Originally created 10/25/02

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Question puts man in jail cell

Asking one too many questions got an Aiken man put in jail Wednesday night.

An Aiken Department of Public Safety officer conducted a traffic stop at the Depot Food Store in the 1800 block of Whiskey Road about 11:30 p.m. The officer was asked by the vehicle's passenger, Noah I. Boone, 19, whether the agency had any recent robberies, a report from public safety stated.

The question struck the officer as so bizarre he conducted a warrant check on Mr. Boone, of Jefferson Avenue. The officer discovered a bench warrant for failure to appear for general sessions court on a grand larceny charge, the report stated.

According to court records, Mr. Boone was arrested Aug. 17, 2001, for stealing a four-wheeler. He entered a pretrial diversion program in May but did not complete it, prompting prosecutors to restore his case to their docket in August. When he didn't appear for court roll call Oct. 7, they issued the warrant, the records indicate.

Mr. Boone remains in the Aiken County Detention Center.

Aiken woman reports bank account scam

A 70-year-old Aiken woman told police she may have been the victim of a scam.

The woman told the Aiken Department of Public Safety she received a call at her York Street apartment Wednesday from a man claiming to work for Bank of America.

The man told her she had deposited an extra $200 in her account and he needed her account number to get the money back to her.

The woman gave the man her account information, but later recalled she didn't believe she deposited too much money. She called her bank and was told to cancel her account. No money had been withdrawn as of Wednesday.

Officers examine belt marks on pupil

Social workers have taken custody of a second-grader from Meadowbrook Elementary School who showed up at school Thursday with belt marks on his back and arm, authorities said.

Richmond County sheriff's officials are investigating the possibility that the boy's injuries were caused by his father after the boy came home with a bad progress report from his teacher, Maj. Ken Autry said.

The boy will be examined at a local hospital, where a doctor will determine whether the beating constitutes cruelty, Maj. Autry said. Until then, he remains in the custody of the Augusta Department of Family and Children Services.

Customer scares off robber, police say

All it took was a customer to scare off a knife-wielding man who was trying to rob the Dairy Queen/Amoco store in North Augusta on Thursday morning, authorities said.

The would-be robber walked into the store on East Martintown Road about 6:20 a.m. Thursday and pulled out a weapon that resembled a butcher knife, said Capt. Randy Mosley of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. The man demanded money from the female clerk, who backed away from the counter, police said.

A customer walked in the store, and the man put the knife back in his jacket and ran from the store without getting any money, Capt. Mosley said.

Man says dirt road was robbery scene

A Saluda man told police he was robbed on a dirt road in northern Aiken County by a man with a gun.

George H. Means Jr., 31, told police he was riding with two people from Saluda County into Aiken County on Wednesday about 5 a.m. when their vehicle stopped on the unknown dirt road, a report from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said.

There a man described as black, 30-35 years old, 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds pointed a black handgun at Mr. Means and demanded money, Mr. Means told police in the report. Mr. Means gave him $250 in cash, the report stated.

Mr. Means told police the robber left with Mr. Means' acquaintances in a small gray two-door car. He walked to Ridge Spring to report the incident to police, the report stated.

GOP poll finds Burns leading 12th District

A recent poll of 402 likely voters in the 12th Congressional District by a Republican polling agency shows Republican candidate Max Burns leading Democratic opponent Charles Walker Jr.

The Oct. 22-23 poll by the Tarrance Group shows Mr. Burns leading with 48 percent of the vote. Mr. Walker has 33 percent, and 18 percent are undecided, according to Stephen Schmidt, the communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Mr. Burns also led Mr. Walker in the percentage of likely voters who had a favorable opinion of him, with 42 percent to Mr. Walker's 24 percent. Sixteen percent had an unfavorable opinion of Mr. Burns, while 35 percent had an unfavorable opinion of Mr. Walker.

The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percent, according to the pollsters.

Good Shepherd to hold mental health meeting

Mental health healing services will be available at 7 p.m. Monday at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way.

The event is being held to raise awareness of depression and other mental illnesses.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 738-3386.

Summit offers teens a chance to speak up

A teen summit for youthsages 13-18 will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at Aiken County Recreation Center on U.S. Highway 1, Graniteville.

Teens will have an opportunity to discuss local, state and national issues with their peers and youth leaders.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 642-7558.