Originally created 04/09/06

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Woman charged in shooting

Aiken County sheriff's deputies arrested a Windsor woman Saturday in connection with an early morning shooting.

Authorities charged Mary Bey, 22, of the 400 block of State Park Road, with assault and battery with intent to kill, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and disorderly conduct, Aiken County sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said in a news release.

Just before 3 a.m., Ms. Bey and Alvin K. Simmons, 27, of Clippership Loop in Windsor, argued outside his home, Lt. Frank said.

Police said Ms. Bey retrieved a .12-gauge shotgun from her truck and fired at Mr. Simmons, hitting him in the stomach.

He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment.

The hospital would not release information about Mr. Simmons' condition.

Man turns himself in in moonshining case

An elderly Augusta man accused of making nearly 600 gallons of moonshine on his south Augusta property turned himself in to authorities Saturday.

Walter Bennett, 78, of the 1400 block of Clark Road, surrendered to deputies at the Richmond County jail at 9:40 a.m., jail records show.

Mr. Bennett is charged with illegally manufacturing distilled spirits, a felony.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents raided Mr. Bennett's property Thursday and found about 580 gallons of moonshine, along with an illegal nightclub.

Mr. Bennett was not immediately arrested after the raid because he is in poor heath, authorities said.

Police instead allowed Mr. Bennett to turn himself in and made arrangements for him to be released on his own recognizance.

He was released before noon Saturday, jail officials said.

Man, woman charged in business burglary

Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged two people early Saturday with the burglary of a south Augusta business, police records show.

Dennis Harris, 47, of the 200 block of East Telfair Street, and Lena Mae McQuaker, 46, of the 1700 block of Douglas Street, were charged, jail records state.

According to a report, deputies responded at 11:48 p.m. Friday to a burglar alarm at RBW Logistics in the 1600 block of Dixon Airline Road. Deputies found a blue Chevrolet C-15 truck parked behind the building and saw a broken window.

Deputies found Mr. Harris walking around the warehouse, the report states, and took him into custody.

Ms. McQuaker left the building through the broken window, but was taken into custody.

Holocaust event is scheduled at fort

Fort Gordon will hold a Holocaust remembrance program at 1:30 p.m. April 20.

The program will be held at Alexander Hall on Chamberlain Avenue and is open to the public.

The speaker will be Sylvia Wygoda, the chairwoman emeritus of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust and executive director of the commission and the Thomas B. Murphy Holocaust Teacher Training and Resource Center.

She serves as chief spokeswoman for Holocaust education in Georgia. She is the daughter of Hermann Wygoda, a Holocaust survivor.

This year's theme is Legacies of Justice, in honor of those who testified during the war crimes trials of Nazis after World War II, and the precedents those trials established.

- From staff reports