Originally created 04/13/02

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Man paroled in manslaughter

An Augusta man convicted of manslaughter has been paroled, according to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Michael D. Wade, now 37, served 10 years of a 20-year prison sentence he received for the Jan. 3, 1992, shooting death of Clayton Lee Lawton. Mr. Wade, initially charged with murder, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Richmond County Superior Court.

Mr. Lawton, 34, of Suffolk Drive, was shot in the chest after talking with Mr. Wade outside an East Boundary Street laundry. He tried to flee in his car after being shot but crashed into a house.

Mr. Wade had two drug convictions before the shooting. According to the parole board, Mr. Wade, released Tuesday, will reside in Augusta.

Robber stabs motorist after taking wallet

An Aiken man was stabbed by a robber caught stealing from a car early Friday.

Willie J. Moses Jr., 41, told policethat when he left Greg's Gas Plus in the 6000 block of U.S. Highway 1 in North Augusta at 1:22 a.m., he saw a man near his Mercury Cougar.

The robber, described as a black man with braided hair, slammed the car's door and took Mr. Moses' wallet. It had been left in the car along with the keys, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office report stated.

When Mr. Moses confronted the man, the thief ran to a waiting white Chevrolet Cavalier with a Georgia license plate, the report stated.

While Mr. Moses was wrestling the robber in the passenger side of the Cavalier, the man stabbed Mr. Moses in the back. The robber dropped the wallet, but not before taking $200.

After getting up from his knees, Mr. Moses chased the robbers' car with his car. He told police he turned around when he felt light-headed, the report stated. He then headed for a hospital.

Documentary features area vehicle-death case

South Carolina Educational Television will air a documentary at 7 p.m. Sunday featuring the story of a Martinez teen who was sent to prison for killing a man and his two children while driving drunk.

Shayna Lively's story is one of three in the film Grave Decisions. On Jan. 11, 1999, Ms. Lively, then 19, drove her vehicle the wrong way on Interstate 20 near Graniteville and hit Dexter Holmes, 31, and his daughters, ages 3 years and 18 months. Ms. Lively reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.218, more than twice the legal limit. She pleaded guilty to three counts of felony DUI and was sentenced to three concurrent 25-year terms.

The show also will air at 8 p.m. April 23.

Legal help offered for low-income cases

Low-income people in need of possible legal assistance with civil problems who live in the following counties may meet with representatives from Georgia Legal Services at the dates and times listed below:

For Burke County on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Action Agency, 567 W. Ninth St., Waynesboro

For Jefferson County on Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Department of Family and Children Services, U.S. Highway 1, North, Louisville

For Washington County on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Washington County Department of Family and Children Services, 1124 S. Harris St., Sandersville.

For appointments at the Georgia Legal Services Program office, 811 Telfair St., Suite 202, Augusta, call 721-2327 or toll-free (800) 248-6697 for an appointment on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

GBI investigating sexual assault report

A woman was found in the back of car after police stopped it Midville, Ga., late Friday night.

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent from the Thomson office was called to Burke County to question two men who were in the car.

The woman - who was not identified - was taken to Burke County Medical Center to be examined. She reportedly told authorities she had been sexually assaulted.

Further details were unavailable.