Originally created 07/11/01

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Man faces another slaying indictment

An Augusta man previously convicted of killing his wife was indicted Tuesday on murder charges in the April 4 death of another woman.

A Richmond County grand jury issued the indictment accusing Robert O. Arrington, 53, of felony murder and malice murder in the beating death of 46-year-old Kathy L. Hutchens. Her body was discovered in her George Road home April 13. Investigators suspect she was killed April 4, the day after she called police to remove Mr. Arrington from her home.

Mr. Arrington was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1987 for voluntary manslaughter - the strangulation and beating death of his wife, Elizabeth G. Arrington. He was released from prison in July 2000.

Second defendant pleads guilty

WAYNESBORO - The second man charged in the robbery and near-fatal stabbing of a Waynesboro minister pleaded guilty Tuesday morning.

Travis Osborne, 20, received the same punishment Tuesday that Charles Collins, 25, received Monday: life in prison plus an additional five years.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Troiano said Mr. Osborne's decision to plead guilty ended his Burke County Superior Court trial for armed robbery, aggravated assault, and use of a knife during the commission of a crime. The last evidence the jury heard Monday was Mr. Osborne's confession to his role in the robbery and stabbing of the Rev. Wayne Dixon.

The two planned the robbery, believing the Rev. Dixon, who was Mr. Osborne's landlord, would have a large sum of cash when he returned home Jan. 26, Mr. Troiano said. Mr. Osborne admitted Tuesday he had stabbed the Baptist minister, although he and Mr. Collins claimed they never intended to harm the Rev. Dixon in the holdup.

Man indicted in crime wave

An Augusta man suspected of committing a one-man crime wave in early May was indicted Tuesday on several counts.

A Richmond County grand jury indicted Kelvin J. Tankersley, 33, on charges of armed robbery, robbery by intimidation, attempted armed robbery and attempted kidnapping. He is accused of being the knife-wielding man who attempted to rob a convenience store May 5, robbed a second store the same day, robbed a third convenience store the next day, and robbed and attempted to kidnap a downtown motel clerk May 6.

Mr. Tankersley has been held without bond since his arrest May 9.

Woman files discrimination suit

A lawsuit was filed Monday in Aiken County on behalf of a woman who claims she was discriminated against by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Lisa T. Williams-Holloway, a former employee of DHEC's home health services in the county, says she was discriminated against because she is black and was pregnant. She said she was passed up for requested positions and treated differently from white co-workers.

She was hired Oct. 28, 1999, and discharged June 23, 2000.

Ms. Williams-Holloway had received a right-to-sue letter from the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, despite its finding that no discrimination occurred. Suzanne F. Guido, an associate of Robert B. McDonald, the attorney of record for the plaintiff, said that's "not uncommon."

Ms. Guido said she did not wish to reveal the South Carolina town where Ms. Williams-Holloway lives. It was not given in the lawsuit.

DHEC has 30 days to respond to the accusation. A lawsuit represents only one side of a dispute.

Three indicted in home invasion

Three men accused of a violent May 1 home invasion, during which a homeowner and one of the assailants were wounded, were indicted Tuesday.

A Richmond County grand jury indicted Leon Brown III, 30, Jerome Jordan, 19, and Lewis B. Brown, 26, on charges of burglary, three counts aggravated assault and four weapon violations. All three men have been held without bond since their May arrests.

They are accused of invading Curtis and Gerald Mance's Walden Hills Court home and shooting at the two brothers and a guest, Jaimee L. Matherne. When Curtis Mance was shot, his brother grabbed a weapon and fired on the assailants. A short time later, a wounded Lewis Brown was found at a hospital's emergency room.

Board poses bus safety plans

The Columbia County Board of Education on Tuesday tentatively approved seeking parents to monitor school bus stops and providing safety classes for bus drivers as ways to increase bus safety.

The recommendations were made by Superintendent Tommy Price based on the findings of the Transportation Safety Committee. The committee - a group of parents, school officials and bus drivers - began meeting in April after the death in January of kindergartner Aleana Johnson, who was run over by her school bus.

In its new budget, the school system already has added the position of bus driver trainer. Mr. Price also proposed adding three bus monitors - for a total of five - to handle discipline problems. The total safety package will cost $34,000.

Suspect hit with new charge

A Waynesboro man accused of exposing himself to a woman in traffic on Old Savannah Road last week faces an additional public indecency charge.

According to Richmond County Sheriff's Office records, the new charge against William Holt, 20, stems from an incident March 28 in the parking lot of La Pavilion shopping center off Washington Road. A 25-year-old woman reported that as she got into her car, a man ran up to her window, exposed and fondled himself, then ran away.

Mr. Holt already faces a public indecency charge in a July 2 incident. Sgt. Wayne Bunton said a woman reported that a man drove alongside her car as she was driving on Old Savannah Road, turned on the interior light of his car, leaned toward the window and exposed himself.

In May, Mr. Holt was arrested in Burke County, and in July 1999 he was arrested in Fayette County - both times for the same type of behavior, Sgt. Bunton said. Mr. Holt was being held in the Richmond County jail Monday night on $3,000 bond.

Bonds issued for school projects

COLUMBIA - State Treasurer Grady Patterson says he has completed the issue of $34 million in general obligation bonds that will go for renovating buildings at the University of South Carolina's Columbia, Aiken and Spartanburg campuses.

Mr. Patterson said five groups bid Tuesday for the funding with Merrill Lynch & Co. coming in the lowest at 4.791 percent. The second lowest was 4.802 percent from First Union National Bank.

The bonds were issued to provide funds to build the Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center on the Columbia campus; upgrade the intramural athletic fields on the Aiken campus and renovate administrative buildings on the Spartanburg campus.


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