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Arrest is made in carjacking


Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a homeless woman early Saturday morning. She is accused of carjacking an Aiken man, a police report states.

Stephanie Annette Owens, 36, was arrested at 4:28 a.m. at Third Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard on charges of hijacking a motor vehicle, reckless driving and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

According to a police report, Rusty Glenn Hall, 32, of Aiken, said he picked up a woman at Greene and Fifth streets and drove to East Boundary and Broad streets. The woman put an object to the back of his head and ordered him out of his 1993 Ford Festiva.

Parents are arrested after leaving child

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta mother and the child's father after the pair, who had a fight, drove away from their apartment without their 2-year-old child.

Melinda Birt, 31, of the 4000 block of Wheeler Woods Road, was charged with contributing to the deprivation of a minor; George Anthony Jordan, 35, was charged with simple battery.

According to a police report, deputies were called at 9 p.m. Friday to the apartment building for a domestic disturbance. A deputy saw the couple - who denied a fight took place - getting into a vehicle and leaving.

The deputy found the child standing in the doorway of the couple's apartment, by himself. The couple returned, and Ms. Birt told police that Mr. Jordan assaulted her.

The child has been placed in the custody of a relative.

Police investigate pharmacy burglary

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating the burglary of a west Augusta pharmacy, a police report states.

Deputies were dispatched after 11:30 p.m. Friday to Brynwood Pharmacy in the 3500 block of Walton Way Extension when the store's burglar alarm activated.

Police found that someone had entered the building through the roof, then climbed down through the ceiling. Someone also tore out the telephone lines from the building.

Deputies did not immediately know how much, if anything, was taken.

Two people are killed in separate accidents

A Washington, Ga., man was killed Saturday, and a Hartwell teenager died Friday in highway accidents, the Georgia State Patrol reports.

On Saturday, 29-year-old Corey Grant, of Washington, was killed at about 4 a.m. when his vehicle overturned on Skull Shoals Road and struck a tree, a state patrol radio operator said.

On Friday, Stephanie Haigood, 16, of Hartwell, was killed at about 2 p.m. when her car hydroplaned on Georgia Highway 77 about 10 miles north of Elberton. Two other motorists were injured in that accident.

Black author will speak at Fort Gordon

Dr. Gene Cornelius Young, an author and educator, will speak at a program honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Gordon's Alexander Hall on Chamberlain Avenue.

The event is being put on by the Fort Gordon Equal Opportunity Office and the 93rd Signal Brigade, a post news release states.

Dr. Young knew the late Medgar Evers and participated in civil rights demonstrations in Jackson, Miss.

He served as the director of the Black Studies Program at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he developed and taught courses on the black experience in the United States. A former assistant professor of speech and English, Dr. Young has worked in several academic and administrative positions at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.

In 1996, he received a gold medal from the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters for his reading of excerpts from Dr. King's Letters From A Birmingham Jail on WJSU-FM on Jan. 15, 1996.

11 charged with DUI in Richmond County

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office arrested 11 people overnight Saturday for driving under the influence, jail records show.

The following people were charged:

Lesley Anne Hatcher, 18, of Beech Island; Shannon Hooks, 31, of Augusta; Jeremy Adam Mendenhall, 23, of Augusta; Billy Gene Montgomery Jr., 37, of Graniteville; Ned Robert Murray, 46, of Augusta; Bobby Carrol Richter Sr., 46, of Augusta; Charlie Mincey Rowe, 32, of Girard; Joshua Sheehan, 22, of Warrenville; Juan Francisco Viera, 21, of Hephzibah; Darren O'Neal Walker, 36, of Waynesboro; and Brandon Williams, 26, of Elgin, S.C.

Most of the arrests were made in areas on or near Washington Road.

Tree removal to close lane of East Boundary

The southbound lane of East Boundary Street from Taylor to Watkins streets will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Augusta Engineering Department said.

Trees are being removed there as part of a project to improve the street.

Paine convocation to usher in semester

Paine College will officially begin its new semester with its annual Spring Convocation.

The public is invited to the event, which will include a keynote address by President Dr. Shirley A.R. Lewis, who recently announced her retirement.

The convocation will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 in Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. For more information, call Jay Jefferies at (706) 821-8323.

Fort Gordon will hold community briefing

Fort Gordon's January community information briefing at The Courtyard on Brainard Ave. will be at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17, the post said in a news release.

The monthly meeting is open to all members of the community who are interested in events and programs at the post.

Next month's briefing, to be held Feb. 21, will move back to the Gordon Club.

Deputy hits deer, is flown to hospital

A Columbia County sheriff's deputy was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Saturday night after his patrol car struck a deer on White Oak Road in Appling.

Capt. Steve Morris said Deputy Thad Brown was on route to a call at about 11 p.m. when he hit the deer and lost control of his vehicle.

Magnet school will accept applications

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School is accepting applications for the upcoming school year.

The school, which has received numerous state and national recognitions for academics and fine arts, will accept applications from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays until the end of the month. Applications can be picked up from the school, at 615 12th St. Davidson serves grades 6 to 12.

Applicants must be residents of Richmond County to be eligible. For more information, call the school at (706) 823-6924.

CSRA music group will meet at 6 p.m.

The CSRA Musicians and Directors Guild will meet at 6 p.m. today at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1714 Olive Road. Eli Wilson will share educational information and experiences that will benefit local church music ministry. For more information, call (706) 840-1631.