Originally created 05/26/05

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Fort Gordon to gain 100 sailors

Fort Gordon will gain more than 100 sailors currently stationed in Spain at the beginning of June, according to the offices of U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood.

In a news release, the lawmakers said 145 sailors from the U.S. Naval Security Group Activity in Rota, Spain, will be moved to the Naval Security Group Activity at Fort Gordon.

The group's mission is to provide rapid radio relay and secure communications for the United States and its allies, and to maintain security procedures and research into electromagnetic phenomena.

The decision to close the activity in Spain and move it to Fort Gordon is taking place outside of the Base Realignment and Closure process, Mr. Chambliss said.

Man dies after his car rolls over him

An Augusta man was pronounced dead Wednesday night after he was apparently run over by his own car, authorities said.

Tyrone Powell, 34, of Olleridge Avenue, was pronounced dead at about 7:30 p.m. at his home near Sibley Road and Gordon Highway, said Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

Mr. Powell was found underneath his vehicle after trying to start the car by using a screwdriver, Mr. Bowen said.

The car partially ran over the victim's head and leg, Mr. Bowen said.

He said it appears the cause of death was massive head trauma.

Private lab to be used to identify remains

Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said that officials will use a private lab to help identify skeletal remains found last week in Burke County.

Authorities are investigating whether the remains might be those of Tiffany Nelson, a Richmond County girl who disappeared more than a decade ago.

The sheriff said the lab is being used because it should take about three weeks to get results, instead of three months with the FBI lab.

He said he couldn't immediately recall the name or location of the lab Wednesday night, but said that the lab had been used before, including in the case of homicide victim Natalie Clark, who was slain in 2003.

Tiffany disappeared in June 1994 when she was 9 years old. She was last seen riding a red bicycle on Richmond Hill Road at Lumpkin Road.

Insurance company will refund premiums

Georgia Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine announced Wednesday that an insurance company has agreed to refund premiums to soldiers who were solicited and sold term life insurance policies while they were training at Fort Gordon, a news release states.

Refunds from Madison National Life Insurance Company could reach a total of $875,000 for about 830 policies, the commissioner stated.

Governor will speak at forum about river

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a June 21 public forum in Columbia County to discuss challenges and strategies for managing the Savannah River and its water.

The forum, organized by the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, will include as panelists an array of scientists, environmental regulators and other officials from both Georgia and South Carolina, and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Mr. Perdue's remarks will focus on Georgia's water resources. Details about the forum are available online at www.naturalsciencesacademy. org.

Woman is victim of downtown shooting

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she was shot in the right shoulder early Wednesday.

Abtausha Leigh Sullivan, 24 said that while she was walking in the 1900 block of Broad Street, she heard a noise and realized she had been shot in her right shoulder.

Richmond County sheriff's Lt. James Young said she was treated for her injuries at University Hospital.

He said she initially said that someone gave her a ride to the hospital, then changed her story and said she walked there. He said she declined to prosecute.

Three-car accident leaves six injured

Six people sustained serious injuries Tuesday night after a three-car accident in Burke County about three miles east of Waynesboro.

At about 9:20 p.m., authorities were called to Georgia Highway 24 less than a mile from Watkinsville Church Road, according to the Georgia State Patrol's Sylvania Post.

A 1999 Oldsmobile Alero was traveling east on Highway 24 and lost control and traveled into a westbound lane, striking an eastbound 2002 Chevy Impala. A third car, a 1997 Dodge Ram, was unable to avoid hitting the Alero, police said.

Three of the injured people were children. Some of the injured were taken to the Burke County Medical Center and others to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, authorities said.

State roads will open for holiday weekend

This weekend there will be no lane closures on area interstates or state routes for road construction, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

A news release from the department says that workers might be present but that lanes will not be allowed to be closed from 5 a.m. Friday until 9 p.m. Monday.

Students will attend camp at Fort Gordon

About 240 high school students in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in the Augusta area will take part in the overnight Camp Semaphore at Fort Gordon from Tuesday to Friday, June 3, according to the post's public affairs office.

The camp provides the cadets with a challenging learning experience while developing positive leadership, team work, citizenship skills and knowledge, a news release states.

Cadets are also provided the opportunity to interact with peers from diverse backgrounds in a safe military style environment.

The cadets will receive training in rappelling, using a one-rope bridge, combat water safety, land navigation and the confidence course.

For more information, call 791-4199.


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