Originally created 11/29/03

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Man is charged with firing gun

A 19-year-old Augusta man was charged early Friday with firing a weapon six times at another teenager behind Roadway Inn on Washington Road, authorities said.

The victim, Eugene Thomas Curry, was not shot, but his car was struck and damaged, sheriff's Investigator Blaise Dresser said. The victim told police several men followed him from Club Tinted Windows, attempted to attack him in the hotel parking lot about 2 a.m. Friday and fired at him as he ran away.

Deputies heard the shots and took two men into custody but charged just one. Earl Cecil Johnson, of the 2500 block of Georgetown Drive, was charged with aggravated assault and firearms possession.

Tobacco Road signal is in full operation

A new traffic signal on Tobacco Road at Crest Drive went into full operation Friday.

The signal was installed Monday and has been in flashing mode.

Man reports assault over piece of cake

A hotel guest at Comfort Inn told police he was struck in the head with a beer bottle at the hotel for eating another man's piece of cake, a sheriff's report states.

John Joshua Marcana, 31, of Atlanta, told police he was staying at the hotel on Walton Way about 3:25 a.m. Friday when he got into a fight because he ate a friend's piece of cake. He said the man struck him with a beer bottle, causing a small cut to his head.

Mr. Marcana was treated at the scene by paramedics. The victim told police he didn't want to prosecute.

$400 worth of cigars is stolen from store

A burglar stole $400 worth of cigars from the Phillips 66 gas station in Hephzibah on Thanksgiving night, a sheriff's report states.

Someone damaged a door on the north side of the building on Inwood Drive and climbed through a hole in the wall. Sang Hyon Pak told police it appeared the burglar took only cigars from his store.

The damage was discovered at about 1 a.m. Friday, a report states.

Police find gun, drugs inside stolen vehicle

North Augusta police recovered a stolen vehicle on Thanksgiving Day and discovered the driver with a gun and drugs, a report states.

Jones Marvin Walden III, 24, of Briarwood Road, Edgefield, was driving a 1995 Chevy Camaro when he was stopped by Officer P.B. Sanders at about 7 p.m. Thursday at Pump 'N Shop on Edgefield Road. A computer search showed the car was stolen and the driver had a suspended license, a report states.

Officer Sanders also found the suspect with a 9 mm pistol and 1.3 grams of methamphetamine, the report states. Mr. Walden was cited for driving under suspension and was being held in the Aiken County jail pending charges on the stolen car, gun and drugs.

Equipment failure causes power outage

An equipment failure caused a brief power outage at about 1,000 Georgia Power customers in Augusta on Friday and led to traffic problems, officials said.

Georgia Power spokesman John Sell said one of the company's lines failed at about 10:45 a.m. Friday and killed power to customers around Walton Way and Central and Glenn avenues. Power was restored within an hour, but heavy winds caused scattered outages in other areas, he said.

The outages also affected some traffic lights in the same areas and Wrightsboro Road, said Sgt. Darrell Wright of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Deputies directed traffic at four intersections where the traffic lights didn't reset. City engineers fixed the problem within 10 to 15 minutes, the sergeant said.



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