Originally created 09/22/03

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Augusta woman reports rape

Richmond County authorities are looking for a man who an Augusta woman says raped her.

The 48-year-old woman said she was walking on the 1200 block of Telfair Street at about 9 p.m. Saturday when a black man wearing a white T-shirt and white jeans rode up behind her on a red bicycle.

She said the man grabbed her neck, pushed her down and told her to remove her clothes. When she refused, the woman said the man removed her underwear, threw them away, raped her and fled.

The woman was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment.

Two nightclub patrons have CD players taken

Cars in a parking lot shared by two nightclubs were broken into over the weekend, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Office reports.

Latrice W. Wynn, 22, of Thomson, said that sometime between midnight Friday and 1:45 a.m. Saturday, while she was at Club Malibu in the 1500 block of North Leg Road, someone broke into her car through the passenger-side door and took a JVC AM/FM/CD player.

Jennifer L. Luton, 20, of the 2300 block of Winston Way, was at Tinted Windows nightclub from 11 p.m. Saturday until 2:30 a.m. Sunday. She also reported her CD player missing from her car.

Columbia County seeks ideas for tax projects

At a series of public hearings this week, Columbia County residents can speak out on what projects they would like to see funded if the county's 1-cent sales tax is extended.

The schedule for the hearings is:

  • 7 p.m. today, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Evans Government Auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Eubanks Blanchard Community Center, 6868 Cobb Ham Road, Appling
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Bessie Thomas Community Center, 5915 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown.
  • Failed robbery ends in man's stabbing

    A Hephzibah man told authorities he was stabbed during an attempted robbery early Sunday.

    Dale Rogers Shelman, 22, of the 2000 block of Hephzibah-McBean Road, told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a man wearing a black ski mask approached him near his home at about 2 a.m. and demanded money.

    After he told the man he had no money, the man punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and stabbed him in the chest with a sharp object, the police report states.

    Mr. Shelman was treated at Burke County Medical Center and released, the report said.

    Savannah man reports theft of watercraft

    A Savannah, Ga., man's personal watercraft was stolen from Riverwalk Marina, according to police reports.

    Ken Kehr, 55, said that his 1992 Kawasaki Jet Ski was taken from 15th Street Slip 29/30 at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

    Burglars take checks, electronics from home

    A south Augusta man told Richmond County police that his home was burglarized Saturday.

    George E. Ray, 54, of Magnolia Trailer Park, in the 2600 block of Deans Bridge Road, said that someone entered his home through a sliding glass door sometime between 9 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and took a 21-inch color television, a VCR, a small stereo, CDs and SunTrust bank checks.

    He estimated the value of the items at $533.

    Business owner loses cash, hats to gunman

    An Augusta man was robbed when leaving his business early Sunday morning, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

    Marvin Jones, 27, the owner of Supreme Styles in the 2600 block of Deans Bridge Road, said that shortly after 2 a.m., as he was locking the front door, a man wearing blue jean shorts, a red shirt and a dark knitted skullcap approached him from behind. Mr. Jones said the man pointed a black revolver at him and demanded money. He gave the gunman $14, then was told to go back inside.

    Mr. Jones said the gunman then took nine baseball caps, four feather hats and a wallet before telling Mr. Jones to open the rear door and fleeing. Mr. Jones estimated the value of the stolen items at $94.

    Thieves take money, guns from residence

    Richmond County authorities were called to investigate a burglary that occurred Friday or Saturday, according to police reports.

    Duncan Norris Johnson Jr. told authorities that sometime between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:38 p.m. Saturday, someone broke into the home of his father, Duncan Norris Johnson, 58, of Eagleton Court.

    Mr. Johnson said that the rear door to the sun room was forced open, the master bedroom ransacked and $557 taken.

    He said that an H&H .375-caliber Magnum rifle and four shotguns were also stolen.

    A blue bag containing sterling silver coins, $2 bills, silver dollars, 50 cent pieces, a leather coin purse, a gold ring and a wallet was recovered nearby.

    Husband says his wife shot at him at home

    Police arrested an Augusta woman Saturday afternoon in a shooting incident involving her husband, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

    Edith B. Mack, 61, of the 3900 block of Deans Bridge Road, was arrested after her husband, Robert D. Mack, 53, told police that she shot at him and a woman who was with him, according to a police report.

    At about 5 p.m., Mr. Mack said he came to their home to get his belongings, as his wife had requested, the report said. When he arrived, Mrs. Mack pointed a .40-caliber handgun at him and the woman. When Mrs. Mack told Mr. Mack to leave, she fired a shot toward his car, the report said.

    Mrs. Mack was charged with reckless conduct, the report said.

    Police say gunshot hit owner during fight

    A Windsor, S.C., man was arrested Saturday night in a shooting during which he was wounded by his own gun, police said.

    At about 9:45 p.m., Rincon T. Fortunato, 27, pointed a gun at David Flores, also of Windsor, during an argument, according to an Aiken County Sheriff's Office report.

    When Mr. Flores tried to take the 9 mm pistol from Mr. Fortunato, the gun discharged, striking Mr. Fortunato's left hand, the report said.

    Mr. Fortunato was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital by Aiken County Emergency Medical Services, but on Sunday a hospital spokeswoman said he was not listed as a patient.

    Alzheimer's group holds memory walk

    The Alzheimer's Association Augusta Regional Office will hold Memory Walk 2003 at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Augusta Mall and at 9 a.m. Oct. 18 at Jessye Norman Amphitheater at Riverwalk Augusta. For more information or to volunteer, call 731-9060.