Originally created 08/20/05

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Soldiers join hunt for clues

Soldiers from a Fort Gordon Signal officer class will join civilian volunteers and Richmond County sheriff's personnel in a canvass in rural Burke County this morning for clues in the death of Tiffany Elizabeth Nelson.

About 20 to 30 service members from the Signal Officer Basic Class 007-05 are volunteering to join the sheriff's office to comb a rural swath of land off of Farmers Bridge Road, according to the Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office.

"Part of our job as being officers in the United States Army is to provide community support, and to let them know that the military is there for them," 1st Lt. Judy Hobson said.

Tiffany's remains were found there in May. In 1994, the 9-year-old girl disappeared after going to a convenience store at Lumpkin and Richmond Hill roads.

This is not the first time Fort Gordon personnel have helped in the case. In 1994, a dog from the fort was used to help search for Tiffany, according to archives of The Augusta Chronicle.

Ill puppy is found shut in Apricot Lane shed

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a suspected case of animal cruelty after a small puppy that appeared to be sick was left in a shed, a report states.

Witnesses found a brown and black puppy inside a shed in the 2500 block of Apricot Lane on Thursday night.

The puppy was extremely underweight and couldn't stand up. It appeared to have been inside the shed without food or water for a long time, the report states. The puppy's breed was not listed.

Suspect is sought in March drive-by

Police are seeking a Hephzibah man in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred earlier this year at a Hephzibah residence.

Oneil Nash, 25, has outstanding warrants on charges of aggravated assault and criminal damage to property in the first degree in connection with the shooting, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Glen Rahn said Thursday night.

The incident occurred March 22 at a house in the 3500 block of Dayton Drive, police said. A woman who lives at the residence was standing outside but was not injured, police said. The house was struck twice by bullets.

Mr. Nash's most recent listed address was in the 2600 block of Crosscreek Road. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Witnesses say male ran from apartment fire

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called after someone set fire to an apartment early Thursday morning.

Witnesses told sheriff's deputies a male was seen running from an apartment at the Sunset Villa complex in the 1700 block of Essie McIntyre Boulevard as smoke came from the inside at 1:30 a.m.

The apartment was vacant at the time of the fire. Deputies observed a scorch mark on the floor and a charred cardboard box.

Man reports theft of $17,600 in gold coins

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Thursday that someone took several thousand dollars' worth of rare gold coins from his home.

James Luther Wood Jr., 71, of the 2900 block of Lake Forest Drive, said someone took 40 gold coins, worth $17,600.

Trip to motel with girl, 15, leads to charges

Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged a man with enticing a minor after he was accused of taking a 15-year-old girl to a motel and kissing her, officials said Friday.

Jimmy Lee Carter, 48, was charged Thursday with enticing a child for indecent purposes and contributing to the delinquency of a minor , jail records state.

Lt. James Young said the incident happened in June 2004, when Mr. Carter took the girl to a motel before her eighth-grade graduation, under the pretense of showing her a dress.

Once inside, Mr. Carter provided the girl with marijuana and kissed her neck, Lt. Young said.

She told him to stop, and he took her home.

Students to hear about military academies

U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both Georgia Republicans, will hold a service academy day in Atlanta on Sept. 17 for Georgia students interested in the nation's military service academies, a news release states.

Representatives from all five service academies will be on hand to answer questions. The event is free and open to students in grades eight to 12, the release states.

It will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Naval Air Station Atlanta, 1000 Halsey Ave., Hangar 5, Marietta.

Students who plan to participate should bring a Social Security number, the number of guests attending and contact information. Reservations are required because of security restrictions, and everyone must have a valid photo ID to enter the air station.

For more information, call Theresa Milligan at Mr. Chambliss' Atlanta office at (770) 763-9090 or (404) 210-1841, or e-mail theresa_milligan@chambliss.senate.gov.

Certificate classes to be held at high school

GED preparation and other certificate classes will be held at Lucy C. Laney High School.

In partnership with Augusta Technical College, the Richmond County Board of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center is offering certificates in the areas of application software specialist and basic shielded metal arc welding.

Registration will continue through Sept. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the school, 1339 Laney-Walker Blvd.

For more information, call Site Coordinator Kathy Maddox at 823-6677.



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