Originally created 04/12/06

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Authorities find shooting victim

Police investigated a Tuesday afternoon shooting outside of a residence near Deans Bridge Road.

At 4:32 p.m., authorities said a man was shot in the 1800 block of Tubman Home Road.

A 9-year-old girl said she was playing in her front yard with her younger brother when she heard gunshots.

"It was loud and I ran into my house and told my mother," said Akasia James.

As of 6:30 p.m., no arrests had been made and a male victim had been taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. The girl's mother, Shorea James, 25, said she thinks the victim was shot in the hip area.

Police were seeking two men in a green Ford Taurus with a South Carolina license tag. The victim might have been a passenger in the car, witnesses said.

The Taurus was last seen traveling west toward Deans Bridge Road, according to 911 dispatcher reports.

Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tim Rzasa said police continued the investigation, but no other information was available.

Driver in truck crash died of natural cause

Authorities said a man who died after crashing a tractor-trailer truck into a utility pole and a tree in downtown Augusta last week died of natural causes, officials said Tuesday.

Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said Edward Wayne Davis, 47, died of heart problems. Authorities said he was driving a truck owned by xpedx, a division of International Paper on April 7 on Reynolds Street when he lost control and went into oncoming traffic before hitting the pole and the tree behind the Augusta Museum of History.

Mr. Tuten said Mr. Davis might have fallen unconscious before the crash.

The official cause of death specifically is a condition called cardiac tamponade, compression of the heart caused by fluid accumulation in the space between the heart muscle and the outer sac covering the heart with arteriosclerotic vascular disease contributing to the problem, Mr. Tuten said.

Shooting victim is in critical condition

A man who was shot multiple times in Augusta's Sand Hills neighborhood was in critical condition Tuesday, authorities said.

Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew said Lonzie Arthur Palmer, 19, of Third Avenue, was in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after being shot at least twice Monday evening.

A hospital spokeswoman said her facility had no further information on Mr. Palmer's condition Tuesday evening.

Deputies went to a home in the 2300 block of Gardner Street after someone called 911 and reported gunfire, Sgt. Chew said.

Inside the home, they found Mr. Palmer wounded. Witnesses heard shots and saw a man jump into a white sport utility vehicle before fleeing the scene, the sergeant said.

He said the motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

Robbers enter eatery through drive-through

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating the robbery of a fast-food restaurant where two men entered through an open drive-through window, officials said Tuesday.

Sgt. Calvin Chew said the incident happened after 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at the Wendy's on Walton Way.

A customer placed an order with the clerk, and while waiting at the window, which was open, two men jumped on the hood and then jumped through the window, Sgt. Chew said.

The car drove away, and the men, one who was armed with a knife and the other with a gun, demanded money from employees.

Sgt. Chew said the men took an undisclosed amount of money.

One man left through the front door, the other through the back, the sergeant said.

Teen says two thieves took bike at gunpoint

An Augusta teenager told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed of his bicycle at gunpoint Monday night, a police report states.

The 14-year-old said that at about 6:30 p.m. while he was riding in the 1500 block of Morgan Street, two males approached him.

When he tried to change direction, one of the males grabbed the handlebars, and then pulled out a handgun, pointing it to the victim's side.

The victim surrendered the bicycle, and walked home, the report states.

Chili cook-off, sale to help cancer society

The Richmond County Board of Education central office will hold a chili cook-off today to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Area restaurant owners will judge 14 pots of chili beginning at 10 a.m. on the first floor of the central office, 864 Broad St.

"We'll have spicy chili, mild chili, beans chili, beef chili, low-calorie chili, turkey chili, Lowcountry chili - you get the picture," school spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan said.

The chili and fixings will be sold from noon to 2 p.m. as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Lanes to be closed on Hereford Farm Road

Hereford Farm Road will have some temporary lane closures from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Thursday and continuing every weekday until April 21.

The lane closures will be along the length of Hereford Farm from Columbia Road to North Belair Road, reducing sections of Hereford Farm to one lane of traffic, according to a county news release.

The closures are occurring as leveling and resurfacing work takes place on Hereford Farm.

Motorists can use Washington Road, Columbia Road, William Few Parkway and Belair Road as alternate routes.

Pianist will perform at Augusta State

Pianist Marina Lomazov will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way.

A pre-concert program will begin at 7:15 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $5 for schoolchildren.

Augusta State faculty, staffers and students get in free. No children younger than 6 will be admitted.

Call (706) 790-9274 for more information.

- From staff reports