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Attorney pleads guilty to fraud

Augusta attorney William O. Key Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud.

Mr. Key entered his plea in U.S. District Court, said acting U.S. Attorney Edmund Booth Jr. Mr. Key was accused of assisting two Evans businessmen in a ruse that defrauded banks and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

All three men are free on bond pending sentence. The maximum penalty is five years in prison. Sentencing dates have not been set.

Mr. Key has practiced law since 1983. According to the State Bar of Georgia Web site, Mr. Key is a member in good standing.

Police find man who pretended to be cop

A Hephzibah man was arrested Monday and charged with pretending to be a policeman to rob another man.

According to Richmond County jail reports, Matthew Curtis McNatt, 29, was charged with robbery by intimidation and impersonating an officer during a Sunday incident.

A witness said Mr. McNatt knocked on his door, identified himself as a sheriff's deputy, searched the victim, then took his wallet and left.

Guns in house might be illegally owned

Richmond County investigators said Monday they are searching for a man who illegally possessed several firearms.

Investigator Robin Ashmore said deputies went to the home of Wycliffe Douglas Capps, 34, of the 2800 block of Ingleside Drive after several reports that he had been impersonating a policeman. They did not find him but did find numerous handguns and at least 10 assault rifles. They have charged him with possession of a firearm by a first offender, according to Investigator Ashmore. Anyone with information on Mr. Capp's whereabouts can call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Man is charged in robbery at truck stop

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrested an Edgefield man on Monday, charging him with grabbing money from a truck stop cash register.

According to a press release, Dennis Key, 31, of the 300 block of Slide Hill Road is charged with strong-arm robbery at the S & S Truck Stop on Edgefield Road in North Augusta.

Search continues for 3 involved in holdup

Authorities continued to search Monday for two men and a woman suspected in a weekend Aiken holdup.

According to an Aiken County Sheriff's Office report, three people at Grady Paint and Body said the men and the woman, who was carrying a shotgun, approached Saturday night, demanding money.

The victims said the woman fired the shotgun into the air, and they turned over about $265. The robbers fled in a gold Chrysler 300 sedan.

Wackenhut will hold public safety meeting

The Savannah River Site security agency Wackenhut will take public comments about their work with public safety at an information meeting Aug. 27.

The 7 p.m. session will be held at the SRS Research Center on Gateway Drive. Anyone unable to attend the meeting can call (803) 952-7626 on Aug. 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to leave comments.

Tyler Perry play at Convocation Center

A one-time production of Tyler Perry's What's Done in the Dark will be held at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center on Sept. 4.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. The show, starring David and Tamela Mann, focuses on single parenthood and health issues.

Tickets are $44.50 and can be purchased at the Convocation Center box office on Robert M. Bell Parkway in Aiken or by calling (866) 722-8877 or at www.uscatix.com

SRS officials to testify at Washington hearing

Additional testimony will be taken Wednesday in hearings about the Savannah River Ecology Lab.

The Congressional Science and Technology Investigations, and Oversight and Energy and Environmental subcommittees will hear from former lab director Paul Bertsch and the Savannah River Site U.S. Department of Energy manager Jeffrey Allison about communication on the lab's possible closing.

The hearings are designed to take an in-depth look at the lab's funding from the Energy Department and operator University of Georgia.

Part two of the continuing Washington, D.C., hearings begins at 10 a.m.

Fraternity, center host summit for young men

Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center, Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity are sponsoring "Do the Right Thang" youth summit 6 p.m. Thursday at Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church, 1630 15th St.

Speakers for the summit will be Sean Palmer, director of student activities and residence life at Paine College and Raphael Moffett, student affairs advisor in African American student services at Georgia State University. Aimed toward young men, the summit will focus on positive choices and accountability.

There will be a drawing for a variety of giveaways, including shoes. Participants can register for the drawing Tuesday at Shiloh Community Center, 1635 15th St., between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Winners will be announced at the summit.

This event is free. For more information, call (706) 738-0089.

Augusta arts school announces fundraiser

The Augusta Mini Theatre Community Arts School is accepting donations for its annual fundraising campaign that ends Sept. 3. Donations are tax-deductible and will go toward the operation of the school.

Donations can be sent to: Augusta Mini Theatre, 430 Eighth St., Augusta, Ga., 30901 or by visiting www.augustaminitheatre.com. For more information, call (706) 722-0598.

USC Aiken center has 1st faith-based event

Tickets for the Oct. 18 show for Christian singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, Sanctus Real and Bethany Dillon go on sale Aug. 18.

The concert marks the first faith-based event at the USC Aiken's Convocation Center.

Tickets are available at the Convocation Center box office on Robert M. Bell Parkway in Aiken, at www.uscatix.com or by phone at (866) 722-8877.

- Edited from wire reports

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luckie
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luckie 07/31/07 - 08:29 am
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Great work RC for catching

Great work RC for catching the man impersonating an officer. Also, I think it was great that the sheriff gave his input of his personal knowledge that something else is going to happen at super c's without revealing details. If the commissioners only give the owner probation, the sheriff tried to warn them. If he gets probation he should be required to hire two policemen - one for outside and one for inside. And to the owner who shot Mcnair's brother, I applaud you. Whether we want to believe it or not, there are more juveniles doing these horrific crimes, than we could ever imagine. Someone in the community knows where this Tankersley dad and son are and they need to be caught. Offer an award and someone will call. They have been astray too long just like the Gamble kid. Keep up the good work RC. Your task is not easy.

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mycomments 07/31/07 - 08:52 am
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So, who are the two Evans

So, who are the two Evans businessmen he was accused of protecting? Why is name drug through the mud and they are'nt even named even though they too were bonded out? Are these businessmen friends of Billy?

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EventWatcher 07/31/07 - 09:16 am
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For my comments: If you had

For my comments: If you had been reading the paper all along you would know the two businessmen already plead guilty while Billy was snitching his way to a lower charge. Maybe Mr Key will run across some of his former "clients" or their family while in prison provided he has not snitched his way out..

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redapples 07/31/07 - 10:23 am
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"Do the Right Thang"?? I

"Do the Right Thang"?? I guess the slang of popular culture is now supported as the official language? No wonder the kids are all jacked up, so are some of their adult "mentors!"

truthbknown
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truthbknown 07/31/07 - 10:58 am
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Mr key is a crook... I found

Mr key is a crook... I found out 10 years to late... there are several mortgage deals of his and the company his wife owns that were fraudlent

EventWatcher
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EventWatcher 07/31/07 - 11:01 am
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Wonder how long Billy Key

Wonder how long Billy Key will remain a lawyer in good standing with the GA Bar now. This should have been exposed a generation ago.

Goaliemom1987
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Goaliemom1987 07/31/07 - 12:48 pm
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Wow I knew the "Keys" years

Wow I knew the "Keys" years ago,They both acted better then everyone else... Looked down on people. Hope he gets what is coming to him.

EventWatcher
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EventWatcher 07/31/07 - 02:41 pm
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I don't think Billy Key can't

I don't think Billy Key can't get what he deserves because he pleaded to a charge with a 5 year max. Wonder what will happen to the state charges against him in Dekalb County.

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musikmakur 07/31/07 - 03:01 pm
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I think it's funny how no one

I think it's funny how no one seems to realize that Wycliffe Douglas Capps has been impersonating a police officer for almost 15 years and he somehow keeps doing it! Even after multiple arrests and complaints. If you want people to trust the law inforcement system, maybe you should keep people like Wycliffe Capps in jail. Make him stop getting away with this, before he kills someone. Then again, he'll probably get off from a murder charge too!!!

Goaliemom1987
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Goaliemom1987 07/31/07 - 05:19 pm
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What happened in Dekalb

What happened in Dekalb county?

EventWatcher
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EventWatcher 07/31/07 - 07:20 pm
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According to the newspaper

According to the newspaper and Dekalb County website Billy was arrested on another mortgage fraud case right before this one surfaced.

waitingonchange1
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waitingonchange1 07/31/07 - 09:59 pm
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Heard there was a bust in

Heard there was a bust in Barnwell, SC at a large private club. Is there any truth to that storie?

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TakeAstand 07/31/07 - 10:33 pm
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I knew wyc in school and he

I knew wyc in school and he was always in trouble and somehow he always got out of it. And now he is doing the same thing for years!! I think his parents either have the money or the friends to keep bailing him out of trouble. One day when he really hurts someone they will be sorry they kept helping him and I hope they all get sued!!! Someone knows where he is... turn him in!! If he hurts someone before you do turn him in (After seeing how he was in school, I shudder to think of what he is up to now) then you will have to live with that for the rest of your life for not stopping him.

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JoeBlown 07/31/07 - 10:33 pm
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I always find these cases

I always find these cases amazing!! So, the attorney and mortgage people get busted and the seller and buyer in this deal are good to go with NO problems??? Does this make sense to anyone? I am not the smartest person in the world but.....HELLOOO!!!! I thought a conspiracy consisted of 3 or more participants??? I guess that slipped someone's mind in all of this!!!!!!

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orangeslice65 08/01/07 - 10:59 am
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does anyone know billys

does anyone know billys brother? he's pretty much a crook too.

bignutz
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bignutz 08/13/07 - 04:11 pm
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The two business men

The two business men are....

Craig Thigpen and Erich Haskel

destinydiva
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destinydiva 09/04/07 - 04:04 am
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what website was it that

what website was it that captured billy key's offense. Does anyone knows when he will be sentenced. in dekalb county

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