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Democratic Party will discuss future races

Tonight the Columbia County Democratic Party will play host to its first meeting since the victory of President-elect Barack Obama.

"We're going to have some discussions on members who we think we'd like to have run for offices in the next two or four years," county party Chairwoman Rosemary Fitzpatrick said.

Grovetown businessman Sonny McDowell will be the guest speaker at the meeting, set for 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Evans Government Complex on Ronald Reagan Drive.

For information, call Ms. Fitzpatrick at (706) 231-1513.

Arrested mother will be returned to Aiken

Aiken authorities have gone to New Mexico to bring back a woman who spent two months on the run with her children and is accused of abducting them, according to Aiken Public Safety Capt. Wendell Hall.

"Within the coming week, (Veronica Kirby) should return to Aiken," said Capt. Hall, who would not specify the day, citing safety reasons.

Mrs. Kirby, who was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., on Nov. 1, faces two counts of transporting a child under 16 out of state against a court order.

In September, the 29-year-old woman lost custody of 7-year-old Trinity and 6-year-old Isaac to her ex-husband, Ed Kirby.

Two armed robbers hit Daddy O's restaurant

Two armed men robbed a Wrightsboro Road restaurant Saturday evening, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The robbers entered the back door of Daddy O's restaurant about 8 p.m., according to a police report. They took cash from the restaurant's register and fled.

Teen's fatal shooting leads to man's arrest

An Augusta man was shot to death and another arrested Sunday after an incident in the 3500 block of North Pine Drive, police said.

Glenn Wadell Doe, 19, of the 1800 block of North Barton Drive, was found in the driveway of James Earl Wright Jr.'s home with a bullet wound to the chest, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. Mr. Wright, 46, was in the yard when deputies arrived and was taken into custody. Mr. Doe was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital about 6:30 p.m., a Richmond County coroner's office news release said.

Martinez man is shot as he sits in his car

A 21-year-old Martinez man told police he was shot while sitting in his car on Greene Street in Augusta early Sunday morning.

Miles Todd Cameron told police that a man walked up to the driver's side of his car and fired several gunshots, the report said. He was struck in the left arm and the left leg and was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. The victim told police that no conversation took place before the shooting.

Traffic update

Richmond County

- One lane will be closed on each side of Bobby Jones Expressway between Interstate 20 and Wrightsboro Road through Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. One lane will be closed on each side of I-20 between Davis and Wheeler roads during the same period.

- Lanes will be closed on Wheeler Road between Agerton Lane and Perimeter Parkway today through Friday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

- A lane will be closed on each side of Marks Church Road between Wheeler and Wrightsboro roads through Friday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

- The westbound Bobby Jones Expressway ramp to Wheeler Road will be closed through Friday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Detours will be in place. The eastbound Bobby Jones Expressway ramp to I-20 eastbound will be closed from Tuesday until Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.