Originally created 09/02/01

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AUGUSTA
Teen surrenders in carjacking case

A fourth teen-ager charged in last week's carjacking spree in Augusta turned himself in to authorities Saturday afternoon.

According to Richmond County Sheriff's Office records, Jordash Antwan Tanksley, 17, of the 2400 block of Madrid Drive, was arrested after coming to the law enforcement center at 401 Walton Way. Mr. Tanksley is the fourth person arrested in conjunction with two carjackings and an attempted one in Augusta and North Augusta early Tuesday.

The attempted carjacking involved the girlfriend of NBA player William Avery. The woman managed to get away from the men.

According to Investigator Billy Kitchens, Mr. Tanksley came to the law center at about 1 p.m., and he was booked into the jail at 2:55 p.m., according to records.

Mr. Tanksley is charged with felony possession of a firearm, felony hijacking of a motor vehicle, felony armed robbery and criminal attempt to hijack a motor vehicle, according to the jail committal slip.

On Thursday, authorities arrested B.J. Lorenzo White, 17; Melvin D. Boyd, 16; and Jason Bernard Thrower, 18, and charged the trio with attempted carjacking and a related armed robbery of two Augusta sisters riding in a sport utility vehicle.

All four men attend Augusta-area high schools and remain in jail. No bond has been set, according to authorities.

AIKEN
Brother stabbed during fight

An argument between two brothers ended in a stabbing late Friday, police say.

Larry McKinney, 46, of the 100 block of Wallace Green Street in Aiken, got into an argument with his brother Michael McKinney, 40, at their house at about 11:30 p.m.

Larry McKinney stabbed his brother in the left leg and left hand, said Lt. Michael Frank of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. He is charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, Lt. Frank said, and was being held Saturday at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Michael McKinney was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers and was released Saturday.

AIKEN
Man charged in bar stabbing

A stabbing early Saturday at an Aiken bar put one man in the hospital and another in jail.

Police say Paul Hazel, 64, of the 500 block of Saddle Soap Lane in North Augusta, got into an argument shortly after midnight with Leroy Moore, 55, outside Stewart's Bar at 191 Green Bush Road in Aiken.

Mr. Hazel stabbed Mr. Moore in the chest with a knife, said Lt. Michael Frank with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Hazel was arrested and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, Lt. Frank said. He was being held Saturday at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Mr. Moore was taken to University Hospital, but no report on his condition was immediately available.

GEORGIA
Man denied bond in rape cases

UNADILLA - A Dooly County man charged with raping two young girls was denied bond Friday.

Quentin Kendrick, 20, had his first court appearance Friday before Crisp County Chief Magistrate Judge Gery Pfeiffer.

Mr. Kendrick, who was arrested Wednesday, is charged with kidnapping, burglary, rape, aggravated sodomy and aggravated assault in an attack on a 13-year-old girl June 12 and an abduction at knife-point and rape of a 12-year-old Aug. 13.

Police also are awaiting DNA tests from a third rape - a May 8 attack on a 14-year-old girl - in which Mr. Kendrick remains a suspect.

He is being held in the Dooly County jail.

"He told his mamma that he didn't have nothing to worry about because he knew he hadn't done nothing," Mr. Kendrick's cousin Alisha Adkinson said Friday.

GEORGIA
Building collapse injures worker

SAVANNAH - A construction worker preparing to move a Civil War-era building from its foundation remained in serious condition at a Savannah hospital Saturday after the building collapsed on him.

A construction crew had raised the one-story brick building, part of Savannah's old manufactured gas plant, onto steel rails so it could be moved to allow environmental cleanup work beneath its foundation.

Ken Morgan, 29, of Greenville, S.C., was checking the rigging that held up the building Thursday morning when the building collapsed. A steel beam pinned his arm, and a surgeon had to amputate before Mr. Morgan could be pulled from the rubble.

A second worker, Mike Landen, 47, of Apopka, Fla., was on the roof and fell to the ground. He was treated for minor cuts and bruises.

Both men worked for International Chimney Corp. of Buffalo, N.Y.

The collapsed building, built in 1866, housed engines that powered the gas plant. Most recently it had been used as an apartment building.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Housekeeper rewarded for honesty

CLINTON - A motel housekeeper was rewarded with $300 in cash for helping to return more than $10,000 to a Florida man who mistakenly left the money in the motel room.

Police said Butch Daugherty of Belleview, Fla., and his wife were traveling to Gatlinburg, Tenn., and had stopped in Clinton overnight Wednesday. The couple completed their journey the next day before discovering the money, along with a handgun, checkbook and set of keys, were missing.

Police Chief Carroll Barker said Mr. Daugherty, who owns an import-export auto parts store, called the hotel then the police department about the items.

Mr. Daugherty made the four-hour drive back to Clinton from Gatlinburg early Friday to claim his belongings. He also left $300 for Shanna Johnson, Chief Barker said.

"I wasn't expecting anything out of this," said Ms. Johnson, a 24-year-old single mother. "I really thought it was drug money."

Chief Barker said criminal background checks on the Daughertys came back negative.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Father charged with hurting baby

ROCK HILL - A father has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill after he allegedly threw a swing across his living room with his 4-month-old daughter still in it.

Horace Dwayne Hunt, 28, was arrested Thursday and also charged with criminal domestic violence, said Lancaster County Sheriff Johnny Cauthen.

Mr. Hunt's daughter was listed in critical condition late Friday, hospital officials said.

The child's injury came during a fight between her parents. Mr. Hunt told officers he picked up a baby swing and threw it across the room. He ran into the home after his girlfriend started to throw a piece of sea coral at him, Sheriff Cauthen said.

"He stated he didn't realize the child was in the swing. He thought she was in the crib," Sheriff Cauthen said.

Mr. Hunt was intoxicated and upset and told deputies that the injury was his fault, Sheriff Cauthen said.