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Confederate landmark is defaced by graffiti



The Confederate monument on Broad Street in Augusta was defaced Sunday night with spray-painted anti-white messages.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office responded, and witnesses at the scene in the 700 block of Broad Street said they noticed two young black males spray-painting the landmark about 8:30 p.m.

The messages included "black power," "I hate whites" and "cracker killers" in addition to an obscenity against whites.

Man is struck, killed while doing yard work

A 72-year-old North Augusta man died Sunday after being struck by a vehicle while doing yard work near his home.

William Adams, of Seymour Drive, was pronounced dead about 4 p.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. Mr. Adams was trimming plants and bushes when he was hit by a 2002 Ford Taurus driven by Chatrice Evans, also of Seymour Drive, a news release states. The crash is being investigated by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and the coroner's office.

Teenager is sprayed with Mace by motorist

Police are investigating a case in which a man reportedly sprayed Mace at a Richmond County school bus, causing a student to need medical attention.

About 3:55 p.m. Friday in the 3200 block of Peach Orchard Road, a student squirted water out of a window, striking a passenger in a vehicle, a sheriff's report states. The car pulled alongside the bus and the passenger sprayed Mace into the right eye of a 13-year-old A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering Magnet School student. That student, who hadn't sprayed the water, was treated by EMS workers and sent home, the report states.

The car -- a white, older model Oldsmobile or Toyota, possibly with a CW sticker -- drove away on Windsor Spring Road. The passenger was described as a white male wearing a blue and white jacket and a beanie cap. The incident is considered simple battery.

Robbery suspect who killed himself named

A man authorities say committed suicide after Saturday's robbery of an Aiken fast food restaurant was identified Sunday as a 24-year-old Columbia resident.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a release that Richard Lee Simmons died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to an autopsy Sunday in Newberry, S.C.

Mr. Carlton said he died near the scene of the robbery, which occurred at the Burger King on York Street about 12:45 p.m.

Authorities say four armed men ordered customers and employees into the cooler, then made the manager open the safe and cash registers.

Police arrested one suspect as he tried to flee, and a second was arrested after he broke into a vacant house. Mr. Simmons was found in a field but took his life when police approached, authorities said. The fourth suspect carjacked a vehicle at a car wash and made its owner drive him to Hampton Avenue, where he fled on foot.

Arrested were Sean Mark Rodriguez, 25, and Robert Mills Jr., 27, both of Columbia. Police ask anyone with information on the fourth suspect to call (803) 642-7620 or (888) CRIME-SC.

Edgefield visitor's guide on sale today

The Story of Edgefield , a visitor's guide published by the Edgefield County Historical Society goes on sale today.

The book will be sold in local outlets and can be ordered for $20 plus $3 shipping and handling from Edgefield County Historical Society, P.O. Box 174, Edgefield, SC 29824. Checks should be made to Edgefield County Historical Society.

Traffic update

A temporary road closure at the railroad crossing on the east end of Old Evans Road in Martinez will take place starting this morning and lasting until Nov. 14.

The closure will keep motorists from using Old Evans Road between Washington Road and Old Petersburg Road, according to a news release.

CSX Railroad will be performing railroad maintenance in the area at the time. Traffic will need to detour using Washington Road, Baston Road and Old Petersburg Road.

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WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/09/09 - 01:35 am
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Is it racist graffiti if it's

Is it racist graffiti if it's against whites? Is it graffiti if it's on a war memorial? What a complicated issue in this time of hope and change. Maybe we'll handle it by just ignoring it and maybe it will go away.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/09/09 - 01:36 am
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You reckon Chatrice was

You reckon Chatrice was texting or "doing makeup" and just didn't see Mr. Adams? I guess she's just not responsible for the "accident".

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/09/09 - 01:37 am
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Which incident carries the

Which incident carries the charge of simple battery? The water squirted on the driver or the mace squirted into the bus?

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/09/09 - 02:00 am
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http://www.stormfront.org/for

http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?t=571752 . Coincidence? I think not. Of course, only a radical would show this.

justus4
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justus4 11/09/09 - 03:42 am
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No minority was involved with
Unpublished

No minority was involved with the waste of paint. This is an old tactic that pre-dates the Jim Crow era and demonstrates that some folks never CHANGE.

wildman
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wildman 11/09/09 - 04:45 am
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I thought only whites could

I thought only whites could be racist? Guess I was wrong all along.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 11/09/09 - 04:45 am
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I think justus4 is right..no

I think justus4 is right..no minority was involved in the spray painting of those messages. Look at it...all the words are spelled correctly and proper sentence structure used. No minority could be involved, right justus?? Thanks for pointing that out to us. You are a good minority.

jaschild
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jaschild 11/09/09 - 05:07 am
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LOL jmo - watch it, i got

LOL jmo - watch it, i got banned for a similar comment (bone)

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/09/09 - 05:45 am
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I'm a little confused. Does

I'm a little confused. Does justus4 know who was paying the witnesses to lie about who they saw doing it? Maybe the two young black males had cans of white spray paint and were trying to cover up the messages to keep everything calm downtown. Yeah, that must be it, I feel better now. Oh, one more thing - I didn't realize that cans of spray paint existed in the pre-Jim Crow era, learn something new every day.

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 11/09/09 - 06:20 am
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Evidence that Justus was

Evidence that Justus was downtown on Sunday night.

wise
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wise 11/09/09 - 06:29 am
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You dont fight ignorance with

You dont fight ignorance with ignorance. Grow up people.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/09/09 - 06:37 am
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yeah, close you eyes to fight

yeah, close you eyes to fight ignorance.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/09/09 - 06:39 am
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How do you all know that

How do you all know that anyone Black painted those words? How many times in the past has Whites done something and blamed it on Blacks? Until you show me a video of it being done by a Black person,it will remain a possibility that anyone of any race could have done this. By the way, according to some of you, those of us " govirmint skoled people" cannot spell correctly. Any misspelled words?

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/09/09 - 06:42 am
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Read the article, ispy4u -

Read the article, ispy4u - "witnesses at the scene in the 700 block of Broad Street said they noticed two young black males spray-painting the landmark about 8:30 p.m.". You must be one heck of an analyst. Have a blissful day.

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/09/09 - 06:46 am
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ispy - Nice change to your

ispy - Nice change to your post. Until you show me a VIDEO of a white guy killing MLK, I'm not going to believe it wasn't a black man. How is that logic? I know, the video could be altered just like with Sweet Jed and the moon landing, right?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/09/09 - 06:53 am
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ispy;no mispelled words,just

ispy;no mispelled words,just bad grammar.It should be "How many times in the past HAVE Whites..."

kzh
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kzh 11/09/09 - 06:56 am
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Whippingpost and wildman: The

Whippingpost and wildman: The origination and direction of racism knows no bounds of race or limits. Look at all the racism in Darfur.

Whippingpost: Don't be an idiot. If the canvas is not the property of the artist, then it is graffiti. In this case, it was not even art.

Another thing, what is all this talk about minorities? Whites are minorities in Augusta with 44.91% of the population. Blacks have a narrow majority by 0.37% according to the 2000 census.

Please people, actually read the news that you are commenting on.

robbie1
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robbie1 11/09/09 - 06:59 am
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Saynomore, OBVIOUSLY... It

Saynomore, OBVIOUSLY... It was a typo. The article should have read, "witnesses hadn't noticed..." The correction will be in tomorrow'a paper. Some folks crack me up...

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/09/09 - 07:00 am
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robbie - LOL - My bad, I'll

robbie - LOL - My bad, I'll admit it. I should have thought of that.

robbie1
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robbie1 11/09/09 - 07:18 am
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Glad I could help. I hope

Glad I could help. I hope they catch the next rabbi that defaces a synagogue...

Bored in GA
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Bored in GA 11/09/09 - 07:20 am
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You need to stop thinking the

You need to stop thinking the past ..Today racist is both ways some people just don't want to get along with any race creating problems for all...DON"T MATTER THE COLOR!!

philldinkens
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philldinkens 11/09/09 - 07:39 am
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Me thinks ipsy has hit the

Me thinks ipsy has hit the "weed" a little early this morning!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/09/09 - 07:54 am
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The handwriting is that of a

The handwriting is that of a woman.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 11/09/09 - 08:24 am
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Just two kids that need a

Just two kids that need a good whipping!

bettyboop
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bettyboop 11/09/09 - 08:44 am
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"Just two kids that need a

"Just two kids that need a good whipping!"...Nah..just find out who they are and put them in Polo shirts and Docker pants with some berkenstock sandals and white socks.... and them give them toothbrushes and cleanser and make them clean their mess up on First Friday..........

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/09/09 - 08:54 am
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bettyboop - LOL at the

bettyboop - LOL at the visual! Thanks! Since the words were spelled and used correctly, they might be magnet school students and already have that type of attire on hand.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 11/09/09 - 08:58 am
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What about a " Historical

What about a " Historical Cracker" to stand over them why they clean.

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 11/09/09 - 09:03 am
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The article about the man

The article about the man being killed by the driver in North Augusta fails to mention that the driver left the scene after killing Mr. Adams. Yep. she left leaving the man to die rather than calling 911 to help save him. Only after the police got there did she happen to ride back after she notice some damage to her car. She said she thought she might have hit a trash can or something. That something was a man in his yard doing yard work. She should be charged with homicide, plain and simple.

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dstewartsr 11/09/09 - 09:06 am
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Logic dictates the witnesses

Logic dictates the witnesses were black-afro/african-american-negro-persons of color for two reasons: first, look where the monument sits; how many whites are in that area after dark? Secondly, if there had been white witnesses, if unarmed, they would have called the cops if they could not stop the perps. That there were witnesses who did nothing points to the community that videoed the gang rape, and we know who they were.

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annabellegabby 11/09/09 - 09:06 am
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I believe the time has come

I believe the time has come for the city of Augusta to install camera's around town ESPECIALLY OUR HISTORICAL CONFEDERATE MONUMENT. Also, an award should be offered by the city of AUGUSTA to find these punks who did this. They would be cleaning that monument. Oh, and I bet the City of Augusta will have to pay someone to come and get all that spray paint off of the monument with a special chemical of some sort. This is an outrage. Wake up City officials...this is the last straw. I am sure we have enough money to install camera's around historical monuments if this is what it's come down to!!!!!!!! There should be a curfew in place now, AND offer an award! I Bet they'd come out the woodwork tattle tailing. Also, a I wonder if that had happened to the James Brown monument what would be happening now? Things that make ya go Hmmmm..... Bet ole' Al Sharpton and Jesse would be on it like flies on rice!! DO SOMETHING NOW CITY OFFICIALS!!!!!

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