Originally created 12/31/01

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Doctors remove blade from man

Doctors at Medical College of Georgia Hospital removed a broken steak knife from the chest of a man who had fallen at his home early Saturday, according to a police report.

Burnette Lavori Boyd, 46, of Watkins Street, told doctors he fell on an unknown object about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, according to a sheriff's report. MCG emergency room physicians removed the broken blade.

The injury did not appear to be life-threatening, police said. Mr. Boyd was listed in good condition Sunday night.

Mr. Boyd's daughters, ages 13 and 16, were the only other people at home when the injury occurred, and both told police they were sleeping, the report states.

Drowning victim was at party, witness says

A Trenton, S.C., man who drove his pickup truck into the Savannah River and drowned early Saturday had been drinking at a holiday party, according to a North Augusta police report.

Witness Mack Thomas told authorities that Hezikiah Mealing Jr., 60, had been drinking at the North Augusta Community Center on Brookside Drive, the report states.

His body was pulled from the river after his submerged pickup was spotted at the boat landing near Riverview Park in North Augusta. Divers found his body Saturday afternoon about 40 feet in front of the truck.

Police are waiting on results of toxicology reports.

Fire leaves family with no place to live

Fire destroyed sections of an Aiken residence Sunday morning and melted vinyl siding on a second house.

No one was hurt in the 6 a.m. fire at 131 Williamsburg St., but the residents were left without a place to live, said Capt. Tom Galardi of the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The cause is under investigation, but the captain said it might have started from a space heater or an electrical problem.

The Andrian Dandy family escaped, but flames ripped through the roof, attic and a front room, making the one-story house uninhabitable.

The flames also damaged 135 Williamsburg St., where siding was melted. About 25 firefighters kept the fire from spreading to a third house.

The American Red Cross was on the scene to help the family, Capt. Galardi said.

Two-car crash injures woman, her young son

A Lincolnton woman and her 11-year-old son were recovering in an Augusta hospital Sunday, a day after suffering injuries in a two-car accident on Georgia Highway 47 in Lincoln County.

Ruby Hardy, 41, and Jordan West were taken by ambulance Saturday to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where Jordan was treated for a possible broken leg and Ms. Hardy was treated for minor injuries. Both were listed in fair condition Sunday.

The accident occurred when a northbound 1994 Chrysler New Yorker, driven by 72-year-old Hortense Harding, turned in front of Ms. Hardy's southbound Nissan 300ZX, said Trooper Jason Boyet, of the Georgia State Patrol. The Nissan struck the Chrysler on the front passenger side, he said.

Ms. Harding was faulted in the wreck. Charges are pending, Trooper Boyet said.

Off-duty deputy gets nose broken in fight

An off-duty sheriff's deputy suffered a broken nose during a weekend fight at an Augusta bar, a police report states.

Richmond County Deputy Gerald Williams, 26, was treated at a hospital for the injury, which was suffered early Saturday morning at Sidestreets Bar, in the 1900 block of Walton Way, a report states. The two men he fought were arrested, the report said.

The deputy told responding deputies that he heard a loud disturbance in the bar and "approached the subjects to make sure everything was OK," the report states. A man then struck him, leading to a fight between Deputy Williams and the two men.

Deputy Williams did not identify himself as a deputy during the fight, the report states.

Curtis L. McGirr, 24, and Maurice McGirr, 23, were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, the report says.

Serviceman is charged with hindering deputy

A member of the Air Force detachment at Fort Gordon has been charged with fighting with a sheriff's deputy at an Augusta bar, a police report said.

Andrew Bolduc, 21, was charged late Saturday with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, the sheriff's report states.

Deputy John Perry was working at Surrey Tavern on Highland Avenue when several women complained about being harassed, the report says. The deputy asked Mr. Bolduc to leave, but the suspect used profanity and tried to hit the officer, the report states.

Mr. Bolduc was booked into the Richmond County jail and released Sunday after posting bond, jail officials said.

Legislative delegation will meet with public

Issues in the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly will be the focus of a public hearing Thursday conducted by the Augusta-Richmond County legislative delegation.

The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 202 of University Hospital Medical Center-South Richmond County, 3121 Peach Orchard Road.

To be included on the agenda for the meeting, call House Speaker Pro Tem Jack Connell at 823-7011 or (404) 656-5072.

Museum seeks items of military interest

The Grovetown Museum board of directors is seeking donations of military memorabilia with ties to Camp Gordon and Fort Gordon for a special display depicting the historical relationship between the fort and Grovetown.

For more information, call Rosa Lee Owens at 863-1867 or Charles Lord at 863-3138.



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