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Shooting suspect found through tip


An Augusta man who had been sought by authorities was arrested late Tuesday night.


Clarence Allen Tanksley Jr., 46, was taken into custody by Richmond County sheriff's authorities at about 10 p.m. after narcotics officers received a tip concerning his whereabouts, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Brandon Beckman.


Narcotics Investigator Michael Dodaro said Mr. Tanksley lied about his age and name.


"I knew it was him because I had a copy of his photo," he said.


Mr. Tanksley was arrested unarmed and without resistance at the corner of 14th Avenue and Dyer Street, police said.


He was being held at the Richmond County jail and is charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery and burglary in connection with the July 30 shooting and burglary at the F.A.M.E. clothing store in the 3300 block of Wrightsboro Road.

Graniteville man killed in wreck

<b>Clarence Allen Tanksley</b>,  Police arrested him late Tuesday in connection with a July 30 shooting at an Augusta clothing store.  Special
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Clarence Allen Tanksley, Police arrested him late Tuesday in connection with a July 30 shooting at an Augusta clothing store.

A 21-year-old Graniteville man died Tuesday morning in Aiken County when his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer.

Richard Wayne Owens was driving north on U.S. Highway 1 when his truck crossed the median and hit the tractor-trailer in the southbound lane.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said Mr. Owens was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:17 a.m.

He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Warrant issued in sex offender registration

A warrant was issued for a Warrenville man who has not registered as a sex offender since 2004, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

William E. Crafton, 60, of the 600 block of Charles Street in Warrenville, did not register with the county's sheriff as required by state law. Offenders must register within 24 hours of prison release and then biannually for life.

Failure to register is a misdemeanor, and Mr. Crafton could face up to 90 days in jail. A second offense carries one year in prison, and a third or subsequent offense is a felony and carries a five-year prison sentence. Individuals have 10 days to make a written change-of-address notification.

Man, 40, is accused of sex with girl, 10

A Ridge Spring man was arrested by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office in connection with sexual assaults involving a 10-year-old girl.

Charles D. Mitchell, 40, of the 100 block of Owl Branch Road, was charged Monday with six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and lewd acts upon a minor.

Mr. Mitchell is accused of assaulting the girl in a van at his home between February and April, according to Lt. Michael Frank, a spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Mitchell was being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

'Augusta Focus' to suspend operations

The Augusta Focus newspaper has suspended production indefinitely, according to the newspaper's top manager.

Mike Meyers, editor-in-chief, said Tuesday that the weekly publication will not appear on Thursday, its usual publication day.

"Now's a good time for us to restructure," said Mr. Meyers, while emphatically dispelling rumors of the newspaper's demise. "We are not folding," he said.

He also said the newspaper's parent company, The Walker Group, will continue operations on Laney-Walker Boulevard and no layoffs will occur at the newspaper.

Augusta Focus was founded in 1981 by former state Senate Majority Leader Charles W. Walker, who was convicted in U.S. District Court in Augusta in June 2005 on 127 criminal counts, including conspiracy and mail fraud. In November 2005, Mr. Walker was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison, fined $150,000 and ordered to pay $698,000 in restitution.

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intheknow
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intheknow 08/08/07 - 04:49 am
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A 40 year old and a 10 year

A 40 year old and a 10 year old. Like the movie title says " A TIME TO KILL." Wait, as I alway say, lets allow the system to work. Please kill my message and not the messenger.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/08/07 - 06:13 am
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A forty year old and a ten

A forty year old and a ten year old, children are without protection if the parents aren't loving people.

PTDefender
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PTDefender 08/08/07 - 07:09 am
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To All Parents Out

To All Parents Out There:
This is exactly why you MUST stay involved in the lives of your children. It may seem nosey to some, but it is a sure way to prevent such devastating situations.
All it takes is asking the child, 'Hey What's new today?" ....and mean it when you ask.

pofwe
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pofwe 08/08/07 - 08:06 am
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Good business tactic on

Good business tactic on behalf of The Focus, suspend production without a layoff. I guess they quit ordering 8,000 flyers for a publication of ... whatever ...2,500-3.000 papers. What will the staff be doing?

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taha 08/08/07 - 08:06 am
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I don't know these people,

I don't know these people, but did you ever stop to think that the parents may actually BE loving parents and ask their children questions and stay involved?? Sometimes, even THAT isn't enough! Believe it or not...it's not ALWAYS the parents faults!! How about blaming the pervert that actually DID this sick thing to this child!!

ajones
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ajones 08/08/07 - 10:53 am
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Warrant issued in sex

Warrant issued in sex offender registration

A picture should have appeared with this brief.

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change display name 08/08/07 - 12:40 pm
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The sex offender hasn't

The sex offender hasn't registered since 2004 and they are just issuing a warrant? Good lord! Even if it was the biannual thing, he missed it by a year! They need to get on top of things over there.

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change display name 08/08/07 - 12:42 pm
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The article won't say, but

The article won't say, but the 40-year-old may have been a relative. If you can't trust your kid with Uncle Charles, who can you trust her with?

PlayaFace
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PlayaFace 08/08/07 - 01:56 pm
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send the convicted sex

send the convicted sex offender to prison for not registering... send the accused sex offender to jail because that is disgusting .... and my regards to the family of the boy killed from granitville in the accident and the family of the 10 year old girl along with the girl

SHOCKER1
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SHOCKER1 08/08/07 - 03:08 pm
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Statistics show that most

Statistics show that most children are assaulted by someone they know and trust. Very scary!

ajones
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ajones 08/08/07 - 04:58 pm
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The sex offender that hasn't

The sex offender that hasn't registered since 2004 shouldn't be on the streets anyway. They need to find him and lock him up with the 40 year-old.

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t of i 08/08/07 - 06:33 pm
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I'm betting the 10 year old

I'm betting the 10 year old was with a family member. That is ususally the case.

ladybug74
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ladybug74 08/08/07 - 10:47 pm
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PatricaThomas and

PatricaThomas and PTDefender...I'm not sure what point you are trying to make with your post. I had two wonderful parents who loved me and were always involved in my life but that didn't stop a family member from molesting me when I was 8 yrs old. Does that mean that they were not loving and involved enough? I was the victim of a man who had no prior incidents and who no one even vaquely suspected of doing such things, but it happened. So, I ask you...were did my parents go wrong?

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bluesky36 08/09/07 - 12:50 am
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that is sick, why would a

that is sick, why would a grown 40 year old man want to mess with a ten year old child how disgusting.he needs to go to prison so someone can beat the crap out of him.

intheknow
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intheknow 08/09/07 - 01:01 am
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Well now dad and son can be

Well now dad and son can be cellmates. Excellent job to the public and the RCSD, for getting this thug off of the streets. Knew this idiot would be found in the same area that his son was.

usmcblondie
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usmcblondie 08/09/07 - 02:14 am
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Richard Wayne Owens, 21, the

Richard Wayne Owens, 21, the father of Justin Owens who turned one today, was wearing a seatbelt you need to check your information. At least the aiken standard can get it right. He never even started the car unless everyone was wearing a seatbelt. He crossed the median because he fell asleep on his way home from work. He had been working an extremely large amount of FORCED overtime at kimberly-Clark the past 3 months. He worked 10 days straight doing 12 hour shift. He was exhausted. Kimberly-Clark is 100% responsible for the feath of such a wonderful young man.

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pav2003 08/09/07 - 09:23 am
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yes, intheknow.... Looks

yes, intheknow.... Looks like there will be a family reunion for father and son. Good job RCSD and a helpful citizen.

MrsD
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MrsD 08/17/07 - 04:36 am
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Congrats Richmond County

Congrats Richmond County Narcotics for arresting Clarence Allen Tanksley Jr.

magnoliamelody
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magnoliamelody 08/17/07 - 02:18 pm
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Richard Wayne Owens was a

Richard Wayne Owens was a wonderful, kind young man. Although I know he enjoyed working, I also know he was exhausted. Even at a young age, no one should be expected to work such unrealistic hours. The human body can only take so much. As for my friend... I will miss him dearly and hope that he knows how very much I loved him.

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