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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.