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Bus crash hurts driver, children

 

A Richmond County school bus driver and three of her passengers were hospitalized Thursday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash in south Augusta.

At 4 p.m. police were called to Old Savannah and Thompson roads after a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu rear-ended the bus, Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Michelle Thomas said.

About 30 children from Dorothy Hains Elementary School were on the bus when the accident happened, said Richmond County Deputy Superintendent James Thompson.

None of the injuries were serious, police said, but the children and bus driver Mattie Stewart, 59, of Aiken Street, were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital by ambulance.

The Malibu's driver, Jessica Lynn Hammond, 19, of Deans Bridge Road, was cited for following too closely, Deputy Thomas said.

Waynesboro man is killed outside home

A Waynesboro, Ga., man was shot to death Wednesday night outside his home during an argument with his girlfriend's son, according to Chief Investigator Gene Boseman of the Waynesboro Police Department.

Police have charged 18-year-old Robert Terrell Smith, of Sardis, Ga., with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the shooting of Lorne White, 34, of the 1200 block of North Liberty Street, Chief Karl Allen said.

Mr. Smith returned to the home after the shooting and turned himself in, Chief Allen said. The investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Wrens family doctor faces federal charge

A Wrens, Ga., physician faces a criminal charge in U.S. District Court of unlawfully prescribing a narcotic pain medicine.

Court documents filed Wednesday accuse Dr. In Whan Yun of writing a prescription for hydrocodone without a valid medical reason Dec. 14, 2005. Federal prosecutors also filed a forfeiture count against Dr. Yun, seeking what they claim is $200,000 in illegal profits.

According to the Web site maintained by the state's physician disciplinary board, Dr. Yun is licensed to practice family medicine. He has practiced in Georgia since 1974.

Suit against Augusta prison can resume

A federal appeals court has reinstated the civil rights lawsuit filed by a former inmate of the Augusta Medical Prison.

In an opinion issued Thursday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Nickolas Felder should be allowed to proceed with his case in Augusta's federal court against prison officials and guards.

Mr. Felder, who is serving a prison sentence for DeKalb County assault convictions, alleged in a 2005 complaint that he was beaten by guards at the prison, and he called the beatings a common practice. He is now at Washington State Prison, according to the Department of Corrections Web site.

Convicted molester gets 48-year sentence

A Thomson man accused of molesting three Columbia County girls has been sentenced to 48 years in prison.

Superior Court Judge Neal Dickert sentenced James Samuel Wiederkehr, 36, on Wednesday. He was found guilty in a June bench trial of seven counts of child molestation and one count of felony statutory rape, according to Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers.

He was indicted in 2005 of 10 counts of child molestation, two counts of rape, and two counts of aggravated sexual battery, according to the indictment.

The charges stem from acts authorities say occurred from January 2000 to July 2005 against three girls, two of whom were ages 7 and 8, and a third younger than 16, according to the indictment.

Mr. Wiederkehr has been held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond since his August 2005 arrest, Mr. Myers said.

- From staff reports