Originally created 11/15/02

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Man is stabbed during attack

An Augusta man was stabbed Thursday when he attacked a couple with a tire iron, police said.

Walter D. Groover, 35, suffered stab wounds to his head, chest, back and hands at about 2:45 a.m. during the alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend, Redonna N. Roberts, and her boyfriend, Claude D. Williford, according to a report at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was in fair condition Thursday night, hospital spokeswoman Danielle Wong said.

Mr. Williford said he stabbed Mr. Groover after the man struck him with the tire iron on the shoulder and ankle. Mr. Groover, who had followed the couple to Ms. Roberts' home on Mike Padgett Highway, also attacked Ms. Roberts on her neck and back, the report says.

Republican freshmen name Burns their leader

U.S. Rep.-elect Max Burns has been elected the president of the House Republican freshman class.

Mr. Burns is the first congressman-elect from Georgia's new 12th Congressional District, which stretches from Athens to Savannah and includes most of Augusta. He defeated Democratic candidate Charles Walker Jr. for the seat Nov. 5.

"It is a privilege to be chosen by my peers to be their voice with House leadership," Mr. Burns said in a prepared statement.

Credit-union robber is sentenced to prison

COLUMBIA -An Aiken man was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for an armed robbery at the SRP Federal Credit Union on University Parkway in Aiken.

Aaron Carter, 25, of the 400 block of Abbeville Avenue, also must pay restitution and a $100 special assessment fee, and he will be supervised for five years after his release from prison, according to the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Cameron M. Currie.

Mr. Carter walked into the credit union inside Aiken Regional Medical Centers on New Year's Eve. He was wearing a mask and pointed what appeared to be a gun at a clerk. He told her to put money into a bag.

His image was captured on a surveillance video, authorities said.

Police arrest three in Bobby Jones stops

Richmond County authorities continued a crackdown on speeders on Bobby Jones Expressway, issuing tickets Thursday and arresting at least three people who were clocked at more than 20 mph over the limit.

The three arrests came after traffic stops at about noon on Bobby Jones Expressway near Gordon Highway.

Elisabeth Aversano-Lodge, 37, of Deans Bridge Road in Augusta, was charged with going 76 mph in a 55 mph zone and with having no driver's license or proof of insurance.

Edward John Cooney, 49, of Wisehollow Drive in Aiken, was charged with going 77 mph in a 55 mph zone and driving without a license on person.

Jimmie Lee Stokes, 47, of Oxford Drive in Evans, was charged with going 77 mph in a 55 mph zone and driving with a suspended license.

Grocery-store thieves charge $5,000 on card

Police are looking for two men who took an elderly woman's wallet at a grocery store and used her credit card to buy merchandise worth more than $5,000.

Virginia Guida, 86, of Augusta, told police the two men were hanging around her as she shopped Wednesday at Publix on Washington Road. She said she believes the men took her wallet from her purse when one of them bumped her cart with his, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Ms. Guida realized her wallet was missing at the check-out line. When she got home and called credit card officials, they told her the thieves had already charged $3,000 at Best Buy and $2,200 at Circuit City.

Richmond County authorities asked the stores to pull their security tapes in hopes of identifying the thieves.

Inquiry in cycle death nears its completion

Aiken Public Safety is expected to complete its investigation today of a Wednesday motorcycle fatality, Capt. Wendell Hall said Thursday.

He said the department would likely soon announce whether charges would be brought against Gary Stewart Siegmund, 46, who was driving the car that motorcyclist James W. Boone crashed into.

Mr. Boone, of the 300 block of Newman Circle, was traveling south on Two Notch Road at about 5:30 p.m. when Mr. Siegmund turned left in front of him onto Brandy Road.

Mr. Boone was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was the second motorcycle fatality on Two Notch Road since May, when Brian Edward Jackson, 20, of the 400 block of East Boundary in Aiken, lost control of his motorcycle and crashed.

Jury picking nears end in LeBlanc rape trial

Jury selection in the Gastonia, N.C., rape trial of former Augusta resident Aaron LeBlanc is nearly complete.

Mr. LeBlanc, 20, was charged with rape in Gastonia on March 18, less than a month after his acquittal in Augusta in three sexual assault cases.

Testimony is set to begin Tuesday in Gaston County Superior Court. The judge presiding over the case granted a defense request that the jury be selected from outside the Gastonia-Charlotte area because of extensive media coverage of his arrest.

According to Charlotte-area television stations, 11 jurors were selected Thursday.

Mr. LeBlanc has pleaded innocent to charges of first-degree sexual offense, kidnapping, breaking and entering, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

He is accused of assaulting a Gastonia woman who lived in the same apartment complex where Mr. LeBlanc was staying with his brother.

Teenager is charged in boyfriend's stabbing

An Augusta teen was charged with aggravated assault Thursday after allegedly slashing her boyfriend with a knife, police records show.

Cathy Ann Crawford, 17, of 13th Avenue, is accused of slashing Domenquise Veshon Bonner, 19, on the face and forearm with a kitchen knife, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. The incident allegedly occurred at 3:13 p.m. in the 2100 block of Kennedy Drive.

The report says Ms. Crawford was angry at Mr. Bonner for planning to go to another girl's house.

Mr. Bonner was treated at University Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Ms. Crawford was being held at the Richmond County jail without bond, officials said.


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