400 weekend cases reported
Richmond County sheriff's deputies made more than 400 cases through Monday afternoon of the Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release from Sgt. P.E. Lamb of the DUI Task Force.
From Friday into Monday, Special Operations and Traffic units made 200 speeding cases, 27 DUI cases, 94 seat-belt cases, 10 suspended license cases, three no insurance cases and 41 other traffic cases. Deputies also issued 94 traffic warnings during the holiday period.
More than 50 arrests were made, Sgt. Lamb said. The same units served six felony and 15 misdemeanor warrants and made four felony drug cases, and three misdemeanor drug cases.
Public input sought for graduation rule
The Georgia Department of Education is seeking public input on revisions to the state's graduation rule, which will go into effect for the freshman class of 2008-09.
The graduation rule establishes the minimum academic requirements a student must meet to graduate from a Georgia public high school.
Comments and questions can be sent to the state Department of Education's policy division at email@example.com or by mail to Graduation Rule Input, c/o Georgia Department of Education Policy Division, 2053 Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30334.
Woman's purse stolen in Kroger parking lot
A purse snatcher robbed a woman early Monday at a Washington Road business.
Bonnie L. Barton told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she was talking to another person in the Kroger parking lot just after midnight when a young man snatched her billfold and ran away.
Deputy reports third vandalism of his car
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy reported a vandalism last weekend.
Deputy Erik A. Williams said Sunday that his car was damaged outside his Augusta home. The officer called to the scene noted a dent and two-foot scratch down the driver's side door.
The damage is estimated to be more than $500.
The victim told the officer that this was the third time someone has vandalized his vehicle.
Juvenile is named as suspect in arson case
Richmond County authorities listed a juvenile as a suspect in a Friday night arson case.
An incident report from the sheriff's office stated that at 10:19 p.m. a house in the 3800 block of Farrington Drive in Hephzibah was found ransacked and evidence of an accelerant was found in three different locations in the home.
The residents weren't home at the time. A Hephzibah juvenile was questioned and named several other juveniles who might have been involved in robbing and setting the house on fire.
Free seminar at ASU covers online safety
A free seminar will be held at Augusta State University to protect yourself against online identity theft, hackers and computer viruses.
Joel Esler, a senior security consultant at Sourcefire, a company that develops software to protect computer systems, will present tips for staying safe. The seminar will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday in room 170 University Hall.
The event is free and open to the public. It is being held by the ASU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Hull College of Business in conjunction with the Greater Augusta Information Systems Security Association. For more information, call (706) 737-1672
Art institute camp is offering scholarships
The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art has full scholarships available for this year's summer camp in Martinez and at its downtown location.
The theme of the camp will be Hand in Hand Family and Friends.
To apply, contact the institute for a scholarship application by calling (706) 722-5495 or stop by during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 506 Telfair St. The first class begins June 4 in Martinez.
Fort Gordon general's send-off to be Friday
Fort Gordon and the Signal Center will say farewell to Brig. Gen. Ronald Bouchard, deputy commanding general, at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Signal Towers Flagpole.
Brig. Gen. Bouchard has been the deputy commanding general since August 2005. He will take over as chief of staff of the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Flower sale coming to Pendleton King Park
Hydrangeas will be featured and offered for sale June 9 at the new hydrangea garden at Augusta's Pendleton King Park.
The sale begins at 10 a.m. and lasts while flowers are available. CSRA Hydrangea Society members will be available to answer questions and provide information about cultivating the plants.
All proceeds will be used for park improvements.
Group will offer $500 college scholarships
The Augusta-Fort Gordon chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association is taking applications from high school and college students majoring in engineering and science or computer science for scholarships to be awarded in June.
The application form is available at www.afcea-augusta.org/scholarships.htm. Applications must be mailed by Wednesday to. AFCEA Augusta Fort Gordon Chapter, ATTN: Scholarships, P.O. Box 8054 Fort Gordon, GA 30905
Students who are pursuing degrees in engineering, math, physics, science, computer science or related fields are eligible for the $500 scholarships.
Signal Corps will hold June semi-formal ball
The 147th Anniversary of the Signal Corps will be celebrated with a semi-formal ball at 6 p.m. June 29 at the Gordon Club on 19th Street.
The ball is open to all active-duty and reserve soldiers, retired service members, civilians, their family and guests. Ticket price is $30 per person.
For reservations, call the Regimental Non-commissioned Officer Academy, (706) 791-5804 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- From staff reports