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Men arrested after robbery

Two suspects were arrested only a few hours after the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Windsor Spring Road was robbed Thursday night, according to reports at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Marcus Antonio Martin, 24, and Brandon Lamar Harvey, 21, were booked into the county jail on armed robbery charges early Friday morning, jail records showed.

Two men wearing ski masks, one of whom was armed with a handgun, forced an employee who was taking out the trash to let them inside the Hephzibah fast-food restaurant, a police report said. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the two men left on foot.

Gang symbols found at vandalized pool

Someone broke into the public swimming pool on Holly Street and vandalized locker rooms, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The vandal cut a fence at the back of the pool, the report said. Someone then spray painted "Sunset," "CTC," "Blood Susie" and unknown symbols on locker room walls.

The sheriff's office has identified Sunset as one of the more established gangs in the area. The name is slang for the Cherry Tree Crossing neighborhood.

$5,000 in electronics stolen from hhgregg

Nearly $5,000 worth of electronics was stolen from hhgregg on Robert C. Daniel Parkway in the past few days, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

Five assorted flat screen televisions were stolen. The store is reviewing surveillance tapes and conducting an internal investigation with the suspicion that the theft was an inside job, the report said.

Brothers arrested for recent string of fires

North Augusta police arrested two brothers in connection with a number of recent fires set on both sides of the river.

According to an incident report, Daniel Boatwright, 22, and Christopher Lee Boatwright, 25, both of the 800 block of Fenwick Street, in Augusta, were charged Thursday with two counts of third-degree arson and seven counts of willfully burning lands of another.

The brothers were arrested a short distance from a small brush fire near U.S. Highway 1 and the Fifth Street bridge Thursday afternoon.

North Augusta officers reported the pair admitted to setting that fire in addition to those at Double Diamonds, an abandoned house on West Avenue, numerous fires in the area of Hammond's Ferry, and a train car fire near the Augusta Concrete and Block plant.

Man gets 20 years in store robbery

An Augusta man suspected of robbing businesses on both sides of the Savannah River received a 20-year prison sentence Friday.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley Wright wrote in an e-mail that Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. imposed the lengthy prison sentence on Herbert Lafavor, 44.

Mr. Lafavor pleaded guilty to robbing the Seven to Seven Store on Greene Street in Augusta on April 29.

He still faces robbery charges for holdups in Clearwater and Beech Island.

Bike ride today will benefit food bank

The second annual Holiday Ride for the Hungry will be today at 1 p.m.

Motorcyclists wishing to participate are asked to arrive at Hooters at 2834 Washington Road by 11:30 a.m., according to a news release. All proceeds from the ride will be donated to the Golden Harvest Food Bank, the release said. Riders are asked to provide at least a $10 donation or $10 worth of nonperishable food. All types of bikes are welcome.

School district seeks feedback from public

The Richmond County school system is seeking comments about the quality of its education.

Two open houses are being held for the public to give input and identify key educational issues. They will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Academy of Richmond County and Cross Creek High School.

Comments also may be made online at surveys.mgtamer.com/3233/public_forum.cfm.

The meetings are part of the school system's performance management review, a countywide audit being conducted.

Prospective students invited to open house

A. R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School will have an open house and information night for prospective students and their parents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

Richmond County students who will be in ninth or 10th grades next school year are invited to attend. The school is at 1324 Laney Walker Blvd., with parking located behind the school on Mauge Street.

Call (706) 823-6933 for more information.

Paine College to hold health care meeting

Paine College will have a town hall meeting on health care at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The meeting, which will be at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, will educate the public on the state of health care.

For more information, call (706) 951-2413.

Nightly lane closures on I-20 begin Monday

Beginning Monday night through Thursday, there will be lane closures on both sides of the Bobby Jones Expressway near the Interstate 20 overpass, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release.

The closures will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. while crews attach overhead beams for the construction of the new I-20 bridge, the release said.

Railroad crossing will be closed on Monday

The Kissingbower Road railroad crossing will be closed Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a Richmond County Engineering Department news release.

The closure will allow crews to repair a broken rail, the release said.

Red Cross offering pet first aid class

The American Red Cross of Augusta is offering a course in pet first aid today.

The class will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and participants will learn how to build a pet first aid kit, how to perform CPR on a pet and how to give medication to a pet. The cost is $35. Call (706) 724-8481.

-- From staff reports

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/01/07 - 08:33 am
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Two "brothers" robbing a KFC?

Two "brothers" robbing a KFC? What could be more stereotypical? There's got to be a joke in there somewhere. Of course, it'd be more humorous of they'd robbed Wally's Watermelon Warehouse, but I guess we have to work with what we have.

augustisew
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augustisew 12/01/07 - 08:48 am
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patriciathomas let the hate

patriciathomas let the hate go for blacks go. Your comments are always negative no matter what the stories are about. God loves us all and made us in his own image. May God bless you.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/01/07 - 08:59 am
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I'm a big fan of Eddie Murphy

I'm a big fan of Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and I'm confident that blacks have a sense of humor. Only radical Islamists get upset over un-implied insults and non-hate speech. I think your comment,agustisew, is a hate comment to me.

proudgrandma
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proudgrandma 12/01/07 - 09:11 am
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patriciathomas...several of

patriciathomas...several of your comments today are so un-necessary. what is it with you? what would your comment be if the kfc robbers had been white? crime is crime no matter what color.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 12/01/07 - 09:35 am
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Anyone who believes that

Anyone who believes that Patriciathomas makes racist comments needs to read her comment in today's paper with the headline "More black men enroll in college". While she may have a sense of humor not understood by some, I don't believe she has a racist bone in her body. Apparently she shuns PC the way I do.

jayse30
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jayse30 12/01/07 - 09:36 am
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patriciathomas - I am

patriciathomas - I am confident that most people of color would not find your earlier post to be humorous. The image of black men robbing a watermelon warehouse is not an unimplied insult -I do not think you could be more insulting. I was amazed by the insensitivity of your initial post and saddened by your response.I doubt Eddie Murphy or Richard Pryor would be big fans of your comments.

zipper
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zipper 12/01/07 - 09:38 am
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Amen mgroothand!

Amen mgroothand!

eedsp
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eedsp 12/01/07 - 10:06 am
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patriciathomas - your

patriciathomas - your comments are not funny at all. Hopefully you get more laughs at your klan meetings. When is the next one? I would love to see you perform.

intheknow
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intheknow 12/01/07 - 10:07 am
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AMEN TO WHAT? PT that was not

AMEN TO WHAT? PT that was not necessary but hey that is just my humble opinion.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/01/07 - 10:59 am
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Whine, whine, whine. So many

Whine, whine, whine. So many people that have so little humor. I'm truly amazed so many are so proud of such stilted thought processes. Or is it just that white people can't make jokes. What's insensitive about humor of the situation? The klan comment was meant as an insult, but I didn't take it as one. I knew it was just defensive reaction. And proudgrandma, white guys robbing a KFC isn't stereotypical. That's where the humor is, not the actual robbing itself. Well, that's enough humor education for today. I APOLOGIZE TO ALL THAT ARE OFFENDED BY MY POSTS.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/01/07 - 11:49 am
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Hey, one of my comments have

Hey, one of my comments have been removed. I've finally crossed the p.c. line. Well, what do you know. Our sense of social self continues to decline. Humor still exists though. Denying it won't stop it. It only makes it stronger. I wonder if actually writing the "w" word was the straw.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 12/01/07 - 12:01 pm
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patty we live in a warped

patty we live in a warped society.......... polish up the surface and let the inside rot. those that oppose having the fruits of their labor stolen are called greedy as opposed to those that
think they somehow are entitled to it. losers on this rag cry all the time about it. you cant joke around with losers, they must stay constantly offended in order to justify their theft.

augustalawyer
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augustalawyer 12/01/07 - 12:02 pm
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Patricia...well, well, well

Patricia...well, well, well aren't you naughty.

kiddspur
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kiddspur 12/01/07 - 12:16 pm
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Watermelon snatched from shed

Watermelon snatched from shed or field in the dark of night or good tasting melons --- as long as you don't tear up the vines....

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/01/07 - 12:20 pm
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amen, kiddspur

amen, kiddspur

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/01/07 - 04:50 pm
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Someone is taking the fun and

Someone is taking the fun and efficiency out of posting or they just still have some bugs to work out.

a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 12/01/07 - 05:10 pm
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I love it, Thank the men and

I love it, Thank the men and wemen that fight for our right.

beautifulamf
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beautifulamf 12/01/07 - 06:53 pm
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Hello everyone. i just wanted

Hello everyone. i just wanted richmond county to know they cannot keep putting innocent men and woman in jail. the robbery that took place thursday night has an innocent black man in jail. they don't have any edvidence of him committing this crime and the information they do have does not even have anything to do with him, but still he is being charged and his freedom is at stake for another man's ignorance. this young man, brandon harvey, was leaving to go to basic training on Jan. 9, why would he rob KFC?? he wouldn't. it is just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. i just pray that god will work this all out and i ask that everyone keeps brandon harvey in their prayers, so that this young man will be set free and will be able to enjoy the rest of his . thank you

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/01/07 - 09:26 pm
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rebelgirl, don't be ashamed

rebelgirl, don't be ashamed of being white. you had no choice. White guilt is for those that have done wrong. Quit listening to the p.c. crowd. They make you think crazy stuff. All of that hug/love/haha doesn't cover your shame. Be self confident. It's a lot more impressive.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/01/07 - 10:09 pm
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Hey Bernie at the pond, if

Hey Bernie at the pond, if you're on here, I'm on the way to pick up the mermaid's special friend. Seen anything on rants and raves today you want to talk about, let me know when I get there. Otherwise, have a great weekend and don't try to out Griswold the Griswolds.

georgiasouthern
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georgiasouthern 12/02/07 - 02:41 am
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patriciathomas you will live

patriciathomas you will live happy ever after with Satan in HELL unless you change.

rebelgirl
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rebelgirl 12/02/07 - 08:36 am
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[filtered word] ever,i'm not ashmed of

[filtered word] ever,i'm not ashmed of being anything beeotch.i don't mind telling you(redneck,beer drinking,pot smoking,inbred ) people that i respect all races and i'm not trying to impress no one.you are lost.and i am confident about myself.put that in your whatever kind of pipe you smoke out of.you are a disgrace to society.

rebelgirl
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rebelgirl 12/03/07 - 09:48 am
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"After all, there is but one

"After all, there is but one race - humanity."
George Moore

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