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Teen accused in rape expelled

The Glenn Hills High School student accused of raping his classmate has been expelled, according to a report released by the Richmond County school board.

The 16-year-old sophomore approached the victim during physical education class Jan. 3 and sat next to her on the bleachers, the school disciplinary hearing report said. He asked her to go outside, and she refused.

But he insisted, telling her that if she didn't he would tell everyone that she did and everyone would believe him, the report said. He also threatened that "bullets would be involved."

Scared, she went outside into a wooded area, where he raped her, the report said.

According to the report, he denied even knowing her during the hearing. The tribunal found him guilty, expelling him for a year. After that year, he will be sent to the alternative school.

2 men face charges after robbery, beating

A Hephzibah man was arrested Friday morning accused of beating and robbing his friend's uncle as his friend watched, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Cory Nicholas Newman, 19, was visiting a friend, Terry Allen Bellew, who was at his uncle's house, Lt. Jimmy Young said. Mr. Newman began beating Mr. Bellew's uncle.

He took his wallet, and both left, the sheriff's office investigator said. Around 2:30 a.m. Friday, a few hours after the robbery, the two men went to Waffle House in the 2100 block of Gordon Highway, where they couldn't pay their check.

Deputies were called to restaurant, and both were charged with theft of services.

A warrant already had been issued for Mr. Newman's arrest for the robbery, Lt. Young said. When booked into jail, an investigator was able to serve the warrant on Mr. Newman, who was then charged with robbery by force.

Science teachers can apply for $500 award

Teachers who include environmental science in their instructional programs can compete for a $500 award in a competition to name the annual Environmental Science Educator of the Year.

The program, sponsored by the CSRA Environmental Science Education Cooperative, was created to recognize and reward teachers who encourage students to become critical thinkers on the environment.

All teachers in K-12 in public, private and home school are eligible to apply. The nomination deadline is March 15.

Details and entry forms are available at www.csraesec.org or by calling Chuck Niemeyer at (706) 792-7761.

Police warn of calls from scam artists

Investigators from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office are warning the public of a scam to acquire credit card information.

The callers are contacting people in Richmond, Columbia, Aiken, Burke and Edgefield counties and pretending to be fraud investigators for a major credit card company.

They ask for information such as the victim's credit card number and expiration date so they can track down fraudulent charges to the victim's account, a news release from the office said.

The callers also provide a fake credit card employee ID number and company telephone number.

People who have received such a call should contact their credit card company to determine whether fraud has taken place, the release said.

If so, they should immediately close their account and contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert.

They also should also ask for a copy of their credit report and file it with their local law enforcement agency, the release said.

Housing needs input for affordable options

Augusta's Housing and Community Development Department is drawing up an action plan to create more affordable housing and needs the public's input.

A hearing on the issue will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., Room 803.

The plan, which describes the community's housing conditions and needs, is a prerequisite for the city receiving federal grant money for housing.

- From staff reports

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Reality
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Reality 02/17/07 - 05:17 am
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I can't believe that a person

I can't believe that a person was found guilty of rape charges in his school and they expell him for a year. The school should throw the trash out for good. I haven't heard anything about it going to court yet, hopefully the facts will be brought out. If he is guilty, treat him as an adult and punish him harshly.

Reality
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Reality 02/17/07 - 05:22 am
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The plan to create more

The plan to create more affordable housing in Augusta is kind of confusing to me, what happened to "Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Comittee"? Surely they haven't spent all of the money they received.....

crackertroy
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crackertroy 02/17/07 - 07:07 am
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That's Richmond County
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That's Richmond County Schools for you; light on discipline, liberal on vanquishing ignorance. Now the kid has a whole year out of school to rape a few more girls, steal a few cars, help traffic drugs across the county, play Playstation or do whatever else he wants to do. In his mind, they just rewarded him for a crime.

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pofwe 02/17/07 - 09:50 am
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Musta been a black-on-black

Musta been a black-on-black crime. If she was white they would have pressed criminals charges. But since both are black ... well, ... you know, ... how it is works ... He is a sorry excuse for a human much less a student!!!!

Reality
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Reality 02/17/07 - 11:46 am
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pofwe I don't know the race

pofwe
I don't know the race of either of the kids, it doesn't matter, it is pretty bad when your children aren't safe at school...Anybody that does the things of the accused should be put away somewhere so they can't do it again..

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 02/17/07 - 12:00 pm
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What a whiner you are, POFWE.

What a whiner you are, POFWE. It's always "Poor us; we're black so nobody looks out for us or treats us fairly". GROW UP and start dealing with life in America. I'm just so sick of racial whining. In case you hadn't noticed, black pop culture is in fashion and ascendency in America and has been for years, despite the fact that the focus of so much of it is openly violent and obscessed with sex. Did you ever stop to think that the DA may not have had enough evidence to charge this piece of scum with rape, or that charges may be pending? Raise your daughters to be brave and keep their legs shut and maybe things will get better.

Curlie56
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Curlie56 02/17/07 - 12:42 pm
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Honest, ANIC's director is a

Honest, ANIC's director is a disgrace! The homes already built around Laney and James Brown Blvd have become RAT INFESTED because director COOK is tearing down all the old buildings which are infested with RATS, and he is not exterminating those buildings first. Now, the people who have purchased the overpriced brand new homes have RAT INFESTED brand new homes, which he does nothing to prevent. It has been reported to ARC, but of course no help there. COOK has gotten his money and could care less about the people purchasing these homes. Granted, inside these homes are beautiful, with stainless steel appliances island kitchens etc. BUT director ROBERT COOK is not right for that position. People are now stuck in a mortgage of rat infestation! The rats are eating the insulation underneath the homes. You can't effectively treat one home and not treat all the homes, because the rats will just move around from house to house. ANIC is a great program, but the arrogant nasty director needs to have a can of "WHUP
A** opened up on him and then fired!

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sassygalady30 02/17/07 - 01:39 pm
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why is it always a black

why is it always a black white thing we all of one last i checked we all bleed the same color.....pofwe grow up n get a life.....pp like u make me sick

Curlie56
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Curlie56 02/17/07 - 01:52 pm
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I wish society treated us all

I wish society treated us all equal, bleeding red blood! In life society dictates the barrier between black and white!

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owensjef 02/17/07 - 02:08 pm
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WorriedAboutOurFuture you are

WorriedAboutOurFuture you are just a old tired White man bitter because things are not what they use to be. Why would you take that incident there. @ sassy it is soory to say that in 2007 it is still different treatment for blacks and whites. You all know this but you try to not acknowledge it.

Curlie56
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Curlie56 02/17/07 - 02:48 pm
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WorriedAboutOurFuture..here's

WorriedAboutOurFuture..here's why it always ends up being a black and white "thang!" About a year ago, a young black boy was caught with a sandwish bag of "weed." This boy had no previous record, but was sentenced last month to doing 10 years in prison. Now, a 27 year old white guy was caught in Augusta with $8000 worth of cocaine, was sentence under the first offender's act and given probation. He left Augusta, GA without permission, to live in Florida. He came back to Augusta and got caught again with $15,000 in cocaine. He went back to court and was RE-SENTENCED under the first offenders act because he had his minister who the judge knew and decided since he knew the minister, he would allow him to be sentenced again under first offenders act stating the guy had gotten his life in order. This happened in the Ricihmond County Courthouse. The white man was caught twice, and never punished for skipping town on probation or did any jail time for either of the 3 offences. Convince us it wasn't about race? The black child is still in jail for a SANDWICH BAG OF WEED!

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Just me 2 02/17/07 - 03:30 pm
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this was most certainly

this was most certainly unfair treatment. the way i look at things is, if you break the law, why is anyone given a first time excuse? was it not against the law when they commited the crime? and it should not make any difference what race you are either! if it is a law,
and you do the crime, then you should do the time. no-one should get a free get out of jail card. if a child touches a hot stove, then the d__ stove is hot, the first time, the second time, and any other time. the law had been broken the first time both individuals were in court. if they had punished the offenders the first time maybe they would not be back for a second offense.

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pablanco 02/17/07 - 04:42 pm
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" About a year ago, a young

" About a year ago, a young black boy was caught with a sandwish bag of "weed." This boy had no previous record, but was sentenced last month to doing 10 years in prison."

Yeah right.
Also you said that the white guy got special privledges because he and the judge had a mutual friend.
A mutual friend has nothing to do with being white.
It's rarely as simple as black and white.
If what you say is true, I agree, it was not right but rarely is it as simple as black or white.
Think outside of the race box and look at what else could have an effect on situations.

Curlie56
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Curlie56 02/17/07 - 05:47 pm
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pablanco the judge

pablanco the judge stated,"Because I have known your minister for many years, I am going to re-sentence you by the first offenders act, and re-sentence you to probation!" The same judge never gave the young black boy consideration for the first offenders act...he was sentenced to 10 years, as if he had been there before! Don't get upset because it is looked at as a race issue...you get your head out of your ivy league box! any intelligent person is able to see that it is what it is....This happens everyday in the courtroom. This I know to be factual, because my child works for the Richmond County court system! Injustices go on everyday in the courtrooms, and a lot of it is racially motivated! There was nothing else legally affecting the situation. The white guy broke the law three times and got sentenced to probation under the first offenders act on two of those time.....the 3 law he broke which was probation was never even addressed in that court. Now, you tell us what other entity could have an affect on the case PABLANCO!

Curlie56
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Curlie56 02/17/07 - 05:55 pm
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JustMe#2 I agree with you

JustMe#2 I agree with you wholeheartedly! BUT we have to come to grips with the fact that if you have money in most cases, your feet will stay on the ground! An attorney will make whatever deal he has to make to make sure you get no time or probation. In the above case, the fact that the man's minister was in court with him should not have even been considered! Judges break more laws in court everyday, than criminals do! I am in a law enforcement/political family.....I know the dirt that goes on in Richmond County courts. I am sure other cities have the same problems. The legal systems are tainted to the max!

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luckie 02/17/07 - 08:49 pm
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In Richmond County where the

In Richmond County where the black population is high, there are many many blacks that receive preferential treatment and get jobs because of who they know - especially in education. They also are getting away with not doing their jobs in a professional manner. Therefore, it is not fair to say that all whites get easier sentences or punishments than whites. Alot has to do with who you know and what church you attend. Back in the old days, in Florida and California, nothing would happen to you if got caught wiith a nichol or a dime bag of pot.

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RAPC 02/17/07 - 09:29 pm
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I thought if you raped

I thought if you raped someone you will spend some time in jail. Why isn't he getting punish for the crime? This does not make any sense.

pablanco
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pablanco 02/17/07 - 11:30 pm
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Custombuilt, maybe the black

Custombuilt, maybe the black kid was a jerk to the judge? There could have been millions of factors. the Judge said "because I knew your minister" according to you so that's what the reason is. That's not a good excuse to go lightly on someone but to say it was because the guy was white when the judge said it was because of another reason, which is not a valid reason either, is just stupid.
"The legal systems are tainted to the max!"
Do something about it CB. If you know so much, make a difference. YOu won't make much of a difference if you sum stuff up as white and black.
It's more about socioeconomics than color into todays world.

Curlie56
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Curlie56 02/18/07 - 08:09 am
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pablanco, no the kid was not

pablanco, no the kid was not a jerk to the judge according to my daughter..as a matter of fact he stood crying throughout his entire trial...Give me the next reason! You have on blinders because you hate to believe your people are that way!

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