Originally created 02/03/05

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Three die in two-car crash

Three people were killed Wednesday evening in a two-car collision about seven miles east of Aiken.

Officers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol were still investigating the deadly accident, which occurred on South Carolina Highway 302 late Wednesday.

At about 7:25 p.m., the vehicles collided, resulting in the deaths of three men, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

He would not release the identities of the men because their next of kin were still being contacted. The accident was near the Wexford Mills subdivision, he said. He also would not elaborate on any details about how the accident happened or what type of vehicles were involved.

All three victims died at the scene; they were not taken to a medical facility, Lance Cpl. Robinson said.

He could not confirm whether alcohol contributed to the accident.

Larke's son receives probation in 2nd case

The son of Richmond County's schools superintendent, who was arrested on a shoplifting charge just hours after appearing in court to plead guilty in another case, is back on probation.

Charles D. Larke, 21, was in Richmond County Superior Court on Wednesday before Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. On Dec. 16, the judge sentenced Mr. Larke to six years' probation for two offenses - entering an automobile with the intent to commit theft and making a false report of a crime.

A probation violation warrant was filed against Mr. Larke after his arrest for shoplifting. Judge Brown could have resentenced Mr. Larke to as much as six years in prison. Instead, he resentenced Mr. Larke to intensive probation.

The day after Mr. Larke's initial sentencing and shoplifting arrest, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor shoplifting and received a one-year jail sentence.

Mr. Larke has since been freed and placed on probation in that case, too.

Corbin lawyers file suppression motion

Dr. Barton Corbin's attorneys want a judge to suppress two statements he gave Richmond County officers who investigated the 1990 death of his former girlfriend.

The defense team filed several motions in Dr. Corbin's case Tuesday, including a motion to suppress anything he told detectives on June 7 and 8, 1990. According to the motion, the conversations were tape-recorded but the recordings have been lost.

The June 6, 1990, shooting death of Dorothy "Dolly" Hearn, 27, initially looked to be a suicide, but investigators left the cause of death as undetermined.

Detectives reopened Ms. Hearn's case after Dr. Corbin's wife, Jennifer, was found dead in the couple's Gwinnett County home Dec. 4. Both women died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Dr. Corbin has been indicted on murder charges in Richmond and Gwinnett counties.

Equipment glitch closes Evans office

Because of a hardware failure with state equipment, Columbia County's motor vehicle office in the Evans Government Complex's building B will be closed until noon today.

A state technician is expected to return to the office this morning and swap out defective equipment, according to a notice sent out by Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen. The county's motor vehicle office in Appling will not be affected by the problem and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Woman says she was hit in eye in argument

An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she was assaulted early Wednesday, a police report states.

Pamela L. Jessie, 40, told deputies that she was in the 1100 block of Nellieville Road at about 4 a.m. when she got into an argument with a woman.

She said the woman struck her left eye, cutting her. She was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Police seek teenager in shooting of man

An Aiken teenager is being sought by authorities on charges of shooting another man three times Monday night.

Police say Dennis W. Floyd, 16, of the 500 block of Polo Drive, shot Reginald Young, 21, in the shoulder, chest and buttocks outside the Timberlane Apartment building at about 7 p.m.

Authorities found Mr. Young lying outside the apartment and took him to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Wednesday night.

Mr. Floyd has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709.

Awards ceremony will recognize 32 at post

An awards ceremony will be held Friday for soldiers of Fort Gordon's 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion.

The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in Alexander Hall on Chamberlain Avenue.

Thirty-two soldiers will receive medals, including the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device and the Purple Heart.

Post's tax center will help retirees in filing

The Fort Gordon Tax Center is now open and will help military retirees prepare their taxes, the post announced.

The center is in Room 118 of Building 29718, on B Street, in the same building as the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.

The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday for appointments and from 1:30 to 6 p.m. for walk-ins.

People with complicated tax issues or returns are encouraged to schedule appointments.

For information, call 791-7812.