Originally created 06/13/05

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Train strikes, kills pedestrian

A McDuffie County man was killed late Saturday when he was struck by a train, officials said.

Robert J. Greene, of the 3000 block of Ellenton-Airline Road, would have celebrated his 51st birthday Sunday, McDuffie County Coroner Donnie Crawford said.

At 11:56 p.m. Saturday, Mr. Greene, who was on foot, attempted to cross a set of railroad tracks near Old White Oak Road, officials said.

"He was apparently trying to beat a train and didn't make it in time. The train couldn't stop in time," Mr. Crawford said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at about 12:45 a.m., Mr. Crawford said.

He said the fatality is considered an accident, and no charges have been filed. The incident was investigated by the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia State Patrol and CSX Railroad security officers.

Man reports he was knocked out, robbed

An Augusta man told police he was the victim of an armed robbery early Saturday.

Alexander Jeter, 56, of the 1400 block of Broad Street, told police he was sitting on a porch at a home on Carrie Street at about 3 a.m. when he was struck on the head and knocked out by someone with an unknown object, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

After recovering, Mr. Jeter said, a man holding a handgun was standing above him and snatched two $20 bills from his right pocket. Mr. Jeter was treated at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers' facility on 15th Street, the report stated.

Law office is broken into over weekend

A burglary was reported at lawyers' offices in downtown Augusta during the weekend, police said.

At 10:11 a.m. Saturday, authorities were called to the law offices of William R. McCrackin, 505 Courthouse Lane, after a computer repairman discovered a break-in.

A safe inside one of the offices had been broken into, and its contents were ransacked, but nothing of value was missing, a police report said.

The front door had been kicked in, the report said.

Bobby Jones traffic pattern will change

Beginning Tuesday, because of a major road project at the Mike Padgett Highway interchange of Bobby Jones Expressway, traffic will enter the westbound lanes of the interstate differently.

According to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release, drivers headed north on Georgia Highway 56 will bear right onto a temporary ramp to get to Bobby Jones. Southbound drivers will turn left at the signal on Highway 56 onto Bobby Jones.

These changes will begin at about 8 a.m. and should be completed before noon, according to the release.

Police will be on hand to assist with traffic.

The reconfiguration is expected to remain in place for several weeks, until permanent ramp tie-ins can be added.