Originally created 10/10/05

Across the area



Glass shattered at Channel 26

An Augusta man has been charged with breaking the plate-glass windows at WAGT-TV (Channel 26), 905 Broad St.

Nathan Lewis Jr., 45, of the 500 block of James Brown Boulevard, was charged with criminal damage to property and is being held at the Richmond County jail on $2,300 bond, a jail official said Sunday.

At about 6 p.m. Saturday, Mr. Lewis used bricks to shatter two large, plate-glass windows in front of the TV studios, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

Police said Mr. Lewis was highly intoxicated and told them he broke the windows because "I'm broke and hungry, and I want to go to jail. I need to eat."

Robber looks familiar, hits same businesses

Richmond County Sheriff's officers are investigating an armed robbery at the Family Dollar store on Tobacco Road late Saturday.

Sheriff's Investigator Tom Johnson said the robber hid in the back of the store until closing time and then emerged with a gun demanding money. That has been the case in several incidents over the past few months, he said.

On Saturday night, the masked man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, Mr. Johnson said.

The man is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, black, in his 20s and weighing about 170 pounds. He was reportedly wearing a black ski mask, a black long-sleeved shirt and black pants during the robbery. which took place at about 9:30 p.m.

The investigator said the description matches that of the suspects in at least three previous robberies committed at other Family Dollar and Dollar General stores in the area.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1080.

Group will sponsor 2 political forums

The East Augusta Neighborhood Association Inc. will sponsor two political forums for mayoral and Augusta Commission elections, a news release from the organization states.

The first forum will be Thursday, and will feature candidates for the mayor's office, including Helen Blocker-Adams, Tommy Boyles, Deke Copenhaver and interim Mayor Willie Mays.

The second forum will be Oct. 20, featuring candidates for commission seats in Districts 1 and 9. Betty Beard, Robert DeMello, Melvin E. Ford, Freddie Handy, Bernard Harper and the Rev. J.R. Hatney are scheduled to attend.

Each program will have opening and closing statements from each candidate, with a question-and-answer session from the audience, along with selected questions for each candidate by the moderator.

Both forums will be held at East View Community Center, 644 Aiken St.

Church's pumpkin sale to boost mission work

Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans is selling pumpkins to raise funds for its Honduras Mission Outreach Team.

The pumpkins will be available from Saturday to Oct. 30 at the church, 825 N. Belair Road.

For more information, call Linda Jolley at 869-0888.