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Trial opens for man in stabbing death case


The trial of a man accused of stabbing another man to death last year in a hotel parking lot began Monday.

Earnest A. Lane, 47, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court. He is accused of killing Seth H. Taylor on Aug. 21, 2008.

Mr. Lane, of Langley, and Mr. Taylor, 35, of Charleston, S.C., got into an argument outside the American Best Value Hotel on Washington Road, according to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle .

Mr. Lane's trial continues today.

Man pleads no contest in molestation of child

An Augusta man who denied his guilt conceded that there was enough evidence for a jury to convict him of child molestation Monday.

Junior O. Herrington, 44, entered an Alford plea in Richmond County Superior Court, said Assistant District Attorney Dana Wolk. He was sentenced to six years in prison followed by 12 years probation. Mr. Herrington was accused of molesting a 2-year-old girl on Oct. 30, 2008.

Aiken Center to mark AIDS Day with testing

The Aiken Center will celebrate World AIDS Day today by administering free rapid HIV tests.

The Medical College of Georgia Ryan White Outreach Team will conduct HIV testing between 2 and 5:30 p.m. at the center, 1105 Gregg Highway.

To make an appointment, call (706) 721-4463.

Teen reports rape in Columbia County jail

A Martinez teen told police he was raped by his cell mate in the Columbia County Detention Center last week.

The 17-year-old told jailers Friday morning that during the night his 19-year-old cell mate came to his bunk and forcibly sodomized him despite pleas to stop. The teen was taken to University Hospital for a rape evaluation, according to a report from the sheriff's office.

The alleged victim, serving a sentence for a shoplifting conviction and an arrest for terroristic threats and acts, was moved elsewhere in the jail to serve the remainder of his sentence, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

The cell mate, an Evans man in the jail charged with driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance, is being held on a $2,200 bond.

Officer is fired after violence investigation

A North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer who was arrested on a domestic violence charge last month has been fired.

Brandon Cameron, a three-year veteran, was fired Wednesday after an internal investigation, Lt. Tim Pearson said.

Mr. Cameron, 27, was suspended Nov. 18 -- the day he was arrested by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office on a criminal domestic violence charge.

He was accused of pulling his girlfriend out of a vehicle and throwing her to the ground. She had a contusion on the right side of her head, according to the report.

Reward in monument defacement increased

A reward for information on the vandal who defaced the Confederate monument on Broad Street last month has been increased.

It is now $1,350 for information leading to an arrest, according to Lee Herron, commander of the E. Porter Alexander camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It was $1,000.

Mr. Herron said the extra money came from the Sgt. Berry Benson camp, which bears the name of the soldier represented atop the monument. Anyone with information can call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080 or (706) 821-1020.