Originally created 11/26/06

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Man, 22, dead after car wreck

A Sylvania man was killed Saturday evening after the car he and another passenger were traveling in overturned on a Screven County road.

Matthew Friese, 22, was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. at the scene, said Screven County Coroner James Strickland.

The other passenger, whose name the coroner couldn't immediately provide, was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga.

The accident occurred southwest of Sylvania on Goloid Church Road.

Neither passenger appeared to be wearing seat belts, Mr. Strickland said. And it was unclear who had been driving the Ford Mustang, he said.

A Georgia State Patrol accident reconstruction team was investigating at the scene Saturday evening.

An autopsy will be performed on Mr. Friese on Monday, Mr. Strickland said.

Woman says man used rusty knife to stab her

An Augusta woman told police she was robbed and then stabbed with a "rusty kitchen knife" after she wouldn't give a man the money he demanded.

The 35-year-old woman was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital for a stab wound in her abdomen about a half-inch deep, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

At about 7:45 a.m. in the 1800 block of Fenwick Street, a man wearing a skull cap demanded money from her. She told him she had none, then he stabbed her and took $93, according to the report.

Police locate missing man

Richmond County sheriff's investigators have found a missing man suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

William Raymond Emery, 65, of Augusta, was found Saturday in High Point, N.C., at 1 a.m., according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Brandon Beckman.

Authorities said Mr. Emery was last seen in Augusta at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Two women are hurt after police chase

Two people believed to have robbed a North Augusta chicken restaurant at gunpoint Friday night led authorities on a chase to south Augusta, where their car struck another vehicle, injuring two women.

Authorities arrested a 16-year-old at the scene of the accident and were still searching for the other suspect with a helicopter and dogs.

At 8:52 p.m., police said two people robbed the Zaxby's in the 1600 block of Knox Avenue in North Augusta, took money, and drove away.

Police spotted the car crossing the U.S. Highway 1 bridge and followed until the accident at Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. Two women were treated for minor injuries at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The juvenile will be charged with armed robbery in South Carolina, according to Department of Public Safety Detective Nathan Weigle. In Georgia, he will face weapons and traffic charges, said Georgia State Patrol Trooper 1st Class Amelio Lamkin.

Organization plans ceramic sale at ASU

The Mad Potters Organization will hold a ceramic sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday near the main entrance to Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way.

For more information, call (706) 737-1789.

Anti-violence prayer rally set for 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 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 St.

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.

Veterans benefits event set for Dec. 7

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service will hold its 41st annual "Supermarket of Veterans Benefits" on Dec. 7 in Augusta, the agency said.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Georgia National Guard Armory, 88 Milledge Road, next to Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The event, started in 1966, will have representatives from federal, state and local agencies on hand to help veterans and their families with benefits, including medical care, disability compensation, pensions, burial, education benefits, home mortgages and small-business loans.

ASU wind ensemble, Army band to perform

The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and the wind ensemble of Augusta State University will hold a holiday concert Dec. 7 at First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way Extension.

The event will start at 7 p.m. and seating is limited.

To guarantee a seat, free tickets are available at Georgia Bank and Trust, Fort Gordon Federal Credit Union, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call (706) 791-2423.

Donations of bicycles for children sought

Children's bicycles will be collected through Dec. 16 at Master Pontiac Buick GMC, 3710 Washington Road, and at Andy Jordan's Bicycle Warehouse, 527 13th St., as part of the Santa Wheels program.

Donors will receive a donation receipt for tax purposes. Volunteers also are needed to deliver the bikes. Call (706) 790-5350.

- From staff reports


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