Originally created 09/09/04

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Band donates to area schools

Allendale County will be one of eight troubled South Carolina school districts to split an $80,000 donation from the musical group Hootie and the Blowfish.

The eight districts will each receive $10,000 from the Blowfish Foundation and will use the money to buy computers, overhead projectors, VCRs, tape recorders, maps and globes, said Darius Rucker, lead singer for the Grammy-winning group.

The group also will hold its second annual Blowfish Homegrown Concert on Daniel Island on Oct. 8, the first of four concerts at which ticket holders will be asked to donate school supplies.

Officials investigate cause of Aiken fire

AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fire that damaged a vacant mobile home in Aiken early Wednesday.

Firefighters who battled the blaze on Wrights Mill Road deemed the fire suspicious when they discovered electricity to the home was disconnected.

Sheriff's officials said the fire caused $50,000 of damage to the home.

They have not found the owner.

18-year-old drove car that struck waitress

State police officials released the name of a woman who was driving a car that crashed into a Thomson restaurant Tuesday, striking and killing a 40-year-old waitress.

Keshia Lashell Askew, 18, of Crawfordville, Ga., lost control of a Chevrolet Caprice Classic that careened through the side window of a Waffle House near Interstate 20, killing Teresa Ann Carlisle, 40, a restaurant employee from Lincolnton, according to the Georgia State Patrol Thomson Post.

Charges against Ms. Askew are pending further investigation, authorities said.

Employee says 3 men robbed grocery store

Three men robbed the Bobby Jones Expressway Bi-Lo grocery store Tuesday, a store employee told Richmond County sheriff's deputies.

According to a sheriff's office incident report, the employee said the men entered the store at about 10:30 p.m.

One pointed a silver handgun at her and demanded to be led to the office, where he took money.

Hephzibah girl says couple assaulted her

A 14-year-old Hephzibah girl told Richmond County sheriff's deputies a man and a woman gave her Xanax and then sexually assaulted her.

According to a sheriff's office incident report, the assault happened in the 3600 block of Deans Bridge Road in Hephzibah on June 8.

Other people reportedly watched the assault, the report said.

The girl's mother told authorities she was afraid to come forward because the family was living with the man and woman accused of the assault and if she reported the crime, they would be homeless, the report said.

Woman says boyfriend hit and kicked her

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a 21-year-old Augusta man Tuesday after his girlfriend told authorities he attacked her during an argument.

According to a sheriff's office incident report, Leroia L. Kelsey, 17, of the 3500 block of Southwick Drive, said her boyfriend, Christopher L. Loggins, hit and punched her in the face and kicked her in the stomach and ribs at about 1 a.m.

Authorities charged Mr. Loggins, of the 3400 block of South Kensington Drive, with battery, obstructing an officer and giving false information, according to the incident report.

Mr. Loggins fought with police at the time of his arrest and ignored all commands, the report said. He also ran at the officers, beat on the windows of the patrol car and refused to leave the vehicle once inside, the report said.

Teen's mother says someone shot at him

The mother of a 16-year-old Laney Walker High School student told Richmond County sheriff's deputies someone shot at her son Tuesday.

The woman said her son was sitting in the parking lot of Uncle Bobby's Soul Food in the 400 block of East Boundary Street at 9 p.m., when he heard gunshots.

The boy began to pull away when his vehicle was hit by bullets, the report said.

A deputy said he saw four small bullet marks on the vehicle's driver side and one on the vehicle's rear. The rear driver side window was also shot out, the report said.

Woman says relative damaged her vehicle

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies a relative rammed his vehicle into hers during a domestic dispute Monday at 4 p.m.

Carla M. Hilton, 31, of the 2500 block of Joanne Circle, told authorities the relative, a 45-year-old man, used his vehicle to strike the right side of her vehicle, then changed lanes and struck the left side of the vehicle while in the 800 block of Broad Street, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

He then left the scene, Mrs. Hilton told authorities, the report said.

Repair shop owner reports theft of $2,200

An Augusta business owner told Richmond County sheriff's deputies someone stole $2,200 in cash from his shop between 7 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Horace Wisdom, the owner of Horace's Auto Repair Shop in the 3000 block of Milledgeville Road, told authorities someone used a hacksaw to cut through the security bars of an outside garage window of the business, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

The person gained entry to the office and took the money from a cabinet, the report said.

Group to hold annual dinner on Tuesday

Safe Homes of Augusta will hold its annual dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Pinnacle Club, 699 Broad St.

The guest speaker will be Barbara Dooley, author, talk-show host and wife of former University of Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley.

Tickets cost $40 a person and $75 per couple.

The dinner benefits projects and programs of Safe Homes of Augusta.

Safe Homes of Augusta offers programs and services such as a 24-hour crisis line, on-site attorneys and counselors, support groups, children's programs, emergency shelters, an extensive referral network and more.

For more information, call 736-2499.


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