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Bus crash hurts driver, children

A Richmond County school bus driver and three of her passengers were hospitalized Thursday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash in south Augusta.

At 4 p.m. police were called to Old Savannah and Thompson roads after a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu rear-ended the bus, Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Michelle Thomas said.

About 30 children from Dorothy Hains Elementary School were on the bus when the accident happened, said Richmond County Deputy Superintendent James Thompson.

None of the injuries were serious, police said, but the children and bus driver Mattie Stewart, 59, of Aiken Street, were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital by ambulance.

The Malibu's driver, Jessica Lynn Hammond, 19, of Deans Bridge Road, was cited for following too closely, Deputy Thomas said.

Waynesboro man is killed outside home

A Waynesboro, Ga., man was shot to death Wednesday night outside his home during an argument with his girlfriend's son, according to Chief Investigator Gene Boseman of the Waynesboro Police Department.

Police have charged 18-year-old Robert Terrell Smith, of Sardis, Ga., with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the shooting of Lorne White, 34, of the 1200 block of North Liberty Street, Chief Karl Allen said.

Mr. Smith returned to the home after the shooting and turned himself in, Chief Allen said. The investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Wrens family doctor faces federal charge

A Wrens, Ga., physician faces a criminal charge in U.S. District Court of unlawfully prescribing a narcotic pain medicine.

Court documents filed Wednesday accuse Dr. In Whan Yun of writing a prescription for hydrocodone without a valid medical reason Dec. 14, 2005. Federal prosecutors also filed a forfeiture count against Dr. Yun, seeking what they claim is $200,000 in illegal profits.

According to the Web site maintained by the state's physician disciplinary board, Dr. Yun is licensed to practice family medicine. He has practiced in Georgia since 1974.

Suit against Augusta prison can resume

A federal appeals court has reinstated the civil rights lawsuit filed by a former inmate of the Augusta Medical Prison.

In an opinion issued Thursday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Nickolas Felder should be allowed to proceed with his case in Augusta's federal court against prison officials and guards.

Mr. Felder, who is serving a prison sentence for DeKalb County assault convictions, alleged in a 2005 complaint that he was beaten by guards at the prison, and he called the beatings a common practice. He is now at Washington State Prison, according to the Department of Corrections Web site.

Convicted molester gets 48-year sentence

A Thomson man accused of molesting three Columbia County girls has been sentenced to 48 years in prison.

Superior Court Judge Neal Dickert sentenced James Samuel Wiederkehr, 36, on Wednesday. He was found guilty in a June bench trial of seven counts of child molestation and one count of felony statutory rape, according to Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers.

He was indicted in 2005 of 10 counts of child molestation, two counts of rape, and two counts of aggravated sexual battery, according to the indictment.

The charges stem from acts authorities say occurred from January 2000 to July 2005 against three girls, two of whom were ages 7 and 8, and a third younger than 16, according to the indictment.

Mr. Wiederkehr has been held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond since his August 2005 arrest, Mr. Myers said.

- From staff reports

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migmack
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migmack 09/14/07 - 05:42 am
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Overstreet would had given

Overstreet would had given him probation

rdunaway
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rdunaway 09/14/07 - 06:07 am
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It"s about time justice is

It"s about time justice is about served. The children involved have to deal with it for life.With so many counts against this monster nothing short of life in prison is justified. Thank you Judge Dickert

departed
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departed 09/14/07 - 06:50 am
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Sounds like migmack has spent

Sounds like migmack has spent time in the Superior Court of Richmond Co.

departed
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departed 09/14/07 - 06:52 am
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I don't meen as a defendant

I don't meen as a defendant

justus4
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justus4 09/14/07 - 07:26 am
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The bus crash was
Unpublished

The bus crash was unfortunate, but the area where it happen is suspious. In reviewing local news, some of those parents made my skin crawl. Child svc may need to get hot!

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imaksin 09/14/07 - 08:08 am
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Sentenced by Judge Duncan D.

Sentenced by Judge Duncan D. Wheale

Edward Arnold Compton, 44, of Mike Padgett Highway, child molestation; five years in prison, followed by five years' probation, and ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim's mother and register as a sex offender

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imaksin 09/14/07 - 08:16 am
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21-year-old pleads guilty in

21-year-old pleads guilty in molestation

A 21-year-old Augusta man pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges of child molestation.

Under the terms of the plea negotiation accepted by Judge Duncan D. Wheale in Richmond County Superior Court, Willie J. Lewis will be released on probation after 11 months in jail.

Mr. Lewis admitted to having illegal sexual contact with girls ages 14 and 12 years old in January.

He will have to register as a sex offender during his nine years on probation, and every month he must donate $50 to the Child Enrichment Center in the name of each victim. One of the center's goals is helping child sexual assault victims.

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getalife 09/14/07 - 08:46 am
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All child molesters and child

All child molesters and child pedophiles should be given a sentence of life in prison. Those above when released will do the same crime again!!

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mentalrxtech 09/14/07 - 09:27 am
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I wonder what would happen to

I wonder what would happen to someone who were to molest Judge Wheale's daughter's??? He would probably be put away for good! I have seen Judge Wheale in action and he is a wierdo!! He needs to be taken off the bench!!

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ListenAndLearn 09/14/07 - 10:45 am
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Yun has been giving out rx's

Yun has been giving out rx's for as many years as I can remember and I've been adult for a good few years now...It's been know allover that if you need speed, pain meds or antidepressants go to Wrens and see Dr. Yun. Now they're going to do something? OKKKKKKK?!!!!!!!

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gnx 09/14/07 - 11:33 am
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KK - it was the same way here

KK - it was the same way here years ago with a certain doctor who had a practice just off Walton Way. You could drive by his office at any time and there was always a line of people out the door and down the sidewalk waiting to get in.

What a joke
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What a joke 09/14/07 - 12:53 pm
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gnx If you are talking about

gnx If you are talking about on Druid Park Drive then the doctor was Female.

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deekster 09/14/07 - 02:54 pm
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Central Avenue and Dr.

Central Avenue and Dr. Carluchi (don't know the correct spelling) He was a fixture for years in the prescription writing business and other questionable activities.

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deekster 09/14/07 - 02:55 pm
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I smell a "whiplash" lawsuit

I smell a "whiplash" lawsuit coming on. Ken Nugent was first on the sceen of the bus accident.

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mgr 09/14/07 - 03:21 pm
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Chemical castration would be

Chemical castration would be a perfect sentence with no repeat offenders.

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misscj0123 09/14/07 - 03:24 pm
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you are right kk...I have

you are right kk...I have been hearing about that for many years.

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