Originally created 04/08/04

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False bomb draws police

Richmond County authorities responded to a suspicious situation Tuesday night in which officers found what appeared to be an explosive device near a church, but turned out to be a group of youths playing with a potato gun, officials said.

At 6:18 p.m., sheriff's deputies went to the First Baptist Church at 3500 Walton Way Extension after the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department called for help while answering a fire call, a police report shows.

Fire officials found what appeared to be an explosive device and saw that several people had fled the church, the report shows.

District Attorney Danny Craig, who lives near the church, accompanied officials and said the youths had started a small grass fire after experimenting with a potato gun.

"It was all about some really good kids, who really did not have a full appreciation for the danger of what they were doing due to the proximity of their actions to homes and the First Baptist buildings," Mr. Craig said. No charges were filed against the youths.

Driver is charged in ambulance crash

An Augusta woman who crashed into the side of an ambulance Tuesday night was charged by Richmond County sheriff's officers, according to an incident report. Heather Rozann Story, of the 900 block of Eisenhower Drive, was cited for failing to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle.

Sheriff's Deputy Robert Bryant said Ms. Story was traveling south on Marks Church Road when she hit a Rural/Metro ambulance headed east on Wrightsboro Road driven by EMT Charles Dargin.

The ambulance's sirens were activated because the paramedics were transporting a critically injured person, according to the report.

Mr. Dargin was treated at University Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. The patient in the ambulance, Travon Wright, 26, of Hephzibah, was taken to St. Joseph Hospital by another ambulance and was not further injured in the accident, Deputy Bryant said.

Ms. Story was not injured, and Mr. Dargin was not charged.

North Augusta man is wanted in forgery

Aiken County authorities are looking for a man they say cashed two stolen checks at a North Augusta bank.

Aiken sheriff's officials say Daryl Lee Meadows, of the 100 block of Old Sudlow Lake Road, North Augusta, is wanted on two counts of forgery.

The checks were stolen from a home where Mr. Meadows spent the night and were cashed at the First Citizens Bank on Edgefield Road on March 18 and March 19, authorities said. Anyone with information about Mr. Meadows' whereabouts is asked to call Investigator Charles Cain at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709.

Man exposes himself after being rejected

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a man from whom she rejected sexual advances groped her, tore an article of clothing and exposed himself Tuesday, a report states.

The 18-year-old woman said she was visiting the man when he asked her to have sex with him. She said she declined and he started touching her.

The woman said that he then reached up her shirt, ripped her bra and then reached down her pants. She told deputies she kept telling him no and left the home. She said the man exposed himself as she was leaving.

Guyton man remains at large, police say

A man who Screven County sheriff's authorities said escaped from a work detail earlier this week remained at large Wednesday, according to the department.

David Freeman, 19, of Guyton, was picking up trash alongside Georgia Highway 24 Tuesday morning when he drove off in a county-owned Ford F-150 pickup, Sheriff Mike Kile said.

Sheriff Kile said Mr. Freeman abandoned the truck and was picked up by Victoria Pitts Freeman, 16, who lives with him. Authorities said the pair were last seen in a green Chevrolet heading toward Chatham County.

Anyone with information about Mr. Freeman's whereabouts is asked to call the Screven County Sheriff's Office at (912) 564-2013.

70-year-old Augustan reports being choked

A 70-year-old Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's officers that a man grabbed him in a choke hold and then demanded money from him Tuesday night.

Eddie Underwood, of the 700 block of Broad Street, said he entered the elevator of his building and the man tried to choke him. Mr. Underwood reached into his pocket and gave the attacker less than $20 in cash, according to a police report. The robber grabbed the money and left.

No arrests have been made.

Children are invited to Easter egg hunt

Children age 12 and younger are invited to attend an Easter egg hunt this morning at Diamond Lakes Regional Park at 4335 Windsor Spring Road. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and will include a jelly bean guessing contest, moon walks and contests for prizes. The cost to participate is $1. Children are asked to bring their baskets to join the Easter bunny in the hunt for candy eggs. For more information, call 796-5025.

Space sales to begin for post flea market

Space sales for the semiannual Officers' Spouses Club flea market this May at Fort Gordon will begin Tuesday, a news release from the post's public affairs office states.

Space sales will be in the Thrift Shop behind the main Post Exchange from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sales will also be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and April 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 at the same time.

Flea market space sales will also be in the main lobby of the PX from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 16, 17, 23, 24 and 28-30.

The flea market will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1 at Barton Field. In the event of rain, it will be May 2 at the same time and place. For more information, call 481-8065 or 791-2779.

Augusta man reports being hit with brick

A 56-year-old Augusta man told police someone smacked him in the back of the head with a brick Tuesday night, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Jackie Mailoyd, of the 120 block of Ellis Street, said he was at the corner of Second and Greene streets when he was hit. Paramedics treated Mr. Mailoyd at the scene and then he refused to go to the hospital, the report states. The incident occurred at about 6:45 p.m.

Report says man tried to choke co-worker

A female employee of a downtown strip bar told police another employee tried to choke her early Wednesday at the bar, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Jacqualin Mallon, 21, who works at The Joker Lounge on Broad Street, said the male employee grabbed her around the neck after they argued. Police did not notice any injuries on either person.

Woman reports being sexually assaulted

A 38-year-old Augusta woman told police a man forced her to perform oral sex on him and choked her in his home early Wednesday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The woman said she went to the man's home on Sibley Street at about midnight to get a beer but that when she arrived, he sexually assaulted her and then threatened to kill her. According to the report, she used a metal pipe to get away from him.



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