Originally created 01/14/02

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Police examine double slaying

The Burke County Sheriff's Department is investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a Keysville husband and wife Sunday afternoon, police said.

Gina Evans, 34, and Harold Evans, 59, of 121 South St., were found dead in their mobile home, Lt. Frankie Parker said. The sheriff's department was notified about 3:30 p.m. by the Burke County Emergency Management Agency, the lieutenant said.

The slayings involved guns, he said. There were no reports of domestic disturbances at the home, and the neighbors expressed shock, Lt. Parker said.

The couple's 11-year-old son was not home at the time of the incident. The bodies have been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta for autopsies that could determine who did the shooting, Lt. Parker said.

Man arrested after scuffle

An Augusta man has been charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer after wrestling with a sheriff's deputy, a report says.

Maurice Dean Sherrod, 23, of the 1300 block of Mauge Street, was arrested Saturday during a confrontation that ended after the officer used pepper spray, a report states.

Deputy Curley Sparks was called to the man's house for a disturbance at 3:40 a.m. Saturday and heard Mr. Sherrod using profanity, the report states. When the resident refused to stop, Deputy Sparks tried to arrest him. Mr. Sherrod pushed the officer in the chest and tried to wrestle him to the ground, the report states.

The suspect was sprayed, handcuffed and taken to the Richmond County jail, where he remained Sunday night, the report states.

Deputy Sparks was not seriously injured in the scuffle, according to the report.

Authorities will put cadaver dogs to work

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office plans to use cadaver dogs this week to search a wooded area where skeletal remains were found last month, sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

The dogs might help find more remains that could assist in identifying the body discovered Dec. 28 behind a firehouse off Lumpkin and Deans Bridge roads, the major said.

A jawbone and other remains were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Atlanta, which is trying to determine the age and sex of the victim.

Sheriff's officials say they have no reports of missing persons from that area, which complicates efforts to identify the body.

An Augusta-Richmond County firefighter discovered the jawbone and notified police. A subsequent search of the woods turned up other remains.

Firefighters provide training on asbestos

The Martinez Fire Department will have a training session about the Environmental Protection Agency's asbestos regulations from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency office on Faircloth Drive in Evans.

For reservations, call 799-8134 or 667-5155.

Shepeard, club plan blood drive at school

The Shepeard Community Blood Center and Evans High School Health Occupations Students of America will have a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Evans High's gymnasium.

The public is welcome, but visitors must stop at the main office to get a visitor's pass. For more information, call 860-7698.

Third Mistletoe Jam set for this weekend

The third annual Mistletoe Jam at Mistletoe State Park in Appling will take place Saturday and Sunday.

The event will feature mountain dulcimer musicians. The only charge is $2 for parking.

For camping reservations, call (800) 864-7275. For more information on the Mistletoe Jam, call 855-7041.

Police arrest man on gun charges

An Augusta man was arrested early Sunday morning on gun charges at a Washington Road motel, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Steven Louis Barnes, 23, of the 2500 block of Center West Parkway, initially tried to flee from police in a car after sheriff's deputies saw a woman getting out of his car at The West Bank Inn at 2904 Washington Road shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, sheriff's Lt. Jimmy Young said.

When police blocked Mr. Barnes' vehicle in the motel's parking lot, he tried to run but was quickly apprehended and arrested, the lieutenant said.

Police found a .45-caliber handgun in the car near the front seat, Lt. Young said.

Mr. Barnes was involved in a tussle with at least three officers after his arrest, the lieutenant said. He is charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor obstruction of law enforcement officers, Lt. Young said.

By early Sunday evening, Mr. Barnes had posted bond and had been released from the Richmond County jail pending a hearing, Lt. Young said.