Originally created 09/26/03

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Firefighter rescues woman

An Augusta firefighter rescued a young woman from a burning house Thursday night on Chestnut Street.

Terrika Bolar, 23, said she was sleeping at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a fire started upstairs in the boarding house in the 1400 block of Chestnut Street near Wrightsboro Road. A firefighter found Ms. Bolar in a downstairs bedroom and carried her outside, where emergency medical technicians treated her for smoke inhalation.

Another tenant, Charles Jones, got out after a neighbor saw the flames and yelled from outside to warn the residents. Three other residents were not at home.

The fire's cause remains under investigation, said Battalion Chief Wayne Taylor, of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department. Five engine companies fought the fire, including a ladder truck, which was used to control flames coming from the roof.

Chief Taylor said heat and smoke damage were extensive. The American Red Cross was expected to provide the residents with a place to stay overnight.

Paine College says money is missing

Paine College officials have reported the possible theft of thousands of dollars in room deposits, a sheriff's report states.

Paine College official Elas Etimge told police that 158 students paid a $50 application fee for housing, which totaled $7,900. Mr. Etimge said a former secretary had received the money and there is evidence she marked the applications as paid, a report states.

The college has attempted to contact the former employee without success, the report states.

Police look into embezzlement report

Richmond County sheriff's officials are investigating the possible theft of $23,000 from a Morris Communications Co. account, a report states.

Company official Russ Harlan told police he discovered that an employee had written checks to herself from a Morris Communications account and listed them as reimbursement for travel expenses. When the woman was questioned about the money, she turned in her resignation letter but kept working until she was fired Wednesday, a report states.

The sheriff's office technical crimes division is investigating the case. No arrest has been made.

Augusta man reports armed home invasion

An Augusta man told police he was robbed at gunpoint at his residence on Travis Pines Drive early Thursday.

Walter Williams Jr., 21, told deputies that two men in ski masks forced their way into his home at about 2 a.m., threatened him and several guests, struck him with a pistol and took an XBox video game before leaving.

No one saw how the two men left or provided a detailed description, according to the police report.

Police charge teens with threatening team

Warrants were issued Thursday against two more teens in the Sept. 19 gang-related threats against the T.W. Josey High School cross country team.

Mikael Frails, 18, of Douglas Street, and Javarius Wynn, 17, are being sought on charges of reckless conduct and simple battery, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Ken Rogers said.

The teens are accused of pointing guns at the team members as they were running near Cook and Tubman Home roads. After an argument, the group returned to the cars and one car brushed against a runner, injuring his arm, police said.

On Wednesday, police charged Eric Allen, 17, with reckless conduct in the incident. Mr. Allen and the others were claiming to be part of a gang called the Sunset Boys, who reside at Cherry Tree Crossing, police said.

Hotel patron says gunman took money

A Savannah-area man staying at the Budget Inn Express on Gordon Highway told deputies he was robbed at 1:40 a.m. Thursday by a man who had just sold him some videotapes

Troy Darryl Stevens, 42, of Richmond Hill, said the man, who appeared to be concealing a gun, demanded more money, then fled.

Deputies said a man matching the gunman's description was taken into custody at about 3 a.m. after another guest at the hotel called police about a man at her room.

Anthony Leonard Tate, of Augusta, was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to the Richmond County jail. Mr. Stevens declined to press charges against Mr. Tate.

Security grant goes to Grovetown safety

The Grovetown Department of Public Safety has received a $28,800 federal Homeland Security Grant, officials announced Thursday.

The grant will be used to help Grovetown purchase firefighting equipment, fund firefighter health and safety programs and enhance emergency medical services, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga.

"This funding fills an all-important need across our state," Mr. Miller said.

Army free-fall team will perform at event

Members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division's All-American Free Fall Team will fall to Earth on Oct. 3 as part of Fort Gordon's Oktoberfest, according to a news release from the installation's public affairs office.

The team will perform its parachute jump over Barton Field at 1:30 p.m., out of an airplane from the Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., the release states.

The team members, who are active duty soldiers, will promote the Army and the 82nd Airborne Division at the free demonstration, the release indicates. For more information about the event or Oktoberfest, call 791-7862.

Fort Gordon invites public to job fair

Fort Gordon will hold a job fair Oct. 1 at the U.S. Army Reserve Center on post, according to the public affairs office at the installation.

More than 70 employers from throughout the country will meet and talk to people seeking jobs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center on 15th Street.

The event is open to the public. For more information, call 791-0795.

Lecture series features Edgefield

Bettis Rainsford will discuss the Edgefield District and its relationship with Augusta at noon Wednesday at this month's Brown Bag History Series at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.

Mr. Rainsford is an Edgefield, S.C., native and has been active in the community for more than a quarter-century.

The program is free to museum members and $2 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Participants are asked to bring their own lunches, and the museum provides beverages and dessert.

For information, call 706-722-8454.