Originally created 12/19/06

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Man is jailed on child pornography charges

A Hephzibah man who was wanted in connection with child pornography charges is now behind bars.

Tracy Wayne McGee, 37, of the 2500 block of Patterson Bridge Road, was arrested Monday morning and remained in the Richmond County jail late Monday, according to jail records.

Mr. McGee is charged with felony sexual exploitation of children and unlawful eavesdropping and surveillance, a jail official said.

Fire claims 2 in Beech Island

Two people died early Monday morning in a mobile home fire in Beech Island.

Yoland L. Heath and Dennis Curry, both 33, died in Ms. Heath's home in the 500 block of Pepper Branch Road. Aiken County sheriff's authorities say that someone called 911 from the home at 5:38 a.m. and hung up. Deputies responding to the call found the mobile home on fire and found the couple inside after firefighters extinguished the flames.

Mr. Curry, who was disabled and had an address in the 200 block of C.C. Camp Road in Beech Island, was found lying on the couch. Ms. Heath was found on the living room floor, according to the sheriff's office.

Lt. Michael Frank, spokesman for the agency, said investigators do not suspect foul play.

Phelon worker treated for smoke inhalation

A fire at Phelon Engine Electronics sent one person to the hospital for smoke inhalation Monday.

Officials said the fire started at about 10 a.m. from machinery at the company, on University Parkway, but the cause is unknown, said Capt. Wendell Hall, an Aiken Public Safety spokesman.

Mr. Hall said the fire was extinguished quickly and firefighters cleared the smoke from the manufacturing plant so employees could return to work.

Phelon manufactures outdoor power equipment.

Two men arrested on dogfighting charges

Leon M. Davis, 27, of the 200 block of Holley Street in Wagener, and Samuel Seawright, 25, of the 200 block of Honeysuckle Trail in Perry, were charged Sunday with animal fighting.

The men were arrested by Aiken County sheriff's officers in a wooded area behind the 100 block of Cofer Street in Wagener. Sheriff's authorities say they received a tip about dog fighting in the woods, and seized two pit bull terriers. Three men ran away.

Also facing charges are Jermaine D. Wooden, 26, of Salley; Isaiah Jerry, 23, of Wagener; and Willie Seawright, 29, also of Wagener.

Anyone with information about the location of the other three men is asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 9229709 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) 559TIPS.

Police seek man in death of Augustan

Police are looking for a man who they believe shot and killed 22-year-old Mitchieano Carmichael, of Augusta, on Sunday night at the 2000 block of Broad Street, according to a Richmond County sheriff's news release.

Cornelius Wright, 28, is wanted for murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Mr. Wright was seen driving a maroon Nissan Maxima.

Mr. Carmichael was pronounced dead at 9:56 p.m. Sunday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital from gunshot wounds, according to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Charlena Graham.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Man, woman jailed in liquor store heist

An Appling man and a Grovetown woman suspected of robbing a Columbia County liquor store have been arrested by Aiken police.

Sammie Lee Jackson, of the 6400 block of Ridge Road, and Sylvia Ellen Mietzner, of the 100 block of Pinetree Street, were found at about 10 p.m. Sunday at the Deluxe Inn near exit 18 off Interstate 20 in Aiken County. Police say they think the couple robbed Little River Spirits, off Washington Road near the Little River bridge, on Thursday evening.

During the robbery, workers were tied up in the back of the store at gunpoint, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris, and that an employee's car was stolen.

Mr. Jackson is charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, according to an e-mail from Capt. Morris. Ms. Mietzner is charged with armed robbery.

They were jailed at the Aiken County Detention Center on Monday while awaiting extradition to Columbia County, according to Capt. Morris.

Car stolen Sunday pulled from pond

Deputies pulled a Chevrolet Impala out of a pond near Gordon Highway on Monday after a Richmond County sheriff's investigator spotted the vehicle bobbing in the water on his way to work.

Investigator Thomas Johnson said a check of the license plate revealed that the car had been stolen Sunday from 1532 Dade St. Divers were called in and found the car unoccupied.

- From staff reports