Crime briefs

Ex-Brown trustee pays to remain out of jail


A former James Brown trustee won't be going to jail on contempt of court charges -- for at least a year.

The Aiken County Clerk of Court has accepted a $433,000 irrevocable letter of credit to keep David Cannon out of jail while he appeals charges that he willfully violated court orders.

Clerk of Court Liz Godard said she had problems with the formats Mr. Cannon proposed, but the South Carolina Court of Appeals approved the credit line from Mar-Jam LLC, she said Tuesday.

Ms. Godard said that under the terms of the credit line, if Mr. Cannon's appeal has not been decided in a year, he must either renew it before it expires on Feb. 11, 2009, or go to jail.

Judge Jack Early found Mr. Cannon in contempt of court late last year for not paying $373,000 in royalty money he misdirected, for doing estate work after being removed as a trustee and for not handing over financial documents as ordered. Judge Early then said he could either spend 60 days in jail or repay the royalty money and $60,000 in attorneys fees and fines.

The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently ruled that he could put up a bond rather than the full amount during the appeal.

Police track multiple burglaries near lake

Police are asking for help in locating those responsible for a series of home burglaries in the Lake Olmstead area of Augusta.

Jewelry, firearms and other items were taken from three homes on Feb. 11, according to Richmond County Investigator Shawn Newsome. The burglaries occurred at homes on Eustis Drive, Apricot Lane and Bluebird Drive. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Student is arrested in school bomb threat

A Greenbrier High School senior was arrested Tuesday after being accused of a bomb threat at the school.

Dewayne Clemons, 17, of the 4800 block of Somerset Drive in Evans, entered the school's main office about 9 a.m., claiming a note he carried with him contained a bomb threat, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

The teen was arrested about 9:30 a.m. once police identified him as the note's author, Capt. Morris said.

Police charged Mr. Clemons with making terroristic threats and acts. He was being held Tuesday afternoon at the Columbia County Detention Center on a $2,600 bond.

Because the incident seemed suspicious at the onset, the school was not evacuated, Capt. Morris said. But a second bomb threat, made about noon via telephone, forced school officials to evacuate, he said. The second incident was under investigation Tuesday. Capt. Morris would not release details except that police know the call's origin.

-- From staff reports