Originally created 11/20/02

Across the area



Man dies when auto hits tree

Authorities say a 52-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning near Sylvania when his vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree.

Sammy Steadman, of Allenhurst, Ga., was driving a 1992 Pontiac Bonneville on Georgia Highway 24 about 12:15 a.m. when his vehicle left the road and struck a tree, according to Georgia State Patrol officials.

The accident occurred about six miles north of Sylvania.

Jailers hit during melee at mealtime

Two Richmond County jailers were punched in the face by an unruly inmate who was being served his breakfast tray Tuesday morning, police said.

Deputies David Copeland and William Green were struck in the face, which occurred when the inmate rushed out of his cell during chow call, a sheriff's report states.

An inmate who saw the incident told police he believed it was an escape attempt.

Kenneth Alonzo Campbell, 27, was charged with felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He has been in jail since March 4, when he was charged with stabbing a neighbor in Pepperidge subdivision. He previously was charged with two counts of obstruction involving assaults on officers.

Augusta man charged with raping teenager

An Augusta man was charged Tuesday with raping a 14-year-old girl in his home, authorities said.

Aaron Latroy Harvey, 20, of Chadwick Road, was charged with felony rape and booked into the Richmond County jail.

The girl told police she was at Mr. Harvey's home at 8:30 p.m. Saturday when he pulled her to the edge of the bed, took her pants and underwear off and had sex with her against her will. The girl, who lives in North Augusta, said she told Mr. Harvey three times to stop.

Officers will look for seat-belt violators

The North Augusta Department of Public Safety is participating in a seat-belt awareness campaign to reduce the number of crash deaths during Thanksgiving.

Along with other South Carolina officers, the department began Fasten for Life Thanksgiving 2002 on Monday. It will last all month.

North Augusta will concentrate patrols on high-crash areas, speed violations and those failing to yield in its attempt to enforce seat-belt and child-restraint violations. The department suggests planning routes before traveling the highways.

In South Carolina, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15 to 19 years old.

Burglar tosses block through store window

Someone tossed a concrete block through the window at Broad Street Market on Monday night and stole $60 from a cash register, a sheriff's report states.

William Coxwell told police that someone threw the block at the front-door window between 6 and 8 p.m. Monday. The burglary caused $200 in damage.

Anyone with any information about this crime should call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 823-1020 or 823-1080.

Empty Stocking Fund

applications availableApplications for The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund are available. They may be picked up at these locations during regular office hours: the main newspaper office at 725 Broad St.; the Aiken office at 123 Pendleton St.; and the Columbia County office at 4143 Columbia Road.

Applicants must explain in detail how the money will help them and why they need help.

They also must provide a street address and some other verifiable information.

Applications with a post office box must include a street address.

Police look into theft at mall retail store

Richmond County authorities are investigating a series of thefts at an Augusta Mall retail store.

An employee of the Gap Inc. told police that another employee has stolen more than $2,200 from the store, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The employee is accused of making about 50 false merchandise returns and placing the money on gift cards.