Originally created 01/03/06

Across the area



Area drenched in record rain

Torrential rains in the Augusta area Monday amounted to record rainfall totals, according to weather officials.

Daylong rainfall totaled 1.23 inches, surpassing the previous record of 1.09 inches, which was recorded in 1983, said Tony Petrolito, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

Pea-size hail was reported in Richmond, Columbia and Edgefield counties at about 8 p.m. Monday, Mr. Petrolito said.

The rains were expected to decrease early today, officials said. Mr. Petrolito said the rains were caused by a low-pressure system that moved in from the Central Plains and the Ohio Valley.

Skies are expected to be dry for the remainder of the week, Mr. Petrolito said.

Stabbing results after dispute at Wal-Mart

An Academy of Richmond County student was stabbed several times Sunday night after an argument at Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Shontover Cynthia Kirkland, 16, agreed to fight another teenager at another location, the report said.

The two girls drove in separate vehicles to Libby Drive, where they fought at 10:15 p.m.

According to the report, the other girl stabbed Ms. Kirkland with a sharp object several times. She suffered cuts to her back, head and left shoulder.

No arrests had been made late Monday, according to sheriff's records.

Home is destroyed in afternoon blaze

A fire Monday afternoon destroyed a Martinez home, authorities said.

Firefighters received the call at about 2 p.m. and quickly extinguished the blaze at the two-story brick house in the 100 block of Creekview Circle, but not in time to salvage much of the structure, said Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue spokeswoman Honey Shore.

"Once it gets to the attic, it's very hard to save the house," she said.

The fire apparently started in the kitchen area, but the cause of the blaze has not been determined, Ms. Shore said.

No one was injured, she said.

Police say man used bow, arrow in assault

A 44-year-old Warrenville man was arrested on New Year's Day, accused of threatening to kill two women with a bow and arrow.

Charles Patton Young, of the 1000 block of Herndon Dairy Road, was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, assault with intent to kill and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

According to an Aiken County Sheriff's Office report, Mr. Young forced his way into the house listed as his address and threatened to kill the two women who live there.

The report states he held the arrow in his hand "as if he intended to stab" one of the women, Nancy McClure, 53. While on his way to jail, the report said, he told officers that he planned to kill the other woman, Vickki Choate, 47, after he was released.

Officers found a 12-inch kitchen knife in his back pocket, the report states.

School is burglarized during holiday break

Someone broke into four portable classrooms at Hephzibah Middle School sometime during the holiday break, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

Richmond County Board of Education Public Safety Officer Andre Jenkins, who had contacted the sheriff's office, was unsure whether anything was stolen, the report said.

Three of the classrooms had broken windows, and one had a broken door frame.

One of the classrooms was also ransacked, according to the sheriff's report.

- From staff reports