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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