Originally created 01/05/03

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Officers arrest two in accident

Police arrested two Augusta women after an accident in the parking area of Dog Wood Terrace on Saturday afternoon.

Grimmer Henderson, 30, of Dublin Drive, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield for a pedestrian after she allegedly struck Erica Boozer with a sport utility vehicle, Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. David Bourbo said.

Ms. Boozer was struck by the vehicle before 4 p.m., Sgt. Bourbo said. The incident occurred after a fight involving sever al people, including the two women.

Ms. Henderson and a relative were leaving the scene of the fight when Ms. Boozer stepped in front of the SUV and was hit, Sgt. Bourbo said. Ms. Boozer was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and released, hospital spokeswoman Deborah Humphrey said.

Authorities located Ms. Henderson and charged her with the crime. Police also charged Ms. Boozer with being a pedestrian under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Sgt. Bourbo said Ms. Boozer, 27, of Harrison Street, had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 and had cocaine and marijuana in her system.

Ms. Henderson was being held at the Richmond County jail Saturday on $1,400 bond.

Police investigate robbery of motel

Richmond County authorities were investigating the armed robbery of a local motel early Saturday.

Christopher M. Schell, the manager of Super 8 Motel, told police he was robbed at 3:44 a.m. by a man brandishing a silver pistol, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. The man pointed the pistol at Mr. Schell, then said, "You have 10 seconds to put it in the bag," the report states.

The robber left the Gordon Highway motel with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber was described as black, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing between 150 and 160 pounds, with a discolored front tooth. He was wearing a wind breaker jacket.

Man is accused of contacting girl

Police arrested an Augusta man on charges of violating an order not to have contact with a 12-year-old girl he is accused of molesting.

Domeniquise V. Bonner was taken into custody at the law enforcement center on Walton Way, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report. Mr. Bonner was ordered not to have contact with any girl younger than 18 after he was charged with molesting the 12-year-old on Nov. 12.

The report states that Mr. Bonner called the girl at her home Dec. 6. He asked the victim, "Why you acting like this?" the report states.

Mr. Bonner, 20, of the 2100 block of Kennedy Drive, was booked into the Richmond County jail. He was charged with felony child molestation and misdemeanor criminal trespass.

DOT offers tips for avoiding construction

The Georgia Department of Transportation is conducting a public awareness campaign to inform Augusta-area motorists about the Interstate 20 reconstruction project in Richmond County.

The project is scheduled to begin Monday. Through this campaign, the DOT hopes to ease traffic around the project site by providing information to help motorists avoid the area and to urge safe driving through the work zone.

Georgia DOT representatives will be available at an information booth in the Augusta Mall to answer questions and provide alternate route information. Mall information booth hours are noon to 6 p.m. today.

Agency seeks families for foster children

The Columbia County Department of Family and Children Services is in need of families willing to become foster parents.

In 2002, more than 21,000 Georgia children needed homes.

If you live in Columbia County and want more information on the program, call Allison Williams at 541-1640.

Program needs people to help youths in court

The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program is looking for volunteers 21 and older to help advocate for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.

Volunteers work alongside the Department of Family and Children Services and other agencies to protect children who have been placed in foster care. Volunteers need no experience and will be provided with specialized training. For more information, call 737-4631.

Aiken Tech to play host to club's reception

Junior Leadership Aiken will hold a reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Aiken Technical College's Ashley J. Little building.

The program will feature Dr. Susan A. Graham, the president of Aiken Technical College; K.D. Justyn, the chief executive officer of Aiken Regional Medical Centers; and other civic leaders.

For more information, call program coordinator Cindy Tesch at 441-8685.

Series will discuss Colonial Augusta

Thomas H. Robertson Jr. will be the Brown Bag History Series guest speaker at noon Wednesday at the Augusta Museum of History.

The topic will be The Colonial Town Plan of Augusta.

Participants may bring a lunch; the museum will provide beverages and dessert. Members are admitted free; the cost is $2 for nonmembers.

Reservations are required by Tuesday. For more information, call 722-8454.