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Parole board changes position on paroling convicted rapist

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 8:51pm

An Augusta rapist scheduled to be paroled will remain in prison for now.

Charles Ivey Jr., 54, was slated for parole after serving 20 years of a 30-year prison term imposed in December 1996 for aggravated assault, burglary, rape and aggravated sodomy in connection with attacks on two women in the city’s Hill area.

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Augusta receives 2,100 more mosquito complaints than Columbia County

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 8:36pm

Augusta received nearly 2,100 more mosquito complaints last year than Columbia County for what records suggest could be the result of more residential properties and swimming pools abandoned or neglected.

The Richmond County Health Department received 2,122 complaints through Augusta’s 311 customer-service hotline last year, a total that has steadily grown from the 1,835 and 1,425 mosquito calls made in 2013 and 2012, respectively, according to environmental data.

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Schools prepare for new cybersecurity curriculum

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:54pm


As five schools in Rich­mond and Columbia counties begin implementing a new “cybersecurity” career pathway this summer, teachers and students are busy preparing for the new curriculum.

Born out of a partnership with Fort Gordon’s Army Cyber Command, Georgia universities and Augusta’s major school systems, the new pathway is designed to train students in techniques needed to protect military and civilian computer networks. Classes will feature lessons in computer security practices, ethics and programming.

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How do you get the governor to sign your bill? (Be polite)

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:41pm

ATLANTA – When the General Assembly adjourned after having passed hundreds of bills, that’s not the end of the process for people wanting to see their proposals become law. Here’s some advice from experts on how to get the governor to sign them – or veto them.

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Police seek armed robbery suspect

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:42pm

Police are seeking a suspect in a Thursday morning armed robbery of a Jones Street business.

Byron Danta Harris, 22, is facing charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, theft by receiving and hit and run.

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Police trying to identify man killed in hit and run

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:58pm

Authorities are seeking help identifying a man killed last night after being struck by two hit and run drivers.

Police said the man was walking near Wrightsboro Road and McDaniel Drive when he was hit by an unknown vehicle that left the scene about 9 p.m. He was then struck by a second vehicle which also left the scene.

Coroner Mark Bowen said the victim died about 9:45 p.m. at Doctors Hospital.

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Police searching for pair of Family Dollar robbers

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:11pm


Richmond County sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men suspected of robbing the Family Dollar on Central Avenue in Augusta late Thursday.

Witnesses told police two black men entered the business armed with a silver pistol and sawed-off shotgun and then fled on foot towards Walton Way after demanding and receiving an undisclosed amount of money, according to a news release.

Both suspects were wearing dark clothing and hoodies, according to police.

Pedestrian in critical condition after hit-and-run on Wrightsboro Road

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:43pm


A pedestrian is in critical condition at Doctors Hospital after being struck during a hit-and-run accident in Augusta Thursday night, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel said in a news release the Sheriff’s Office’s Traffic Division is investigating the accident that occurred about 9:05 p.m. on Wrightsboro Road at McDaniel Drive near Jimmy Dyess Parkway. McDaniel said the pedestrian was struck by two vehicles, with the first car involved in the accident fleeing the scene.

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Sylvan Learning Center burglarized, camera stolen

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:40pm


A filing cabinet key and surveillance video camera were stolen during an apparent burglary last week at the Sylvan Learning Center on Furys Ferry Road in Augusta, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Owner Mary Gleason told police between 6 p.m. on April 5 and 7:30 a.m. Monday someone entered the business and after an “exhaustive search of the office” took the key and video camera.

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Lady Antebellum tour bus catches fire along Texas interstate

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 7:11pm

GARLAND, Texas - A tour bus for superstar country group Lady Antebellum has caught fire along an interstate near Dallas, though no one was injured.
Singer Hillary Scott posted on the group's Facebook page that she, her husband, their tour manager and the driver were on the Dallas-bound bus when a tire caught fire Thursday.
Photos show the back of the bus badly burned. Scott says everyone evacuated, writing "EVERYONE IS SAFE AND SOUND."

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Church worker guilty of child molestation

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:09pm

Editor's Note: Because incorrect information was provided, Christopher A. Lane’s connection with Martinez Baptist Church was misstated. Lane was a church member who volunteered with the youth ministry. 


A former church worker who had a sexual relationship with one of the teens under his care pleaded guilty Thursday to child molestation.

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Augusta couple charged with insurance fraud after torching house

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 5:32pm


An Augusta couple is accused of setting their home on fire to collect insurance money.

Tashima Keneka Gantt, 41, and Mark Andrew Lewis, 48, were booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday on charges of insurance fraud and arson in the first degree. Lewis is also charged with several traffic-related violations.

A fire investigation states the couple intentionally set fire to their house at 1811 Tubman Home Road around 5:30 a.m. April 5.

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Fake court e-mail infecting computers

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:25pm


A fraudulent e-mail requesting state court appearances is resulting in computer viruses for Richmond County residents.

Judge Richard A. Slaby said court notices are always sent by mail and are never electronic.

This week his office has received several inquiries after receiving the bogus e-mails that claim to be from a court secretary, district clerk or a similar designation.

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Paine faculty seek to make Sullivan permanent president with resolution

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:48pm

Paine College faculty passed a resolution Wednesday urging the Board of Trustees to make Interim President Samuel Sullivan the college’s permanent leader.

Board of Trustees faculty representative William Lawless said the 40 to 60 faculty present at the meeting unanimously approved the resolution and broke into a standing ovation after the voice vote was taken.

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RCSO investigators asking for public's help locating transaction fraud suspects

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:45pm

Police are seeking information on a couple who committed financial card transaction fraud at Target.

Anyone with information on the couple pictured in the surveillance footage is asked to contact the Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Jimmy Wren at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Governor signs medical marijuna bill

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:48am


More than a dozen families of children with severe seizure disorders can now legally possess cannabis oil in Georgia after Gov. Nathan Deal signed medical marijuana legislation Thursday.

How they will purchase the oil, however, could still be problematic. The state will be aided in setting up its registry for those newly certified by the recent effort to track potential Ebola cases among travelers returning from West Africa, a public health official said.

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3 charged in drug bust

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:21pm


Three Aiken County residents are facing charges after police found drugs and weapons during a routine check of an Aiken motel.

Aiken public safety officers were patrolling the motel on the 1800 block of Richland Avenue West on Tuesday when they observed suspicious activity in one of the vehicles.

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Bus catches fire on morning route

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:00pm

A school bus was damaged Wednesday morning after catching fire while taking children to school.

Firefighters responded to Travis Road at Woodard Avenue about 6:45 a.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the engine area of the Richmond County school bus.

All children had already been taken off the bus and were at a safe distance and the fire was extinguished.

A resident nearby was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Escape Outdoors adding location in downtown Augusta

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:12pm

A local outdoors business will soon bring its presence downtown.

Escape Outdoors, which sells paddle sports merchandise, is moving its Augusta location from off Walton Way Extension to 1243 Broad St., next to the Pizza Joint.

“We knew that we needed to expand our Augusta store,” said manager Matt Patrick. “There have been plenty of outdoors stores that have come into town recently, and in order to stay competitive, the placement and also the building size was what we wanted.”

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Severe storm warning for region

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:14pm

The National Weather Service has spotted some rotation in the clouds within a storm system along the Lincoln and Columbia county borders, and emergency officials are asking anyone who spots funnel clouds or suffers storm damage to report it.


The National Weather Service in Columbia also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Edgefield and McCormick counties in South Carolina.


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