Originally created 10/06/04

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Bull mutilated, killed in Aiken

Police say someone mutilated and killed a bull in Aiken on Tuesday morning and left its carcass in the middle of the road, causing a car accident.

Lt. Michael Frank, of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, said investigators think the mutilators pulled down a 40-foot section of fence around a pasture in the 800 block of Wire Road and tied a rope around the bull's neck. They then dragged the bull 400 yards before mutilating it. A driver later swerved to miss the dead animal and crashed.

The sheriff's office investigated an incident of animal cruelty involving the same bull Sept. 28. Lt. Frank said somebody stabbed the bull with a broken shovel handle.

Anyone with information on the abuse is asked to call the sheriff's office at (803) 922-9709.

Mobile homes burn in early morning fire

A mobile home was destroyed and two others were damaged Tuesday by a fire, officials say.

The fire started on Granite Drive in Graniteville just after 7 a.m., said Phil Napier, the chief of the Graniteville-Vaucluse-Warrenville Volunteer Fire Department.

All three mobile homes were occupied, but no one was injured, including a man who allegedly caused the fire by falling asleep on the couch while cooking breakfast, Chief Napier said. No charges have been filed.

Woman runs traffic light, hits school bus

An Aiken County school bus carrying one child was hit by a car that ran a red light Tuesday, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

The accident happened at 3:30 p.m. on U.S. 1 near North Augusta. Aiken County School District Transportation Director Maria McClure said the special-needs bus was being driven by a Warrenville Elementary School teacher. Neither the driver nor the child was hurt.

The driver of the car hit her head on the steering wheel and was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with minor injuries, Lance Cpl. Dwight Green of the Highway Patrol said. Her name and condition were not available Tuesday. She has been charged with disregarding a traffic signal, Cpl. Green said.

15-year-old reports man in sexual assault

An Augusta teenager told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Monday that she was sexually assaulted during the weekend.

The 15-year-old girl said a man performed an indecent act on her against her will at a Gordon Highway motel, a police report states.

No arrests have been made.

Six more high school students are arrested

Richmond County authorities made six arrests at high schools Tuesday, officials said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Gay did not name those arrested because all were charged as juveniles:

  • Academy of Richmond County: two charged with disruption of public school
  • Cross Creek: one charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer
  • Butler: three charged with disruption of a public school
  • Since a task force to combat disorder and violence in schools began work Sept. 20, officials have made more than 85 arrests at schools, according to data provided by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

    Sgt. Gay said board of education officers and sheriff's road patrol deputies who are not part of the task force also made arrests at Bungalow Road Alternative School on Tuesday.

    Woman is sought in credit card fraud

    Richmond County sheriff's investigators said Tuesday that they are looking for a woman who is wanted on charges of financial transaction card fraud.

    Rebecca Lynn Key, 40, is wanted on charges of forgery in the first degree and at least eight counts of financial transaction card fraud, said Investigators Tim Tobias and Anita Hopson.

    The investigators said Ms. Key stole a credit card and made fraudulent charges and forged a stolen check.

    Anyone with information about Ms. Key's whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1020 or 821-1080.

    Denied order for fries costs woman $200

    An Augusta woman told police that someone damaged her property Monday night.

    Keisha White, of the 200 block of Furgol Street, told deputies that a man came to her home at 9:35 p.m. and said he wanted her to cook some french fries for him.

    Ms. White said she told him no, and the man became angry and broke a lamp worth $10 and a television worth $190.

    No arrests have been made.

    Fort Gordon plans to auction 20 buildings

    Fort Gordon will auction 20 buildings to buyers who agree to reclaim at least 50 percent of the reusable materials, the post's public affairs office said.

    The auction will start at 8 a.m. Saturday in Building 2222, on 11th Avenue near Gate 3. After a morning briefing and tour of the buildings, the bidding will start at 1 p.m.

    For more information, call 791-2403 or 791-6127.

    Jury returns guilty verdict in shooting

    After deliberating less than two hours Tuesday, a jury found a man guilty of murder.

    By its verdict, the Richmond County Superior Court jury rejected Robert S. McNeal's claim that he shot Carlton Lamb, 34, in self-defense July 30, 2002.

    Mr. McNeal and two other men went to the Hyde Park community that night looking for $200 in cocaine. They didn't have that much money, but they did have three guns, Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms told the jury at the start of the trial Monday. While details of what happened that night varied, no one saw Mr. Lamb with any weapon before he was shot to death.

    Mr. McNeal faces a mandatory sentence of life plus five years in prison for murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

    Burglary damages Dairy Queen window

    Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into a burglary Tuesday morning at a Washington Road fast food restaurant, a police report says.

    Officers went to the Dairy Queen in the 3100 block of Washington Road before 1:45 a.m. after a burglar alarm was activated, the report says.

    A window had been broken and an office door had been pried open, but nothing appeared to be missing, the report says.