Originally created 01/04/06

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Driver dies in one-car crash

A 30-year-old New Ellenton man was killed late Monday night in a one-car wreck.

Arthur Gaines Jr., of the 500 block of East Pine Street, was pronounced dead at the scene at about 9:30 p.m., said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Mr. Carlton said Mr. Gaines was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala west on Green Pond Road near Jackson at about 9 p.m. when he left the road, overcorrected, left the road again and hit several trees.

Mr. Gaines was not wearing his seat belt and died of multiple body trauma. Speed was a factor in the crash, Mr. Carlton said.

The coroner's office is waiting for toxicology results, he said.

Aiken bloodhounds search for Bath man

A 20-year-old Bath man was arrested on multiple charges after a search involving the Aiken Bloodhound Team on Tuesday.

William David Paul Beasley, of the 100 block of Railroad Street, was charged with criminal domestic violence, violating an order of protection, stalking, malicious damage to real property valued at more than $1,000 and failure to stop for a blue light.

Lt. Michael Frank, spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, said deputies arrested Mr. Beasley near Langley Dam Road late Tuesday afternoon with the help of tracking dogs.

Police reports say Mr. Beasley threatened to kill his common-law wife, Roxanne Robb, at about 11:30 p.m. Monday at a home in North Augusta.

He also drove his Chevrolet Blazer into a chain-link fence and fled from officers, Lt. Frank said.

Man reports gunfire to sheriff's deputies

Nathan Burse, 40, of the 2800 block of Rasha Drive in Augusta, told police he heard gunfire at about 11:27 p.m. Monday, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

Deputies said they found a bullet hole in a side door and bullet fragments inside a dining room wall, according to the report.

Squabble between brothers investigated

Police are investigating an incident involving two brothers who live together in Blythe.

John L. Parker, 24, told police his younger brother, Brodrick Germaine Parker, started assaulting him at about 7 p.m. Monday at their Church Street home. He also started throwing stereo equipment throughout a room, John Parker said.

The older man also said his brother snatched a silver chain from his neck, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report stated.

Man sought in armed robbery of Circle K

North Augusta authorities are seeking a man in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store late Monday.

At about 11:30 p.m., a man wearing a black ski mask and holding a pistol demanded that a clerk open a cash register at Circle K, 602 Atomic Road.

The robber was wearing light-colored jeans and a white T-shirt, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report.

Suspect is charged in New Year's shooting

A Jefferson County man remained behind bars late Tuesday in connection with a New Year's Day shooting.

Luis Manuel Castro, 33, was arrested without incident by McDuffie County sheriff's authorities in Thomson. He is accused of shooting Diego Alberto Aguilar, 26, and 22-year-old Sylviano Cruz at a mobile home park near Wrens. Mr. Castro is being held at the Jefferson County jail.

Witnesses said all three men were arguing over who was the best dancer at the party before gunfire erupted at about 2:22 a.m.

Mr. Aguilar is in stable condition at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, and Mr. Cruz was treated and released, a Jefferson County official said.

On Tuesday, Jefferson County authorities and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged Mr. Castro with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Bar owner reports vandalism of car

The owner of a downtown Augusta bar told police his car was vandalized sometime late Monday.

John Carl Fleming, 36, of Ellis Street, said he saw two suspicious-looking men standing near his 1995 Lexus LS400 after 11 p.m.

Moments later, the men were driving off in a dark-colored Isuzu Rodeo.

Mr. Fleming said he discovered that the front passenger-side window of his car had been broken out.

The incident occurred in the rear of Biggy's Sports Pub, 1102 B Broad St. Mr. Fleming owns the club, the police report states.

- From staff reports