An Augusta restaurant owner is short about $3,000 after one of his employees played lottery tickets without paying, a police report states.
Randy Sconyers, who owns Roadrunner Cafe at 2821 Washington Road, told police Sunday that a 32-year-old male employee working the night before was caught on surveillance playing the Keno! lottery game without putting money back into the register, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.
Sometimes the biggest threat to a motorist isn’t what’s on the roadway, but what’s off of it.
The threat can be tall or short. It can be living or inanimate. From trees to bushes to signs to fences, it’s whatever obstructs the view of oncoming traffic, and Augusta has its own set of ordinances to combat the problem.
“It’s for the safety of the citizens,” said Pam Costabile, the city’s code enforcement manager. “They can cause a lot of problems.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Chronicle begins an occasional series on unsolved deaths in our region.
Columbia County sheriff’s investigators might never know what happened to Craig Fallaw outside a West Lake security booth Oct. 6, 1978.
Senior Investigator Wynn Howard said most witnesses, any possible suspects and the officers who worked the case could be dead.
“It’s still open,” Howard said of the case. “A murder is never closed until it’s solved and then adjudicated.”
Augusta firefighters are enjoying a pleasant adjustment to new uniforms and turnout gear, correcting what many felt was a wardrobe malfunction.
Before a recent change, the uniforms featured a poly-blend fabric that had the potential to melt to a firefighter’s skin.
The new cotton uniforms are not the perfect solution but offer more protection and a sharper appearance, Deputy Chief Sterling Jones said.
The fire department chose to change blends last year, but the new uniforms didn’t arrive until early 2014.
Augusta drivers are apparently getting worse, according to Allstate Insurance Company’s 10th annual “America’s Best Drivers Report” released this week.
In the report, based on Allstate claims data, Augusta ranked 92nd-safest among America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency.
In 2013, Augusta ranked 88th, and the year before it was 89th.
This year, it was preceded by Ontario, Calif., and followed by Memphis, Tenn.
Room 121 at Economy Inn in south Augusta looks just like the 40 others available for lodging off Deans Bridge Road.. The bed is made, there are fresh towels in the bathroom and an empty refrigerator is ready.
But for four months, no one has stayed inside the one-bedroom unit, where police say the last occupants made methamphetamine.
An Augusta man lost more than $7,000 in lawn equipment after someone stole his trailer late Friday or early Saturday, a police report shows.
About 10 a.m. Saturday, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2000 block of Hiram Road, where Steven Watson, 36, said someone unhooked his trailer from his vehicle and pushed it out of his yard, the report says.
Aiken County sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Beaver Dam Road that caused one vehicle to catch fire, dispatch said.
Deputies, along with emergency medical workers and the South Carolina Highway Patrol, were called to the accident near Wire Road at 8:46 p.m. It wasn’t immediately known whether anyone was injured in the accident.
ATLANTA — Justin Thomas had 353 yards of total offense and DeAndre Smelter caught two third-quarter touchdown passes in Georgia Tech’s 38-19 victory over Wofford in both teams’ season openers Saturday.
Making his first career start, Thomas went 11 of 15 for 282 yards and completed his last eight passes for 250 yards to help the Yellow Jackets hold off the pesky FCS Terriers.
Newcomers who consider Augusta-Richmond County property tax rates in relocation decisions should rest assured that the county’s tax rates remain among the area’s lowest, despite an Augusta Commission vote Monday to raise taxes.
The increase, expected to generate $7.9 million to cover an operating deficit and provide employees a small, one-time bonus, sparked an outcry among some taxpayers who argued that they weren’t getting anything new in return for the annual increase, amounting to $122.50 for the owner of a $200,000 home.
BURKE COUNTY 20, JEFFERSON COUNTY 7
LOUISVILLE, Ga.– Burke County’s defense held Jefferson County to less than 100 yards of total offense as the Bears improved to 2-0.
Burke County had 266 rushing yards, with Caleeb Roberson leading the way with 130 on 18 carries.
Burke Co. 6 8 0 6 – 20
Jefferson Co. 0 7 0 0 – 7
BC–Donqual Young 1 run (run failed), 6:39.
BOGART, Ga. — Prince Avenue watched Aquinas’ Ruben Garnett run away with its shot at a season-opening victory on Friday night.
The senior running back was the go-to guy for the Fightin’ Irish as they defeated the Wolverines, 33-18, in a battle of top-10 Class A teams.
“The running back is special — there’s no question,” Prince Avenue coach Jeff Herron said. “My hat’s off to them. They’ve got a good team. They earned the victory.”
LINCOLNTON, Ga. — Washington-Wilkes ran its newfound dominance in the Highway 378 rivalry series to three in a row with a 36-10 romp over Lincoln County on Friday night at Larry Campbell Stadium.
The senior-laden Tigers (1-0) manhandled the Red Devils wing-T offense all night while junior quarterback DeAndre Harris passed for four touchdowns and ran for another in Washington-Wilkes relentless hurry-up offense.
“How about three in a row,” Washington-Wilkes coach Robby Robinson said to his team before it started chanting “Three-peat” in the post-game huddle.
Kenyatta Brown moved during the summer from Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Augusta to be with his father, Kenyatta Brown Sr.
Adding the sophomore safety/wide receiver turned out to be a bigger deal for Cross Creek than anyone could have imagined.
Brown intercepted four passes and scored twice Friday night as the Razorbacks rolled to a 32-13 win over Hephzibah.
Brown said he’s never had a night like the one he had against the Rebels. He intercepted a pass in each quarter, capping his evening with a 70-yard interception return.
A man riding a bicycle was struck Friday evening in Richmond County.
Approximately 9:30 p.m., the unknown victim was illegally crossing Milledgeville Road, near Olive Road, when he was grazed by a slow-moving vehicle, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office deputies said.
The man “received very minor injuries” and was treated and released at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and no charges were filed.
An Augusta man is in custody after dropping a bag of heroin in the lobby of a Quality Inn in Richmond County.
While checking into the hotel on the 1000 block of Claussen Road, Eric Hampton Monk, 36, is accused of dropping a plastic bag containing an unknown substance, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Upon arrival, deputies located Monk in room 227 and asked him if they could search his room. Officers located syringes, as well as 0.2 grams of methamphetamine and 1 gram of heroin.
The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center appears to be making gradual strides toward erasing long wait times, but federal documents suggest the Augusta hospital still has a ways to go to improve the quality of care patients receive once they’re in the door.
In the past two fiscal years, the hospital has reported 16 “adverse outcomes” to Department of Veterans Affairs’ administration for procedures that took place between April 2010 and September 2013, according to records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
A Georgia Regents University student accused of attempting to hit a campus police officer with his car was indicted Tuesday in Richmond County Superior Court.
Donte Lavelle Stewart has been charged with aggravated assault, giving a false name to a law enforcement officer and obstruction of a law enforcement officer for his role in the February incident that began with a noise complaint. An arraignment hearing is expected by mid-September.
Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith, under investigation while on paid leave from the Georgia State Patrol since June, has been retired by the state employees’ retirement system, but the investigation remains open.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety issued a statement late Friday that Georgia Employees Retirement System had decided to retire Smith effective Monday, while DPS’ investigation into what it called in June “a possible policy violation” remained open and ongoing.
Paine College President George C. Bradley on Friday announced the college will implement furlough days, salary reductions and layoffs to save $2.4 million over the next fiscal year.
The changes are part of Paine’s efforts to resolve various accreditation violations and to ensure expenses do not exceed revenues, according to a news release.