Originally created 05/11/04

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Woman reports assault, threats

An Augusta woman told sheriff's deputies that she was assaulted early Monday morning by a man who later threatened to kill her, a police report states.

Tori Harmon, 27, told deputies that the man came to her home in the 1600 block of Ramsey Street at 1 a.m., angry because she had told her brothers about his earlier abuse against her.

Ms. Harmon said the man punched and kicked her but stopped and ran away when she refused to fight back, the report states.

She said the man later returned and threatened to shoot her. The report says she and the man had dated in the past.

Worker reports theft of lottery tickets

An employee of an Augusta convenience store told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone took more than $400 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets, a police report states.

The employee of the Delta Travel Center in the 3400 block of Mike Padgett Highway said Sunday that the tickets were taken from a box in the manager's office.

The employee was able to report the bar codes of the missing tickets to sheriff's deputies, the report shows.

Woman says puppy was taken from yard

Someone took a woman's 4-month-old puppy, which was tied to a tree, from her yard, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

Jennifer L. Mullins , 22, told sheriff's deputies that the German shepherd puppy was taken between 5 and 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

A chain that secured the puppy, which is brown with white paws, was also taken, the report says.

Handcuffed man runs away from deputy

A man whom a Richmond County sheriff's deputy was attempting to place under arrest Sunday fought and ran from the deputy, a police report says.

Deputy Abel Rodriguez said he was in the 1600 block of McCauley Street at about 10 p.m. when he saw a man in the middle of the road with an object in his hand.

The deputy said that when he approached the man, he saw that he was holding a plastic bag with a green leafy substance.

The man attempted to run away into a nearby residence but was caught by Deputy Rodriguez.

The report says the deputy was able to put the man in handcuffs but couldn't place him in the patrol car because other men had surrounded the deputy.

The man ran away, still in handcuffs, the report shows.

Woman says former boyfriend attacked her

A North Augusta woman told North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers that an ex-boyfriend assaulted her while in his car Sunday night.

Demetria Williams, 24, told officers that she was riding with her ex-boyfriend in his car near the intersection of Walnut Lane and U.S. Highway 25 at 10:30 p.m. when they got into an argument.

She told officers that the man grabbed her and choked her. Ms. Williams also said that when she tried to leave the car, he grabbed her by her waist and pulled her down while speeding up and braking suddenly.

She told officers she was able to escape and flag down a passer-by for help.

Bike ride will be held along Savannah River

The 12th annual National Trails Day Lock-to-Lock Ride will be held Saturday, according to one of the event's organizers.

The ride will start at 8 a.m. at New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam Park near Augusta Regional Airport, said Andy Jordan, an organizer of the event.

Mr. Jordan said cyclists will ride north along the Savannah River to the Augusta Canal and back, but the event is noncompetitive and riders may ride shorter distances.

Registration and sign-in start at 7 a.m. A meal will be included, Mr. Jordan said. Registration costs $17 until Wednesday and will cost $25 thereafter.

For more information, call 724-6777.

Education Board's meeting is postponed

The Richmond County Board of Education has postponed its monthly meeting until next week.

The board will hold committee meetings at 6:30 p.m. May 20 and follow with the regular board meeting at 7 p.m. The board normally meets the second Thursday of each month, but trustees postponed it a week to attend Thursday's Grammy presentation ceremony at Davidson Fine Arts Center.

The board meets at 2083 Heckle St., off Walton Way. For more information, call the central office at 737-7200.

Student is charged with drug possession

A Greenbrier High School student was arrested Monday after authorities said they caught her with alcohol and drugs on school property.

A search found that Natesha Thurmond, 19, of Evans, had alcohol in her car, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

While searching, officials also found eight tablets of Roxicet, also called Oxycodone, Capt. Morris said.

Ms. Thurmond was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center and charged with possession of a schedule II narcotic.

She was released Monday afternoon after posting a $2,550 bond, according to jail personnel.

2 teens face charges over list of threats

Police have charged two 14-year-olds in connection with a list threatening other pupils at Evans Middle School by name.

A staff member at the school discovered the message written on the door to a restroom stall Thursday and notified school officials, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

The 14-year-olds, whose names were not released because they are juveniles, were taken to the Columbia County Justice Center and Courthouse Annex on Thursday, where they were charged in Juvenile Court with making terroristic threats, Capt. Morris said.

Police seek man who tried to rob grocery

Aiken police are looking for a man who tried to rob the Food Lion on Rutland Drive at gunpoint Sunday night.

According to Aiken Department of Public Safety reports, a man wearing a stocking cap entered the store at about 10:25 p.m. carrying a clear plastic bag and a handgun. He pointed the gun at the manager and two clerks and demanded that they empty the registers and open a safe.

Though the victims complied, the man fled before taking any money. The employees hid in a freezer until police arrived.

The suspect was described as black, 20 to 30 years old, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a red shirt and black shorts.

Legal help is offered to low-income people

Low-income people in need of legal help with civil problems can meet with representatives of the Georgia Legal Services Program in the following counties:

  • Glascock, McDuffie, Warren and Washington counties from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the McDuffie Human Development Center, 810 White Oak Road, Thomson.
  • Lincoln, Taliaferro and Wilkes counties from 9 a.m. to noon May 21 at the Bartram Trail Regional Library, 204 E. Liberty St., Washington.
  • Appointments can be made from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Georgia Legal Services Program office, Suite 400, 209 Seventh St. in Augusta, by calling 721-2327.