Originally created 01/12/04

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Group steals cash from man

An Augusta man said four men robbed him after they all went to several downtown strip clubs together Saturday night, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Barry Luther Ebright, 37, told police that one of the men drove up to him at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Broad Street, saying he needed gas money. According to the report, one man inside the car said he had a gun under the seat, and the other men went through Mr. Ebright's pockets before he handed over $400 to them.

No arrests have been made.

Police make arrest in weekend burglary

Police arrested a 27-year-old Augusta man on felony burglary charges this weekend, Richmond County jail records state.

David Michael Evans, of the 500 block of 13th Street, was charged with one count of burglary and taken to jail.

According to a sheriff's office report, Stephanie Huff said that her home on 13th Street was broken into between Friday night and Sunday morning, and about $800 worth of stereo and DVD equipment was taken.

Repairs will close roads at crossings

Several Augusta roads are to be closed at railroad crossings this week.

Perkins, Nixon, Dan Bowles and Molly Pond roads will be closed at their railroad crossings from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.today as workers repair railroad tracks and skirting, according to the Augusta Public Works and Engineering Department.

Laney-Walker Boulevard, Glass Factory Avenue and Doug Barnard Parkway at Olin Chemical and PQ Corp. will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday for similar railroad work.

In all cases, only one railroad crossing will be closed at a time. Motorists are asked to use adjacent roads as detours.

ASU professor will speak at luncheon

An Augusta State University sociologist and Augusta Focus columnist will be the guest speaker at Fort Gordon's annual luncheon honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the post's public affairs office.

Dr. Ralph Watkins, an associate professor of sociology at Augusta State, will be the guest speaker. The luncheon will be at the Gordon Club on 19th Street.

Tickets to the luncheon cost $9. For more information, call 791-2014.

Red Cross takes gifts for fire victims' family

The Augusta Red Cross is helping a south Augusta family whose home was destroyed in a Jan. 4 fire that killed a mother and three of her children.

The organization is providing clothing and mental health and religious counseling, said Red Cross Executive Director Birnie Florie.

Rhonda Porter, 27, died in the fire along with daughter Briele, 3, and sons Joredun, 4, and Justyne, who would have turned 5 this past Sunday. Another daughter, Breighona, 7, escaped the fire, as did and Jackie Porter, the children's father.

Contributions may be sent to the American Red Cross of Augusta, 1322 Ellis St., Augusta, GA 30901. Call 724-8483 for more information.

Rawls will attend masquerade at Paine

Grammy award winner Lou Rawls will return for Paine College's fourth annual Masked Ball on Feb. 6 to benefit the United Negro College Fund, the college has announced.

The ball, which will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, will feature fine dining, a silent auction, entertainment by Playback featuring TuTu D'Vyne and a parade of masks.

Prizes for the most creative and decorative masks will be awarded. Tickets to the black-tie event cost $75. For more information, call 821-8217.

Man reports attack by knife at laundry

An Augusta man told police Sunday he and his father were attacked by a man wielding a knife at a south Augusta laundry.

Richard Henry Simpson Jr., 27, said he was waiting for his clothes to dry at The Washing Well, 2234 Lumpkin Road, when a man asked him for a beer, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

When Mr. Simpson told the man he didn't drink, the man pulled out a knife and threatened Mr. Simpson. When the man heard the police had been called, he left.

Man is charged in Augusta car chase

An Augusta man was arrested Sunday in connection with a Tuesday police chase.

Audley J. Jones, 57, of the 2000 block of First Avenue, was charged with obstruction of a law officer, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, and hit-and-run in connection with a police pursuit on Jan. 6, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

Mr. Jones was driving north on Grand Boulevard when he hit an oak tree, causing it to fall on power lines, while he was being pursued by a Richmond County deputy's patrol car, the report said.

Mr. Jones ran from the scene after his car stopped on Roselle Street, the report said. He remained in the Richmond County jail late Sunday, a jail official said.