Originally created 08/15/04

Across the area



Electrical short blamed in fire

An electrical short in an air conditioning unit caused the midafternoon evacuation of about 55 residents of a south Aiken nursing home Saturday, authorities said.

There were no injuries from a small fire that filled a wing of the Carriage Hills Plantation nursing home on Eastgate Drive with light smoke at about 2:30 p.m., said Sgt. David Turno, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

By 3:30 p.m., residents were back in their rooms at the facility near Aiken Mall, he said.

Worker reports attempted robbery

An employee of Bob Gibbs Motor on 12th Street in Augusta told Richmond County sheriff's deputies a man assaulted him with a stun gun during an attempted robbery.

According to an incident report, the employee told authorities a man came to the business to look at vehicles at about 5 p.m. Friday.

The man then asked for a drink, and as the employee turned to get a cup of water, the man hit him on the head and reached for his wallet.

The man then stunned the employee with a stun gun, but did not take the employee's wallet, the report said.

Woman says former boyfriend slapped her

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies her ex-boyfriend entered her home uninvited and slapped her.

According to an incident report, Sonya R. Wesley, 36, of the 2200 block of Rosier Road, told authorities the man came into her home at about 8 a.m. Saturday and into her bedroom while she slept.

Father says mother left children alone

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies the mother of his children left their son and daughter alone for more than six hours Friday.

The man told authorities he went to the woman's home at 10 p.m. Friday to see his daughter, 6, and his son, whose age was not available.

They had been home alone since 5 p.m., when he had dropped them off at their mother's home, the man's daughter said, according to the report.

The Department of Family and Children Services responded and turned the children over to the father, the report said.

Man selling clothes says he was attacked

A Graniteville man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies a man struck him while they were in the 1400 block of Swanee Quintet Boulevard.

The man was selling clothes out of his 1985 sedan Friday at 8:30 p.m. when a group of men approached him, a Richmond County sheriff's office report said.

The man said the group started an argument and one of them struck him in the face and neck. The attacker fled and the man chased him.

Centers will share funds to help victims

The Cumbee Center in Aiken is one of two South Carolina domestic violence centers that will share $336,000 in federal money for prevention programs and facilities, U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, R-S.C., has announced.

The Aiken organization will get $218,000 to assist victims of abuse in Aiken, Barnwell, Allendale, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda counties, Mr. Hollings said in a prepared statement.