Originally created 04/15/04

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Officials find man stabbed

A man was taken to an Augusta hospital Wednesday morning after officials found him stabbed several times at a west Augusta apartment complex, Richmond County sheriff's officials said.

Rafael Altuzar was found stabbed at about 6 a.m. at Governor's Place Apartments in the 3200 block of Wrightsboro Road, and was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment, sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew said.

A neighbor heard Mr. Altuzar screaming in the hallway of her building and called 911, Sgt. Chew said.

He said emergency workers found Mr. Altuzar had been stabbed in the abdomen, hand and shoulder.

Bus driver charged with drug possession

A Richmond County school bus driver has been arrested on drug possession charges, officials said Wednesday.

Rhonda Tucker was charged with possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Jeff Johnson. She was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday.

Investigator Johnson said officials found 5 grams of methamphetamines at her home on Franklin Street.

Man who embezzled must repay employer

A Washington man who pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $30,000 from his employer, the United States Postal Service, must repay the money during his probation period, a judge ordered Wednesday.

Jeffrey Fanning pleaded guilty in January to misappropriating money.

In U.S. District Court, Chief Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. sentenced Mr. Fanning to five years of probation.

According to court documents, Mr. Fanning used his position as an employee and supervisor to take money orders totaling $29,531 from September 2000 through June 14, 2003.

Mother tells police sons stole from her

Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested two men whose mother told officers that they had been stealing from her, officials said Wednesday.

Phillip Wayne Rowe and Clifton Scott Rowe were charged with theft by taking and burglary, Richmond County sheriff's Lt. C.A. Tony Walden said.

Linda Faye Rowe told deputies Sunday that her sons had taken yard and lawn tools including a grass trimmer from her home on Karleen Road in Hephzibah, Lt. Walden said.

Later, after deputies responded to a burglary at Augusta Satellite on Deans Bridge Road, they went to check on Ms. Rowe's residence, Lt. Walden said.

He said they found the Rowe brothers asleep in a pickup outside her home Monday, along with the equipment taken from Augusta Satellite.

Lane of Clarks Hill Road will be closed

One lane of part of Clarks Hill Road, U.S. Highway 221, will be closed to traffic Saturday for the inaugural U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' J. Strom Thurmond 5K Run/Walk.

The closure between 8:30-10 a.m. will affect the road from the West Dam Park in Georgia to the South Carolina state line.

Flaggers and a pilot vehicle will be used to move traffic through the lane closure.

Drivers are advised to take an alternate route or allow extra time.

Instructor says a student assaulted him

An instructor at Paine College told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a student assaulted him after getting into an argument over the student's academics, a police report states.

Neville David, 39, told deputies Tuesday that he and the student got into the argument over the student's academic performance while on campus, when the student punched and kicked Mr. David, the report states.

An arrest was not immediately made by Richmond County sheriff's deputies, the report shows.

Employee accused of stealing is arrested

An employee of an Augusta retailer was arrested after she was accused of taking more than $1,000 by creating false refund transactions, a police report states.

Melissa Kay Babuca was charged with theft by taking over $500, the report states.

A worker at It's Fashion in the 3200 block of Wrightsboro Road stated that between January and April, Ms. Babuca took $1,609 from the store by creating false refund transactions using false names, the report states.

Woman says someone stomped on her car

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone came to her home Tuesday afternoon and stomped on her car, a police report states.

Pandora Porter, 42, told sheriff's deputies that at 3:30 p.m. at her residence on McCauley Street, a man jumped up on her 1992 Hyundai Elantra and stomped on the roof, hood and windshield of the vehicle.

Ms. Porter also said that the man picked up a bottle and threw it through an upstairs window in her home, the report states.

Post office to provide special cancellation

The Clarks Hill, S.C., post office will provide a special cancellation in honor of the 50th anniversary of Thurmond Lake, being celebrated this week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The commemorative cancellation is in lieu of the regular Clarks Hill postmark and incorporates the lake's 50th anniversary logo.

It will be available through May 13 for all mail posted through the Clarks Hill post office.

For details about 50th anniversary festivities, call (800) 533-3478.