Originally created 05/24/04

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Firefighters face charges in blaze

Three Aiken County men, including two volunteer firefighters, were arrested early Sunday and charged with intentionally setting a fire near the intersection of S.C. Highway 19 and Old Friar Road, police said.

Gary L. Graham, 17, of Mixon Road, Aiken, and Samuel R. Langley, 20, of Old Friar Road, Aiken, were charged with willfully burning lands of another, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Graham and Mr. Langley are firefighters with the Eureka Volunteer Fire Department, police said.

Justin T. Minor, 17, of Vaucluse, also was charged with willfully burning lands of another, a sheriff's report says.

On Saturday, shortly before midnight, a witness saw the men leaving the area near the fire site and called authorities, the report says. After police questioned the men, they were taken to the Aiken County Detention Center, the report says.

Additional charges could be filed, police said.

Woman says man groped her at store

A 21-year-old Augusta woman told police a man groped her at the party supply store where she works Saturday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The woman, an employee of John's Party Center on Mike Padgett Highway, said the man placed his hands on her breasts and that when she tried to get away, he blocked her.

18-year-old is charged with sexual battery

Police arrested an 18-year-old Hephzibah man whom an Augusta woman accused of sexually attacking her.

Mitchell Davis, of the 2900 block of Butler Manor, was charged early Sunday with one felony count of aggravated sexual battery and taken to the Richmond County jail.

According to a report filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, the woman said Mr. Davis forced her to take off her clothes and then molested her.

The incident occurred at a residence on Killing Drive between 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. Friday, the report says.

The woman was treated at University Hospital and released, according to the report.

Man reports being struck by gun on road

A 22-year-old Augusta man told police he was jumped and struck with a gun while walking on Dupont Street, according to a report filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Reggie Allen Trumpler, of Winesap Way, said that two male attackers jumped on him Saturday and that as he was fighting them off, one hit him on the back of his head with a pistol.

Mr. Trumpler was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday afternoon.

Augustan says man pointed gun at him

A 24-year-old Augusta man told police a male acquaintance pointed a gun at him and threatened to shoot him early Sunday.

According to a report filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Roshawn Myers said the man became angry that he had used his girlfriend's car without her permission.

After the woman left, the man pulled out a small handgun and started cursing at Mr. Myers.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of Auto Zone on Deans Bridge Road.