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Injured deputy leaves hospital


A Columbia County deputy who was injured Jan. 6 when his car struck a deer was resting at home Wednesday after spending more than a week in the hospital.

Deputy Thad Brown was released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, 10 days after his patrol car hit the animal on White Oak Road, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. The car overturned several times after the collision, and Deputy Brown had to be airlifted to MCG.

N. Augusta landmark under sales contract

Seven Gables, a former North Augusta restaurant and hunting lodge with a storied past, is under contract, said Woody Trulock, of Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Co.

Mr. Trulock, who said the contract is undergoing a due diligence, or feasibility period, offered no details about the sale. However, he said, the North Augusta property was listed for $795,000.

The Tudor-Revival mansion on Georgia Avenue was built in 1903 as a hunting lodge for the former Hampton Terrace Hotel. It also has been a private home and housed two restaurants, the Buffalo Room and Seven Gables.

Two years ago, North Augusta officials considered spending $862,000 on the property to use it as a special events venue.

Aiken fire volunteers to get federal grants

Two Aiken County fire departments have been awarded nearly $250,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Center Community Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $199,500 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant, while the Monetta Community Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $50,070 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant.

The first pays for firefighting vehicles, and the second is for training, fitness programs, equipment and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

Marijuana found at entry to courthouse

A 55-year-old Denmark, S.C., man walked into the Aiken County Courthouse on Monday and tried to send a marijuana cigarette through security's X-ray machine, right in front of deputies, according to a police report.

Robert L. Anderson was given a ticket for simple possession of marijuana after deputies noticed the cigarette among the items he placed in a plastic tray to be sent through the security device, according to a report from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Visitors to the courthouse are required to send purses and the contents of their pockets through an X-ray machine while they walk through a metal detector.

Police seek man who exposed self to girl

Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a 15-year-old girl Tuesday morning in the 1500 block of Lee Beard Way.

According to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Jimmy Young, the girl was walking a younger sister to Collins Elementary about 8:30 a.m. when a man in a black Ford Taurus pulled beside her and began a conversation. The man drove away, but later returned and exposed himself. She screamed and ran home, Lt. Young said.

Teacher's office at academy vandalized

An Academy of Richmond County teacher's office was vandalized over the weekend, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Christopher Randall Lamb, 32, told police someone broke a window and spray-painted inside the office with black and white paint. Paint was left on two bookshelves, a leather chair, a printer, three plaques, pictures and a wall.

Road repairs to alter Laney-Walker traffic

The eastbound lanes of Laney-Walker Boulevard from Third Street to East Boundary will be closed until Wednesday so crews can repair a large cave-in, according to a Augusta-Richmond County Engineering Department news release.

Drivers can use Third Street, Watkins Street and East Boundary as detours.

Ex-Kansas official to discuss cyber crimes

A former Kansas attorney general who helped federal law enforcement create a Cyber Crimes Task Force in his state will discuss strategies for stopping child and sexual predators tonight at First Presbyterian Church on Telfair Street.

Phill Kline, now the district attorney in Johnson County, Kansas, will speak at a dinner sponsored by Augusta Care Pregnancy.

It begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $6.

For more information, call (706) 724-5531.

Meeting on mercury at Olin is canceled

An Augusta Commission subcommittee has canceled a meeting to discuss concerns about mercury emissions in the Augusta area.

Commissioner Andy Cheek, the chairman of the Public Safety Solutions Study Subcommittee, said scheduling conflicts hampered efforts to gather officials from Olin Corp. and Georgia's Environmental Protection Division for the meeting, which was scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.

Oceana, a Washington, D.C., environmental group, is waging a campaign to compel Olin to convert its Augusta chlorine factory to mercury-free technology and has asked commissioners to support such an effort.

Woman is in custody after bizarre behavior

A 46-year-old North Augusta woman was taken into protective custody Tuesday after screaming at police officers.

Sara P. Murphy, of Seymour Drive, was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers and sedated, according to a report from the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

According to the report, Ms. Murphy pulled behind an officer assisting with a disabled vehicle and began blowing her car horn. When the officer told her to drive around his patrol car, she said, "I am God," and then drove away.

She returned, minutes later, and began yelling, "I am God, Neil Diamond is my father, there is a diamond on my spaceship, the stalking laws are null and void in the CSRA," the report states.

She pulled over to the side of the road, got out, and "started beating on her entire car with her purse and screaming," the report states. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

- From staff reports