Originally created 09/11/06

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Wadley man shot by officer dies

A Wadley, Ga., man who was shot by a police officer died at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital early Saturday morning, according to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Fay McGahee.

Walter Victor Graham Jr., 51, was shot once in the abdomen by Cpl. Don Meadows on Friday after he made "threatening moves" while the officer was trying to stop him, according to Gary Nicholson, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson office. Mr. Graham resembled a suspect in a shoplifting incident, Agent Nicholson said.

He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for surgery but was pronounced dead at 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

The case is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

A telephone call to Wadley Police Chief Paul Jordan was not returned Sunday afternoon.

Cpl. Meadows has been temporarily relieved of duty during the investigation.

Augusta man is bitten on his lip during fight

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was bitten on the lip during a fight with another man Saturday, an incident report states.

Benjaman Franklin Snyder, 32, of the 2200 block of Bayvale Road, said he and Patrick Ryan Beaver, of the 3300 block of Gibson Drive, had an argument, after which Mr. Beaver bit him on his top lip and threw him to the ground.

Mr. Snyder was taken to University Hospital for treatment, the report said.

Rock thrown through window hurts woman

A Beech Island woman was injured Saturday when someone threw a large rock through her car window while she was driving on John C. Calhoun Expressway near Crawford Avenue, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The 25-year-old said four men walked into the road and one of them threw a rock at her passenger side window, striking her on the right side of the face, the incident report said.

About 12 minutes earlier, an Augusta man reported that several juveniles were playing in the westbound lanes of Calhoun Expressway.

He said one of them threw a rock at his driver side door.

Teenager treated after being beaten with bat

An Augusta teenager was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Saturday after being beaten with a baseball bat, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The teen told police he was walking in the 1000 block of McNutt Way at 2:54 p.m. when three teenagers approached him.

He said someone known only as "Bear" struck him several times on the left side of his body with a baseball bat.

The victim said he had a physical altercation with "Bear" about two weeks ago, the report said.

The teenager has since been released from MCG, according to hospital officials.

Man shot while sitting in car outside lounge

An Augusta man was shot at three times while sitting in his vehicle outside Smitty's Lounge in the 1800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 2 a.m. Sunday, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The 36-year-old man said a man in the passenger seat of a white Chevrolet Cavalier fired three rounds from a handgun. The bullets struck the victim's windshield, hood and driver's side door, the report said.

Construction to close section of Davis Road

Davis Road will be closed from Washington Road to Pleasant Home Road today through Wednesday, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release.

Crews will be conducting waterline crossing and tie ins from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.

The road will only be open to local traffic, the report said.

Four men charged with beating another

Four men were arrested at the Voices of Franklin Dance Studio in the 200 block of 11th Street in the beating of another man Sunday, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

Travis Raymond Bush, 18, of the 3700 block of Peach Orchard Road, said he was dancing when the men began to strike him, the report said.

Tyree Lambert, Gregory Lamar Smith and Michael White, all from Hephzibah, were arrested and taken to the Richmond County Jail.

Michael Griffin, of Augusta, also was taken into custody, the report said. The men were charged with disorderly conduct.

Traffic to shift on Industrial Park Drive

Southbound traffic on Industrial Park Drive in Evans will not be allowed to turn left onto Washington Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today while asphalt work is completed on Industrial Park.

Also as part of the construction, traffic will be shifted from lane to lane several times during the day, according to a Columbia County news release.

Eastbound traffic on Washington Road should remain southbound on Industrial Park through the intersection with Washington and continue southbound on North Belair Road to the Towne Centre Drive and Hereford Farm Road intersection.

Traffic should then turn left onto Towne Centre and continue eastbound to its intersection with Washington Road.