Originally created 03/15/03

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2 are charged after burglary

Two people faced burglary charges Friday in connection with a Wednesday morning intrusion in Blythe.

Amy Nicole Chason, 23, of Thomson, and Sean Robert Bussard, 25, of Hephzibah, were arrested Thursday at a home on Deans Bridge Road and were charged with felony burglary, according to jail records. The incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. at the home of Benjamin Brock on Georgia Highway 88.

A witness said she videotaped two people loading their vehicle with property from Mr. Brock's home, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states. The items reported stolen included a television, a stereo, a cordless phone and a VCR. Police said the thieves entered the home by forcing open the back door and ransacked several rooms.

Both Mr. Bussard and Ms. Chason are being held at the Richmond County jail on more than $10,000 bond, officials said.

School bathroom fire gets student arrested

A Butler High School student was arrested Friday and accused of setting a fire in the boy's bathroom.

Kenny Ray Simpson, 19, was charged with second-degree arson after the incident, which occurred at 1:22 p.m. at the school on Lumpkin Road, officials said. Mr. Simpson used a lighter to light the bottom of a soap dispenser in the bathroom on the second floor of the vocational building, authorities said.

Lt. G.B. Hannan, an investigator for the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, said the burning dispenser fell into the trash can, which ignited. The small fire also caused minor damage to the bathroom wall before firefighters arrived, he said.

The fire was contained to the trash can and was extinguished within several minutes, officials said. The incident is still under investigation.

Man says someone hit, robbed him in car

A Hephzibah man told police he was attacked and robbed in his car on a Hephzibah road Thursday.

Jessie Andrew Polack said he was sitting in his car at about 5:30 p.m. at the 2400 block of Crosscreek Drive when a man approached him and began arguing, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Mr. Polack said the man hit him in the head and then snatched a gold necklace from around his neck.

Blood center sponsors St. Paddy's Day drive

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Shepeard Community Blood Center will sponsor a blood drive Monday.

The drive will be at the main office on Wrightsboro Road from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dallas the Clown will make an appearance from 10 a.m. to noon, with balloons for everyone. A St. Patrick's Day gift, patriotic T-shirt, green cookies and punch will be given to all donors.

Supplies of O-positive and O-negative blood are extremely critical. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

Officer says man bit him on finger

An Augusta man was arrested Friday after he allegedly bit a Richmond County sheriff's deputy then damaged the officer's patrol car.

Morris Harden Jr., 38, is accused of biting Deputy Carl Newman on the index finger at 3:25 a.m. during an arrest at the suspect's home on Dyer Street, according to a sheriff's office report. Mr. Harden was asked by police to leave his grandmother's bed when he lunged at the officers, the report states.

Mr. Harden pushed an officer in the arms, then bit Deputy Newman on the finger while being subdued, the report states. The man had to be restrained with cuffs on his wrist and legs.

Mr. Harden was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and damage to government property, jail records show.