Originally created 09/29/03

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Inmate assaults prison worker

An official at the Augusta State Medical Prison said a staff member at the correctional facility was assaulted by an inmate Sunday.

Although it was unclear how many people were involved in the assault, an administrator said the injured staff member was taken to a hospital.

Officials placed inmates in lock-down for about 45 minutes, until everyone was accounted for, the administrator said.

Details should be released today from a state public information office, the employee said.

The incident is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the employee said.

Attempted robber fires at car wash patron

An Augusta man told police that someone shot at him during an attempted armed robbery Sunday at a Walton Way car wash, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Derry Philpot, 41, of the 500 block of First Street, said he was at the Squeaky Clean car wash, 1731 Walton Way, when a man with a handgun demanded his keys and money.

Mr. Philpot ran toward a convenience store that shares a parking lot with the car wash, and the man fired, striking the hood of Mr. Philpot's 1999 Plymouth Breeze, Investigator Jimmy Graham said.

The investigator said he found a bullet lodged in the engine of Mr. Philpot's car and a shell casing in the parking lot, about 10 feet from the car.

The gunman is described as black, in his mid-20s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall and about 180 pounds. He was wearing glasses and a red and white sports jersey with "P Miller" on it.

Deputies are shot at outside apartments

Someone fired at two Richmond County sheriff's deputies who were responding to a call Saturday, according to police reports.

Deputies W. Scott Neal and Jason Singletary said they were at Trinity Manor Apartments in the 2300 block of Barton Chapel Road when someone fired a handgun, then fled.

The round struck the ground, causing gravel to hit Deputy Singletary's face and arm and Deputy Neal's face. Neither was seriously injured, according to reports.

Argument, stabbing send two to hospital

Richmond County sheriff's authorities investigated an argument early Sunday that resulted in the stabbing of an Augusta woman.

Kenyetta Godwin, 38, of Taylor Street, told authorities that she was arguing with Marion Jones Jr. at his home in the 600 block of Second Street when Mr. Jones pushed her and she retaliated by shoving him into a porch banister. The incident happened at about 2 a.m., the report said.

Ms. Godwin told deputies that Mr. Jones pulled a kitchen knife from his pocket and cut her left shoulder, a police report states.

Mr. Jones told deputies he used a piece of board from the banister to cut the woman after she hit him in the face with a shoe, the report said.

Mr. Jones had several minor facial cuts, according to the report, and was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Ms. Godwin was taken to University Hospital, the report stated.

Augustan reports theft of television

An Augusta man told police that a television was stolen during a break-in, according to police reports.

Terry Terral said that sometime between 6 p.m. Thursday and 9:15 a.m. Friday, someone entered the Greene Street home of Michelle Gonzales through an unsecured back door and took a black, 25-inch color television.

The television was valued at $289, according to the report.

Greek festival includes bazaar

Augusta's annual Greek Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St. The event features entertainment, authentic Greek cuisine and a bazaar with unique gifts. Admission is free. For more information, call 724-1087.

One-car accident puts man in hospital

A Grovetown man is in stable condition after he was involved in a one-car accident in Martinez on Sunday, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Robert C. Shelton III, 31, of the 100 block of Fornum Drive, lost control of his 1992 Chevrolet Camaro at Flowing Wells and Columbia roads and ran into a car parked in a real estate agency lot, Deputy Bobby Bradford said.

At about 6:52 p.m., Mr. Shelton was driving east on Columbia Road when his car veered toward the SouthTrust Bank and traveled about 90 feet in the air before overturning, the deputy said.

No other cars were involved in the accident, and Mr. Shelton was alone in his car, Deputy Bradford said. He was wearing a seat belt.

Mr. Shelton was airlifted to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, the deputy said.

He is charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and driving too fast for conditions, the deputy said.

Deputy Bradford also said Mr. Shelton suffers from a medical condition and that it's uncertain whether the condition contributed to the accident.

Woman is charged in man's stabbing

An Augusta woman remained in jail Sunday night, charged in a man's stabbing, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Pamela Brown, of the 1500 block of Mill Street, was arrested Friday night at her home after John Wesley Robinson Jr., of the same address, told authorities she had stabbed him in the leg with a steak knife, a police report states.

The incident occurred after an argument, the report states.

Mr. Robinson was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Ms. Brown is charged with possession of a knife and aggravated assault, a jail employee said.

Fort event to feature 82nd's free-fall team

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division's All American Free Fall Team will perform Friday as part of Fort Gordon's Octoberfest, according to a news release from the installation's public affairs office.

The free-fall team will perform its parachute jump over Barton Field at 1:30 p.m.

The jump team's members are active-duty soldiers.

For more information about the event or Fort Gordon's Octoberfest, call 791-7862.