Originally created 03/06/03

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Police work on leads in slaying

Richmond County authorities were working on several leads Wednesday in the slaying of an Augusta man.

Anthony Scott Nattinger, 26, was found by police about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday at Saint Barts Condominiums off Wheeler Road, authorities said. The victim was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen at 9:43 p.m. Mr. Bowen said Mr. Nattinger died of blunt force trauma to the head and had several skull fractures.

Officers were called to the man's home on Saint Barts Drive by friends who became concerned when he did not answer the door, police said. Sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said there was no forced entry, suggesting that the victim may have known his assailant.

Investigators were looking for the man's light-blue Ford Explorer, which was taken from the neighborhood parking lot, authorities said.

Police say man killed ex-girlfriend, himself

Authorities say the deaths of a man and woman in Jefferson County appear to be a murder-suicide.

Tomeka Lynett Brown, 23, and James Arthur Stone Jr., 24, died Tuesday night outside a home in the 2400 block of Pughsley Road in Stapleton, Ga., said Agent Mike Seigler of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Mr. Seigler said it appears that Mr. Stone, of Wrens, Ga., shot his ex-girlfriend as she walked toward the home of her new boyfriend, then shot himself. Investigators from the GBI and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office found Mr. Stone's vehicle a half-mile away.

Burk protest organizer draws CNN interview

A businesswoman who plans to protest against Martha Burk, the chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, during Masters Week says she'll be interviewed by an international news organization.

Allison Greene, the general manager of the Boll Weevil Cafe, said she is scheduled to be interviewed today by CNN about her local organization - Women Against Martha Burk.

Ms. Greene has received approval from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office to hold a protest with 15 to 25 people at the intersection of Ninth and Greene streets April 6.

She said her protest will largely show support for the city and Augusta National Golf Club.

Coliseum board works on contract with Lynx

Members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority met with Augusta Lynx officials Wednesday to negotiate the details of a contract extension that would keep the hockey team in Augusta for five more years.

The authority's contract with the Lynx expires in September, but Lynx officials must submit next season's schedule to league officials by March 31, according to General Manager Jim Burton.

A key issue is the authority's request that the Lynx give up at least one Saturday game.

"We asked them to look at giving us one of their Saturdays so we could have the possibility of scheduling some other events in," said Joe Scott, the authority's Lynx Committee chairman. "And if we couldn't take some of them, we'll take one."

Lynx officials contend that events such as the Augusta Futurity and the National Barrel Horse Association's competition lock them out for weeks and force them to play too many games too close together.

The full Coliseum Authority must approve the contract.

Burns on infant lead police to charge man

Police charged an 18-year-old Hephzibah man Wednesday in an incident in which a 10-month-old baby suffered second-degree burns to her feet.

Thomas Leverett III, 17, of the 5200 block of Farmers Bridge Road, was charged with misdemeanor contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

The injuries to Mya Thigpen were reported to police by a doctor, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. Mr. Leverett said he accidentally splashed hot water on Mya while cooking, the report says.

Police say Mr. Leverett is a friend of the girl's mother and is living in the apartment with both of them.

DOT will hold meeting on road improvements

The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting on plans for Windsor Spring Road improvements from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Gracewood Community Center on Tobacco Road.

Four proposed projects will be displayed: widening Windsor Spring from two to four lanes between Georgia Highway 88 and Willis Foreman Road; construction of a bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad; widening Windsor Spring from two to four lanes from Willis Foreman to Tobacco Road; and the replacement of a bridge at Spirit Creek.

Augusta area may see severe thunderstorms

The National Weather Service forecast the possibility of severe thunderstorms in the Augusta area from 4 to 8 a.m. today.

Jeff Barlow of the weather service's Columbia office said the area could experience thunderstorms with wind gusts near 70 mph and hailstones as big as three-quarters of an inch in diameter.

Mayor will take leave to undergo surgery

Mayor Bob Young will take a two-week leave of absence from his office, beginning Friday, to undergo and recuperate from minor surgery, according to a news release distributed Wednesday.

During the recommended two-week recovery period, he is expected to conduct city business from his home. Former U.S. Rep. Doug Barnard has agreed to act as Mr. Young's liaison between his home and office during that time.

Man is found guilty of murdering girlfriend

An Augusta man was found guilty in Richmond County Superior Court on Wednesday of the 2001 murder of his girlfriend.

It took the jury three hours to decide that Pennenton Raymond Mills killed Aisa Moye, assistant district attorney James Troiano said. He was found guilty on charges of murder, malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, he said.

Ms. Moye's body was discovered by police on Dec. 4, 2001, in the bedroom of her home at Willow Ridge Apartments. She had a gunshot wound to the head.

Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said the victim had a contact wound to the head, meaning the gun was placed against the side of her head before it was fired. He said that Mr. Mills apparently was playing around with the gun when it went off.

Woman is robbed at gunpoint in home

An Augusta woman was robbed at gunpoint by two men during a home invasion in the 2400 block of Wheeless Road early Wednesday.

The 18-year-old victim said she was robbed of her purse, $30 in cash and some jewelry during the incident, which occurred about 1:50 a.m., according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The men forced themselves inside her home, stuck a gun to her head and then demanded money, the report states.

The thieves took the woman to a bedroom, where they forced her to lie on a bed, the report states. They removed four rings from the victim's hand, a bracelet from her wrist and money from her pocket, and stole the purse, the report states.

Man is seen scaling fence at business

An unidentified man was seen scaling the security fence of a business on Gun Club Road early Wednesday morning, according to a police report.

Beth D. Butler of Sunbelt Power said she saw the man about 6:50 a.m. He was inside the west side of the fence, running away from the business. Nothing was missing and there were no signs of forced entry.

King Buffet reports missing cookware

Police were investigating Wednesday the theft of more than $5,000 in utensils from King Buffet on Peach Orchard Road.

So Ching Chan said the items were taken between 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states. The thieves took several steel pots, cooking spoons, plates and silverware, the report states.

There was no evidence of forced entry into the business, the report states.

Sorority sponsors walk to raise AIDS awareness

Members of a national sorority will sponsor a walk Saturday to educate area residents about HIV and AIDS.

The walk, sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., is part of the sorority's International Day of Service. The 8 a.m. event begins at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Philips St.

The event also helps raise funds for the Richmond County Health Department and related projects, said Kim Gaines, a sorority member.

Confidential AIDS testing will be available at the museum from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Sunday concludes the 14th annual national Black Church Week of Prayer, a weeklong HIV and AIDS forum sponsored by The Balm in Gilead, a New York City AIDS organization.

For information about the walk, call Ms. Gaines at 738-4597 or Sandra Wimberly, Richmond County Health Department educator, at 667-4342.