Originally created 02/28/05

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Soldier reports assault at mall

A Fort Gordon soldier said she was sexually assaulted Saturday afternoon as she left an Augusta Mall restroom.

The soldier told Richmond County sheriff's deputies she was leaving the restroom near the second-floor food court at about 3 p.m. when a man grabbed her and pulled her into a stairwell.

He then pinned her against a wall and touched her numerous times inappropriately. She eventually kicked his groin and he ran away, a police report stated.

The woman returned to Fort Gordon and reported the incident to military police, then realized she had lost her wallet and identification during the scuffle. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation.

Schools schedule council meetings

School council meetings are scheduled for today at Lucy. C. Laney High School and T.W. Josey High School.

Laney's council will meet at 2:30 p.m., and Josey's group will meet at 2:45.

School councils are advisory boards formed to work with schools toward improvement. They consist of the principal and at least two teachers, two parents and two other community members. The meetings are open to the public.

Other school council meetings planned in Richmond County this week include one at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Forest Hills Elementary School and others at 2 p.m. Thursday at Glenn Hills and Rollins elementary schools.

Augustan says men hit him, took money

An Augusta man told police he was assaulted by two men who stole $250 from him early Sunday morning.

David Hubert Meadows, 44, of the 3000 block of Deans Bridge Road, said the men offered him a ride from the Honky Tonk nightclub on Gordon Highway.

At about 3 a.m., after he invited them into his home, one of the men pulled a gun and struck him on the head with it, then took the money and some beer, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report says.

Girl Scouts request Excellence nominees

The Augusta-area Girl Scout council is seeking nominations for its 2005 Women of Excellence Awards.

The awards recognize women who have made outstanding contributions in one of seven areas: arts, business, community service, education, government, health or professions. Nominees don't have to be former Girl Scouts.

The awards are open to women from Georgia and South Carolina. The deadline for nominations is March 25.

For more information or to request a nomination form, call 774-0505.