Originally created 09/21/03

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Crash victim is identified

A driver killed Friday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 near Graniteville was identified as Donyell Lamar Roberson, 32, of Miller Street in Augusta, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said Saturday.

Mr. Roberson, an employee of Excelinc of Graniteville, was thrown from his 1993 Chevrolet pickup as he entered the westbound lane of I-20 at exit 11 and struck the rear of a Toyota Camry, said Lance Cpl. Dwight Green of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

In a high-speed chain reaction, the Camry struck another pickup, a 2001 Ford, in the passing lane, causing it to lose control and strike Mr. Roberson's truck. Both trucks rolled over several times - Mr. Roberson's Chevy toward the center median, the Ford to the right shoulder of the road. Mr. Roberson was not wearing a seat belt, Mrs. Townsend said. A passenger in his truck, Clinton Norman, also of Augusta, was injured in the crash and is listed in good condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Police suspect man cashed stolen checks

Authorities are investigating incidents during the past week in which someone tried to cash checks that did not belong to him at a local bank's branches, a police report states.

A Wachovia employee said a man presented a signed check for $429 on Thursday to be cashed.

The employee told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she became suspicious because the same man had visited two other Augusta-area Wachovia branches in the same day, presenting two different checks and cashing them.

The employee told police she contacted the checks' owner, who said his checks had been stolen. She said the man later left.

Woman says obscenity was scratched on car

An Augusta woman told police that someone had scratched a vulgar word on her car's hood this weekend.

Carla M. Dunn, 37, said that, while her car was parked at a location on Northview Avenue between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, someone scratched an obscenity into the hood of her 1997 Mercury Tracer and made a mark on the right side and rear of the car.

The report also states that she told deputies she found sugar in the cap of the gas-tank of her car.

School board reports thefts from office

Richmond County authorities are investigating an incident in which a golf cart and pressure washer owned by the Richmond County Board of Education were taken and later found away from the school board's maintenance office.

A school board employee told deputies that, between 4 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday, someone entered the Board of Education's maintenance office on 15th Street and took a golf cart worth $6,000 and a pressure washer worth $3,000.

The incident report filed by deputies states that the golf cart was found later at 15th Avenue and Dudley Drive and that the pressure washer was found on Grand Boulevard.

Man says he was robbed at gunpoint

An Augusta man told police he was robbed at gunpoint early Friday evening while walking down a street near the John C. Calhoun Expressway.

Omar Anthony, 24, told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that, while he was walking along the 1800 block of Hicks Street at about 5 p.m., he was approached by a man who told him to give him all his money while pointing a .357-caliber gun at his chest.

Mr. Anthony said he gave the man $270 from his pants pocket and the man then left, a police report states.

Two-car wreck leaves 3 people hospitalized

A passenger in an overturned sport utility vehicle was sent to the hospital after a wreck at the intersection of River Watch Parkway and 15th and Jones streets late Saturday night.

Deputy Ty Hester of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said that, before 10 p.m., the driver of a gray Saturn sedan was driving north on 15th Street near Jones Street when the driver of a Ford Explorer was driving west on River Watch Parkway.

Deputy Hester said the vehicles entered the intersection at the same time and the Saturn hit the Ford, causing the Ford to overturn.

The passenger, whom Deputy Hester couldn't identify Saturday night, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Deputy Hester said two unnamed occupants of the Saturn were taken to University Hospital for treatment.

Augusta man reports attack, robbery

An Augusta man told police he was punched unconscious and then robbed by a masked man while on Wrightsboro Road early Saturday morning.

Aaron Bowman told police that, while he was at the intersection of Monte Sano Avenue and Wrightsboro Road at 1:45 a.m., two masked men came around from behind a bush and one of them punched him.

Mr. Bowman told deputies that, when he awoke, his cigarettes and $18 had been taken. He said he later went home and slept before seeking medical treatment at an Augusta Veterans Administration hospital.

Josey cross-country runners report threats

Authorities are investigating a report that a group of students from the T.W. Josey High School cross-country team were threatened Friday afternoon by men who had guns in their cars.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report, team members told authorities at about 3:30 p.m. that they were running near the intersection of Cook and Tubman roads when they were approached by several men driving three or four cars. When the cars stopped, 10 to 15 men exited the vehicles and two of them pointed guns at the teens, Investigator Scott White said.

After a brief argument, the men returned to their cars, and one of the vehicles brushed up against one of the boys, slightly injuring his arm, Investigator White said. The incident appears to be gang-related, he said.

Witnesses said the conflict is between two gangs called the South Side Posse and The Sunset, Investigator White said.

Some of those identified in the cars either attend or attended Josey, he said. They were driving a yellow Monte Carlo, a gray Ford Taurus and a small black pickup, witnesses told authorities.

Authorities are continuing their investigation.

Two report assaults related to marijuana

Richmond County deputies were called out twice early Saturday to investigate assaults reportedly connected to marijuana thefts.

The first incident happened at about 12:30 a.m. when a Richmond County sheriff's deputy was called to University Hospital to question a patient who was being treated for an injured left arm.

The injured man said he and his uncle were confronted at Sibley and Telfair streets by a man who accused them of stealing marijuana. The man chased them and struck the injured man with a baseball bat.

In another incident, an Augusta woman called police to University Hospital at about 12:45 a.m. and told authorities her son was accosted by a group of teenage boys who accused him of stealing marijuana from them.

Festival vendor says his cane was stolen

A Columbus, Ga., vendor working at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival told deputies that someone stole a walking cane from his booth Friday afternoon.

Clifton Lee Hale, the owner of a company called Pendragon Staffs, said the cane was stolen from his booth sometime between 3:45 and 5:45 p.m., a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report said.

The brown walking stick had a green leather handle with "wolf" engraved on it, the report said.

Man faces charges of statutory rape

Richmond County sheriff's authorities arrested a Hephzibah man Saturday who is accused of having sex with a young girl.

Mark Eliot Turner, 17, of Hancock Mill Lane, was charged with statutory rape, Investigator Paul Godden said.

Mr. Turner is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old at his residence Sept. 6, the investigator said.

Mr. Turner remained in the Richmond County jail Saturday.

Boys and Girls Club to get Fort Gordon rally

Fort Gordon will hold an "I Can Achieve" pledge rally for members of its Boys and Girls Club on Thursday, according to the public affairs office at the installation.

The rally is to encourage pupils ages 6-15 to improve their performance in school during the year, a news release states.

At the rally, pupils will pledge to attend school, strive not to miss a day, be on time for class, listen to their teachers, complete their homework and turn it in, and do their very best every day, the release states.

The ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Youth Services Center building on 46th Street on post. For more information, call 791-1400.