Originally created 09/01/02

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Blood drive promotes disease awareness

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive Saturday to promote National Sickle Cell Awareness.

The bloodmobile will be parked from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eighth Street fountain at Riverwalk Augusta. A Walk for Sickle Cell Awareness is scheduled for 9 a.m. on the riverwalk.

The drive is being sponsored in conjunction with the Paul F. Milner Sickle Cell Support Group. For more information, call the Shepeard Community Blood Center at 737-4551.

Driver dies in one-car crash

A Hephzibah man was killed in a single-car accident on Georgia Highway 88 early Saturday morning.

Michael Whitaker, 44, was pronounced dead at 7:43 a.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Richmond County Deputy Coroner Grover Tuten. The cause of death was blunt force trauma and internal bleeding, he said.

Mr. Whitaker, the driver of a Nissan pickup, was traveling west on Georgia Highway 88 about 6:30 a.m. when he lost control, Mr. Tuten said. The truck went off the north side of the road and into a ditch, hitting a concrete drainage pipe, he said.

The driver was partially ejected through the passenger-side window and crushed by the truck, Mr. Tuten said. There was a smell of alcohol on the body, and authorities found several beer cans in the pickup and at the scene, he said.

Mr. Whitaker was not wearing a seat belt, Mr. Tuten said. The coroner's office is awaiting toxicology results, he said.

Coroner says body showed tire tracks

Police on Saturday were investigating the death of an Augusta man found on Wylds Road on Friday morning.

Authorities found James Wills, 25, about 1:30 a.m., said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tim Owen. Richmond County Deputy Corner Grover Tuten said the victim had tire tracks across his legs and chest.

Mr. Wills was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Mr. Tuten said. The body was sent to the crime lab in Atlanta on Friday for an autopsy, he said.

Anyone with information about Mr. Wills' death is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Police arrest man in brother's death

SPARTA -A Sparta, Ga., man was being held at the Hancock County Detention Center on Saturday for questioning in the death of his brother.

Glenn Grier, 29, was in the custody of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department for the slaying of 25-year-old Joey Grier at their home on Georgia Highway 15, said sheriff's spokesman Allen Haywood. Glenn Grier stabbed his brother with a knife after an argument at a family gathering shortly after midnight, he said.

The victim suffered three stab wounds to the chest and was taken to Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville, Ga., where he later died, Mr. Haywood said. The suspect was subdued during the attack and was struck in the head with a ratchet handle, he said.

Mr. Haywood said the older brother suffered head wounds and was also taken to Oconee Regional Medical Center. He was released to police for questioning, he said.

MCG student reports theft of SUV bumper

An Augusta woman reported that the bumper of her sport utility vehicle had been stolen.

Meredith Welch, 23, told police she noticed the part missing from her 2000 Ford Explorer, which was parked at a Medical College of Georgia lot.

The incident happened between 11 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Friday, according to a police report.

Ms. Welch, an MCG student, told police she's not sure whether the theft occurred at her residence or at school, but plans to prosecute, the report said.

Report says girl was molested at day care

An 8-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by two boys at the home of her day care provider, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Police investigated the allegations after a Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services report was forwarded to authorities.

The report said the girl identified her attackers as the son of the day care provider and a 15-year-old boy.

Restaurants reach out to honor civic workers

Two local restaurants will provide meals for two organizations on Labor Day.

William Odom, the manager of the Red Lobster on Walton Way, said his restaurant will cook dinner for 65 people at the Augusta Rescue Mission. Nick Richey, the manager of Olive Garden on Washington Road, said his restaurant will provide a meal to some St. Joseph's Hospital staff members.

The restaurants are participating in a national community outreach program. Red Lobster restaurants are providing meals for the needy, and Olive Garden restaurants are focusing on emergency workers, including those at hospital emergency wards.

The event is in advance of Civic Participation Week, which commemorates the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and Labor Day, officials said.

Firefighters will take donations for disease

Martinez firefighters will be at several businesses today and Monday asking the public to donate money to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Firefighters will be stationed at nine locations in Columbia County with boots to collect donations and stickers for those who donate. Richmond County firefighters are also participating in the fund-raiser.


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