Originally created 07/18/04

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Tractor trailer wrecks on ramp

A tractor trailer overturned Saturday on an Interstate 20 exit ramp in North Augusta.

The tractor trailer was traveling east on I-20 when the driver exited the off-ramp too quickly while attempting to merge on U.S. Highway 25, said North Augusta Department of Public Safety's Lt. Clay Swann.

The wreck occurred at about 12:40 p.m. and the driver, Robert Lee Young, 49, of Trenton, S.C., suffered minor injuries. Mr. Young was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Lt. Swann said.

MCG spokeswoman Danielle Wong said Mr. Young was listed in good condition Saturday.

Authorities charged Mr. Young with driving too fast for conditions, Lt. Swann said.

Hundreds of officers pay tribute to corporal

A more than 5-mile caravan comprised primarily of law enforcement vehicles inched its way down Gordon Highway as officers from more than a dozen agencies paid their final respects to Columbia County sheriff's Cpl. Wesley Mack on Saturday.

Nearly 300 police and fire vehicles from North Augusta, along with the Georgia State Patrol and Richmond, McDuffie, Rockdale, Henry and Columbia sheriff's officials, joined motorcycle units and Cpl. Mack's family and friends in the drive to burial ceremonies at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Deans Bridge Road.

The funeral was held at the Belair Conference Center in Martinez.

Cpl. Mack, 46, died Monday from injuries he suffered after his motorcycle was struck July 11 by a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 20 near the Belair Road/Jimmie Dyess Exit.

A trust fund has been established for his six grandchildren and will be handled through SouthTrust Bank.

Contributions can be made to: Friends of Wesley Mack Trust Fund, c/o SouthTrust Bank, 4115 Columbia Road, Martinez, GA 30907.

Worker reports brief scuffle at bus station

An armed robbery was reported at the Southern Stages bus station early Saturday, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

At about 12:25 a.m., Ricky Burton, a bus station employee, told police a man walked into the station at 1128 Greene St. and threatened him with a knife.

After a brief scuffle, Mr. Burton said, he sustained a minor cut on his finger and the robber fled with an unknown amount of money. The suspect was wearing a blue scarf over his face and was last seen running toward 13th Street, the report said.

Woman says she was hit with beer bottle

An Augusta woman said she was attacked early Saturday by a woman who hit her with a beer bottle at an Augusta nightclub.

Wakesia Sampson, 21, of Augusta, said the woman hit her after she accidently bumped into one of two women, at about 2 a.m. inside the Famous Door, 843 Laney Walker Blvd., a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

Ms. Sampson, who said one of the women also punched her, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment of cuts over her left eye, the report said.

Windows are damaged at Hephzibah school

Police reported damages at a Richmond County middle school Friday evening.

At about 7 p.m., police were called to Spirit Creek Middle School, 4044 Windsor Spring Road, in Hephzibah, to investigate damages to 10 windows at the rear side of the building, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

A blue metal chair found at the scene was apparently used to cause the damage, the report stated.

Computer equipment is stolen from office

An Augusta office reported the theft of more than $4,000 in computer equipment.

Sometime between 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:45 a.m. Friday, someone took two laptops, a Dell flat-screen monitor and a projector from Palmetto GBA, 2743 Perimeter Parkway, a Richmond County sheriff's report showed.

Daniel T. Padgette, an employee, told police he noticed an unlocked door when he reported to work.

Augustan selected to Civil War Commission

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed Jan Loftis, 57, of Augusta, to the state Civil War Commission.

Ms. Loftis is a member of the Civil War Round Table, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Civil War Preservation Trust.

She served as a caseworker for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services after her graduation from Agnes Scott College.

She also served as a program coordinator for the Continuing Education Department of Augusta State University, a vocational counselor at the Georgia Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and as a vocational evaluator and development coordinator for the Easter Seal Society.

Fort Gordon plans briefing on projects

Fort Gordon will hold a community information briefing Wednesday at the Gordon Club on post, according to the installation's public affairs office.

The briefing is for all military personnel and civilians and will provide information about community events and projects, a news release states. The briefing is also an opportunity to present comments and questions to officials.

Family Readiness Group leaders, unit commanders and first sergeants are encouraged to attend, the news release states.

For more information, call 791-3639.

Sierra Club will meet at Walton Way church

The Sierra Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way.

Dr. Adam King, of the University of South Carolina, will speak about American Indians who once lived in the area and discoveries about them made at Savannah River Site.

For more information, call 650-8314.