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Computer files net porn charge


Police arrested a 30-year-old Augusta man Thursday on child pornography charges.

Michael Wayne Dillon was taken to the Richmond County jail Thursday morning, jail records show.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, a man with whom Mr. Dillon was staying told police he found naked pictures of children downloaded to his computer.

The report states that Mr. Dillon was the only person with access to the computer.

12-year-old is injured in four-wheeler wreck

A Grovetown boy was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Thursday with serious injuries after he wrecked his four-wheeler, police say.

Stephen Wright, 12, of the 5000 block of Autumn Trail, was listed in good condition Thursday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The boy's mother told deputies the boy rode his Yahama Overland all-terrain vehicle to their mailbox at about 4 p.m. to get the mail, but said the wind blew the mail down the street, Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Matt Parham said.

Instead of getting off the ATV, the boy reached down to pick up the mail as he drove eastbound along the shoulder, running into a ditch and striking a culvert, ejecting him from the four-wheeler as it flipped, Deputy Parham said.

The deputy said the boy appeared to have fractures to his leg, one arm and possibly his pelvis.

Inmate faces charges in deputy's attack

Law enforcement officials have charged a 56-year-old inmate for reportedly attacking a deputy with a pencil inside the Richmond County jail Wednesday night.

William Franklin McClain, of the 3100 block of Mike Padgett Highway, was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, police records show.

According to a Richmond County sheriff's report, Deputy Jessie Wittman was distributing insulin to inmates just after 5 p.m. when Mr. McClain yelled at him that he also needed the medicine.

The inmate then began kicking and hitting the door. When Deputy Wittman entered Mr. McClain's cell to calm him down, Mr. McClain ran at him with a whittled-down pencil and tried to stab him in the neck.

The deputy and the inmate fought briefly, and Deputy Wittman ended up with a broken bone in his hand and smashed eyeglasses, according to the incident report.

5th Street Bridge will be closed Saturday

The 5th Street Bridge will be closed at its Reynolds Street entrance Saturday for a re-enactment of the Revolutionary War Battle of Fort Cornwallis, according to a news release.

The closing will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Drivers may use Gordon Highway or 13th Street as detours.

Woman says man hit her, shot boyfriend

A 23-year-old Augusta woman told police her ex-boyfriend came to her home Thursday morning, smacked her with a pistol and shot her current boyfriend several times, according to a Richmond County sheriff's incident report.

Tasha Jones, of the 200 block of Brandywine Place, said her ex-boyfriend came into the house just after 3 a.m. while she and her boyfriend were sleeping.

He hit her, the report states, kicked her and smacked her with the gun. When her boyfriend, Ryan Copeland, 22, tried to stop the ex-boyfriend, he shot Mr. Copeland in the right arm and stomach.

Mr. Copeland was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said her facility would not release information about his condition.

Toddler playing with lighter destroys home

A toddler who was playing with a cigarette lighter started a blaze that destroyed a home on the 2600 block of Nanette Drive on Thursday morning, according to fire officials.

Battalion Chief Thomas Willis, of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, said the boy, who is younger than 5, was goofing around with the lighter at about 10 a.m. when he accidentally caused the fast-moving fire.

A half-dozen people were inside the residence at the time, but the chief said they all escaped without injuries.

Police arrest suspect in armed robbery

Aiken County authorities arrested a man Thursday who they said robbed the Kent's Korner convenience store on Jefferson Davis Highway.

Montrel Valentine, 21, of 1000 block of Cooks Bridge Road, was found at his residence and charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to Lt. Michael Frank of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Valentine allegedly entered the store Tuesday night with a gun and demanded money. Authorities originally believed a second man was involved in the crime but have determined that Mr. Valentine likely acted alone, Lt. Frank said.

Environmental group to open headquarters

The Savannah Riverkeeper, an environmental group that monitors river and water issues, will open its new waterfront headquarters on Riverfront Drive, near the Boat House, with an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. June 10.

The event will include demonstrations from the Sierra Club, Augusta Rowing Club, Augusta Dive Club, the Audubon Society, the Coast Guard, the Augusta Canal Authority and others.

The public is welcome. Call (706) 364-5253 for more details.

Corps will perform patriotic music today

In addition to their participation in ceremonies commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Augusta, the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry 'Old Guard' Fife and Drum Corps also will perform at Fort Gordon today, a news release states.

Wearing Revolutionary War uniforms and performing patriotic music while conducting crisp drill, the corps is part of the official ceremonial unit and escort to the president. It also acts as an honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A 14-member unit of the group will perform at Fort Gordon's Freedom Park on Rice Road at 12:30 p.m. In the event of rain, the performance will be in Alexander Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Event to include tips on summer gardening

A gardening seminar will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken. Tom Rapp will discuss summer gardening.

The event costs $20, and reservations are requested. Call (803) 649-2221 for more information.

- From staff reports