Originally created 05/16/04

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3 go to hospital after accident

Three people were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Saturday after their convertible slammed into a telephone pole at Laney-Walker Boulevard and First Street at about 7:45 p.m.

Deputy Wesley Stallings, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, said the 1970 Pontiac Catalina was traveling east on Laney-Walker Boulevard when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The convertible hit a Georgia Power telephone pole and rolled over on its side, Deputy Stallings said.

The vehicle's three passengers, one a 16-year-old boy, were ejected, Deputy Stallings said.

Charges might be pending.

Woman reports her husband missing

An Augusta woman reported her husband missing Friday, according to an incident report filed by Richmond County sheriff's deputies.

Krystal D. Boyd, 39, of the 1700 block of Story Road, told authorities that her husband, Steven Ray Boyd, said she would be better off without him and walked away from their vehicle while it was stopped at Gordon Highway and Tubman Home Road at 5:30 p.m., the report said.

Mrs. Boyd said her husband suffers from depression, paranoia and psychotic episodes and has not been taking his medication, the report said.

Mr. Boyd, 40, is 6 feet tall, weighs about 220 pounds, and has blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, dark shorts and black sandals, the report said.

Neighbor says man was naked in window

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were sent to the 200 block of Greene Street on Saturday after an Augusta man said he saw his neighbor standing naked in front of a window just after 2 a.m.

Suhran Farnsworth, 50, told deputies his neighbor was completely naked in front of his window and staring at his residence.

Someone steals duffel bag full of money

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a man ran into Paulo's Cleaners and Laundry in the 2000 block of Peach Orchard Road on Friday and stole a blue duffel bag with money inside.

Doyle Johnson, 63, of the 2000 block of Fleming Drive, told authorities the man ran in the store at about 5:50 p.m. and demanded money. He ran behind the counter and pushed Mr. Johnson face down on the floor, the report said.

The man then grabbed the duffel bag, Mr. Johnson said.

Man is asked for cigarette, robbed

A Grovetown man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a man asked him for a cigarette and then robbed him Saturday.

Christopher L. Powell, 20, of the 5000 block of Jaime Drive, told authorities he was in the parking lot of the Masters Inn on Washington Road when a man asked for a cigarette and then lifted his shirt to show what Mr. Powell thought was a black handgun, the report said.

The man told Mr. Powell to give him what was in his pockets. Mr. Powell gave him $80.

Two are pulled from vehicle, then robbed

A Hephzibah man told authorities that several men pulled him and his companion out of their vehicle Friday at 11:40 p.m. while at the McDuffie Woods Community Center in Augusta, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

After being pulled out of the vehicle, Ricky D. McNair, 18, of the 4000 block of Woodlake Drive, told deputies the men struck them with their fists and feet. The men took jewelry, cash and a cell phone, worth a total of $670, the report said.

Women report attack after being punched

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that two people attacked her and a friend at Georgetown Drive and Deans Bridge Road at about 1 a.m. Friday.

Joi R. Mathis, 21, of the 3000 block of Bell Drive, told authorities a car pulled up next to her vehicle and a woman inside started yelling at her companion, according to an incident report.

Ms. Mathis said a man exited the vehicle, poked her forehead and punched her in the mouth, the report said.

The man then punched Ms. Mathis' companion in the chest, the report said.

Man reports threats over dog dispute

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that an argument over a dog ended in a woman pointing a gun at him and threatening to shoot him, according to an incident report.

Victor C. Martin, 30, of the 3000 block of Deans Bridge Road, told authorities he went to a residence in the 2000 block of Patiller Road in Hephzibah on Friday to pick up his dog, the report said.

Mr. Martin and the wife of the man he had spoken to about the dog began arguing, the report said.

The woman then patted a gun Mr. Martin saw underneath her shirt and threatened to shoot him, the report said.

Workers resurface part of Washington Road

Department of Transportation workers are resurfacing a nearly mile-long stretch of Washington Road in Martinez.

The portion being resurfaced is between Columbia and Davis roads, where new traffic signals also will be installed. DOT spokeswoman Vonda Everett said the construction will take place between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day except Saturdays.

No lane closures are expected during daytime hours on that portion of Washington Road.

Voters may send in absentee ballots

Eligible voters can cast absentee ballots for the June 8 Democratic and Republican primary elections at the Aiken County Registration and Elections office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The office is at 916 Vaucluse Road. For more information, call (803) 642-2028.