Originally created 01/26/03

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Police say man swallowed drug

An Augusta man faced obstruction charges Saturday for allegedly swallowing drug evidence.

Police say Reginald D. Porter gulped a bag of marijuana at about 10:30 a.m. Friday after a Richmond County sheriff's deputy approached him near an abandoned building at 12th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

According to a police report, the officer struggled with Mr. Porter for the bag, but he swallowed the drugs. The only evidence left was the marijuana residue on Mr. Porter's teeth.

Mr. Porter was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Juvenile surrenders in Beech Island burglary

One person has been charged in an armed robbery at a home on Storm Branch Road in Beech Island.

Two men, armed with a handgun and another gun, kicked in the front door of Michael H. Jones's home late Friday. The men took money and jewelry, said Capt. Michael Frank of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

A juvenile turned himself in Saturday morning. He was charged with first-degree burglary and armed robbery, Capt. Frank said.

Authorities are still looking for the second man. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the sheriff's office at (800) 922-9709.

Deputy breaks hand while chasing suspect

A Richmond County sheriff's deputy was recovering Saturday after he was injured while chasing a suspect.

Deputy Jeff Lord suffered a severe asthma attack and broke his right hand while trying to apprehend Franklin L. Daniels Jr. on Friday. The officer had stopped Mr. Daniels' vehicle in the parking lot of Popeye's Chicken at Deans Bridge Road and Georgetown Drive at about 6 p.m. when the man started to run, according to a sheriff's office report.

The deputy chased Mr. Daniels to Webster Road, wherehe tried to strike Deputy Lord and knocked his glasses off, the report states. Mr. Daniels continued to fight until other deputies subdued him, the report states.

Deputy Lord suffered an asthma attack after the struggle and was treated by Rural/Metro Ambulance. He was taken to University Hospital for the injury to his right hand.

Mr. Daniels, 21, of the 3500 block of Jack Kelly Road, was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Blood drive will aid young burn victims

Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold an emergency blood drive at Barton Chapel Elementary School on Monday to assist two girls burned in a south Augusta house fire Wednesday.

The blood drive will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the school on 2329 Barton Chapel Road for burn victims Jasmine Ryals, 7, and her sister Jada, 2.

Jasmine is a pupil at the school and was injured more severely. Her burns will require ongoing surgery to repair and replace damaged tissue, and the drive is intended to ensure an adequate supply for her and the 30 other burn victims at the center. Jada was in good condition Saturday, while Jasmine remained in serious condition.

Donors also may give blood at other Shepeard locations today. For more information, go to www.shepeardblood.org.