Originally created 08/23/04

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Woman dies in six-car wreck

A six-car accident Sunday on Interstate 20 in Aiken County resulted in the death of a South Carolina woman.

Letia Ivey, 46, of Surfside Beach, near Myrtle Beach, was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after being airlifted from the accident scene, Aiken County Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton said.The accident happened between 3 and 3:30 p.m., said Lance Cpl. Dwight Green, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The first collision involved three vehicles affected by a rain-slick highway, and the second occurred when drivers were distracted by the first accident, police said.Ms. Ivey, who suffered body trauma, was wearing a seat belt, Mr. Carlton said.

Soldier says he was carjacked

An Army soldier from Savannah told police he was the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint early Sunday.

Rodney Jerome Combs, 28, said he was in the 3000 block of Lee Street when a man got out of his van, pointed a black pistol at him and ordered him to get on the ground, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The man then drove off toward Wheeless Road in Mr. Combs' 1999 Land Rover Discovery, according to the report.

The carjacking occurred at about 4:30 a.m. No arrests have been made.

Augustan says he was stabbed with tool

A 35-year-old Augusta man told police a man he was visiting stabbed him twice with a screwdriver, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

Antonio Marcell Perdue, of the 2200 block of Southgate Drive, said that when he went to a home in the 2400 block of Bahama Drive to get his belongings Saturday night, the owner slammed the door on him. Later that night the same man walked out of his home and stabbed Mr. Perdue with a screwdriver in the left shoulder and left side of his stomach, according to the report.

Couple is charged in meth manufacture

A south Augusta man and his live-in girlfriend were arrested Sunday on methamphetamine charges, according to Richmond County jail records.

John Leo Bellamy, 31, and Heidi Shawn Baston, 29, both of the 2500 block of Dover Street, were each charged with one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine and taken to the jail.

Three taken to MCG in one-car accident

Three people were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday afternoon after a one-car accident in Aiken County, according to authorities.

At about 12:30 p.m., a 1999 Pontiac driven by Barry Cedric, 39, of Aiken, was traveling east on U.S. Highway 278 about 6 miles east of New Ellenton when the car ran off the right side of the road and overturned, said Lance Cpl. Dwight Green, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

A passenger, Rosa Robinson, was taken to MCG by helicopter, he said.

Mr. Cedric and a 6-year-old child were taken to the hospital by ambulance, authorities said.

None of the three people's injuries is life-threatening, police said.

None of the occupants was wearing a seat belt, Lance Cpl. Green said.

Soldier charged with firing rifle while drunk

Police arrested a 26-year-old Army soldier and charged him with firing an assault rifle while intoxicated, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Timothy Scott Schille, of the 3200 block of Heritage Circle, was charged with discharging a weapon while under the influence and taken to the Richmond County jail.

A neighbor told police she heard gunshots at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the report.

Officers saw two holes in Mr. Schille's living room wall, and he told them he had been drinking all day and had accidentally discharged the rifle.

According to the report, his blood alcohol level was .185. A level of .08 is considered legal intoxication.

No one was injured.