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Autopsy on Appling man finds gunshots

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An Appling man found dead in his home Saturday died of two gunshot wounds, an autopsy has determined.

The autopsy results released Tuesday on Thomas Tankersley, 45, said he had gunshot wounds in his chest and head and that his death was a homicide, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.

George Anthony Reid, 40, of Appling, was arrested in the case and was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond Tuesday. He is charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by taking a motor vehicle, according to jail personnel.

Mr. Reid and seven others were arrested Saturday when they were found in Richmond County with Mr. Tankersley's 2002 Toyota Sienna van. All except Mr. Reid were released without charges.

Police think Mr. Tankersley died eight to 10 hours before his wife, Stephanie Tankersley, told police she found him dead in his Cobbham Road home.

Course's former boss is indicted

The former manager of Augusta's Municipal Golf Course was indicted Tuesday.

The Richmond County grand jury indictment accuses Guy T. Reid of two counts of theft. It alleges that he stole a total of $3,121 on two occasions in October.

Mr. Reid, who resigned in October as city leaders called for an audit of the golf course finances, is free on bond. He was charged in December.

Teen is shot in leg while riding bicycle

An Augusta teenager was shot in the leg Monday while riding his bike in the 500 block of Eve Street, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The 15-year-old boy told police that three men in a black car passed him and fired two shots from a small handgun, the report said.

The teen pedaled to a friend's house and was taken to University Hospital, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Investigators suspect arson in house fire

Investigators think a house fire early Tuesday at 1825 Jenkins St. was intentionally set, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Firefighters got the fire under control, but not until it had damaged the building's west wall, the report said.

Lt. G.B. Hannan, an investigator for the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, told police that there were no signs of natural causes and that there was an odor of petroleum.

Man thrown off horse is in serious condition

A member of the Aiken Hounds hunting club was thrown from a horse Tuesday afternoon and taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Lt. Michael Frank, the spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, identified the rider as Linzee Whittaker, whose age was estimated to be between 50 and 60. He had head injuries and was unconscious when taken to MCG by ambulance, Lt. Frank said.

Lt. David Turno, the spokesman for the Aiken Department of Public Safety, said his agency received a call Tuesday afternoon that a rider had been thrown from a horse in Hitchcock Woods. The horse ran from the woods and up South Boundary Avenue and was corralled by authorities on Orangeburg Street, Lt. Turno said.

A spokeswoman for MCG said Mr. Whittaker was in serious condition Tuesday evening.

Aiken Elementary is finalist for award

Aiken Elementary School has been named a finalist for one of the 2007 Carolina First Palmetto's Finest Schools Awards, organizers announced Tuesday.

Carolina First Bank and the South Carolina Association of School Administrators sponsor the awards, which are given to two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school in the state.

Aiken Elementary was among seven elementary schools selected as finalists. Winners will be announced March 13 in Columbia.

Former executive makes guilty plea

A former Augusta business executive pleaded guilty to a felony charge Tuesday in federal court.

Otis Conrad Benton, 57, admitted he knew that false information was given to an Augusta bank that enabled Garden City Lumber to obtain a $700,000 line of credit from December 2002 through July 2004.

Mr. Benton was the president of Garden City Lumber, which declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy in June 2005. Mr. Benton, who now works as a restaurant manager, filed for personal bankruptcy in March.

Two men admit guilt in bank robbery case

Two young Augusta men pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to bank robbery charges.

Lewis Hills Jr., 18, and Paul R. Maness, 19, admitted they robbed the Seaboard System Federal Credit Union on July 19.

Before their arrests the next day, they spent about $20,000 of the stolen money, FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Downey testified in U.S. District Court.

The sentencing date has not been set. The maximum penalty is 25 years in prison.

Authorities say man sought sex with minor

An Aiken man is facing charges that he solicited sex from an underage girl online.

Christopher Lee Dickert, 26, of the 1600 block of Wire Road, was arrested by Anderson County authorities Saturday on charges of felony criminal solicitation of a minor, felony attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana.

According to the state attorney general's office, Mr. Dickert began chatting online Jan. 4 with a person he thought was a 12-year-old girl but who was actually an undercover police officer.

He drove to Anderson County to meet the girl for sex, according to authorities. He was arrested by Anderson police there.

Authorities seized a computer from Mr. Dickert's workplace, Performance Medical Supply Inc., later that day, said Mark Plowden, a spokesman for the attorney general's office.

- From staff reports

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ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 01/17/07 - 07:16 am
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sick sick sick....i hope

sick sick sick....i hope another bit the dust...good work!

NicoleKelly
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NicoleKelly 01/17/07 - 09:17 am
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Crime,Crime, Crime!!!! They

Crime,Crime, Crime!!!! They will shoot and rape you over $30 in Augusta. The economy is bad here and that turns people into doing anything for the love of money. They programs for the youth to keep them off of the streets. Our city is turning into a war zone.

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 01/17/07 - 09:30 am
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Good god, I've got to get out

Good god, I've got to get out of Augusta...

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 01/17/07 - 09:32 am
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Judges give the young credit

Judges give the young credit union robbers the maximum, and let criminals know Augusta is NOT going to take it anymore, show em YOU MEAN BUSINESS!

ibade
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ibade 01/17/07 - 09:57 am
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The only thing that is going

The only thing that is going to turn Augusta around is PRAYER. The power of prayer it works.I know. PRAY for our children and grandchildren.GOD is the answer and the only way.THE ONLY WAY

imdstuf
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imdstuf 01/17/07 - 10:01 am
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This stuff happens in all

This stuff happens in all cities, not just Augusta. Prayer is not going to help either. You can pray for others all you want. Unless they want to change themselves, they will not change.

ibade
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ibade 01/17/07 - 10:04 am
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I'm sorry you feel that way.

I'm sorry you feel that way. because Ii've seen what prayer can do to the worst person. Yes they have to want it. Don't put limations on God.

getyourmindright
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getyourmindright 01/17/07 - 10:22 am
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To the person who has the

To the person who has the comment on the credit union robbers stating that they should get the max come on. They did not bring harm to anyone. Yes robbery is a heavy crime but until augusta economy comes up there will be more robbing and others sorts of crimes so if you would like to help the economy open ups some business and start hiring some of these people so there could be lesser crimes. How do you like that.

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InChristLove 01/17/07 - 10:33 am
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Amen "ibade"!! My God has no

Amen "ibade"!! My God has no limitations!

jdcooper
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jdcooper 01/17/07 - 10:52 am
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Y'all need to quit praying

Y'all need to quit praying and start doing something constructive. All of you stuck in your prayer circles and sticking your head in the sand have allowed the south to become ignorant.

commentator
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commentator 01/17/07 - 12:09 pm
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I AM getting out of augusta.

I AM getting out of augusta. Going back to where its SAFE to ride a bike and not be shot at. To walk my dog and not get raped and robbed. To where neighbors watch over neighbors and its NOT because they want to"Case" out what they have inside that home. Where children are taught respect and manners, accountability and responsibility.Where communities work together with and for the children growing up, right along side the " elders" in the community. Where its not frightening to go to the grocery after dark.Or have to watch when you are stopped at redlight so that no one comes at your car.So until this area gets it .......... this increase in crime and violence will continue. Firstly the parents need to KNOW where thier children are, and with WHOM. Get nosey. Set the rules and make sure they are followed. NO exceptions. Also set the consequences for whatever rule gets broken and most of all FOLLOW THRU. Idle threats of consequences have no meaning. Following thru shows theat you MEAN it.Secondly: If they do the crime...... then they DO THE TIME.a slap on the wrist and two years probabtion..seems to be the answer around here..... BIG DEAL. GET TOUGH

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ladysaw 01/17/07 - 12:34 pm
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Augusta can go to hell!

Augusta can go to hell!

NicoleKelly
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NicoleKelly 01/17/07 - 12:37 pm
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lol @ ladysaw and commentator

lol @ ladysaw and commentator

Cody_Webster
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Cody_Webster 01/17/07 - 01:14 pm
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Everyone is touchy today,

Everyone is touchy today, aren't we?

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Painter 01/17/07 - 01:19 pm
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Prayer is not a matter of

Prayer is not a matter of sticking one's head in the sand and doing nothing. It is a matter of acknowledging that God the creator and sustainer of all there is can effect all there is. One can try to do things himself, however, untill he comes to realize that without God you can do nothing, things will continue to decline. God does expect us to work but not without Him as the power and the agent of change. People, continue to pray and expect God to use you to make a difference. Nothing is impossible with God!! Yes, Augusta can change and be a place of security and peace!!

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chuckroast2000 01/17/07 - 01:54 pm
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Crime happens everywhere.

Crime happens everywhere. Augusta is a better place in comparison to other regions. People make choices but unfortunately we hear about the bad choices that were made. There is no safe place if you are around people. Think about it...we are capable of being both destructive and constructive. We are not clones so we do not desire, need, and want the same thing. Some individuals are trying to survive with limited resources. I am not condoning acts of violence or illegal behavior but we, as a nation, have to look beyond the surface of individuals and understand the core before passing judgement.

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woeisyou 01/17/07 - 03:06 pm
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commentator, where is this

commentator, where is this place your goin to???i wanna go too

S224
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S224 01/17/07 - 04:37 pm
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Where is it safe?

Where is it safe?

HGGP
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HGGP 01/17/07 - 04:46 pm
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You know! You may think that

You know! You may think that you are the stuff (imdstuf) here on earth but in hell you are hot like everyone else. And as for jdcooper, you will be right there with dastuff burning in hell. But you know what, me and several others on this board will be praying for you when we pray for the ignorant. God Bless! I would rather have my head stuck in the sand then in a blazing inferno!

ibade
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ibade 01/17/07 - 05:06 pm
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Thank you Painter for your

Thank you Painter for your input.And you're right , with out God we cannot do anything. But with God all things are possible.

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AugustaVoter 01/17/07 - 05:53 pm
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Thanks to the Shorthanded

Thanks to the Shorthanded Richmond County deputies for trying to do what they can with the minimal stuff they have to work with. I mean to be 50 deputies short in a department of this size is noticeable. Just think about the stories you have read and the difference a few more on the streets could do...

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sadeena69 01/17/07 - 07:12 pm
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yes the police are doing the

yes the police are doing the best they can with what they got. the criminals are just taking advantage of a bad situation. i moved here 15 years ago and i love augusta, the cost of living is grrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaat. where else can you get real estate this cheap? augusta is a great place but could use changes let the people you voted into office know what you want and need for augusta and keep on letting them know. thats the only way to bring about change.

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wopslinger2k7 01/17/07 - 07:45 pm
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To all these people who are

To all these people who are saying stuff like"the only thing that Augusta needs is prayer." hogwash! If you're scared, go to church. Crime is gonna happen regardless. It's been going on since birth of mankind. If you're not part of the problem, then become part of the solution. We have a bunch of cowards always turning to prayer. I can't remember the last time prayer has actually done any good. Prayer is all in your head. Get your head out of the sand and do something about it because I can tell you this, prayer is not an answer.

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luvjoi1998 01/17/07 - 08:00 pm
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Crime is every where, but I

Crime is every where, but I do agree things has greatly gotten out of hand in Augusta. I don't care or fault anyone for their belief, but Pray can, has, and always will change things, but until everybody realize this, these things will continue to happen not just in Augusta, but every where in the world. One of the main problem with our children is this stupid rule that the Polices and Judges stand so strong by and that is Not Being Able To Get On Your Own Children's Behind when they get out of line. Now we had them, raise them and work our fingers to the bones for them, but are sent to jail for getting on to them. But when the Cops get them for Murder, Robbery, Rape.....Do you really think the Cops don't hit them? If they change that stupid rule we may have some kind of order back in the communties. And if they are so short handed, why aren't they hireing any Dupties? I am sure there are a whole lot of men and women in Augusta who needs employment and can pass the criminal background and drug test. God Bless us all, and instead of fussing on this poll about Religon and being part of this problem and become part of the solution.............Peace

Curmudgeon
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Curmudgeon 01/17/07 - 10:52 pm
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Why haven't we prayed our way

Why haven't we prayed our way out of Iraq?

ibade
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ibade 01/18/07 - 09:38 am
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wopslinger2k7- I'm not

wopslinger2k7- I'm not scared, but for people like you.Not of you but for you. I do go to church. I have seen results in prayer.Try it you might like it. God bless you.

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