Originally created 06/05/06

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Rocks used in shop burglary

Burglars with large rocks broke into Tint Shop Autosports on Wrightsboro Road on Sunday, making off with a television, headrest monitors and a DVD player.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, the burglars used rocks to break into the front door and two display cases inside. Surveillance video showed a man walking toward the store with a large rock in his hand, and another man breaking the display case and loading the merchandise into a bag.

The first suspect is described as a white man of medium build wearing a white tank top, with a shaved head and a tattoo on his right arm. The second suspect is a white man of slender build, who was wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans and a light-colored visor.

Man is charged with taking beer, shades

North Augusta police charged a Graniteville man Saturday with trying to steal beer and sunglasses from a grocery store.

According to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report, David Michael McDonald, 33, was accused of trying to leave Bi-Lo on Edgewood Drive without paying for 10 cases of beer and foam plates.

A store security guard apprehended Mr. McDonald.

When police arrived, they searched Mr. McDonald and found he was hiding stolen sunglasses, the report said.

HIV testing will mark national observance

Free HIV testing will be available on National HIV Testing Day, June 27.

Testing will be performed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Government House and from 5 to 7 p.m. at a location yet to be determined.

For information, call Sandra Wimberly at (706) 667-4342.

Hunger Awareness Day scheduled for Tuesday

Tuesday is National Hunger Awareness Day, and Golden Harvest Food Bank is asking residents to fast during lunchtime and donate what they would have spent to combat hunger.

The food bank is holding a rally and "Fast from Lunch" observance from noon to 1 p.m. at Augusta Common.

Donations will be accepted for the Master's Table Soup Kitchen, which feeds nearly 300 people daily.

For more information, call Armen Boyajian at Golden Harvest at (706) 736-1199, ext. 212.

Absentee ballots can be cast in Aiken races

Eligible Aiken County voters can cast absentee ballots for the June 13 Republican and Democratic primaries at the Registration and Elections office at 916 Vaucluse Road.

Absentee voting hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (803) 642-2028.

Deputies find gun, bullets, drugs in car

Richmond County sheriff's deputies, looking for the culprit in a drive-by shooting, found a gun, bullets and marijuana in a car during a traffic stop Saturday.

According to the report, deputies were told the driver of a blue Chevrolet Nova shot a gun at a house in the 2500 block of Tara Heights Circle. Deputies saw the car heading south on Deans Bridge Road.

The front door of the house had two gunshot holes. One shot went through walls in the back of the house.

Thomas H. Ketch, of Travis Pine Road, was charged with reckless conduct and possession of marijuana. A jailer said he came to the booking area wearing a bulletproof vest, apparently in fear for his safety. He was bonded out early Sunday.

Riverkeeper will hold open house Saturday

The Savannah Riverkeeper, an environmental group that monitors river and water issues, will open its new waterfront headquarters on Riverfront Drive, near the Boat House, with an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Call (706) 364-5253 for more information.