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Teacher fends off burglar with bat


An Augusta high school teacher apparently interrupted a school burglary Saturday night, chasing off a man with a baseball bat.

According to sheriff's office reports, Carol Clark, a teacher at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School on Laney Walker Boulevard, noticed a man inside one of the school's storage units about 6 p.m.

She confronted him and even struck him in the arms with a bat she found nearby before he fled.

She told deputies several items appeared to have been taken from the storage unit, including an air pump, pencils, track shoes, track uniforms and four 10-pound hand weights.

Man faces charges in traffic death of Fort Gordon soldier

A Fort Gordon soldier killed in a Friday night traffic accident has been identified, and another driver involved in the wreck faces multiple charges.

Sgt. Kevin Wilson was killed instantly after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck at Columbia Road and Miramar Drive in Martinez, officials said. He was assigned to the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, according to Fort Gordon spokeswoman Marla Jones.

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said Sunday that Jason Walker, 20, of Shadowmoor Drive, was driving the Ford Ranger involved in the accident.

Mr. Walker was charged of second-degree homicide by motor vehicle, along with failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to yield while turning left, Capt. Morris said.

Two masked men rob Gordon Highway store at gunpoint

A Gordon Highway convenience store employee told sheriff's deputies two masked men holding handguns robbed her Saturday night.

The employee of the Citgo, at 1857 Gordon Highway, said the men snatched money from a cash drawer and fled.

Woman robbed outside bank while making night deposit

A Grovetown woman told deputies she was robbed Saturday night while making a night deposit at a Wachovia Bank branch at 3440 Wrightsboro Road.

The woman said an armed man approached her from the back of her car and demanded her deposit bag before running away toward Augusta Mall.

Fort Discovery opens doors for free on 'Museum Day'

Fort Discovery will participate in "Museum Day," presented by Smithsonian magazine and Hyundai Motor America on Saturday.

On Museum Day, museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge. But visitors must present Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry. The card is available in the September issue and at Listings and links to other participating museums' and sponsors' sites can be found at