Originally created 12/15/03

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Armed men try to steal vehicle

An Augusta woman said two men tried to steal her car at gunpoint Saturday evening, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The woman said she was stopped on Richards Road at Fleming Road at about 7 p.m. when a man ran in front of her car and another tapped on her window with a gun, motioning for her to get out of the vehicle, a police report says.

The woman said she sped off, nearly hitting one of the men.

Woman accuses boss of sexual battery

An Augusta woman said she was the victim of sexual battery at work, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The woman said her supervisor intentionally grabbed her left breast Friday.

The report says the woman wishes to prosecute. No further information was available.

Augustan says man pointed gun at him

An Augusta man told police that an unknown man struck him and pointed a gun at him when he tried to break up a fight involving the man, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The victim said he was in the 300 block of Eighth Street at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he saw the man punch another man. He intervened, and the first man pushed him and told him to mind his own business.

The report said the man got into a car and pointed a revolver out the window at the victim. No shots were fired.

Salvation Army wants help giving out goods

The Salvation Army of Augusta is seeking volunteers to help with distributing toys, coats, groceries and gifts at its warehouse/distribution center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

For more information, call 826-7933.

Fire, police offices hold blood drive

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office and the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department are competing to see which can bring in the most blood donors to the Shepeard Community Blood Center at 1533 Wrightsboro Road.

The center is holding the Richmond County Battle of the Badges from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.

For more information, call 737-4551.

Hopeland Gardens sets up holiday show

Hopeland Gardens' Christmas in Hopelands 2003 offers 1.5 miles of lighted pathways with more than 75,000 lights, crafts for children and concerts at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage from 6 to 9 p.m. through Wednesday, and Friday through Dec. 27.

Admission is free. For more information, call (803) 642-7631.

North Augusta church has Christmas concert

First Baptist Church of North Augusta will hold a Christmas concert featuring Selah at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church at 602 Georgia Ave.

The Augusta Dance Theatre and Jill Phillips also will perform.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

For tickets, call (800) 965-9324 or visit www.itickets.com.

Aiken County museum holds holiday exhibit

The Aiken County Historical Museum's holiday exhibit, Angels All Around, can be viewed from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through December at the museum at 433 Newberry St. S.W.

Admission is free. For more information, call 642-2015.

Men charged in shooting

Two Martinez men were arrested during the weekend in connection with a shooting, police said.

Sean Lambeth, 28, of the 200 block of Foxdale Road, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Michael Potter, 22, who lives next to Mr. Lambeth, was shot twice in the leg and abdomen and was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital by Gold Cross ambulance services, Capt. Morris said.

The shooting happened at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday at the home of John Lambeth, 40, Sean Lambeth's brother, Capt. Morris said.

John Lambeth was charged with maintaining an disorderly house, Capt. Morris said.

Sean Lambeth remained in the Columbia County jail late Sunday, a jail official said.

Mr. Potter had been discharged from the hospital, an MCG spokeswoman said Sunday.

Woman says she was chased, assaulted

A 22-year-old Martinez woman told authorities in Richmond and Columbia counties that she was raped during the weekend.

The woman said she was chased by a group of people early Sunday as she left a North Augusta bar. She said an unknown man who claimed he "would take care of her" picked her up, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

She said the man took her to a residence in Augusta's Summerville area, where she was sexually assaulted, the report says.

The man then dropped the woman off at her Martinez home, the report says.