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Police find 4 kilos of cocaine during stop

A routine Monday morning traffic stop led to the seizure of $250,000 worth of cocaine.

Deputies stopped Jorge Alberto Valladares, 31, of Duluth, after he was caught speeding through a construction area on Interstate 20, according to a Richmond County sheriff's release.

Mr. Vallardares had no license and gave the deputy conflicting information. A search of the vehicle uncovered four kilos of cocaine in a hidden compartment, the release said.

Mr. Vallardares was charged with trafficking cocaine, speeding and no driver's license, the release said.

Shoplifting suspect is arrested after chase

A Hephzibah man was arrested Sunday night after he fled a Richmond County deputy, leading him on a chase that ended in the middle of a busy road, police say.

William Curtis, 47, was arrested in the theft of more than $350 in merchandise from Dollar General at 2464 Georgia Highway 88, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Deputy Hector Torres was letting Mr. Curtis out of the car to be identified by the manager when the suspect struck him in the groin and fled, he said.

After an "extensive" foot chase, Mr. Curtis was caught in the "middle of oncoming traffic on Highway 88," the report said.

He was charged with shoplifting and obstruction of an officer and was released on bond Monday, jail officials said.

County sets record for deer-vehicle crashes

Columbia County has set a new annual record in deer-vehicle accidents, officials said Monday.

"With an entire month left in the year, we have already had 501 vehicle/deer collisions in Columbia County," Emergency Director Pam Tucker said in a statement. "This is 135 more deer strikes than last year."

City council restricts businesses' light use

The North Augusta City Council unanimously approved Monday on final reading an ordinance that restricts the use of lighting by new businesses and multifamily residential developments.

Businesses will be required to reduce their lighting by 50 percent one hour after closing.

The council also approved on final reading an ordinance to restrict recreational equipment at a home unless it is parked behind the building line farthest from the street or in an enclosed building. Residents won't be allowed to occupy the equipment at their home for more than 120 hours within 180 days.

The council also set the date for the 2009 municipal election as April 28. Elections will be held to fill three positions on city council and the mayor's office. Candidate entries will be accepted from Jan. 5-12.

Tree knocks out power to hundreds of homes

Power was knocked out to more than 200 houses near Walton Way on Monday when a large sweet gum tree fell across the road and into power lines near Malvern Drive, closing Walton Way between Malvern and Oberlin drives.

Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Craig Pryor said a woman driving on Walton Way at about 7 p.m. saw the tree fall.

Police said they aren't sure what caused the accident and speculated that drenching weekend rains could have softened the soil, or that Monday's high winds could have pushed the tree over.

Magnet schools hold series of open houses

Richmond County's magnet schools will hold open houses this month. Open houses will be at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School from 4-5:30 p.m. today; C. T. Walker Traditional Magnet School from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 11; and the International Baccalaureate program at the Academy of Richmond County at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and Jan. 8.

Applications will be available. The deadline to apply to any Richmond County magnet school is Jan. 30.

Student orchestra will perform next week

The Richmond County All County Orchestra Christmas Concert will be held Monday. Beginners will perform at 6 p.m. and intermediates through high-schoolers will perform at 7 p.m. The free show will be held at ASU's performing arts theater.

School system will hold resource fair

The Richmond County school system's Title I Department and Georgia Pre-K will hold a resource fair in collaboration with CSRA Childcare Centers at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at Henry Brigham Park. The fair will include booths from local organizations, lunch for parents and door prizes. Participating organizations include Healthy Grandparents, Rape Crisis, United Way and Dads In Action.

Traffic update

Construction will close lanes on both sides of Interstate 20 this week near Exit 5 in Aiken County as crews work on the Palmetto Parkway. That area of the interstate could be closed for 10- to 20-minute periods from 8 p.m. until midnight Wednesday, Thursday and possibly Friday, according to a news release from the contractor.

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H222
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H222 12/02/08 - 01:36 am
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"Alabama authorities can

"Alabama authorities can charge drunken drivers with murder if a victim dies in a wreck, unlike in Georgia, where police charge drunken drivers with vehicular homicide.An Alabama man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing an Athens cardiologist and his son last year in a wreck as Dr. Allen Mays and his family returned from vacationing on the Gulf Coast.

Juan Manuel Landaverde, who faced murder charges, pleaded guilty in an Alabama courtroom to two counts of manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault in the July 8, 2007, wreck that killed the doctor and 12-year-old Madison Mays.

Landaverde faced life in prison if he was found guilty of murder"
Well, It sounds like we could take a lesson from Alabama lawmakers. Maybe if our DUI convictions and laws had some bite, our latest courtroom mistrial which let a drunken murderer off would not have happened. Maybe in Alabama, they value life more than allowing boys to be boys.

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dickworth1 12/02/08 - 03:55 am
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I agree that the courts,
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I agree that the courts, judges, lawyers, and legislature is not
in sync with most states. It just depends on who yoy are, whether
you are sentence or turned loose. I challenge any lawyer or judge or prosecutor to prove this is not so, just look at the history of these courts. It is time for people to stand up and seize our government back to for the people, by the people, and let all these lawyers, judges, and city officials know who
pays the bills. We are the government and these arrogant
b***tards should wake up and start listening to what the
real people are saying. Most poor people know they will not
get a fair shake in the court system because they can't pay
these high dollar legal liars to defend them.

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MrsD 12/02/08 - 08:37 am
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Great drug bust yesterday!

Great drug bust yesterday!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/02/08 - 08:57 am
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Just goes to prove drugs

Just goes to prove drugs kills brain cells....speeding through a construction zone carrying 4 kilos of cocaine and no driver's licenses.

SIGHER
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SIGHER 12/02/08 - 04:18 pm
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Ya think that Mr. V is either

Ya think that Mr. V is either broke or a dead man if he owes for all that coke? Yep, InChrist, pretty dumb move! Sounds like he was dipping into his stash!

SIGHER
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SIGHER 12/02/08 - 04:19 pm
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$350 FROM DOLLAR GENERAL!!!!

$350 FROM DOLLAR GENERAL!!!! Dang, where'd he put all that stuff? Never mind, don't want to know!

jdd
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jdd 12/02/08 - 08:40 pm
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SIGHER [filtered word]???????????? wrong

SIGHER [filtered word]???????????? wrong article????????????

SIGHER
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SIGHER 12/02/08 - 09:54 pm
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No jdd, read the news above

No jdd, read the news above on shoplifter chase. And the 4 keys of cocaine at the top...HELLO!!!

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Phish 12/02/08 - 10:29 pm
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You know what you do with Mr

You know what you do with Mr V. dump the cocaine in the canal and right him a speeding ticket Let him explain to Hector where the coke went. Save that air space for Mr DG in heckzebah

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FallingLeaves 12/03/08 - 01:35 pm
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Oh boy, every time a drug

Oh boy, every time a drug shipment gets interrupted I start hearing gun shots all over our zipcode again and criminal activity shoots up. Hope that shipment wasn't meant for 30906. There'll be desperate traffickers looking for alternatives again.

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Delivered1977 12/04/08 - 11:51 pm
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I think I was deer collision

I think I was deer collision #505 Tuesday .....

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