Originally created 10/07/04

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Manhunt results from traffic stop

WAGENER - A traffic stop evolved into a protracted manhunt after two men ran from the car and exchanged gunshots with police, authorities said.

At about midnight, about 40 officers from local, state and federal agencies had surrounded a mobile home on Cofer Street where the two men were thought to be holed up, said Lt. Michael Frank of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

A negotiator had been called in to try to talk to the men, an officer at the scene said.

The manhunt began at about 8:30 p.m. on Hazel Hudson Drive when a Wagener police officer pulled over a vehicle occupied by two men.

The passenger jumped from the car and ran, followed by the driver. One of the men was heard saying he wasn't going back to jail.

Lt. Frank said the officers thought they saw a weapon and fired at the men, who shot back.

A helicopter and bloodhound teams were also called in to assist in the search.

2nd school board candidate exits race

Cherie Foster withdrew her name Friday as a candidate for the Richmond County Board of Education.

Ms. Foster, District 10 representative from 1992 to 2000, was set to challenge incumbent Helen Minchew to regain her seat. But Ms. Foster withdrew her name Friday for personal reasons, leaving Mrs. Minchew unchallenged.

Because of the late date of Ms. Foster's withdrawal, her name will still appear on the ballot.

Ms. Foster is the second candidate to withdraw from the school board race. Brian Tucker has withdrawn his name as a candidate for the District 8 seat, leaving James Atkins Jr. as the sole challenger to incumbent Jeff Padgett.

Pizza deliveryman is robbed at gunpoint

Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into a Tuesday night incident in which a pizza deliveryman said he was robbed at gunpoint while making a delivery in Hephzibah.

The employee of Domino's Pizza told deputies that he was making a delivery in the 2600 block of Castletown Drive before 10 p.m. when a man approached him with a black gun and ordered him to put the pizza and money on the ground and to leave.

The police report states that the man took money and pizza. No arrests were immediately made.

Community discusses revitalization plans

A meeting to discuss revitalization plans for the Harrisburg community is being held today.

Douglas Manning, of the Augusta Housing and Economic Development department, will lead a discussion and question-and-answer period, focusing on community development and improving safety standards in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. The issue of absentee landlords will also be discussed.

The meeting is being held at 7 p.m. at Bible Deliverance Temple, 1857 Fenwick St. The Harrisburg Neighborhood Association is sponsoring the event.

House approves bill to help soldiers' wallets

A measure introduced by a local congressman aiming to protect military personnel from unsuitable financial products has passed the House of Representatives, a news release states.

The Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Max Burns, R-Ga., in August, passed 396-2, according to Mr. Burns' press office.

The legislation bans the sale of contractual mutual funds and ensures full state regulation of life insurance and other products sold on military bases.

The legislation was prompted by an investigative report by The New York Times that revealed high-pressure and misleading sales pitches for financial products to young recruits at several military installations across the nation.

A similar measure is being considered in the Senate.

Man awakes to find intruder with knife

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a report of an early Wednesday morning home invasion in which an Augusta resident said he woke to find a man holding a knife to his throat.

The 56-year-old man told sheriff's deputies that he had been sleeping at his residence on Hickman Road at about 2 a.m. when he woke to find a man holding a knife to his throat, threatening him.

The man reported that the intruder took $25, a shaving kit, a home telephone and a celluar phone during the intrusion. The report states that the intruder entered through an unsecured window.

No arrests were immediately made, the report states.

Authorities make 10 arrests at schools

Richmond County authorities made 10 arrests Wednesday at local high schools as part of a joint task force against disorder and violence, officials said.

Sheriff's Col. Gary Powell said the following individuals were arrested. Those 16 or younger and charged as juveniles were not named because of their ages:

ACADEMY OF RICHMOND COUNTY: One juvenile charged with disruption of public school

BUTLER: One juvenile charged with disruption of public school; two juveniles charged with gambling

CROSS CREEK: One juvenile charged with disruption of public school

GLENN HILLS: Two juveniles charged with simple battery and disruption of public school

JOSEY: Two juveniles and one adult, Cherrie Mickens, 19, charged with affray.

The task force, an effort among the Board of Education public safety, the District Attorney's office and the sheriff's office, began Sept. 20.

Prayer, praise rally will close one block

A block of Telfair Street will be closed off Friday evening for a prayer and praise rally, according to the Richmond County Public Works and Engineering Department.

The closed section will be on the 700 block of Telfair near the Bell Auditorium from 6 to

9:30 p.m.

ASU is presented with historical marker

The Georgia Historical Association will present a historical marker to Augusta State University in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, recognizing the institution's roots with the Academy of Richmond County.

The marker will be unveiled outside University Hall and will be installed near the main entrance.