Originally created 03/05/02

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Two more girls report exposure

Police have increased patrols around Richmond County schools after a man exposed himself Monday to two girls as they walked to class.

Police are linking the incident to two others. Sheriff's Lt. Jack Francisco is warning parents and pupils to be alert and report similar incidents.

On Monday, two 12-year-old girls said they were walking toward Tubman Middle School on Cleveland Street at 8:50 a.m. when a man pulled alongside them, exposed himself and drove off. The girls described the man as black with a thin mustache; he was wearing a white T-shirt and a black do-rag. He was driving a gold-colored vehicle, possibly a Chrysler Sebring or Cirrus.

On Feb. 7, two girls, ages 12 and 14, reported a similar incident as they walked to Murphey Middle School along Polo Road. Also, a 13-year-old girl walking to Tubman Middle School on Jan. 29 said a man driving a gold Toyota Camry exposed himself as she walked on Crawford Avenue.

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

Deputy put on leave after threat reported

A deputy at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office has been placed on administrative leave with pay after he was charged in Augusta with pointing a weapon at another man and threatening to kill him, authorities said Monday.

Deputy Michael Myrick, 40, was off-duty when the incident occurred Friday at a residence on Sterling Road, Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Peebles said.

Timothy Burton, 30, told police that Deputy Myrick got into an argument with him over Susan Hogland, who lives at the residence. The deputy went to his vehicle, got a gun, returned and stuck it in Mr. Burton's face, police said.

Ms. Hogland quoted the deputy as saying, "I'll blow him away. I've done it before. I'll do it again." Deputy Myrick then left the house but was arrested later and booked into the Richmond County jail, Sgt. Peebles said.

The deputy was informed from jail that he had been placed on leave pending an investigation, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. He posted bond during the weekend.

Public hearing set on curriculum rules

A public hearing has been set for Columbia County parents to comment on elementary curriculum guidelines.

The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. today in the Greenbrier High School auditorium.

The new guidelines could cut three teaching positions, primarily at the smaller elementary schools.

The Elementary Comprehensive Curriculum Review Committee's proposed guidelines would increase the amount of time pupils spend studying core subjects such as English, math, science and social studies and standardize the time devoted to enrichment classes such as physical education, music and art.

Another element is a funding formula for allocating enrichment teachers - roughly one for every eight classes.

Accident victim listed in serious condition

A Grovetown man was in serious condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Monday after being injured in an accident the day before.

Harley Snyder, 25, the driver of a 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier, was injured when a Mercury pulled into his path on Gordon Highway about 3 a.m. Sunday, police said. The driver of the Mercury, Marvin Eugene Brown, 43, was killed in the accident.

Mr. Snyder received a broken jaw and collarbone in the wreck. Heavy rain was blamed for the collision, police said.

Augusta man held in neighbor's stabbing

An Augusta man was being held Monday in the stabbing of a neighbor in Pepperidge subdivision after an argument, authorities said.

Kenneth Campbell, 26, of the 2200 block of Ramblewood Drive, was in custody in connection with the stabbing of 28-year-old Miles Bates about 3 p.m. at Mr. Campbell's home, sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

Mr. Bates, of Stoneybrook Drive, suffered several stab wounds to his arm, upper chest, abdomen and back, officials said. He stumbled to his home and was later taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Maj. Autry said.

Mr. Bates was being treated in the operating room about 7 p.m. Monday, hospital spokeswoman Deborah Humphrey said.

Fire at linen service causes evacuation

Two dozen employees of Crothall Linen Service were evacuated Monday afternoon after an ironer caught fire at the business on R.A. Dent Boulevard near University Hospital, officials said.

No one was injured when a spark ignited a piece of linen or lint at 12:18 p.m. and caught the machine on fire, said Battalion Chief Ronald Shirey, of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department. Firefighters had the small fire under control in three minutes, but the ironer was destroyed, he said.

Entertainment on tap for St. Paddy's Day

Augusta's St. Patrick's Day festival has been planned for noon to 10:30 p.m. March 16 and noon to 9 p.m. the next day at Riverwalk Augusta.

This year's festivities will include music, crafts, merchandise, face painting and amusements. Celtic Rhythm will present a performance of Riverdance on March 17. Featured performers will include Keep, Shinebox, Crankshaft and Needless and Pat Blanchard.

Admission is $3. For more information, call 821-1754.

Junior League plans its annual attic sale

The Junior League of Augusta will hold its 50th annual attic sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Hippodrome on the Aiken-Augusta Highway in North Augusta.

Admission is free. Proceeds will benefit community programs and services of the league. For more information, call 736-0033.

Augusta man charged in neighbor's stabbing

An Augusta man was charged Monday with stabbing a neighbor several times in Pepperidge subdivision after an argument, authorities said.

Kenneth Campbell, 26, of the 2200 block of Ramblewood Drive, was arrested in connection with the stabbing of 28-year-old Miles Bates, which occurred about 3 p.m. at Mr. Campbell's home, sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

Mr. Campbell was being held at the Richmond County jail Monday without bond on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, officials said.

Mr. Bates, of Stoneybrook Drive, suffered several stab wounds to his arm, upper chest, abdomen and back, officials said. He stumbled to his home and was later taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Maj. Autry said.

Mr. Bates was treated in the operating room Monday night, hospital spokeswoman Deborah Humphrey said.

North Augusta OKs fee for stormwater

The North Augusta City Council voted Monday night to establish a stormwater management and utility fund.

The city is required by the federal government to educate its residents about contaminated stormwater. North Augusta will pay for its educational program with a stormwater fee to be implemented in July.

The city council will hold a public hearing March 18 to discuss how the fee will be implemented.