Originally created 02/08/02

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Shooting sends teen to hospital

A 17-year-old remained in critical condition Thursday night after an early-morning shooting.

Milton Roosevelt Williams Jr. was shot in the head inside his home in the 1100 block of Kent Street, where he lived alone, said Richmond County Sheriff's Office Maj. Ken Autry.

The teen is at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The victim's girlfriend, 16-year-old Arnita Carter, told police that Milton answered the door when she went to his home about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

"He then went back on the sofa and collapsed," Maj. Autry said.

Police said the teen had attended T.W. Josey High School, but his status as a student was uncertain.

His girlfriend called 911, and an ambulance arrived. Investigators found no gun in the home and have been interviewing neighbors and Milton's acquaintances. The teen recently moved into the house after his grandparents willed it to him, Maj. Autry said.

Kidnapping suspect surrenders to police

An Aiken man wanted on charges of kidnapping and robbery surrendered to the Aiken Department of Public Safety on Thursday night.

Keith Walters, 33, whose last known address was on Desoto Drive in Aiken, was wanted on two counts of kidnapping and one count each of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and armed robbery, police said.

The charges were in connection with a Feb. 1 incident at the Howard Johnson hotel in Aiken in which a man and woman were handcuffed and robbed of $2,400.

Mr. Walters surrendered at about 7 p.m., Sgt. David Turno said.

Earlier Thursday, the department issued a statement asking for the public's help in finding Mr. Walters, who was thought to be armed.

Deputies seek suspect in shooting incident

Investigators are looking for a man they say tried to shoot someone Wednesday.

Richmond County Sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said the shooting took place at 10:18 p.m. outside a residence on Cooney Circle. Terrell Gilbert, 16, was fighting with Morris Jones when Mr. Jones pulled a gun, he said.

The two men were wrestling over the gun when it discharged, Maj. Autry said. Mr. Jones left before police arrived.

Anyone with information on Mr. Jones' whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1080.

Augusta man charged with possessing guns

An Augusta teen-ager was being held at the Richmond County jail Thursday, charged with receiving stolen property.

Jeffrey Overton, 18, had two weapons that had been stolen during a string of burglaries, sheriff's Investigator Horace Anderson said. The weapons - a .22-caliber handgun and a revolver - were taken from homes on Boykin and Windsor Spring roads between Jan. 8 and 17, he said.

Police received a tip that the weapons were at Mr. Overton's home, Investigator Anderson said. A friend of Mr. Overton, Jeffrey Moyer of Augusta, was arrested in connection with the burglaries Jan. 18.

Mr. Overton was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and was being held on $2,050 bond, jail officials said.

Strip club altercation leads to man's arrest

An Augusta man was in custody Thursday, charged with hitting a Richmond County deputy.

Stephen Moore, 50, is accused of striking Deputy Matthew Orr at Baby Dolls, a strip club in downtown Augusta, late Wednesday night, according to a report.

The club manager, Michael Culpepper,reported to police that Mr. Moore was harassing dancers, the report states.

Mr. Moore shouted obscenities at Deputy Orr after the officer asked him to leave. When the officer tried to escort him out of the club, Mr. Moore punched him in the face, the report states.

Mr. Moore was injured while being placed inside a patrol car. Deputy Orr stated in his report that Mr. Moore jumped and fell, hitting his forehead on the curb, the report states.

Mr. Moore was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. He was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and is being held on $2,050 bond.

IRS will provide free tax-filing services

The Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will offer free tax filing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 16 at the following locations: Augusta State University, Markert Hall, Room 11; Augusta Urban Ministries, 303 Hale St.; Augusta Technical College, Building 200, Room 213; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta, 1903 Division St.

The program serves limited-income, elderly, disabled and non-English-speaking people.

Volunteers will prepare federal forms 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040 with Schedule A and Georgia form 500EZ. Free electronic filing also will be available.

For more information, call 868-4072.

Trustee plans meeting on curriculum change

Columbia County school board member Lee Muns has scheduled a two-hour meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Greenbrier Elementary School auditorium to hear parents' concerns about proposed changes to the elementary school curriculum.

The board is expected to give final approval to the recommended changes at its meeting Feb. 12.

The proposed elementary curriculum guidelines increase the amount of time pupils spend studying core subjects such as English, math, science and social studies, and standardize the time of enrichment classes such as physical education, music and art.

Fire in vacant house is under investigation

Officials are investigating a fire that gutted a vacant house Thursday night.

The house, located in the 1100 block of Maxwell Street, was engulfed in flames when Augusta-Richmond County firefighters arrived about 7 p.m., Battalion Chief James Freemen said. It took firefighters several minutes to extinguish the blaze, he said.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation, the chief said.

The house was damaged by fire six months ago, Chief Freeman said. The cause of that fire has not been determined.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department at 821-2900.