Originally created 09/29/05

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Robbery victim recognizes teen

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a 16-year-old in a Tuesday night armed robbery.

Lt. James Young identified the teenager as Darian Prater, of the 2600 block of Dublin Drive.

Rodney M. Rainey told deputies that two men assaulted and robbed him at about 10:30 p.m., after he came home to his residence in the 3400 block of Dexter Court.

Lt. Young said Mr. Rainey recognized the teenager as an employee of his at McDonald's.

Corroded guns found during cleanup at lot

Two extremely corroded weapons were found Wednesday morning as work crews from the Richmond County Correctional Institute were cleaning up an area near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to a sheriff's report.

The guns, a 12-gauge single- shot shotgun and a .22-caliber lever-action rifle with scope, were found at a vacant lot in the 1200 block of Kent Street, wrapped in trash bags and hidden under some brush.

Deputies were unable to check the serial numbers on the weapons because of the corrosion.

ASU faculty, staff pass funding campaign mark

Faculty and staff passed the $1 million mark in their 11th year of giving to the A Day for Augusta State University fund-raising campaign.

The campaign to raise money for scholarships, faculty development and other programs not funded by state revenue has moved into its community phase after faculty and staff at the university contributed $133,000. The community drive is expected to raise more than $300,000. The total goal for this year's campaign is $400,000.

The campaign is also used to match state funding for technology programs.

A series of events is scheduled to raise awareness of the campaign. Events include the Jaguar Jaunt 5K run and walk Saturday, a health fair at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Wednesday and Fine Arts Gala Oct. 6. A Day for ASU will be Oct. 7.

For more information about the campaign or any of the events, call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 737-1759.

Law firm in Augusta is victim of arsonist

Someone set fire to a downtown Augusta law firm's offices early Wednesday morning, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

At 12:22 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the law firm of Calvin and Travers Chance on Fifth Street.

The fire was set on the east side of the building. No damage was found inside.

Cashier charged with taking store's money

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an electronics store cashier Wednesday on charges that she had taken several thousand dollars from her employer, records show.

Shanelle Ann Taylor, of the 2500 block of Milledgeville Road, was charged with felony theft by taking and was booked into the Richmond County jail at 12:41 a.m., according to records there.

A police report states that staff at the Circuit City, in the 200 block of Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, accused Ms. Taylor of taking $2,283 from the store between Aug. 12 and Sept. 19.

Up to 3 inches of rain pelt Columbia County

A Wednesday storm brought as much as 3 inches of rain to some portions of Columbia County, causing some roads to fill with water temporarily.

Pam Tucker, the county's emergency services director, said the county received between 1 and 3 inches of rain and that Sandlewood Drive in the Martinez subdivision Springlakes had to be temporarily closed to allow rain to drain from the road.

She said Reed Creek reportedly neared the top of its banks at the height of the storm.

Man given probation for identity theft plea

A 41-year-old Hephzibah man was sentenced to five years of probation this week after pleading guilty earlier this year to identity theft.

Rufus Van Jr. will serve the first six months of his probation on home detention and pay $39,222.67 in restitution as part of his sentence from the U.S. Attorney District of South Carolina.

Mr. Van pleaded guilty in late April to conspiring in 2000 and 2001 with several others to use stolen identification information from a Ford Motor Co. factory in Michigan to establish credit accounts at Georgia and South Carolina stores.

He and the others then sold the goods they purchased through these accounts for a fraction of their values.

Mr. Van's brother, Andre, has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

A third man accused in the scheme, Darrell Lamont Macklin, has been charged but is a fugitive.

60 employers set for Fort Gordon job fair

Fort Gordon's Job Fair 2005 will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Army Reserve Center on 15th Street near Lane Avenue.

More than 60 local, state and national employers will be at the free job fair.

Job seekers should bring copies of their rsums and wear business attire.

For more information, call 791-0795 or 791-2009.

Oktoberfest events to include Volksmarch

A Volksmarch - a non-competitive walk - will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Freedom Park Gazebo at Fort Gordon.

The walk, part of the post's Oktoberfest celebration, costs $5 and is free for children younger than 3. For more information, call 791-6109 or 791-1254.

Author will conduct workshop on poverty

Dr. Ruby Payne, the author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty, will stop Oct. 10-11 at Augusta State University during her national tour.

She will conduct a two-day workshop in the Christenberry Fieldhouse to promote understanding of poverty.