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Accident closes intersection of Mike Padgett Highway and Brown Road

24 min 16 sec ago


Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes while the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office works a collision at the intersection of Mike Padgett Highway and Brown Road.

The intersection is closed in all directions, and the Augusta Fire Department and emergency medical workers are on scene.

Authorities gave no time frame for when the roads would reopen.

Richmond County deputies begin body cameras training

1 hour 10 min ago

Richmond County police officers have begun training for new body cameras, which will begin arriving in the next week.

In addition to learning policy details, deputies in a class Wednesday were able to ask questions on how their activities will play out while wearing the cameras.

“Do not let this camera replace what you do as an officer,” said Cpl. Michelle Thomas, who led the class. She advised officers that even though the camera added a visual element to police work, it should not replace good policing or report writing.

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In different jobs, Jerry Tinney delivered

1 hour 13 min ago

Jerry Tinney always saw the big picture.

He saw it in the 1960s with the Army during the Vietnam War. He saw it as a longtime Augusta movie theater manager in the 1960s and ’70s. And he saw it as a 30-year newspaper circulation district manager for The Augusta Chronicle. He died Sunday at age 72.

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Public invited to have burgers and shakes with the sheriff's office

1 hour 31 min ago

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to hamburgers and shakes at the annual community outreach effort Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alleluia Community School, 2819 Peach Orchard Road.

In addition to having burgers and shakes, the public will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Sheriff Richard Roundtree and his staff.

Augusta-area prosecutor earns state award

2 hours 20 min ago

Local prosecutor Hank Syms was selected by his peers to be the 2015 Assistant District Attorney of the Year for Division 1.

Syms, 39, serves as the chief assistant for Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ashley Wright. A career prosecutor, Syms has worked in the district attorney’s office since 2001.

During his career Syms has prosecuted more than 20 murder cases in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties. He specializes in serious, violent felonies and helped convict the man responsible for an Augusta triple homicide, a man whom a jury sentenced to death.

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Man wanted for sexual assault on Fort Gordon

2 hours 34 min ago


The Army Criminal Investigation Command is seeking a man they say was responsible for a sexual assault at Fort Gordon in November.

The incident happened sometime during the evening of Nov. 16 in the parking lot of Freedom Park, according to a CID news release.

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Microsoft debuts Windows 10: Why it's being given away free

2 hours 41 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft debuted its new Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, in what the company hopes will be a pivotal moment in its bid regain its sway in a world where the PC is no longer king.

The first people to get the new software Wednesday included about 5 million "insiders," or tech enthusiasts who previously enrolled in an early preview program. Microsoft is counting on tens or even hundreds of millions more to download its latest release for free in coming months.

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Death on Berthoud Pass ruled suicide

4 hours 7 min ago


The death of a man on Berthoud Pass was been ruled a suicide, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

An autopsy conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta on Wednesday confirmed that the death, first reported about 10:25 p.m. Monday, was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The death had been label suspicious by the coroner’s office pending the results of the autopsy.

The victim, who has not been named pending next of kin notification, was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:10 p.m.


Language guide offends college president

4 hours 52 min ago



CONCORD, N.H. — The president of the University of New Hampshire says he’s troubled and offended by many parts of a “bias-free language guide” developed by students and staff, particularly a suggestion that using the word “American” is problematic because it fails to recognize South America.


The guide was developed two years ago. It attracted little attention until this week, when it was featured the conservative news site Campus Reform.


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Street named for Ray Guy

5 hours 3 min ago



HATTIESBURG, Miss. — A street on the University of Southern Mississippi campus has been renamed in honor of Thomson’s Ray Guy, a USM football legend and NFL Hall of Fame punter.


“Ray Guy Way” runs outside the Duff Athletic Center on the Hattiesburg campus. It was previously called Black and Gold Boulevard.


Guy installed one of the new street signs himself Tuesday.


Guy is retiring this week after five years as director of the “M’’ Club at USM.


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Sheriff's office sets community event

9 hours 44 min ago


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to share hamburgers and shakes with them at the annual community outreach effort Aug. 8.

The event will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alleluia Community School, 2819 Peach Orchard Road.

In addition to having burgers and shakes, the public will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Sheriff Richard Roundtree and his staff.

North Augusta conference to inform churches about active shooter situations

9 hours 48 min ago

Local churches can learn Monday how to prepare themselves for an “active shooter scenario.”.

The Church Security Conference will be conducted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. Security companies, gun safety trainers and self-defense trainers will be present.

The presenters will discuss topics including site vulnerability, developing a response plan, weapon laws in Georgia and South Carolina, self-defense training, effective security systems and ways to make the congregation feel safe.

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Thieves target Atlanta firefighters

9 hours 50 min ago

ATLANTA — Atlanta firefighters have been warned to keep their vehicles free of valuables after authorities say thieves are targeting the vehicles while the firefighters are working.

Multiple media outlets report that four pickup trucks at Fire Station No. 11 in the Atlantic Station area were broken into Tuesday morning.

Authorities say the firefighters believe items, including a laptop and a pistol, were stolen while the crew responded to a false call about a downed tree.

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In Aiken, Rick Santorum says GOP needs skilled communicator to win 2016 election

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 7:11pm

AIKEN — Rick Santorum says the experience of running for president in 2012 has him more at ease on the campaign trail these days, but it hasn’t dampened his message.

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania whose particular brand of no-nonsense conservatism led to GOP primary wins in 11 states, showed that side as he spoke Tuesday to members of the Aiken Republican Club at Newberry Hall.

He challenged them to choose the candidate whom they feel will do their bidding while not relying on television pundits to say who is most “electable.”

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Augusta woman wanted for aggravated assault

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:57pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman wanted in connection with an aggravated assault.

Latoya Jones, 24, is wanted in connection with an assault that took place July 11, according to Sgt. Shane McDaniels. Jones is wanted for possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1020.

Coroner's office investigating 'suspicious death'

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:39pm


The Richmond County Coroner’s Office is investigating a suspicious death on Berthoud Pass, officials said Tuesday.

Coroner Mark Bowen said his office was called to the scene around 10:30 p.m. Monday and pronounced an unidentified male dead about an hour later. Bowen and his deputy coroners are currently attempting to locate next of kin.

The body will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta on Wednesday to be autopsied.

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Columbia County's Community and Leisure Services director resigns

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:26pm

Barry Smith, Columbia County’s longtime director of Community and Leisure Services, resigned suddenly Monday without explanation, county officials said.

“He resigned ... effective immediately to pursue other opportunities,” said Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson.

Johnson said he didn’t know what opportunities the former division director was pursuing, and he directed questions on that subject to Smith, who did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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Georgia will develop mountain truck terminal

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:17pm


CHATSWORTH, Ga. – Promising to remove 50,000 truckloads from Georgia highways, state officials signed an agreement Tuesday to develop a rail-truck terminal to serve shippers in north Georgia and neighboring states with a more convenient route to the port of Savannah 350 miles away.

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North Augusta man accused of child exploitation

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:55pm


A North Augusta man is accused of disseminating child pornography after he was caught while using a file sharing service.

According to a statement from South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office, Jeffrey William Malcom was arrested by the State Law Enforcement Division on a count of felony sexual exploitation of a minor in the second degree, which carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.

A search warrant was obtained and executed at Malcom’s home on Monday, and computer-related items were seized by investigators for examination.


Aiken teen wanted in shooting incident

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:43pm

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is requesting community assistance in locating an Aiken County teenager.

William Alexander Simmons Jr., 16, is wanted on six counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm into a residence, according to a statement from Detective Jeremy Hembree.

Simmons, also known as “Fatty,” is accused of shooting at six people that were sitting on the front porch of an apartment on Brown Lane on June 21.

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