Originally created 11/28/01

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Girl suspended over gun threat

A 12-year-old Hephzibah girl has been suspended after, police say, she brought a loaded gun to Spirit Creek Middle School on Monday and threatened to hurt a classmate.

"The student has been suspended and will face disciplinary action through our student tribunal process," said Justin Martin, Richmond County schools' spokesman.

According to Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry, the girl was feuding with a classmate over a boy.

When the girl arrived at school Monday, police said, she showed the .380-caliber pistol to other pupils who alerted the school's public safety officer. Authorities said the nickel-plated pistol held a magazine that contained one round.

Fire candidate to visit Augusta

Al Gillespie, the chief of the Yakima (Wash.) Fire Department and a top choice for Augusta fire chief, is scheduled to fly in this weekend to meet with city officials.

Several commissioners have asked to meet Chief Gillespie in person. A recommendation from City Administrator George Kolb to hire the chief failed on a no-action vote Nov. 20. Chief Gillespie already is scheduled to speak with Mayor Bob Young, and commissioners are being contacted for interviews, Mr. Kolb said.

Auditors commend Aiken County schools

AIKEN -An outside audit firm has commended the Aiken County School District for being able to account for all assets of more than $1,000, the school board was told Tuesday night.

The audit included determining the cost, useful life and current depreciation of about 10,000 pieces of equipment, buildings and land, Comptroller Brock Heron said.

The district paid $43,000 to the certified public accounting firm of Elliott Davis to receive the audit.

Committee recommends subject standardization

Increasing the amount of time pupils study basic subjects and standardizing the amount of time for physical education, art and music are the recommendations that came out of Columbia County's Elementary Comprehensive Curriculum Review Committee.

But the committee also left room for compromise for schools, such as Stevens Creek, which want to offer foreign language classes. While some schools offer foreign language instruction, Stevens Creek and South Columbia elementary schools have full-fledged Spanish programs that are partially funded by a state grant.

The report suggested that schools be allowed to apply for a waiver if they can show that they are meeting the mininum requirements of the core curriculum.

Cameras catch man in tag theft attempt

An Augusta man was being held at the Richmond County jail Tuesday after attempting to steal a license plate from a vehicle in a hospital parking garage, according to police records.

About 11:10 a.m., a guard at University Hospital told police that security cameras recorded a man attempting to remove a license plate from a 1996 Honda Accord on the second level of the parking garage, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Kenneth R. Kemp, 35, was arrested a short time later at 1350 Walton Way, records show. He was charged with criminal attempt of theft by taking under $500 and was held on $2,050 bond, jail officials said.

Police look for man in pair of robberies

Authorities are looking for an Augusta man wanted in connection with last week's robberies at a Wendy's restaurant and Circle K store.

Anthony D. Flowers, 32, is accused of robbing the two businesses Nov. 21, Sgt. Scott Peebles said.

Meanwhile, Kenneth Robert Boyd, who was wanted for questioning in the robberies, came to the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center on Tuesday and talked with investigators. He will not be charged, Sgt. Peebles said.

Investigators said Mr. Flowers is the robbery suspect captured by video surveillance at the Laney-Walker Boulevard Circle K on Nov. 21, about four hours after a similar robbery at a Wendy's on Walton Way.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Man stabbed at home in dispute over debt

An Augusta man was stabbed inside his home during a feud over money, police said Tuesday.

Terrance Jones, 27, was stabbed about 8 p.m. Monday at his residence in the 1900 block of Second Avenue, Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said. He required surgery at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, police said.

The stabbing followed an argument between Mr. Jones and a friend over a debt, Maj. Autry said. The victim told police he was stabbed with a pocketknife in the chest, which caused a 2-inch cut.

Investigators found the suspect two hours later in the Gilbert Manor public housing complex.

Marcus Wesby, 21, of the 2000 block of Steiner Avenue, Augusta, was charged with aggravated assault.

Authorities examine second trailer theft

NORTH AUGUSTA -Police are investigating the theft of a horse trailer from the Hippodrome Horse Complex on U.S. Highway 1, the second trailer stolen from the complex this month.

Bo Richardson of Barnwell told authorities the trailer had been at the facility for three weeks while its owners tried to sell it. Between Saturday night and Sunday morning, someone cut a chain and towed the trailer away, a public safety report states.

The 2001-model trailer was owned by L.A. Trailer Sales of Iron Station, N.C.

During the first weekend of November, another horse trailer, valued at $20,000, was stolen from the horse complex, police said.