Originally created 01/21/05

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Principal might face charges

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has become involved in a mother's accusations that a principal assaulted her son in a crowded lunchroom last week.

Maj. Ken Autry said parent Tanya Trim approached police Thursday about pursuing criminal charges against Principal Hartley Gibbons Jr. of Glenn Hills Middle School. The mother of 13-year-old Michael Trim says the principal pushed her son and then slammed him onto a lunchroom table Friday because he wouldn't tuck in his shirt.

Maj. Autry said he would review the complaint and likely assign an investigator to look into the accusations and talk to witnesses.

"If there is probable cause, then we would submit it to the warrant office.

"Either they would give a warrant or a (pre-arrest) hearing, or whatever is appropriate," Maj. Autry said.

Augusta State reports record enrollment

Enrollment at Augusta State University hit a new record for a spring semester.

While official numbers will not be available until later in the semester, the current count is 6,111 students, which is up 3.3 percent from spring 2004.

The official enrollment for spring 2004 was 5,915, according to Katherine Sweeney, the director of admissions and registrar.

Authorities search for Jefferson County teen

Jefferson County authorities are looking for a 15-year-old girl they said ran away to Richmond County in the McBean area, officials said Thursday.

Tara Renee Norton, a Jefferson County High School student who lives near Wrens, left her residence at about 6 p.m. Monday and was taken to Richmond County, said Jefferson County sheriff's Lt. Robert Chalker.

Lt. Chalker said Tara does not have a history of running away from home, and that authorities are not sure whether she is in danger.

Tara is described as white, 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds. She has hazel eyes and dirty blonde hair.

Anyone with information about Tara's whereabouts is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at (478) 625-7538.

Augustan is accused of biting woman's ear

Police are seeking an Augusta woman accused of severely biting a woman's ear Thursday evening.

Authorities are searching for Jennifer Moore, 24, of Meadowgrove Drive, who is accused of biting off the left earlobe of Latrell Bowers, 22, of the 3000 block of Cameron Drive, near Meadowbrook Drive, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Bonnie Kalbskopf.

The women were fighting over a man at about 7:30 p.m., when the incident happened at Ms. Bowers' home, police said.

Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

2 soldiers sentenced for code infractions

Two Fort Gordon soldiers were sentenced in separate courts-martial this week for infractions against the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Pvt. Thomas D. Patterson, of the 73rd Ordnance Battalion, pleaded guilty to being absent-without-leave, failure to report, two counts of failure to obey a lawful order and one count of willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, according to the post's public affairs office.

He was sentenced to four months' confinement, two-thirds' forfeiture of all pay and allowances for four months, and a bad conduct discharge.

Pvt. Sean M. Foulks, of the 447th Signal Battalion, pleaded guilty to two counts of the wrongful use of marijuana and four counts of failure to obey a lawful order.

He will serve four months' confinement, and was also sentenced to two-thirds' forfeiture of pay and allowances.

Factory employee is in critical condition

A man severely burned this week when an electrical transformer blew at Augusta Newsprint remained at an Augusta hospital Thursday, officials said.

Donny Vaughn was in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital on Thursday evening, said Beth Frits, a spokeswoman for the center.

Mr. Vaughn was taken to the hospital after a transformer exploded Tuesday afternoon at the business.

Man says nursing home abused mother

A North Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Wednesday that employees of a Deans Bridge Road nursing home abused his 67-year-old mother.

Kevin B. Jackson said his mother, Annie D. Jackson, told him that three employees made derogatory comments about her, slapped her on the head, thumped her head and pulled her hair Tuesday.

Mr. Jackson told authorities that he filed a complaint with the nursing home and that the three abusive employees were fired, a police report said.

Augusta Tech will hold fund-raising campaign

The Graniteville train wreck and the south Asian tsunami has sparked a fund-raising campaign at Augusta Technical College.

A community support campaign is planned for next week as the college accepts donations from students and faculty members. Collections will be held on the Augusta, Waynesboro and Thomson campuses. Checks made out to the American Red Cross also will be accepted.

Water line break closes part of road

Part of Whiskey Road was shut down Thursday afternoon when a water line ruptured, spilling water onto the road, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

At about 2 p.m., water began spilling onto the road near Berrie and Whiskey roads, said Sgt. David Turno of the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Traffic was rerouted down Banks Mill and Powderhouse roads to allow crews to dig up portions of the damaged water line, Sgt. Turno said.

Whiskey and Berrie roads were reopened to traffic at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday, Sgt. Turno said.



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