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Police Blotter

Sun, 6/12/2016 12:01 AM

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Spa attacker ID still unkown

Almost three weeks after an attack on a Martinez day spa employee, authorities said Friday they are awaiting crime lab results to help identify the man who raped, beat and robbed a Martinez day spa employee.

“We are hoping that will produce some new leads and direction we can focus the investigation,” said Capt. Andy Shedd, of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. “As of right now we have followed up on every tip and lead we have received and have not yet identified a suspect.”

According to police, two employees reported being attacked May 22 during a robbery at the South Belair Road business by a man they did not know.

The women told police a man came in about 5 p.m. and knocked on a door. When one of the women opened the door he forced his way in, causing her to fall and lose consciousness.

After stealing cash, the man raped the other woman. The attacker was seen leaving the scene in a dark car, possibly a Toyota Scion. The attacker is wanted on charges of burglary, aggravated sodomy, rape and robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-3907 or (706) 541-2800.

Odd package raises alarm

A bomb squad and an FBI agent responded to the Jewish Community Center Monday in regards to a suspicious package. According to the report, an unknown package was sent to a Louisville,Ga. post office box with the Augusta Jewish Community Center’s return address.

The center’s director became concerned after none of the staff had any knowledge of a package. When the post office said the recipient refused delivery, the center’s director contacted FBI.

The Richmond County Bomb Squad and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were also called.

The investigation found that the package contained a Jewish prayer book that a member had mailed to an inmate in Louisville, where the package had been refused.

- From staff feports

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Sports announcements

Sun, 6/12/2016 12:01 AM

Annual golf camp set

Augusta University men’s golf coach Jack O’Keefe and women’s golf coach Caroline Hegg are holding their annual golf camp, June 13-16, at the J. Fleming Norvell Golf House behind Christenberry Fieldhouse. The camp is for boys and girls age 6 to 18.

Cost is $200 for children ages 6 to 10 (lunch not included), with camp running from 8 a.m. to noon each day. For children ages 11 to 18, cost is $450 (lunch included), with camp running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Campers will receive instruction, t-shirts, prizes, range balls and greens fees at Forest Hills Golf Club.

For more information, contact Jack O’Keefe at 706 373-8403 or

Former NBA star to hold annual camp

Garret Siler, a former All-American Augusta State center who played in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, is holding his annual basketball camp, June 13-17, at Episcopal Day School.

The camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Cost is $180 per child and includes a t-shirt, lunch, snacks and more. For more information, call (706) 729-2449.

Panthers coaches, team to teach camp

Lakeside High School will be holding its Panther Youth Football Camp on Thursday, June 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Practice Field. The camp is open to kindergarten-eighth graders and the cost is $40.

Each child will receive a t-shirt and position-specific instruction from Lakeside coaches and players.

Register online ( before June 10.

Participants do not have to live in the Lakeside zone.

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Awards for school athletes

Sun, 6/12/2016 12:00 AM
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Teams at Augusta Christian succeed

Sun, 6/12/2016 12:00 AM

Augusta Christian had a successful spring in multiple sports.

In girls soccer, the Lady Lions went 11-5-1 and advanced to the state semifinals.

Keeley Marchant, who was named the SCISA Class AAA goalkeeper of the year, was one of four players named to the all-state team. Joining her were Ivy Spratling, Kassie Arrington and Eli Kate Merrill.

Marchant posted 144 saves on the season along with a 0.7 goals against average. Spratling tied for the region lead with 16 goals, while Arrington had three game-winners and 11 goals. Merrill had two game-winners while rotating from midfield and defender – she only played half the region season because of a hamstring injury.

• The Augusta Christian boys soccer team finished with a 9-8 record. The win total equaled the amount of total wins accumulated since the program began in 2006.

The Lions qualified for the SCISA playoffs for the first time. Augusta Christian lost to eventual state champion Porter-Gaud.

Three Lions earned all-region honors: Heath Brace, Sawyer Stone and Parker Wingard. Also, Brace became the first Augusta Christian player to earn all-state honors after recording 23 goals and 12 assists.

• In baseball, the Lions went 16-8 and advanced to the first round of the state playoffs. Four players were named all-region: Nyle Grove (junior), Tripp Finley (senior), Hunter Erb (senior), and Connor Teske (senior). Also, Erb, Grove and Teske were selected to the SCISA 3A North-South, All-Star Game.

Finley led the team with a .343 batting average, 11 doubles with 16 RBI, while Teske hit .325 and also posted 16 RBI. Erb hit .333 and scored 21 runs.

Grove led the pitching staff with a 6-1 record and a 1.14 ERA. Finley went 4-4 with a 1.19 ERA.

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