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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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Irish
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Irish 11/09/09 - 10:34 am
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Just out of curiousity does

Just out of curiousity does this qualify as a "HATE CRIME" ? Ispy has a degree of difficulty with the written word I see. He missed the part about witnessess....keep up the good work....with Ispy on the job terrorism will abound......

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RichmondCountyResident1 11/09/09 - 11:35 am
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PTHS aka saynomore, still

PTHS aka saynomore, still haven't learned a thing. He's still mocking the death of a young man a year after his death.Still spewing the same racist hate that got him banned.These acts of vandalism left on this monument are wrong and the perpetrators should be brought to justice. Using this to make stupid racist comments, makes you at least as bad as the perpetrators.Some of you will never change!!!Did I spell this right.

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happychimer 11/09/09 - 12:02 pm
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I would not be surprised if

I would not be surprised if the ones who spray painted the monument were AC posters. I am talking about white posters who strive on stirring up hate.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/09/09 - 12:24 pm
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Yeah those witness staements

Yeah those witness staements only mean something when it fits an agenda huh?

KingJames
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KingJames 11/09/09 - 12:43 pm
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The worst thing is that

The worst thing is that public property has been defaced. To me, it doesn't really matter what was painted on the monument. It was still wrong. The fact that it was racial slurs would be irrelevant in any other city besides Augusta. People should be upset that the crime occured, and should not take advantage of another opportunity to be judgemental, prejudicial, and bigoted. This is the type of thing the commission should be united against. Something like this brings the city down. There should be no slaps on the wrists for the perpertators either.

happychimer
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happychimer 11/09/09 - 12:55 pm
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I notice now that witnesses

I notice now that witnesses said the painters were black. It's still wrong not matter who did it.

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/09/09 - 02:04 pm
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Very perceptive!

Very perceptive!

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 11/09/09 - 02:07 pm
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Maybe it was white guys in

Maybe it was white guys in black face? The penmanship is too good.

confederate american
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confederate american 11/09/09 - 02:23 pm
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i'm sure the sons of

i'm sure the sons of confederate veterans will be offering a reward for the arrest of these subjects

30cal
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30cal 11/09/09 - 02:46 pm
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had a monument been defaced

had a monument been defaced w/ anti black rants it would be front page news all over the country, try and deface the grave of mlk there w / be riots all over the country w/fbi and every other police dept. looking for those responsible .. Have WE no rights,maybe WE need to riot for our freedom and equal rights. Because we'll see none in this case. watch this be striken

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/09/09 - 02:47 pm
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It's really no big deal, easy

It's really no big deal, easy to clean up. No reason to go whining everywhere. It's not like it's news that punks live in da hood. A little bit of paint doesn't threaten my heritage or pride or well-being.

30cal
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30cal 11/09/09 - 02:50 pm
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put me down for $50.00 of

put me down for $50.00 of that reward

30cal
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30cal 11/09/09 - 02:55 pm
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Saynomore : How wrong you are

Saynomore : How wrong you are this is where the problems start . tomorrow they do your house take down YOUR FLAG. this is a major hate race orientated crime and should be treated as such by ALL , if there is to be peace and harmony in our country

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/09/09 - 02:59 pm
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30cal - No they will not.

30cal - No they will not. That's all I've got to say about it.

KingJames
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KingJames 11/09/09 - 03:05 pm
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Niko, I want you to know that

Niko, I want you to know that I, just like may other African-American males, have very good penmanship. I am not a thug, and would never commit a crime. Contrary to what you may believe, there are many more African-American males who live within the law.

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gnx 11/09/09 - 03:56 pm
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I think the racist remarks

I think the racist remarks sprayed on the monument and the racist remarks I'm reading in the comments are all equally disgusting. Now that I've gotten that off my chest I'd like to know if I'm the only one who happens to find a bit of twisted humor in the Richard Simmons/Burger King robbery story. Before certain people start accusing me of being cold and heartless - nothing in the story is funny. It's just the man's name being the same as a certain exercise and diet video guru struck me funny, especially since there was a Burger King involved. Oh well, if you don't get it...

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Jim Christian 11/09/09 - 04:40 pm
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At least he racist words in

At least he racist words in spray paint will be removed. The ones inscribed in marble? Probably not.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/09/09 - 05:11 pm
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Wizzard, Whipping Post, Apex,

Wizzard, Whipping Post, Apex, Jack, Lola Jeans and anyone else that are the self appointed spell checkers on this site. I gathered you got my point because instead of offering a different view point you decided to comment on grammar and spelling. I guess you missed the " award" post that should have been reward. Any way as King James stated this is just an opportunity for judgemental, prejudicial and bigoted people to spew their garbage. This is a simply act of vandalism that should be punished but the fact that it was a Confederate Monument is of no importance to me. If i used bad grammar or misspelled words IDGAD.

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smartie 11/09/09 - 05:19 pm
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jim christian, i'll bet you

jim christian, i'll bet you don't have a clue what's actually inscribed in the monument, do you? remember, without the local confederate soldiers, augusta, and all of it's history, would've been burned by your hero, gen. william t. sherman.

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change display name 11/09/09 - 05:25 pm
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Justus is again, a moron.

Justus is again, a moron.

30cal
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30cal 11/09/09 - 05:29 pm
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to collect the reward is at

to collect the reward is at alive or just breathing .i know we must do it because all regular sources of justice(?). are to busy investigating whities hate crimes. as only he seems to perform such low crimes. we will not see ol rev al or jj decrieing this hate crime. or ob even pretend tocare

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confederate american 11/09/09 - 05:33 pm
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jim christian another

jim christian another transplanted fool and government schooled at that.

smartie
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smartie 11/09/09 - 05:41 pm
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and, as for ispy, your words

and, as for ispy, your words alone indicate that you're not very bright. the poor grammar, and the mis-spelling of elementary school words offer no argument on your behalf. thanks, though, for your insight. it makes me feel much smarter.

Jim Christian
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Jim Christian 11/09/09 - 05:44 pm
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"No Nation Rose So White and

"No Nation Rose So White and Fair; None Fell So Pure of Crime."

As far as a transplant, I was born in New Orleans, and raised in Atlanta. But yeah...public schooled my whole life. My parents weren't exactly affluent.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/09/09 - 06:01 pm
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What is mis-spelling of a

What is mis-spelling of a word. The word is misspelling. Before trying to be a smart azz, at least make sure that your grammar and spelling are correct. " Mis-spelling". What an idiot. ROTFLMAO

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/09/09 - 06:05 pm
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Smartie aka dummy.It's

Smartie aka dummy.It's capital letters when you start a sentence off. " " the poor grammar" Capital T.Poor Grammar? " the mis-spelling of elementary school words offer no argument on your behalf. thanks". I guess that was proper grammar on your part? ROTFLMAO.

smartie
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smartie 11/09/09 - 06:26 pm
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actually, it is proper, ispy.

actually, it is proper, ispy. ENGLISH, that is. as for jc, very good! keep educating yourself, and your opinion on the original story just may change.

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southern2 11/09/09 - 06:46 pm
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Augusta is under attack. At

Augusta is under attack. At least Sherman bypassed us on his march to the sea. This latest assault by these racist street thugs makes me want to mount up and ride toward the smoke.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/09/09 - 07:08 pm
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Capital letters idiot. Also,

Capital letters idiot. Also, there is no such word as " Mis-spelled". It's called a dictionary get one, Dummy, I meant smartie.

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pommom38 11/09/09 - 07:17 pm
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Do we all feel better now??

Do we all feel better now?? You got out your smart alec cracks, dished out your daily dose of calling people idiots, dummies, racists. Your day should be complete now:)
For the poster about the accident, were you there?

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