Originally created 12/04/01

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Charges filed in knife attack

A North Augusta woman has been charged with stabbing her ex-boyfriend last weekend.

Fay C. Hall, 45, of Ridge View Manor, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Jimmy Young said.

Ms. Hall visited Lance Davis on Saturday night at his home on Stevens Creek Road in Augusta, Lt. Young said. After an argument, Mr. Davis went into his bedroom and called police. When he came out, Ms. Hall stabbed him with a steak knife while saying she loved him, Lt. Young said.

Mr. Davis suffered a stab wound to his left thigh and a 3-inch cut to the left side of his head, sheriff's Investigator Bill Kitchens said.

Man arrested in sexual assault case

A Grovetown man was being held without bond at the Richmond County jail Monday on charges he sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman, police said.

Angel David Lopez, 21, of the 200 block of Taylor Circle, is accused of fondling the woman Oct. 21 while she was asleep, said Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Jack Francisco. The woman said she had invited Mr. Lopez to her sister's birthday party in the 300 block of Berckmans Road, the lieutenant said.

Lt. Francisco said the victim told police she met Mr. Lopez on the Internet, and the gathering was the first time she had met him face to face. She said Mr. Lopez had too much to drink and was allowed to stay overnight on the couch, he said.

The woman and her boyfriend went to sleep in another room, the lieutenant said.

About 6 a.m., the woman said, she felt someone fondling her, Lt. Francisco said. She moved the hand away, and the person did it again, he said.

When she awakened completely, the woman saw Mr. Lopez run from the bedroom, Lt. Francisco said. He then fled the scene in his pickup truck, he said.

Mr. Lopez was arrested about 5 p.m. Sunday and charged with aggravated sexual battery, according to the lieutenant.

Absentee voting gets under way in Aiken

Absentee voting for the Dec. 18 special election for the 2nd Congressional District seat has begun. Eligible voters can cast ballots at the Voter Registration and Election Office, 916 Vaucluse Road, Aiken.

Absentee ballot voting hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Four candidates are running to replace Floyd Spence, who died Aug. 16. They are Democrat Brent Weaver, Republican Joe Wilson, Constitutional Party candidate Steve Lefemine and Libertarian Party candidate Warren Eilertson.

Thomson will share air grant with county

Thomson and McDuffie County will share a $500,000 grant from the OneGeorgia Authority to build a new airport terminal at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport.

The terminal will create 10 jobs when completed, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Burglars carry off load of tires, wheels

Police are investigating a burglary during the weekend at a Waste Management facility on Goshen Industrial Boulevard.

Robert L. Parker Jr., 47, an assistant manager at the Waste Management Aiken Transfer Station, told police that between 8 p.m. Friday and 5:30 a.m. Saturday someone broke into a storage bin and took 30 to 50 tires and wheels, according to a report at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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

Educator lands post in Allendale County

A South Carolina educator was appointed Monday to head the Allendale County schools.

Paula Whaley Harris was named by state Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum to succeed John Tindal. Mr. Tindal announced in October he would leave the district Dec. 31 to become superintendent of the Clarendon 2 School District in Manning, S.C.

Lawmakers talk

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee's Annual Pre-Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

State Sens. Joey Brush and Don Cheeks and Reps. Ben Harbin and Bill Jackson are scheduled to attend.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m., and a complimentary continental breakfast will be available. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested. For more information, call (706) 651-0018.