Originally created 08/12/02

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Motorist reports threats from men

An Augusta man told police two men cut in front of his car on Peach Orchard Road on Sunday and pointed a gun at him.

David Noel Akeson described the men as white, in their late teens to early 20s, and said they were driving a green Chevy S-10 pickup eastbound on Peach Orchard Road, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

The incident occurred at 2:50 p.m. near Lumpkin Road. Mr. Akeson said the driver of the pickup cut into his lane and started braking. When Mr. Akeson changed lanes, the passenger pointed a black handgun at him, the report states.

Resident says gunman was outside his home

An Augusta man reported seeing a man with a gun outside his home early Sunday.

Robert W. Talkington, of the 2900 block of Arrowhead Drive, told police that a man wearing a blue Nike shirt pulled a chrome handgun from his waistband and pointed it at him, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states. Mr. Talkington said that when he took cover the man left.

Driver reports shots fired at his vehicle

A Harlem man told Richmond County police that someone shot at his car as he was driving with his daughter.

Frank Albert McEroy said he and his daughter were in the 1700 block of 15th Street at 11 p.m. Saturday when they heard four to five gunshots, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states. Mr. McEroy said he later noticed a bullet hole in the rear left side of his 2001 Acura. An investigation determined that the bullet had penetrated to the car's back seat.

Thieves break into car wash machines

Hundreds of dollars in quarters was stolen from an Augusta car wash when someone pried open six machines, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Employee Tommy Lee Porter told police someone pried open two vacuum machines, two vending machines and two car wash machines at the car wash in the 2200 block of Rosier Road. The thieves took an estimated $500.

The thefts occurred sometime Friday night or Saturday morning, the report states.

Woman fails to pay dog's euthanasia bill

An Augusta pet clinic was stiffed Sunday as a Harlem woman skipped out on the bill for her dog's euthanasia, according to police.

Officials at Augusta Animal Emergency Clinic on Hudson Trace told police the woman brought her sick dog in to the clinic at 2:50 p.m., a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Officials told the woman the procedure would cost $140. According to the report, the woman agreed to the service but left without paying.

Burglars grab money from dry cleaners

Burglars smashed a window at Palmer's Cleaners on Old Savannah Road and stole a deposit bag and a petty cash bag, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Rosa Marie Singleton told police that someone moved the metal security gates and broke a door window to get inside sometime Friday night or Saturday morning.

Tires slashed on cars parked along Broad

Vandals slashed the tires of at least two vehicles parked on Broad Street.

A Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputy was on patrol in the 900 block of Broad Street early Saturday when he noticed flat tires on a Ford Ranger and a Mitsubishi Mirage. When he inspected the tires, he found that someone had cut them.

Deputy sprays patron after run-in at bar

A deputy used pepper spray to subdue an unruly bar patron who had threatened a group of women, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states. Police gave the following account:

Deputy Tim Rzasa was trying to question the man early Saturday when the man tried to fight him outside Last Call on Washington Road. The deputy had asked the patron to step into the parking lot to discuss alleged threats to several women, but he refused and pushed the deputy.

Deputy Rzasa used pepper spray twice on the man and needed help from another deputy to handcuff him.

George Douglass Confair, of the 100 block of Russell Street in North Augusta, was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and booked into the Richmond County jail.

Police seek teenager who threatened clerk

North Augusta police continued their search Sunday for a teenager who stole cigarettes from a convenience store after a clerk wouldn't sell him beer.

The teen walked into the Circle K on West Martintown Road at about 11:30 p.m. Friday and tried to buy a can of beer but refused to show identification when asked for it, a police report states. The teen then put his hand under his shirt and said, "Give me the money."

The clerk told him she had no money. The teen grabbed a pack of cigarettes and ran out.

The robber was described as white, 18 or 19 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He wore a blue-and-gray striped shirt and blue jeans.

Transportation agency

offers program detailsA draft of Georgia's State Transportation Improvement Program for 2003-05 is available to the public at county libraries and the Georgia Department of Transportation's district offices.

The document lists federally funded projects proposed in Georgia, with the exception of the Atlanta area, a Georgia DOT news release states.

The $11.4 billion improvement program focuses on highways, bridges, bicycle and pedestrian pathways, transportation enhancement, and transit and passenger rail projects.

A final version of the document will be approved by the state Transportation Board and the Federal Highway Administration in September. At that time, it will be available for viewing at www.dot.state.ga.us.