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Man is shot in front of store

Police have a warrant for the arrest of 21-year-old Rommie Williams, of Augusta.  Special
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Police have a warrant for the arrest of 21-year-old Rommie Williams, of Augusta.

A 19-year-old man was shot Sunday morning outside the Pack and Go store at 1649 Olive Road, according to Richmond County Investigator Glen Rahn.

Police have a warrant for the arrest of 21-year-old Rommie Williams, of Augusta, in the shooting, Investigator Rahn said.

The 19-year-old victim, whose name was not released by police, was shot in the upper shoulder or neck area while standing in front of the store, the investigator said. He was in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Investigator Rahn said.

Investigators think the assailant fled the scene with three or four other black males in a burgundy vehicle. They were last seen on Olive Road.

Pickup driver killed in collision with Jeep


An Augusta man died Sunday night when his Ford F-150 pickup collided with a sport utility vehicle near the Richmond-Burke County line, authorities said.


Dieter Sullivan, 63, of the 2100 block of McElmurray Road, was pronounced dead at the scene at about 8:42 p.m., according to Mark Bowen, Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner.


The wreck occurred in the 5100 block of Storey Mill Road in a rural section of Richmond County, and Mr. Sullivan was pronounced dead by Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen at 8:42 p.m.


Mr. Bowen said the man's wife was riding inside the pickup and was taken to a hospital. The driver of the Jeep Commander was also being treated a hospital, he said.

Cold fries led to chair attack, worker says

An employee of McDonald's at 3444 Mike Padgett Highway was hit over the head with a chair by a customer complaining that his french fries were cold, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The store's on-duty manager told police the assailant was arguing with her and that when she tried to take the fries and replace them, the customer picked up a chair and broke it on her head. The assailant then fled, she said.

No arrests had been made Sunday.

Intersection is closed for sewer installation

East Boundary at Telfair Street will remain closed until Friday, according to the Augusta Engineering Department.

The closure will allow work crews to install a sewer line and storm drain, the report said.

Drivers can use Greene Street, Walker Street and Second Street.

Woman hit police after arrest, report says

A 26-year-old Augusta woman is in jail on a felony charge of obstructing an officer after slapping, punching and kicking two deputies, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

Sarah Rebecca Pitts, of the 2700 block of Kipling Drive, was arrested at 1102 Downtown Bar and Grill on Broad Street on Saturday night for being intoxicated in public.

When Deputy Eric Sikes tried to put her in the patrol car, she kicked him in the forehead, the report said.

At the jail, she slapped Deputy Rose Miller in the face and punched her in the right forearm, according to the report.

Man's lip detached after punch to face

An Augusta man was punched in the face while urinating in an alley near 1033 Broad St. on Saturday night, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The victim said the punch caused about a half-inch of his lower lip to become detached.

He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. No information was available on his condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Spillway tests will be conducted this week

The Army Corps of Engineers will conduct required safety tests of spillway gates at Thurmond Lake and two other Savannah River reservoirs today and Tuesday.

The tests will ensure the gates work properly and can be activated in the event of an emergency to protect the dam and people and property downstream, corps spokesman Billy Birdwell said in a news release.

The gates allow dam operators to release water rapidly from the reservoirs to prevent dam failure. The tests are required as part of the Corps of Engineers Dam Safety Program.

The tests will begin with Hartwell Dam from 1 to 3 pm. today, followed by a test at Russell Dam from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, with gates at Thurmond Dam operated from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

By conducting the tests in this order, lake managers will conserve the most water, Mr. Birdwell said. They predict that the overall change in reservoir levels will be about 0.1 inch for the three-lake system.

This is a required safety test and won't create a large flow of water as some floodgate exercises have in the past, he said.

Event will teach kids to deal with strangers

A free stranger danger event will take place 6 p.m. March 30 at Seigler's Karate Center, 4471 Columbia Road, Suite A3, Martinez. Children will learn how to defend themselves. Call (706) 855-5685.

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jose
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jose 03/19/07 - 03:06 am
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more of the same crap that

more of the same crap that the good officers of the rcso get everyday. low pay and stupid drunks can drive someone nuts. I said it once and again: UNION UNION UNION!!!! look at iupa.org all you deputies and get it together. This union already knows what sheriff strenght is NOT doing and the crap you guys get from the higher ups so get it going. they will come to town and help get it started.

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oldsoldier63 03/19/07 - 07:29 am
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Jose it comes with the job

Jose it comes with the job maybe the officer should find a different line of work.What ever line of work you choose there will be issues or people that make that line of work unpleasant.

oldsoldier63
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oldsoldier63 03/19/07 - 07:29 am
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Jose it comes with the job

Jose it comes with the job maybe the officer should find a different line of work.What ever line of work you choose there will be issues or people that make that line of work unpleasant.

sarah
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sarah 03/19/07 - 08:35 am
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to oldsoldier63, what about

to oldsoldier63, what about the employee of McDonald's? Did she ask to get hit over the head with a chair over cold fries? A deputy is a dedicated person. Once it gets into your blood, it's there. They don't need to find another line of work. People should start acting like humans instead of animals!

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butterflygina 03/19/07 - 09:01 am
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A little more rowdier this

A little more rowdier this weekend than last. I'm surprised there weren't more arrests from folks drinking from St. Patty's. And I wonder did the McDonald's assailant come from Regional. What were the cooks doing during this time.

Reality
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Reality 03/19/07 - 09:05 am
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I thought all of the seats at

I thought all of the seats at McDonalds were bolted down.

kudzo-n-roses
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kudzo-n-roses 03/19/07 - 09:51 am
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a few thoughts....keep those

a few thoughts....keep those fries hot........don't go round peeing in public......don't drink too much and make a total fool of yourself and then make it a criminal offense by assaulting police officers.....on a serious note Police officers have my upmost respect for the trash they have to deal with on a regular basis.

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baptistpreacher 03/19/07 - 10:19 am
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Union representation, bolted

Union representation, bolted down chairs in McDonalds and port-o-lets on Broad Street will not solve the problem, but Jesus can!

ForHim
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ForHim 03/19/07 - 10:45 am
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Amen Preacher!

Amen Preacher!

Mattie
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Mattie 03/19/07 - 12:32 pm
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A union won't fix the problem

A union won't fix the problem with RCSD. A union won't make the criminals behave. A union won't keep you from getting slapped or punched in the streets. The only people unions help are the union people. As long as Georgia is an "at will" state, meaning the Sheriff doesn't need a reason to fire you, you are better off without a union. Join the FOP or PBA.

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KingJames 03/19/07 - 12:42 pm
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I think the cooks at

I think the cooks at McDonald's were probably cooking some hot fries when the angry customer broke the chair over the cashier's head.

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caseywilson 03/19/07 - 03:39 pm
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the only way jesus can help

the only way jesus can help us at this point is to bring the apocalypse

Drama Mamma
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Drama Mamma 03/19/07 - 04:11 pm
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I think no one has the right

I think no one has the right to punch another person no matter what violance is not the answer only creats more of a problem.

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JamesJMcGee 03/19/07 - 08:48 pm
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I hate cold fries too.....

I hate cold fries too..... but not quite that much.

I think in extreme circumstances you should have the right to punch someone in the face.

I think a union for the police will cost tax payers alot more money. I also think police and teachers are very underpaid.

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streetandtrail_girl 03/19/07 - 09:39 pm
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I have notices the higher the

I have notices the higher the gas prices go, the more violent society becomes. maybe we all just need to stay at home.

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sparky 03/19/07 - 11:49 pm
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From someone who works in the

From someone who works in the public safety field, police, fire and ems are all underpaid. do you realize we are only a couple of hundred of dollars over the poverty level on our base annual salary! As far as unions go, the members pay monthly dues not the taxpayers, and the union is here to back up the workers because without them the commission and administrators (making the 6 digit annual salary) railroad over the workers! Maybe if some of them would get out and actually get their hands dirty sometimes they would see what the rest of us stay so upset over!

JamesJMcGee
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JamesJMcGee 03/20/07 - 03:09 am
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Sparky, yes the members pay

Sparky, yes the members pay monthly dues not the taxpayers. BUT when the union demands higher pay for its members who pays it? And when the union calls for a strike, and their are no police on the job, who pays? a union WILL cost the taxpayers.
BUT yes underpaid, People say alot of the public service employees arent very smart, true in some cases but if the pay was better, better educated people would apply for the jobs.

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