Originally created 06/05/99

Area briefs: Club member gets `angel' scholarship



Nateefa Lee, a 17-year-old member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta, will be spotlighted in a short video package of students that will air on Oprah Winfrey TV show at 4 p.m. Monday.

Nateefa is one of 150 students to receive an Oprah's Angel Network scholarship. She graduated this year from T.W. Josey High School.

"The scholarship means my mother won't have to come out of pocket to help me go to school, and being featured on the Oprah show is a chance to let the older generation know that the younger generation is not all about violence, guns and drugs," Nateefa said.

She will compete to become the Reader's Digest Association's Southeast Youth of the Year on June 24-25 in Atlanta.

The regional finalist advances to the national competition, where the winner will be installed by the president in September at the White House.

Deputy crashes into ditch

Emergency crews responded to a late-night car crash involving a Richmond County deputy Thursday.

Deputy Kevin Brown crashed into a ditch at Georgia Highway 56 and Phinizy Road at about 11:30 p.m., a police dispatcher said.

The dispatcher didn't how badly the deputy was injured, but an ambulance was called to the scene. Only the deputy's car was involved in the crash.

Schools to get computer aid

McCormick County School District will receive nearly $1.1 million in federal funding to bring computers into classrooms in McCormick, Edgefield and Abbeville counties, U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings announced Friday.

A group called The Teacher's 21st Century Chalkboard will use the money to accelerate student achievement in reading and writing through the use of computers. Eventually, $6.5 million will be given to the group by the federal Education Department.

Fourteen out of 459 school districts were selected and will become test sites for the development and demonstration of technology-based learning that can be adopted by schools nationwide.

Men arrested on drug charges

Aiken Department of Public Safety arrested two Aiken men while serving a search warrant Wednesday and charged them with drug violations.

After police found drugs at a residence belonging to Tyrone Johnson, 26, of the 700 block of Ligon Avenue, they arrested Mr. Johnson and charged him with possession of marijuana more than a first offense and providing false information to police officers, the department said.

Police also arrested Andre Doyle, 22, of the 700 block of Ravenal Street and charged him with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute more than first offense and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within proximity of a school.

Both men were in custody at the Aiken County Detention Center on Friday.GOP opposes rebuilding costsThere may be peace coming in Kosovo but it should not have a hefty price tag attached, some Georgia Republicans said Friday.

"I am not voting to rebuild Yugoslavia," said U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood during an appearance in Augusta with U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell. "That is the least Europe can do."

Mr. Norwood and Mr. Coverdell estimated the price of rebuilding the bridges, roads and infrastructure destroyed by the NATO bombing campaign could run $30 billion.

Mr. Coverdell said the conflict is in Europe's back yard and should be its responsibility. Mr. Norwood said he also opposed committing U.S. ground troops to a peacekeeping mission.

New entrance open at ATC

LANGLEY -- Aiken Technical College's new entrance on U.S. Highway 1 is now open.

The entrance is part of construction for the college's 25-year master plan. The old entrance on the Aiken side will be closed beginning Monday.

Parking lots on the campus near the Student Center and the Administration Building will be closed to make way for the Information Technology Center. But additional parking spaces near the Child Development Center and the Continuing Education building will be open Monday.

Police find body in vehicle

DECATUR -- DeKalb County Police found a decomposing body inside an abandoned vehicle Friday.

Employees at a Cub Foods grocery store called authorities after they noticed a strong smell coming from a car that had been parked nearby for about a week, said Sgt. Weyman Wright.

At the scene, police found what appeared to be a man's body locked inside the trunk.

"They made that determination based on the clothes," Sgt. Wright said. The body was so badly decomposed, it was impossible to determine the person's race or age.

An autopsy is scheduled today.

Off-duty officer kills robber

COLLEGE PARK -- An off-duty police officer eating breakfast at a Waffle House shot and killed an armed robber who held up the restaurant.

The officer, who had removed his uniform shirt, calmly waited until none of the customers or employees were in the line of fire. He then identified himself as an officer and ordered the robber to drop his weapon.

Instead the robber pointed his gun at the officer while holding the cash drawer in his other hand.

The officer fired three to five shots, and the robber fell dead. The officer was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The robber also was not named.

Ex-teacher held in sex case

COLUMBIA -- A former middle school teacher has been charged with having a six-month relationship with a 14-year-old pupil, authorities say.

Melissa Holbrook, 29, was charged Friday with six counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A guidance counselor at Pine Ridge Middle School had contacted investigators and said a student has been having emotional problems associated with encounters with a teacher in 1997, Sheriff James R. Metts said. Police say alcohol, cigarettes and gifts were bought for the pupil and his friends.

Ms. Holbrook remains in Lexington County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.