Originally created 06/14/05

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Soldier killed, one hurt in Iraq

One Fort Gordon soldier was killed and another wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated during operations in Iraq on Wednesday.

Sgt. Roberto Arizola, 31, of Laredo, Texas, was killed, and Sgt. James D. Quinn was seriously wounded, according to the Department of Defense. Both are members of the 297th Military Battalion, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, from Fort Gordon.

Sgt. Arizola was mobilized from his Army Reserve unit in Texas and joined the 297th Military Battalion in Iraq.

He is the second soldier from Fort Gordon to be killed in Iraq. In December, Sgt. Cari Anne Gasiewicz of Depew, N.Y., was killed when her convoy was hit by two improvised explosive devices.

Man is arrested in robbery near church

An Augusta man has been charged in the robbery of a woman outside a church.

Richard Dale Brown, 32, of the 1000 block of Woodsedge Drive, was arrested Sunday after police identified him as the man who robbed a 76-year-old woman outside St. Luke Methodist Church, 309 Crawford Ave., at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

According to police, Mr. Brown asked the woman for $2. When she refused, he pinned her inside her vehicle, grabbed her purse and ran away, Richmond County Investigator Ben Parrish said.

Mr. Brown was later found in the 1800 block of Greene Street by a deputy who said he matched the robber's description.

Fifty dollars taken from the woman was retrieved by police and returned to her, Investigator Parrish said.

Mr. Brown is also charged in an attempted robbery at a Broad Street convenience store earlier Sunday. The robber was unable to grab cash from the Lake Pantry BP store at 2177 Broad St., police said.

He remained in the Richmond County jail late Monday and is charged with felony robbery by sudden snatch and criminal attempted robbery.

Work will close part of Washington Road

Weather permitting, a lane closure for a portion of Washington Road in Evans is scheduled today and Wednesday.

The closure will begin at the intersection of Wal-Mart Drive at Washington Road and continue west, ending at Washington's intersection with Fieldstone Way and Country Place Lane, Columbia County officials said in a news release.

The closure, from 3 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, will reduce westbound traffic on Washington to one lane.

The closure is to make way for utility relocation work as part of a turn-lane project.

Ex-downtown director applies in Waynesboro

Chris Naylor, who abruptly resigned last week after four years as executive director of the Augusta Downtown Development Authority, applied for a similar position in Waynesboro, Ga., on Monday.

Mr. Naylor is one of 15 applicants being considered for the new Main Street manager position, according to Waynesboro City Administrator Jerry Coalson. Mr. Coalson said he spent about 45 minutes talking to Mr. Naylor on Monday.

The job will involve efforts to revitalize the city's downtown, Mr. Coalson said. He said the salary has not been determined but that it will likely fall somewhere between $35,000 and $50,000. Mr. Naylor's salary in Augusta was $54,206.

The Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Augusta board of directors announced the resignation Friday, one day after a closed-door meeting to discuss "personnel matters" during which Mr. Naylor was asked to wait outside.

Man reports death threats over groceries

An Augusta man told police that his life was threatened Sunday.

David Lawrence Usry, 53, of the 2900 block of Hummingbird Court, told police that he and a man identified by police as Ronald Glenn Lord, of the same address, were arguing over missing groceries Sunday afternoon, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

Mr. Lord is a tenant at Mr. Usry's home, the report said.

The report stated that Mr. Lord threatened to kill Mr. Usry and his wife, Beth Baker Usry, over the groceries.

All three smelled of alcohol, police said. The investigation has been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division in the sheriff's office, the report said.

Man says he was attacked by six men

An Augusta man told police he was assaulted near his home early Monday morning.

Curtis Christopher Hadden, 28, of the 1600 block of McCauley Street, said he was walking in his neighborhood when about six men attacked him. He was stabbed in the left hand with a knife, a Richmond County sheriff's report said. The men accused him of striking one of their friends, Mr. Hadden said.

Mr. Hadden told police he was not interested in prosecuting anyone.

If found, Mr. Hadden's attacker will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the report said.