, of Burleson, Texas, told authorities her 2002 4-Star horse trailer was missing when she went to get it Saturday morning at the complex on U.S. Highway 1, a public safety report states.

Ms. Schronk had competed in the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships in Augusta on Friday and had been keeping her trailer and two horses at the Hippodrome.

The trailer is white with a green stripe and Texas tag 40 XCED.

Robber ties up clerk, escapes with money

An Augusta convenience store manager was tied up with duct tape during an armed robbery early Sunday, authorities said.

Brent Franklin Lee, manager of the Golden Pantry at 3884 Mike Padgett Highway, told sheriff's officials that he had just opened the store at 6 a.m. and was in the back office counting money when a man entered the store armed with a black semiautomatic pistol. The robber grabbed Mr. Lee by his neck, forced him to the floor, bound him with tape and made off with the money.

The robber was described as black, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 175 pounds. He wore an orange jacket with a hood, a blue bandana over his face and black leather gloves.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

South Augusta visitor robbed at gunpoint

A Swainsboro man visiting relatives was robbed by two men early Sunday morning in south Augusta.

Wayne Coxwell, 36, told police he had agreed to give a woman he did not know a ride home about 12:45 a.m., according to a report at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The woman asked to be dropped off at a field near Barton Chapel Road, Mr. Coxwell said. When they arrived, the report states, two men approached his car, one of them with a blue-steel, semiautomatic handgun.

The report states Mr. Coxwell was struck in the face and ordered to give up his money. The men took about $300 before fleeing with the woman.

Mr. Coxwell was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he received nine stitches to his upper lip.

The female suspect was described as black, about 35 years old, 5 feet 9 inches and heavyset. The gunman was described as black, about 30 years old, 5 feet 5 inches with a slim build. Mr. Coxwell told police he did not get a good look at the third robber.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1080.

Police arrest woman driving stolen vehicle

An Augusta woman was being held in an Aiken County jail after police found her with a stolen vehicle Saturday night, authorities said.

Michelle D. Griffin, 24, of the 3600 block of Kinglet Court, Augusta, was stopped by North Augusta officers who discovered that the 2001 Ford Expedition she was driving was reported stolen from Pulliam Ford in Columbia.

She was arrested and was being held pending charges by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

Arsonist lights chair afire in apartment

Augusta authorities are investigating an arson Friday night at an apartment on Mill Street.

About 8 p.m., someone broke the side window of a residence in the 1200 block and set a chair on fire, according to Lt. G.B. Hannan, a fire investigator for the Richmond County Fire Department.

The fire caused smoke and heat damage to a bedroom.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department at 821-2929.

Three men rob Texan in his motel room

A man was robbed at gunpoint in his motel room Saturday night, according to an incident report at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

About 9:45 p.m., three men wearing black clothing forced their way into the room of David Mesker, 50, of San Antonio, at the Budget Inn on Broad Street. The report says the trio took about $300, a cell phone and a jar full of change.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Fight participant in critical condition

A North Augusta woman injured during a fight Friday night was in serious condition Sunday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Donna Flaherty, 42, suffered a cut across her throat and a stab wound to her neck during a fight with another woman about 10:58 p.m. in the 900 block of Greene Street.

Police arrested Angelique Williams, 28, of the 1100 block of 10th Avenue, and charged her with aggravated assault and parole violation. She was being held without bond at the Augusta-Richmond County Law Enforcement Center.

St. Paul's dedicates its fellowship hall

St. Paul's Episcopal Church dedicated its new fellowship hall Sunday.

The hall occupies most of the second floor of the $1.2 million, 17,000-square-foot children's ministries center. The first floor has space for offices and classrooms.

Democrats will hear from schools candidate

Joe Martin, a candidate for Georgia school superintendent, will speak tonight at the monthly meeting of the Columbia County Democratic Party.

The meeting at the Farmington Clubhouse off Hereford Farm Road will begin at 7 p.m.