Originally created 05/06/02

Across the area



Man surrenders after car crash

A 19-year-old Lincolnton, Ga., man surrendered and was arrested Sunday afternoon several hours after he crashed a friend's car into two trees, police said.

Antonio Norman, of the 2500 block of Prater Road, was charged with reckless driving, failure to report an accident with damages and no proof of insurance, said Deputy Claude Stevens, of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Stevens said the incident was reported just after 1 a.m. when someone noticed a wrecked 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon on the side of Ashemore Bardon Road. He said that a rescue team was sent to look for the driver but that no one was found.

Mr. Norman told police he hitched a ride with someone after the wreck and was taken to his brother's house. Deputy Stevens said Mr. Norman told police that a deer had run into his path. He said he swerved to miss the deer and drove off the road, causing the car to hit two trees and flip.

Deputy Stevens said Mr. Norman had only a few bruises and scratches from the wreck.

"I asked him if he went to the hospital, and he said, 'No, I cleaned myself up,"' Deputy Stevens said.

Authorities seek man in restaurant robbery

Police were looking Sunday for a man who held up a Church's Chicken on Wrightsboro Road.

According to Investigator Scott White, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, the robbery occurred at about 10 p.m. Saturday when a man wearing a camouflage jacket and ski mask walked into the restaurant, pulled out two handguns and demanded money.

Investigator White said three employees were in the store at the time. He said the robber - described as black, 6 feet 1 inch tall with a slim build - took cash from a safe and ran away.

He said the robbery is the third at an Augusta business in the past week. Officials say, however, that Saturday's robbery didn't appear to be related to the others.

Out-of-towner faces sex-crime charges

A 20-year-old Dallas, Ga., man was arrested early Sunday after police reportedly found him in an Augusta hotel room with a 15-year-old girl.

Robert Howell Slade II was charged with sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to Investigator Scott White, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. The arrest occurred after police responded to a noise disturbance at a room at Master's Inn on Washington Road.

Investigator White said police entered the room and found Mr. Slade and the girl partially clothed.

Augusta agencies plan to clean up riverwalk

The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau will help the Augusta Trees and Landscape Department clean Riverwalk Augusta today as part of National Tourism Week.

The cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. at the Eighth Street plaza.

The bureau is also sponsoring the Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown program in observance of the week. Many of Augusta's attractions will be free from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and also on Saturday.

Couple reports armed robbery

An Augusta man and woman told police they were robbed by two armed men late Saturday as they walked home from a store.

Michael Thomas Johnson and Barbara Ann Johnson said the men approached them in the 2700 block of Richmond Hill Road at 10:17 p.m., a sheriff's office report states.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson told police the men asked for money. When the couple said they had none, both men pulled out pistols and ordered them to empty their pockets, according to the report. When no money was found, they said, the robbers rummaged through Mr. and Mrs. Johnson's grocery bags and took a six-pack of beer.

The assailants were described as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 18 to 25 years old.