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Labor Department launches audit of Augusta government

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 7:39pm

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched an audit of departments in Augusta government for compliance with the Fair Labor Stan­dards Act regarding pay and wages.

City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson informed department heads Thursday in a memo that the audit involves all employees, both those exempt and not exempt from overtime pay, but excluding those working under elected officials.

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Grovetown woman's death being investigated

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 6:58pm

 

Grovetown police and the county coroner are investigating the death of an elderly woman at an East Robinson Avenue residence.

Columbia County Corner Vernon Collins said a 78-year-old woman died at the house at 2:34 p.m. He said her death was suspicious and under investigion.

He has ordered an autopsy, but said he can’t comment on the nature of the death until the results are returned.

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Crash at mobile home park

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 5:49pm

 

A vehicle crashed into a trailer at Rae’s Creek Mobile Home Park off Gordon Highway a little after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon.

When police arrived at 310 Michelle Way, they found the driver unresponsive and not breathing. They believe a medical condition caused the crash.

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Chris Sizemore, '3 Faces of Eve' subject, dies

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 2:19pm

 

Christine “Chris” Costner Sizemore, 89, the Edgefield County woman whose challenge with multiple personalities inspired the book and movie Three Faces of Eve, died Sunday in an Ocala, Fla., hospice, according to a Greenwood funeral home.

Her story led to a book by two Augusta psychiatrists focusing on Sizemore’s struggle, and became a movie for which a young Georgia actress named Joanne Woodward won an Academy Award.

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Charleston heat too hot for horses

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 11:28am

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston will review city rules on the treatment of carriage horses and mules after receiving dozens of complaints about the animals working in the heat this summer.

 

Dan Riccio the director of the city’s Department of Livability and Tourism tells The Post and Courier the city received about 50 complaints in June and July in a year when the weather has been hotter than usual.

 

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Youngster sought after burglary

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 11:03am

 

Police are seeking a boy for questioning in the early morning burglary of a Wheeless Road business.

The boy, who police said is likely a teenager, was seen approaching Augusta Petroleum Equipment, 2254 Wheeless Road, this morning just before the burglary. He is described as having lighter color highlights in the back of his hair.

Anyone with information on the subject is asked to contact Investigator Angela Gates or any on-duty property crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

 

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Area colleges seeing enrollment growth in nuclear industry fields

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 8:51am

Thousands of well-paid nuclear workers at places such as Savannah River Site and Plant Vogtle will be retiring in the next decade.

Whether those jobs are filled by local applicants or people from elsewhere depends largely on how well area colleges prepare the next generation of Augusta-Aiken workers.

The good news, regional workforce officials say, is that area institutions are off to a great start.

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2 San Diego cops shot; 1 dies

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 7:43am

SAN DIEGO — A traffic stop led to a gunbattle that killed an anti-gang police officer and seriously wounded another, authorities said today. A suspect was shot and taken into custody while authorities searched for others who may have been involved.

 

The slain officer, a husband and father of two children, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died early this morning, Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said. The other officer underwent surgery and was expected to survive. His wife is at the hospital.

 

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City holds talks on housing violation 'disconnect'

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 9:45pm

 

Augusta officials are narrowing in on a fix for the city’s problem with unkempt residential properties – only some of which is tied to heavy use of Section 8 vouchers.

Augusta Commission members, appointed officials and the Augusta Housing Authority met jointly Thursday for the first time in several years to look for ways to address what the public often assumes is tied to subsidized housing.

“We’re all ears,” authority Chairman Rodger Murchison said at the meeting. “Sharing information” is key to the effort, he said.

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Water issue closes Ga. welcome center

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:23pm

 

 

The Augusta Welcome Center on westbound Interstate 20 was closed Thursday afternoon because of a water main issue.

The public will not have access to the building, but can still enter its parking lots, according to a statement from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The source of the problem has not been determined, a DOT spokesman said.

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Hearing set for man accused of killing priest

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:36pm

Next month, the man accused of killing a Florida priest in Burke County will have the first of a series of hearings required in death penalty prosecutions.

Steven J. Murray, 28, will be able to enter his plea to charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime on Aug. 15 in Burke County Superior Court.

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North Augusta woman prays with police each morning

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:25am

 

This morning, as she has done every morning this week, Daisy Harris will drive to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety to pray with the officers.

At 6 a.m., as the night-shift leaves and the day-shift comes to work, she’ll bow her head and wait for inspiration.

“I close my eyes and listen to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit brings up the words,” the 70-year-old self-described evangelist said Wednesday.

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Deans Bridge wreck kills 2

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:13am

An elderly Hephzibah couple died Thursday morning after the driver ran a stop sign on Deans Bridge Road in Blythe.

Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose identified the driver as Bobby Winters, 85, and the passenger as his wife Murl Winters, 78.

Boose said Bobby Winters died at the scene of the crash and his wife died at Augusta University Medical Center emergency room at 9:15 a.m.

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SC man found shot dead in ditch

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 8:11am

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. — Jasper County authorities are investigating after a man was found dead in a ditch with a dozen bullet wounds near Hardeeville.

 

Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls tells local media outlets that 23-year-old Javon Vincent Winston of Bluffton was found Tuesday.

 

The victim suffered 12 gunshot wounds and is thought to have been in the ditch for at least two days.

 

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Man dies in stolen truck crash

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:05am

A man was pronounced dead Wednesday following a single-vehicle crash in Wagener.

David Jerome Williams, 51, was driving a stolen 2006 Toyota Tundra on Bethcar Church Road when he lost control of the vehicle and overturned. According to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, Williams died from multiple body trauma. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

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Augusta woman arrested after traffic stop

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 11:41pm

 

An Augusta woman is facing charges after resisting during a traffic stop for speeding, police said.

According to an incident report, a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy saw Adrienne Louise Hicks’ vehicle traveling 35-40 mph in a 25 mph zone on Ervay Street about 6 p.m. Monday. The officer turned around and caught up with the vehicle on Boykin Road, where he turned on his blue lights. Hicks continued on, pulling into the driveway and then front yard of her home on the 2100 block of Boykin Road. The deputy also pulled into the driveway.

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Housing Choice program driving discussion about property upkeep

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:25pm

 

Does Augusta have a Section 8 problem, or is it something else?

Commissioner Bill Lockett demanded numbers and answers about what’s now known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which pays landlords rental subsidies to house eligible families, and Thursday’s joint meeting with Augusta Housing Authority was scheduled.

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Sting leads to prostitution arrests

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:01pm

 

A police sting resulted in the arrest of numerous prostitutes and at least one pimp, official said Wednesday.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office released little information and denied interviews “due to the sensitivity of the case,” but said the emphasis was placed on prostitution at area hotels. Although police declined to comment on the hotels, citations issued to the suspects list the location as Super 8 West Augusta, 3026 Washington Road.

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Crews investigate chemical leak on Marvin Griffin Road

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 8:45am

 

Hazmat crews and other emergency responders were called to the industrial area on Marvin Griffin Road after a chemical leak this morning.

Fire department spokeswoman Dee Griffin said a truck leaked hydrochloric acid in a trail about 3,000 feet long and 30 inches wide.

Deputies have closed off an area of the road while crews work to clean the area. The truck company’s cleanup crew, First Call Environment, arrived on the scene about 9 a.m. to access the issue and begin the cleanup.

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Man shot dead on Teakwood Drive

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 5:52am

Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting early Wednesday of a 22-year-old man in south Augusta.

Wesley D. Cave, died at the scene of 2615 Teakwood Drive around 1 a.m. after being shot several times, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. Monica Belser. No arrests had been made late Wednesday.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1010.

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