Originally created 03/28/04

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Man is airlifted from crash site

An accident in Evans sent an elderly man to the emergency room via air ambulance Saturday.

Orville Krenz, 63, was driving west on Washington Road when he drove off the road and rolled his Nissan Sentra over into the ditch of a small office building across from the Publix shopping center.

Mr. Krenz had to be extricated from his car, and he suffered a broken arm and possibly more, emergency responders said.

Although Mr. Krenz was able to talk, police are unsure what caused the accident.

Authorities identified the man from a military ID found in the wreckage. Traffic on Washington Road was brought to a standstill so emergency workers could turn a center turn lane of the heavily traveled highway into a landing zone for the helicopter.

Man grabs purse, drags woman into car

A 50-year-old woman was badly injured in Aiken on Saturday when a man grabbed her purse through a car window and dragged her several feet, police reported.

A man driving a mid-1980s Toyota Cressida called the woman to his car in the parking lot of the Roses department store on Richland Avenue, Aiken Public Safety Sgt. David Turno said.

He grabbed her purse, which she was unable to let go of, and began to drive away, Sgt. Turno said. She was dragged several feet until she collided with a parked car.

The victim's injuries were bad but not life threatening, Sgt. Turno said.

Police are looking for a male in his late 20s to mid-30s. Anyone with information is asked to call Public Safety at (803) 642-7740.

Teen is charged with vehicular homicide

A Hephzibah teenager who survived a fatal automobile accident in south Richmond County last week was charged with vehicular homicide Saturday, Richmond County sheriff's records state.

Paul H. Townsend, 17, was charged with misdemeanor homicide by vehicle in the second degree and improper passing and was booked into the Richmond County jail, records from the facility show.

Officials said that on March 23, Daniel Alexander, 19, of Augusta, was pronounced dead from massive head trauma from an accident on Bath-Edie Road, about a half-mile from U.S. Highway 1.

Authorities said one vehicle tried to pass another, and both Mr. Alexander's Jeep Cherokee and Mr. Townsend's Volkswagen Jetta skidded off of the road toward opposite road shoulders.

Mr. Alexander's Jeep flipped about six times, ejecting him, officials said.

Woman says someone fondled her after party

An Augusta woman said she was the victim of a sexual assault Friday evening as she returned home from a party, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

At about 9 p.m., the woman said, she was walking inside Castle Pines trailer park on Mike Padgett Highway when an unknown man grabbed her from behind, placed a gun to her head, forced her into a park area and fondled her, the report said.

The man was driving a blue four-door vehicle and threatened to kill her and her family if she looked at him, the woman told police.

Police are continuing an investigation, the report said.

Three Augustans say they were robbed

Three Augusta men were victims of armed robbers late Friday night, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

At about 11:45 p.m., three men approached the victims on the 1000 block of Emmett Street, pulled out a gun, demanded drugs and threatened to shoot, the report said.

The robbers stole money, a wallet and medical prescriptions, the men told police.

One said the robbers fired five to seven shots in the air as he ran from the scene, the report said.

Police are continuing an investigation, the report said.

Woman critically hurt in two-car accident

An Augusta woman remained in critical condition Saturday after a two-car collision on Washington Road, according to a Medical College of Georgia Hospital spokeswoman.

Melissa Peck, 23, of the 200 block of Broad Street, was driving her Honda Civic when it was struck broadside by a Derst Baking truck driven by Debra Roark, of Evans, said Capt. Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

The 8:30 a.m. accident resulted in massive head injuries to Ms. Peck, who was airlifted to the hospital, Capt. Morris said.

Ms. Roark also complained of injuries, he said.

The accident occurred when Ms. Peck pulled onto Washington Road from a private driveway, tried to head east and was hit by the truck, which was traveling west near Halali Farm Road, Capt. Morris said.

'Chronicle' looks for nominations for award

The Augusta Chronicle is seeking nominations for its Best and Brightest Awards recognizing outstanding high school seniors. Academics, extracurricular activities, community service and character are among the criteria to be considered.

The deadline for nominations is Friday. A nomination form is available online at www.augustachronicle.com/metro. To request a mailed application, call 823-3646.

Fort Gordon offers wood from buildings

The U.S. Army wants to know whether anyone wants the wood from the last of Fort Gordon's World War II-era buildings that have been replaced by new construction over the years, according to a news release from the post's public affairs office.

The post will hold an open house April 3 to show the wood to those interested.

Depending on the level of interest, Fort Gordon might allow reuse and recovery of most of the wood, which was cut from old-growth pine 50 or more years ago.

For more information about the program, call 791-2403.