Originally created 11/30/02

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Police charge man in battery

An Augusta man was charged with knocking out his roommate's right front tooth Thursday after an argument at their Richmond Summit apartment, a sheriff's report states.

Freddie Lee Hall, 36, of the 700 block of Broad Street, was charged with battery in connection with the assault on 49-year-old Carl Shingles-Jones. Mr. Shingles-Jones told police they were arguing over money at about 6:45 p.m. when his roommate struck him in the mouth with his right forearm, knocking out the tooth.

Movie patron finds car burglarized after show

A movie-goer at Regal Cinemas 20 returned from a Thanksgiving Day showing to find his car window smashed and money and compact discs missing, a sheriff's report states.

Jemond Everett Smith, 18, of Edgefield, told police he saw a movie at the Augusta complex Thursday night and then found the rear vent window broken on his 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass. He looked inside and discovered that $50 cash and a collection of compact discs were missing, a report states.

Deputies also noted that the thieves had chipped away paint on the car and broken the blinker indicator on the steering column.

Health Department offers HIV testing

Regular HIV testing and counseling is offered by the Augusta Weed & Seed Initiative and the Richmond County Health Department.

Services are free and open to the public, and offered monthly every second Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Barton Village Community Center, 3653 Rome Way.

All information is handled confidentially.

For more information about the services, call 261-1122 or 667-4342.

Aiken County sponsors summit for teenagers

A Teen Summit will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Aiken County Recreation Center, U.S. Highway 1, Graniteville.

Youths 13 to 18 can give their opinion on local, state and national issues. Information will be provided on how to look for a job and on communicating with parents. The summit is free. For more information, call 642-7558.

Celebration will honor senator's centennial

Strom Thurmond's 100th Birthday Celebration will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the town square in downtown Edgefield, S.C.

For more information, call 637-4014.

Tree ceremony marks patriotic Christmas

Columbia County will have a tree-lighting ceremony from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Dec. 7, at the new Columbia County Justice Center.

The theme is Christmas in America, and the program will honor Pearl Harbor Day and the men who served at Pearl Harbor.

Santa will arrive at 4:30 p.m. on a fire truck and will be available for pictures before and after the ceremony. Proceeds from the pictures will benefit the Evans High School debate team. The Greenbrier High School Jazz Ensemble will perform while pictures are taken.

The event is sponsored by The Columbia County News-Times and the Columbia County Leisure Services Division.