Originally created 02/24/03

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Man surrenders after shooting

An Augusta man was in serious condition after a late-night shooting outside a gas station, and a parolee sought by police surrendered Sunday.

Rodriquez Palmer, 28, was shot in the right side at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday and remained in serious condition Sunday night at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

James Lewis Jackson Jr., 35, of Travis Pines Road in Augusta, surrendered Sunday and was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and firearm possession, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Scott White.

Police said several fights erupted outside the One Stop gas station on Barton Chapel Road on Saturday. Mr. Jackson is accused of pulling a gun and firing it into the crowd several times.

Two Augusta women held in robbery case

Two Augusta women were charged with armed robbery early Sunday morning after another woman told police she was held at knifepoint and robbed of $360.

Cora Belle D'Antignac, 43, and Cathy Ways, 33, were arrested at 4:15 a.m., according to police reports.

The 38-year-old victim told police that she went to a house in the 1100 block of Sharpes Lane near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 2:30 a.m. to get a ride home.

She said that Ms. D'Antignac and Ms. Ways approached her and that Ms. D'Antignac pulled out a large, black-handled knife and demanded her money.

The victim told police that the assailants hit her in the head with bricks and a bottle and took her money.

Ms. D'Antignac and Ms. Ways were found in the house, according to police reports. They were being held without bond at the Richmond County jail Sunday evening.

Man faces charges of firing rifle in crowd

An Augusta man was charged with reckless conduct after he fired a rifle during a birthday party at an American Legion post's parking lot, according to police.

Jacob Earl Lawrence, 20, was charged with reckless conduct, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a deadly weapon to or at a public gathering.

Witnesses told police that numerous gunshots were fired at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday from near a blue Cadillac parked in the post's parking lot in the 3200 block of Richmond Hill Road, where 100 to 150 people were gathered. Mr. Lawrence was in the driver's seat, the witnesses said.

Officers said they found a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle in the front passenger seat, concealed by shirts, in addition to ammunition and the loaded magazine of the weapon om the car's console.

Mr. Lawrence told police he fired into the air to break up a fight in which his brother was involved.

Sheriff candidates will participate in forum

The two Republican candidates for sheriff of Aiken County will participate in a question-and-answer forum today.

Lt. Mike Hunt, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, and acting Sheriff Jody Rowland are trying to replace Howard Sellers, who retired in January.

The forum, held by the Aiken County Republican Club, will be at noon at Newberry Hall in downtown Aiken. Call (803) 641-7087 for questions regarding availability.

Man steals deposit in McDonald's bags

An employee trying to make a deposit for a McDonald's restaurant reported that she was held up by a gunman Sunday afternoon.

The woman said she went to the Wachovia Bank branch in the 1700 block of Gordon Highway at 4:45 p.m. She told police that a man wearing a ski mask pointed a silver revolver at her and demanded the two light-blue deposit bags containing money from the McDonald's on Deans Bridge Road.

The man ran north on Thomas Lane and then east toward George Road, according to police reports.

A witness told police that he saw a man fitting the description get into a white 1990s Toyota Camry.

Intruder steals money, jewelry from house

An Augusta man told police that someone took $500 and jewelry worth $3,000 from his house Saturday.

Gary James Ackerman, 57, said the intruder pried open the back door of his Lafayette Drive home near Washington Road between 4:30 and 9:45 p.m.

Children in car crash released from hospital

Two children who were injured in a head-on collision in the Hephzibah area Saturday were released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday.

Tyjuanesaah Parris, 9, of Augusta, and Darren Walker, 8, of Hephzibah, were westbound on Lake Ontario Street in south Augusta in a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant driven by Tyjuan Marquis Parris. A 1991 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Kevin Andrew Nutt hit the Mitsubishi at 2:44 p.m. Mr. Nutt was cited with failure to maintain the lane and a seat-belt violation, police said.

Mr. Parris was cited with a seat-belt violation, but Tyjuanesaah and Darren were restrained, as was a 5-year-old girl in the car, according to police reports.

Man gets fractures in assault at motel

An Augusta man was listed in fair condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital with head and jaw fractures from what he said was an assault early Sunday morning.

Raymond Varricle, 25, told police that just before 1 a.m. someone entered his room at the Adams Super Inn on Gordon Highway and hit him several times.

Doctors at MCG told police that Mr. Varricle also had swollen eyes and cuts on the back of his head and his face, according to police reports.

Men get into fight over furniture return

A North Augusta man said he was struck by a man at Bassett Furniture after they argued over chairs he was returning.

Quincy Smith, 23, said he got into an argument with John Frederick Waters at the store on Augusta West Parkway on Saturday afternoon. He said Mr. Waters became agitated and struck him on the right side of the face with a closed hand. He said he then hit Mr. Waters in the mouth.

Mr. Waters told police that he could not recall who struck the first blow.