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Police locate missing woman


Police have located a 19-year-old woman who was reported as being missing since Saturday, according to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Jimmy Young. Lateria Laster had not been seen since she left for her job at the Goodwill Store on Peach Orchard Road on Saturday afternoon. She had been out with a friend, according to Sgt. Calvin Chew.

Woman is arrested in toddler son's beating

Police arrested an Augusta woman on charges that she beat her 2-year-old son after he defecated on the floor.

Princess Pearson, of Amli Way, is charged with cruelty to children in the first degree, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Ms. Pearson called the boy's father and told him the boy had defecated on the floor and that she was not going to clean him up, the report said. When the father came to get the son he found him sitting in a tub filled with cold water and feces. The boy had bruises and scratches on his back, head and right side, according to Lt. Jimmy Young.

He was treated at Doctor's Hospital and released.

Ex-postal clerk tried for stealing $26,000

A former Evans postal clerk will be arraigned next week in federal court on charges of stealing nearly $26,000.

Dewayne Levearn Williams was indicted on federal charges of misappropriation of postal funds and theft of mail. He is accused of taking various cash amounts from September through May 19, and of stealing a money order from a letter in January.

Mr. Williams is scheduled for arraignment in U.S. District Court on July 31.

Board closes suit by ex-assistant principal

The Richmond County Board of Education settlement of a discrimination lawsuit was formally submitted last week.

In an order signed by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Wood, Elaine Shinn's lawsuit against the school board officially was closed. The Westside High School assistant principal sued, alleging she was wrongfully passed over for a promotion given to the daughter of thenschool board president Marion Barnes.

The school board authorized an $87,067 settlement of Ms. Shinn's lawsuit in March. It was accepted by the court July 16.

Man takes gift cards to buy hair products

Someone with knowledge of Sears cash registers stole six gift cards and activated them using equipment in a storage room, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

A man, who was described as being "clean cut" and wearing a black suit, activated the cards for $500 then used them to purchase $94 worth of hair products from the salon, the report said.

Public libraries close for staff training

All public libraries in the East Central Georgia Regional Library system will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 8, for an in-service staff training day.

The training sessions and closures will include Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, Richmond and Warren counties.

Teachers can pick up gift cards for school

Richmond County teachers can begin picking up their state-issued $100 gift cards for classroom supplies at 11 a.m. Wednesday at their schools.

The gift cards can be spent on any classroom supplies July 28 to Aug. 5, which includes Georgia's tax free holiday Aug. 2 -5.

Gift cards will be issued only to full-time teachers. Each school media center also will receive a gift card.

Health clinics extend hours to give shots

Columbia County's three health clinics will operate extended walk-in hours this week so children can receive the required vaccinations for school.

The walk-in clinics will operate Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; today from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If possible, parents should bring their children's immunization records.

For more information call the offices in Appling at (706) 541-1318, Evans at (706) 868-3330 or Grovetown at (706) 556-3727.

- From staff reports