Originally created 02/11/02

Across the area



Highway crash kills 1, hurts 1

A Burke County man was killed Sunday morning in a highway collision, police said.

The accident occurred at 8:24 a.m. when a 1994 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer heading north on Georgia Highway 24 ran a red light and struck a 1989 Ford Probe traveling west on the U.S. Highway 25 Bypass, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Bruce Rowell.

The driver of the Probe, Merritt Jones Jr., 41, of Waynesboro, was taken to Burke Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Trooper Rowell said.

J.E. Adams III, 38, of Hephzibah, the driver of the Blazer, had cuts and bruises and was treated at the scene by the Burke County Emergency Medical Agency, Trooper Rowell said.

Tractor-trailer hits, damages storefront

A Wagener business sustained minor damage Sunday when it was struck by a tractor-trailer, authorities said.

The truck, driven east on Cofer Street by Larry Sheard, hit Kahadijah's Fish and More on Railroad Avenue after trying to avoid a 2000 Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle, Wagener police Lt. John Herring said.

Jeffrey Seals, the driver of the Mitsubishi, had made a left turn onto Cofer Street and had stopped for another vehicle, Lt. Herring said. The tractor-trailer struck the Mitsubishi, then swerved and hit the building, he said.

The impact cracked several concrete blocks in the front facade and damaged the roof, the lieutenant said.

Mr. Sheard, 47, of Orangeburg, was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Lt. Herring said. Mr. Seals, 29, of Augusta, was cited for failure to yield the right of way while making a left turn, according to the lieutenant.

Police charge teen with vehicle theft

An Augusta teen-ager was charged Sunday with stealing a car Saturday from an apartment complex on Vandivere Road.

Raymond B. Wellington, 17, is accused of stealing a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire owned by Leroy Clover, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Mr. Clover, 51, told police he watched as the vehicle was driven from the parking lot of Magnolia Park Apartments, the report states.

A deputy stopped the Sunfire near the intersection of Wrightsboro and Jackson roads and found Mr. Wellington inside the car and a handgun under the driver's seat, according to the report.

The teen-ager was charged with theft by taking a motor vehicle and was being held at the Richmond County jail Sunday on $5,050 bond, jail officials said.

Gathering pays tribute to heroes of Sept. 11

More than 60 people gathered at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant in Martinez on Sunday to honor local heroes - firefighters and police officers from Columbia and Richmond counties.

Peter O'Neil - a St. Augustine, Fla., artist who has donated more than 4,000 copies of his painting The Two Minutes of Silence to fire and police stations across the nation - asked the crowd to join him in two minutes of silence in honor of those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.