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Former Peach Belt basketball players accused of armed robbery

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 10:10 PM
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EDITOR'S NOTE:  Earlier accounts incorrectly identified one of the schools.

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USC Aiken's Santoine Butler (center).  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
USC Aiken's Santoine Butler (center).


Two former Peach Belt Con­fer­ence basketball players were arrested Saturday on armed robbery charges, jail records show.

Former USC Aiken forward Santoine Calvin Butler, 23, and former Columbus State guard Jahmad Oliajwan Saleem, 23, were booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on Saturday on charges of felony armed robbery.

Saleem faces an additional charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. A third man, Cyril Maurice Vickers, 23, of Augusta, was also charged with felony armed robbery in the incident.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Records Division said an incident report had not yet been processed for the robbery as of Sunday night.

Butler, a graduate of Cross Creek High School, joined the Pacers in 2012 after two years at Gard­ner-Webb, according to the USC Aiken athletic Web site. He was part of two USC Aiken teams that made deep runs in the NCAA Division II Tournament, reaching the Elite Eight in 2013 and the Final Four this year

Saleem, who also starred for Cross Creek, was accused earlier this year of stealing credit cards from two students and racking up $544 worth of fraudulent charges, according to the The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. He was found with a small amount of marijuana in his pocket while being apprehended, that report said.

Saleem remained a student at the university despite quitting the basketball team two weeks prior. A Richmond County jail committal listed Saleem as a student at USC Aiken.

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jrsc429
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jrsc429 08/04/14 - 07:15 am
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why 'former basketball players'

Why does the headline begin, "Former Peach Belt basketball players..."?
Why didn't the headline begin with, "Former college students..."? Were the two basketball players first, and students second?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/04/14 - 07:52 am
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jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/04/14 - 09:05 am
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THUGS
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I hope they enjoy their time in prison since they chose a life of crime.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 08/04/14 - 10:59 am
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Whatever they were

they certainly aren't now - and to have come from local high schools does not make it any better. Athlete or no athlete - they did not learn the right way to live. Shame on them and I hope they will be taught the proper lesson without picking up any new "knowledge"!

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 08/04/14 - 11:18 am
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Were College Basketball Players, Now Charged Defendants

Maybe these little felonies won't affect their basketball careers TOO much. Stupid idiots.

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KSL 08/04/14 - 11:51 am
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What a shame. Two who most

What a shame. Two who most likely took up two scholarships, wasting the opportunities, and preventing two other guys from having and perhaps not wasting the opportunity.

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lifelongresident 08/05/14 - 01:44 pm
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i guess "dey aint not fo sho
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i guess "dey aint not fo sho get dey expected welfare/foo stamps from dey daddy" obama, of course dey daddy no where to be found and dey mammy too busy at de club

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