Originally created 02/24/02

Across the area



Man at home shot in thigh

A man was shot early Saturday in the front yard of his Warrenville home, wounding him in the left thigh, police said.

Capt. Michael Frank of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said a neighbor of Carl Pugh, 42, of the 100 block of Shazach Lane, called 911 about 9:15 a.m. because Mr. Pugh was lying on the ground.

Capt. Frank said the sheriff's office is investigating the shooting and does not suspect that Mr. Pugh's wound was self-inflicted. Mr. Pugh was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the sheriff's office at (800) 922-9709 or Aiken County Crime Stoppers at (866) 883-7463.

Man breaks into Old Medical College

Authorities are looking for a man who broke into the Old Medical College early Saturday morning.

Dona M. Woods, an employee, told police she went into the building in the 500 block of Telfair Street about 10:20 a.m. and noticed a man, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. The man then pushed Ms. Woods out of the way and ran, the report states.

If arrested the man could face charges of burglary and simply battery. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Ship-shape drill team wins Junior ROTC meet

Silver Bluff High School's Navy Junior ROTC won overall champion at Saturday's drill meet at the school.

The meet brought drill teams from 16 schools in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Silver Bluff, recognized as one of the top programs in the nation, won awards in all but one of the six categories.

North Augusta ROTC won first in the platoon fancy drill category and the squad fancy drill category. Greenbrier High School won first in the color guard category. Aiken High School won third place in the individual fancy drill.

Police seek gunman in holdup at store

Police are looking for a man who robbed the Hilltop Citgo on U.S. Highway 1 in North Augusta early Saturday.

Capt. Michael Frank with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said a man armed with a handgun demanded money from the store's clerk about 1:30 a.m.

The robber then ordered the clerk into a walk-in cooler and left.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the sheriff's office at (800) 922-9709.

Foiled restaurant robber sought by authorities

North Augusta authorities were looking Saturday for a man they say attempted to rob a restaurant at gunpoint the day before.

A man went into the bathroom at the Burger King in the 400 block of East Martintown Road about 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to a report at North Augusta Department of Public Safety. When he came out, he was a wearing a dark bandana over his face and carrying a black and silver handgun, the report states.

The man tried to push open a door leading to a back room but an employee locked it.

He left the restaurant and was last seen running behind bushes near S&S Cafeteria, the report states. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Department of Public Safety at 279-2121.

Historical society scheduled to meet

The Augusta Richmond County Historical Society will hold their winter meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

The guest lecturer will be Dr. Christopher Murphy, a professor of anthropology at Augusta State University. Dr. Murphy will speak on the recent archaeological finds at the old Augusta Arsenal site.

The meeting will be in the parish hall. There will be a reception after the lecture.

For more information, call Vickie Greene at 737-1532.

Man faces charges of robbing girlfriend

An Augusta man was being held at the Richmond County jail Saturday on $6,050 bond, charged with attacking and robbing a Hephzibah woman on North Leg Road.

Dannie L. Mountain, 19, also known as Donnie L. Mountain, is accused of taking part in the robbery of his girlfriend, Latonya M. Harden, 18, on Monday at Vintage Green Apartments, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. Mr. Mountain watched as two females hit and kicked Ms. Harden then stole her purse and cell phone, the report states.

Ms. Harden was attacked while on her way to meet her boyfriend, according to the report. Mr. Mountain, of the 2300 block of Shilo Street, was arrested about 11:30 a.m. Friday at the law enforcement center and charged with robbery by force.

He is being held at the jail without bond on an unrelated charge of burglary, officials said.

10-year-old reports that man molested her

An Augusta man faced charges Saturday of molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Samuel L. Minter, 46, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl at her home Jan. 15, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. The victim told police that she was alone with Mr. Minter in the kitchen when the incident occurred, the report states.

The victim said Mr. Minter threatened to hurt her if she told anybody about the incident, the report states.

He is charged with child molestation and is being held without bail, officials said.

St. Patrick's Day festivities planned

Augusta's St. Patrick's Day festival has been planned for noon to 10:30 p.m. March 16 and noon to 9 p.m. March 17 at Riverwalk Augusta.

This year's festivities will include music, crafts, merchandise, face painting and other amusements. Celtic Rhythm will present a performance of Riverdance that Sunday. Featured bands this year will include Keep, Shinebox, Crankshaft, Needless and Pat Blanchard.

Admission will cost $3. For more information, call 821-1754.Equestrians gather

for weekend trials

Today is the final day of the Paradise Farms Horse Trails held by international-level horse trainer Lellie Ward.

The event features more than 185 horses and riders from all over the country and Canada to compete in the event, sanctioned by the U.S. Eventing Associationsanctioned event}. The event will include dressage, show jumping and cross-country phases.

Competition begins at 9 a.m. today at Paradise Farm, approximately six miles east of Aiken on South Carolina Highway 302.

The event will benefit Helping Hands, an emergency residential shelter in Aiken for abused an neglected children.

There is no charge. For more information, call Ms. Ward at (803) 643-0138.