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Man is found dead

Aiken County authorities said they are investigating the murder of a man who was found dead Saturday morning outside a Beech Island nightclub.

Sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said the body of Henry D. Freeman, 56, of the 1000 block of Beechdale Drive in Beech Island, was found outside the Hilltop Club, 214 Cary Drive, at 5:39 a.m. by a man walking in the area.

Lt. Frank said an autopsy Saturday determined Mr. Freeman died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Lt. Frank said police are investigating a Friday night robbery at a nearby barbershop to see whether there is any connection. He said the robbery occurred about 8:30 p.m. at Cut Above Cuts on Urqhardt Drive, which is within a mile and a half of where Mr. Freeman was found.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (800) 922-9709, or Crimestoppers at (888) 559-TIPS.

Fatal wreck in Aiken County

Authorities were responding late Saturday to a fatal wreck in Aiken County, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Officers reportedly arrived at the wreck on Ascauga Lake Road shortly after 11:30 p.m. No other information was immediately available.

Mother is accused of leaving toddler alone

Authorities have arrested an Augusta mother who is accused of leaving her toddler alone at her apartment.

Dionna Daniel Rodriguez, 27, of Jeanine Way, was charged Friday with contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

Authorities were dispatched to the apartment Friday morning after a maintenance man arrived to do work and found Ms. Rodriguez's 15-month-old daughter in a crib, according to a sheriff's office report.

About 15 minutes after officers arrived, Ms. Rodriguez returned and stated that she had left to pick up some items at the store, according to the report.

Alzheimer's symposium accepting registration

Registration is being accepted for the Alzheimer's Association's ninth annual Education Symposium, Alzheimer's and Dementias: Caregiver Strategies.

The symposium, which is for family and professional caregivers, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at The Gordon Club, Fort Gordon. The fee, including continental breakfast, lunch and all materials, is $25 for caregivers, students and those not requiring contact/core hours or $45 for professionals with contact/core hours.

To register, call the Augusta Regional Office of the Alzheimer's Association at (706) 731-9060. The deadline is March 3.

Canal, Lake Olmstead due for cleanup event

The Augusta Canal and Lake Olmstead are scheduled for a semiannual volunteer cleanup organized by The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area and Savannah Riverkeeper from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

The event will involve more than 150 volunteers who will be served a picnic lunch at Lake Olmstead Park after the cleanup. Volunteers will meet at Lake Olmstead Park near the Boat Ramp.

For more information, call Margaret Harrison at (706) 823-0440, ext. 6, or e-mail to mharrison@augustacanal.com.

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Dark_Knight
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Dark_Knight 02/17/08 - 04:06 am
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Thats kinda crazy. I dont

Thats kinda crazy. I dont think they should have arrested her. Now who is gonna take care of the baby? If there was any truth to her story, they should have just gave her a fine.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 02/17/08 - 05:12 am
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Bat_Man, how can you say that

Bat_Man, how can you say that she should not have been arrested? You have got to be kidding! Yes, arrest that woman, and take the kid to social services! If she is that ignorant that she can't take the kid with her to a store, then she shouldn't have it at all! If the kid tried to throw up and it choked, she would not be there to save the kids' life. No decent parent leaves a baby alone!

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 02/17/08 - 05:54 am
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Arrested doesn't always mean

Arrested doesn't always mean going to jail. You can get cited and released on your own cognigence.

betterme706
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betterme706 02/17/08 - 06:52 am
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come on people she left a

come on people she left a child home alone.....................they did the right thing ......how many times has she done it w/out getting caught?....shes probably gone to the club and left her baby home alone too i can reassure u this wasn't her first time just the first time getting caught:).
......she was in the wrong

peonynut
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peonynut 02/17/08 - 07:52 am
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augusta resident, look up the

augusta resident, look up the terms and spelling before you show your stupidity.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 02/17/08 - 08:12 am
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I don't sit here with a

I don't sit here with a dictionary peon

Dark_Knight
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Dark_Knight 02/17/08 - 08:28 am
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if there was futher evidence

if there was futher evidence confirming this was not a first occurence then by all means she should rightfully be arrested, but it sounds like the case of a first time single mother who made a awful mistake. Society should teach her that this type of action is wrong, and as a mother do a better job. Everyone makes mistakes, some cant be undone, this one could. If the arrest is just a citation - then i am for it. I was thinking she was going to jail. I dont think that should happen.

cricketflea
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cricketflea 02/17/08 - 09:13 am
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If she was REALLY just going

If she was REALLY just going to the store, she could have bundled the child up and taken it with her. Once you have a child to take care of, you don't go ANYWHERE you cannot take that child unless you have a responsible sitter. If your sitter does not show for any reason, you don't go out!! You stay with your child. Period. Life changes once you have a child to care for. Any good parent will say the same. My life changed. I took care of mine--all decent parents do--every decent parent here will agree, I am sure.

saltine
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saltine 02/17/08 - 09:24 am
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Every parent,that is caught

Every parent,that is caught leaving a child,home alone,should be court ordered ,or made by DEFACS to walk through the 'Burn Unit", to see, smell and hear, what could happen in "less" than 15 minutes.

Its 5oclock somewhere
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Its 5oclock somewhere 02/17/08 - 09:24 am
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Peon, Go get a job at some

Peon, Go get a job at some dam school grading spelling and grammar. We don't need it on here.

211lover
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211lover 02/17/08 - 10:06 am
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georgia cracker , you are
Unpublished

georgia cracker , you are right, great post and reminder, it really takes less than 15 minutes. I say a moment of distraction causes a lifetime of disaster! I don't know if taking her to jail was The Right Thing To Do, but I wonder if there was an alternative. Sometimes people need to know, did the police offer a solution? Did the police talk to her, or did they just slap on the cuffs and took her away? This story has many details left out. Did we get her side? There are in fact 2 sides, do we really know the whole story? Are we only relying on the police version and report filed? You can NOT rush to judgement unless you ask all of the important questions!

dani
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dani 02/17/08 - 10:18 am
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I don't know the entire story

I don't know the entire story on this, but I feel that if someone has stressed the danger, she probably would be more careful. It was a careless act, but she probably was just not thinking.

clearview
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clearview 02/17/08 - 10:23 am
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Capt. Augustus, that should

Capt. Augustus, that should be "damn", unless you want Peon to work at a water retaining structure school

ONLY THE TRUTH
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ONLY THE TRUTH 02/17/08 - 10:46 am
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Her arrest is just the first

Her arrest is just the first step. She will be counseled and evaluated and probably have the child returned if she shows remorse and that she learned to do better. Hopefully DFACS will monitor her closely.

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happythoughts 02/17/08 - 11:15 am
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Intentional neglect! She made

Intentional neglect! She made a judgement call that felt wrong. She knew she would not be in control of her childs safety. Her reasoning for what she did may seem acceptable to some people because of the odds of something truely happening. The law was broke because someone did not take the time to prepare the child for the trip to the store. You can call it lazy or stupid.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/17/08 - 11:46 am
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There was a story recently of

There was a story recently of a lady who took her mom home 2 miles down the road and that quick her home burnt down and killed her 3yr old and infant, she thought it would be ok because she left her 7 or 6 yr old with them..... so sad. That mom didn't leave her children alone no where near as long as Rodriguez. If it was this mom's first time, I hope she learned something from her mistake. It only takes a short period of time for something horrible to happen.

dani
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dani 02/17/08 - 12:04 pm
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I went to the home of a close

I went to the home of a close relative some years ago, the door was open and I walked in calling the name of the young woman. I heard squealing and playing from the nursery. Her 5 month old son was lying there happily playing with his fist, all alone in the house. I waited with him for about 10 minutes and she came from 3 doors down. She had put him down for a nap, thought he was safe in his crib, and saw nothing wrong with her actions. Things happen. Sometimes children become mothers and they have no idea what a responsilbilty they are taking on. Hopefully this mother won't repeat her mistake.

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Itll be alright 02/17/08 - 12:35 pm
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Dani, you're a [filtered word] and

Dani, you're a [filtered word] and both of your comments prove so. I hope you don't have children or ever do. Sorry.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/17/08 - 01:04 pm
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Exactly how do your figure

Exactly how do your figure that angie? Please explain.

Coach Lover
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Coach Lover 02/17/08 - 01:11 pm
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Everyone makes mistakes, and

Everyone makes mistakes, and this lady deserves a second chance. If her home is clean and safe, they should return her child to her. I hope DFACS sends her to parenting classes and counseling. Maybe even set her up with a mentor. If she does everything required of her, she could have the arrest removed from her record.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/17/08 - 01:12 pm
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I wouldn't step outside the

I wouldn't step outside the house to get the mail while my babies were in the house alone. You don't leave a baby in the house alone under any circumstances. I had a neighbor that would go off in a friend's car and leave her 4 year old and an older child (not yet 10 years old) in the house alone. I tried and tried to get something done about it, but somehow she never got in any trouble. Those children must have some powerful guardian angels to have survived the near misses I've seen. The younger one hasn't got an inch taller since he was 4 years old even though he is in school now. He makes a good lookout for his mom when she is up to mischief, because noone suspects he is school age and he knows exactly what is going on when the police drive by and warns her.

workingmom
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workingmom 02/17/08 - 01:54 pm
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Thank goodness the

Thank goodness the maintenance man was a good hearted person. I can maybe understand if she thought the child was asleep and stepped next door to borrow a cup of sugar or something, but to actually leave the home to go to the store? Not acceptable. Hopefully, like many of you mentioned, she will have learned a lesson and will get her child back so he or she doesn't have to be placed in foster care.

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me001968 02/17/08 - 02:09 pm
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My thoughts exactly

My thoughts exactly workingmom! At least it was a good hearted person. What if it were someone who was just looking to abduct a baby/child? Absolutely not acceptable! I took my little ones everywhere I went and believe me I didn't always want to bundle them up just to run to the store around the corner, but I did! She took a huge chance and is gonna pay for it now!

dani
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dani 02/17/08 - 02:42 pm
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I just think we might be a

I just think we might be a little hard on her. I don't know if she had done it before or would ever do it again. Let's hear more of the story.
By The way..Where is Jeanine Way and does anyone on here know the mother.

Concerned in Georgia
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Concerned in Georgia 02/17/08 - 02:54 pm
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What she did is wrong, but

What she did is wrong, but what if the person lives in an apartment complex that the laundry room is in the basement, how many parents have left their child in the house why they run down to the bsement to do the laundry. it is pretty much the same concept. we don't know how far this store is and how long it takes for her to go and come back.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/17/08 - 03:14 pm
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We know it was more than 20

We know it was more than 20 minutes and I have no idea how many do leave thier babies alone, but I would not. Just because the majority may does not make it safe for your child. She messed up and thankfully her child was not injured and she's not paying the price the other mom did when she just went 2 miles down the road real quick and now had 2 dead children. And as tempting as it is to let a sleeping child whos been cranky all day sleep while you just run up to the corner store for 5 minutes is to risky to me, I wouldn't even run to the next door neighbors. Let's just hope for the child's sake this mother make a single mistake and is not in the habit or putting her child in danger and realizes now how dangerous what she did was. At 27 one would think she would have known this. And Dani those are the apartments over across from tbonz on washington rd. That lil loop, centerwest parkway. If she had ran to the corner store or even to fred's she should not have been gone longer than 20 mintues, now that you mention the location, it makes me wonder where she really was, she didn't just run to get diapers real quick, grocery shopping??!!!

Jillian
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Jillian 02/17/08 - 04:00 pm
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An Assistand Principal left a

An Assistand Principal left a child alone in a vehicle all day and it died, yet no charges were filed...so how can this woman be arrested for a 20 minute or less situation where the child is ok?

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sassygalady30 02/17/08 - 04:25 pm
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bat man i sure hope u don't

bat man i sure hope u don't have any kids...cause ppl like u sure don't need any either

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/17/08 - 05:47 pm
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Jillian, I missed that story,

Jillian, I missed that story, when, where and who?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/17/08 - 07:26 pm
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Jillian, just because that

Jillian, just because that woman got off on a serious serious offense she should have been charged with which was BS since she did it more than once, does not mean that another parent should not be properly charged. Since one murderer got off with a year sentence should we let them all go in a year??? Noooooo, you try to get the one who got off with a slap on the wrist to get more time and not let this happen again, not go easier on the others to be fair. That's crazy. That mom who did not get charged had money and connections obviously and she should have been punished severely, but that does not mean others should get away with it. Maybe had she been arrested the first time she left her kid in the car she wouldnt have kept doing it until the kid died. That's the point behind being arrested, to punish you and make you not do it again right??? So by them doing this it may prevent this mother from ever doing it again, no one is saying lock her up for 5 years, but there does have to be some consequence to her actions for the safety of her child even if its just a parenting class she is sentenced to. But there definately should be charges just for the record of it so if the unthinkable ever happens the jury will know it wasn't a tragic mistake but repeat negligence resulting in death or if it happens again the child may be taken away to protect it.

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