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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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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 11/09/09 - 06:29 pm
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It doesn't matter what the

It doesn't matter what the monument stands for, it shouldn't be defaced. They had no right to spray-paint it, it is not theirs. It was a criminal act, no matter who did it, and to put racist slurs on it makes it even worse. I don't believe in having "hate-crimes laws" because we can't read minds. But it sure seems like a hateful thing to do.

Vera Donavon
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Vera Donavon 11/09/09 - 06:59 pm
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That sure is early in the

That sure is early in the evening to be doing that. Prolly some white cop watching his white cop buddy do it...hee hee...JK

confederate american
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confederate american 11/09/09 - 07:14 pm
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jim christian you are a sorry

jim christian you are a sorry excuse for a southern man,and it has nothing to do with race.

corgimom
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corgimom 11/09/09 - 07:29 pm
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"No minority was involved

"No minority was involved with the waste of paint." Can somebody explain to me what justnuts is saying? I suggest that justnuts take a long look at California, where the majority of taggers are Hispanic. His posts are getting more bizarre by the day.

Jim Christian
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Jim Christian 11/09/09 - 07:46 pm
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So what's your interpretation

So what's your interpretation of the inscription?

disssman
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disssman 11/09/09 - 07:55 pm
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Ispy4u as a matter of fact

Ispy4u as a matter of fact there are problems with the letters yhat were written ( ref your 6:39 post ). Look real close and see if you can find the problem.

mable8
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mable8 11/09/09 - 08:42 pm
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j4: "No minority was involved

j4: "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." A minority person DID provide the debasement of the monument--and it is people like you who perpetuate the hate-mongering and discriminatory attitudes the younger people continue to display. You are certainly correct in your assumption that some folks never CHANGE--and you are the epitome of that characterization.

corgimom
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corgimom 11/09/09 - 08:42 pm
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How do you hit a person in

How do you hit a person in broad daylight and think you hit a trash can?

pommom38
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pommom38 11/09/09 - 09:18 pm
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I don't know corgi. I am

I don't know corgi. I am thinking she knew full on that she hit someone. The part I am not understanding is that when she went back later on, then she admitted to being the one that *hit something*. I think solely to cover that she knew good and well what she hit. I don't know, the whole thing is bizarre to me. Was the pile of brush so high you could not see if someone was there? Did he step out in the road and she hit then? There is more to this than reported.. I haven't seen the yard so don't know how one manages to hit someone they apparently could not see.

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