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Chance of snow in Augusta


There is a slight chance of snow in the Augusta area forecast for late Friday and Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Augusta has a 20 percent chance of rain and snow, said meteorologist Tim Hawks of the NWS office in West Columbia, S.C. If snow does fall, it likely would not accumulate to more than a quarter of an inch, he said.

The weather on Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 40s.

Schools set to close for holiday

Students in Richmond, Aiken and Columbia county schools will be off Monday.

Columbia County students also will not have to go to class Friday and Tuesday.

Man caught urinating by teacher, pupils

A man exposed himself in front of a class at a Christian private school in North Augusta on Wednesday, a teacher told officers.

The teacher at Our Lady of Peace School, at 856 Old Edgefield Road, was taking his class outside about 12:30 p.m. he when he saw a man get out of what appeared to be an older-model Toyota, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety incident report.

The teacher said the man began to urinate in the school parking lot, but once the man saw the teacher, he quickly got back into his vehicle and left.

The teacher got the vehicle's tag number, but when police looked it up they found it was listed as registered to a 1992 Chevrolet Cavalier in Columbia. A photograph of the owner  did not match the description of the man, according to the report.

The man was described as white, with long curly hair, wearing blue jeans and a blue flannel shirt. The report did not say how old the pupils were, but the school has elementary and middle grades.

Reduced sentence to be judge's decision

A judge will decide whether to consider a reduced sentence for a former gynecologist convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

After a Wednesday hearing, Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet said he would review a motion to reduce the 20-year sentence of Jerry Jackson Lee II, 50, of Evans.

Lee was convicted in 2007 of aggravated sexual battery. The state Court of Appeals affirmed that conviction in September. Georgia law gives convicted felons 120 days to seek a reduced sentence after the affirmation of the conviction by the appeals court.

Jackson's 20-year sentence is the maximum allowed for his crime.

Customers still sought after kerosene mistake

The search continued Wednesday for two customers who inadvertently received gasoline when they thought they were buying kerosene from the Pumpkin Center community store near Harlem.

The mistake occurred during the weekend when a supplier accidently pumped 1,000 gallons of gasoline into a tank used for kerosene. Three customers later pumped out a total of nine gallons.

One of those customers returned to report the error. The identities of the other two customers are being sought because gasoline might explode in a kerosene heater.

Recruiter plans run for commission seat

Sean Frantom, a 31-year-old recruiter for Spherion Staffing Services and co-owner of For the Fans Entertainment LLC, has announced he plans to run for the Augusta Commission's super District 10 seat, according to a news release.

The seat covers half of the city and is held by Don Grantham, who has served two consecutive terms and can't run again this year. No one else has made formal announcements about seeking the seat, although former Mayor Bob Young is considered a likely candidate.

Jury says 16-year-old is competent for trial

A Columbia County jury decided Wednesday one of five Augusta men charged in a 2008 home invasion and killing in Grovetown is competent to stand trial.

Garland Ray Pittman, 16, is charged in the fatal shooting of Rickey Gibson, 33, and the assault of his girlfriend and infant son. Based on testimony from psychologists, counselors and teachers, the jury quickly decided Pittman is competent.

Man is arrested on probation violation

A fugitive sex offender from Richmond County was arrested Wednesday.

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said Anthony Alexander Burns, 29, was arrested on a probation violation.

Richmond County Investigator Charles Mulherin said Burns had fled from the supervision of the sheriff's office and the Augusta Probation Office.

Manager reports man trashed motel room

The manager of an Augusta motel told police a man trashed his room after she told him to leave.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, the manager said that the man had been staying at a room at the Motel 6 at 201 Boy Scout Road since Jan. 5. The manager said that she told the man he had to leave because the motel's policy did not allow customers to stay for longer than 30 days. The man gathered his belongings and left Tuesday.

When the manager inspected the room later in the day, she found that it had been ransacked.

The headboards and the bed frames of two double beds, a microfridge, one light fixture and a 19-inch television had all been broken, adding up to about $810 worth of damage, the report states.