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Butler staff members hit in fight; teen jailed


Three Butler High School staff members were struck during a fight Monday that landed a 17-year-old student in the Richmond County jail and left several juveniles facing charges.

The fight broke out on the second floor after the first class change, according to an e-mail from Louis Svehla, a spokesman for the Richmond County Board of Education.

As they tried to stop the fight, one staff member was hit in the face and another was thrown to the floor, Mr. Svehla said.

A third was slammed into a locker.

Glenn Vincent Riggs, 17, of Potomac Drive, was charged with disruption of public school, affray, first degree criminal damage to property and simple battery on a schoolteacher, according to a jail committal.

Three juveniles, whose names were not released, were charged with disruption of public school, affray and interference with government property, Mr. Svehla said. The juveniles were released to their parents.

All four have been suspended.

Deputy hurt in shootout released from hospital

An Aiken County sheriff's deputy who was wounded in a shootout Friday was released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Tuesday, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said.

Deputy Larry Cleveland was wounded in the shoulder and hip while responding to a call about an attempted robbery at a convenience store Friday.

The gunman, identified as Ronald Hamilton Jr. of Pennsylvania, was shot and killed at the scene, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

6 schools recognized for meeting standards

Columbia County school officials recognized six Title 1 Distinguished Schools at a Tuesday meeting: Bel Air, Grovetown, South Columbia and Westmont elementary schools and Grovetown and Harlem middle schools.

Title 1 refers to schools with a large percentage of pupils taking free or reduced-price lunches, which typically signifies a poorer population.

For a Title 1 school to become a Distinguished School, it must meet adequate yearly progress standards as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind legislation three years in a row.

Tax service operator imprisoned for evasion

An Augusta man who operated a tax service business was sentenced to a year in prison Tuesday for tax evasion.

Jose R. Cruzastol must also pay $75,753 in restitution, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr.

Mr. Cruzastol operated J.R. Tax Service.