Originally created 06/17/04

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Robberies lead to man's arrest

A man whom sheriff's deputies have been searching for over the past several weeks for a string of convenience store robberies was in police custody Wednesday, officials said.

Donald George Peet, 42, has been booked into the Richmond County jail, said sheriff's Lt. C.A. Tony Walden.

Mr. Peet was wanted for breaking into the One Stop on the 2500 block of Milledgeville Road on May 19, and in connection with robberies at the Dollar General store on the 3100 block of Wrightsboro Road on May 9 and at a Washington Road Pump 'N Shop on May 16.

Woman is sought for using a fake check

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman who they said tried to pass a fictitious check at two businesses recently.

Tira H. Johnson, 34, is wanted for two counts of presenting a fictitious check, Investigator Shane McDaniel said.

The investigator said he found that Ms. Johnson tried to cash a check listed from "Maybon Realtors" with a fake employment payroll stub attached.

Anyone with information about Ms. Johnson's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 821-1080.

Restaurant worker reports robbery

A worker at a Hephzibah restaurant told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night, a police report states.

The worker at the Oriental Chinese Restaurant at the 2600 block of Tobacco Road said two armed men entered the restaurant at about 10:30 p.m. and jumped the counter.

The report states that the men ordered the worker to the cash register at gunpoint, taking an undisclosed amount of money before leaving through a door in the rear of the restaurant.

Fort Gordon brigade gets new commander

Fort Gordon's 513th Military Intelligence Brigade will hold a change-of-command ceremony Friday morning, according to the post's public affairs office.

Col. David M. King will assume command at the ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. on Barton Field, a news release states.

Col. King comes to Fort Gordon after graduation from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. He served at the intelligence chief of the First Armored Division and deployed with the division to Iraq in 2003.

Col. King takes command of the brigade little more than a week after the death of the brigade's previous commander, Col. Jon Jones, who died of a brain tumor June 6.

The ceremony was planned before Col. Jones' death, officials said.

Law to curb spread of Sudden Oak Death

New federal legislation was introduced this week to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture stop the spread of Sudden Oak Death disease.

The disease, which has no cure and was first reported in 1995 in central coastal California, has invaded 13 Georgia nurseries, including two in the Augusta area.

Since then, local nurseries have stopped taking California shipments of camellias - the plant that has shown signs of the disease in the area.

The legislation was introduced by U.S. Rep. Max Burns, R-Ga., and Rep. David Scott, D-Ga. It calls for the Department of Agriculture to identify host plants for the disease, determine how widespread the outbreak has become, examine quarantine measures and compile a national plan to eliminate the disease.

Principal wins award from MetLife/NASSP

Dr. Veta New has been named the 2004 MetLife/NASSP Georgia Middle Level Principal of the Year for her work at Langford Middle School.

Dr. New, who will move to Hephzibah High School this fall, was honored for her leadership, problem-solving skills, professional growth and community involvement. The National Association of Secondary School Principals is a professional organization that provides resources for school leaders.

Each state winner is invited to the National Principal's Institute in Washington, D.C. In addition, Dr. New will be a candidate for the 2005 National Middle Level Principal of the Year. Finalists will be named in August.

Construction to shut busy street at post

A heavily traveled road at Fort Gordon will be blocked until June 30 for construction, according to the public affairs office at the post.

Rice Road, which becomes Avenue of the States between Brainard Avenue and 36th Street, will be blocked.

Detour signs are posted on Rice Road at the post's fire station and on Avenue of the States at 36th Street. For more information, call 791-9748.

Hundreds of students get training at fort

Fort Gordon will hold an overnight Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program Monday, June 21, through Friday, June 25, according to the post's public affairs office.

About 275 students from Georgia and South Carolina will attend, many of them coming from the Army JROTC programs in high schools in the Augusta area.

Their training will include a confidence course, land navigation, a rope bridge, first aid, rappelling and water safety.

The U.S. Army Signal Center, the Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the Cadet Command will hold the camp.

For more information, call 791-4199.



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