Originally created 01/24/04

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Rape suspect is held in Aiken

A man wanted by police in a carjacking and rape, who was later shot in the stomach by an unknown person, waived extradition Friday from Georgia to Aiken, authorities said.

Troy Mathis, 29, had been the subject of an intense manhunt after being identified as the suspect in a Jan. 10 kidnapping and rape at Hahn Village in Aiken.

Police responding Jan. 16 to a shooting in the 300 block of Bradby Lane in Aiken found Mr. Mathis lying wounded on a back porch.

Mr. Mathis was released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Friday and taken back to Aiken County, where he was booked on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery with intent to kill, carjacking and kidnapping. He remained in the Aiken County Detention Center on Friday without bond.

No one is injured in school bus crash

A school bus carrying about 20 students was involved in a minor accident outside an Augusta high school Friday at about 4:15 p.m., officials said.

Tommy King Jr., of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit, said the bus pulled in front of a 1989 Plymouth van driving north on 15th Street while leaving the parking lot of T.W. Josey High School.

A witness told the deputy the driver of the van swerved to avoid hitting the bus and sustained minor damage after hitting a telephone pole. No one was injured during the accident, Deputy King said.

The driver of the school bus, Marcia Turner, 55, was cited with failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign. The driver of the van, Elizabeth Hunter, 21, was cited with having no insurance.

Hall to seek ruling on YDC contract

State Sen. Randy Hall, who brought up the pending protest of the Augusta Youth Development Campus contract award during a Juvenile Justice Department budget presentation Tuesday in Atlanta, said he will press for a speedy ruling on the protest.

Florida-based Youth Services International is scheduled to take over the YDC on Feb. 16. Mr. Hall said the current contractor has made serious allegations pointing to a flawed bid process, and he will start making calls in the middle of next week if the Administrative Services Department hasn't responded.

Current YDC operator Unique Solutions cried foul over, among other things, Youth Services giving a job to one of the committee members who evaluated its winning bid.

Repairs to close part of Greene Street

The westbound right lane of Greene Street approaching Eighth Street will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday through noon Tuesday as Georgia Power workers replace a damaged underground power cable.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area by taking Telfair, Broad, Seventh or Ninth streets as a detour.

Five people arrested in drug raid at home

Five people were arrested by Aiken County authorities on drug and weapons charges during a raid at a Ridgecrest Road home Thursday night, sheriff's officials said

Investigators seized about two pounds of marijuana, a small amount of cocaine, two shotguns and a handgun during the 6 p.m. search, authorities said.

Dwayne A. Langford, 27, of Aiken, is charged with trafficking crack cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Demarco Langford, 23, of Aiken is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of a stolen handgun.

Gloria J. Curry, 37, of Aiken, is charged with distribution of crack cocaine.

Derrin L. Pixley, 33, of Johnston, and Rodney L. Butler, 35, of Aiken, are both charged with simple possession of marijuana.

Pair is denied bond in laundry robbery

Two individuals charged in a Jan. 5 armed robbery of a downtown Augusta laundry were denied bond Friday by a Superior Court judge.

Cadaciza Tichichi Freeman, 20, of Forsythe Street, and Marco Charles Gilbert, 18, of Armour Court, are both charged with armed robbery in the incident.

Police said Ms. Freeman, who worked at the One-Hour Cleanerizing on Ellis Street, conspired with Mr. Gilbert to rob the business.

Assistant District Attorney Shauna Reeves told Richmond County Superior Court Judge William M. Fleming Jr. that Mr. Gilbert held up the business and fled with $375.

Judge denies bond to assault suspect

A man accused of dragging his ex-girlfriend down her driveway and shooting her in the face earlier this month was denied bond Friday by a Richmond County Superior Court judge.

Judge William M. Fleming Jr. denied bond to Kurt Dale Dixon, 35, of 13th Street, who was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the Jan. 11 assault against Felice L. Stone.

Police said Mr. Dixon attacked Ms. Stone at her Massoit Drive home and shot her with a .22-caliber revolver.

Man reported missing is sought by police

Aiken County police are looking for a North Augusta man who missed a court date in Rockdale County, Ga., last week and has not been seen by relatives since October.

Eric R. Eidson, 30, of the 300 block of Hill Street, was reported missing to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. Family members told investigators that Mr. Eidson hasn't paid his bills in several months.

Mr. Eidson is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 215 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call sheriff's Investigator Angela Smith at (800) 922-9709.

Former prison guard will serve jail time

A former prison guard from North Augusta pleaded guilty this week to conspiring to smuggle marijuana into the McCormick Correctional Institution, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster said Friday in a prepared statement.

Corey McGinty, 26, of the 200 block of Duncan Road, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony conspiracy to distribute marijuana charges in Saluda County General Sessions Court. He was sentenced by Judge William P. Keesley to two years in prison, suspended to five years of probation and 240 hours of community service.

The guilty plea follows the arrest last week of a prison guard from Augusta who was charged with buying marijuana from an undercover agent in Aiken County to deliver to inmates at the Trenton Correctional Institution, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Augusta man says woman assaulted him

A 33-year-old Augusta man told police that after he refused to have sex with a woman at his home Friday, the woman assaulted him, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

Terrance Lamark Spearman, of the 1600 block of Cider Lane, said that when he declined the woman's offer, she shoved him twice and then broke a table before leaving. The incident occurred at about 11:50 a.m. Friday.

The value of the table was estimated at $700.

Man arrested in attempted robbery

Police arrested an 18-year-old Augusta man Friday after officials said he tried to rob a gas station last week, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Christopher Theodore Jones, of the 3400 block of Postell Drive, was charged with two felony counts of armed robbery and one felony count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and taken to the Richmond County jail.

According to the report, the manager of the Golden Pantry on Lumpkin Road said a man came into the store, pointed a handgun at him and demanded money from the register on Jan. 18. When the manager refused to hand over money, the robber fled, the report states.

The attempted robbery was caught on a security video tape, the report said.

Window was broken, business owner says

The owner of an Augusta sub shop told police someone caused about $500 worth of property damage to the store Friday afternoon, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's report.

Gregory Allen Walker, the owner of Baldino's Subs on Wrightsboro Road, said the door frame and a window on the east side of the business were broken. The damage occurred at about 4:15 p.m., the report states.

Repairs to close part of Greene Street

The westbound right lane of Greene Street approaching Eighth Street will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday through noon Tuesday as Georgia Power workers replace a damaged underground power cable.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area by taking Telfair, Broad, Seventh or Ninth streets as a detour.

Fort Gordon to hold ceremony for retirees

Fort Gordon will honor its retirees during a ceremony Thursday on post, according to the post's public affairs office.

The retirement ceremony for the month of January will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Conrad Hall, Building 29801, next to Signal Towers. The ceremony is open to the public.

For more information, call 791-7003.