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Police search for man accused of cruelty

Police are looking for a man wanted on first-degree cruelty to children charges.

Ricol Antoine Perry, 37, of Summerville, Ga., is also wanted on a charge of giving a false name to a law enforcement officer and an outstanding parole violation, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office news release. An 18-month-old child suffered burns while in Mr. Perry's custody, the release states. Anyone with information on Mr. Perry can contact the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

20-year-old is arrested on molestation charge

A 20-year-old man was in police custody on charges of molesting a 14-year-old girl in her home on March 1.

Nelson Garcia-Rivera, of the 3200 block of Deans Bridge Road, is charged with child molestation, according to Richmond County sheriff's reports. Mr. Garcia-Rivera was let in the home by the victim's 8-year-old brother, the report states. The victim said she walked her brother to his room and when she returned, the suspect had his genitals exposed and he pushed her onto the couch and then had sex with her, according to the report.

Authorities catch man charged with killing

An Allendale, S.C., man remained in jail late Thursday after being charged with the November 2006 death of Ericka Bradley, also of Allendale.

Derek Laron Maner, 20, of Barnwell Road, was arrested Thursday morning and booked into the Allendale Detention Center about 1 p.m., according to a jail official.

Mr. Maner was the sole suspect in her death. Ms. Bradley was 17 when she was reported missing Nov. 6, 2006.

Mother loses control of car; baby is ejected

Authorities say a 1-year-old child, who was not properly restrained, was ejected from a car Thursday morning in Aiken County when the child's mother reportedly lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn.

The vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, was traveling west on Silver Bluff Road near Gray Mare Hollow Road. The car, driven by 24-year-old Krissa Bates, of Jackson, left the road and struck an embankment, according to Lance Cpl. Bob Beres, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Ms. Bates, her daughter, and Ms. Bates' 10-year-old sister were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Lance Cpl. Beres said the three did not have life-threatening injuries. Ms. Bates is being charged with driving too fast for conditions, driving under suspension and child restraint violation.

Robber's gunshot to neck hospitalizes man

A 60-year-old man was in serious condition after being shot in the neck during a robbery outside a south Augusta bank.

Police say they believe two men approached David Harris, of Augusta, as he exited his pickup in the parking lot of Georgia Bank & Trust Co. at 311 Peach Orchard Road. It was shortly before 10:15 a.m. when the men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, demanded a bank deposit bag that Mr. Harris was dropping off, said sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles. As Mr. Harris handed over the money, one of the men shot him in the neck.

Mr. Harris was rushed to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition Thursday, Lt. Peebles said. Police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbers, who were described only as black men.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080 or the tip line at (866) 939-5050.

Appeals Court judge's portrait is unveiled

A portrait of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge John H. "Jack" Ruffin Jr., the first portrait of a black man to be placed in Burke County's main courtroom, was unveiled in Waynesboro on Thursday.

A Burke County native, Judge Ruffin, 73, began his law career in Augusta as a civil rights attorney in the early 1960s. He later served as a Superior Court judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, then was appointed to the appeals court by Gov. Zell Miller in 1994.

The portrait was arranged by Burke County State Court Judge Jerry Daniel.

Harlem's mayor expected to resign post today

The Harlem City Council will hold a special-called meeting at 9 a.m. today, when Mayor Scott Dean is expected to tender his resignation to run for the vacant District 4 Columbia County Commission seat, Harlem City Manager Jean Dove said.

Mr. Dean has previously said he intends to run for the seat vacated by Lee Anderson.

Mr. Dean was out of the country Thursday and unavailable for comment.

Mr. Anderson plans to run against Brett McGuire to replace state Rep. Barry Fleming in the District 117 state House seat. Mr. Fleming will oppose U.S. Rep. Paul Broun for the District 10 House seat.

-- From staff reports

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nonumberplease
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nonumberplease 04/04/08 - 04:08 am
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Thank you jack ruffin for

Thank you jack ruffin for assisting richmond county schools in
becoming the nightmare they are! Your work on forced busing
really solved the problems of our schools. Thank God you
are retiring.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 04/04/08 - 04:35 am
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"(N)onumberplease," if we're

"(N)onumberplease," if we're "thanking" people for the RCS mess, let's not forget Pete Fletcher, John Fleming, Roy Rollins and Charles Larke.

mover5
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mover5 04/04/08 - 06:46 am
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it is ridiculous how many

it is ridiculous how many stupid ignorant moms do not know the proper way to restrain their babies.

TWright987
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TWright987 04/04/08 - 07:03 am
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If I remember correctly, I

If I remember correctly, I had to show the hospital attendant that my child was buckled in correctly before I left the hospital to go home, or the hospital attendant demonstrated for me...

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christian134 04/04/08 - 07:19 am
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Here are two more child

Here are two more child abusers and molesters for that island in the middle of a shark invested ocean. My dream island may come into being one day...Oh well it's a dream.....These scum..People laws need to change when it comes to the protection of the babies....Pray for the babies....

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WHATDIDIDO 04/04/08 - 08:14 am
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I am with you Retired Army.

I am with you Retired Army. Every morning some ignorant butt hole like no number please, post his ignorant comments on this site. I wish he and his ILK would find an island somewhere, and they can just slowly disappear from the face of the earth.

OpinionatedWoman
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OpinionatedWoman 04/04/08 - 08:15 am
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I was so glad to see on the

I was so glad to see on the news last night that the long-time suspect in Ericka Bradley's murder has been arrested. I hope that this will bring some closure to her family who has been hurting.

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1trugent 04/04/08 - 08:16 am
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Persons who truly love their

Persons who truly love their children should do everything within their control to protect them. Just something to think about before you bring a child into the world. Note I didn't say decide because so many people today don't think about having children, they just have them.

adrian22
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adrian22 04/04/08 - 08:27 am
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He deserves all the time.

He deserves all the time.

adrian22
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adrian22 04/04/08 - 08:44 am
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That little piece of crap

That little piece of crap worked for us for 3 days before we fired him. I knew it was something up with him. He deserves to be punished to the fullest and where was this child's guardian or parent. He should of never been alone with him and now her innocence is gone. I hope he gets some real time for this. How many more countless children have to be subjected to this sexual abuse until stiffer penalties and laws are placed upon these bastards. Cut it off I say because our children are depending on us to protect them and it looks like we aren't doing the best of a job.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 04/04/08 - 10:07 am
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If you want to immediately

If you want to immediately lose credibility and shut down meaningful discourse, call people names.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 04/04/08 - 01:57 pm
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Adrian, it's proven,

Adrian, it's proven, emasculating him won't fix the problem, death will!

God save America
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God save America 04/04/08 - 04:16 pm
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that thing who is pregnant is

that thing who is pregnant is not all man. waist up it may be male but below the waist it's female. so this is not a miracle to you who think it is.

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