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Manager is held up at North Augusta business

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery in North Augusta.

T wo men, one with a pistol, walked into Title Max, 328 Edgefield Highway, at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday and robbed the manager, a news release states. They are believed to have driven away in a dark blue Crown Victoria with dark tinted windows.

Elderly man kidnapped outside grocery store

Columbia County authorities are looking for a man they say kidnapped an elderly man at knifepoint Monday in the Evans Kroger parking lot, then forced him to drive around withdrawing money from ATMs.

James Clevenger, 75, of Morgantown, W.Va., told police a Hispanic man confronted him Monday afternoon in the parking lot on Washington Road. He stole Mr. Clevenger's debit card, credit card and $190 before forcing him to make other withdrawals, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Parent's threat puts school on lockdown

Wagener-Salley High School was locked down Tuesday as a precaution after a parent with a record of violence called to threaten the principal, police said.

Aiken County sheriff's Capt. Troy Elwell said the man is believed to have left the area and no lockdown was planned today .

The parent, identified by police as Tregory Tyler, 36, of Tyler Road, threatened the principal because his child was facing disciplinary action. Capt. Elwell said Mr. Tyler is wanted on outstanding arrest warrants, one involving a harassment charge and another on assault and battery. Additional warrants might follow Tuesday's action, he said.

Camilla man accused of molesting girl, 15

A 77-year-old Camilla, Ga., man was arrested Monday on charges that he molested a 15-year-old girl in the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry's waiting room.

William Barton was charged with one count of child molestation, according to a Richmond County jail committal. He is accused of kissing the girl and touching her private areas, a warrant shows.

Board OKs millage, meal price increases

The Aiken County school board approved increasing meal prices 15 cents for the next school year Tuesday.

The price of lunch was raised 10 cents this past school year. All schools currently charge $1.35 for breakfast. Elementary lunch costs $1.75; middle and high school lunch costs $1.90.

Richmond County elementary lunches cost $1.50; middle and high school lunches cost $1.75. Columbia County elementary lunches cost $2; middle and high school lunches cost $2.25.

The board also unanimously approved a tentative budget based on raising the millage the maximum 5 percent, from 131 mills to 137.5, and using the lowest base student cost of $2,024 proposed by the state Senate. The increase amounts to $39.50 per $100,000 of property value, it but excludes primary homes.

The board has until May 25 to advertise a tentative budget before a June 9 hearing.

Band hazing suspects will enter guilty pleas

A former college student from Augusta and six others have struck a plea bargain and will likely get probation for a

violent hazing attack that sent two fellow marching band members to intensive care, a Baton Rouge, La., prosecutor said Tuesday.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said the former Southern University students agreed to plead guilty to hazing and criminal conspiracy to commit second-degree battery, a felony.

Three Georgians - including Harvey Harrison of Augusta - were among the defendants. They faced a maximum of 50 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

$28 million contract awarded for barracks

An Ocilla, Ga., contractor is the recipient of a $28 million contract for the construction of modular barracks, classrooms and a dining hall at Fort Gordon, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The corps' Savannah District awarded the contract to PPSC/FBS Joint Venture for the project, which will be completed within 90 days of the notice to proceed order.

Because modular barracks are factory-assembled, installation progresses more quickly . T he barracks will provide housing for nearly 1,500 soldiers.

Social worker honored by University Hospital

A social worker in case management was named University Hospital's Employee of the Year on Monday night.

Myra Corcoran, who has lived in Augusta since 1987, received the honor at a dinner at the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites , the hospital announced Tuesday . She has been with University since December 1999.

TV style expert will sign books at store

Andy Paige, a style expert for TV shows including TLC's How Do I Look? and 10 Years Younger and NBC's Starting Over, will be at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Augusta Mall, 3450 Wrightsboro Road, at 6 p.m. today for a book signing.

Her book, Style on a Shoestring, offers tips on how to look great without spending a fortune, she said.

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ONLY THE TRUTH
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ONLY THE TRUTH 05/13/09 - 03:06 am
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There must be some

There must be some mistake....Robberies in Evans and North Augusta and nothing happened in South Augusta. You'all keep that up and my property value "down here" is going to go up!!!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/13/09 - 04:44 am
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As far as the parent who

As far as the parent who caused the school lock-down..no wonder the guy's kid was having disciplinary problems! With a butthole, jerk parent, the kid HAS to be mean, just to survive at home! As far as the old man molesting the 15 yr-old girl..I know the first reaction is to jump on the old man, but this just smells fishy. We have to remember the day and age we live in. It is entirely possible that this girl was trying to shake this old guy down, and, when he wouldn't, she screamed that he was molesting her! There are always 2 sides, aren't there? BUT, if the guy is guilty, then he should be smacked down...hey, maybe by that redneck Dad who caused the school lock-down!!

Reality
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Reality 05/13/09 - 05:38 am
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The Richmond County criminals

The Richmond County criminals have run out of stuff to rob in Richmond County and have leaked over to Columbia County.....

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/13/09 - 06:36 am
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The school lockdown in

The school lockdown in Sally-Wagner seems like a little over reaction. What's next? A day of counseling for the traumatized children at the school? Cripes! Government schools need to be closed.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 05/13/09 - 06:55 am
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It was Obama's fault.

It was Obama's fault.

RexHavoc
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RexHavoc 05/13/09 - 07:02 am
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I saw the picture of the

I saw the picture of the concerned dad that caused the lockdown, and his neck was not the color red. I think he just wanted his kid to follow in the family business...something about 9 warrants and being a fleeing fugitive. I'll take a redneck anyday.

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 05/13/09 - 07:08 am
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What a shame for someone to

What a shame for someone to disrupt an entire school just because their child was facing disciplinary action. Well Mr. Tyler, if you hadn't raised such a brat, there would have been no call from the school. People like this need their children taken away from them. It's pretty obvious where this child learned his behavior. Raising a child to be like this is child abuse that lasts the rest of their lives. These are the children who grow up to have long criminal records. I have a cousin who got bad parenting when he was young, got kicked out of the house when he was only 16, and has been in and out of prison most of his life. He's 45 now and back in again. If this man has a long history of violence, something should have been done a long time ago. Maybe this child could have been turned around.

workingmom
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workingmom 05/13/09 - 07:10 am
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patriciathomas,

patriciathomas, unfortunately, school officials are required to make judgement calls in cases regarding school safety whenever a threat such as this is made. Lockdowns may interrupt instructional time BUT this little "over reaction" could possibly save a child's life in today's world. If an irate parent calls my child's school threatening to kill the principal, you'd better believe I'd be glad for any type of procedure put in place to keep him/her safe. When I grew up, it would probably have been unnecessary to lock down a school, but today, it is almost mandatory.

Bored in GA
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Bored in GA 05/13/09 - 07:19 am
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Well you keep having

Well you keep having neighbors kill each other and we won't have to worry about those "rich kids" coming and doing the damages and robberies down here in the sweet south! Keep thinking your Columbia cty. way or Aiken way, but one day we have to face it, it is all over,everywhere!

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georgiastoryteller 05/13/09 - 07:46 am
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Unfortunately, there are

Unfortunately, there are enough crazy parents out there who threaten school officials because they can't deal with the fact that their kids do make msitakes and need punishment or because they are just mentally ill. Lockdowns happen under these circumstances far more often than the public knows about. All because of crazy parents threating "don't make me come up there and beat some a**" or saying they're going to bring their family members to the school to do the job for them. Unfortunately, those are also the parents whose kids take up 95% of the administration's time. Knowing that people are truly crazy these days, you have to protect the kids and the staff from this foolishness. Too bad the kid above doesn't have a real father to put some fear of God in his backside instead of threatening the school staff.

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 05/13/09 - 08:35 am
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Wow, ain't that a reversal of

Wow, ain't that a reversal of roles. A Title Max gets robbed. Hey Title Max, SEE HOW IT FEELS ?

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 05/13/09 - 08:43 am
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Someone needs to hang the man

Someone needs to hang the man that robbed and kidnapped that older gentleman.

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 05/13/09 - 08:53 am
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As long as our immigration

As long as our immigration laws go unenforced, expect more of this.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 05/13/09 - 09:22 am
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more of what?

more of what?

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/13/09 - 10:21 am
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If you were to go back and

If you were to go back and read my post, I have said this many times before. The illegals are running out of work, and have no where to go. So increased crime by the illegals will only get worse. The illegals are in and out constantly of the projects I work begging for jobs. The work is gone, so what are these people going to do to support themselves. They know how to survive and they won't do it legally. Thank you Washington for failing to protect our borders. The two party system has failed once again.

JackBootedThug
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JackBootedThug 05/13/09 - 10:40 am
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A title pawn business got

A title pawn business got robbed? Now they know how it feels...

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 05/13/09 - 10:51 am
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Thanks milton. I'm glad I'm

Thanks milton. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees what's wrong with our government.

Reality
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Reality 05/13/09 - 11:09 am
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The thugs fit the description

The thugs fit the description of most of the robbers wanted around Augusta. Here is an idea, don't try to pawn your car title if you think you are getting ripped off.....

Reality
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Reality 05/13/09 - 11:13 am
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I love when people use the

I love when people use the bad economy for an excuse to commit crime. When was the last time someone was caught stealing food from the grocery store to feed his/her family?

increasethepeace
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increasethepeace 05/13/09 - 11:26 am
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Quick question, when a person

Quick question, when a person is fined $50,000 and sentenced to prison, does all of that money go to the people they injured, or does it mostly go to the state?

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triscuit 05/13/09 - 11:57 am
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I agree, something about that

I agree, something about that molestation charge...weird. To have taken place in the waiting room at MCG's Dental School? That place is pretty busy all the time, plus reception personnel. Not a usual spot for a crime like this.

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jsherrill 05/13/09 - 12:04 pm
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Reference to the contractor

Reference to the contractor who got the job to build new barracks at Ft Gordon: I guess no local contractor was good enough for this, more labor comminjg from outside the CSRA.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/13/09 - 12:11 pm
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The illegals run in bands and

The illegals run in bands and take care of each other, but they will steal from other bands of illegals, One neat trick is that if they needed a new saw for example they would go to a different job site one guy would pull the plug on the saw, at the generator, so the guy using the saw goes to check the plug and another illegal grabs the saw and takes off.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/13/09 - 12:15 pm
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Watching the video, the

Watching the video, the robbers did turn their backs a few times if the guy had a gun he could have taken them out.

Tots
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Tots 05/13/09 - 12:27 pm
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Yes but dont say that around

Yes but dont say that around some police officers.I did and thought the man was going to arrest me.

Ode
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Ode 05/13/09 - 12:33 pm
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America it is past time to

America it is past time to arm yourself and get a concealed weapon permit. The wild west days are once more just around the corner thanks to the ignorant, ineffective and corrupt politicians at all levels of government. Take back this country one thug at a time.

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1trugent 05/13/09 - 01:04 pm
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Amen, Reality! The economy

Amen, Reality! The economy has nothing to do with criminal behavior. A criminal is a criminal no matter what.

beme
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beme 05/13/09 - 01:19 pm
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We need to stop taking sides

We need to stop taking sides against a certian area of our town and love each other and protect one another. It does not matter if you are from Columbia county or south augusta...Let's love one another and protect each other all we can. I think crime is really going to increase in america and we need to love and protect each other.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/13/09 - 01:21 pm
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Tots My sister had a problem

Tots My sister had a problem with some perve coming in her yard. This was a rural community, the deputy told my sister to shoot the perve dead and he would come help drag the perve in the house. That is one of the reasons why there is less crime in the rural areas.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/13/09 - 01:22 pm
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ODE, just carry it on the hip

ODE, just carry it on the hip its legal!

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