Originally created 10/13/03

Across the area



Break-in occurs in school lot

An 18-year-old Evans woman told police that someone broke into her car Saturday at Warren Road Elementary School in Augusta.

Jessica Juelle Johnson said the thief took a CD player and 20 CDs, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

No arrests have been made.

Video game shoplifter loses shoes in escape

An employee of a video store told police that a man ran away Saturday without paying for a video game - and without his tennis shoes, a police report states.

The employee at Blockbuster Video in the 2500 block of Tobacco Road said that at 1 p.m., a man asked her how much a video game cost, then ran out the front door with the game.

The employee said the shoplifter lost his white tennis shoes while running away. The report indicates that the shoes were left at the store.

Augustan discovers homeless man in car

An Augusta man told authorities that a homeless man has been sleeping in his car for the past week after he found that a car window had been broken.

Lonnie Alley, 28, of the 1300 block of Greene Street, said that he found the man sleeping in his 1989 Nissan Sentra and that the rear passenger window was broken.

Mr. Alley told officers that he didn't know when the window was broken and that the man isn't the first person he has found sleeping in the car.

The damage to the window is estimated at $300, the report states.

St. Vincent dePaul board plans meeting

The St. Vincent dePaul Health Center board of directors will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way. For more information, call 828-3444.

Writing group invites authors to session

The CSRA Writers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway.

All writers in need of a support group are invited to attend. Writers also are urged to bring eight copies of a manuscript to be critiqued.

For more information, call 738-4114.

Substance abuse board invites public

The Aiken Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services' women's and men's advisory board will meet at noon Friday at the Aiken Center's Community Room, 1105 Gregg Highway.

Lunch will be provided, and the public is invited. For more information, call 649-1900, ext. 355.

Part of Ellis Street will close for 2003

A section of Ellis Street between Fourth and Fifth streets will be closed until January because of construction on the eastbound bridges of Gordon Highway over Ellis, Broad, Telfair and Greene streets.

The project's contractor, Gilbert Southern, has a station at a Georgia Department of Transportation lot between Ellis and Broad streets and will need the closed section of Ellis to move equipment and crews, a DOT news release states.

Motorists will be allowed to use streets nearby to travel around the closure.

CSRA Humane Society seeks volunteers

The CSRA Humane Society is looking for volunteers on Saturdays to cut the grass in its two back yards, plant a tree, vacuum or sweep common areas downstairs, clean windows in the lower dog room, clean the kitchen, bathe dogs or socialize with the animals.

The CSRA Humane Society is on the corner of Milledge and Wood streets, and is open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays for adoptions and volunteering. For more information, call 261-7387.

High school holds financial aid workshop

Lakeside High School will hold a financial aid workshop for parents, Show Me the Money, from 6 to 7 p.m. today and 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10.

The workshop will be led by career center specialist Teresa Fox, who will use the school's computer lab to show parents how to navigate Internet resources for college financial aid.