Originally created 05/11/02

Across the area



Wreck, road work snarl I-20 traffic

A traffic accident combined with construction work to stall westbound traffic on Interstate 20 for nearly an hour Friday morning.

At about 10:30 a.m., deputies from with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office responded to a two-vehicle accident on I-20 near the Grovetown exit, Capt. Steve Morris said.

Jeffrey Sheffield, of Polk County, Fla., was cited for following too closely after he ran his 18-wheeler into the back of a Ford truck driven by Marvin Grubb of Barnwell, S.C., Capt. Morris said. The impact pushed the Ford into the guardrail and closed both lanes of traffic, backing up vehicles to Richmond County. The right lane already had been closed to allow workers to continue replacing concrete slabs. No injuries were reported, Capt. Morris said.

Mail carriers prepare to take donated food

The 10th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive is today.

Mail carriers across the U.S. will pick up nonperishable food donations that are left by mailboxes. Collection barrels also will be placed in the lobbies of post offices. All local donations will benefit the Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Police seek robbers of family grocery

Police are looking for two men in an attempted armed robbery at an Augusta grocery store Thursday night.

The robbery was foiled when a worker refused to give money to the men.

Young Nam Won told police two men - one of whom was carrying a shotgun - entered Goshen Grocery Store, in the 1600 block of Goshen Road, at about 9:20 p.m., a sheriff's office report states.

Mr. Nam said one of the men pointed the shotgun at him while the other walked behind the counter and held a bag out, according to the report.

Mr. Nam said he refused to give the men money. He said he was punched in the face and pushed down. Then Mr. Won's wife ran from the back of the store to see what was going on.

According to the report, the men then fled the store without taking anything.

Pupil faces charge over bomb threat

A 14-year-old Murphey Middle School pupil has been arrested in connection with a bomb threat at his school.

The teen, whose name wasn't released because of his age, was charged Thursday afternoon with transmitting a false public alarm and released to his parents, said Lt. Jimmy Young, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The threat was made at about 10 a.m. Thursday at the school, which is in the 2600 block of Milledgeville Road.

Islamic center sets tolerance seminar

The Islamic Center of Augusta will hold a seminar, Islam: A Religion of Peace and Tolerance, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. The seminar will feature lectures on religious tolerance, history of the Holy Land, peace and justice, and the basics of the religion.

Information about the Quran, women in Islam, worship and the prophet Muhammad also will be available. For more information, call 868-7278.

Augusta's fire chief sets public forums

Augusta Fire Chief Al Gillespie will conduct an open house and forum at various fire stations next week. The events are designed to allow residents to discuss questions about the fire department's future.

He will be at Fire Station No. 9, 3507 Walton Way Extension, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, and at Fire Station No. 18, 4185 Windsor Spring Road, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Park will bear name of ex-commissioner

The city of Augusta will rename Belle Terrace Park in honor of former Commissioner Henry H. Brigham in ceremonies Tuesday. The program begins at 11 a.m. at the park, 2463 Golden Camp Road.

Excursions continue to mark tourism week

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown continues today.

The program includes discounted and free admission prices at local tourist attractions, including the Cotton Exchange Welcome Center and Museum, the Morris Museum of Art, the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History.

For a complete list of participating attractions, call 823-6600.

Registration ending for vote in primaries

Today is the last day to register to vote in the June 11 South Carolina primaries.

Residents of the state can register at county voter registration offices or at any Department of Motor Vehicles office.

To be eligible to vote, people must be residents of South Carolina, have no convictions for felonies or offenses against election laws and be at least 18 years old on or before the Nov. 5 general election.

A 17-year-old who will be 18 by Nov. 5 may register and vote in the June primary.

The Aiken County voter registration office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon today.

Legal aid offered for area indigents

Low-income people in need of legal assistance for civil problems can meet with representatives from Georgia legal Services Program for the following counties:

Burke County, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, at the Community Action Agency, 567 W. Ninth St., Waynesboro

Jefferson County, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jefferson County Department of Family and Children Services, U.S. Highway 1, North, Louisville

Washington County, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Washington County Department of Family and Children Services, 1124 S. Harris St., Sandersville.

Appointments also may be made weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling Georgia Legal Services, 811 Telfair St., Suite 202, Augusta, 721-2327 or toll-free (800) 248-6697.

Police seek armed robber

Richmond County authorities are looking for a man who robbed an Augusta woman at gunpoint Friday evening.

Cassandra Simmons, an assistant manager at Burger King, was approached by a man wearing a mask while she was making a deposit outside SunTrust Bank on Peach Orchard Road at about 5:50 p.m., said Blaise Dresser, an investigator for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The man pointed a black handgun at Ms. Simmons and ordered her to give him the bag, Investigator Dresser said. He then headed west on Harold Road, he said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1020, or at 821-1080 after 6 p.m.