Originally created 01/15/04

Across the area



Man is treated after shooting

An Augusta man was treated at a hospital after he said he was shot in the buttocks Tuesday night while riding his bicycle, officials said.

Willie Albert Lewis, 36, told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that while he was riding his bicycle on the 1700 block of Steiner Avenue at 8:45 p.m., someone fired three shots from a gun.

The third shot struck him in the buttocks, and after he was shot, Mr. Lewis said he called a friend to give him a ride to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Danielle Wong, an MCG spokeswoman, said Wednesday night that Mr. Lewis was treated and released from the facility.

Two people arrested in robbery at laundry

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested two people Wednesday in connection with the armed robbery of a downtown laundry last week, after they found that an employee of the business conspired to commit the robbery, officials said.

Cadaciza Picichi Freeman, 20, of Forsythe Street, and Marco Gilbert, 18, of Armour Court, were charged with armed robbery in the Jan. 5 robbery of One-Hour Cleanerizing at 702 Ellis St., sheriff's Lt. Jack Francisco said.

Lt. Francisco said investigators found that Ms. Freeman, who was an employee at the business, conspired with Mr. Gilbert to commit the robbery.

He said Mr. Gilbert was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

4 juveniles charged in break-in, vandalism

Four juveniles were charged after officials found that they had broken into an old community center in McBean on Tuesday and vandalized the building, a Richmond County sheriff's investigator said Wednesday.

Sheriff's Sgt. Jimmy Vowell said before 6 p.m. that a firefighter with the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department's McBean fire station on Mike Padgett Highway noticed the juveniles at the building.

Deputies were called to the scene and found that the lock to the building, which was being used for storage, had been broken, graffiti had been sprayed on the building's walls and paper had been burnt in trash cans, Sgt. Vowell said.

Sgt. Vowell said he would not release the identity of the youths, ranging in age from 11 to 14, because they were being charged as juveniles.

Road work will delay Fort Gordon traffic

Motorists attempting to use Gate 1 to enter or exit Fort Gordon on Gordon Highway from Monday to Feb. 1 will experience delays because of road construction, according to the post's public affairs office.

Though the gate will remain open, only one lane of traffic will be open to enter and leave the installation, a news release states.

Motorists are asked to use Gate 2 further west on Gordon Highway or Gate 5 on Deans Bridge Road for post access. For more information, call 791-3247.

Democratic Party asks for more volunteers

The Aiken County Democratic Party needs an additional 50 to 75 volunteers to man the county's 72 precincts during the party's Feb. 3 presidential preference primary, party officials said Monday.

Federal law requires the party to have all precincts manned and open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. the day of the primary, preferably with more than one volunteer, said Aiken County Democratic Party Chairman Charles Staples.

Aiken County Director of Voter Registration Stuart Bedenbaugh will hold one-hour training sessions for volunteers at the Aiken County Council chambers at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 26. The party will hold meetings at the same location at 7 p.m. Monday and Jan. 26. Those interested can call Mr. Staples at (803) 641-4756 or Richard Johnson at (803) 648-5510.