Originally created 02/03/03

Across the area



Drive-by hurts two teenagers

Two Augusta teenagers were injured in a drive-by shooting at a Deans Bridge Road car wash, where they were vacuuming a car at 4 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

Earl Johnson, 18, of Georgetown Drive, and Tyrone Lyons, 18, of Princess Court, did not report the incident to police but drove to University Hospital, where hospital workers called authorities.

The men told police they don't know why they were targeted but said they had been to Tinted Windows nightclub earlier, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Steve Fanning. Mr. Johnson was shot in the leg and suffered a broken femur. Mr. Lyons was grazed on his ring finger. They were treated and released.

No arrests had been made in the case Sunday.

Soldier is charged with statutory rape

A Fort Gordon soldier was arrested on a statutory rape charge early Sunday after a deputy found him having sex with a 15-year-old girl in a bathroom stall at Tinted Windows nightclub, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report says.

Ashton K. Ward, 18, of the 15th Signal Battalion, was arrested early Sunday and booked into the Richmond County jail on the felony charge. He remained there Sunday evening.

Deputy Eugene Brantley was at the club early Sunday when a woman told him that two people were having sex in the women's restroom, the report says.

The 15-year-old was also taken into custody, and her mother was notified.

Armed man steals woman's car at store

An armed robber stole a woman's vehicle while she talked on a pay telephone early Sunday outside the Food Lion on Mike Padgett Highway, authorities said.

Latawn Pinkney, 24, parked her 1994 Buick Park Avenue in the fire lane at the store at about 4 a.m. Sunday and left the keys inside, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Steve Fanning said.

Moments later, a car with four men inside pulled up. One of them stepped out, pointed a gun at her and said, "Don't move." He jumped into the woman's car, and both cars sped away, Investigator Fanning said.

The woman was not hurt.

MCG intern is hurt on VA Hospital stairs

An intern at the Medical College of Georgia was injured Sunday when she fell down a flight of stairs at another hospital, MCG officials said.

Dr. Charese Pelham was responding to an emergency call at the Downtown Division of the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers when she fell, said MCG spokeswoman Toni Baker.

She was taken to MCG Hospital for treatment. Ms. Baker and MCG Hospital spokeswoman Deborah Humphrey said they could not comment on the doctor's condition because of federal privacy laws.

Dr. Pelham is a general intern who is scheduled to start her anesthesiology residency next year, Ms. Baker said. MCG officials plan an investigation.

Deputy is assaulted at Augusta nightclub

A Richmond County sheriff's deputy was assaulted late Saturday while trying to get a patron to leave Coyotes Nightclub, according to an incident report.

Deputy Gordon Alley was working special duty at the business on Peach Orchard Road when a club manager asked the man to leave. While being escorted out by Deputy Alley, the patron struck the officer in the head and kicked him in the chest, the report says.

Christopher James Nance, 23, of the 1000 block of Kristi Drive, Graniteville, was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, a felony.

Pizza delivery car is stolen at complex

A pizza delivery worker told police that someone stole her car Sunday while she making a delivery.

Kim Marie Ragan, an employee of Pizza Hut, told police that she was delivering a pizza at about 1:30 p.m. at Walden West Apartments in the 2200 block of Walden Drive when someone stole her green 1997 Geo Metro, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report says.

Ms. Ragan said she left her car running with the keys in the ignition, the report says.

Police say man bit officer on arm

An 18-year-old Blythe man was arrested Sunday after he resisted arrest and bit an officer on the arm, police said.

Broderick Germaine Parker, of the 300 block of Church Street, was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and taken to the Richmond County jail, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Police had responded to a domestic dispute at about 4 a.m. at Mr. Parker's house. Police said Mr. Parker struck a man in the mouth and bit him on his finger. When an officer tried to handcuff him, Mr. Parker bit the officer on the inside of his right forearm, according to the report.

Police investigate burglary at law office

Police who responded to a burglar alarm at the law office of William M. Fleming in the 400 block of Greene Street at about 4:50 p.m. Sunday found an outside door to the office open and a window broken.

Police also found that file cabinets and desk drawers belonging to the law offices of Richard E. Allen, John M. Markwalter, Milton M. Avrett III, Allen Johnson, Reginald D. Simmons, Lamont A. Belk and Terrance Sommers were open.

A clock radio also was reported stolen.

Teen tells police he took street sign

A Hephzibah teenager was charged Saturday night with stealing a street sign at an Augusta intersection and damaging the signpost, a sheriff's report states.

Joe Anthony Leonguerrero, 17, of Hephzibah-McBean Road, was charged with criminal trespass and put in the Richmond County jail.

The report says he admitted to removing the sign at Palmer Place and Loyola Drive, near Augusta National Golf Club, at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.