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School employee dies after collapsing on job

A longtime Richmond County school employee died while working Thursday afternoon.

Geneva Jones, a painter for the school system since 1993, collapsed at Meadowbrook Elementary School. Fellow maintenance employees tried to resuscitate her, said Benton Starks, senior director of facilities services.

An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death.

Student charged with having gun in his car

A Cross Creek High School student was arrested Thursday afternoon after a gun was discovered in his car.

A K-9 unit from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was doing a routine open air search of the parking lot when a dog alerted deputies to 17-year-old Allen Andrew Jones's vehicle, according to Richmond County Board of Education spokesman Louis Svehla. Deputies found a .22-caliber handgun in the car, he said.

He was charged with possession of a firearm on school property and criminal trespass, according to a sheriff's jail committal. He was also charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer after trying to flee.

Brothers plead guilty in beating of two men

Brothers who severely beat two men pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery.

Mitchell L. Kersey, 20, and Larry R. Kersey, 22, were each sentenced in Richmond County Superior Court to five years in prison and 10 years' probation.

The brothers were arrested for an April 26, 2008, assault on Richard Cunningham, 27, and Allen M. Williams, 58.

Woman pleads guilty to assault charges

An Augusta woman accused of chasing her neighbors with a knife pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Jo Ann Breck, 57, who has a history of mental illness, will stay in a personal care home to ensure that she takes medication. It is a condition of her 20-year probation sentence for two counts of aggravated assault.

She was arrested on April 25, 2007, after chasing her neighbors with a knife and confronting officers with the knife and a golf club, said Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers.