Originally created 05/25/04

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Man is arrested in two robberies

An Augusta man was arrested Monday in connection with two robberies in less than 24 hours, authorities said.

Robert Mosby, 58, was charged with robbery by intimidation and robbery by sudden snatch, said Richmond County sheriff's Lt. James Young.

A clerk at the BP gasoline station at 1494 Jones St. said a man who indicated he had a weapon came into the store at 10:30 p.m. Sunday and demanded money, Lt. Young said.

The man took the money and left.

Carolyn M. McAdoo, of Newport News, Va., told deputies that she was standing outside of the Partridge Inn off Walton Way at 7:30 a.m. Monday when a man snatched her purse.

Ms. McAdoo recovered her purse after Mr. Mosby's arrest, police said.

State court upholds man's conviction

The murder conviction of a former homeless Augusta man was affirmed by the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday.

The court said Curtis Dyers was fairly tried and convicted of murder in the March 1998 death of 32-year-old Troy Spann.

Mr. Spann died March 29, 1998, two days after witnesses testified that Mr. Dyers kicked him and hit him in the head with an iron pipe after the pair argued over crack cocaine.

Mr. Dyers, 47, is serving a life sentence for murder.

Medical Center cleared of possible gas leak

An inspection Monday at Aiken Regional Medical Centers showed no presence of harmful gases one day after a suspected chemical-gas leak prompted the temporary evacuation of some areas of the hospital.

Don Turno, the chief of the Aiken County Hazardous Material Team, said three air-quality monitors set up in the emergency department showed "normal levels" of air quality.

On Sunday, five hospital employees reported respiratory problems and a strong odor in a hallway between the emergency department and a hospital lab, Aiken Public Safety Sgt. David Turno said.

They were later treated and released.

Hospital officials said they suspect that a leak from a tank of xylon, a hydrocarbon solvent used in lab work, might have caused the odor, according to Aiken Regional CEO K.D. Justyn.

Wife is charged with hitting her husband

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a woman who they said hit her husband in the head with a glass coffee container, a police report states.

Kim Michelle Danner, 34, of Evans, was charged with simple battery and was booked into the Richmond County jail, the report states.

Eugene W. Danner, 34, told deputies that he went to a room of the Suburban Lodge on Scott Nixon Memorial Drive at 3 a.m. Monday, where he found Mrs. Danner hiding inside a bathroom.

He said Mrs. Danner came out of the bathroom and got into a fight with him over another woman in the room.

When Mrs. Danner went toward the woman, Mr. Danner said, he placed himself between them and got into a struggle with his wife.

Wreck sends van's driver to hospital

An 87-year-old man was airlifted to a Columbia hospital after a wreck Monday on South Carolina Highway 39 just south of Wagener, authorities said.

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Dwight Green said that Frank W. Gantt, of Wagener, pulled his 1994 Ford Aerostar van out of a private drive and into the path of a Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Mary Ann Taylor, 45, of Salley.

Mr. Gantt's van was struck on the driver's side.

Mr. Gantt was taken to Palmetto Richland Hospital, where his condition was not immediately available.

Ms. Taylor was treated at Lexington Medical Center and released.

Teen is accused of fighting with officer

An Augusta teen was arrested early Monday after Richmond County sheriff's deputies said she fought with an officer who had tried to escort her from a roller skating rink, a report states.

Kayla Denise Murray, 17, of Joy Road, was charged as an adult with felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer and was booked into the Richmond County jail, records show.

Deputy Jerry Martinez said he was working special duty at the Red Wing Rollerway, in the 3000 block of Washington Road, at 12:30 a.m. when he saw Ms. Murray arguing with a male in the roller rink.

Deputy Martinez said he asked Ms. Murray to calm down, which she refused to do, and the management asked the deputy to escort her from the business.

As he attempted to take her away, Ms. Murray pushed the deputy in the chest and struggled with him, he said, scratching him under his right eye.

Soldier sentenced to 6-month confinement

A Fort Gordon soldier was sentenced to six months in military confinement after pleading guilty to reckless driving and drug charges Monday, according to the post's public affairs office.

Pvt. Ryan Taylor, of the 447th Signal Battalion, Company B, was sentenced to six months in confinement and forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay and was given a bad conduct discharge, according to Marla Jones, a civilian public affairs officer at the post.

Pvt. Taylor was charged with giving a false official statement, reckless driving, use of cocaine, breaking restriction and fleeing the scene of an accident, Ms. Jones said.

Augustan is arrested in shooting of foot

Police arrested a 66-year-old Augusta man Monday in connection with a shooting last week, Richmond County authorities said.

Curtis Lindsey McCord was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, police said.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, Lannis Alton Briscoe, of Augusta, told police he was shot once in the foot last Thursday while on the 200 block of Tudor Drive.