Originally created 01/31/06

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Touching charge sidelines coach

Josey High School basketball coach Sam Lilly has been placed on administrative leave in the wake of allegations that he inappropriately touched a female student.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been investigating allegations from a 17-year-old student since Friday, Maj. Ken Autry said. Mr. Lilly has not been arrested or charged.

Missoura Ashe, the assistant superintendent for administrative services for Richmond County schools, confirmed that Mr. Lilly is on administrative leave but wouldn't say why.

When contacted by phone Monday, Mr. Lilly declined to comment.

Mr. Lilly is a former teacher and coach at Curtis Baptist High School and Silver Bluff High School, where he led the basketball team to a Class AA state championship in 2003. He played in the National Football League from 1987 to 1993 for the Giants, Eagles and Rams.

Deputies charge boys, 13 and 15, in shooting

Police arrested two teenage boys in connection with a Sunday night shooting outside the Cherry Tree Crossing housing complex on McCauley Street, officials said.

Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tim Owen did not release the names of the 15- and 13-year-old boys because they are minors. He said they were each charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a minor.

The duo apparently were fighting with a 16-year-old boy when the 15-year-old shot the 16-year-old in the hip with a handgun.

Darrell Oliver, 21, of the 1500 block of Mill Street, also was struck by a bullet in the shoulder while walking by, Investigator Owen said.

Both injured people were treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday.

The shooting occurred just before 7 p.m.

Burglar took purse, Langley woman says

A 76-year-old Langley woman reported that someone entered the unlocked back door of a Clearwater home and stole her purse Friday, police said.

Helen Hester, of the 200 block of Walker Street, was at the home of Larry Hester, of the 100 block of Crestview Drive, when she heard the back door open and close several minutes after Mr. Hester left to buy food. She said she asked who was there and a male voice she didn't recognize said, "Where's Jerry?"

Ms. Hester said she then saw a man leave the home, but she didn't realize her purse was missing until Mr. Hester returned. The purse contained a credit card and about $30.

The suspect was described as a white male, about 20 to 25 years old, 6 feet tall and about 150 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a denim jacket.

More lane closings to hold up traffic on I-20

Several lanes of traffic along Interstate 20 will be closed this week in the area of an improvement project at Cranes Creek, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The inside lanes eastbound and westbound between mile markers 196 and 199 will be closed to traffic today until Friday.

Drivers should merge as soon as directed in order to avoid creating a bottleneck, the release says.

Agency seeking input on appropriations bill

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking comments from the public on the 2006 appropriations bill earmarks. A list of the projects can be seen at the Lower Savannah Council of Governments, 2748 Wagener Road, Highway 302 North, Aiken.

Comments will be accepted until Monday. They should be sent to Ron Patton, Director of Planning/Environmental, SCDOT, 955 Park St., P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29202.

- From staff reports