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Catherine Tamala Ann Daniels  Special
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Catherine Tamala Ann Daniels

AIKEN --- The Aiken County Sheriff's Office released a new wanted list on Wednesday, this time focusing on crimes against children and the elderly.

Anyone with information should call (800) 922-9709 or (888) 599-TIPS.

Car plant goes to Indiana, not Aiken County

Atlanta-based police car manufacturer Carbon Motors announced Wednesday that it will build its cars in Connersville, Ind., 50 miles northwest of Cincinnati.

An industrial site in Graniteville was among the final five potential locations for the 1,500-person manufacturing campus.

Carbon Motors will invest more than $350 million in developing and producing the Carbon E7 police vehicle, which is slated for production in 2012.

The announcement was made at a governor's event at an empty Visteon facility in Connersville that was intended as a rally to entice Carbon Motors to select the Indiana town.

Shop tax-free this weekend

Georgia's sales tax holiday began today and continues until midnight Sunday.

Here's what's exempt:

Articles of clothing: Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less per item. Accessories such as handbags, umbrellas, cuff links, jewelry, wallets and watches are not exempt.

Personal computers: A single purchase of personal computers or related accessories for $1,500 or less. If the single purchase exceeds $1,500, the entire transaction is taxable.

General school supplies: Items with a price of $20 or less.

SRS tours fill up, but more sessions likely

The newest series of public tours for Savannah River Site filled to capacity within 24 hours, but additional sessions are likely to be arranged in the future.

The four-hour tours include drive-by glimpses of Dunbarton and Ellenton, former towns that were relocated when SRS was built in the 1950s.

Walker wants judge to postpone hearing

Former state Sen. Charles Walker has requested a federal judge postpone a court hearing next month because his attorney is on vacation.

Mr. Walker was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on 127 criminal counts of mail fraud, conspiracy and aiding and abetting the filing of a false income tax return for a charity, the CSRA Classic.

U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. had set a Sept. 21 hearing in Savannah and instructed attorneys to prepare their case on the issue that Mr. Walker might have lost his chance to argue that his trial attorneys provided ineffective assistance. Mr. Walker contends they were ineffective for not asking U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. to recuse himself before Mr. Walker's 2005 trial.

Man faces charge of child molestation

A 43-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and charged with showing pornographic materials to his ex-girlfriend's 12-year-old grandson.

James Edmund Keenum, of Woodland Avenue, is charged with child molestation and simple battery, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report. The victim's grandmother told Richmond County sheriff's investigators that she returned home Tuesday to find Mr. Keenum locked in a room with her grandson, the report said. When they opened the door, she saw the suspect showing the boy pornographic videos on the computer. The woman began pushing him out of the house and the suspect fought back. The woman then picked up a wooden baseball bat and began poking Mr. Keenum, the report said.

Boyfriend accused of burning child with iron

Richmond County authorities arrested an Augusta man Wednesday on charges that he burned his girlfriend's 1-year-old son with an iron. Michael Karonski Samuel, 27, of the 1000 block of Amli Way, is charged with first degree cruelty to children, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Deputies were called to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital emergency room and spoke with the child's mother, who told them she left the baby alone with Mr. Samuel while she was at work. When she came home, the suspect told her that the child had been asleep and accidentally kicked the iron -- burning his feet. However, the report said that the child had burns to the back of his legs as well and that the doctor did not believe the burns appeared accidental.

$1,000 reward offered in golf club vandalism

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for vandalism at Goshen Plantation Golf Club. The golf club sustained more than $70,000 in damage during the break-in between 9 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report, vandals took 15 golf carts and scattered them about the course. Three ended up in a pond. Landscape and equipment was also damaged.

Anyone with information can call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080 and ask for any property crimes investigator on duty.

Fort Discovery moves exhibits to freshen up

The National Science Center's Fort Discovery is moving some of its exhibits in an effort to consolidate space, freshen up its look and save on utilities, Chief Executive Officer Rob Dennis said Wednesday.

"We're looking at a bunch of options. We're no different than any other nonprofit or business in this economy," Mr. Dennis said, adding that state funding has been cut. "I don't think there is anything covert going on here," he said.

It's not unusual for museums to move exhibits to freshen up their look, he said. The additional space from reorganizing the arrangement of exhibits should save on utilities and provide more room to bring in traveling exhibits.

"We are looking at every option to make us successful," Mr. Dennis said.

United Way to hold school supply drive

The United Way will be holding its Stuff the School Bus school supply drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at area Wal-Marts.

The program helps students in the region obtain much-needed school supplies, such as glue, paper, pencils, calculators and backpacks.

During the event, all school supplies collected at the Deans Bridge Road Wal-Mart will be donated directly to the Richmond County school system. A Richmond County school bus will be in the parking lot, and organizers are hoping to stuff it with donations.

Open house set for home-school parents

Fort Gordon Child, Youth and School Services is holding an open house for parents of home-schooled children from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 7 at the Youth Services, Building 45410, at 46th and Brainard. For information, call (706) 791-7270 or (706) 791-4168.

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andywarhol 07/30/09 - 07:25 am
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So showing a kid porn is also

So showing a kid porn is also molestation? Good thing I do neither. When people do sick things they put their wellbeing in others hands, so whatever he gets charged with...oh well.

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SCEagle Eye 07/30/09 - 07:26 am
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If you go on the SRS tour be

If you go on the SRS tour be sure to ask a lot of questions about future missions. Looks like narrow special interests are pushing for some very dirty, dangerous and costly missions like reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, which will make the radioactive mess at the site a lot worse.

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Dark Lord 07/30/09 - 08:16 am
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Someone should burn the legs

Someone should burn the legs and feet of that sorry excuse of a boyfriend. What can a 1yr old do to deserve that. I know the mother and know that she is a really good person and mother. I hope he get whats due to his sorry butt.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/30/09 - 08:21 am
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That's right Eagle Eye let's

That's right Eagle Eye let's prevent more jobs from being here and send them somewhere else

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prolifer 07/30/09 - 09:09 am
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No matter how good of a

No matter how good of a person the mother is, she left her one year old with an [filtered word]hole and she is his girlfriend. Stupid decisions have harsh outcomes. Hate the child had to pay for her decision.

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kayacts 07/30/09 - 10:01 am
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Regarding Stuff the Bus this

Regarding Stuff the Bus this Saturday....School supplies will also be collected at the Evans, Bobby Jones and Burke county Walmarts. The items will also be going to Columbia and Burke county students as well.

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scooter32 07/30/09 - 03:18 pm
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Prolifer you are exactly

Prolifer you are exactly right! She has only been dating this guy for two or three weeks at the most. Who was keeping the child before she met Michael Samuel? These women are so quick to meet a man and start leaving their children in their care. She needs to get to know a person more than just a few weeks. I know Michael Samuel and he wouldn't hurt or burn no ones kids on purpose. He has children himself. For people to be so quick to judge him, know a person before passing on judgement. And also everything you read in the paper and on the computer isn't true. Most of the time when the media gets involved, it makes the story looks worse than it really is.

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