Originally created 07/04/05

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Roads will be closed today

The Augusta Engineering Department has announced the following road closures as a result of today's Independence Day activities in Richmond County:

- The 800 block of Reynolds Street will be closed from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

- The Fifth Street bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. today until 1 a.m. Tuesday.

- The 1000 block of 13th Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

- Lake Forest Drive, from Walton Way to Lombardy Court and Comfort Drive, will be closed from 11:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Man says he was robbed, assaulted

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed as he was walking home early Sunday morning, a police report states.

The 30-year-old man told deputies that at 1:30 a.m., while he was walking in the 2600 block of Meadowbrook Drive, two men approached him.

One man put him in a headlock and the other punched him, he said. One of the men took a $50 bill from his pocket, and both fled west on Meadowbrook Drive.

Cashbox is stolen from St. Joseph

An employee of an Augusta hospital says someone took a cashbox from her workstation, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

The employee of St. Joseph Hospital said the gray metal box, which contained $184, was taken between 1:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday.

Hospital security employees told sheriff's deputies that they will review video surveillance of the area where the theft occurred.

Police investigate burglary at business

Richmond County sheriff's deputies say they are investigating a burglary at the offices of an Augusta trucking company.

Employees of Augusta Transportation Inc., in the 900 block of Molly Pond Road, told police that between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, someone entered the dispatch room and cut a square hole in a metal security window.

A flat-screen computer monitor, worth $250, was taken, a report says.

Part of Walton Way will remain closed

A portion of Walton Way will continue to be closed until the end of August, according to the Augusta Engineering Department.

The 800 block of Walton Way will remain closed because the Atlanta Gas Light pollution mitigation project along the Augusta Canal has been extended. Drivers should use Telfair Street as a detour.

Teenager reports assault to police

A Grovetown teenager told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was assaulted early Sunday morning at an Augusta nightclub.

The 17-year-old boy said that at 1:20 a.m., while he was at the Tinted Windows nightclub in the 1500 block of North Leg Road, about seven males hit and kicked him.

A police report says the teenager had cuts on his face and a bloody nose.

The report says he was treated at Doctors Hospital.

VA emergency room will keep same hours

The Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Centers' emergency room at the Downtown Division hospital will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the VA has announced.

The Life Support Unit was to shorten its hours to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, effective last Friday.

The VA cited the limited number of patients served in the unit late in the evening and overnight and said most patients seen during those hours didn't need emergency room treatment.

According to a news release, physicians have volunteered to fill an immediate opening in the coverage schedule, and VA nurses came forward to work the late-night hours in order to keep the emergency room open.