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Man charged with sex crime misses hearing

Police are seeking a Grovetown man who they say missed a sentencing hearing Thursday in a Columbia County court.

Adam Spann Blackstone, 32, of the 900 block of Carlene Drive, is charged with a sex crime and failed to appear for his sentencing, according to an e-mail from Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Authorities describe Mr. Blackstone as a white man, 5-feet 10-inches tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call the sheriff's office at (706) 541-2800.

Teen accused of rape will stay in custody

A 16-year-old boy accused of raping a disabled woman must await possible indictment and trial in custody, a judge ruled Thursday.

Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested Michael A. Hawes last month. He initially denied any contact with the 54-year-old woman, then told officers no force was involved in the sexual act, said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Johnston.

The juvenile will be prosecuted in Richmond County Superior Court as an adult if indicted. He is accused of raping a mute woman who also suffers from paralyses, Mr. Johnston said.

Anonymous tip leads to bomb threat arrest

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office made a third arrest Thursday in the string of bomb threats that have disrupted Glenn Hills Middle School.

The 14-year-old pupil is accused of calling in threats in mid-January, sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles stated in an e-mail. Acting on an anonymous tip, officers were able to link the juvenile to three calls on two days, which required evacuation of the middle school. The juvenile is being detained at the regional youth detention center.

Resident is charged in apartment shooting

An Augusta man remained in jail Thursday evening after a shootout at an east Augusta apartment complex.

Warren Mayo, 42, of Reiser Court, faces two counts of reckless conduct in the Thursday morning shooting at Underwood Homes off Sand Bar Ferry Road. At 11 a.m., police were called to Mr. Mayo's residence after receiving reports about gunshots, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Cory Carlyle said.

Three men approached Mr. Mayo's residence and started firing into his home, police said. Mr. Mayo then returned fire and bullets struck two uninvolved apartments, Investigator Carlyle said. One of the apartments was inhabited. No injuries were reported, he said. Mr. Mayo told police one of the men who approached his home owed him $40.

He was charged because he is accused of striking two houses with gunfire.

More arrests are pending, the investigator said.

Gold Cross/Air Med closer to expansion

Gold Cross/AirMed might soon expand its helicopter rescue operation in Columbia County.

During a Thursday night meeting, the county's planning commission approved the rezoning of about 4 acres on Wheeler Road from light industrial to special. However, complaints about noise and safety from surrounding property owners prompted planning commissioners to place caveats on their recommendation -- the Federal Aviation Administration must approve the site; Gold Cross/AirMed must agree to use Wheeler Road for approaches and departures from the site; the company must agree to build a fence around the property to limit wind shear from the propeller; and they must provide a log of their flight take-off and landing times for the past 60 days.

Gold Cross/AirMed Chief Executive Officer Tom Schneider said he will use the property at 4328 Wheeler Road for some office operations and as a landing zone for at least one of the company's two helicopters. Currently, both helicopters operate from a site at Doctors Hospital. The move won't dramatically increase response times to emergencies, Mr. Schneider said, adding the business is simply outgrowing its space on Medical Center Drive.

The Wheeler Road location is in an industrial zone, and county officials said the noise from a helicopter shouldn't add to the area's existing noise. The issue will now go before the Columbia County Commission on Feb. 19.

-- From staff reports

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Itll be alright
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Itll be alright 02/08/08 - 06:56 am
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What idiot judge is gonna let

What idiot judge is gonna let a sex offender go until his sentencing?? And then expect him to show up. Get real.

Itll be alright
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Itll be alright 02/08/08 - 06:56 am
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What idiot judge is gonna let

What idiot judge is gonna let a sex offender go until his sentencing?? And then expect him to show up. Get real.

Itll be alright
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Itll be alright 02/08/08 - 06:57 am
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00PSY

00PSY

kiddspur
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kiddspur 02/08/08 - 07:00 am
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angie 1961 -- get that cup of

angie 1961 -- get that cup of coffee quick!!!!!!!!!!!!

getalife
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getalife 02/08/08 - 07:02 am
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Sounds like the old west in

Sounds like the old west in the story about the apartment shoot-out! Rapist and other sex criminals should not be released on bond. They should never see the light of day, keep them locked up!!

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pablanco 02/08/08 - 09:10 am
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so he was arrested for being

so he was arrested for being a bad shot. Dude, should have went to the range more often.

flowergirl
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flowergirl 02/08/08 - 09:12 am
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The sex crime this man was

The sex crime this man was being sentenced for, was sex charges on his own child.

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WhiskyDick 02/08/08 - 09:21 am
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"Area briefs" sounds like

"Area briefs" sounds like patriciathomas' panties to me. What happened to "Across the Area?"

anymom
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anymom 02/08/08 - 09:57 am
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the sex offender guy is not

the sex offender guy is not from Grovetown, but was supposed to be staying in Richmond County. If they really want to catch the guy they should make the article BIGGER and include a PICTURE!! I urge everyone reading this to help look for this guy.

flowergirl
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flowergirl 02/08/08 - 10:14 am
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The judges in this county are

The judges in this county are not judges at all. There are criminals walking the streets all the time waiting on sentencing, how is this protecting the society. This a shame on Augusta on what kind of justice there is here. No wander there is little children being hurt and offended, cause the law does not protect them from monsters like this that is let out to roam while waiting to be sentenced. He did it once he will do it again.

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anymom 02/08/08 - 10:36 am
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The judge listened to the

The judge listened to the crying of his family, and the subject here is obviously skilled at manipulation. Most of these guys are. I heard he was on the TV news and the radio too.

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lookingforhim2 02/08/08 - 10:38 am
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This sex offender guy is

This sex offender guy is SICK!!!! He will get exactly what he deserves when he gets put in prison... "those men there" will not like what he has done at all. I think his mother knows where he is at....he is a momma's boy who trusts and believes whatever he says..right or wrong..truth or lie

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truth4u 02/08/08 - 12:06 pm
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you get shot at and end up

you get shot at and end up arrested???????? who woulds thought!!!!!!!!!!

flowergirl
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flowergirl 02/08/08 - 12:26 pm
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I am sure mommy knows where

I am sure mommy knows where he is. Mommy's boy isnt all that tough now when it comes to going to jail, like he was all tough over a helpless child.

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Evans Ga. 02/08/08 - 01:02 pm
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The teen that raped a mute

The teen that raped a mute elderly lady, and you dont call him sick and desprate. Who in their right mind would even think twice about the lady lying that he raped her. Sicko-hope they throw him and jail and toss the key because the next time victim is going to one of our kids in the area and who know's what this crazy will do with them afterwards (you will probably find them in a wooded location floating face up).

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I Cant believe it 02/08/08 - 03:19 pm
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I think the comment from

I think the comment from kooldude should be deleted. Maybe some "people" don't want the information out there. They should be protected not drug through more shame and embaresment!!!!!

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sassygalady30 02/08/08 - 06:21 pm
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how do u help find someone if

how do u help find someone if there's never a pic. of them on here?

runnersX
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runnersX 02/08/08 - 06:23 pm
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About the sex offender that

About the sex offender that is running. I think that the judge should have stuck his butt in jail instead of delaying sentencing. If he wasnt such a COWARD and manned up he would already be in prison. He just put it off for a little while longer. The end result is inevitable!

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runnersX 02/08/08 - 06:24 pm
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If anyone really want a pic

If anyone really want a pic of "momma's boy" just get me your e-mail address.

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Mick 02/08/08 - 09:24 pm
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Re the sex offender - Pic. @

Re the sex offender - Pic. @ wrdw... Really makes you wonder about whoever bailed him out! Serves them right to loose whatever they put up for the slimeball!

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huntersmom 02/11/08 - 06:08 pm
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Re: runner. I want to know

Re: runner. I want to know what the county is doing about finding this man? Im sure if it was someone who hadn't paid a fine for their speeding ticket they'd get their money. How can you price what he's done? This is a sick man.. evil....to the core evil. How safe do we feel with him running around? Columbia county needs to get it together and get him off the streets!

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slc1983 02/11/08 - 08:05 pm
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RE:Runner They dont even have

RE:Runner They dont even have him on columbia countys website yet, under most wanted! Why dont they check out his last employer or where his family lives, heres a hint he has a father in wrens, a mother in augusta which is were he was supposed to be living and his sister is in Evans. Someone knows something. Adam u have to face the music sooner or later.

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