Originally created 12/13/04

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Greeter to aid mail customers

A greeter will be at Augusta's downtown post office today and Dec. 20 to aid customers.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, those two days are designated as busy mail days, so the greeter will help answer customers' questions, which might eliminate long lines.

Dec. 20 is expected to be the busiest day of the busy holiday season, with more than 850 million pieces of mail expected to enter the mail stream.

Augusta's downtown post office is at 525 Eighth St.

84-year-old man dies after being hit by car

An 84-year-old Augusta man died Sunday after being hit by a car on Windsor Spring Road at Peach Orchard Road at about noon.

Angus Godbee died as a result of the trauma, Deputy Richmond County Coroner Charlena Graham said.

Mother reports man molested 6-year-old

An Augusta woman told police this weekend that a man molested her 7-year-old son.

The woman said the man had raped her son between the time the boy was in day care and when he turned 6, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

No arrests had been made as of Sunday night.

Woman is accused of hitting husband

Police arrested a 42-year-old Augusta woman after her husband said she hit him in the head with an object at the couple's anniversary party.

Deborah Arnette Hester, of the 1600 block of Harvey Drive, was charged with one count of battery and taken to the Richmond County jail, according to an incident report.

Johnny Hester said Mrs. Hester became angry during the Saturday night party, which was at their home, and struck him. Mr. Hester's sister Elaine Hester told police that Mrs. Hester used an iron ladle from the kitchen.

Organizer announces prize-winning floats

Six floats won awards Saturday at the 2004 Christmas Fantasy Parade, according to parade coordinator Lynn Huff.

In the large float category, first place was awarded to the Augusta Housing Authority. Second place went to the Footloose and Fancy Free Cloggers.

In the small float category, first place was awarded to Faith Ministries. Second place went to A Child's World.

In the most spirited category, first place was awarded to the Windsor Spring Elementary Steppers. Rhythm and Class Cloggers won second place.

Augustan accused of stealing VapoRub jar

A 19-year-old Augusta man was arrested Sunday and charged with stealing a $6 jar of Vick's VapoRub from the Kroger on 15th Street, a Rich­mond County sheriff's report says.

Emanuel Alexa Ivey, of the 2000 block of Richmond Avenue, took the jar out of a box, hid the box behind some produce and put the jar in his pocket before walking out at about 4 a.m., the report says.

Mr. Ivey was arrested at the scene and charged with shoplifting.

Worker charged with stealing from register

An 18-year-old Augusta woman was arrested Saturday and charged with stealing more than $500 from a cash register at Sam's Club on Bobby Jones Expressway, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

Lauren D. King, of the 3200 block of Deans Bridge Road, an employee at the store, was caught on a security camera taking $534 from a register between Nov. 14 and Dec. 8, the report says. She is charged with theft by taking over $500.

Man says someone took cash from pocket

A 32-year-old Augusta man told police Sunday that someone stole $170 from his pocket while he was passed out after drinking, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

The man said that after visiting several clubs, he took a cab home and passed out in the cab. The man told police he thought the cab driver might have taken the money while he was passed out. The driver told police he did not take the money.

3 thefts, one attack reported at nightclub

Police responded to three thefts and one attack at Tinted Windows night club at 1505 North Leg Road early Sunday, Richmond County sheriff's reports say.

One man told police he was walking to his vehicle at about 2:30 a.m. when 15 to 20 men attacked him and stole his cell phone, a report says.

A woman told police that between midnight and 3 a.m., someone broke into her car in the same parking lot and stole a purse.

Another man told police he left a NASCAR jacket with $400 in cash in the pocket on a stage in the club and it was stolen while he looked away.

Cash is stolen from Sunshine Bakery

Someone broke into the Sunshine Bakery at 1209 Broad St. on Saturday night and took cash, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

A window was broken out. The bakery won't know how much money was taken until an inventory is done.

Man is charged with firing gun into air

A 50-year-old Augusta man was arrested early Sunday and charged with shooting a gun into the air from his mother-in-law's porch, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

Freddie Lee Hare, of the 2800 block of Walters Court, was arrested and charged with discharging a gun near a public highway or street. According to Mr. Hare's mother-in-law, his wife was spending the night there and he wanted her to come outside and talk to him.

Program offers help with home heating

The Energy Assistance Pro­gram is accepting applications from home bound and elderly residents for help paying their home-heating costs.

To qualify for help , you must be responsible for paying the cost of a primary home heating source, be a U.S. citizen or a legally admitted alien and have an income at or below 150 percent of Georgia's poverty level.

Richmond County residents in the 30901 ZIP code may call 722-7877. Residents in the 30906 and 30815 areas may call 790-0722. Those living in the 30904, 30907 or 30909 areas or Columbia County may call

738-4145.