Across the area

  • Follow Metro

RICHMOND COUNTY

Man in hospital after truck flips into canal

A 24-year-old Gainesville, Ga., man was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after driving his vehicle into the Augusta Canal late Tuesday.

Edward Puckett was driving a Toyota Tundra south on 10th Street when police say he disregarded a stop sign, crossed Walker Street and took a 30-foot plunge into the canal. The truck landed on its roof in about five feet of water.

Three other passengers in the car -- Jennifer Burkhalter, 29, of Augusta; Kristin Cave, 27, of Augusta; and Jess Logan, 30, of Augusta -- escaped unharmed, said Richmond County sheriff's Cpl. Brandon Reeves.

Cpl. Reeves said Mr. Puckett will be charged with failure to stop for a stop sign, improper movement on a roadway and DUI pending the results of the toxicology test. The driver told police he had been at a bar.

Meeting to focus on special needs children

The Richmond County school system's Parent Advisory Committee will hold a meeting for parents with special needs children from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Barbara Ball, of The Berry Center Inc., and Wink O'Neal, of Trinity Hospice Community Bereavement Center, will speak about adult day care and bereavement support. The meeting will be held at Bayvale Elementary School, 3309 Milledgeville Road.

For more information, call Cassandra Stone or Jessica Ebron at (706) 826-1132.

Concert will benefit soldiers, Toys for Tots

The Warren Road Elementary Nutrition Advisory Council will stage a concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 to benefit the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots.

A Jingle Bell Rock! will feature 10 to 15 musical acts, including Richmond County schools Superintendent Dana Bedden. Anyone who brings an unwrapped toy will receive a free bowl of chili. Donated toiletries will be accepted for troops in Iraq.

AIKEN COUNTY

4 face drug charges after investigation

Aiken County investigators arrested four men Tuesday morning at a home in Clearwater, seizing drugs, guns and money, after a monthlong investigation.

Quiton Daniels, 19, of Wagener, is charged with possession of crack cocaine; Charles Davis, 53, of Detroit, is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; Julius Brown, 25, of Augusta, is charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of marijuana; and Kevin Tanksley, 27, of Augusta, is charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators with the sheriff's office, along with SWAT, served a search warrant on Westside Drive in Clearwater, where they found crack cocaine in pill bottles, hydrocodone, several firearms and several hundred dollars in cash.

Public Safety officer suspended after arrest

A North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer was arrested Tuesday on a charge of unlawful neglect by a legal custodian.

Sgt. Travis W. Redd Sr., 38, of the 200 block of Ashley Circle, North Augusta, was arrested after being accused of pinching a child on the chest with both hands while in a car Nov. 20, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Redd has been with the North Augusta department for 10 years. He has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation. He was being held Tuesday at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Officer wants review of suspension, demotion

A North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer received a five-day suspension as the result of an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, according the city of North Augusta.

Robbie Bell was suspended without pay and had his rank reduced from lieutenant to officer, according to records released to The Augusta Chronicle . He has requested a review of the suspension and demotion.

The officer was accused of using excessive force during a June 2007 arrest.

Advance voting for runoff ends today

More than 3,600 Richmond County residents have cast ballots so far in advance voting for Tuesday's runoff election.

On Tuesday, 1,711 voters cast ballots at the three sites, bringing the two-day total to 3,629. Last week, 2,262 ballots were cast in early voting.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, today is last day for advance voting in both Richmond and Columbia counties.

Richmond County residents may vote between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Board of Elections office, Henry Brigham Recreation Center at 2463 Golden Camp Road or Warren Road Recreation Center at 300 Warren Road.

Columbia County residents may vote between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Board of Elections office in Evans.

Country club site will be auctioned Jan. 29

The auction date of the North Augusta Golf & Country Club has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 29, according to real estate firm J.P. King, which will auction the property.

A price for the 135-acre property is not listed on the firm's Web site. Members were notified of the auction by mail Nov. 18.

Ga. nets record pass rate on writing test

Nearly nine out of 10 Georgia high school students passed the state's writing test this fall.

The state released data Tuesday showing 89 percent of the 106,000 11th-graders who took the test in September either met or exceeded standards. That's up from 88 percent last year.

This year's pass rate is the highest the state has seen. The test includes a two-page composition on an assigned topic.

Students must pass the two-hour test to earn a high school diploma. Students can retake the test if they do not pass it the first time.

Roads Report


Crews will be resurfacing the southbound lanes of Richland Avenue between York Street and Vaucluse Road on Monday, according to Jeff Terry, of the South Carolina Department of Transportation. There will be some lane closures and detours in the area. Mr. Terry said workers hope to complete the construction by Monday night.

Comments (16) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
TrukinRanger
1748
Points
TrukinRanger 11/26/08 - 05:50 am
0
0
Yawn...
Unpublished

Yawn...

HYPOCRITES 08
7
Points
HYPOCRITES 08 11/26/08 - 05:57 am
0
0
He " Pinched " a child in the

He " Pinched " a child in the chest. Hey why not shoot him. Before you holier than thous get started, I am not for abusing children but come on.

HYPOCRITES 08
7
Points
HYPOCRITES 08 11/26/08 - 07:35 am
0
0
Now it's a different story if

Now it's a different story if they are alleging Child Sexual Abuse.

stillamazed
1488
Points
stillamazed 11/26/08 - 07:48 am
0
0
was he driving the car when

was he driving the car when he pinched the child with both hands and how old is this child? don't know but it may be a child who just doesn't want to be in his custody, maybe he or she doesn't like following rules. i think there is more to this story.

gnumbgnuts
0
Points
gnumbgnuts 11/26/08 - 07:49 am
0
0
A DOUBLE tt-twister?

A DOUBLE tt-twister?

rufus
2
Points
rufus 11/26/08 - 08:08 am
0
0
What's next? An indian burn

What's next? An indian burn

TWright987
0
Points
TWright987 11/26/08 - 08:11 am
0
0
It is vague....

It is vague....

what
0
Points
what 11/26/08 - 09:58 am
0
0
I've known Sgt. Redd for many

I've known Sgt. Redd for many many years and can't believe he would ever intentionally harm a child. There's more to this story that the AC and/or NAPD is not telling. WHY?

Little Lamb
47950
Points
Little Lamb 11/26/08 - 10:23 am
0
0
If 90 percent of Georgia high

If 90 percent of Georgia high schoolers passed the writing test, you can bet the test was too easy, a real cream puff.

czar
0
Points
czar 11/26/08 - 10:25 am
0
0
catch 22

catch 22

gibzgirl
0
Points
gibzgirl 11/26/08 - 10:34 am
0
0
Well it's unlawful neglect by

Well it's unlawful neglect by a legal custodian..... I'd guess it was his own child from that? Is an officer of the law a legal custodian of children he has in his custody for whatever reason? If not, it would have to be his own child.
I went to school with Travis, he was kind of a jerk then.. I was shocked a few years ago when I moved back to NA and learned he was an officer, but figured everyone grows up eventually....
I don't know his family situation, but for some reason I get the impression maybe this is something to do with a spiteful ex-spouse and a teasing type thing that shouldn't have been reported, or went overboard...... Could be way off, guess maybe we'll learn the whole truth later.

Does_it_really_matter
1
Points
Does_it_really_matter 11/26/08 - 10:54 am
0
0
The whole family is

The whole family is weird.......

GACopperhead
6
Points
GACopperhead 11/26/08 - 11:45 am
0
0
It's been reported that the

It's been reported that the child was female.

patriciathomas
42
Points
patriciathomas 11/26/08 - 12:38 pm
0
0
The pinching must have been

The pinching must have been severe since the excessive use of force only carried a suspension and reduction of rank.

me too
0
Points
me too 11/26/08 - 04:41 pm
0
0
Back in the day my dad would

Back in the day my dad would give us indian burns, noogies (is that spelled right?) and tease us unmercifully (no pinching though). And when we were bad, he gave us a good, old fashioned butt whoopin'. By todays standards, he'd be in prison for life.

SIGHER
0
Points
SIGHER 11/26/08 - 06:39 pm
0
0
Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, Mr Puckett.

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, Mr Puckett. It's amazing that no one was injured!

SIGHER
0
Points
SIGHER 11/26/08 - 06:43 pm
0
0
A purple nurple by an

A purple nurple by an adult?!? Oh brother!

Back to Top

Top headlines

Smith case referred to Attorney General's office

A state probe into allegations former Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith moonlighted for a hospitality company while drawing his Georgia State Patrol salary will be reviewed by the state attorney ...
Search Augusta jobs