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Investigators name 4 in connection with killing

 

Investigators have named four people arrested in connection with the killing Sunday of a former Westside High School running back.

Sean Christopher Bryant, 19, of Alex Lane; Harry Lee Jones, 21, of Wharton Drive; and Kevin Antwan Williams, 19, of Stevens Road, face murder, aggravated assault and gun charges. Jones is also charged with possession of a firearm by a first offender, Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said in a news release. A fourth man, Marques Antonio Robinson, 20, of Stevens Road, is charged with making false statements in a government matter. He is Williams' half-brother.

Deputies were called to the McDonald's at 2624 Deans Bridge Road about 2:30 a.m. Sunday and learned that 22-year-old Sergio Campbell had been shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Authorities said more arrests are possible.

Early voting hours extended this week

The Richmond County Board of Elections has extended early voting hours to 6 p.m. this week, the final week to cast ballots early for the state Senate District 22 runoff election.

Early voting started Jan. 13. As of Monday, 493 people had cast ballots, according to Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the board. The runoff race is between Democrats Hardie Davis and Harold V. Jones II. Election Day is Feb. 2.

Polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday at the Board of Elections office at 530 Greene St., Room 104. Voters must present one of six approved forms of identification if they vote in person. People who wish to vote by mail must submit a written request to the Board of Elections by fax or mail. The request should include the person's name, address, birth date and date of election, according to the office.

States add new lottery drawings next week

The South Carolina Education Lottery confirmed Monday that sales of Mega Millions Lottery tickets will begin Sunday in Aiken County and across the state.

The first drawing won't be held until Feb. 2, said spokeswoman Julie Huffman.

The education lottery account is expected to grow between $15 million and $22 million with the addition, Huffman said.

The multistate lottery began in 1996 and has drawings in 12 states, including Georgia. The jackpot starts at $12 million, and other prizes from $2 to $250,000 are offered, according to the Mega Millions Web site.

Also starting Sunday, people will be able to purchase Powerball tickets in Georgia, according to a news release on the Georgia Lottery Web site.

Powerball drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday nights, according to the Powerball Web site. South Carolina already offers Powerball.

Aiken school board to discuss evaluations

The Aiken County School Board will meet tonight to discuss principal evaluations.

The board approved a change in 2009 to include student achievement as part of the evaluation.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be at 1000 Brookhaven Drive in Aiken.

3 Aiken schools show test score increases

Three Aiken County high schools were recognized by the state Education Department Monday for showing continuous improvement in SAT and ACT scores.

The first-year ACT/SAT Performance Improvement Awards showcase schools with high performance over a three-year period. Aiken High and South Aiken High received excellent performance ratings on both exams. Midland Valley High received an excellent improvement rating on the ACT exam. Seventy-nine high schools were recognized statewide.

Each school will receive a banner.

Shoplifter hits worker at convenience store

Officers arrested a man who tried to shoplift a bottle of wine and repeatedly punched an employee at an Augusta convenience store late Sunday night.

According to Richmond County jail records, David Rondale Barnes, 21, of the 200 block of Broad Street, was charged with battery and theft by shoplifting under $300.

A Richmond County sheriff's report says a man entered the Chevron Food Mart at 202 E. Boundary St. about 11:40 p.m. and put a bottle of Wild Irish Rose wine in his pocket.

When an employee stopped the man, he pushed him and ran toward the door, the report says. The employee reached the door first and locked it, and the man punched him several times. Officers found the employee on the ground holding the man.