Originally created 05/10/04

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Police say wife was threatened

Police arrested an Augusta man after investigators said he threatened his wife at knifepoint to prevent her from leaving their home early Sunday.

John Scott, 51, of the 2300 block of Barton Chapel Road, was charged with false imprisonment and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. He was taken to the Richmond County jail, police said.

Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Bonnie Kalbskopf said Mr. Scott and his wife, Debra Scott, 46, got into an argument when Mrs. Scott tried to leave the couple's home shortly after midnight. Mr. Scott reportedly threatened his wife with a knife to prevent her from fleeing.

Investigator Kalbskopf said Mrs. Scott ran from the home to report the incident to authorities when her husband fell asleep at about 9 a.m.

Man says he was hit with bottle at bar

A 29-year-old Augusta man told police another man struck him with a bottle while both were at a bar on Wrightsboro Road early Sunday.

Nakia Ruff, of the 200 block of Ellis Street, said he was on the dance floor at Alex's Sports Bar when the man hit him on his chin with the bottle.

Mr. Ruff refused medical treatment, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Woman says another woman slashed her

An Augusta woman told police a female acquaintance slashed her a number of times with a bladed instrument.

Carolyn Lee Mays, 48, was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, Ms. Mays said she was in her car in a vacant lot on the 1400 block of Wrightsboro Road on Saturday when the woman ran up to her and started slashing at her.

No arrests have been made.

Salvation Army to provide guided tours

Officials at the Salvation Army of Augusta are providing guided tours of its social service center this week.

The tours are part of National Salvation Army Week.

The social-service agency has been a part of the Augusta community since 1891 and offers emergency shelter for transient men, families and women, and a residential substance abuse rehabilitation program.

The facility at 1384 Greene St. provides shelter to an average of 120 people nightly and serves more than 377 meals daily, according to agency spokeswoman Tracie Parker.

To schedule a tour, call Ms. Parker at 826-7933.

Legal help is offered to low-income people

Low-income people in need of legal help with civil problems can meet with representatives of the Georgia Legal Services Program in the following counties:

l Glascock, McDuffie, Warren and Washington counties from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the McDuffie Human Development Center, 810 White Oak Road, Thomson.

l Lincoln, Taliaferro and Wilkes counties from 9 a.m. to noon May 21 at the Bartram Trail Regional Library, 204 E. Liberty St., Washington.

Appointments can be made from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Georgia Legal Services Program office, Suite 400, 209 Seventh St. in Augusta, by calling 721-2327.