Originally created 09/14/03

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Police charge man in attack

An Augusta man was placed in custody early Saturday morning after police charged him in connection with the stabbing of a man on Broad Street.

Brent Daniel Osment, 24, of the 3800 block of Crayton Drive, was arrested by Richmond County sheriff's authorities after a Martinez man was stabbed at about 2:30 a.m., according to a police report.

Jason Jerome Jenkins, 24, of the 4000 block of Redgate Court, told deputies that a man, whom he identified as Mr. Osment, used a sharp object to cut his left side and arm, causing a large cut to his tricep and torso.

Mr. Jenkins told deputies he was trying to defend himself after being confronted by Mr. Osment.

Bill puts restrictions on foreign nationals

A local congressman has introduced a new bill that would prevent the U.S. government from admitting foreign nationals from countries determined to be state sponsors of terrorism, a news release states.

U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., introduced the Stop Terrorists Entry Program Act of 2003 last week, which would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, the release from Mr. Barrett's press office states.

Nationals of countries such as Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria - countries the State Department has identified as state sponsors of terrorism - would be denied entry into the country, the release indicates.

The proposed legislation could exempt individuals seeking political or religious asylum, or emergency medical treatment, the release states.

Mr. Barrett represents western Aiken County, in addition to Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda counties and several other upstate South Carolina counties.

Repairs close part of Georgia Avenue

Part of one of North Augusta's main corridors to and from Georgia was closed Saturday for road repairs.

According to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, Georgia Avenue was closed from the 100 block to West Avenue. The department expected the road to be reopened by today.

Traffic was detoured around the area on West Avenue.

Police help break up fight at Border Bash

Deputies helped break up a fight between two North Augusta men at the Augusta Common during Border Bash activities Friday night.

According to a police report, at about 10:45 p.m., deputies responded to the scene and saw a large crowd trying to break up a fight between Joel B. Feagin of Hunters Crossing and William M. Rogers of Norman Street.

Witnesses said Mr. Feagin threw beer on Mr. Rogers, which led to an argument between them. Mr. Rogers said he was then punched in the forehead by Mr. Feagin and suffered a knot and small abrasion.

Because Mr. Feagin was unable to leave the scene prior to deputies' arrival, it was learned that the two men had a history of fighting each other, the report states.

Texas man, 72, dies of injuries in wreck

A Texas man who has been hospitalized in Augusta since an accident last month died from his injuries Friday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, authorities said.

Jivanlal Joshi, 72, of Fort Worth, Texas, was a back-seat passenger in a Chevrolet Malibu involved in a three-vehicle accident Aug. 29 on River Watch Parkway, said Mark Bowen, the deputy coroner in Richmond County.

The accident instantly killed front-seat passenger Kantilal Patel, 54, of Rome, Ga. Driver Phillip Patel, of Fort Worth, survived. He was faulted in the collision, police said.

Police say Phillip Patel tried to turn left onto an Interstate 20 on-ramp and was struck by a Jeep Cherokee driven by Daksha Chudgar, of Martinez. The Malibu then struck a 2000 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Bennie Moss, 45, of Augusta.

Post will recognize POWs, soldiers killed

Fort Gordon will hold its annual recognition to soldiers taken as prisoners of war killed in action Friday at the POW/MIA monument on the installation, according to the installation's public affairs office.

The Defense Department records 210 military personnel from Georgia as missing in action in conflicts dating back to the Cold War. The figure for South Carolina for the same period is 148.

The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. at the monument, located at the intersection of Chamberlain Avenue and Kilbourne Street, a news release states.

Fort Gordon plans Retiree Day events

Fort Gordon will hold Retiree Day festivities Oct. 10, with exhibits, displays and talks about the future of the installation, according to a news release from the installation's public affairs office.

Exhibits and displays from 20 military-related activities will be shown in Room 188 of Darling Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the release states.

Thom Tuckey, the former garrison commander of the base and member of the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon, will also give two talks about the installation's future at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Room 229 of Darling Hall.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center will set up information booths on retiree health benefits, TRICARE and other health issues at the main hospital and the Connolly Health Clinic on Chamberlain Avenue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A retirement dinner will feature Joyce Raezer of the National Military Family Association. The dinner will be at 6 p.m. at the Gordon Club.

Reservations and payment for the dinner must be made by Sept. 26. For more information, call Retirement Services at 791-2654.