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18-year-old charged in homeless man death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 6:37pm





STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Police say an 18-year-old Snellville man has been arrested in the shooting death of a homeless man who had been living out of his car.


Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Collin Flynn says Robert Purcell was found dead in the car on Saturday after his co-workers at a Snellville Marco’s Pizza location reported the 40-year-old missing. Flynn says police arrested Tremaine Washington on Sunday afternoon and believe he was trying to rob Purcell.


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200 crowd SC jail built for 91

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 6:33pm


PICKENS, S.C. — An inmate injured last month in a fight at the Pickens County jail is suing the county saying he wouldn’t have been hurt in the jail wasn’t so crowded.


The jail has about 200 prisoners in a facility designed to hold 91 inmates. Building a new jail with more room would cost around $25 million, likely requiring a tax increase County Council does not appear ready to pass.


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SC hospital leaks oil into river

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 6:22pm

 BEAUFORT, S.C. — South Carolina environmental officials say heating oil spilled at Beaufort Memorial Hospital appears to have leaked into a nearby river.


The Department of Health and Environmental Control told The Beaufort Gazette 290 gallons of oil leaked in the hospital’s basement on May 23 from boilers used to heat water.


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Memorial Day programs recall ones who served, died

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:37am


You could have guessed Robert “Bob” Hollins had been in the Navy.

When the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band began playing Anchors Aweigh, the World War II veteran sitting in a wheelchair began to tap his foot.

Hollins, 88, joined about 200 fellow veterans, their families, caregivers and a full slate of civic and political leaders Monday to mark Memorial Day at the Georgia War Veterans Home courtyard.

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Lone Star: Jordan Spieth's 8th PGA win is his first in Texas

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:30pm


FORT WORTH, Texas — Jordan Spieth found the perfect cure for his Masters Tournament misery.

With an impressive back nine at Colonial, Spieth won at home in Texas for the first time on the PGA Tour. He had three birdies in a row after making the turn, and three more in a row to finish his 5-under-par 65 on Sunday, including a chip-in birdie on No. 17 after a fortunate bounce off a marshal.

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Spieth wins at Colonial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:14pm

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jordan Spieth has a win at home in the Lone Star State.

Spieth won at Colonial after birdieing the last three holes Sunday for a 5-under 65, including a chip-in from behind the 17th green following a fortunate bounce off a marshal. He punctuated his first PGA Tour victory in Texas with a closing 34-foot putt when needing only a bogey to win.

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Fearing bat, Ga. family pays $70,000 for rabies shots

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/29/2016 - 4:15pm

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A family of five is taking extra precaution by shelling out $70,000 for rabies shot after a bat flew into their suburban Atlanta home.

Karen Rigsbee is taking precaution after the bat recently entered her home, WSB-TV reported. She’s not sure if anyone was bitten, but the Georgia Poison Center recommended that everyone be treated with vaccine.

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Rossi wins 100th Indy 500

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/29/2016 - 4:02pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new era for the Indianapolis 500 arrived in the form of a most unfamiliar driver.

An American, no less.

Alexander Rossi outlasted his faster rivals — and his fuel tank — for a stunning victory Sunday in the historic 100th running of "The Greatest Spectacle In Racing." The unlikely win allowed the long-suffering Andretti family to celebrate in the biggest race of their storied careers and it left the top drivers in the field fuming over Rossi's good fortune.

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Today's GreenJacket game postponed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/29/2016 - 12:57pm

Today’s game between the GreenJackets (23-26) and Charleston RiverDogs (30-18) has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Charleston, with a date to be determined.

The GreenJackets will start a 3-game road trip at the Kannapolis Intimidators starting Monday, May 30th, with first pitch at 6:05pm. The GreenJackets will be back at Lake Olmstead Stadium, Thursday, June 2nd as they start a 6-game homestand with the West Virginia Power and Columbia Fireflies.

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City funds remain with banks years after loan program forgotten

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/29/2016 - 1:39am

What happened to Au­gus­ta’s Minority Link Deposit program?

Fifteen years ago, the city invested millions in CDs with several local banks in exchange for the banks’ agreeing to shave interest points off loans to qualified small businesses and women- and minority-owned businesses under contract with the city.

Years have passed, and Au­gusta Commission member Marion Williams is questioning what happened to the money.

The simple answer is: Not too much.

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Suspect arrested in shooting of Georgia deputy

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/29/2016 - 1:20am

ATLANTA — Authorities in Georgia say a suspect has been arrested after a sheriff's deputy was shot in the face during a traffic stop south of Atlanta.

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Cooney Circle death called suspicious

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:26pm

Sheriff’s deputies and the Richmond County Coroner’s Office are investigating a suspicious death discovered Saturday on Cooney Circle off Olive Road.

She was identified as Camillia Tubman-Jackson, 27, Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said. The cause of death is unknown and an autopsy will be scheduled for the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta.

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SC rec director faces drug charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 3:23pm

COLUMBIA — Authorities say the director of recreation in Richland County has been charged with several drug trafficking offenses.

Richland County deputies told media outlets that 38-year-old James Anthony Brown was arrested Friday at a home near an elementary school in the northeast part of the county.

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Man shot outside Columbia Mall

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 3:20pm

COLUMBIA — Authorities say a man has been shot in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Columbia.

Richland County deputies said in a news release that the man was wounded in the lower body around noon Saturday.

Authorities say he was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. His name was not released.

No one else was injured, and no arrests have been made.

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Columbia County shooting suspect search continues

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 9:01am


Columbia County sheriff's deputies said this morning they continue to search for suspects after a burglary report in which shots were fired Friday night on Old Petersburg Road.

Deputies are inspecting the scene near Stephens Road and members of the Criminal Investigations Division are following up leads, according to a statement issued early today.

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3 suspects sought after Columbia County shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:01pm

Columbia County police were searching for three suspects Friday night after a shooting at Old Petersburg and Baston roads.

According to Capt. Butch Askew, deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the 3000 block of Old Petersburg Road at about 8:45 p.m. Askew said a black male was seen fleeing the area. A deputy ran after the suspect, who headed westbound on Old Petersburg Road.

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Nadal withdraws from French Open with wrist injury

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:12am


PARIS — Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament on Friday, citing an injury to his left wrist.

He announced his withdrawal the day before he would have been scheduled to play in the third round.

The left-handed Spaniard wore a blue brace on his wrist during what he called “one of the toughest press conferences in my career.”

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Bobby Jones bridge work to affect traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:44am

A $1.1 million bridge-preservation project will affect traffic through Monday on the Richmond Hill Road bridge over Bobby Jones Expressway.

The state Department of Transpor­ta­tion advises motorists to be careful in the area between Cheshire Drive and Walker Court, where flagmen will be stationed.

On Tuesday, the contractor will move to the I-520 east and westbound bridges over Old Louisville Road. Motorists can expect to see lane closures and heavy equipment at work.

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Update: Georgia Highway 221 now open after meat truck mishap

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 9:26am

Columbia County authorities say a highway between Georgia and South Carolina is now open.

Earlier Friday, an overturned meat truck had blocked both lanes on Highway 221 at Linder McGurdy Road, closing the entire roadway.

According to Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Butch Askew the tractor trailer was carrying refrigerated meats and overturned around 8:30 a.m. about a mile from the dam on the Georgia, South Carolina state line.

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2 found dead in SC house fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:02am

LEXINGTON, S.C. — Two people have been found dead in a house fire in Lexington County.

Multiple media outlets reported the fire was reported early Thursday morning just off Interstate 20 outside Lexington.,

Officials are still working to identify the victims. Autopsies were scheduled Friday.

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