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Ribbon-cutting set at wound, burn clinic

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday to mark the opening of the new Joseph M. Still Advanced Wound and Burn Clinic.

The clinic, on the first floor of a new, three-story medical office building behind Doctors Hospital, has 20 treatment rooms, enlarged waiting areas, and hyperbaric treatment and physical and occupational therapy treatment areas.

Man pleads not guilty to sex exploitation

An Evans man convicted in 2007 of inappropriately touching a teenage girl pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 18 charges of sexual exploitation of children.

George Edward Ferrang, 59, of Shadow Oak Drive, is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond on those charges and a probation violation, jail records show.

Mr. Ferrang, a registered sex offender, was arrested in October after police found images of child pornography on his computer.

In 2007, Mr. Ferrang entered an Alford plea (allowing him to plead guilty without admitting guilt) to sexual battery on a child younger than 16. A judge sentenced him to three years probation and a $2,000 fine and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

Man gets 15 years for child sexual assault

AIKEN --- An Aiken man who sexually assaulted a child for close to 10 years was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday.

Marcus Antonio Mitchell, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree Wednesday, said Assistant Solicitor Brenda Brisbin. He must serve 85 percent of the sentence, about 12 years, Ms. Brisbin said.

Mr. Mitchell was accused of sexually assaulting a child from 1999 to 2008, beginning when the girl was 3.

Ex-deputy is indicted on extortion charge

A former Richmond County sheriff's deputy accused of soliciting a bribe was indicted this week.

The Richmond County grand jury issued the indictment against Victor J. Goad, accusing him of theft by extortion and violation of the oath of a public officer. Mr. Goad, who was fired after the allegation arose, is accused of threatening to arrest and jail a man unless he was paid $200.

Mr. Goad is free on bond.

Augustan offers reward after 2 vehicles taken

An Augusta man is offering a $5,000 reward after someone stole two vehicles Monday.

One of the vehicles, a 1971 Ford F-100, had been in the man's family for 34 years and was passed down from grandfather to grandson.

The vehicles were stolen about 4 a.m. from the victim's home on 4H Club Road at the corner of Mike Padgett Highway.

The pickup has a Georgia license plate of AYQ 6947. The second vehicle is a 1988 Suzuki Samurai that is completely camouflage colored.

Anyone with information can contact the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Police search for man missing since Dec. 12

Authorities are searching for a man who has been missing for several weeks.

John Timothy Wells of the 200 block of Sand Dam Road, Wagener, was last seen Dec. 12, Aiken County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Myers said in a news release.

He is a white male who wears glasses, with short brown hair, a mustache and blue eyes, Sgt. Myers said. He stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 230 pounds. Anyone with information can call (800) 922-9709.

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