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Charge upgraded after injured infant's death


Authorities say they plan to charge an Augusta man with murder after the death of his 3-month-old son on Thursday.

Corduray Keith Scott, 22, of the 1800 block of Fayetteville Drive, was arrested on Monday and charged with first-degree cruelty to children, according to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles. He will now be charged with murder, Peebles said.

An ambulance brought the baby to University Hospital Monday after the child was found trembling and "appearing to have a seizure," according to the warrant application for Scott's arrest.

The warrant application indicated Scott shook the child in an attempt to make him stop crying.

The baby suffered nine broken ribs and two detached retinas, Peebles said. He had been on life support.

Pupils hit by car near bus stop; one critical

Two Burke County pupils were hit by a car Thursday morning while trying to board their school bus.

The children, 5-year-old Trebione Sumter and 7-year-old Jaquan White were taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment, according to a Georgia State Patrol dispatcher.

The accident occurred about 7 a.m., while they were crossing River Road in Burke County. Trebione was treated and released from the hospital, but Jaquan is in critical condition, according to an MCG spokesman.

The driver of the vehicle, Dennis Mulhorn, 44, of Evans, is charged with improper passing of a school bus and failure to exercise due care, according to a dispatcher. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Couple robbed while sitting at Riverwalk

An Augusta couple was robbed on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta Wednesday night.

The victims told deputies they were sitting in the playground area on the lower level of the Riverwalk at about 8:50 p.m. when three men approached -- one with a pistol -- and demanded money, a Richmond County Sheriff's report said.

The men took a purse and wallet then ordered the couple to walk westbound on the Riverwalk and not to look back, the report said. A witness saw the robbers leave from the dirt parking lot at 6th and Reynolds streets in a black Nissan Sentra.

Appling man reveals county chairman bid

Touting fiscal responsibility in government, retired businessman Brett McGuire formally announced Thursday his bid to run for Columbia County Commission chairman.

"I am tired of irresponsible out-of-control spending at the local, state and federal levels," McGuire said. "Since 2002, our county population has grown by 19.2 percent, but our revenue has skyrocketed 78.9 percent, which to me indicates that the hard-working taxpayers of this county are being robbed."

McGuire made the announcement during the grand opening of his campaign headquarters at 4158 Washington Road, Suite 10. The Appling resident hopes to unseat commission Chairman Ron Cross in the July 20 Republican primary.

Two students selected for military academies

Two Columbia County students have been selected to attend U.S. military academies.

Greenbrier High student Nicole Burdette has been accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy and Evans High student Steven Hubbard has been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Both students were nominated by U.S. Rep. Paul Broun.

"Attending one of the nation's military academies is a tremendous achievement," Broun said in a statement. The congressman also has nominated seven other area students for appointment to military academies.

Local observances to mark abortion decision

Today marks the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide.

Augustans opposed to abortion will mark the event with several observances, including a memorial at 2 p.m., Saturday in front of Planned Parenthood of Augusta, 1289 Broad St. The event includes music, speakers and prayers. Call (706) 793-8090.

In Aiken, the Pregnancy Care Center will mark the occasion by releasing 400 balloons in memory of abortions performed in Aiken County last year. The event is 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at 225 Barnwell Ave. N.W. Call (803) 649-9890.