Originally created 11/22/05

Across the area



Group opens fire on man

A 23-year-old Augusta man told police a group of men shot at him and made him take off his clothes over the weekend, according to officials.

Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said the victim was outside a friend's home in the 1600 block of Central Avenue on Friday when the men drove up, got out of their vehicle and opened fire.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, a bullet grazed the man's nose, but otherwise he was uninjured.

The victim also said that one of the men pointed a gun to his head and demanded that he remove his clothes.

No arrests had been made Monday.

Masked gunman robs Blockbuster Video

Deputies responded to an armed robbery at the Blockbuster Video store on Wrightsboro Road on Sunday night, according to a sheriff's incident report.

An employee at the video store said a man wearing a black mask flashed a semiautomatic handgun and demanded money from the cash register at about 9:15 p.m.

According to the report, the robber got away with some money.

No arrests had been made Monday.

Woman is robbed, assaulted at hotel

A 43-year-old Augusta woman told police that two men pushed her to the floor and robbed her in the lobby of a downtown Augusta inn.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, the woman said she was headed to the vending machine at the Regency Inn in the 400 block of Broad Street just before 3 a.m. Monday when the men approached her.

After knocking her down, they went through her purse, took cash and several prescriptions, and fled, she said.

No one had been arrested Monday.

Olin plant will be focus of news conference

Environmental groups will hold a news conference today to discuss the chlorine industry - and an Olin facility in Augusta they say uses outdated technology that releases excess mercury into the environment.

The groups, including Savannah Riverkeeper Inc. and Oceana, an ocean conservation group, plan to meet near the Olin plant off Doug Barnard Parkway to discuss chlorine manufacturing methods.

Olin's 40-year-old plant on Doug Barnard Parkway is among seven plants in the nation that continue to use mercury-cell technology pioneered in the 1800s, according to Oceana.

Olin officials have countered similar protests in the past by pointing out that the Augusta plant has the lowest mercury emissions of the remaining plants that use such technology and that upgraded filtration and other improvements have reduced mercury emissions by about 70 percent since 1990.

6 people are charged in weekend drug raid

Aiken County sheriff's investigators arrested six people over the weekend on drug charges.

Investigators executed a search warrant at the home on the 100 block of Project Road in Gloverville at about 10 p.m. Friday, according to Lt. Michael Frank, arresting the six people and seizing a small amount of crack cocaine.

Arrested were:

- Travis L. Steffey, 32, of the 100 block of Beckham Street in Warrenville, and Charles Simpkins Jr., 38, of the 100 block of A.P. Nivens Street in Graniteville; both charged with possession of crack cocaine

- Steven D. Edens, 39, of Senn Street in Vaucluse, charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs

- Angel M. Phelps, 19, of the 100 block of Palmetto Avenue in Belvedere, and Patricia D. Bosdell, 20, of the 200 block of Durden Court in Gloverville; both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia

- Frank D. Dunbar III, 18, who lived at the raided home. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and minor in possession of beer.

Girl's date, parents charged after fight

Two Aiken parents and their daughter's 18-year-old date were charged with disorderly conduct over the weekend after getting into a fistfight at a Subway restaurant, according to a police report.

Anthony D'Amico, 52, and Linda D'Amico, 41, both of the 1500 block of Chukker Creek Road Southwest, and David Bradley Wilkinson, of the 1900 block of Sunshine Circle in Aiken, were charged in the brawl at the restaurant on Whiskey Road.

Mr. Wilkinson was also charged with failure to comply with a public safety officer.

According to the police report from the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the parents went to the restaurant after learning that their daughter was there with Mr. Wilkinson against their wishes.

An argument escalated into a physical confrontation, the report says. The officer saw Mr. Wilkinson and the parents fighting and ordered them to stop.

Mr. Wilkinson did not, and the officer sprayed him with pepper spray, the report states.

All three were given notices to appear in court Monday.

Two armed men rob Aiken man at store

A 26-year-old Aiken man reported to Aiken County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed at gunpoint over the weekend.

According to Lt. Michael Frank, the spokesman for the department, the man said he was at the Four Seasons convenience store in Beech Island at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when two men approached him, pointed a pistol at him and demanded "everything he had."

They forced him into the car he drove to the store, but he struggled and escaped, Lt. Frank said.

Investigators are pursuing leads in the case, he said.

Project will close lanes on interstate

The inside lanes of traffic on part of Interstate 20 will be closed today so workers can set barriers and lay pipe for an improvement project at Cranes Creek. The inside lanes of I-20 eastbound and westbound will be closed from milepost 196 to milepost 199. Both should reopen by Wednesday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.