Originally created 05/04/04

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2 men are held on drug charges

Two Johnston, S.C., men were still being held in the Edgefield County detention center Monday after a Friday arrest on charges of trafficking crack cocaine, authorities said.

After an undercover investigation that resulted in the seizure of 52 grams of crack cocaine and $2,440, officers arrested Virgil Lee Clubreath, 38, of the 100 block of Rosa Wall Lane, and Clifton James Bush, 25, of 300 block of Brady Street, said Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey. The investigation included deputies from Mr. Dobey's department, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, the Saluda and Johnston police departments and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Woman is killed after vehicle flips over

A Swainsboro woman was killed this weekend when her car flipped over after hitting a culvert, according to the Georgia State Patrol post in Swainsboro.

Rita Arnieze Tyler, 51, was killed as a result of the accident, which happened at about 3 p.m. when she lost control of her 1997 Geo Prizm on County Road 452 in Emanuel County while trying to navigate a curve, the state patrol reported.

Ms. Tyler's Geo went off of the shoulder, traveling more than 200 feet before hitting a culvert and flipping.

Man released on bond after cruelty charge

An Augusta man who was charged with cruelty to children during the weekend was released on bond Monday, officials said.

William Howard Smith Jr., 35, was released on $15,000 bond on a charge of cruelty to children in the first degree, Richmond County jail officials said.

According to a police report, one of Mr. Smith's daughters told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he beat his 4-year-old son and another daughter Saturday.

Doctors at Medical College of Georgia Hospital told police that the children suffered bruising, the report states. Both children were left in the custody of their grandmother, the report shows.

Man reports his boat, motor was stolen

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone took a 15-foot boat from his private dock during the weekend.

Richard A. Slaby Jr., 36, told sheriff's deputies that between 8 p.m. Saturday and 10:25 a.m. Sunday, someone took the boat and its motor from his dock behind his residence in the 300 block of Lake Course Drive.

Mr. Slaby told deputies the boat was secured to the dock wall with a steel cable and lock. Deputies later found that the wall had been damaged in order to detach the cable.

Man says woman bit him after taking money

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a woman bit him when he tried to prevent her from leaving after she took more money than what she originally asked to borrow Monday morning.

Eddie Norton, 69, told deputies that the woman came to his residence on Wylie Drive at 3 a.m. to borrow $45.

When he walked into another room, he said, the woman took $175 from his wallet and tried to leave. When he tried to stop her, he said, she bit him on his forearm and then ran out of his home.

Man is charged in April robbery

Police arrested an 18-year-old Augusta man Monday in connection with an April armed robbery attempt, according to sheriff's records.

Alfonzo Divine Dawkins, of the 130 block of Walker Street, was charged with one felony count of criminal attempted armed robbery and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime early Monday.

According to an April 6 Richmond County sheriff's report, Mr. Dawkins was one of four men who went to the home of Kenneth Jerome Williams on Rhodes Drive that morning to rob Mr. Williams. The report says one of the men shot at Mr. Williams, who returned fire. No one was injured.

Jail records indicate that Imanuel Antonio Richardson, Solomon Hargrove and LaMichael Antwa Kelly, all of Augusta, were previously charged in the incident.

Learn about buildings at spring Peep 'n' Eat

Historic Augusta's Spring Peep 'n' Eat will be held at noon Thursday beginning at Hildebrandt's, 226 Sixth St., then moving to the DeLaigle House, 551 Greene St. Enjoy the architectural charm of both structures and learn about Hildebrandt's business history, established in 1879 by a German immigrant.

Bring a bag lunch or order a sandwich from Hildebrandt's ahead of time. Drinks and dessert will be provided at the DeLaigle House. The event is free to Historic Augusta members and costs $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call 724-0436.

Women of Excellence lunch to be Friday

The 2004 Women of Excellence luncheon will be at noon Friday at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St.

The luncheon celebrates contributions women have made in the business community. The keynote speaker will be Sallie Krawcheck, the chairman and CEO of Smith Barney. There will be an awards ceremony and live entertainment provided by Creative Impressions. The event is sponsored by the Augusta chapter of the Girl Scouts.

Tickets cost $35. For more information, call 774-0505.

Hospital has child abuse discussion

University Hospital's Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services will hold a child abuse seminar from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the hospital's auditorium, 1350 Walton Way.

The seminar will include discussions on the role of the Department of Family and Children Services in child abuse cases, reaching a more unified approach in child abuse prevention and team-building. The session is free. For more information, call 774-2740.