Originally created 10/16/06

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Man is charged in molestation


Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a Grovetown man Saturday after he was caught in a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl, according to an incident report.


Larry Christopher Sprouse, 21, of the 200 block of Katherine Street, was at an Augusta woman's house when she saw him kissing her daughter while the girl performed a sexual act , the report said. He is charged with one count of child molestation.


Punches are thrown before arrest is made


An Augusta man punched a Richmond County sheriff's deputy and tried to steal his weapon during an arrest near Peach Orchard and Scott roads Sunday, according to an incident report.


While attempting to identify Phillip Deonta Tutt, of the 1600 block of McCauley Street, during a traffic stop, Deputy Richard Cowell was struck twice in the head. Mr. Tutt then tried to remove Deputy Cowell's firearm from its holster, the report said. The two men traded blows before the officer was able to place the suspect in custody. Mr. Tutt was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment and later released, hospital officials said.


Neighbor is arrested after man is shot


Deputies arrested an Augusta man Saturday after his neighbor was shot in the leg, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.


Witnesses said they saw Edward Willis Powell, of the 2500 block of Deans Bridge Road, arguing with a neighbor, Roman Sanchez, 33, at about

7:30 p.m. Mr. Powell then fired one shot at the victim's right leg, the report said.


Mr. Powell denied shooting the man, saying he only went over to his neighbor's house to tell them to turn down their music.


Mr. Sanchez was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment and later released, hospital officials said.


Disabilities group will hold forum today


The Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities and the Unlock the Waiting List Campaign will hold a public meeting at the Medical College of Georgia Alumni Center today to focus on issues relating to developmental disabilities, according to a news release.


The free forum, Conversations that Matter: Town Hall Meetings on Disability, will be held in rooms A, B and C from

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


It will discuss how individuals and families can advocate for programs, resources and supports for their loved ones with disabilities.


Crane arrival will shut part of Central Avenue


Central Avenue from Highland Avenue to Iris Drive will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Wednesday to park a large crane at the water treatment plant, the Augusta Engineering Department states.


Lanes will shut down on Jimmie Dyess


Temporary lane closures will occur for part of Jimmie Dyess Parkway from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Oct. 24, according to a county government release.

The closures will take place from where Jimmy Dyess intersects with West Maysfield Drive to Belair Frontage Road and Park West Drive.


The closures will reduce northbound traffic to one inside lane. Vehicles in the area will need to merge left.


Volunteers needed for waterway cleanup


Volunteers are needed for the annual Rivers Alive Community Waterways Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.


Cleanup crews plan to remove trash and debris from Betty's Branch, Butler Creek, Euchee Creek, Horse Creek, Jones Creek, Lake Olmstead, the Augusta Canal, Rae's Creek, Reed Creek, Rocky Creek, the Savannah River and Spirit Creek. All volunteers will receive a Rivers Alive T-shirt and invitations to the celebration picnic for their participation in the cleanup.


For more information, call (706) 364-5253.


Washington man is selected for panel


ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has named Joseph B. Harris, 80, of Washington, Ga, to the Georgia Council on Aging.


Dr. Harris is president of Washington Area Faith In Action Inc. and the author of more than 40 scientific publications on aging. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University, a master's degree from the University of Georgia and a doctoral degree from Duke University.


Dr. Harris is also a member of the Georgia Gerontology Society, the Central Savannah River Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce and the Washington chapter of Learning in Retirement.


Ceremony will be held for Iraq-bound troops


Fort Gordon will hold a departure ceremony for the 67th Signal Battalion on Tuesday before its deployment to Iraq.


The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Barton Field. The 67th previously deployed to Iraq from January 2004 to February 2005.


16-day tribute run will begin Oct. 26


About 150 Marines assigned to Fort Gordon will start a 16-day, round-the-clock run Oct. 26 at Barton Field, the fort said.


The tribute run will commemorate more than 850 Marines and sailors who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will end Nov. 10, the 231st birthday of the Marine Corps. For more information, call (706) 791-2872.


Part of Furys Ferry to close for landscaping


A section of Furys Ferry Road in Columbia County will be closed this week for landscaping work. The closure will include about 1,600 feet from The Pass to Boller Road and will reduce southbound traffic to one outside lane.


The lane closure will take pace from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.


Vigil will be held for violence in Augusta


Blacks Against Black Crime Inc. and New Creation Missionary Baptist Church will hold a special service tonight to kick off a 40-day prayer vigil in response to killings and gun violence in Augusta.


The service will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, 1718 Olive Road . Frank Johnson, the head of the group, said the organization is asking all churches to join in the vigil.



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