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Suspect sought in man's killing


Police said Wednesday they are seeking an Augusta man in connection with a fatal shooting Monday.

Dennis Marcel Mingledolph, 20, of Dewitt Street, is facing several charges including murder in the shooting death of 65-year-old Johnny W. Davis.

Willie Bernard Coe, 24, was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the shooting that occurred just before 7 p.m. in the 1600 block of Luckey Street, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies find suspect in child molestation

A man wanted on child molestation charges was apprehended Wednesday after deputies encircled a wooded area near Tobacco Road.

Edwin Hernandez, 25, of Lake Mary, Fla., is charged with aggravated child molestation, according to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles.

He is accused of molesting an 11-year-old boy while visiting a friend's relative in Augusta.

Mr. Hernandez was found hiding in bushes near Tobacco Road and the Augusta Wastewater Treatment plant about 12:20 p.m., according to Lt. Scott Gay.

The suspect had been spotted earlier at the Food Lion at 3722 Mike Padgett Highway by the victim's neighbor, Lt. Gay said.

Arson investigator faces DUI charges

The lead arson investigator for the Richmond County Fire Department is facing DUI charges.

According to Richmond sheriff and jail records, Lt. G.B. Hannan, 59, was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on Broad Street.

He was released about two hours later.

Jail records offered few details of the incident.

School system has information director

The public has a new way of getting in touch with the Richmond County school system.

Anyone with questions or needing information is asked to contact Louis Svehla, the new public information director.

His office number is (706) 826-1118 , his cell is (706) 533-1091 and his fax is (706) 826-4635.

He can also be reached by e-mail at SvehlLo@BOE.

Record low for July reported in Augusta

Wednesday's low temperature of 54 degrees was the coolest Augusta has ever seen in July.

The coolest day in July was previously recorded on July 7, 1951, at 55 degrees, said Tony Petrolito, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday also broke the record for the date, which was set at 59 degrees on July 2, 1988, Mr. Petrolito said.

This morning could break another set for July 3 in 1937, at 62 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 60s this morning.

Auditions for military program start Monday

Auditions begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Signal Theatre for Showtime at Fort Gordon, a program featuring local military performers.

The show will be held July 22 at the Performing Arts Theater.

Auditions are open to soldiers, civilians and family members.

Categories are vocal soloist, vocal group, instrumental/vocal soloist, rap, dance and dance group. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

High ozone levels prompt alert

Ozone levels are expected to be high today in the Augusta and Aiken area and officials are urging caution for those with respiratory problems.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the air quality Web site are both forecasting today to be an "action day" because the air quality is expected to be unhealthy.

The alert covers Augusta and Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda counties in South Carolina.

Higher concentrations of ground-level ozone occur during hot, dry and relatively windless conditions, according to DHEC. Those conditions can be unhealthy for people with asthma and other breathing problems and even healthy individuals are urged to limit outdoor exertion.

Because vehicle emissions can add to the ozone problem, DHEC is urging carpooling or use of mass transit and limiting idling. Sunlight can react with gas fumes to form ozone, so Airnow urges motorists to refuel after sunset.

-- Tom Corwin, staff writer

-- From staff reports