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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