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Girl, 15, reports sexual assault

 

A 15-year-old girl told police that a student at her high school sexually assaulted her, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

According to the report, the victim followed her classmate to his home in Harrisburg, where she said he forced her to have sexual relations with him Friday afternoon.

She fled toward Paine College, where two students took her to the home of a former foster parent, who took her to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

5 cell phones stolen in burglary at store

A cell phone business in the 3200 block of Wrightsboro Road was broken into early Saturday and about $500 of merchandise was stolen, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

According to the report, a deputy on patrol was doing a check of the area at about 1:25 a.m. when he heard a burglar alarm sounding and noticed a broken window at Pagelink Wireless.

Surveillance video showed a man in a hooded sweatshirt and jeans breaking a front window, entering the business and taking five cell phones.

Cox seeks students for advisory panel

Georgia Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox is accepting applications for her 2007-08 Student Advisory Council.

Council members meet four times during the school year with the superintendent to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia.

All students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday. Applications are available online at www.gadoe.org.

For more information, write to Michelle Tarbutton at mtarbutton@doe.k12.ga.us.

High schools plan to hold open houses

Richmond County high schools will be holding open houses beginning this week.

The schedule is as follows: Butler High School at 6 p.m. Tuesday; Glenn Hills High School at 6 p.m. Wednesday; the Academy of Richmond County at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10; A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School, Laney High School and Westside High School at 6 p.m. Sept. 10; and Cross Creek High School at 6 p.m. Sept. 17.

ASU plans fundraiser during First Friday

Augusta State University will be taking its annual A Day for ASU fundraising campaign downtown this week.

The university will set up at 10th and Broad streets from 5 to 10 p.m. as part of First Friday festivities.

The university will also be sponsoring a tent for First Friday, which will include live music from ASU alumni, faculty, staff and students. A Day for ASU and university memorabilia will be available.