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Driver charged after three-vehicle wreck


Two people were taken to the hospital after a three-car wreck on Bobby Jones Expressway near the Interstate 20 ramp.


A Silverado pickup crossed a median, hit another truck heading west and slammed into a car, said Richmond County Sheriff's Cpl. Brandon Reeves.


The driver of Silverado, who was not identified , had to be extricated by emergency personnel.


He was taken to Medical College of Georgia hospital.


Marice Beckner, of Appling, who was in the other truck , was also taken to MCG . The car's driver , Javier Bentenuti, of Augusta, was uninjured.


The wreck caused authorities to close the expressway for 90 minutes.

2 men rob gas station on Gordon Highway


Two men robbed the Smile gas station on Gordon Highway on Monday night. The men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, entered the gas station at 1947 Gordon Highway about 9:30 p.m. and demanded money, according to an Augusta 911 dispatcher.


No injuries were reported .

Killing suspect found, arrested in New York


A local man accused of killing a man whose partially burned body was found in North Augusta three months ago is in custody after he was arrested by authorities in central New York.


Victor Levee Scott, of Burke County, had been wanted in connection with the Dec. 24 murder of Corwin Lemuel Lee, 38, said Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles. Mr. Scott was arrested by the Oneida County Sheriff's Office about a month ago, Lt. Peebles said.


Mr. Scott lied about his age, but revealed his identity to police, which led to his connection with the killing , Lt. Peebles said.


Local authorities were notified of Mr. Scott's whereabouts Monday afternoon, Lt. Peebles said. Mr. Scott is charged with murder and felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, he said.


The process of extraditing Mr. Scott back to Georgia has started, Lt. Peebles said.

Officials determine man's death a suicide


Authorities have ruled the death of a 56-year-old man who was killed by a passing CSX train Friday a suicide.


Charles Matthew Walker, of Beech Island, died after being struck by the northbound train near the 200 block of 15th Street, according to Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten.

Civic center manager has a new start date

A new facilities manager is now expected to report to work at the civic center on Wednesday, a Coliseum Authority member said.

Richard Isdell, who also chairs the authority's Buildings and Grounds Committee, said that Julie Huggins, who was originally scheduled to begin work on Monday probably will start Wednesday morning.

Mr. Isdell said he is working with the authority's attorney to answer questions that arose last week over Ms. Huggins' resume and her previous employment in Jacksonville, Fla.

ASU honors top faculty at awards ceremony

Augusta State University named its top faculty members during its annual Honors Convocation on Friday.

The Outstanding Teaching Award was presented to Mark C. Fissel, professor of history; the Richard S. Wallace Distinguished Service Award went to Donald P. Howard, associate professor of management; and the Louis K. Bell Research Award was presented to Chad E. Stephens, assistant professor of chemistry.

Outstanding students were also recognized. Mary Y. Truitt was recognized as the university's Academic Recognition Day Scholar.

-- From staff and wire reports

Fireworks show will honor military troops

Promising to be "Augusta's biggest fireworks show ever," sponsors of a new downtown festival unveiled plans Monday for a roaring tribute to military troops on Armed Forces Day this spring.

Thunder Over Augusta, starting at 2 p.m. May 17 and free to the public, will cover the Augusta Golf & Gardens, the Augusta Common, the Jessye Norman Amphitheater and the field behind the old train depot on Reynolds Street.

Scheduled events include a four-jet Air Force flyover, a drop-in by the Air Force Academy Wings of Blue parachute team and a concert headlined by Lee Greenwood, the country singer behind the patriotic anthem God Bless the USA .

The organizer, Windsor Jewelers chief executive Donnie Thompson, said he and Craig Butler, of Melrose Pyrotechnics, conceived the festival as a way of honoring military personnel and veterans.

Columbia County Traffic Report

- The replacement of a manhole will shut a portion of Park West Drive much of Wednesday. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Park West Drive between Jimmie Dyess Parkway and Wrightsboro Road will be closed while work crews replace a sewer manhole near the intersection of Park West and CDP Industrial Boulevard, according to a Columbia County news release. Motorists should use an alternate route.

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truetolife
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truetolife 03/18/08 - 03:34 am
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I am glad that they found the

I am glad that they found the killer that burned and killed that man, I hope that justice will be served.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/18/08 - 08:03 am
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The two men that robbed the

The two men that robbed the Smile gas station should be easy to find with that description.

Beach Brat
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Beach Brat 03/18/08 - 08:21 am
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Way waste the ink, you know

Way waste the ink, you know what they look like! Same as the last 500 crack heads that robbed a store.

pipermom
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pipermom 03/18/08 - 08:29 am
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Kudos to Donnie Thompson and

Kudos to Donnie Thompson and Craig Butler; we can not do enough for the men and women who serve us here and around the world. Now if only congress would realize this and stop giving themselves pay raises and start doing a little more for these heroes financially.......

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/18/08 - 08:45 am
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ahhhhhhhh I like the sound of
Unpublished

ahhhhhhhh I like the sound of that.... the "Civic Center"....

Inkjet
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Inkjet 03/18/08 - 10:04 am
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When are we going to start

When are we going to start treating these DUI drivers like the threat to lives and civilized society they obviously are and start hitting them hard with the law!?! When? Will it be when someone with some major impact on lawmaking is impacted to the point of being compelled to act because their closest loved one is killed by a DUI misfit? I know the driver of one of the cars hit by this DUI scum, and it was very fortunate he left WORK when he did and was not the first car in line that got that DUI menace to society's truck flipped and landed on! I say one DUI and you lose your license for life AND you spend a significant time in prison doing hard time, AND bar them from certain liberties that responsible drivers and contributors to society deserve!

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Rose 03/18/08 - 10:23 am
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I think you ya'll know how I

I think you ya'll know how I feel about DUIs. And I don't think they should be given a 2nd chance. One DUI conviction and no license for the rest of their life is the way it should be.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 03/18/08 - 11:12 am
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I agree with you 2, but the

I agree with you 2, but the thing is that how many people get caught dui on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc dui and they lost thier licence on the first... but they still do very very little jail time. As bad as it is I do not beieve in ruining somones life over thier first dui, many young people have made that miskatke once, learned from it and turned out to be very good citizens. On thier first dui, They should be made to help those crippled by drunk drivers, visit the morgue and see some dui victims etc.... 2nd a good bit of jail time, 3rd... life in jail. It makes me so mad to see someone kill someone on their 5th dui... where are the laws supposed to be protecting us from these murderers. Anything after a first dui and you kill someone, should be a premeditated murder charge!! or if you injur them... aggrevated assault with a deadly weapon. Obviously you can't control yourself and the law needs to protect society from you. No one needs a license to drive, they do it anyway. What they need is stiffer penalties, hard jail time, not money wise, but jail time... and possible some humility like holding a sign on the side of the road saying I drink and drive because I am a sorry [filtered word] that does not care if I kill your kids!!! or something to that effect. The lack of deterrance for drunk drivers come from the sorry lawyers who pride themselves on getting these sorry [filtered word] jerks off the hook. i have seen so many drunk drivers kill someone and have no dui's but, 4 prior suspicion of drunk driving charges, but they were all thrown out. It makes me sick. On top of that the judges give weak pissy sentences if they are convicted. They all make me sick, from the driver to the lawyer who defended him to the judge who set him free!!!!!! I can't wait to see who this guy was and if he had any priors. I'm so happy no one was seriously injured by this inconsiderate sorry jerk who thought his fun was worth more than the lives of his fellow citizens.

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luckyladydays 03/18/08 - 11:14 am
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What about when it's one of

What about when it's one of your family members who gets the DUI? What then? You would want them to have a second chance, and don't even say that's not true just to save face. I just hope they learn their lesson and use the second chance wisely...

rufus
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rufus 03/18/08 - 11:18 am
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Why discriminate? Make

Why discriminate? Make everyone blow in the tube to start the car

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 03/18/08 - 11:31 am
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As far a s the sorry [filtered word]'s

As far a s the sorry [filtered word]'s doing the armed robberies, I can only hope the fate they meet is that of a [filtered word] off victim with a gun himself.....IMO they dont deserve to live anyway.. its only a matter of time before an armed robber is put in the situation where he may accidently or through the heat of the moment may kill someone whether or not that was ever his intention, but if you want to do the crime and threaten someones life over a few bucks then, do the time, behind bars or 6 feet underground!!!! I prefer the latter!!

Inkjet
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Inkjet 03/18/08 - 12:01 pm
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There's no excuse to drink

There's no excuse to drink and drive. If you or your family member loses their license for DUI, then that's exactly what they deserve because as we are all told, driving is a privilege and NOT a right! Second chances should not be given for any DUI because as you see, it is just a second chance to kill innocent, responsible drivers. As for not needing a license to drive, if a driver is caught driving without a license because it was revoked for DUI, they should be sentenced to a lengthy prison term. Funny how Georgia is heavy-handed for other miscellaneous minor crimes, but in a most serious crime of DUI, they let the menace commit the same serious infraction over and over and over. Something needs to change, maybe if we all start having to pay more for car insurance to subsidize the damage done by DUI menaces, then attitudes would change toward the kind of justice handed down to DUIs.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 03/18/08 - 12:06 pm
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yeah penalize all the good

yeah penalize all the good people who want soemthing done.. thats WRONG lol. People need to protest to these lawmakers and to whoever they need to about the judges who give these slaps on the wrist and the lawyers who pride themselves on getting people out of dui's. It's not the citizen who are not for stiff punishment its those who do the defending and the sentencing.. we need to start holding them accountable for the repeat offenders they release!!!!

Thatsmyjob
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Thatsmyjob 03/18/08 - 12:30 pm
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I have seen many DUI

I have seen many DUI offenders who get there cases reduced...but there are also many that do not. They get the fines, community service, small jail time and loss of license. The ones who get off easier are the ones who weren't really drunk in the first place. Sometimes the person has had one or two drinks and they are just as well off to drive as all the thousands of people who are on the roads talking on cell phones, on pain meds, sleepy, and the large number of people that just don't know how to freakin drive. Im not defending the drunken people who get behind the wheel knowing they shouldn't be....but not all DUI cases are as harsh. And I will admit.....as I know many others could that I have had a beer or two or gone out to eat and had some wine and still drove myself home. Repeat offenders who apparently shouldnt be behind the wheel do need harsher punishment than the 1st offenders. Remember....only my OPINION.

betterme706
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betterme706 03/18/08 - 12:30 pm
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like i said New

like i said New York....Ithica .............family is there should of been lookin there

darth_froggy
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darth_froggy 03/18/08 - 01:47 pm
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The 1 dui --> no license

The 1 dui --> no license thing will not work. If they deliberately break the law once, what's going to stop them from simply breaking the law again by driving around without a license AND under the influence?

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RollingEyes 03/18/08 - 01:47 pm
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You're right PT, the robber

You're right PT, the robber carrying the sawed off shot gun should be easy to pick out of a crowd.

bullet40
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bullet40 03/18/08 - 09:26 pm
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If a person is transported to

If a person is transported to MCG, and you are a working person, write this off on your taxes!

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