Originally created 07/21/02

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Sex-shop owner freed on bond

The manager of an adult entertainment store, arrested Friday on a charge of operating an illegal business, made bond and was released Saturday.

Jimmy Cassandro was arrested outside Augusta Video X-Mart on charges of disorderly conduct and operating a business without a license.

Mr. Cassandro opened the store at about 8 p.m. Friday, violating a city ordinance prohibiting adult entertainment businesses from operating near major entrances to the city.

The manager made at least five sales by the time Sgt. Greg Smith of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office forced him to close the store on Molly Pond Road near Gordon Highway and Doug Barnard Parkway.

"Our thing is the issue pertaining this bookstore is in the court system, and we think that is the appropriate place for this to be decided," Sgt. Smith said Friday.

Authorities look for stolen trailer

Police were looking for a trailer worth $1,200 that was stolen Saturday morning from a truck at The Home Depot.

Mozelle Brooker, 41, told police a black trailer hooked to his Chevrolet Silverado was taken while he was inside the store, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states. Anyone with information about the trailer's location is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1080.

North Augusta woman reports sex assault

North Augusta authorities said Saturday they were investigating a possible sexual assault against a 24-year-old woman.

The woman told them the incident occurred earlier in the week at a home in the 800 block of Lake Avenue, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report. The woman said she waited to report the crime because she was ashamed of what occurred, the report states.

She said she met a man at a bar and went to a party at the Lake Avenue home. The report states the woman went to sleep in a bedroom at 4 a.m. and later was awakened by a man having sex with her. A witness in the house also told police she walked into the room and saw the man on the woman, the report states.

Car-rental customer wanted in card theft

Investigators were still looking Saturday for a suspect accused of using a stolen credit card and stealing a rental truck.

A man used a stolen American Express card June 28 to rent a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

The credit card used at the business on Gordon Highway had been stolen from Ronald Rischert of New York, the report states.

The information on the rental form was either fraudulent or belonged to the victim, the report states.

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

Training seminar set for PTA leadership

The PTA Fall Focus Leadership Training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at Glenn Hills Middle School, 2941 Glenn Hills Drive, Augusta.

PTA leaders, principals, volunteers, educators, and partners will learn strategies for effective programs. Topics include committee effectiveness, safety, health, arts, education, environment, reading, newsletters, Web sites, parent involvement and much more.

Also, local nonprofit agencies and vendors will provide information and resources. The training, materials and a light meal are provided by the Richmond County Council of PTAs as part of local PTA benefits.

For more information, call 738-6061 or 736-7225.

First-responder course offered at fire station

Gold Cross Emergency Medical Services will hold a 60-hour First Responder Course. The course will run from Monday until Aug. 27.

The first class will be at the Appling Fire Department in Appling, starting at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the classcan contact Capt. Sandra Culver at Gold Cross. The phone number is (706) 869-8940.

Field trip available at Phinizy Swamp park

Teachers are invited to discover the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and its field trip opportunities from 9 a.m. to noon July 30.

Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy staffers will lead teachers on a short nature hike and describe the educational opportunities the Nature Park provides. Admission is free is limited to 50 visitors. People planning to go are asked to R.S.V.P. by July 29.