Brothers killed in wreck
Two North Augusta brothers were killed Jan. 9 when their car struck a tree as they fled a Richmond County deputy.
Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton identified the men as Derrick Darden, 23, and Deante Darden, 22. Neither man was wearing a seat belt and both died of body trauma, Carlton said.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Bert Gates, of the DUI Division, spotted the vehicle driving erratically and speeding along Broad Street shortly after 2 a.m. .
Gates stopped the vehicle at Fourth and Reynolds streets, but it sped away when he approached the car, the office reported.
Gates pursued the car across the Gordon Highway bridge into North Augusta, where the driver lost control and hit a tree in the 500 block of Carolina Springs Road.
Gates, a 22-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, complied with the department’s policy on vehicle pursuits and will not be disciplined, Lt. Calvin Chew said. Gates was not injured in the chase, which authorities said lasted no more than one minute.
Wires stolen from Martintown Plaza
About $580 worth of copper wire was reported stolen from Martintown Plaza on Jan. 3.
When the representative arrived, the copper wiring inside of the main power box on the east side of the plaza and the wiring that ran from the box to the roof were missing, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
The wiring was installed about four to six weeks before being discovered missing, said the representative.