Originally created 01/13/02

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Name released in traffic death

Authorities have released the name of an Augusta woman who was struck by a car on Deans Bridge Road on Friday night.

Naomi K. Scott, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene about 10:30 p.m., Richmond County Deputy Coroner Grover Tuten said Saturday.

Ms. Scott was hit by a vehicle heading south as she crossed the street in the 3100 block of Deans Bridge Road, Mr. Tuten said.

Officials seek cause of fire

A mechanic's wooden garage located behind his house burned down Saturday night, and fire investigators were called to the scene to determine the cause.

By the time James Mingle, of the 1700 block of Franklin Street, returned home after a half-hour trip to buy car parts, his one-story garage was consumed by flames, according to Battalion Chief Ron Shirey of the Augusta-Richmond Fire Department.

A neighbor called in the fire about 8:30 p.m. after seeing the flames and hearing an explosion from the garage, which contained at least three cars.

Mr. Mingle had been working on a car outside the structure before leaving for the store. He told authorities nothing was left on that could have caused the fire and added that he does not smoke, Battalion Chief Shirey said.

Men use beer bottle to rob pedestrian

Two robbers used a beer bottle to attack a man and steal $130 from him as he walked on Walton Way on Saturday morning.

Kenneth Carter told police he was walking to a store in the 1800 block of Walton Way shortly before 9 a.m. when he was approached by two men who asked him for a lighter, according to a report at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

One of the men demanded Mr. Carter's money while hitting him over the head with the beer bottle. Both men ran away after Mr. Carter gave one the money. One man is described as black, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a slim build, black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing black jogging pants and a black coat.

The other man is described as black, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a medium build. He was wearing jogging pants and a black coat. Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at 821-0180.

Man attempted to take antique art, police say

A thief with an eye for art was arrested Saturday after he tried to nab a miniature oil portrait of Napoleon and Josephine from an Augusta antique store, according to police.

Arthur M. Glover, 41, of the 3400 block of Winesap Way, was charged with theft by shoplifting for the piece, which was in a bronze frame and worth $1,150, according to a police report at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

After Mr. Glover walked out of Ann Spivey Antiques, 2611 Central Avenue, a store worker followed him, the report states. Police took him into custody and returned the portrait to the shop.

Family has blood drive for injured Aiken man

The Aiken County Red Cross and the family of an Aiken man injured in a ice-related traffic accident held a blood drive Saturday. As of Wednesday, Michael Hite has been given 160 units of blood, said Gene Fulmer, assistant fire chief of Center Fire Department, where the drive was held. Mr. Hite, 23, of Indian Springs Road, remains in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said his brother-in-law Allen Davis. Mr. Davis said 50 people signed up to donate blood Saturday. The goal of the drive was 36 units, and 44 were collected, Chief Fulmer said. Mr. Hite was injured Jan. 5 when his Chevrolet truck skidded on ice on Lake Shore Drive in Aiken about 8 p.m. Mr. Hite was on his way home from his job at Carolina Machine Engines, Mr. Davis said.

False alarm sends rescue teams to lake

Authorities got a scare Saturday when a fisherman thought he saw a baby floating in the water of Lake Olmstead.

Deputies - along with rescue divers, firefighters and Richmond County Emergency Management Agency Director David Dlugolenski - spent several minutes on a bridge near Milledge Road and Lake Shore Loop trying to pull the object from the water.

They recovered a rubber E.T. doll.

Boy riding bicycle injured in collision

A 9-year-old boy was in good condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Saturday after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Wrightsboro Road.

The boy was hit by a 1997 Ford Escort about 1:45 p.m. as he crossed the street, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Office Deputy William McCarty. The driver of the Escort, Varee Williams, was leaving the parking lot of Colonial Bakery and turning west onto Wrightsboro Road, witnesses said.

Deputy McCarty said the boy and his bike were dragged about 27 feet before the Escort stopped. The child suffered some small cuts on his abdomen, he said.

A citation was not issued pending an investigation, the deputy said.

Aviation commission will hold workshop

Sam Hoerter, the director of Charleston International Airport and author of The Airport Handbook, will be the featured speaker Monday at a daylong workshop sponsored by the Augusta Aviation Commission.

Members of Augusta Regional Airport's governing body plan to meet between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta to discuss airport issues.

Members of Daniel Field's General Aviation Commission, the Augusta Commission and airport leaders from surrounding counties were also invited to the workshop.

Rezoning hearings set for new middle school

With construction of a new Grovetown middle school under way, school officials are tackling the task of rezoning to divide that area's pupil population between two middle schools.

A public hearing has been set for Jan. 31 for parents to look at the three rezoning options that school officials are considering. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Harlem Middle School auditorium.

The rezoning plans use the existing boundaries of Grovetown, Euchee Creek and North Harlem elementary schools, which feed into the middle schools.



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