An Augusta man accused of sexually abusing a child when she was 11 years old pleaded guilty Monday in Richmond County Superior Court.
Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. said he would accept the plea negotiation of 14 years in prison followed by 26 years on probation for Richard A. Jones only to spare the victim from testifying at trial. She said Monday she just wants to ensure it never happens to another child.
Jones, 49, pleaded guilty to aggravated child molestation and child molestation for sexual contact with the child on Jan. 2, 2012.
Savannah River Site was put on a three-hour lockdown Monday afternoon after a bomb-sniffing dog and an electronic scan of a vendor delivery truck prompted security personnel to examine the vehicle for explosive residue, officials at the nuclear reservation said.
The lockdown, which started at 2:38 p.m. and forced the closing of SRS’ barricades to incoming traffic, originated in H-Area near the center of the reservation and resulted in the facility calling law-enforcement agencies from South Carolina and Georgia to assist Centerra, the site security contractor.
D.J. Shockley, who helped lead Georgia to the 2005 Southeastern Conference championship, is the honoree for this year’s Augusta Bulldog Club Kickoff event Thursday at the Legends Club.
The reception and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., while the program begins at 6:30. Tickets are $25 (adults) and $10 (children 12 and under) and can be purchased at Augusta First, Tudor’s Cleaners, Rick’s Paint and Body, Surrey Center Pharmacy, Wife Saver (North Leg location) and Barney’s Pharmacy (Peach Orchard Road).
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The South Carolina state senator who represents the district that includes Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church is proposing tougher state gun controls in the aftermath of the shootings at the church that killed nine people.
Democratic Sen. Marlon Kimpson announced Monday he plans to pre-file bills in the General Assembly banning assault weapons, strengthening background checks and creating a gun registration system to make it easier to track guns.
Kimpson said the state must take action before there’s another tragedy.
A three-week stay in jail convinced a former manager at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center that he must obey every condition of bond, Cathedral Henderson told a judge Monday.
Henderson, 50, has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to 50 counts of making false statements. On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps released Henderson from custody on a $15,000 bond, warning him that there will be no second chance.
Police are investigating an overnight stabbing at a Gordon Highway motel.
A 32-year-old Augusta woman called police to Econo Lodge, 2051 Gordon Highway, about 1 a.m. today after being stabbed in the arm.
According to an incident report, police found the victim in the parking lot bleeding heavily from the arm. She told police she was in room 123 when she was stabbed by a woman with a steak knife. No other details on the stabbing were included in the report.
Information on a possible suspect has not been released.