Originally created 03/03/05

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Police say teen carried knife

Police arrested a 17-year-old Augusta teen Wednesday morning who is accused of having a weapon on school property, officials said.

Lavar Edward Hall, of the 1700 block of Valley Park Drive, was committed to the Richmond County jail Wednesday and charged with one felony count.

Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Jimmy Young said Mr. Hall was in physical education class at the Academy of Richmond County when a pocketknife fell out of his pocket onto the floor of the gym.

Augusta resident reports carjacking

A 40-year-old Augusta man told police a man knocked him out and stole his car Tuesday night while he was headed to pick up his son.

Patrick Hudson said that when he got out of his 1997 Chevrolet Blazer in the 2100 block of Cook Road next to the residence where his son was staying, a man approached him from behind, got into his car and struck him with the driver's side door, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Mr. Hudson told police that when he fell he dropped his car keys, which the man picked up and used to drive off in the car.

Paine seeks support for sports program

Paine College is asking residents to help them keep a program that benefits underprivileged youths.

The 2006 federal budget is eliminating the college's National Youth Sports Program, a 25-day educational and activity camp that hundreds of local low-income 10- to 16-year-olds attend each summer. If the budget passes, this summer will be the last for the program.

The Rev. Anthony Holland, the project administrator for the program, is asking that people contact the members of Georgia's congressional delegation or visit the Paine security office and sign a petition asking officials to restore the program's full annual funding to the 2006 budget by Friday, to allow time for follow-ups before the budget is to be finalized by the House and the Senate on March 21.

For information, call 821-8307 or 821-8391.

Man's suicide threat results in standoff

Columbia County officers had surrounded a house on Georgia Avenue in Appling on Wednesday night after a man threatened to kill himself and fired several shots.

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said officers were called to the home at about 7 p.m. by family members who were concerned about the man's behavior.

By the time officers arrived, the man had barricaded himself in the residence. Negotiators were called in late Wednesday to try to talk with the man.

The situation had not been resolved at press time.

Agency seeks workers for security center

The National Security Agency, based in Fort Meade, Md., will be conducting employment recruiting sessions for jobs at Regional Security Operations Center at Fort Gordon, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga.

The agency will hold a recruiting session in Atlanta on March 16, followed by the session in Augusta on March 17, according to a news release from the congressman's office.

The Fort Gordon center performs intelligence work for the government and is slated to receive new multimillion-dollar facilities.

Agency officials have not stated how many jobs will be offered.

"It is very rewarding to see years of hard, bipartisan teamwork paying off with new job openings for the CSRA, especially in light of the recent job cuts at ( Savannah River Site)," Mr. Norwood said in the release. "These new openings are coming just in time for us to keep the high-tech, security-cleared talent we have at SRS from leaving our area."

Shooting suspect could be in Columbia

Authorities suspect that a 16-year-old shooting suspect from Aiken fled to Columbia, police said Wednesday.

After wounding Reginald Young on Jan. 31, Dennis W. Floyd, of the 500 block of Polo Drive, was given a ride to the Greyhound bus station on Gervais Street in Columbia, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office reported.

"Our best information is someone gave Floyd a ride to Columbia," Sheriff Mike Hunt said. "We are not absolutely certain he boarded a bus, so there remains the possibility Floyd is in the Columbia area."

Mr. Floyd is charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Police say Mr. Floyd is black, about 6 feet 1 inch tall and 160 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at (800) 922-9709.

Fort will hold monthly briefing March 16

Military retirees and residents in the Augusta area interested in Fort Gordon are invited to the monthly community information briefing at the post, according to a news release.

The briefing will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 16 at the Gordon Club on 19th Street.

The meeting provides information on community events and projects, the release states. It will be open to questions and comments.

The next briefing will be held April 20 at the same time and place.

For more information, call (706) 791-3639.

Schools schedule council meetings

School council meetings are scheduled for today at 2 p.m. at Glenn Hills and Rollins elementary schools.

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.

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 arts, business, community service, education, government, health or professions.

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



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