Originally created 09/08/02

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Bike crash kills Augusta man

WRENS, Ga. -A one-vehicle motorcycle accident Friday evening in northwest Jefferson County resulted in the death of a 22-year-old Augusta man, reports said.

Raymond Charlton James, of 1158 Piney Grove Road, was killed shortly after 6 p.m. when his Suzuki motorcycle overturned as he traveled west on Noah Station Road, according to Deputy Coroner Mike Bennett of the Jefferson County Coroner's office.

The accident appeared to have occurred as Mr. James attempted to make a correction after running onto the shoulder of the road, according to officers on the scene.

The motorcycle traveled 84 feet along the shoulder. It skidded 73 feet after re-entering the highway, according to reports from the Swainsboro post of the Georgia State Patrol.

The cycle overturned during the skid, causing Mr. James to lose control. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered fatal head trauma as the cycle came to rest. Officers said Mr. James appeared to have been driving within the speed limit.

Shoplifting suspects lead police in chase

Two men were in police custody Saturday after a shoplifting at Augusta Mall led to a car chase.

Authorities arrested Richard Taylor, 47, the driver of a Nissan Axxess, and passenger Larry Jackson, 37, said Richmond County Sheriff's Sgt. Pete Lamb. Both men said they were not from the Augusta area, Sgt. Lamb said.

A security guard reported that the pair had shoplifted a toolbox from Sears about 4:05 p.m., Sgt. Lamb said. The men fled the mall area in the Axxess and led police on a chase heading east on Gordon Highway, he said.

The driver lost control, causing the vehicle to come to rest at a ditch, Sgt. Lamb said. The passenger - Mr. Jackson - fled from the scene and was apprehended about a quarter of a mile away, he said.

Sgt. Lamb said both men were charged with felony shoplifting. The driver, Mr. Taylor, will face several traffic violations, he said.

Man says he was shot trying to buy drugs

Police on Saturday were investigating the shooting of an Augusta man at a housing area early Friday morning.

Omar Lorenzo Anthony, 24, told police he was trying to buy marijuana at Gilbert Manor housing area about 1:30 a.m. when he was fired on by a passenger in a gray Oldsmobile Cutlass, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. Mr. Anthony was shot in the buttocks while fleeing the scene, the report states.

Mr. Anthony ran to University Hospital, the report states. He was treated and discharged Saturday, said hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Sylvester.

2 counties make plans to clean themselves up

Columbia County Clean and Beautiful committee and Metro Augusta Clean and Beautiful are sponsoring Cleanup Celebration Day on Oct. 12.

Residents of Columbia and Richmond counties will be asked to pick up litter and identifying roads or areas that need attention.

For more information about the cleanup, call John Graham at 868-0296 or e-mail him at jopagr@mindspring.com. You also can reach Metro Augusta Clean and Beautiful at 261-4390 or via e-mail at lkblanos@comcast.net.

- From staff reports