Originally created 08/08/03

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Union cancels hearing on YDC

The state employees' union will not argue its case for an injunction - which could put ousted workers back in control of the Augusta Youth Development Campus - in Richmond County Superior Court today.

Curt Thompson, an attorney for Service Employees International Union Local 1985, said the union asked for the hearing to be taken off today's calendar so it can join forces with a class-action lawsuit against the Juvenile Justice Department expected to be filed next week.

Mr. Thompson said the hearing will be rescheduled for later this month. If granted, the injunction would undo last month's privatization of the YDC.

Mr. Thompson said the class-action suit probably will argue the same points as the union's lawsuit - that Juvenile Justice did not follow state law when it turned the south Augusta boys' detention center over to mental health services provider Unique Solutions.

Aiken man surrenders on burglary charge

An Aiken man has surrendered to authorities on charges he stole 184 pounds of gunpowder from a storage building, Aiken County sheriff's officials said.

Oakley G. Snipes, 21, of Old Kimball Trail, was charged Thursday with third-degree burglary and larceny.

According to sheriff's officials, the storage shed, owned by a Civil War re-enactor, was burglarized July 15 in Aiken. The burglar took 184 one-pound containers of gunpowder.

Aiken County investigators recovered the gunpowder a few days later at a home in Pelion, S.C.

Mr. Snipes was being held Thursday at the Aiken County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

Robbery suspect gets convicted of theft

The last of three men accused of robbing a convenience store manager was convicted Thursday of theft and weapons charges.

Corey Johnson, 19, could have faced life in prison had the Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted him of armed robbery charges. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years for the less-serious convictions. A sentencing date has not been set.

Mr. Johnson, Mario Hester and Malcolm Jackson were arrested in the Aug. 18, 2001, robbery at the Sprint Food Store on Deans Bridge Road.

Man returns to jail after loss of bond

A Blythe man accused of shooting a woman more than two years ago was locked up again Thursday when his bond was revoked.

Patrick J. Cosentino, 27, again recanted a plea agreement in Richmond County Superior Court. His case has been postponed repeatedly, twice because he balked when scheduled to admit guilt in the Aug. 15, 2001, wounding of an ex-girlfriend.

Shandy L. Lents was asleep in her bed when someone fired through her bedroom window, hitting her in the head. Investigators arrested Mr. Cosentino on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and stalking.

Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet revoked Mr. Cosentino's bond Thursday and ordered deputies to take him into custody.

Judge sentences men in child-porn case

Downloading pornographic images of children will put former Martinez roommates in prison for 27 months.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. imposed the prison sentences on David Carmany and Andy Cauley on Thursday. Both had pleaded guilty to the federal crime in April.

Three months earlier, the man allowed FBI agents to search their home and computers. On each hard drive, agents found more than 300 images of children engaged in sexually explicit behavior. It is a federal crime to possess three or more such images.

Defense attorney Pete Theodocion, who represented Mr. Carmany, said Thursday he was pleased that the judge sentenced the men to the minimum possible time.

Officers arrest pair after marijuana find

Authorities have arrested two Sandersville, Ga., residents after finding a pound of marijuana under the seat of a car.

Shannon D. Adkins, 25, and Shemekia N. Gaston, who turns 19 today, were charged Tuesday with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The car was stopped at Linton and County Line roads, about 10 miles northwest of Sandersville, a news release states.

Two men are charged with child molestation

Child molestation charges have been filed in two cases, authorities said Thursday.

Mike Seigler, an agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson office, said authorities arrested Larry Mitchell, 43, of Pittsburgh, and Miquell Antwon Williams, 17, of Harlem, on Tuesday.

Agent Seigler said Mr. Mitchell, originally from Waynesboro, was charged with child molestation and statutory rape in a 2000 incident involving a 12-year-old girl in Burke County.

Mr. Williams was charged in Warren County with child molestation in a July 31 incident involving a sex act with a 5-year-old in Norwood, Ga., Agent Seigler said.

Mr. Mitchell was being held in Burke County, and Mr. Williams was being held in McDuffie County, the agent said.

Video leads to arrest of robbery suspect

An Aiken man was arrested Thursday after he was identified through surveillance video footage of a strong-arm robbery at a convenience store, Aiken Public Safety officials said.

Authorities said Richard Edward Brown, 23, robbed Kent's Corner at 1065 Pine Log Road on the night of July 27. He was identified by callers who saw the video footage on television, authorities said.

Mr. Brown is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center on a charge of robbery.

Woman in apartment reports peeping Tom

A woman living at a Washington Road-area apartment complex told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone was peeping at her after she stepped out of the shower Wednesday.

The 20-year-old said she was drying off after a shower in her apartment at Savannah West Apartments, when she saw a man peering through the blinds of her bedroom window

Police arrest man carrying stolen laptop

A Martinez man was arrested Thursday in connection with the theft of a laptop computer from a lawyer's office on Davis Road.

Daryll Levon Manning, 31, is accused of taking the computer from the office of Phillip Scott Hibbard, according to a report at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Hibbard said he returned from lunch at about 1 p.m. and found his computer missing from his desk.

Mr. Hibbard spotted Mr. Manning crossing the road. When officers tracked him down, he was carrying Mr. Hibbard's computer, the report stated.

Mr. Manning was charged with burglary and was being held at the jail without bond, officials said.

Man reports attack by hammer carrier

A man sleeping on a sofa in his mobile home Thursday was attacked with a hammer and robbed, Aiken County sheriff's officials said.

Shortly after 6 p.m., Wilbur Jones, 59, of Dallas Circle in T & M Mobile Home Park, was attacked by a man with a carpenter's hammer.

The man is described as white, bald, about 6 feet 1 inch tall and between 190 and 200 pounds, said Lt. Barney Eagerton.

Mr. Jones was struck twice in the head and once in the stomach, Lt. Eagerton said. The man was accompanied by a woman, and investigators are treated the case as an armed robbery. Mr. Jones was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers and released.

Officers investigate theft of sculpture

Richmond County authorities on Thursday were investigating the theft of a sculpture at a downtown art gallery.

James Connell, of Phoenix Gallery on Broad Street, said the item was taken from the store during business hours between Aug. 2 and Tuesday, according to a police report.

The sculpture belonged to Elizabeth Barnes of North Augusta and was valued at $1,000, the report states.


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