Originally created 02/12/02

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Car disappears after collision

Police are looking for a man who drove away in a rented car after it was struck by a train Monday afternoon.

According to Richmond County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bruce Reeves, the accident happened about 2:40 p.m. when a 1999 Toyota Corolla - driven by an unidentified black man - ran a stop sign at a railroad crossing on Newmantown Road near Gordon Highway. A CSX train struck the Corolla in the rear but the car kept going, the deputy said.

The vehicle was ditched four miles away at Goodale Recreation Park on Wrightsboro Road, Deputy Reeves said. The car has extensive damage to its rear, he said.

The car had been rented from OnCar Rental Car in Martinez by a woman whose name was not known, he said.

Police seek robber of two liquor stores

Authorities announced a $500 reward Monday for information leading to the arrest of a man who robbed two Augusta liquor stores at gunpoint Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday at the KC Package Shop on Old Waynesboro Road, the robber pulled a silver-colored, semiautomatic gun and fired a shot into the counter. He left with liquor and money, police said.

The next night, a man matching his description robbed the cashier at Joe's Package Shop on Peach Orchard Road. A sheriff's deputy patrolling the area saw the robber get into a dark Nissan Sentra occupied by two other people.

"The deputy chased him for a while but lost him," said Richmond County Sheriff's Office Maj. Ken Autry.

The Nissan, said to be a red or maroon 1991-95 model, lost a plastic wheel-well insert.

Teen charged in theft of go-kart, its engine

An Augusta teen was charged Monday with stealing a go-kart to take the engine, a sheriff's report states.

Samuel Lee Crandall, 17, of the 2700 block of Magnolia Avenue, was charged with two felony counts of theft by taking.

Virginia Davis, 35, told sheriff's officials that the bright yellow kart was taken Friday from her home on Sussex Road. At some point, she discovered the vehicle on Kennelworth Place without an engine, a report states.

The go-kart was valued at $700, and the engine was estimated at $200, the report states.

Samuel was arrested at the Augusta-Richmond County Law Enforcement Center on Monday and booked into the Richmond County jail.

Rosemond will speak on youths to parents

John Rosemond, the director of the Center for Affirmative Parenting, will talk about Bringing Out the Best in Your Child on Feb. 20 at Silver Bluff High School.

Dr. Rosemond is a family psychologist, the author of nine books and a syndicated columnist.

Admission is free, but seating will be allotted first to parents of pupils from Redcliffe and Greendale elementary schools, who are sponsoring the talk.

For ticket information, call (803) 827-3350.

Council votes to support water system

AIKEN - The Aiken City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to give backup water support to the New Ellenton Commission of Public Works water system.

In exchange, New Ellenton agreed to let Aiken service all future development north of Talatha Church Road, which intersects Whiskey Road in south Aiken. New Ellenton's water service capabilities reach Aiken's southern limits.