Originally created 02/15/02

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Schools defend student policy

Richmond County school officials said Thursday that a Hephzibah High School student accused of stabbing a classmate was not allowed to remain in class but returned without permission.

On Wednesday, a school official defended administrators' decision to allow stabbing suspect Joshua Duncan to stay in class Tuesday, saying at the time that they didn't have all the facts surrounding the incident. Chris Young, 16, suffered minor injuries after he was stabbed in the back during metalworks class.

On Thursday, school officials said that both students were sent home but that one returned later.

"It was later learned that Josh (Duncan) returned to school grounds without permission from school officials and attended his sixth period class ..." a release stated.

Mr. Duncan, 18, was charged with felony aggravated assault, and Mr. Young was charged with battery. Both students have been suspended for 10 days.

Memorial service set for slain teen-ager

Mount Anna Baptist Church in Aiken will hold a memorial service at 6 p.m. today for the 13-year-old Kennedy Middle School pupil who police say was shot by his father last week.

Authorities said Brandon DuBose was killed along with his stepmother, Frances, by Bobby DuBose at their home at 114 Travellers Lane on Feb. 7.

Mr. DuBose committed suicide hours later after calling police to report a burglary, according to authorities.

The church is at 2612 Banks Mill Road. The public is invited to attend.

STAR student named for Columbia County

Lakeside High School senior Kenny Kay was named Columbia County's STAR student during the Harlem Women's Club's 41st Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition program and reception Thursday.

English teacher Charles Heywood was named STAR teacher by Kenny, the eighth time Mr. Heywood has been named a STAR teacher by a student.

Kenny, the son of Kenneth and Nora Kay of Martinez, has been on Lakeside's math and science team and its debate team and is a member of the cross-country team.

STAR nominees must have the highest score in the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and must be in the top 10 percent or among the top 10 students of their class.

Teacher job fair set for today at university

A Georgia Teacher Job Fair will be held today at Augusta State University Athletic Complex.

The university will be host to more than 40 school systems from Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, New York and Colorado. Augusta State students and area teachers are invited to attend.

Teaching candidates are asked to arrive no later than noon. Applicants can register at the fair.

The event is being put on by Georgia's public schools and the Georgia Teacher Recruitment Collaborative.

Brake failure blamed for three-car accident

One person was injured Thursday in a three-car accident on Gordon Highway, police said.

The accident occurred at 2:49 p.m. when Jamie Heggs, the driver of a 1986 Buick Regal, ran a red light at Old Savannah Road, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Office Deputy Erik Napier. Mr. Heggs, 30, of Wadley, Ga., told Deputy Napier that the brakes on his westbound vehicle failed, the deputy said.

The Regal struck a 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora as the driver, 45-year-old Rickie Bolton of Toledo, Ohio, was attempting to turn left to travel north on Old Savannah Road, Deputy Napier said. The impact caused the Aurora to hit a 1997 Ford Taurus stopped on Old Savannah Road, he said.

Deputy Napier said Augusta-Richmond County firefighters extracted the passenger - Edward Bolton - from the Aurora. Mr. Bolton, 49, also of Toledo, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Hospital spokesman Deborah Humphrey said Mr. Bolton was in good condition later Thursday.

Shakeisha Jenkins, 28, of Augusta, was the driver of the Taurus, according to the deputy, and she was not injured.

Mr. Heggs, who also was not injured, was cited for running a red light and having defective brakes, the deputy said.

Officers investigate self-storage thefts

On Thursday, police were investigating a series of thefts at a self-storage company on Deans Bridge Road.

According to three Richmond County Sheriff's Office reports, someone broke into storage spaces at One Stop Self Storage between Jan. 18 and Thursday.

Customer George Peters, 56, of Augusta, was robbed of property worth about $1,500, including a dining room set and two televisions, a report states.

Another customer, O'Nealia Wise, 44, of Augusta, said a tiller, some wheel rims, a microwave oven and a table saw were stolen, according to a report. The items were worth about $1,150.

Rose Marie Adams, 29, of Augusta, reported that a washer, dryer and various other items worth $525 were stolen, a report states.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1080.

Local school leaders will take new posts

Some Richmond County schools will be getting new principals next school year.

David Robbins, the principal at McBean Elementary School, will head the Academy of Richmond County in the fall. Laney High School's principal, Quentin Motley, will become the principal of T.W. Josey High School.

Carl Spivey, the principal at Tutt Middle School, will take the helm at Westside High School.

The current principals at Richmond Academy, Josey and Westside are retiring at the end of the school year.