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Injured deputy leaves hospital

A Columbia County deputy who was injured Jan. 6 when his car struck a deer was resting at home Wednesday after spending more than a week in the hospital.

Deputy Thad Brown was released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, 10 days after his patrol car hit the animal on White Oak Road, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said. The car overturned several times after the collision, and Deputy Brown had to be airlifted to MCG.

N. Augusta landmark under sales contract

Seven Gables, a former North Augusta restaurant and hunting lodge with a storied past, is under contract, said Woody Trulock, of Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Co.

Mr. Trulock, who said the contract is undergoing a due diligence, or feasibility period, offered no details about the sale. However, he said, the North Augusta property was listed for $795,000.

The Tudor-Revival mansion on Georgia Avenue was built in 1903 as a hunting lodge for the former Hampton Terrace Hotel. It also has been a private home and housed two restaurants, the Buffalo Room and Seven Gables.

Two years ago, North Augusta officials considered spending $862,000 on the property to use it as a special events venue.

Aiken fire volunteers to get federal grants

Two Aiken County fire departments have been awarded nearly $250,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Center Community Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $199,500 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant, while the Monetta Community Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $50,070 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant.

The first pays for firefighting vehicles, and the second is for training, fitness programs, equipment and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

Marijuana found at entry to courthouse

A 55-year-old Denmark, S.C., man walked into the Aiken County Courthouse on Monday and tried to send a marijuana cigarette through security's X-ray machine, right in front of deputies, according to a police report.

Robert L. Anderson was given a ticket for simple possession of marijuana after deputies noticed the cigarette among the items he placed in a plastic tray to be sent through the security device, according to a report from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Visitors to the courthouse are required to send purses and the contents of their pockets through an X-ray machine while they walk through a metal detector.

Police seek man who exposed self to girl

Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a 15-year-old girl Tuesday morning in the 1500 block of Lee Beard Way.

According to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Jimmy Young, the girl was walking a younger sister to Collins Elementary about 8:30 a.m. when a man in a black Ford Taurus pulled beside her and began a conversation. The man drove away, but later returned and exposed himself. She screamed and ran home, Lt. Young said.

Teacher's office at academy vandalized

An Academy of Richmond County teacher's office was vandalized over the weekend, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Christopher Randall Lamb, 32, told police someone broke a window and spray-painted inside the office with black and white paint. Paint was left on two bookshelves, a leather chair, a printer, three plaques, pictures and a wall.

Road repairs to alter Laney-Walker traffic

The eastbound lanes of Laney-Walker Boulevard from Third Street to East Boundary will be closed until Wednesday so crews can repair a large cave-in, according to a Augusta-Richmond County Engineering Department news release.

Drivers can use Third Street, Watkins Street and East Boundary as detours.

Ex-Kansas official to discuss cyber crimes

A former Kansas attorney general who helped federal law enforcement create a Cyber Crimes Task Force in his state will discuss strategies for stopping child and sexual predators tonight at First Presbyterian Church on Telfair Street.

Phill Kline, now the district attorney in Johnson County, Kansas, will speak at a dinner sponsored by Augusta Care Pregnancy.

It begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $6.

For more information, call (706) 724-5531.

Meeting on mercury at Olin is canceled

An Augusta Commission subcommittee has canceled a meeting to discuss concerns about mercury emissions in the Augusta area.

Commissioner Andy Cheek, the chairman of the Public Safety Solutions Study Subcommittee, said scheduling conflicts hampered efforts to gather officials from Olin Corp. and Georgia's Environmental Protection Division for the meeting, which was scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.

Oceana, a Washington, D.C., environmental group, is waging a campaign to compel Olin to convert its Augusta chlorine factory to mercury-free technology and has asked commissioners to support such an effort.

Woman is in custody after bizarre behavior

A 46-year-old North Augusta woman was taken into protective custody Tuesday after screaming at police officers.

Sara P. Murphy, of Seymour Drive, was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers and sedated, according to a report from the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

According to the report, Ms. Murphy pulled behind an officer assisting with a disabled vehicle and began blowing her car horn. When the officer told her to drive around his patrol car, she said, "I am God," and then drove away.

She returned, minutes later, and began yelling, "I am God, Neil Diamond is my father, there is a diamond on my spaceship, the stalking laws are null and void in the CSRA," the report states.

She pulled over to the side of the road, got out, and "started beating on her entire car with her purse and screaming," the report states. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

- From staff reports

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onelove
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onelove 01/18/07 - 07:11 am
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LOL SISTA Need for spend the

LOL SISTA Need for spend the night in the crazy house. DRUGS WILL DO THIS TO U PEOPLE!!!!!

mrwillard
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mrwillard 01/18/07 - 08:17 am
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It is 7:13 am and none of the

It is 7:13 am and none of the TV stations, Channel 12, Channel 6, or Channel 26 has informed us of Richmond or Columbia school closings due to the icy weather. Why is it that Richmond County schools can not inform the public? May we need a complete overhaul of the school "professionals" here.

NicoleKelly
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NicoleKelly 01/18/07 - 08:49 am
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Why would he try to sneak

Why would he try to sneak Mary Jane cigarette passed the police. You know they know what it looks and smell like, because they all smoke it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ibade
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ibade 01/18/07 - 09:44 am
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Channel 6 news had all the

Channel 6 news had all the schools closings or delays going across the bottom of the screen this morning.Because I had to check to see if my sons school was delayed or closed.

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HGGP 01/18/07 - 09:49 am
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Maybe Richmond County schools

Maybe Richmond County schools were not delayed or cancelled! That is a brillant thought! Some schools in Rich. Co. start at 7:30 so I would assume the buses had already ran by 7:13! DUH

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CFABIAN 01/18/07 - 09:54 am
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Did the deputy at least take

Did the deputy at least take a look in the spaceship for the diamond? lol -- For you people who walk amongst us teetering on the edge (and you know who you are) please take your meds.

HUH2
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HUH2 01/18/07 - 10:08 am
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Obviously a nut everyone

Obviously a nut everyone knows that spaceships run on Dilithium Crystals NOT Diamonds. She does need help!!

justiceforallusca00
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justiceforallusca00 01/18/07 - 10:11 am
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onelove, you should think

onelove, you should think before you speak out when you accuse people of using drugs without knowing all of the facts. The woman that displayed the bizarre behavior may have been going though a psychotic break that caused her behavior. Mental illness is real and serious. She could have endangered herself or others. Broaden your mind and educate yourself.

Thank you to the police officers that didn't assume the woman was under the influence of drugs and took the proper precautions and sent her to the hospital where she can be properly evaluated and treated whether it’s for drugs or a mental illness.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 01/18/07 - 11:11 am
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Justicefor... Lighten up, for

Justicefor... Lighten up, for pete's sake. For once, the comments are mostly entertaining instead of obnoxious and stupid. "Onelove" was being humorous. but she also is right, even if this particular poor woman was having a psychotic episode unrelated to drug use.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 01/18/07 - 11:16 am
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I actually agree with

I actually agree with MarleneWillard that it would have been nice if school officials had put out there that Richmond and Columbia county schools WOULD be in session as usual, especially at a time when so many schools in our area were opening late or not at all.

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Expressyourself 01/18/07 - 11:52 am
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Well said Justice. If a

Well said Justice. If a mental break down or a psychotic episode is humorous to you "worried about our future" Worry about your future not mine.

justiceforallusca00
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justiceforallusca00 01/18/07 - 12:43 pm
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Thank you

Thank you Expressyourself.....drug abuse and mental illness is not to be taken lightly and too many people are desensitized about the seriousness of both of these issues UNTIL IT HITS YOUR FAMILY OR NEIGHBORHOOD. Making light of the situation is totally inappropriate and it is a slap in the face for the overworked and underpaid dedicated professionals that work with this population.

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sueboo418 01/18/07 - 12:49 pm
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Amen to Justice. Mental

Amen to Justice. Mental illness is very real and a very serious disease and I have seen first hand how badly not taking the proper meds can mess a person up. So, onelove, before you open your mouth about something you obviously know nothing about, maybe you need to do a little reading about mental illness and how serious it is.

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sismel 01/18/07 - 01:22 pm
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Lighten up folkes.. and find

Lighten up folkes.. and find some humor in things. Life is too short to take everything so serious all the time.

gear
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gear 01/18/07 - 02:44 pm
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What are you all fussing and

What are you all fussing and complaining about??????

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 01/18/07 - 03:23 pm
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Oh, please... Just take a

Oh, please... Just take a chill pill. Nobody is saying mental illness isn't sad or tragic, and it is certain that cocaine addiction destroys you as a person (which is what "onelove" was actually saying). You guys are so self-absorbed that you are even reading what people post with understanding. And I know from plenty of first hand experience in local hospital ERs that some of these crazy people are funny, even if their lives are sad.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 01/18/07 - 03:26 pm
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correction: ...that you are

correction: ...that you are NOT even reading what people post...

grow up augusta
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grow up augusta 01/18/07 - 04:17 pm
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Why would the schools be

Why would the schools be closed anyway... there is no accumulation of snow or ice... there was never even the threat of that happening. It seems that as soon as the wind blows, a kneejerk reaction happens. Lets close the entire city as soon as the temp gets to 32 degrees.

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Curmudgeon 01/18/07 - 05:11 pm
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Was the woman wearing a

Was the woman wearing a purple dress and a red hat?...Never mind, she was not fifty yet. It would have been a lavender dress and a pink hat.

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ImThatGuy 01/18/07 - 05:39 pm
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Only in the south.... will

Only in the south.... will close the entire city down for a threat of cold bad weather involving ice. The Boy Scout motto is "Be prepared." Instead of city officials taking the nice expensive and lavish "business" retreats, maybe they can prepare for a little frozen precipitaton. It's just a thought.

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rzombie125 01/19/07 - 01:48 am
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Maybe she needed more

Maybe she needed more plutonium for her flux-capicitor.

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