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Woman charged with vehicular homicide

Sean Hope last spoke to his sister Dec. 12 and has not been seen or heard from since, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.  Special
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Sean Hope last spoke to his sister Dec. 12 and has not been seen or heard from since, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

An Augusta woman who swerved onto the shoulder of Horseshoe Road, killing a pedestrian Sunday morning, has been charged with vehicular homicide, according to authorities.

Kandi Kay Koss, 20, of the 700 block of Bennock Mill Road, struck and killed Darrell Lamar Briggs, according to police reports.

Mr. Briggs, 23, of the 3500 block of Primrose Court, was standing on the shoulder of the road to help his father lift an oven into the back of a parked truck about 4 a.m. Sunday.

The truck was parked on the right side of the road, facing oncoming traffic, the report said.

Ms. Koss was driving too fast, swerved to avoid hitting the truck and drove off the road, hitting the truck door, three mailboxes and Mr. Briggs, the report said.

Ms. Koss was charged with first degree vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run and driving too fast for conditions.

Mr. Briggs' father, Leon Briggs, was charged with improper parking, no insurance, suspended registration and an improper tag transfer.

Shopper says $600 bracelet sold for $3

A Saint Marys, Ga., woman told police that employees of Goodwill on Peach Orchard Road sold a $600 gold-and-diamond bracelet she lost while trying on clothes at the store.

Lori Renee Toms said that when she realized she had dropped the bracelet at the store Saturday she returned and was told by employees that it had been sold for $2.99.

The sheriff's office was called to the store, but employees weren't cooperative and at one point wouldn't let them in, saying the store was closed, sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

Employee Shannon Latrice Ramsey, 23, of the 600 block of Sea Isle Drive, was arrested and charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and giving a false name, a report said.

Arrested on magistrate charges were: Tiffany Lashawn Lewis, 23, of the 3500 block of Mike Padgett Highway; Shawnte Nicole Berrio-Hartfield, 18, of the 3600 block of Georgia Highway 88 in Blythe; and Amario Eddie Ceaser, 29, of the 400 block of South Usry in Gibson, Ga.

Man shot in chest for not having cigarette

A man was shot in the chest Sunday night when he was asked for a cigarette but had none to give, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Dominique Antoine Brown, 18, told two men that he didn't have any cigarettes, the report said. As he turned to walk away, one of the men pulled a revolver and shot him in the chest, the report said.

He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Investigator Calvin Chew said Monday that he was in critical condition.

The shooting occurred in the 1400 block of Brookstone Road in Hephzibah about 10:30 p.m.

Court upholds death sentence decision

For the second time, the South Carolina Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's decision throwing out a death sentence for a man convicted of raping, torturing and killing a 72-year-old Aiken County woman.

On Monday, the justices affirmed their 4-1 September decision that 43-year-old Donney Council's lawyer should have done more than simply have Mr. Council's mother testify during the trial's sentencing phase.

Authorities say Mr. Council raped Elizabeth Gatti in her home, then forced her to ingest cleaning fluids before killing her in 1992.

A spokesman said Attorney General Henry McMaster hasn't decided whether he'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

Police seek man in Family Dollar robbery

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Family Dollar store on Wrightsboro Road on Monday.

The man walked into the store about 1:30 p.m., flashed a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, according to Richmond County Investigator Ben Parrish.

The suspect fled on foot, Investigator Parrish said.

Marijuana, cocaine, guns seized in Aiken

Police arrested an Aiken man at his home Monday morning, seizing large quantities of drugs, guns and money, according to authorities.

Robbie Lavern Seigler, of the 100 block of Snipes Road in Aiken, was in jail Monday on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, trafficking cocaine, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, four counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of distribution of drugs within a half-mile of a school, Lt. Troy Elwell of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Investigators seized about 5 pounds of marijuana and 1.25 ounces of cocaine, 17 guns, about $7,000 in cash and a vehicle, the statement said.

Lt. Elwell said the estimated street value of the marijuana was about $10,000 and the cocaine was worth about $1,800.

Information sought on man missing for weeks

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate a man who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Sean Hope last spoke to his sister Dec. 12 and has not been seen or heard from since, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

Mr. Hope is 33 years old, white, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds, the statement said. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call (800) 922-9709.

Historic Augusta reps to attend workshop

Erick Montgomery, the executive director of Historic Augusta Inc., and Robyn Mainor, the group's preservation services director, are among 36 participants from across the country chosen to attend a workshop sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Main Street Birmingham Inc.

The Jan. 10-17 program in Birmingham, Ala., includes preservation leadership training and emphasizes the most up-to-date preservation techniques, including training in current preservation practices, issues and strategies. The sessions will include classroom lectures, tours, team projects, role playing and participatory learning experiences.

National, state and local experts in preservation and organizational development comprise the workshop faculty, giving the participants a balanced national perspective and a network of state and local resources for the future.

Smithsonian's food exhibit to be at McDuffie Museum

Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit Key Ingredients: America by Food will be at the McDuffie Museum from Jan. 10 through Feb. 22.

Only 12 host sites in Georgia were chosen for the exhibit, which is sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Key Ingredients explores the connections between the foods Americans produce, prepare, preserve and present at the table. The exhibit addresses farming, table manners, history, markets and kitchen gadgets, according to the Smithsonian Web site.

Local cooks were interviewed for the book that accompanies the exhibit, and works of local artists also will be shown.

The exhibit coincides with the grand opening of the museum, which has undergone extensive renovations. A private, invitation-only grand opening will be held Jan. 10, and the public grand opening will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 11. Admission is free, said Mary Anne Coussons, the executive director of Camellia Partners Inc., which has been overseeing the renovation. Contact the museum at (706) 595-9923 or (877) 595-9923.

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KMAAC
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KMAAC 12/30/08 - 02:38 am
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See the dangers non-smokers

See the dangers non-smokers face? - Lead poisoning vice lung cancer.

concerned adult
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concerned adult 12/30/08 - 02:50 am
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Its a shame when your child

Its a shame when your child is killed and you get a ticket for improper parking. He could be doing a good deed by moving the oven or whatever it was nad instead he has to plan a funeral and pay for a ticket !!!!!!!!!

NEone
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NEone 12/30/08 - 04:03 am
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Concerned adult: Who does

Concerned adult: Who does good deeds at 4:00 AM?

owensjef2
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owensjef2 12/30/08 - 06:09 am
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Shot for not having a

Shot for not having a cigarette, what da?

mutt
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mutt 12/30/08 - 06:11 am
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Donney Council is a sick

Donney Council is a sick animal, who raped, tortured, poisoned, and murdered a 72 year old woman. He should pay with his life. The courts got it wrong. He should experience the hell that he put that poor old woman through. IMHO the needle is too good for him. They should pump him full of drain cleaner from both ends. That would be justice.

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dickworth1 12/30/08 - 06:24 am
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I will never again donate to

I will never again donate to Goodwill if their employees act like
the story described. It is a shame that Goodwill would tolerate
their employees actions against the police. They must have something to hide! I will donate to Salvation Army from this day forth!

whynot2
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whynot2 12/30/08 - 06:26 am
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Evidently judges in Sc are

Evidently judges in Sc are just as screwed up as in Ga. Kill this sick [filtered word]already.

White_Trash2
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White_Trash2 12/30/08 - 07:02 am
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Seems speed was the major

Seems speed was the major factor in the gentlemas's death. Speed limits are posted for the safety of all.

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pantherluvcik 12/30/08 - 07:33 am
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The father of the gentleman

The father of the gentleman who was killed by the speeding driver worked for one of the disposal companies. He was out at 4am delivering newspapers from what I understand. I wouldn't be surprised if he was picking up the stove to bring to the landfill, he's a good guy and a very dedicated worker. It's truly a tragedy, he's always working and helping out. I understand his son was just on break from college. I'm sorry for Leon and his family and I hope everyone keeps them in their prayers. NEone you should really get the facts before you judge.

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AugustaHeph homeowner 12/30/08 - 08:22 am
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pANTHER---, THANKS FOR

pANTHER---, THANKS FOR LETTING ALL OF US KNOW WHERE this gentleman works. We know that is a hard job, bet the parents of the girl that hit his son probably take his paper. And oh my GOODNESS-she should not be out at 4AM, why in the world except leaving a Nite Club and drinking would a girl be out by herself that time of morning? I am so sorry this young boy was killed and working in the Education field I hear of crazy things happening every weekend from alcohol consumed at CLUBS. I will PRAY for this family of the lost. Sheriff Strength, give this father a break, we both have lost a child and it is not easy to plan a Funeral. Drop his charges, he works two jobs. God Bless his family.

AugustaHeph homeowner
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AugustaHeph homeowner 12/30/08 - 08:23 am
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PANTHER---, THANKS FOR

PANTHER---, THANKS FOR LETTING ALL OF US KNOW WHERE this gentleman works. We know that is a hard job, bet the parents of the girl that hit his son probably take his paper. And oh my GOODNESS-she should not be out at 4AM, why in the world except leaving a Nite Club and drinking would a girl be out by herself that time of morning? I am so sorry this young boy was killed and working in the Education field I hear of crazy things happening every weekend from alcohol consumed at CLUBS. I will PRAY for this family of the lost. Sheriff Strength, give this father a break, we both have lost a child and it is not easy to plan a Funeral. Drop his charges, he works two jobs. God Bless his family.

AugustaHeph homeowner
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AugustaHeph homeowner 12/30/08 - 08:27 am
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AS for the Goodwill STore,

AS for the Goodwill STore, you can bet one of those young girls have that braclet. They know good and well that was not one of their items for sell. They are swindlers, at least some of them are. You donate and they sell, honest people that need something in most cases are destitute and cannot afford to buy it.
When you lock the door, you are admditting GUILT. They all should be thrown in the slammer, excuse me but this makes me mad. That is stealing as if they took it off the ladies arm. And furthermore they treat you like dirt when you go in and think they are high and mighty, I'm glad everybody can get a job somewhere, but get your nose down and quit looking down on other people. That's what I think!

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sgachief 12/30/08 - 08:28 am
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south carolina supreme court

south carolina supreme court has as many idiots on it as does georgia's.

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stillamazed 12/30/08 - 08:28 am
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I agree pantherluvcik, people

I agree pantherluvcik, people judge way to quick in some cases. I pray for this family also. From what you say and I take it you know this family, this was a young man going to college trying to better his life, such a shame...and amen white trash, slow down people, you may just save a life.

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icanusethat 12/30/08 - 08:42 am
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shopper says $600 bracelet

shopper says $600 bracelet sold for $3------YOUR LOST LADY...SOUND TO ME LIKE A SCAM ON THE LADY PART

christian134
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christian134 12/30/08 - 08:44 am
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Shot over not having a

Shot over not having a cigarette...Now nothing will shock anymore...Life means nothing and worth nothing to these "thugs" who walk and talk like humans but are in fact sub-human...Prayers going out to the family in this time of sorrow...

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DoubleD 12/30/08 - 09:18 am
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now christian, you know we're

now christian, you know we're not allowed to call them thugs; that's racist! I'm sure if we knew the names of those thugs someone would tell us what great fathers they are and how nice they are.

christian134
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christian134 12/30/08 - 09:27 am
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:-) You are indeed right

:-) You are indeed right DoubleD...Phooey! I guess I will just have to live with being that mean ole' monstrous racist oh well...Now how you doing this very fine morning DoubleD...Now you must not make mention of "thug" or you might be labeled as that "sort" also...

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DoubleD 12/30/08 - 09:30 am
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I'm good, just putting in my

I'm good, just putting in my half-day for the Government, and keeping you safe from terrorists. Later I have a cleaning company coming to clean my carpet, because I'm having a little trouble housebreaking our lab puppy. No problems with chewing, just peeing on the carpet.

christian134
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christian134 12/30/08 - 09:39 am
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Use Chem-Dry DoubleD...They

Use Chem-Dry DoubleD...They are the best...Had new carpet installed...Daughters two German Shepherds took it out...They performed a miracle...Call your vet or talk to someone at Pet Smart...Labs are very bright...We have one...It shouldn't take long...Good luck...

H222
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H222 12/30/08 - 09:55 am
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Another vehicular homicide?

Another vehicular homicide? Not to fear, just call Vic Hawk, he can get a killer off scott free!!

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karmakills123 12/30/08 - 10:07 am
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Sounds like the "employees"

Sounds like the "employees" at the Good Will store saw a way to make some extra cash.....they knew the bracelet was valuable and more than likely sold it..........for a lot more than 2.99.

Dukedirtbag
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Dukedirtbag 12/30/08 - 10:18 am
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probably "sold " it to ont of

probably "sold " it to ont of the employees

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usnvet 12/30/08 - 10:18 am
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They didn't sell it, they

They didn't sell it, they were holding it for her...LOLOLOLOL!

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mommy22girls 12/30/08 - 10:22 am
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My prayers go out to that

My prayers go out to that young mans family. They should drop the ticket charges.

Far as the cigarette shooting, sounds like more to me, maybe shot in the back due to drugs and just told the cops it was over cigarettes.

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DefaultChoice 12/30/08 - 10:22 am
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DoubleD.. I had the same

DoubleD.. I had the same problem with my lab puppy. I took her to the vet and it ended up being a urinary tract infection. In the beginning, I would take her out all the time and give her limited water, but as soon as I would bring her in, she'd pee in the house. But, since I've treated her UTI, she doesn't do it anymore. She's now 7 months old and weighs 75lbs. Good luck with yours.

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crazyoldman 12/30/08 - 10:26 am
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Augusta/Heph homeowner how do

Augusta/Heph homeowner how do you know all this about this 20 year old young lady Kandi Kay Koss. I mean the last time I checked the legal drinking/clubbing age was 21. Although I feel sorrow for Mr. Leon Briggs loss reads to me like he was parked in the road and contributed to the very misfortunate accident. Yes, Kandi Kay was speeding also, but two wrongs don’t make a right. As for the hit and run charge the poor young thing most likely freaked out and didn’t know what to do. Anyway, I pray for you and both families of this unfortunate tragedy.

DoubleD
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DoubleD 12/30/08 - 10:27 am
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Default, that is a good

Default, that is a good point, because somthing strange is going on now. He has been great and hasn't had any accidents in his crate, as dogs won't usually void their bowels or bladder in their little private area. However, for the last two days he's had many accidents inside the crate. Last night he peed 2 times inside his crate, which is very unusual for him. Well, looks like a trip to the vet for him later today.

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augdowg 12/30/08 - 10:32 am
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h222...Im SURE we know each

h222...Im SURE we know each other..when is the re-trial ?

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Concerned Citizen 12/30/08 - 10:44 am
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And to conversation was going

And to conversation was going so good but someone had to mention the "racist" word. If this young lady hit and killed one of your relatives and then TOOK OFF as mentioned in the story, would you be so forgiving? What if she hit them and then stopped to assist, that would be a different story. I don't feel sorry for her because she should have stopped. Yeah they were parked improperly but had she not been speeding, she would have had time to stop or whatever she needed to do to avoid them. Either way, it is sad especially since his father was there to witness it.

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