Originally created 07/06/06

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Board might hire principal

Columbia County school officials could hire a new principal for Greenbrier Elementary School at a called meeting of the school board at 2 p.m. today.

The meeting will be held at the school board office at 4781 Hereford Farm Road.

Former Greenbrier Elementary School Principal Jon Pike accepted a demotion to conclude a termination hearing held last week.

School officials accused Mr. Pike of acting in a nonprofessional manner, trying to coerce teachers and creating a division in his staff in his attempts to discover who wrote a letter to Associate Superintendent Lauren Williams blaming Mr. Pike for poor teacher morale.

Mr. Pike will serve as a teacher in the system for the upcoming school year, but he will keep his principal's salary, about $62,000, for one year.

Once the school year is concluded, he will be allowed to re-apply for a position in the school system at the salary that position offers.

Second man sought on shooting charges

Authorities have released the name of the second suspect in a shooting on the 2400 block of Bahama Drive on Tuesday.

Dennis Marcel Mingledolph, 25, of the 1300 block of Dewitt Street, is wanted on six counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal damage to property.

Darion Antonio McNair, 17, of the 2500 block of Drayton Drive, is also wanted in connection with the incident. Deputies are investigating whether Mr. McNair was involved in another shooting at the Shell Pump 'N Shop on Tobacco Road on Monday, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office news release.

Nyeshia Gant, 18, was wounded during Monday's incident.

Anyone with information on either suspect's whereabouts can call any violent crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020 or (706) 821-1080.

Man loses chunk of his ear to prostitute

An Augusta man told deputies that a prostitute bit off part of his right ear at the Citgo Station on 15th Street on Tuesday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Deputies responded to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital emergency room, where the man said he and the woman had an argument over money and she attacked him.

Bandits hold up man in 600 block of Broad

An Augusta man was robbed in the 600 block of Broad Street on Wednesday morning, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The man said two men pointed a shotgun at him and demanded that he remove his shoes and glasses and empty his pockets.

He said the suspects fled toward Fifth Street, the incident report said.

The man appeared to be intoxicated and admitted that he had been drinking, the report said.

Patrol winds up probe of domestic fatality

South Carolina Highway Patrol took measurements and photographs Wednesday at the scene of a fatal car crash that police say was caused when a woman tried to run her husband off the road.

Witnesses told authorities that Virginia L. Cantara, 36, tried to run her husband off the road but crashed her own vehicle and died.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office already closed its investigation but the Highway Patrol won't release its final report for 30 to 45 days, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Michael Frank said.

Mrs. Cantara's husband, Thomas Cantara, 35, who was traveling with children in his car, received minor injuries and has returned home. The children were unharmed, authorities said.

Aiken girl, 7, is hit, injured by fireworks

A 7-year-old Aiken girl was injured Tuesday when she was hit by fireworks, according to a police report.

The girl received second-degree burns when she was hit on the left and right inner thighs, the report from the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The girl's mother told police that her neighbor on the 100 block of Oxford Trace Court Southeast was setting off fireworks late Tuesday.

Toniuga Barrow, 29, was issued a citation for discharging illegal fireworks.

The child was treated by EMS, the report states.

19 seek treatment for burns from fireworks

Nineteen people were treated for fireworks-related burns at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital from July 1 through July 5, said Beth Fritts, a spokeswoman for the center.

Ms. Fritts said the number of people treated was about the same as last year. The center treated people from as far north as Tennessee and as far south as Florida, she said.

Spokeswomen from both University Hospital and the Medical College of Georgia Hospital said neither facility treated any fireworks-related injuries over the holiday.

Businessmen named to Georgia boards

Two Augusta businessmen and civic leaders have been named to separate state boards, the office of Gov. Sonny Perdue said Wednesday.

Former state Sen. Don Cheeks, 75, was appointed to the Georgia Ports Authority. Mr. Cheeks, the owner of Bankers Realty and Insurance, served for decades in the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate until his defeat in 2004 by former state Sen. Charles Walker.

H. Monty Osteen, 65, was named to the Georgia Board of Economic Development. Mr. Osteen is the CEO of Financial Holdings of Augusta Inc. and has served as the chairman of the Richmond County Development Authority and other organizations.

Blood Center supplies low, donations sought

Shepeard Community Blood Center said Wednesday that the center had less than a one-day supply of certain blood types for local hospitals after the Independence Day holiday.

There is a chance of a shortage of types O-negative, B-positive and B-negative blood. There is only a one-day supply of type O-positive blood.

Donations are needed. The center has locations at 1533 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta, 112 Davis Road in Martinez, 460 N. Belair Road in Evans and 1019 Pine Log Road in Aiken.

For operating hours and more information, call (706) 737-4551.

- From staff reports