Originally created 12/14/01

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Wife charged in man's death

A Glascock County. Ga., man was stabbed to death, and his wife has been charged with murder, Sheriff Bryan Bopp said Thursday.

Constance Irwin, 26, of Friendship Church Road, Mitchell, was charged Wednesday in connection with the death of 33-year-old Michael Ivey. Mr. Ivey was stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife, the sheriff said.

The stabbing followed a fight between the couple about 9 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Mrs. Irwin called 911.

Investigators found Mr. Ivey's body inside a vehicle in a wooded area not far from the home. He apparently had tried to drive to a hospital but ran off the road and died, Sheriff Bopp said.

The couple had been married for about three years and had separated once briefly, the sheriff said. A deputy had been called to the home once before concerning a dispute.

Ms. Irwin was being held without bond in the McDuffie County jail. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted in the case.

Airport to use coupons to reward customers

Augusta Regional Airport officials have come up with an idea to make customer service a little more friendly at Bush Field.

At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Augusta Aviation Commission approved spending as much as $5,000 from the airport's marketing budget to supply every worker at the airport with courtesy coupons.

Disgruntled, dissatisfied or delayed passengers might soon receive coupons for a free soft drink or coffee at the airport restaurant, free parking vouchers or possibly a free phone card.

Airport Director Ken Kraemer said the cost to implement the program would be minimal compared to the benefit of improving customer service at the airport.

Attorney enters race for new Congress seat

Augusta lawyer Chuck R. Pardue locally announced his candidacy Thursday to represent Georgia's new 12th Congressional District.

Mr. Pardue, 52, made the announcement during a barbecue dinner at Treybon restaurant in downtown Augusta. He will seek the Democratic nomination for the district, which was created during reapportionment brought about by the 2000 U.S. Census.

"I've had a successful military career and a successful private practice, but what I most enjoy doing is serving people and helping people," Mr. Pardue said.

This is Mr. Pardue's second run for Congress. He ran unsuccessfully in 1992 for the Democratic nomination for the state's 10th Congressional District.

Christmas trees stolen from florist's shop

An Augusta florist reported the theft of two Christmas trees from the front of her business, police said.

Luise Weathers, of Weathers' Florist on Central Avenue, said someone took two trees from the front yard of her business. Also stolen were numerous red, white and blue ropes and Christmas tree lights, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report stated.

The theft occurred Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. The items were valued at $400.

Police look for robber of pizza delivery driver

Richmond County authorities are looking for a man who ordered $35 in pizzas then robbed the driver when she arrived, authorities said.

The Pizza Hut delivery driver was taking an order of pizzas and wings late Wednesday to the Pinnacle Place Apartments in Hephzibah, Richmond County Sheriff's Office Maj. Ken Autry said. The woman knocked on an apartment door and was told by the resident that no order had been placed.

The driver began to return to her car and was approached by a man who placed a gun to her side and stole the pizzas, Maj. Autry said.

Authorities said they believe the suspect might be linked to a recent carjacking in the area. He is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds and wore a gray-hooded sweat jacket and dark-colored baseball cap.

New gas pipelines opened in Trenton

Natural gas was officially turned on Thursday along new pipeline routes in the town of Trenton, S.C.

In a brief ceremony, Mayor Helen Summer grasped a wrench and turned a valve connected to the pipeline four feet under ground, said SCANA representative Mary Green Brown.

Ms. Summer said extending natural gas service to Trenton fulfills a major goal for her term of office.

Edgefield toughening on traffic violators

The Edgefield (S.C.) Police Department is warning drivers to observe all traffic laws in the town throughout the new year.

A zero-tolerance policy has officers campaigning against speeding and against driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. They are urging the use of seat belts and child safety seats, said Police Chief Lanny Ross.

Through Sunday, a radar speed sign placed at different locations in the town limits will tell drivers how fast they are going. The speed sign was loaned to the town by the Tri-Development Center of Aiken.

Food charity schedules weekend deliveries

The Hunger Action Committee of Columbia County will make a free delivery of produce to people in need at the following times and locations Saturday: 9:15 a.m. at Gospel Waters Branch Baptist Church on Furys Ferry Road; and 10:15 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church on G.R. Tucker Road in Harlem. For more information, call David Titus at 860-2205.

Special-needs children invited to church party

Vineyard Kids Church on Furys Ferry Road will have a holiday party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday for family, friends and teachers of special-needs children.

The event will include music, refreshments and pictures being taken with Santa Claus and a holiday movie at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-9222.

SRS stands to gain in defense legislation

AIKEN -The Senate Armed Services Committee this week approved the Defense Authorization Bill, and Aiken County will be a beneficiary.

If the bill becomes law, Savannah River Site will receive $125 million for environmental management and $10 million for the conceptual design of a plutonium pit management facility. United Defense of Aiken will receive $60 million for Bradley fighting vehicle upgrades for the National Guard.

Man charged in threat to kill his roommate

An Augusta man was arrested early Thursday morning after he threatened to kill his roommate, then attacked two sheriff's deputies trying to arrest him, according to a police report.

Deputy Jason Cunningham sustained a sprained finger during an altercation with Cyris Bernard Miller, 39, of the 500 block of Hines Street, according to a report at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. The incident occurred about 12:17 a.m., when police were called to a domestic dispute at Mr. Miller's home, the report stated.

The report says deputies heard Mr. Miller threaten to kill his roommate, Demetris Latasha Atkins, 28. Mr. Miller then hit Deputy Cunningham and Deputy Aunarey Herbert as they tried to arrest him, the report stated.

Mr. Miller was charged with terroristic threats and acts and two counts of obstructing a law enforcement officer. He was being held at the Richmond County jail without bond.