Originally created 05/01/06

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Man says he was robbed

An Augusta man says he was robbed at knifepoint in the Olde Town neighborhood this weekend, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The 22-year-old said he was walking to work through May Park off Fourth Street at 11:30 p.m. Saturday when a man with a knife demanded his wallet.

The victim said the man took a Florida identification card, a Social Security card and $20 before fleeing.

Women say man hit them, stole camera

An Augusta woman said she and her sister were assaulted and robbed of a digital camera Saturday night, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

The 55-year-old woman, of the 1700 block of Essie McIntyre Boulevard, said she was taking a picture outside an apartment building after 7 p.m.

She said a man ran to her and punched her, knocking her to the ground. Her sister came to help and got the camera, but the man assaulted her, too, and snatched the camera from her.

The assailant got into a black Chevrolet Caprice Classic and fled, the report states.

Mother says teen was sexually assaulted

An Augusta mother says her mentally handicapped daughter was sexually assaulted, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

The woman said Friday that her 17-year-old daughter didn't return home from school Thursday and that she found her at school the next day.

The mother said her daughter told her that a man had sex with her at a friend's house in Richmond County.

Sheriff's investigators are looking into the alleged assault.

Burning ban starts for Columbia County

A state-mandated ban on open burning, which now includes Columbia County, goes into effect today. The ban will last through Sept. 30.

During this period, no commercial or residential open burning will be allowed in Columbia County. Exempt from the ban are campfires and agricultural burning.

For more information about the ban or disposal of yard waste during the ban, contact Columbia County Forestry Services at (706) 556-3962.

Man says he was hit by beer bottle at bar

A Grovetown man says he was assaulted while watching a concert downtown this weekend, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

David Bradner, 36, told sheriff's deputies Saturday that he was hit in the head with a beer bottle Friday night at The Mission in the 1100 block of Broad Street.

Mr. Bradner reported a cut over his left eye and swelling, according to the report.

New teacher event will be held Thursday

The Richmond County school system's annual New Teacher Reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School.

Newcomers to Richmond County schools will get swing dance lessons starting at 4 p.m.

New teacher mentors will be recognized, and Richmond County's teacher of the year will speak at 5 p.m.

Fort Gordon job fair will be held Tuesday

Fort Gordon will hold a job fair Tuesday at the Army Reserve Center at 15th Street and Lane Avenue, a post news release states.

The fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is open to people about to leave the military, retirees, veterans, their relatives and the general public.

About 60 companies are slated to be at the fair, including BellSouth, Delta Air Lines, Northrop Grumman, The Home Depot and Intelligence Careers Inc.

The fair is co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor and the Army Career and Alumni program.

For more information, call (706) 791-2009.

NAACP gives honor to Augusta branch

The Augusta branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has earned its first Branch of the Quarter honor.

The branch was honored recently at the organization's regional meeting in Sandersville and will be officially cited during a statewide gala July 29 at the Atlanta Convention Center, said Augusta branch President Charles J. Smith.

In October, the chapter will compete for Branch of the Year honors at the state convention in Brunswick, Dr. Smith said.