Originally created 11/27/02

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Woman is held in theft case

An Augusta woman was arrested Tuesday on charges of stealing more than $18,000 from her employer.

Sharhonda E. Hampton is accused of making phony property returns while employed at Plej's Bath Bed Curtain on Washington Road, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. The thefts took place between Jan. 7 and Oct. 10, the report states.

Another employee had copies of the receipts, and Ms. Hampton was caught on surveillance video, the report states.

Ms. Hampton was charged Tuesday with felony theft by deception. She was being held on $5,050 bond, officials said.

State to halt roadwork throughout holiday

The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend construction-related lane closures on all state road projects for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Work will be suspended from noon today until 9 a.m. Monday.

"We anticipate a tremendous increase in the traffic on the major arterials, and we want to minimize congestion and delays as much as possible," DOT Commissioner Tom Coleman said in a news release.

A detailed analysis of the holiday weekend traffic patterns can be obtained at www.georgianavigator.com, the release states.

Police subdue motorist after car chase, attack

An Augusta man was being held at the Richmond County jail Tuesday, charged with attacking officers during an arrest on Linderwood Drive.

Police arrested Anthony Bernard Britt at about 1 p.m. after he ran from his vehicle after a car chase, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. When officers caught Mr. Britt at Linderwood Drive and Buckeye Court, he tried to punch the deputies, the report states.

Deputies struck Mr. Britt in the leg with a baton and used pepper spray to subdue him. He was charged with felony obstruction, jail records show.

Man shot during fight remains hospitalized

A Warrenville man was shot in the stomach during an argument late Monday on Valley Homes Circle in Gloverville, police said.

Capt. Michael Frank, of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, said Wayne Corley Jr., 20, of the 90 block of Valley Homes Circle, shot Clifton Young, 24, of the 3100 block of Pine Log Road.

The incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. at Mr. Corley's home after he retrieved a handgun, the captain said.

The nature of the argument is still under investigation, Capt. Frank said.

Mr. Young remains at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Corley was arrested at the scene and taken to the Aiken County Detention Center. He is charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

Two counties will get grants for body armor

Two local police agencies will receive money from the U.S. Department of Justice to buy body armor, South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges' office announced Tuesday.

The Aiken County and Allendale County sheriff's offices will receive $28,125 and $3,750, respectively, from the more than $400,000 that will come to the state. The funding is from federal grants in the Drug Control and System Improvement Program.

Lawmaker challenges nuclear plant project

A senior member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee is among the first lawmakers to challenge the Energy Department's intention to build a nuclear triggers plant that could be constructed at Savannah River Site.

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D.-Mass., sent a letter Tuesday to Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. It was critical of his department's plan to move forward on the multibillion dollar project without a clearer concept of how many triggers really need replacing.

Mr. Markey also is the co-chairman of the Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation.

"The Bush Administration claims to be committed to nuclear nonproliferation, and has promised to reduce the number of nuclear weapons, yet it also wants to build a new bomb factory," the representative wrote. "This inconsistent policy can only undermine U.S. efforts to convince other nations to abide by their nonproliferations obligations."

Empty Stocking Fund concert set for Sunday

The Augusta Chronicle is sponsoring the Empty Stocking Fund Concert, which will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Augusta.

The Augusta Concert Band, led by musical director Alan Drake, will provide holiday music. It will be Dr. Drake's farewell concert. He is retiring and will symbolically turn the baton over to his assistant, Ben Easter, during the concert.

During the program, Chronicle President Julian Miller will give a history of the Empty Stocking Fund and will present Dr. Drake with a farewell gift.

High school plans for Class of 1962 reunion

The Academy of Richmond County High School Class of 1962 reunion will be held Friday at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Former classmates should send updated addresses, e-mail addresses and other contact information to Nancy Solomon-Stutts at layla@comcast.net, or at P.O. Box 204804, Martinez, Ga. 30917-4804; or at (706) 860-0661.

Police arrest man wanted in sex crime

An Augusta man was being held at the Richmond County jail Tuesday, charged with having intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

Christopher D. Holmes was driving a stolen Hyundai Sonata when police apprehended him at about 5 p.m. on Monroe Street, according to authorities. Mr. Holmes was wanted on an outstanding child molestation warrant , accused of having sex with the girl, police said.

The girl's older sister told their mother about the alleged sexual incident, and she later informed police, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states. The incidents occurred between May 14 and June 10, the report states.

Although he was driving a stolen vehicle, police said Mr. Holmes would not be charged. Mr. Holmes, 21, of the 2600 block of Thomas Lane, was being held at the jail without bond, authorities said.


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