Local Update - July 13, 2007

Murdered Pastor Buried Today; Still No Suspect in Shooting
The funeral for a Blackville pastor shot and killed a week ago is today.
Friends, family, and his church congregation will say goodbye to 51 year-old Phillip McCreary at his service in the auditorium of Blackville Hilda High School.
It gets started at 2 this afternoon.
He will be buried at Oakey Spring Baptist Church in Springfield.
This morning, there are still no suspects in his murder.
He after being shot in the head at his favorite fishing spot along the Edisto River.

Armed Robbers Sought
This morning, Richmond County deputies are searching for two armed robbers.
They say the men robbed the Lucky Store on Marvin Griffin Road Thursday morning.

Search Continues for Stolen Vehicle
Investigators are still searching for a Richmond County vehicle stolen Wednesday.
Someone took two pickup trucks from the Recreation Department headquarters on Lumpkin Road.
So far, deputies have only recovered one of the trucks.

Former Clerk of Court Indicted
A former clerk of court is in some serious trouble this morning.
Mandy Rhodes has been indicted on charges of taking more than $21,000 from the Civil Magistrate Court over a 2 year period.
She was fired from her job in January.
Rhodes should be arraigned in the next few weeks.

Taking Back the Streets
Sixteen people have been murdered in Richmond County so far this year, and of those, seven of the suspected killers are under the age of 18.
Now, members of the community say it's time for a change.
Last night a program called "Taking Back the Streets" was held at the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center.
The idea is to find a way to stop the violence.
Another public meeting is scheduled for July 26th for any other groups that want to join the effort.


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