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Man charged with having gun at DMV

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A 19-year-old Aiken man was arrested Friday on charges of bringing a gun to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Steven J. Murray, of Overlook Court, was charged with unlawful carrying of a handgun and carrying or displaying a firearm in a public building.

He was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center.

According to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, another customer at the DMV on Richland Avenue in Aiken noticed Mr. Murray move the handgun from his back pocket to his waistband and told a worker, who called 911.

Mr. Murray was arrested without incident in the testing area of the office.

Man's black rooster stolen

Detectives are on the lookout for suspects who stole a black rooster.

Danny L. Jones reported Wednesday that someone had taken his black rooster from its pen at his Tobacco Road home.

Mr. Jones was able to provide a possible lead.

When he arrived home Wednesday, a white woman with sandy brown hair, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds was sitting in a parked Ford Ranger in his driveway. He gave Richmond County sheriff's officers a license tag number.

Clerk faces charges in selling alcohol to minor

A clerk at a Martinez business has been cited on charges of selling alcohol to a minor in a recent undercover sting by Columbia County police.

In the sting, which involved six businesses Wednesday, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said The Short Stop Deli at 4086 South Belair Road sold alcohol to a minor.

Fort Gordon will hold its monthly briefing

A monthly community information briefing will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Gordon Club on 19th Street.

The briefing is open to anyone in the Augusta area who wants to learn about events and programs at Fort Gordon.

Elderly man is lost on way to Florida city

An elderly Augusta man who was driving to Florida is missing, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Valder Bynes Sr., 76, left Thursday morning for Citra, Fla., but he hasn't arrived and no one has heard from him since he left, Investigator Paul Evans said Friday afternoon.

Mr. Bynes was driving a 1999 red and gray Silveraldo that has a brush guard, running boards and tool box.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's department at (706) 821-1020.

Woman pleads guilty to husband's murder

A Jenkins County woman pleaded guilty Friday morning to murdering her husband, who was found beaten to death in April last year, according to Jenkins County Clerk of Superior Court Elizabeth T. Landing.

Tracey Harley, of Millen, Ga., was sentenced to life in prison, the clerk said.

Steven Harley, a popular youth baseball coach, was found dead in the couple's mobile home April 25.

Rico Orlando Walker, of Hartwell, Ga., was also charged with murder in the slaying. His trial is still pending, Ms. Landing said.

The night of the killing, police said Mrs. Harley called 911 dispatchers and described her husband's beating death as a home invasion.

Although she said she was inside the trailer with her two children during the break-in and attack, she told authorities she slept through it all.

Man killed in collision with Dodge pickup

A Washington man was killed Thursday night after his car was struck by an oncoming truck at Georgia Highway 47 and Aonia Road, authorities said.

Donald Mansur, 79, was pronounced dead on scene at about 9:40 p.m., according to Wilkes County Deputy Coroner Blake Thompson. Head injuries from the impact caused his death, the deputy coroner said.

Mr. Mansur pulled his Oldsmobile Cutlass station wagon in front of an oncoming Dodge Ram pickup, according to Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Robert Turner. He said there will be no charges.

Doctor accused of kissing taken off duty

An Augusta doctor has been taken off duty after a patient claimed he kissed her on the lips during an examination, officials said Friday.

Rebecca Sylvester, a spokeswoman for University Hospital, said Dr. Ervin Wells, a contract employee who works in an occupational health capacity in an office on Peach Orchard Road, is no longer working there.

Although the office shares an address with a Prompt Care facility, Dr. Wells is not associated with Prompt Care, Ms. Sylvester said.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report, a 21-year-old woman told deputies that Dr. Wells kissed her after she became upset during a Wednesday examination for a back injury.

Dr. Wells told deputies he only kissed the woman on the cheek to comfort her. No charges have been filed.

Man to get new trial on molestation charge

An Augusta man whose attorney didn't have time to fully investigate his case has been granted a new trial.

The Court of Appeals of Georgia reversed Carlton S. Johnson's 2003 child molestation conviction. In a decision released Tuesday, the court ruled Mr. Johnson's attorney, Shawn Hammond, asked for a continuance but the judges told him "to do the best he could to get ready for trial or have his client plead guilty."

Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet presided over the trial and sentenced Mr. Johnson to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years' probation. Mr. Johnson was accused by two siblings who knew him through his role as a music teacher at Good Shepherd Baptist Church.

The appeals court noted that Mr. Johnson had alibi witnesses and possible evidence to discredit the victim.

Maintenance work to close portion of road

A temporary lane closure will occur on a portion of Washington Road in Evans from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a Columbia County news release.

The closure will cover a span of 2,500 feet on Washington Road from WalMart Drive to Betty's Branch. Westbound traffic will be reduced to one inside through lane, so approaching vehicles will need to merge left. The closure is the result of stormwater maintenance in the area.

Red Cross helps 137 recent storm victims

The Augusta chapter of the American Red Cross has helped 137 individuals affected by the storms two weeks ago and disbursed $34,577 in services.

The organization has provided 215 comfort kits and 105 clean-up kits so far, according to a news release issued Friday.

There have been 2,815 meals and snacks served, and 155 people have volunteered.

Those needing Red Cross help may contact the Augusta chapter at (706) 724-8481.

Filmmakers invited to apply for film grants

The South Carolina Film Commission is encouraging Palmetto State filmmakers to apply for grants from the South Carolina Film Production Fund. This fund was created to develop collaborative projects in film, video and multimedia between professionals in motion picture-related industries and state institutions of higher learning.

Collaborative projects will be awarded up to $100,000 each. Filmmakers must work on their projects with South Carolina colleges or universities to be eligible for a grant.

Grant applications must be submitted by Oct. 27. The grants will be a awarded in February. For more information, log on to www.scfilmoffice.com/prodfund.html.

Red Cross pet class canceled, rescheduled

The American Red Cross of Augusta Pet First Aid Class scheduled for today has been cancelled and rescheduled for June 23. For more information, call (706) 724-8481.

Audobon carriage drive set for Friday

The Audubon Coach and Carriage Drive at Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The event will include a coach and carriage parade, guided natural history walks, live raptor demonstrations and a lunch catered by Green Boundary Club.

The cost is $25 per person, and reservations are required. Call Audubon South Carolina at (843) 462-2150.

Fort Gordon recognizes Women's History month

Two programs will be held at Fort Gordon this month to celebrate Women's History Month.

Claudia J. Kennedy, a retired lieutenant general and former Army deputy chief of staff for intelligence, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Alexander Hall.

Janet Hicks, a retired major general and former commander of the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, will be guest speaker for a program at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, in Alexander Hall.

Area 9 Olympics to be held at Fort Gordon

Fort Gordon will hold the Area 9 Special Olympics, starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, on Barton Field.

More than 900 athletes will participate in the Special Olympics.

About 250 soldiers from Fort Gordon units will volunteer to run the games.

- Edited from staff reports

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kudzo-n-roses
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kudzo-n-roses 03/17/07 - 12:39 am
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"Stupid is as stupid

"Stupid is as stupid does"..Steven Murray. Mr. Jones I hope you get your rooster back safe and sound.......(who would steal anothers guys rooster??)

JimCox
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JimCox 03/17/07 - 05:50 am
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I bet it was finger lickin'

I bet it was finger lickin' good!

bigc
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bigc 03/17/07 - 06:06 am
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wise
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wise 03/17/07 - 06:56 am
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Boomer Why does everything

Boomer
Why does everything have to be a race issue in Augusta? Simple minds think simple thoughts. Get an education.

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 03/17/07 - 07:16 am
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I agree helpusinaug, I

I agree helpusinaug, I thought I was the only one paying attention here!

a2
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a2 03/17/07 - 08:40 am
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ganascarracefan
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ganascarracefan 03/17/07 - 10:40 am
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boomer we all bleed the same

boomer we all bleed the same color here its not based on skin color...........grow up now we know why children these days act like the do it grown folks like them that teach there kids to hate grow up if u cant say nothing nice just keep ur mouth shut

bigc
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bigc 03/17/07 - 12:52 pm
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So helpusinaug why does

So helpusinaug why does everything have to be about race? At no point in my post did I mention race. Everyone else automically ASSUMED it was about peoples race,including yourself. I took bigoted remarks and applied it to a fricken chicken in an attempt at humor. YOU applied it to people. Looking at the attempts in communication on here I dont think I'm the one who needs an education.

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