Originally created 05/24/05

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Shot man is hospitalized

AIKEN - An Aiken man was hospitalized after being shot in the neck early Monday, police said.

Derrick Washington, 25, of the 200 block of Shiloh Heights Road, told his girlfriend he had been shot at about 2:15 a.m., said Lt. Michael Frank, of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Neighbors took Mr. Washington to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Lt. Frank said.

The shooting is being investigated.

"Apparently, he was able to talk enough to say he was shot in the neck," Lt. Frank said. "By the time our investigator got to him, he was unable to talk. He really is the only one who knows what happened."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call (800) 922-9709.

Man says three men kicked, bound him

A 26-year-old man who was found in an Augusta driveway bound and injured last weekend told police a group of acquaintances who had accused him of stealing jewelry were the ones who hurt him, officials said.

Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Jimmy Young said Derreck Robinson, who was found late Saturday lying in a driveway in the 300 block of Orange Street, reported that he was drinking at a bar down the street with three men Saturday night.

Mr. Robinson said the men suddenly jumped on him and kicked him because they thought he had taken several rings from them.

According to Lt. Young, Mr. Robinson did not remember anything else about the incident.

He awoke Sunday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and related the events to police, the lieutenant said.

Church employee reports burglary

A North Augusta church was burglarized during the weekend, according to a police report.

An employee of Ridgeview Baptist Church, 1744 Georgia Ave., noticed Sunday morning that someone had entered a hallway door inside the church's educational building, a North Augusta Department of Public Safety police report said.

Kenny Stevens, 50, who works at the church, said someone stole $336 from his desk drawer, according to the report. He told police it was possible someone had left a door open inside the sanctuary. The burglary occurred between 5 p.m. Friday and 8:45 a.m. Sunday.

Augustan reports drive-by shooting

A 24-year-old Augusta man told police four men drove by his house and started shooting early Monday, shattering his vehicle's window, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Barry Mingledolph, of the 1900 block of Kings Grant Drive, said the men fired at about 12:20 a.m.

Officers noticed a .22-caliber shell casing in front of the home and a piece of lead from a bullet in Mr. Mingledolph's 1999 Chevrolet Malibu, according to the report.

The 24-year-old was not hit during the shooting.

The group of men was last seen in a burgundy Chevrolet Lumina driving east on Kings Grant Drive.

Apartment fire was arson, officials say

Fire officials are investigating a reported arson inside an Augusta apartment Sunday, an incident report states.

Betty Sturgis, of the 400 block of First Street, called 911 to report that a nearby apartment smelled of smoke.

Firefighters noticed smoke damage to an empty closet in the vacant home and believe the blaze was started by a piece of cloth lying on the floor.

According to the report, the incident has been ruled arson.

Man says someone hit him with pipe

A 58-year-old Augusta man told police a man smacked him in the arm with a metal pipe and then kicked him and robbed him, according to a sheriff's report.

Van Salaam said he was walking in the 1700 block of Lucky Street when the man, to whom he owes money, attacked him.

Mr. Salaam told deputies that the man knocked him onto the street with the pipe and then kicked him in the groin and stole $4 from his pocket.

The identity of the attacker is unknown, the report said.

Fort Gordon will pay fines for oil spill

Fort Gordon will pay fines totaling $4,911.73 over a Dec. 15, 2004, spill, in which about 1,000 gallons of fuel oil leaked from an energy plant and into nearby Spirit Creek, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

The spill involved No. 2 fuel oil from a ruptured line at the energy plant near Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

The oil killed hundreds of fish in Spirit Creek before cleanup crews contained the spill about a mile downstream from the post's wastewater plant, at a pond at Gordon Lakes Golf Course.

According to a consent order posted Monday on the Environmental Protection Division's Web site, Fort Gordon also is required to amend its contingency plans to reduce the likelihood of future spills and incorporate new procedures for notifying environmental authorities of spills and related incidents.

City council tables alcohol ordinance

Members of the Grovetown City Council on Monday tabled a second reading and took no further action on an ordinance amendment that would allow Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants.

Allowing sales from 1 to 11 p.m. on Sundays cannot be allowed through a city ordinance, said Brendan Fleming, Grovetown's city attorney. According to Georgia law, the change must be voted on in a referendum.

City officials hope to have the referendum issue on the ballot in November along with city council elections, Mayor Dennis Trudeau said at the meeting.

The change would allow Sunday by-the-drink sales of alcohol at sit-down restaurants only.

Currently, the city has only one applicable restaurant, El Kiosko.

But Mr. Trudeau said he hopes the change will attract more restaurants to the city, which has a population of almost 10,000.