U.S. internet repeatedly disrupted by cyberattacks on key firm

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 5 hours 56 min ago

Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials. The White House described the disruption as malicious.

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Judge: Georgia can keep execution drug provider secret

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 6 hours 40 min ago

ATLANTA - A federal judge in Atlanta says Georgia doesn't have to reveal information about its execution drug to two Mississippi death row inmates.

U.S. District Judge J. Clay Fuller ruled Thursday that Georgia law prohibits the release of that information. Georgia uses the barbiturate pentobarbital made by an undisclosed compounding pharmacy to carry out executions.

Mississippi death row inmates Richard Jordan and Ricky Chase sought the information as part of a legal challenge to Mississippi's three-drug execution method.

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As son was dying in hot car, man sent teen sex texts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 7 hours 25 min ago

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Georgia man swapped sexual text messages with a teenage girl while his toddler son sat forgotten and dying in the back seat of the father's sweltering SUV, his young texting partner testified in court Friday.

Justin Ross Harris, 34, is charged with murder in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. He's also charged with sending graphic, sexual text messages and photos of his penis to a girl for a period of several months when she was 16 and 17.

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Macon man killed in home invasion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 12 hours 17 min ago

MACON, Ga.  — Deputies say 37-year-old Macon man has been killed by two masked men who broke into his home.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Marcus Braswell was fatally shot three times early Thursday, including once in the face. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have not released a description of the suspects or whether anything was stolen.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

Missing Perry teen's body found

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 12 hours 19 min ago

PERRY, Ga.  — Two teenagers are under arrest after authorities found the body of a Perry teen who had been missing since last week.

Perry police Chief Steve Lynn said at a news conference Thursday that a 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old Brandon Warren have both charged with murder in the death of 18-year-old Sam Poss.

Poss' body was found in the woods in the Lake Joy area Wednesday night.

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Drug takeback event set for Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:28pm

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is seeking your unused, unwanted and expired medications.

The sheriff's office holds events to collect prescription and over-the-counter medications to assist the public in proper disposal of the drugs, eliminating the risk of the drugs contaminating water supplies or getting into the wrong hands. Another event is scheduled for Saturday at CVS locations at 1520 Walton Way and 2902 Peach Orchard Road. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The service is free and anonymous.

Augusta nurse wins $50,000 in online lotto game

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:27pm

An Augusta woman won $50,000 while playing the Super Crossword Crash game online, Georgia Lottery officials said.

Shay Fritz, 32, was playing the Georgia Lottery Diggi Games online while speaking to her husband on the phone. When she realized she had won, she was so thrilled that she accidentally hung up on him.

"I kept playing, and the prize kept getting higher and higher," she said.

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Man uses hatchet in sub shop burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:26pm

Police said a man used a hatchet to break into a south Augusta restaurant early Wednesday and steal cash.

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called to Sub Station II, 2518 Peach Orchard Road, about 6:15 a.m. after someone discovered a burglary at the business.

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Body found in car trunk at MARTA station

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 8:53am

ATLANTA — Authorities have identified the body found this week in the trunk of a car at a MARTA station.

MARTA police said they received a phone call to check out a car in the parking lot of the H.E. Holmes MARTA station Tuesday morning.

WSB-TV  reports when police opened the car's trunk they found a man's body inside.

MARTA Police identified the victim as 33-year-old Christopher J. Dean of Lithia Springs.

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Did Ga. mailman dump letters in woods?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 8:42am

DECATUR, Ga.  — The U.S. Postal Service has launched an investigation after a metro Atlanta resident says she filmed a worker dumping hundreds of pieces of mail in the woods.

Kellie Campbell of DeKalb County tells WSB-TV  she recorded the postal worker walking near a fence and dumping several bins of mail into a ditch.

Campbell called the Postal Service, which sent workers to collect and deliver the mail.

In a statement, the Postal Service condemned the unlawful disposal of mail and said it was investigating the incident.

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Crash kills Augusta man, 57

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 5:25am

The coroner says an autopsy is planned, possibly Friday, into the death of an Augusta man killed Wednesday night in a single-car accident.

Coroner Mark Bowen said  Boyce C. Williams, 1700 block of Douglas Street, died at Augusta University Medical Center at 9:14 p.m.

Williams was the sole, unrestrained passenger of a 1996 Saturn SL, which was traveling westbound on the Calhoun Expressway, Bowen said.

The car left the expressway to enter Crawford Avenue, but failed to stop, striking a tree in a yard at 309 Crawford Avenue about 7:30 p.m.

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Tuesday shooting under investigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:41pm

Police are investigating a shooting outside of the south Augusta Applebee's restaurant early Tuesday.

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called to the restaurant parking lot at 2125 Windsor Spring Road about 1 a.m. in reference to shots fired. Witnesses told police they saw several people arguing before a man pulled out a gun and began shooting across the parking lot, according to an incident report.

No one was wounded, but two unoccupied vehicles parked in the lot were struck. Deputies collected nine shell casings from the area.

Augusta man guilty in Barnwell doctor's murder

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 7:13pm

A jury found Glenn V. Riggs II guilty on all three counts in the November 2013 death of Barnwell surgeon Dr. Charles Mann.

After deliberating for less than an hour, the jury found Riggs guilty on charges of malice murder, felony murder and armed robbery, despite the defense asking the jury to consider an involuntary manslaughter charge instead. Riggs, 24, was sentenced to life without parole for the merged murder counts and 20 years consecutive for the armed robbery charge.

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Judge won't extend Georgia voter registration a second time

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 5:25pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A federal judge Wednesday refused to order a second extension of Georgia's voter registration deadline in coastal areas that evacuated for Hurricane Matthew.

The decision came just days after the same judge ordered a brief extension for a single storm-stricken county.

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Flesh-eating bacteria claimed Georgia vet's limbs, but not her drive

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 2:35pm

DACULA, Ga. - A year ago, Cindy Martinez was struggling to walk even just a few feet and lift just five pounds.

A flesh-eating bacteria had ravaged the 35-year-old Marine veteran's body. She had a grim choice: Amputate both legs, an arm below the elbow, and parts of the fingers on her remaining arm — or face almost-certain death.

The amputations saved her life. And after months of hospitalizations and rehabilitation, she finally found herself back home but alone during the day while her young children were in school and her husband was off at work.

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T-Mobile fined $48M over slowing 'unlimited' data plans

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 1:02pm

NEW YORK - T-Mobile, the country's No. 3 wireless carrier, will pay $48 million for not clearly telling customers how "unlimited" data plans weren't really, well, unlimited.

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that T-Mobile had a policy to slow down the speeds of customers who were the heaviest data users. But the agency said the company didn't let customers know how much data used would trigger the lower speed.

The FCC says T-Mobile started doing a better job with disclosures in June 2015.

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Crying inside? Creepy craze no joke for real clowns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:37pm

NEW YORK — Send in the frowns.

This year's nationwide creepy clown craze has become a nightmare before Halloween for actual, working clowns, who say their bookings at parties and other events have dropped sharply, even after many of the social media-fueled scary clown sightings have turned out to be hoaxes.

Some fear going out with their greasepaint makeup and red noses will make them a target of police or even marauding mobs who take to the streets on so-called clown hunts.

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Snake slithers from car’s hood while Florida man is driving

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:42am

DUNEDIN, Fla. — A Florida man got an unexpected surprise after a 6-foot-long snake popped out of the hood of his car while he was driving along a busy highway.

Tim Mokwa of Clearwater tells news outlets that he was heading home on U.S. Highway 19 in Dunedin when the snake appeared right in front of his windshield.

Mokwa immediately pulled into a Walmart parking lot and recorded video on his phone of the long black snake slithering around on his hood.

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During hurricane evacuation, looters moved in on Beaufort County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:37am

BEAUFORT, S.C. - Authorities say looters broke into dozens of Beaufort County homes after residents evacuated the area to flee from Hurricane Matthew.

Citing incident reports, The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that 47 burglary cases were reported to the Sheriff's Office from Oct. 5 through Oct. 11. Eleven of those break-ins were reported on Hilton Head Island, while nine occurred on St. Helena Island.

Bluffton and Beaufort police also received multiple reports of burglaries.

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UGA student posed as fictional lawman when requesting police ‘backup’

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:31am

A University of Georgia student was arrested for impersonating a police officer early Saturday after he called 911 to say he was a lawman in need of assistance on a murder case, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Aaron Patrick Rzucidlo, 20, reportedly told a police dispatcher he was Sheriff Longmire, the protagonist of the Walt Longmire Mystery series of novels adapted for TV.

The UGA student said he “required backup in reference to an unsolved murder case” and needed the assistance of “Deputy Furgeson.”

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