Originally created 11/30/03

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Salvation Army collects coats

The Salvation Army of Augusta will collect coats for families in need through Dec. 7. Residents are encouraged to donate old or new coats. The coats will be distributed to men, women and children in need through the Salvation Army's Christmas assistance program. Recipients are pre-qualified through the holiday application process.

Donations will be accepted at WAGT-TV Studios, 905 Broad St.; Radio One Group, 104 Bennett Lane, North Augusta; Salvation Army administrative offices, 1384 Greene St.; and at any White House Cleaners. For more information, call the Salvation Army office at 826-7933.

Man reports threat with gun over debt

A Hephzibah man told police he was threatened by a man with a gun because of a $20 debt, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

Michael Leroy Fleisch, 38, of the 4200 block of James Drive, told authorities a man came to his home at about 11:35 p.m. Friday, demanded the money and pointed a small revolver at him, the report states.

Mr. Fleisch admitted he owes the man money, but told police he did not know the man's name.

Augusta deliveryman says car was damaged

An Augusta deliveryman told police his car was damaged while returning from a trip early Saturday.

Wilbur Marshall, 25, of Martinez, told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was coming from Molly Pond Road en route to Steak Out on Walton Way at about 12:05 a.m., when he heard a pop. He noticed that his rear, driver's side window was shattered, a report said.

Police said a small hole was possibly caused by a pellet or a BB gun.

Woman reports fight at Augusta Wal-Mart

An Augusta woman told authorities she argued and fought with another woman at a south Augusta store the day after Thanksgiving.

Shelia Jackson, 42, of the 1000 block of Greene Street, told police that a woman grabbed her arm and tried to hold her at about 5:15 p.m. Friday, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

The women were at Wal-Mart, 3290 Deans Bridge Road, the report said.

Car lot manager says vehicle was stolen

An Augusta car lot manager told police Friday that someone stole a vehicle from the west Augusta car lot where he works.

Gary Hanna, of Augusta Lincoln Mercury, 3410 Washington Road, said a gray, four-door, 2002 Mercury Mountaineer was taken from the lot within the past three weeks, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Mr. Hanna told police he suspects the vehicle was taken by an ex-employee.

Man says two women kicked his vehicle

An Augusta man accused two local women of damaging his car after they came to his workplace Friday and vowed to do so, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Dennis Jawoski Brown, 24, of the 2400 block of Ridge Road, told police the women came to his job at about 5 p.m. and said they would damage his 1982 Cutlass Oldsmobile.

When Mr. Brown arrived home in another car, he saw the women kicking the Cutlass, the report said.

Police advised all three people about filing criminal charges in the matter.

Army band to perform free holiday concert

The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, based at Fort Gordon, will present a concert of holiday music Friday.

The free concert will be at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Augusta at 3500 Walton Way. Richard Rogers, a WRDW-TV newscaster, will serve as master of ceremonies.

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

Tots for Tots Run is set for Dec. 7

The Fourth annual Toys for Tots Run will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 7, starting at the Augusta Museum of History and ending at the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans headquarters at about 3 p.m.

Santa Claus and bikers will bring toys and ride motorcycles from the Augusta Museum of History to Broad Street, to River Watch Parkway, onto Pleasant Home Road, continue to Deans Bridge Road and end in the headquarters parking lot, 4010 Deans Bridge Road, Hephzibah. Food will be served.

Toys will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign. The Marines will then distribute the toys to underprivileged children in the Augusta area.

Fire department plans subscribers meeting

The Leah Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual subscribers meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Station No. 2 on Burks Mountain Road. The meeting will include information on the possible consolidation of the Appling, Leah and Winfield fire departments.

United Hospice will hold memorial service

United Hospice of Augusta is sponsoring a memorial service at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road, for those who are experiencing the grief of losing a loved one. For more information, call 650-1522.

Groups offer recycling for old cell phones

Metro Augusta and Columbia County Clean and Beautiful are collecting old cell phones for recycling.

Phones may be dropped off at the Columbia County landfill, Richmond County landfill, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Evans Government Complex, Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, Publix on Washington Road in Augusta, or the Clean and Beautiful office at 418 Greene Street in Augusta.

For more information, call 261-4390.

Senior activities

The Bessie Thomas Community Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown, offers daily events for residents of Columbia County who are 55 and older. Events include bingo on Tuesday and Thursday, ceramics and other arts and crafts, trivia, devotionals and field trips. Transportation to and from the center is provided by the county's Rural Transportation Department. Call in advance to schedule the ride. All rides and center activities, not including trips, are free. For more information or to request transportation, call 556-0308.

Woman reports being abducted

A Hephzibah woman told police that someone abducted her after offering her a ride home early Saturday.

According to a police report, the 28-year-old woman told deputies that at 2:30 a.m., a man driving a burgundy vehicle offered her a ride from the County Line Club on the 3300 block of Gordon Highway.

She said she accepted, but was instead driven to a Washington Road motel. When she demanded to get out, she told deputies, the man punched her in the eye.

She got out of the car after he went to the motel's office, and called the Richmond County Sheriff's Office for help from a nearby gas station.

Woman suspects her dog was poisoned

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Saturday that someone might have poisoned her dog while she was away earlier in the week.

According to a police report, Norma C. Dickey, 62, of Quail Court East, said she noticed that one of the dogs was shaking and could not walk, so she took it to a veterinarian for treatment. A lab test indicated that the dog had ingested a type of insecticide used for controlling ants, the police report states. The dog survived.

Aiken man is arrested in robbery attempt

A man suspected in a robbery attempt was arrested Saturday night after getting smacked over the head with a coffeepot by the clerk of the Aiken County grocery store he is accused of trying to rob, authorities said.

Shane Randolph, 24, of the 100 block of Wheat Street, Aiken, surrendered to deputies guarding the perimeter of a manhunt by the Aiken Bloodhound Team in the woods near Kendrick's Grocery Store, 3007 Pine Log Road, said Aiken County Sheriff's Office Lt. Barney Eagerton.

The attempted robbery took place at 8:57 p.m., Lt. Eagerton said, and Mr. Randolph surrendered about an hour later. He was charged with strong-arm robbery and was held in the Aiken County detention center, Lt. Eagerton said.