Originally created 11/20/06

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Man is jailed in shooting death

A Johnston, S.C., man remained in jail late Sunday, facing murder charges in the fatal shooting of an Edgefield County man during the weekend.

Ollie Dwight Hall, 59, of the 1200 block of McCreight Street, is accused in the death of Gregory Jones, 51, of Walker Street.

According to a Johnston police report, officers found Mr. Jones lying on a floor at a home in the 100 block of Aiken Avenue at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

Police found Mr. Hall sitting on the steps of a church near the shooting site. He had a cut on his face and a handgun was beside him, the report stated. The case was turned over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Mr. Hall remained at the Edgefield County Detention Center as of late Sunday, a SLED public information officer said.

Robbery at gunpoint reported in Hephzibah

Police investigated an armed robbery at a Hephzibah home Saturday morning.

At about 11:30 a.m., Mark Alan Atkins, 46, told police he was working on a house under construction in the 2000 block of Walton Farm Road when he saw a man pointing a silver handgun at him, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

Mr. Atkins told police he gave the man cash, an ATM card and his cell phone before running out the rear of the house.

He said the robber fired two shots at him before driving off in a black compact Mazda.

Police found a .380-caliber shell casing on the floor of the house, the report stated.

Anti-violence rally to be held in December

An anti-violence prayer rally has been scheduled for next month in Augusta.

The "Stop the Violence" campaign will continue the group's 40 days of prayer and fasting as a formal way of protesting against slayings and gun violence that have occurred in the Augusta area this year, according to Frank Johnson, the president of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc.

The rally is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Second New Hope Baptist Church, 1035 10th Street.

A number of area churches are scheduled for the prayer vigil, Mr. Johnson said. The campaign started Oct. 16.

For more information, call (706) 737-4747.



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