Originally created 10/31/06

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Judge forum open to public

The candidates for a spot on the Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court bench will meet again Wednesday in a community forum.

The candidates will speak at the program sponsored by the Augusta Conference of African American Attorneys. It will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Henry Brigham Senior Center, 2456 Golden Camp Road.

The candidates are area lawyers J. David Roper, Willie Saunders, Charles "Les" Wilkerson III and Bill Williams. The seat is being vacated by retiring Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr.

Woman is killed after crashing into bus

A woman was killed early Monday morning when she slammed her minivan into the back of a school bus in Screven County, according to Georgia State Patrol Cpl. L. Ruffin.

The accident occurred at about 7 a.m. on Best Bridge Road while the bus was picking up students for school.

Cpl. Ruffin said the woman, whose name was not immediately released pending notification of her family, was blinded by sunlight and unable to see the bus.

Several students, in addition to the woman's 3-year-old daughter, were taken to Screven County Hospital for treatment of minor wounds, he said. They were later released.

Man dies after his truck overturns

A 72-year-old Carlton, Ga., man was killed early Monday morning when his truck overturned less than a mile north of Washington on Georgia Highway 10, according to Georgia State Patrol operator E. Kendricks.

The patrol operator said authorities are not sure why Sam Treadwell's Ford Ranger initially veered from the road at about 7:15 a.m. He said Mr. Treadwell was ejected from the pickup during the wreck.

Police link woman's car to kidnapping

An Augusta woman was arrested Saturday after police discovered that the car she had reported stolen was actually used by her boyfriend to kidnap his 1-year-old son, according to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Jimmy Young.

Regina Roberson, 21, of the 1900 block of Cooney Circle, first told police that someone stole her car while she slept early Saturday morning. After questioning, investigators found that Ms. Roberson, who reported the theft 45 minutes after the kidnapping, was the girlfriend of Jordash Tanksley, 22, of Madrid Drive, and had often let him borrow it.

Mr. Tanksley is wanted for burglary, making terroristic threats, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and second-degree cruelty to children after the abduction of his son at gunpoint from a home in the 2000 block of First Avenue.

Anyone with information on Mr. Tanksley's whereabouts is asked to call (706) 821-1080.

Police investigate bus driver after crash

Officials from the Richmond County Board of Education are investigating a school bus driver after he backed into a car while trying to change lanes Monday.

Benton Harold, 59, put his bus full of Hephzibah Middle School pupils in reverse and tried to change lanes when he ran into a car driven by the sister of a Hephzibah Middle School pupil, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy George Edenfield.

The 14-year-old student, who had stayed home sick from school Monday, complained of pain in her arm and was treated on the scene.

Mike Shinn, the school board's director of transportation, said the driver would be tested for drugs and alcohol. Mr. Harold has been charged with improperly backing up.

Candidate for school board will speak

Aiken County school board candidate John Wesley Hightower will be the featured speaker at an event scheduled for Thursday.

Mr. Hightower is a District 3 school board hopeful and will address a group at Burnettown Municipal Building, 3144 Augusta Road.

The 7 p.m. meeting will feature Mr. Hightower in a question-and-answer format focusing on his campaign platform.

For more information, call (803) 634-1259.