Originally created 12/05/03

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Man is found beaten in home

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Thursday that he went to visit another man and found him beaten and his house ransacked, a police incident report states.

Marcus Blige told deputies that at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, he went to the home of Jessie Parks, 48, in the 200 block of Telfair Street and found Mr. Parks lying face down on the floor of the living room.

Deputies said Mr. Parks had a cut above his left eye, a cut on his lower lip and swelling around his right cheek and right eye, the report states.

Mr. Parks told deputies that he didn't remember what happened. Deputies saw a muddy footprint on the front door, a damaged living room television and a broken glass table, the report indicates.

Man reports stabbing in downtown Augusta

A North Augusta man who said he was stabbed in downtown Augusta early Thursday morning was in fair condition at University Hospital, authorities said.

Cody Dillon McDonald, 21, told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was walking from the Discotheque Lounge toward The Joker Lounge after midnight when he saw a group of men fighting and bumped into them, a police report says.

As he continued walking, he said, he noticed that he was bleeding and saw what appeared to be a large cut to his stomach, the report says.

Car is damaged after parking space dispute

A North Augusta man told police that his car was damaged after he argued with another man over a handicapped parking space, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

Charles Collins, 45, said that at about 6 p.m. Wednesday he parked his 1998 Cadillac DeVille - bearing a valid South Carolina handicap tag - in a handicapped parking space at the Wal-Mart on Knox Avenue.

Mr. Collins said that a man became upset with him over the space, arguing with him about who should park in the space and who was more severely handicapped.

Mr. Collins called police after a Wal-Mart employee told him that someone had seen the man vandalizing his car. A video surveillance tape showed the man Mr. Collins argued with in the area during the incident, according to an incident report.

The damage, a scratch to the side of Mr. Collins' Cadillac, was estimated at $1,500, the report indicates.

Woman says someone shot, wounded dog

A Hephzibah woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Wednesday that somebody shot her dog, according to a police incident report.

Paula Headly, 29, said that between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Wednesday someone came to her Bennock Mill Road residence and shot her brown Akita breed dog.

The dog had a small wound on its side, the report states.

Police doubt foul play led to woman's death

Foul play is not suspected in the death of a woman who collapsed in front of her North Augusta home early Thursday, Aiken County sheriff's officials said.

Mary B. Conley, 50, of the 4600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway, died shortly after an acquaintance dialed 911 for her at about 4:55 a.m. Thursday, Lt. Michael Frank said.

A cause of death is pending toxicology tests by medical examiners in Newberry, S.C., Lt. Frank said. Ms. Conley's body showed no outward signs of physical trauma, he said.

Police catch suspect in robbery, car theft

A man who robbed two people inside a clothing store at gunpoint and stole a car from a customer was quickly apprehended Thursday in Aiken, authorities said.

Aiken Public Safety Sgt. Charles Barranco said a man entered Catherine's Plus Sizes at the Target shopping center on Whiskey Road at about 11:05 a.m. armed with a handgun and ordered an employee and a customer to the back of the store. He then took money from the cash drawer and took the car keys to a late-model Buick from the customer.

An alert was posted and a New Ellenton police officer spotted the car at Pine Log and Powderhouse roads. Aiken police picked up the pursuit at South Boundary Road, and the man ditched the car outside an apartment complex at Barnwell Avenue and Sumter Street, Sgt. Barranco said. The man was caught after a brief foot chase.

Julius Brown, 50, of Aiken, was charged with two counts of armed robbery, grand larceny and two counts of kidnapping. Under South Carolina law, kidnapping can include moving a person against his or her will.

Suspicious suitcase at store found empty

A suspicious suitcase that drew the attention of authorities at Reid's grocery store in Langley turned out to be harmless, Aiken sheriff's officials said.

Lt. Michael Frank said a customer noticed the suitcase near a shopping cart at the Jefferson Davis Highway store at about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday and alerted store management.

A dog trained to detect explosives found nothing suspicious about the suitcase, but the area was cordoned off after an X-ray by a bomb technician from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Using a water cannon device, the bomb technician blew the suitcase open, and it was empty.

69-year-old reports home invasion, attack

A 69-year-old man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was struck in the head during a home invasion after he told the assailants he had no money.

John Edward Thomas, of the 4700 block of Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah, said that at 8:15 p.m. his grandson opened the front door when two men knocked, according to police reports.

Mr. Thomas said the men pushed the door open and came inside. One man pointed a gun at him and demanded money and marijuana, and he said he had neither. He said that he was struck in the head with the gun and that the men grabbed $50 in change and left.

Investigators checked the home and found several marijuana seeds and residue on a mattress in a rear bedroom, the report states.