Originally created 03/16/05

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North's daughter accused of DUI

The daughter of Oliver North was arrested in Aiken on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, a police report shows.

Dornin Anne North, 23, of Bluemont, Va., was pulled over at about 2 a.m. Sunday after an Aiken Public Safety officer noticed the Dodge truck she was driving was drifting from one lane to another.

She was arrested and charged with DUI after failing several sobriety tests, according to police, and is scheduled to appear in court April 18.

Her father gained national notoriety in the late 1980s for his part in the Iran-Contra scandal.

Commissioners will consider bond issue

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to look into a possible capital improvement plan and bond issue to help pay for projects that have become backlogged because of a lack of funds.

Commission Chairman Ron Cross recently brought up the idea of considering a bond, possibly as high as $100 million, to help commissioners take overdue projects, such as road improvements and drainage issues, off the books and let them focus more on the county's future needs.

Mr. Cross said the county would assess which projects need to be undertaken and what the cost would be.

Former sheriff's office workers sentenced

Two former Columbia County Sheriff's Office employees were sentenced on theft charges Tuesday for taking more than $1,000 from a Winfield volunteer firefighters fund.

Superior Court Judge Carl Brown sentenced Arleen Manning Powell, of Old Thomson Road in Appling, to three years' probation and to pay restitution. Mrs. Powell's husband, Carey Leon Powell Jr., was sentenced to a year on probation.

Police say the couple were trustees for the firefighters fund and wrote checks in 2004 for more than $1,000.

36-year-old accused of aggravated assault

An Augusta man accused of beating and trying to rape a woman was indicted Tuesday.

The Richmond County grand jury indictment accuses Tommy Lee Porter Jr., 36, of aggravated assault with intent to commit rape, kidnapping and theft.

Mr. Porter is accused of severely beating a female visitor at his Winter Street home Sept. 29.

The woman told investigators Mr. Porter attempted to rape her and held her captive before stealing her car.

Deputies say Augusta man stabbed victim

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta man after they said he stabbed another man Monday night, police reports said.

Harvin Legrand Hines, 46, of the 700 block of Broad Street, was charged with aggravated assault and simple battery and was held without bond Tuesday at the Richmond County jail, officials said.

A police report said that after 9:30 p.m., officers responded to the fifth floor of the Richmond Summit apartment building after a report of a fight.

Officers said they found Mr. Hines kneeling on top of Terence Woods, 36, and stabbing him with a small pocketknife.

Mr. Woods was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was treated and released, an MCG spokeswoman said.

Woman reports being held against her will

North Augusta police investigated a report by an 18-year-old woman that she was held against her will by a man who tried to sexually assault her, a police report said.

The woman told police that at 10 p.m., an acquaintance came to her home to return an item to her and got into an argument over a videocassette.

The woman said the 26-year-old made sexual advances that she refused.

She said the man got into the bedroom, held her down on the bed and tried to remove her clothing.

Security officer says pair tried to steal car

Officials at Augusta's Community Mental Health Center reported that two men tried to steal a car from the parking lot Monday and fired shots in the air, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

A security officer told deputies that at about 8 p.m., he saw two men attempting to steal a 2002 Dodge Neon SE owned by the state government.

As he approached them and told them to leave, one of the men pulled a gun, fired three shots in the air and ran into the Apple Valley subdivision.

Man says beggar attempted to rob him

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating an incident where a man said a beggar attempted to rob him Monday night, officials said Tuesday.

Sheriff's Lt. James Young said the 40-year-old man told police that at 9:20 p.m., he was walking home from Augusta Public Transit facilities and went to a Shell station on 13th Street.

After coming out, a man, who had asked him for money, threatened him with a board with nails in it, saying, "I told you to give me the money," Lt. Young said.

The beggar then ran off, he said.

Hephzibah man is charged in robbery

A Richmond County man was arrested Monday and charged with the robbery of a south Augusta gasoline station that occurred last month.

Aaron Donte Hayes, 28, of Hephzibah, was charged with robbery by force in the Feb. 28 robbery of the Delta Travel Center in the 3400 block of Mike Padgett Highway, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tim Rzasa said Monday night.

The clerk said she opened the register, and a man with a gun grabbed money before he left the business.