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Teen sought in case of child molestation

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Lacey

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for a Hephzibah teenager in connection with a child molestation/pornography case.

Tre Rayburne Lacey, 17, of Sego Road, is accused of participating in several sex acts with a 13-year-old girl between June and this month, according to sheriff's Investigator Bonnie Kalbskopf. He also took nude photographs of the girl, police said. He was to have turned himself in to authorities Monday but did not, police said.

Anyone with information on Mr. Lacey's whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

Man is shot outside store

An Augusta man was shot Monday morning as he got out of his vehicle at the Community Grocery Store at 940 13th Ave.

Juan Xavier Tanksley, 39, of the 1500 block of Wrightsboro Road, was shot in the back and the left ankle, Investigator Tess Alexander-Brunson said.

Mr. Tanksley and William Savalas Davis, 27, of Augusta, had been involved in an ongoing argument, according to Richmond County Investigator Tom Johnson.

Mr. Davis is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Mr. Tanksley was taken to the Medical College of Georgia, where he was in serious condition, sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree said. Investigator Johnson said Mr. Tanksley was "conscious and talking" before being taken away. Mr. Davis was apprehended on Eighth Street, Investigator Alexander-Brunson said.

Masked man pulls gun in afternoon robbery

A man wearing a homemade ski mask and armed with a handgun robbed the Dollar General store at 2525 Washington Road on Monday, authorities said.

The robber, who walked into the store at about 2:15 p.m., is described as a slim man wearing a blue denim shirt and khaki shorts.

He was last seen running toward the rear of The Big Tree shopping plaza, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Calvin Chew said.

Anyone with information leading to an arrest is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

Police seek driver of truck in hit-and-run

Police are seeking the driver of a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup in a hit-and-run accident Monday afternoon in south Augusta that sent four people to a hospital.

The pickup rear-ended a 2000 Chevy Blazer at about 3:35 p.m. Both vehicles were traveling north on Mike Padgett Highway, said Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Jason Singletary.

The Blazer was attempting a left turn into the Country Place subdivision, he said. The pickup forced the Blazer into the southbound lanes, causing it to strike a van driven by Johnny Lee Bush of Augusta.

Estella Bailey, Esther Kitchens, Kimberly Kitchens and a juvenile girl were treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, police said. Mr. Bush was not injured. Ms. Bailey was driving the Blazer; the Kitchenses and the juvenile were in the van.

Charges are pending against the Dodge Ram driver, who fled the scene, Deputy Singletary said.

Esther and Kimberly Kitchens were in fair condition, an MCG spokeswoman said Monday evening. Ms. Bailey was not listed as a patient at the hospital.

20-year-old wanted in man's shooting

Aiken authorities are looking for a 20-year-old man accused of shooting another man twice last week.

Dwayne Dunbar, of the 200 block of Stone Drive in Aiken, is wanted on a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill.

According to a report from the Aiken Department of Public Safety, police were called to a home in the 500 block of Polo Drive Southeast at about 7:30 p.m. Friday to find 21-year-old Michael Harley sitting in a chair in front of the home with gunshots to his upper right chest and right thigh.

Authorities say Mr. Harley was released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Saturday. They have no motive for the attack, Detective Marty Sawyer said.

Man is accused of soliciting 'girl' online

A 39-year-old Aiken man was arrested Friday on charges that he solicited sex from a teenage girl while online, authorities said.

He was actually talking to a police officer posing as the underage child.

James Marion Boozer III, of the 200 block of Longleaf Court, was arrested by Aiken sheriff's investigators when he showed up at a predetermined location to have sex with the "girl," according to the South Carolina attorney general's office.

Mr. Boozer was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor and attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

According to arrest warrants, Mr. Boozer began chatting online with the "girl" March 16 and arranged to meet her for sex. Investigators searched his home after his arrest and seized his computer.

Mr. Boozer was released Sunday from the Aiken County Detention Center on $30,000 bond.

Sex offenders did not register, police say

Aiken authorities are looking for three sex offenders who haven't registered annually as required by law:

- Jerry Johnson Sr., 66, of the 400 block of Seastrunk Street in Graniteville

- Bobby A. Morrison, 52, of the 200 block of Pine Log Road in Beech Island

- Calvin B. Tyler, 26, of the 1600 block of Colleton Avenue in Aiken.

Anyone with information on the location of these men is asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709.

Girl says three people beat her, stole money

A 15-year-old girl was beaten by three people while walking at Bransford and Wheeler roads Sunday night, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

The girl said the attackers began to hit her and she fell to the ground, according to the report.

They also took $3 that fell from her pocket.

- From staff reports

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Reality
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Reality 03/27/07 - 03:54 am
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Look at all of the crime,

Look at all of the crime, Augusta has a lot to be proud of..........

OMallen
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OMallen 03/27/07 - 05:28 am
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It could be worse. We aren't

It could be worse. We aren't as bad as Detroit, MI or Camden, NJ

a2
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a2 03/27/07 - 05:41 am
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Yes you are.

Yes you are.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 03/27/07 - 06:03 am
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Welcome to the "Beautiful

Welcome to the "Beautiful City" that hosts this wonderful golf tournament! If only the outsiders knew... Bet they won't have stories like this in the paper next week!

a2
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a2 03/27/07 - 06:39 am
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What's the difference between

What's the difference between Augusta and Detroit or Camden?

tusmooth1
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tusmooth1 03/27/07 - 07:10 am
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We dont have anywhere near

We dont have anywhere near the big city crimes like in cities Detroit, Baltimore, and DC.....go up there and then see how quickly you want to come back down to bad Augusta. Also Augusta is big but not as big as those cities so it can be controlled here much better than those cities also.

intheknow
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intheknow 03/27/07 - 07:22 am
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Three people beat a 15 year

Three people beat a 15 year old for $3. I will give them $50 each just for them to attempt to jump me. Its a shame when a little girl can not even walk the streets.

onehotdog
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onehotdog 03/27/07 - 07:31 am
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I spend about three months a

I spend about three months a year in LA and the crime in Augusta is as bad as anywhere.

thugskin
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thugskin 03/27/07 - 07:52 am
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Why is crime tolerated?

Why is crime tolerated? Beacuse people just accept it. Increase the police force and put the officers in constant street monitoring.
Enforce quality of life crimes. Press hard and don't relent. It worked wonders for NYC.

rj1960j10
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rj1960j10 03/27/07 - 07:53 am
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if you dont like augusta

if you dont like augusta move. you act like there is someplace with out crime, then go find it if not shut up and do something.

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 03/27/07 - 08:00 am
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Yes, Augusta's crime is awful

Yes, Augusta's crime is awful and crime will get even worse until kids stop having babies and parents behave in a responsible manner themselves. Some parents can't even control their own selves let alone trying to raise a child to act responsibly. There should be a law that you need a parenting degree/license and a full-time "legal" job to become a parent. USA needs changing laws for this changing world we live in today. The old school is no longer working.

a2
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a2 03/27/07 - 08:11 am
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Augusta has a holier than

Augusta has a holier than thou attitude, but people get robbed, shot, murdered, sex crimes, paid off officials .........here like everywhere else. Actually more so than some places.
But all you want to discuss is are the azaelas blooming and we need more jails. The problem can't be solved by locking everyone up. New people emerge everyday. Welcome to the 21st century.

wise
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wise 03/27/07 - 08:13 am
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Instead of focusing on crime.

Instead of focusing on crime. Focus what is causing an incresing crime rate. NO jobs and no education.

a2
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a2 03/27/07 - 08:24 am
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Finally, an intelligent

Finally, an intelligent voice. Yeah how about suggections for more jobs coming to the area and how to get people motivated.

jjr7838
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jjr7838 03/27/07 - 08:26 am
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I really hate to say this

I really hate to say this helpusinaug, and I really do understand what you are saying, but you have to redeem yourself on that last comment because you made yourself look like the reason we are having so much crime. :) Simply a typo. To piggyback off your comment, what can you do though if people don't want to work and don't want to learn anything?

betterme706
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betterme706 03/27/07 - 08:29 am
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j d powell of waynesboro also

j d powell of waynesboro also known from seven oaks rd u know u need to go turn yourself in for that hit and run on mikepadgett hwy it will be alright that u have no license but that is not right for u to leave the scene of the accident u know better than to be behind the wheel u told me u were going to turn yourself in do what is right!

weekapaug05
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weekapaug05 03/27/07 - 08:46 am
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Crime in Augusta isn't that

Crime in Augusta isn't that bad. If you want worse just move to Macon, Savannah, Atlanta, or Columbus, cause they all have higher crime rates than Augusta

nol.23
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nol.23 03/27/07 - 08:47 am
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Hey, lets learn how to spell

Hey, lets learn how to spell before we criticize people without jobs and education.

YESWECAN
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YESWECAN 03/27/07 - 08:48 am
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Mystery, are you serious. Is

Mystery, are you serious. Is this powell guy the one who caused this accident. A no license charge is better then leaving the scene of accident. Please turned yourself in...yea you will have to suffer the consequences...but you will feel a whole lot better inside.

Reality
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Reality 03/27/07 - 08:52 am
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I don't want to move

I don't want to move anywhere, I just want the Augusta area to have less crime. I don't know if we need more police, to enforce the laws more, or more jails but something needs to change. To those who said there are worse places to live you are right, but soon that will be said about Augusta.

123ABC
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123ABC 03/27/07 - 09:06 am
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Crime is everywhere. The

Crime is everywhere. The Community needs to come together and let everyone know that we are not going to tolerate it anymore. If we stop complaining and work together, we can get a lot accomplished. Let's try that for a change!!!

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 03/27/07 - 09:11 am
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If a person does not want to

If a person does not want to get an education or work, he/she should not be having sex.

NEone
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NEone 03/27/07 - 10:12 am
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Why is it when people state

Why is it when people state problems in Augusta, the immediate response is "MOVE!" How will that help the community? Isn't the first step to change acknowledging that something is wrong? How can we make things better if we continue to pretend everything is wonderful?

just_my_opinion
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just_my_opinion 03/27/07 - 10:27 am
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In stead of complaining about

In stead of complaining about everything, what are you all doing to make a difference?

ganascarracefan
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ganascarracefan 03/27/07 - 11:56 am
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theres crime nomatter where u

theres crime nomatter where u go r live grow up ppl

imdstuf
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imdstuf 03/27/07 - 12:27 pm
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We keep losing police

We keep losing police officers and there is hard to keep them when we pay less than many other counties.

diamondeyeseyes4me222
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diamondeyeseyes4me222 03/27/07 - 12:39 pm
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crime is everywhere but i

crime is everywhere but i could only be worried about crime here because this is where i reside. It's the types of crime that are being committed that have me worried they are senseless people are getting robbed for as little as $5 dollars there have been alot of rape happening and shootings and a lot of crimes that are happening are not being reported i know because we get patients in the hospital all the time and their stories sometimes don't even make the news for many different reasons. The people responsible for crimes are becoming younger noone care about anything anymore people are all about self if you're driving you have to be aware of your surroundings at all times because crime happens just as much here in the daytime than it do at nighttime. There need to be more programs for youth i talk to some of these teenagers when they come into the hospital i talk to them in their community and some not all feel that they're basically raising themselves their parents are partying all the time leaving them home to look out for themselves and they're doing whatever to survive that's where i blame the parents but if you've raised your child with morals,

diamondeyeseyes4me222
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diamondeyeseyes4me222 03/27/07 - 12:45 pm
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taught them about self

taught them about self respect and to respect others and the child just decide to disobey the parent and rob stores and join gangs the child should be punished by the law but that parent did their part the child made the choice to go in the wrong direction. Even in school it has changed the students talk to the teachers any kind of way with no respect it's not up to the schools or the tv to raise kids. you instill values and pray they do the right thing in life. There are not enough police and if it was you will still have crime because some people don't care about who they hurt and could care less about jail. no matter who commits a crime they should be punished for that crime.

diamondeyeseyes4me222
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diamondeyeseyes4me222 03/27/07 - 12:45 pm
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taught them about self

taught them about self respect and to respect others and the child just decide to disobey the parent and rob stores and join gangs the child should be punished by the law but that parent did their part the child made the choice to go in the wrong direction. Even in school it has changed the students talk to the teachers any kind of way with no respect it's not up to the schools or the tv to raise kids. you instill values and pray they do the right thing in life. There are not enough police and if it was you will still have crime because some people don't care about who they hurt and could care less about jail. no matter who commits a crime they should be punished for that crime.

lazeeday
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lazeeday 03/27/07 - 01:09 pm
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jd powell of waynesboro if

jd powell of waynesboro if you did leave the accident area.Turn your self in.several years ago i had a accident with no insurance and was terrified.I felt like running.I started to run and then changed my mind I did face up to my responsibility and you the system worked with me and gave me the chance to repair all damages and and pay over several months.at that time i was a single mom raising a disable /sick child alone .Yo will feel better and will not have to live in fear.

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