Originally created 02/27/06

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Man is arrested on rape charge

A Harlem man wanted in connection with an alleged rape earlier this month was arrested Sunday, police said.

Dustin Carter, 30, was arrested by Columbia County sheriff's deputies in Richmond County at about 7:30 p.m., said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. Mr. Carter had been sought by several area law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Carter's last known address is in the 1500 block of Joy Road in Harlem, police said.

The victim told police that Mr. Carter, whom she knows, came to her house Feb. 17 and that an argument ensued.

The woman said Mr. Carter began choking her and dragged her by her hair down a hallway before raping her, Capt. Morris said. She ran to a neighbor's house and called police, he said.

Mr. Carter faces charges of felony strong-arm rape, Capt. Morris said.

Interstate lanes will shift as work goes on

Beginning tonight, all traffic on Interstate 20 East, just past Exit 196, will be shifted to the westbound side for a short distance because of ongoing work in that area, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Traffic will share the I-20 West side near Cranes Creek. Motorists will be able to return to the I-20 East side immediately after passing the Warren Road Bridge.

Workers are installing three culverts and raising the grade of the interstate at Cranes Creek.

Authorities in Aiken investigate robbery

Aiken County authorities are investigating a Saturday night armed robbery at a convenience store in the 3400 block of Trolley Line Road.

Investigator Charles Barranco, of the sheriff's office, said two men with their faces covered robbed the Breaker's store using a nickel-plated revolver about 10 p.m.

According to the investigator, the men made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and four cartons of cigarettes and were last seen running toward Vaucluse Road.

The armed man was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, black, weighing more than 200 pounds and wearing black jeans and a red bandana over his face.

The other man was said to be the same height, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and black ski mask.

Anyone with information can call Investigator Chuck Cain at (803) 642-1785.

Hephzibah man killed in single-car wreck

A 36-year-old Hephzibah man was killed in a single-car wreck on Neely Road in Augusta late Saturday, according to officials.

Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said he pronounced Michael Hamilton dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred just before 9 p.m.

Mr. Hamilton was reportedly driving on Neely when his vehicle crossed Old Waynesboro Road at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle then jumped a ditch and knocked down several trees before coming to a stop after traveling 65 feet into the woods. The coroner said Mr. Hamilton was the only person in the vehicle.

After the crash he was pinned inside his car for hours before rescuers could pull him out.

Bottle tossed through window of bathroom

A 79-year-old Augusta man told police that someone broke his bathroom window by throwing a beer bottle through it Saturday night, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Peter Crawford Youman, of the 100 block of Third Street, said he was lying in bed when he heard the window break.

Nothing was taken from inside the home, according to the report. It was not known Sunday how much the repair would cost.