Originally created 02/11/06

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Woman faces theft charges

A 39-year-old Aiken woman has been arrested on charges of robbing Wal-Mart on Whiskey Road last December.

Mary Helen Roberts, of Gilbert Street, was charged with safe cracking and simple larceny less than $1,000 on Friday.

According to the Aiken Department of Public Safety, Ms. Roberts walked up to a manager's podium in Wal-Mart on Dec. 21, broke into a lock box and then left the store with cash.

Man is arrested in shooting of friend

A 24-year-old Salley man was arrested by Aiken sheriff's deputies Friday in connection with the shooting of a longtime friend in Perry.

Walter Williams Jr., of the 100 block Chanstalas Road, was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

According to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, Mr. Williams got into a fight at the home of John Clark II, of the 200 block of Poplar Street in Salley, at about 9:45 p.m.

Mr. Clark tried to get control in the fight, the sheriff's office reported, and Mr. Williams fired several shots from a .22-caliber handgun, which hit Mr. Clark in the stomach and in the left knee. Mr. Clark was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers by a friend.

Air-conditioning units stolen from building

Someone took several old air-conditioning units from an Augusta public housing apartment tower under renovation, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

A worker with GSC Construction told deputies Thursday that someone took seven units from the Peabody Apartments building on Walton Way without permission. The listed value of the units is $35.

Drugs are reported stolen from pharmacy

Someone broke into a Summerville pharmacy Friday morning and took narcotic medications, a police report states.

A burglar alarm at Hill Drug in the 1400 block of Monte Sano Avenue went off after midnight, and deputies found the front window broken.

Among the items taken were a bottle of generic Lortab and a bottle of Adderall, worth $356 total.

Planned Parenthood reports religious items

Officials at Planned Parenthood reported to Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone put religious symbols on the facility's Broad Street doors, a police report states.

Officials said someone wrapped two small crosses with strings around the door handle of the front doors, between Feb. 4. and Feb. 6. Planned Parenthood reported that a cross and several letters were left near a door in January.

Rail crossing repairs to alter traffic flow

Two railroad crossings will be closed next week for repairs.

City engineers will close the Arthern Road railroad crossing at 8 a.m. Monday at the Boral Plant entrance and the Laney-Walker Boulevard railroad crossing at R.A. Dent Boulevard. The crossings will reopen at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Drivers should use Wrightsboro Road, Augusta Avenue, Walton Way and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Boral Plant drivers should use the brickyard ponds road, Nowell Drive, Lovers Lane and Fosters Lane.

ASU honors alumni at awards ceremony

The Augusta State University Alumni Association recognized outstanding alumni and friends at its annual meeting and awards celebration Friday night at the Marbury Center on Broad Street.

Award recipients included Chris Etterlee, Class of '97 and '99, who received the Young Alumnus Award; Joyce A. Jones, ASU vice president for student services and dean of students, who received the Town and Gown Award; Frank Mulherin, Class of '80, who received the Golden Key Award; Patrick Sizemore, who received the Distinguished Service Award; and Elaine Clark Smith, Class of '64, the president of the ASU Foundation, who received the Distinguished Alumna Award.

Work will be done on railway crossing

City engineers will close the New Savannah Road railroad crossing from 8 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Wednesday for repairs. Drivers should use Gordon Highway, Molly Pond Road, Old Savannah Road or Skyview Drive.

Road section to be shut for bridge work

The Georgia Department of Transportation will close Bay Street from Fifth Street to just before the off ramp of Gordon Highway adjacent to Elbert Street starting Wednesday until Feb. 23 for work on Gordon Highway bridges.

Stepfather reports abuse of 18-year-old

The stepfather of an 18-year-old Atlanta woman told Aiken police on Thursday that she was held captive in a Georgia home, "barely fed, whipped and beaten" for more than six months before being dumped at a local convenience store.

According to a report filed with the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the woman's stepfather said she'd gone to the home on the 300 block of Twin Hill Road in Austell near Atlanta in late May 2005 for a sleepover.

But the people who held her captive didn't return her until Feb. 4 when she was "dropped off at a convenient store in Aiken and left her for dead," he told police.

She was "eventually found and transported" to the emergency room, the report states, with injuries to her mouth from a hammer, a broken foot, swelling and bruises from being "beaten with a stick."

Detective Marty Sawyer with the Aiken police said the young woman has been released from the hospital, and detectives plan to send their information to the Cobb County Police Department.

Film based on Yerby book to be shown

The classic film The Foxes of Harrow will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Augusta Museum of History as part of its observance of Black History Month.

The film is based on the 1946 novel of the same title by Augusta author and 1937 Paine College graduate Frank Yerby.

The Augusta Authors Club is playing host to the event, which is free with paid museum admission. Call (706) 722-8454 for details.

- From staff reports