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Clarence Allen Tanksley, Police arrested him late Tuesday in connection with a July 30 shooting at an Augusta clothing store.

Shooting suspect found through tip

An Augusta man who had been sought by authorities was arrested late Tuesday night.

Clarence Allen Tanksley Jr., 46, was taken into custody by Richmond County sheriff's authorities at about 10 p.m. after narcotics officers received a tip concerning his whereabouts, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Brandon Beckman.

Narcotics Investigator Michael Dodaro said Mr. Tanksley lied about his age and name.

"I knew it was him because I had a copy of his photo," he said.

Mr. Tanksley was arrested unarmed and without resistance at the corner of 14th Avenue and Dyer Street, police said.

He was being held at the Richmond County jail and is charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery and burglary in connection with the July 30 shooting and burglary at the F.A.M.E. clothing store in the 3300 block of Wrightsboro Road.

Graniteville man killed in wreck


A 21-year-old Graniteville man died Tuesday morning in Aiken County when his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer.

Richard Wayne Owens was driving north on U.S. Highway 1 when his truck crossed the median and hit the tractor-trailer in the southbound lane.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said Mr. Owens was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:17 a.m.

He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Warrant issued in sex offender registration

A warrant was issued for a Warrenville man who has not registered as a sex offender since 2004, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

William E. Crafton, 60, of the 600 block of Charles Street in Warrenville, did not register with the county's sheriff as required by state law. Offenders must register within 24 hours of prison release and then biannually for life.

Failure to register is a misdemeanor, and Mr. Crafton could face up to 90 days in jail. A second offense carries one year in prison, and a third or subsequent offense is a felony and carries a five-year prison sentence. Individuals have 10 days to make a written change-of-address notification.

Man, 40, is accused of sex with girl, 10

A Ridge Spring man was arrested by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office in connection with sexual assaults involving a 10-year-old girl.

Charles D. Mitchell, 40, of the 100 block of Owl Branch Road, was charged Monday with six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and lewd acts upon a minor.

Mr. Mitchell is accused of assaulting the girl in a van at his home between February and April, according to Lt. Michael Frank, a spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Mitchell was being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

'Augusta Focus' to suspend operations

The Augusta Focus newspaper has suspended production indefinitely, according to the newspaper's top manager.

Mike Meyers, editor-in-chief, said Tuesday that the weekly publication will not appear on Thursday, its usual publication day.

"Now's a good time for us to restructure," said Mr. Meyers, while emphatically dispelling rumors of the newspaper's demise. "We are not folding," he said.

He also said the newspaper's parent company, The Walker Group, will continue operations on Laney-Walker Boulevard and no layoffs will occur at the newspaper.

Augusta Focus was founded in 1981 by former state Senate Majority Leader Charles W. Walker, who was convicted in U.S. District Court in Augusta in June 2005 on 127 criminal counts, including conspiracy and mail fraud. In November 2005, Mr. Walker was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison, fined $150,000 and ordered to pay $698,000 in restitution.