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KKK plans rally for Aiken ballpark in April


AIKEN - The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a rally in Clearwater on April 3.

Tim Bradly, Grand Dragon of the Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan said Wednesday he is trying to make a reservation to use Harrison-Cavers Park's ballpark.

Assistant County Administrator Todd Glover said the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has not received notice of the rally, but there are no restrictions on what type of group can hold a rally, festival or other event at public parks.

April's rally will focus on immigration issues and the Obama administration, Bradly said.

The Aiken County area has about 85 Klan members, and there are about 220 members in the state, he said. The organization's last local rally was in Burnettown in September 2000.

Man gets 7 years for hospital burglary

A man suspected of breaking into a University Hospital office building and causing $284,000 in damage pleaded guilty.

The Richmond County Superior Court jury trial for James M. Allen, 50, was set to begin Monday afternoon.

Allen pleaded guilty to burglary and received a seven-year prison sentence to be followed by 13 years' probation, Assistant District Attorney Adam King said. Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. also ordered restitution. Allen admitted he broke into Professional Office Building One on May 19, 2007. Extensive water damage was caused after he plugged a sink and left water running.

Allen's arrest came through a DNA match, King said. Allen left behind an unfinished bottle of soda, and his DNA was collected from it, King said. A DNA sample taken from Allen after a Florida conviction connected him to the break-in, King said.

27-year-old charged with child molestation

An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday and charged in connection with a child molestation that occurred in 2004.

James Stanley Terrell Jr., 27, of the 1000 block of Kent Street, was charged with aggravated child molestation, according to Richmond County jail records.

The arrest was made after a child told investigators that Terrell forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. The child was 6 years old at the time the incident occurred, according to the report.

Woman is indicted in Nov. 27 slaying

An Augusta woman was indicted on murder charges Tuesday.

The Richmond County grand jury issued the indictment against Anna M. Barrett, 45, in connection with the Nov. 27 slaying of Jimmy Finley Jackson, 44.

Jackson was found bleeding from stab wounds in front of the Augusta Super Inn. He later died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Augusta settles in Fort Discovery fall

City officials have agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a 2004 claim filed by a woman who tripped over a space left by a missing brick near the helicopter display at Fort Discovery.

Marilyn Brown, 58, broke her hip and became permanently disabled because of the fall in 2002, according to her lawsuit, which names both Augusta and the riverfront science museum.

A city committee agreed to terms of the settlement Monday.

Jury indicts man, 53, in armed robberies

The Richmond County grand jury indicted a 53-year-old man Tuesday in a series of armed robberies.

Gregory Johnson is accused of robbing or attempting to rob restaurants and businesses on Washington Road, Windsor Spring Road, Wrightsboro Road and Georgetown Drive in November and December.

Police arrest man in Sears TV scam

Authorities have arrested a man accused of scamming people at Augusta Mall.

Emanuel Randolph Bing, 36, was charged Wednesday night with theft by deception and theft by taking, according to Richmond County jail records.

Bing is accused of tricking shoppers at the Sears store into giving him cash by telling them he could purchase TVs for them at discounted prices.

Bing is charged with keeping the money and fleeing the store.

Mistakenly released man facing charges

A man charged in a series of attacks on area women, who was   mistakenly freed from a state prison , should be back in Augusta to face charges within 10 days, said District Attorney Ashley Wright.

Charles "Tony" James, 34, also is accused of going on a three-state crime spree after his Nov. 27 release from Valdosta State Prison. He was arrested in Springfield, Ill., in January.

James was released from prison after completing a sentence for violating parole, when  a paperwork glitch made it appear that he  didn't have any outstanding charges. James faces aggravated sodomy, armed robbery and kidnapping charges in Richmond County Superior Court.