Originally created 10/03/04

Across the area



Pickup wreck kills man, 20

A 20-year-old Graniteville man died early Saturday morning after his 1998 Chevrolet pickup flipped and crashed on Bettis Academy Road, authorities said.

John Thomas Youngblood III, of the 100 block of Jasmine Drive, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:16 a.m., Aiken County Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Mr. Youngblood was traveling toward Graniteville on Bettis Academy Road when his truck went off the right side of the street, Mr. Carlton said. He overcompensated, drove toward the center of the road and then sped back off the right side.

Mr. Carlton said Mr. Youngblood hit an embankment and flipped the vehicle. He was partially ejected from the truck and died of trauma, the coroner said. Mr. Youngblood wasn't wearing his seat belt and was alone in the truck.

Augusta woman says husband punched her

Police arrested an Augusta man after a fight with his wife near a west Augusta restaurant.

David Matthew Korty, 31, of the 2300 block of Springhouse Lane, was charged with battery late Friday after punching the woman, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The woman told police she went to Applebee's, 595 Bobby Jones Expressway, and confronted her husband, but after he walked off to a nearby skating rink, they argued and he eventually punched her.

Power outage affects 911 dispatch center

An electrical power outage temporarily affected operations at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office 911 center Saturday morning.

From about 7 until 8:38 a.m., about 2,000 Georgia Power customers were without power, said Lt. Sharon Bennett, the 911 supervisor.

Lt. Bennett credited 911 Director Phil Wasson for making an emergency trip to the center, climbing over a barbed-wire fence and opening a gate that became inoperable because of the outage.

She said Georgia Power personnel blamed the outage on a vehicle hitting a power line.

Police accuse man of beating woman

An Augusta man was arrested late Friday after police said they received a 911 call from a woman begging for help.

At about 11:45 p.m., authorities were called to the 2300 block of Harding Road, when an open 911 line revealed a woman saying that she did "not want to be hit again," a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

When officers arrived at the home, the woman had a large bruise on her left eye, the report said.

David Wayne Grigg, 41, was charged with simple battery and taken to the Richmond County jail, the report said.

Woman says she was threatened with gun

Police were called to the 1000 block of Prep Street in Augusta after a woman complained that a male acquaintance pointed a shotgun at her.

At about 8 p.m. Friday, the woman said, she argued with the man about his coming home drunk, and he grabbed a shotgun from his bedroom, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

When police arrived, they found the unloaded weapon under a mattress, the report said. The man was ordered to leave for the evening and police confiscated the gun for safekeeping, the report said.