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Man is arrested on his way to meet with 'girl'

A 54-year-old Aiken man who thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl for a sexual encounter was arrested Monday night by investigators, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Carroll F. McIntosh, of the 300 block of New Bridge Road, is in jail on charges of attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor and criminal solicitation of a minor, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

Mr. McIntosh was driving to Gun Range Road in Aiken to meet the girl when he was arrested by investigators during a traffic stop, the statement said. Mr. McIntosh, who thought he was chatting with the girl, was actually chatting with investigators from the sheriff's office.

Report of large fight leads to four arrests

Four people were arrested in Aiken on Tuesday night in what police described as a "neighborhood brawl" in the Crosland Park community on the city's north side.

According to the Aiken Department of Public Safety, shortly after 8 p.m. officers responded to a "large fight" involving as many as 40 people near the 700 block of Sommers Avenue. Police arrested Sonya Green, 18; Natrice Moment, 21; and Justin Lloyd Brown, 20. A juvenile was not identified. Some who ran from the scene dropped illegal drugs, according to authorities.

Ms. Green is charged with disorderly conduct; Ms. Moment is charged with simple assault and battery; and Mr. Brown faces simple possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, police said.

Police look for driver in fatal hit-and-run

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a Tuesday morning hit-and-run that killed a 43-year-old bicyclist.

Noel E. Barrett, of 448 Audrey Drive in Beech Island, was struck from behind by a vehicle, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. The collision occurred just after midnight on Urquahart Drive in Aiken County, about seven miles south of North Augusta, the highway patrol said.

Mr. Barrett was wearing a dark shirt and gray jogging pants, and the bike had no lights, the coroner said. Lance Cpl. Trevor Clinton of the highway patrol said investigators are seeking a vehicle, possibly metallic green, and checking body shops in hopes of finding anyone who might have come in for repairs. They ask anyone with information to call (800) 768-1507.

Man pleads guilty to club shooting

The man accused of opening fire on a crowded dance floor a year ago and killing 18-year-old Stedmund D. Fryer has pleaded guilty.

Darion A. McNair, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter in Richmond County Superior Court. He was sentenced to 20 years, 10 of which he must serve in prison and 10 on probation. Mr. McNair was on trial for murder charges and for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

On July 9, 2007, Mr. Fryer was shot and killed on a dance floor at Super C's nightclub on Tobacco Road.

Truck tire dislodges, striking, killing man

A highway contractor employee died Tuesday morning after being struck by a runaway tire on Bobby Jones Expressway on Monday afternoon.

Hugo Salazar-Blancas, 23, of Horton, Ala., was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Tuesday, said Mark Bowen, the Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner. Mr. Salazar-Blancas was working a trash detail about 2:15 p.m. Monday when a tire reportedly dislodged from a moving tractor-trailer and struck him along the westbound lanes of Bobby Jones at the Laney-Walker Boulevard exit and Lovers Lane overpass.

The tire's impact knocked him about 40 feet from the impact site, Mr. Bowen said. Richmond County sheriff's officials located the truck later on Marvin Griffin Road, but Mr. Bowen said he was unaware of any plans to investigate the incident as a criminal matter. Mr. Salazar-Blancas worked for Lovin Contracting of Robbinsville, N.C., Mr. Bowen said.

Visitor's Bureau board gains more control

During a Tuesday meeting, Columbia County commissioners granted more control to the board of directors of the county Convention and Visitor's Bureau to run the organization.

Beda Johnson, the bureau's executive director, now will work directly for its board. She had technically worked for the county but was "leased" to the bureau, county attorney Doug Batchelor said. The move is more in line with state statutes determining the governance of such organizations, Mr. Batchelor said.

The commission also agreed to institute a pilot program to establish flexible working schedules for county employees through the remainder of the year in an attempt to save energy.

The commission also nixed a plan to close the county Animal Care and Control on Saturdays, wanting more detailed data on Saturday pet adoptions before deciding a course of action.

Aiken City Council passes smoking ban

The Aiken City Council has given final approval to an ordinance banning smoking in restaurants and bars.

The smoking ban ordinance, which passed on a 4-3 vote late Monday, prohibits smoking in enclosed public places, excluding areas that are at least 50 percent exposed to the outdoors. Businesses that violate the ordinance could be fined $10 to $25, and repeated violations could jeopardize an establishment's business license.

The vote Monday followed more than 21/2 hours of discussion, during which several residents and council members expressed opposition to the restriction, saying they believed business owners should be allowed to choose whether to ban smoking in their establishments.

Mayor Fred Cavanaugh and council members Beverly Clyburn, Lessie Price and Dick Dewar voted in favor of the ordinance. Council members Dick Smith, Jane Vaughters and Don Wells voted against it.

Ex-Senator pays full restitution to victims

Former state Sen. Charles Walker, of Augusta, has paid his full restitution to the U.S. District Court, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Mr. Walker paid $775,281.15 to the registry of the court on July 3, according to court documents, an amount that will go to his fraud victims. Mr. Walker, at one time one of the most powerful state political figures, was convicted in 2005 of mail fraud, tax crimes and conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors convinced a jury that Mr. Walker defrauded his newspaper advertisers, two Georgia hospitals, his campaign contributors and those who donated money to a charity he co-founded. He is serving a 121-month sentence. In May the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider its rejection of his appeals. He has already paid $279,000 in fines and court fees.

Georgia, South Carolina miss magazine's best places list

Plymouth, Minn., near Minneapolis-St. Paul, won the top spot in Money magazine's list of America's Best Places to Live, its annual ranking of America's most livable towns.

No community in Georgia or South Carolina made the top 100.

The magazine used data on cities with a population of 50,000 to 300,000 people, excluding retirement communities, places that are more than 95 percent white and those with family income less than 85 percent of the state median. The magazine also screened out cities based on crime rates, population decline and shrinking employment.

The list and profiles of the top 10 will appear in the magazine's August issue, which hits newsstands Monday. You can view the list at www.CNNMoney.com/bestplaces.

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Lanes of two Columbia County roads will be closed much of this week for water utility installations.

- About 800 feet of the northbound lane on Cox Road will be diverted to the left-turn lane from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. today and Thursday, according to an e-mail from Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker. A tie-in for a new water line will be added to an existing water main starting just south of the Cox Road intersection with Grey Lane.

- A temporary lane closure of North Tubman Road at the intersection of Washington Road will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. today through Friday, according to another e-mail from Mrs. Tucker. Flaggers will be present to guide traffic in and out of the intersection while work crews install a new water main.

-- From staff reports

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hisfaith2003
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hisfaith2003 07/16/08 - 05:18 am
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Mr. McNair should do more

Mr. McNair should do more time but the punks that saw what happened punked out ... True friends they called it Ha! Ha! Sweet dreams to everyone involved.......

pofwe
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pofwe 07/16/08 - 06:01 am
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Darion A. McNair, shoots a

Darion A. McNair, shoots a gun inside a public gathering and kills a human being. He cops a plea and gets 10 yrs in the joint. No wonder life is considered so cheap. The judges have set this precedent.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/08 - 06:36 am
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Trolling for perverts, sounds

Trolling for perverts, sounds like fun. Good job Aiken County Sheriff's Department.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/08 - 06:39 am
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What kind of culture supports

What kind of culture supports a neighborhood fight? Who lives in Crosland Park?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/08 - 06:40 am
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You're right pofwe, the

You're right pofwe, the courts have set a very low price on a human life.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/08 - 06:44 am
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Wow, talk about bad luck. A

Wow, talk about bad luck. A tire comes off of a tractor/trailer and hits so hard it knocks the man 40 feet and kills him. I wonder if karma was involved.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/08 - 06:49 am
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Charles Walker has now paid

Charles Walker has now paid over 1 million dollars out of pocket and lost his position as the most powerful man in the Georgia state congress. I wonder if he's as arrogant now as he was before being sentenced?

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/16/08 - 06:51 am
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No, Karma says he was out of

No, Karma says he was out of state that day!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/08 - 06:53 am
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95% white communities get

95% white communities get excluded from the running for best place to live, but a town that is buried under snow for 5 months a year wins? Sounds racist to me.

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cottoncandy16 07/16/08 - 07:30 am
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The justice system is a joke!

The justice system is a joke! One of the Laney High students that were robbing the fast food places got life in prison, but Darion McNair shots a young man in front of hundreds of people and pleads Guilty and only gets 10 years in prison. This tells the young people, kill whom ever you want, just don't rob a Burger King. LOL LOL What a joke!!!!!

christian134
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christian134 07/16/08 - 07:34 am
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Ole' Charles has made quite a

Ole' Charles has made quite a haul off the people's backs to pay back what was required....And he was still voted back in office...Wow go figure:-) The people some people blindly follow.

darktall
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darktall 07/16/08 - 08:01 am
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Cottoncandy, life is only

Cottoncandy, life is only about 7 years on average unless its life without parole which I do not think the man got for robbing a burger king and therefore Mcnair will do more than likely 8 to 9 years. As said earlier the Da;s office can only work with the witness that are willing to participate and when they dont talk the case crumbles.

darktall
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darktall 07/16/08 - 08:01 am
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Cottoncandy, life is only

Cottoncandy, life is only about 7 years on average unless its life without parole which I do not think the man got for robbing a burger king and therefore Mcnair will do more than likely 8 to 9 years. As said earlier the Da;s office can only work with the witness that are willing to participate and when they dont talk the case crumbles.

Oh Well
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Oh Well 07/16/08 - 08:02 am
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sounds like SOME folks are

sounds like SOME folks are sick minded with there comments.
who could even think so cruel and make the comment about "KARMA" on a tragic accident?
apparently patricia has never suffered or grieved over a loved one???????
patricia, you may need to seek some counceling.
that is it, i am done.....just had to get that off my chest.
bye bye patricia

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/08 - 08:05 am
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Oh Well, you must have added

Oh Well, you must have added a lot to my question. I just wondered if karma was involved. Thinking isn't a bad thing. Try it when you get the chance.

UrNotReady4TheTruth
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UrNotReady4TheTruth 07/16/08 - 08:15 am
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I guess a lot of people are

I guess a lot of people are not seeing the "BIG" picture when it comes to Black on Black crimes. At one time we had to worry about the KKK raping our women, robbing our businesses, and killing our men but now they don't have to do any of these because we are doing it to ourselves. If you really sit and think about it the thought process of the judicial system is "Let the bad take care of the bad, that's less for us to do." This man took another man's life and is slapped on the wrist, while a crack dealer sells a couple of rock and is locked up for life!.... I guess you can call it Judicial Genocide...

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brinehart7 07/16/08 - 08:22 am
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I Think it was "Truckma"

I Think it was "Truckma" involved Karma was Eastbound at the time

Unknown12345
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Unknown12345 07/16/08 - 08:48 am
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It was in the news a couple

It was in the news a couple of days ago about someone being struck by a car on Calhoun Exp. There was never anything else said and I wanted to know has anyone else heard anything about this? Was the person okay?

1957
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1957 07/16/08 - 08:52 am
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What a proud day it is when

What a proud day it is when people can sit at their computers and crack jokes about a young man killed while trying to do a day's work. I would be watching out for that Karma if I were you.
Shame.

yak11
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yak11 07/16/08 - 08:54 am
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PT....I think its hilarious

PT....I think its hilarious choosing the BEST towns...keep us OFF the list, no really, I have been to a number of those towns and would prefer to live in inner city Augusta to Norman OK.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 07/16/08 - 09:16 am
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With the name, where the

With the name, where the person's home is listed, and the address of his employer, the first question that came to my mind didn't relate to 'karma'

getalife
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getalife 07/16/08 - 09:16 am
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The freak that was meeting

The freak that was meeting the teenager for sex should read the paper, there is an arrest each week for this. Not only should they be charged with the sex crime, they should also be charged with being very stupid!

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/08 - 09:33 am
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I don't give a flying flip

I don't give a flying flip about what races were involved in these cases. I didn't even know what race they were. So it was black on black? Yes, that is a sad note. BUT: There was a story about 6 men jumping a man that protested one of them harassing his twelve year old daughter at an amusement park. Why don't you look the races up on that? The races of victims and perpetrators were never mentioned in the story I heard and it doesn't matter to me, EXCEPT when someone seems to think black on black crime should get some special attention just because it IS black on black crime or ISN'T getting attention or the proper sentence because it is black on black crime. I have a feeling the most under-noted race combination in crime is black on white crime, because it isn't "politically correct" to mention or race-baiting newsworthy.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/08 - 09:38 am
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I read this in the comments

I read this in the comments about the incident under one of the stories: "I thought I would add some info about this night at Valleyfair. There were reportedly 15 other fights (including the fight in the story) that evening at VF. 3 of were confirmed by a KQRS listener that the fights were black on white attacks. One of which was a group of about 5 black kids, ages 11-15. They were in line at a ride, cussing and using the "N" word. When they were asked by an adult white man, with his kids there, to watch their language, they attacked him. I can't say for sure, but I am guessing a majority of the rest of those 15 fights were probably involving black people.

Valleyfair has also reportedly been running an ad campaign on B96, a local hiphop/rap station. Well, it seems to be working and the thugs are all showing up. Now, you got your "new" clientele, it is time to start beefing up security. You wanted them there, now you have to protect the innocent families from them.
7/16/2008 8:21 AM CDT on kare11.co"

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/08 - 09:42 am
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Related story:

Related story: http://www.twincities.com/news/ci_9885995?source=rss Note: race is never mentioned. So consider the possibility that black on white crime is not being made note of by the normal media. For better or for worse. We need to care about crime prevention and EQUAL justice for ALL, and that needs to be colorblind.

PeepThis
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PeepThis 07/16/08 - 09:56 am
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I do not pledge an allegiance

I do not pledge an allegiance to the flag because there is no liberty and justice for all. Justice is blind is a joke.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 07/16/08 - 10:02 am
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PeepThis: Do you also disavow

PeepThis: Do you also disavow the Constitution and everything else? If you do, IMO you need to get a one-way ticket to some other country that better fits your needs.

rufus
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rufus 07/16/08 - 10:08 am
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I have to agree, getalife.

I have to agree, getalife. What rock has he been under?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/08 - 10:21 am
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I didn't say justice IS blind

I didn't say justice IS blind peep. I said it NEEDS to be colorblind. Have you ever noticed the statue that is blindfolded holding the scales in front of the Municipal Building and in other court venues? That is the ideal we are striving for. We mustn't give up on that.

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