Originally created 05/20/05

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Teacher records verbal abuse

A Hephzibah High School teacher used a tape recorder to document repeated verbal abuse from a student in his class, a device that helped prove his case in a tribunal hearing.

Teacher Todd Dyer was using the voice recorder April 12 when the 19-year-old called Mr. Dyer "lame" and insulted the teacher's clothes, according to a tribunal report released this week. Mr. Dyer confronted the junior, but the teen told him to "shut up."

Mr. Dyer pulled out the tape recorder and showed it to the student, the report stated. He asked the student to repeat what he had just said, and the teen repeated an obscene suggestion. The tribunal panel heard the tape and sent the student to alternative school through the fall.

Pupil expelled after assaulting officer

A Murphey Middle School pupil has been expelled for a year and a half after she punched a school officer in the face, breaking his nose.

The officer, identified in the report only as Officer Cramer, was trying to stop the 15-year-old girl from fighting in the gym March 24, according to a tribunal report released this week. But the girl pushed the officer and then punched him in the face.

A tribunal panel met recently and ordered the girl to be expelled for a year and a half.

BRAC panel now has its own Web site

The nine people charged with reviewing the Pentagon's base closure list now have a home on the Internet.

The nine-member Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Web site is now online at www.brac.gov.

Until this week, the only real online presence of any government entity involved in the base closure process was that of the Defense Department, at www.defenselink.mil/brac, and the military service branches' own Web sites.

Three are charged with drug trafficking

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested and charged three people with drug trafficking after they found more than 10 pounds of marijuana in their west Augusta home, according to jail reports.

Isodora Mendoza Sr., 48, Isodora Mendoza Jr. and Jesus Garcia were charged with trafficking in marijuana, a felony, according to the Richmond County jail. They were held without bond at the jail Thursday, officials said.

A police report states that at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Richmond County sheriff's narcotics investigators executed a drug search warrant at an apartment in the 3000 block of Parrish Road and found the drugs inside.

Felon is charged with weapons violation

Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a North Augusta man with a weapons violation early Thursday after he accidentally shot himself with a .22-caliber revolver, a police report states.

Willie Floyd, 50, of the 1200 block of Melody Drive, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, jail records state.

A police report states that officers were dispatched to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound.

Mr. Floyd told police that while he was at the Regency Inn in the 400 block of Broad Street, he tried to take his gun from his pocket when it discharged, shooting him in the upper right leg.

Records state Mr. Floyd has a 1991 conviction for felony cocaine possession.

Police say man posed as sheriff's deputy

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man who they said posed as a Richmond County sheriff's deputy at a west Augusta motel.

Wycliff Capps, 34, was charged Wednesday with impersonating a police officer, a felony, and was booked into the Richmond County jail.

A police report states Mr. Capps had been staying at the Sleep Inn in the 1000 block of Claussen Road for several days, and told staff that he was a sheriff's deputy.

He told them if "they had any problems that they did not need to call dispatch but to get him and he would handle the problems," the report states.

Man charged with felony obstruction

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man after he fought with sheriff's deputies and tried to snatch an officer's gun Wednesday, a report states.

Daniel Mario Aquiningoc, 39, was charged with felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer and felony attempt to remove officer's firearm, according to the Richmond County jail.

A police report states that at 4:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to The Insurance Agency in the 3400 block of Wrightsboro Road because Mr. Aquiningoc refused to leave the business.

Eventually he walked outside, where he was met by deputies. Mr. Aquiningoc refused to talk to them and became combative.

Deputy Ronald Blanton forced Mr. Aquiningoc to the ground, and he attempted to take his gun and tried to gouge the deputy's eyes.

Augusta man reports robbery and assault

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed Wednesday night, a police report states.

The 49-year-old man said that at 11:12 p.m. while in the 800 block of Laney-Walker Boulevard, he was approached by two men.

One of the men pointed a revolver in his face, the victim said, and demanded everything he had. The victim said the men struck him in the head and mouth with the gun, and one punched him before fleeing.

Officers found a rusty .32-caliber revolver loaded with five bullets, along with a black-handled knife in the grass, nearby.

Man is held in jail on child sex charges

An Augusta man remained in jail Thursday after being charged with the sexual assault of a child.

Walter Evans Jr., 44, who lives in an apartment in the 1000 block of Woodsedge Drive, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony child molestation and aggravated child molestation after being indicted by a grand jury, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Bonnie Kalbskopf.

Wednesday's charges followed a complaint from the girl's mother, who described Mr. Evans as her ex-boyfriend, the investigator said.