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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