Originally created 11/24/03

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Man recovers from gunshot

A 17-year-old Augusta man told police that he was shot in the neck early Sunday, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Brandon Moses Jones, of the 3900 block of Barrett Street, said he was at Smart Grocery on Wrightsboro Road at about 1:45 a.m. when a person shot him in the left side of his neck.

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

No other information was available Sunday.

Trespasser vomits in hotel room, on car

Someone trespassed in a hotel room on Washington Road, drank alcohol and vomited in and outside the room early Sunday, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Police concluded that a person who was not a guest at the Days Inn apparently threw up inside the room, on the outside balcony and over the balcony railing onto the vehicle of Thomasina Jeffers, of Waynesboro, according to the report.

Officers arrived at the hotel at about 12:45 a.m. and found the door to the hotel room wide open. No arrests have been made.

Man says motorist pointed gun at car

A Blackville, S.C., man told police that he and two other people were driving on Washington Road when someone pointed a gun at their car late Saturday, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Toney Williams said he was driving with Jayme Angel, of North Augusta, and Ryan Love, of Williston, S.C., in the 2700 block of Washington Road when a pickup pulled up next to them. The report states that the truck's passenger pointed a shotgun at Mr. Williams' vehicle before the truck fled east.

No arrests have been made.

Alarm leads police to damaged window

Someone damaged a back window at a Hephzibah middle school early Sunday, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Officers arrived at Spirit Creek Middle School on Windsor Spring Road at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday in response to a burglar alarm. They saw that someone had attempted to break out a window in the back of the building, the report states.

The repair cost is unknown.

Ceremony will open new bus stop at Kmart

A public ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. today to kick off a new Augusta Public Transit stop at the Kmart parking lot on Gordon Highway.

The stop is being moved to Kmart from Regency Mall because of security concerns. The route will continue to be serviced by Lumpkin Road and Barton Chapel Road buses, an Augusta Public Transit news release states.

The route leading to Kmart will be changed. Buses will take a right onto Milledgeville Road, proceed to Kissingbower Road and turn left. They will then proceed to Gordon Highway, turn left onto Deans Bridge Road and make an end-of-the-line stop at the Kmart shelter, the release states.

Newspaper dispensers vanish from 2 places

Augusta Chronicle newspaper dispenser boxes were stolen over the weekend from two different locations, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Between 1 and 5:30 a.m. Friday, a green metal box was stolen from Atlanta Bread Company, 255 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway. The box was secured by a chain, the report said.

At about 4:40 p.m. Sunday, a box was taken from the lobby of Doctors Hospital, 3651 Wheeler Road. A hospital employee told police a videotape recorded a man and a woman taking the machine out the front door and placing it in a red vehicle.

The employee told authorities another box had been taken from the hospital lobby earlier that day.

Man reports valuables stolen from his home

A North Augusta man told police he was robbed of more than $17,000 worth of silverware and jewelry Sunday morning, according to the North Augusta Public Safety Office.

Billy Thurmond, 55, of the 900 block of Carolina Avenue, said he left his home at about 9:10 a.m. and returned at 12:30 p.m. to find an open front gate.

Missing items included an $8,000 Chantilly sterling silver tea set, 14 goblets valued at $3,200, two antique pitchers worth $1,000 and various jewelry valued at $2,000, the report states.

There were no signs of forced entry, but Mr. Thurmond told authorities he might have left a back door unlocked. Police lifted prints at the scene that will be used in the investigation.

Dollar store reports shoplifting suspect

Police arrested a Columbia County woman Sunday after she was charged with shoplifting at a west Augusta business, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Rachael Marie Tapley, 21, of the 600 block of Langley Court, Martinez, was arrested at about 2 p.m. when she grabbed a variety of items from Fred's Dollar Store, 2809 Washington Road, and tried to leave the store without paying for the merchandise, a report said.

After hearing a store alarm, an employee ran and captured the woman and returned her to the store for police questioning, the report said.

Ms. Tapley was charged with theft by shoplifting and removing stolen property, the report said.

Gate 5 at Fort Gordon will remain closed

Fort Gordon's Gate 5 will remain closed to inbound traffic through Dec. 2.

The gate will be closed between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., a news release states.

During the test period, inbound traffic will be redirected to Gates 1, 2 or 3 off of Gordon Highway during those hours. Gate 5 will still be open for outbound traffic, the release states.

For more information, call the Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office at 791-7003.