Originally created 07/01/03

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Man sentenced for forgeries

An Augusta man facing the possibility of more than 200 years in prison chose Monday to plead guilty in exchange for a sentencing recommendation.

Anthony Tubman, 48, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to 18 counts of first- and second-degree forgery, and one count of theft. Judge Albert M. Pickett accepted the sentencing recommendation that called for a 20-year cap and sentenced Mr. Tubman to serve 12 years in prison followed by eight years on probation. Mr. Tubman admitted Monday that he went on a short-lived crime spree last winter, running up more than $3,000 in fake and forged checks.

"You ought to be getting tired of this kind of life," Judge Pickett said. "(Mr. Tubman) was one of the first cases I had on the bench in '79 or '80."

School officials ask for input on textbooks

Georgia school officials have invited area parents and educators to evaluate textbooks and help choose the ones that will be used in certain subjects.

Textbooks proposed for foreign language, high school language arts, and English as a second language will be available for review through next week in the cafeteria at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School at 615 12th St. The review is being held through Thursday and July 7-11.

Based on feedback from evaluators, a committee will compile a list of textbooks and instructional materials that will be presented to the Georgia Board of Education for approval.

For more information, call 737-7235.

Man faces charges in apartment shooting

An Augusta man was arrested Monday after police said he tried to shoot another man at his ex-girlfriend's apartment.

Stephney Redfield, 33, is accused of forcing his way into the apartment at 3:50 a.m. and firing a .22 caliber weapon at a man he found there, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Shannon Mitchell.

Police arrested Mr. Redfield at his residence on Killingsworth Road. He was charged with burglary, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, police said.

Fort Gordon soldiers help celebrate July 4

Fort Gordon soldiers will help Augusta celebrate the Independence Day holiday at three events Friday, according to the public affairs office at the installation.

At 10 a.m., Col. Bernard Kulifay, the chief of staff for Fort Gordon, will be the guest speaker for a ceremony sponsored by the Augusta Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars on the steps of the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building.

At 6 p.m., Col. John Belser, the staff judge advocate for the installation, will speak at the opening ceremony for the Columbia County Independence Day celebration at Patriots Park in Martinez.

At day's end, the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will perform at 8 p.m. as part of festivities at Riverwalk Augusta.

Police investigate robbery at market

Richmond County authorities on Monday were investigating the armed robbery of a market in south Augusta.

Two men wearing shirts over the faces robbed the Sam's IGA in the 2000 block of Old Savannah Road, according to a sheriff's office report.

The men left the scene with cash from the register, and were last seen running toward Dogwood Terrace, the report states.

Two teens arrested trying to steal cars

Two teens were arrested Monday after police said they were caught trying to steal vehicles on Forster and Devere streets.

The boys - one 16, the other 15 - were not identified because of their age. They were said to be part of a group of five juveniles attempting to steal two 1995 Chevrolet Caprices about 4 a.m. when deputies arrived at the scene, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Horace Anderson.

The teens face charges of theft by taking a motor vehicle and entering an automobile, police said.

They were released into the custody of their parents.

National Guard plans family support groups

A family support group for loved ones of soldiers in the Augusta-based 878th Engineer Battalion of the Georgia Army National Guard will meet next week, according to an announcement from the group.

A support group for families and friends of soldiers of Company B will meet at 7 p.m. on July 7; a group for families and friends of soldiers of the Headquarters Support Company will meet at 7 p.m. on July 10, a news release states.

Both groups will meet at the National Guard Armory on Milledge Road near Lake Olmstead. For more information, call 737-1843.

Meadow Garden will stay open on holiday

Historic Meadow Garden, the former home of Declaration of Independence signer George Walton, will be open July 4, said Louise Henry, the state curator of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The public is invited to visit the 1792 house and grounds at 1320 Independence Drive off 13th Street between Walton Way and Telfair Street from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Furnishings in part of the house pre-date 1820, and the grounds include a medicinal herb garden of the period in addition to a garden with flowers used to create dyes in the past, Mrs. Henry said.

The latest restoration project at Meadow Garden is an outhouse imported from an old plantation in Burke County, Mrs. Henry said.

Admission for adults is $2. Children are admitted at no charge.

Store refuses bill, customer steals gas

An Augusta convenience store clerk told police a customer stole gasoline early Monday when he intentionally used a large denomination of money to pay.

Robin Logan, an employee at Citgo, 3477 Wrightsboro Road, said that at about 12:30 a.m., a man driving a black Honda pumped $5 worth of gas then tried to pay using a large bill.

When Ms. Logan told the customer she couldn't accept the money, the man drove off without paying, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

A license tag check by police connected the vehicle to a Martinez address. The clerk said she will prosecute if the man is arrested.

Pizza worker accused of stealing deposit

An assistant manager at an Augusta pizza restaurant was arrested Monday afternoon, accused of stealing a store bank deposit.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report, on June 20, Devita Chandre Holmes, 29, of the 2900 block of Thomas Lane, was to have deposited two money bags at a Walton Way branch of Bank of America. But when a co-worker at the Pizza Hut on 15th Street called to confirm the deposits, only one of the bags had been delivered, the report states.

Ms. Holmes told police she made the deposit at about 9:30 p.m., the report states. She is charged with felony theft by taking and was being held late Monday in the Richmond County jail on a $5,050 bond.