Originally created 02/10/02

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Firefighter faces DUI charges

An Augusta firefighter was charged with DUI after being involved in a two-car accident Saturday afternoon at a Washington Road shopping center.

Richard Allen Price, 44, of the 1200 block of Eisenhower Drive, was arrested by Richmond County sheriff's deputies after he hit a parked car at the National Hills parking lot and drove away, Deputy William McCarty said.

At about 1:45 p.m., according to a witness, a 2000 Dodge Ram pickup owned by Mr. Price struck a 1994 Chrysler LHS owned by Randee Kaage, 52, of Evans. The witness jotted down the truck's tag number, Deputy McCarty said.

Police spotted the pickup at a park on Eisenhower Drive. Mr. Price resisted arrest, threatening the officers and using racial slurs, the deputy said.

Mr. Price is charged with DUI, hit-and-run and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Deputy McCarty said Mr. Price's blood alcohol count registered at 0.21 - more than twice the legal limit.

Hit-and-run victim dies from injuries

An Augusta man died Friday as a result of injuries he suffered in a January hit-and-run incident on Walton Way, authorities said.

Earl Richards, 44, was pronounced dead at 4:25 p.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Richmond County Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen. Mr. Bowen said Mr. Richards died of complications from head injuries suffered when he was struck by a car Jan. 24 at Ninth Street and Walton Way.

An autopsy will be ordered to confirm the cause of death, Mr. Bowen said.

Anyone with information about the case should call the sheriff's office at 821-1080.

Norwood will speak at dinner fund-raiser

U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., will speak on faith-based initiatives during a fund-raising dinner at The Vineyard Church - Augusta, 3126 Parrish Road, at 7 p.m. Monday.

Tickets cost $25 for the dinner, which will be catered by French Market Grille West. Proceeds will benefit Camp Flood, a summer program sponsored by The Vineyard for youth.

For more information, call 863-9766.

Police report theft of school equipment

Three computers and a videocassette recorder were taken from Lucy C. Laney High School's media center during an early morning burglary, police said.

Sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, someone broke a small glass window of a door to get into the room.

The break-in was discovered by a school administrator about 11 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Two of the computers are Dell models, and the other is manufactured by Hewlett-Packard, police said.

Police have no suspects, but evidence was left at the scene, Richmond County Investigator Danny Haywood said. The school is located at 1339 Laney Walker Blvd.- From staff reports