Originally created 08/24/04

Across the area



Gunshots lead to two arrests

Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a Hephzibah teen Monday with firing gunshots at another teen and wound up arresting the alleged assailant's father in the process, police reports state.

Donzell Maurice Williams, 18, of the 4100 block of Mack Lane, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, records state.

His father, Dennis Williams Sr., 48, was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer after he refused to let police into the home, records state.

The younger Mr. Williams is accused of firing gunshots at the 1998 Pontiac Grand Am of Brandon D. Cade, 19, during the weekend, a police report says.

Large Dumpster fire damages nearby SUV

Richmond County authorities extinguished a large Dumpster fire Monday morning in front of the Law Enforcement Center at 401 Walton Way.

The fire started at about 10:30 a.m. and spread over the top of the metal container in between two parked sport utility vehicles.

Richmond County sheriff's deputies and deputy marshals attempted to extinguish the fire before Augusta-Richmond County firefighters arrived.

No one was hurt in the blaze, though the passenger-side panels of a nearby GMC Jimmy were slightly warped. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Man reports robbers carrying baseball bat

An Augusta man told police that men threatening him with a baseball bat robbed him at a west Augusta convenience store Sunday.

John B. Kitchens, 22, told deputies that he was at the Racetrac station in the 3000 block of Washington Road at 9 p.m. when the men drove up and got out of a Ford Contour.

Mr. Kitchens said one of the men wielded a baseball bat and demanded money.

Police seek suspect in Langley burglary

Aiken County authorities are looking for a man accused of burglarizing a Langley home.

Authorities said Monday that they hold outstanding arrest warrants for Jeremy R. Kelley, 27, of the 300 block of Sunridge Road, Aiken. He faces charges of first-degree burglary and grand larceny.

According to a news release, investigators suspect Mr. Kelley smashed a rear window of a home in the 100 block of Dunbar Street on July 26 and stole a hunting rifle and two air wrenches. The items were later recovered at a pawn shop, authorities said.

Man posed as officer at store, police say

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man who is accused of trying to pose as a law enforcement agent when he tried to leave a store without paying for some goods.

Edward Mizelle, 62, of North Augusta, was charged with impersonating an officer and was released from the Richmond County jail on $5,600 bond, jail officials said.

A police report says officers stopped Mr. Mizelle in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in the 3200 block of Deans Bridge Road on Friday after he left the store with several items he had not paid for.

The report says he initially presented himself as a Richmond County sheriff's deputy, then told the store manager that he was a federal agent.

After paying for the items, he left the store and told officials he would return later. When he returned, he presented invalid Army credentials. Fort Gordon authorities told police that he was not affiliated with the Army.

Police investigate robbery of inmate

Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated an incident in which three inmates at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center attempted to rob another inmate with a sharpened toothbrush Sunday, a police report says.

Authorities added charges of armed robbery against David Laws, 37; Anthony Luke, 24; and Terrill Mason, 20, who were all incarcerated at the jail on Phinizy Road.

According to the report, Joshua Boyd, 26, told police that the three men approached him and that Mr. Laws demanded all his money.

He refused and tried to leave the cell, but Mr. Luke and Mr. Mason pushed him back and Mr. Laws threatened him with the toothbrush, he said.

The report says jailers recovered more than $40.

Jury finds automaker not liable in accident

A federal jury in Aiken last week found that automaker Toyota was not liable for compensatory damages in connection with a 1999 accident in which an Aiken man was left a quadriplegic and later died.

According to a news release from the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough, Johnnie Holden, the wife of 64-year-old James Holden, was driving a Toyota RAV4 when the accident occurred Aug. 5, 1999. Mr. Holden's estate sued Toyota for $9 million, alleging that the car was susceptible to rollovers.

On Thursday, an Aiken County federal jury disagreed after a Houston automotive expert testified that the RAV4 was stable and that the accident was the result of inappropriate steering by the driver.

After-school programs to receive $2.8 million

The South Carolina Department of Education has an additional $2.8 million to award to schools and organizations for after-school programs, starting in early 2005.

The money is available for organizations interested in establishing or expanding after-school programs. Run by community groups, faith-based organizations and other public and private groups, the programs provide additional instruction in mathematics, reading and other core subjects. The money is meant to help pupils who are from high-poverty areas and are most at risk of falling short of state performance requirements.

The grant application deadline is Oct. 20, and funding is expected to begin in January.

For more information, visit the State Department of Education Web site at www.myscschools.com.