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Death of man in October ruled accidental

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 2 hours 38 min ago


The death of a quadriplegic man in October has been ruled accidental, authorities said Monday.

Marty Fann, 43, was found face down on the floor of his Fenwick Street home about 9:50 a.m. on Oct. 15. Days later, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen listed the cause of death as positional asphyxia.

Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Glen Rahn said Monday investigators have closed case, ruling the death accidental.

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Gun located in Hephzibah Middle School cafeteria

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 3 hours 36 min ago


A handgun was found in the cafeteria of Hephzibah Middle School on Monday.

Around 2 p.m., a custodian discovered an unloaded 38-caliber handgun that an eighth-grade student had taken from a school resource officer’s vehicle, according to Richmond County School Safety spokesman Israel Butler.

The investigation is in its early stages.

“Right now, we’re still trying to answer a lot of questions,” Butler said. “We have no idea why the student took the handgun from the officer’s vehicle and brought it into school.”

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Cultural, medical exchange between GRU and Chinese physicians

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 4 hours 8 min ago


Inside the simulation center at Georgia Regents University, interim director Wendy Jo Wilkinson was struggling to get the birthing simulator to deliver her fetus when Dr. Xianhui Zhu made a wry observation.

“Maybe it’s not her time,” the Chinese cardiologist joked.

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Two more Augusta storm fee meetings set

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 4 hours 10 min ago


Augusta officials will host two more public meetings Thursday to discuss implementation of a stormwater utility fee.

The fee, proposed at $6.40 a month on most households’ water bills, is expected to generate $10 million annually to help fund maintenance on an aging and inadequate storm drainage system, such as storm sewers and ditches.

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Suspect in string of crimes apprehended

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 4 hours 11 min ago

A 21-year-old suspect in a string of violent crimes has been captured in South Carolina.

Killeon Cooper was sought for the attempted armed robbery of Dragon Express on Gordon Highway, the armed robbery of a Deans Bridge Road Waffle House and a home invasion on Holden Drive.

Several other suspects connected to the crimes have also been apprehended.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins said Cooper is awaiting extradition to Georgia from Calhoun County.

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Gas prices on the rise

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 4 hours 13 min ago

Gas prices are rising and are expected to continue, but experts expect them to stay far below those seen last summer.

Prices at the pump are now at the highest they’ve been in four months. On Monday, the Augusta area was averaging $2.25 per gallon, which is more than 10 cents higher than last month. The national average was $2.53.

“Motorists haven’t seen prices this high since December,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a news release. “Unfortunately oil prices have been trending high and that keeps upward pressure on the price of gasoline.”

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Brazil recalls Confederate past

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 4 hours 46 min ago



SANTA BARBARA D’OESTE, Brazil — It had all the trappings of a down-home country fair somewhere well below the Mason-Dixon line: Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbecue and draft beer, and a plethora of Confederate flags emblazoning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps.


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UGA athletes top SEC academic list

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 5 hours 55 min ago

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia placed 88 student-athletes on the 2014-15 Winter Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, tops among all 14 league institutions.

According to University of Georgia Sports Communications, Georgia’s league-leading 88 was followed by South Carolina with 67 and Alabama with a total of 66. Overall, the SEC placed 637 student-athletes on the Winter Academic Honor Roll list. The honor roll is based upon grades from the 2014 Spring, Summer and Fall terms.

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Prison urged for SC cops who stunned handicapped woman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 9 hours 2 min ago

COLUMBIA — Two former small town police officers in South Carolina should spend at least a year in prison for shocking a mentally disabled woman at least eight times with a Taser without giving her time to follow their orders, federal prosecutors say.

Both Eric Walters and Franklin Brown will be sentenced on federal charges Monday in Florence. The two Marion police officers pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law in October.

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Teen strikes, kills Georgia toddler

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 9 hours 7 min ago


GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A 2-year-old Georgia boy has died after police say a teenager struck him with a vehicle.


The Gainesville Times reports 19-year-old Joshua Sanders struck the child Sunday. Saunders was arrested on charges of DUI, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and vehicular homicide. Police say Saunders tried to back up in a 1978 Chevrolet K10 and the toddler ran behind the car. Sheriff’s deputies escorted Saunders back to the scene after he drove about half a mile away.


Toxicology tests are pending.


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Group supporting convicted Atlanta teachers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 9 hours 9 min ago

ATLANTA — An attorney for one of the former Atlanta Public Schools educators convicted in a test-cheating trial says a new group supporting them launches this week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Gerald Griggs offered few details beyond a website named “” at a church on Sunday.

He says the organization will focus on changing “the minds and the hearts” of Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter and District Attorney Paul Howard.

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Officials urge motorcyclists to take safety precautions during rise in crashes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 10:21pm


Motorcycle season has begun, meaning injuries and fatalities will climb without proper preparedness and safety, officials say.

According to the Insur­ance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcycle fatalities begin to rise in March and double by June. The numbers continue to creep upward through August before seeing a gradual decline.

Already this spring one person has died on a motorcycle in the area. Rodricqus Scott, 38, died after losing control and striking a curb on Circular Drive.

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Wrens man shot during robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 9:53pm

A 46-year-old Wrens man was shot during a robbery early Saturday, and Richmond County police are searching for two suspects.

Deputies were called to the 2400 block of Amsterdam Drive about 3:20 a.m., Sgt. Shane McDaniel said in an e-mail.

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Regret victory was important to Kentucky Derby

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:14pm

Events of long duration almost invariably have milestones along the way – points in time that, retrospectively, can be observed to have had a major influence on the event’s development and ultimate significance. The Kentucky Derby is no exception and, though distant in time, there is no better example of such a milestone than the race 100 years ago.

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Kinhult wins Junior Invitational at Sage Valley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 3:32pm

GRANITEVILLE — When Marcus Kinhult arrived Saturday morning at Sage Valley Golf Club, he told his caddie he wanted it to rain.

He got his wish, and the Swede secured a one-shot victory in the fifth annual Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. Kinhult shot 3-under-par 69 to finish the tournament at 7-under 209, one shot better than Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tenn.

Heavy rains saturated Sage Valley for the third and final round of the tournament, which was presented by Electrolux.

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World's top golfer takes out time for juniors competing at Sage Valley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:26pm


GRANITEVILLE — One by one, the young hotshots tried their hand at outdriving the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world.

But Rory McIlroy withstood the challenges from Davis Riley and Norman Xiong, and he laughed along with the crowd as their attempts failed to reach his 300-yard blasts.

McIlroy was a surprise guest at Nike Night on Friday evening at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. The top junior golfers in the world were treated to a 45-minute clinic and question-and-answer session with the Nike ambassador and four-time major champion.

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North Augusta teen and former 'America's Got Talent' contestant reported missing, then found safe

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:29pm

A North Augusta teenager was reported missing Friday afternoon and later found after a post by the teen’s mom pleading for information on the girl’s whereabouts was shared more than 3,300 times on social media.

Skilyr Hicks, who competed on America’s Got Talent, was reported missing by her mother, Jodi Simak Cronk, around 8 p.m. on Facebook. She posted on Facebook again around 10 p.m. saying Skilyr had been found safe and thanking everyone who had shared the earlier information.

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RCSO connects recent string of armed robberies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:40pm

Richmond County investigators have connected a recent string of armed robberies of area businesses.

Three suspects are in custody for the crimes, while one remains at large.

Danielle Martina Harper, 23, of Acapulco Drive, Kelvin Darrell Jones, 27, of Pearl Ave., and Brandi Tierra Jones, 18, of Cascade Drive, have each been charged with attempted armed robbery of Dragon Express on the 2100 block of Gordon Highway, according to a statement from Lt. Allan Rollins.

Killeon Cooper, 21, is being sought for the attempted armed robbery of Dragon Express.

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Augusta suspect, 21, wanted on armed robbery charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:07pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an armed robbery suspect.

Killeon Shanard Cooper, 21, is wanted on charges of first-degree home invasion and armed robbery, and is believed to be in the Providence Place Apartment Complex area, according to a statement from Lt. Allan Rollins.

Cooper is considered armed and dangerous. According to The Augusta Chronicle archives, Cooper was acquitted of murder on Aug. 20 in the 2013 shooting death of Augusta resident Charlie David Davis.

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Child molestation case against child psychologist in limbo

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:49pm


An order granting a request to shelve the child molestation case against an Augusta child psychologist surfaced this week, along with a prosecutor’s new request to allow the case to go forward.

Psychologist Kenneth McPherson, 58, was named in two indictments that accuse him of committing acts of child molestation in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011. McPherson has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court.

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