Originally created 05/26/01

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EMANUEL COUNTY
Mother charged over missing baby

State and local law enforcement officers continued searching for a newborn baby they be lieve was killed by its mother, who authorities said reported a miscarriage but has been charged with murder.

Twanna Kalisha Brown, 23, of Swainsboro, is being held in the Emanuel County jail without bond. On May 17, she sought medical attention for a miscarriage, but a doctor determined she'd given birth, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Lee Sweat.

The Emanuel County Sheriff's Office is searching for the child. The GBI agent said different areas where the body could have been disposed of have been searched.

Police arrested Ms. Brown on May 18 and charged her with cruelty to children. On Monday, the charge was upgraded to murder, Special Agent in Charge Sweat said.

Anyone with information about the matter should call the sheriff's office at (478) 237-7526.

AIKEN COUNTY
11-year-old dies from fall in pond

BEECH ISLAND - An 11-year-old boy died Friday after drowning in a neighborhood pond.

Firefighters who pulled his body from the bottom of the pond said he had been standing knee-deep in the water, apparently lost his footing and slid off a ledge. He could not swim, and quickly went under.

His name is being withheld until his father is notified, Aiken County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said.

He had been playing with several friends.

Firefighters got a 911 call shortly after 5:30 p.m., said Richie Caudill, battalion chief of the Beech Island volunteer squad. When they arrived, the boy was about 12 feet under, Chief Caudill said.

It took only five minutes to find him in the murky water, officials said. They estimate that he had been in the pond, in the Russell Hills subdivision, for about 15 minutes.

The boy was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he died. When emergency crews put him in the helicopter, his heartbeat was sporadic and he was not breathing on his own.

AIKEN COUNTY
Stabbing leads to murder charge

AIKEN - An Aiken County man has been charged with murder after the man police say he stabbed a week ago died in a Columbia hospital, Aiken County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said Friday.

Clarence Small, 25, of Lott Road in Ridge Spring, is charged with murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center, officials said.

The man police say Mr. Small stabbed - Rodney Windless, 24, of Old Shoals Road in Monetta - died from his wounds Wednesday at Palmetto-Richland Memorial Hospital, Lt. Frank said.

Some of Mr. Windless' family members said he had been stabbed several times in his head, neck, legs and stomach. Mr. Windless was stabbed after a dispute with Mr. Small at his home in Monetta on May 18, officials said. The two men were fighting over Mr. Windless' wife, his family members said.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Death penalty sought in shooting

GREENVILLE - The state will seek the death penalty against a man who police say shot his wife in front of their three children.

Prosecutor Bob Ariail said 26-year-old Troy Lee Kilgore planned to kill his wife, Jeanne, in her mother's home March 19. The couple were seeking a divorce and were scheduled for a family court hearing later that day, Mr. Ariail said.

Police said Mr. Kilgore also shot his mother-in-law, Sylvia Ann Wright, several times. She was struck at least once in the face, but survived.

The Kilgores' three children had just been dropped off by their father and saw the shootings, police said.

GEORGIA
Coach faces molestation charge

ALBANY - Dougherty High School baseball coach Dan James turned himself in to sheriff's deputies and was released on bond Wednesday after police charged him with child molestation, sexual assault and soliciting.

A 13-year-old girl told police that Mr. James, a 50-year-old Dougherty Middle School teacher, inappropriately touched her in April, according to an arrest warrant.

According to two other warrants, a 14-year-old girl told police that sometime in April Mr. James kissed her, hugged her and "solicited her with a written note in his classroom for the purpose of an indecent act."

Mr. James' attorney, Johnnie Graham, said Mr. James says "he has never touched any child in any way sexual, ever."

GEORGIA
Deputy pleads innocent in drug caseCOLUMBUS - A Clay County deputy sheriff has pleaded innocent to charges that he conspired to distribute cocaine, took money to protect drug dealers and sold information about narcotics investigators to dealers.

Charles Doughty, 65, of Fort Gaines, turned himself in Thursday to federal agents in Columbus.

Deputy Doughty was released on a $10,000 bond after a hearing before U.S. Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth. No arraignment date was set.

A five-count indictment alleged that the conspiracy to assist two alleged drug dealers, who were not named as defendants, began in January 1998 and continued through July 24, 1999.

It alleged that Deputy Doughty took payments to use his position as a deputy sheriff to protect trafficking in the county.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Wildfire haze darkens Lowcountry

COLUMBIA - Smoke from wildfires in Florida and Georgia has drifted north, darkening skies across the Lowcountry.

Complaints of smoke and haze poured in Friday from areas along Interstate 95 as far north as Florence, said Russell Berry of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The haze was especially bad in Hampton, Jasper and Beaufort counties, prompting troopers to place warning signs along I-95, Public Safety Department spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli said.

Weather conditions kept the smoke from dissipating, and the haze could drift farther north, Mr. Berry said.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Ship will bear sailor's name

CHARLESTON - The U.S. Navy will name a new destroyer for a Darlington County man who was the Navy's most decorated enlisted man.

The Navy will announce today that the 45th Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer will be named the USS James E. Williams.

Mr. Williams was a boatswain's mate commanding patrol boats on the MeKong River in Vietnam in 1966-67.

He won three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, two Silver Stars, the Navy Cross and the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award.

The Medal of Honor was awarded for his service on Oct. 31, 1966, when he and eight other sailors in two patrol boats killed more than 1,000 North Vietnamese in a three-hour firefight that sank or destroyed more than 65 enemy boats.

Mr. Williams was appointed U.S. Marshal for South Carolina in 1969 and served in a variety of positions with the U.S. Marshal Service before retiring.

He lived in Murrells Inlet for years before moving to Palm Coast, Fla., where he died in 1999.