A tearful congregation mourned two retired Richmond County educators and their son Wednesday night, as the church pastors called for hope, strength and comfort in a time of grief and uncertainty.
More than 100 people filled Augusta Deliverance Evangelistic Church on Roosevelt Drive off Olive Road praying for Roosevelt and Edna Jones and their son, Russell.
“It’s been a sad day. But glory to Jesus because we know that Roosevelt and Edna are with the Lord,” said Senior Pastor Roy Myles.
An Augusta man who sold guns without a license was sentenced Wednesday to 78 months in prison.
Ryan Rufus Harris will also have five years on supervised release after he completes the prison term.
Harris was convicted in U.S. District Court of selling four guns in 2009. At the time, Harris was not licensed or allowed to possess a weapon because of a previous conviction of distributing cocaine.
Two former employees of T-Mobile who took advantage of their employer’s willingness to help pay for college classes were sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall gave Kenneth Gorham 21 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and sentenced Shantae Evans to 33 months followed by three years on supervised release.
Gorham will have to repay the company $55,080 and Evans the same amount plus an additional $118,387.
The Richmond County Board of Education will purchase a leadership assessment tool from polling firm Gallup Inc. to help identify the best candidates for teaching and administrative positions.
For $78,000 per year, the online assessment presents candidates with questions to measure their strengths and ability to have an impact on students.
A vigil service is planned for tonight in honor of the victims of Tuesday’s triple homicide.
The vigil will be held at 7:15 p.m. at Augusta Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2028 Roosevelt Drive.
Richmond County Sheriff’s investigators have not confirmed the identities of the deceased.
Sheriff Richard Roundtree provided no new details into Tuesday’s triple homicide at a news conference Wednesday, but he thanked the media for quickly disseminating information that led investigators to a second crime scene.
Investigators were called to an undeveloped, wooded area of Walton Farms subdivision, off Willis Foreman Road, after firefighters responding to a brush fire found the remains of two men and one woman.
Soon after the media reported the bodies, police said they received calls to check a home that appeared to be another crime scene related to the first.
A man who shot a good Samaritan in the face was sentenced to 45 years in prison Wednesday.
Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Stanley L. Fields to the maximum time possible for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of attempted burglary. A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted the 20-year-old of all charges Wednesday.
Fields was 18 years old and Aaron Bey was 16 when they broke into apartments on Skinner Mill Road just after midnight Feb. 18, 2011.
The second suspect in the brutal beating of a couple on Riverwalk Augusta proclaimed innocence Wednesday at his arraignment hearing.
Kevin D. Richardson, 21, made his first appearance in Richmond County Magistrate Court since law enforcement officers brought him back to Augusta on Tuesday.
Richardson left town after the May 3 attack, but surrendered last week to police in Elkhart, Ind.
“I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Richardson said of the beating of a couple out for an evening walk.
A Columbia County man was found dead inside his home Wednesday after a neighbor called authorities to do a welfare check on him.
The 49-year-old man, whose name is not being released pending the notification of his next of kin, was last seen alive on May 11, according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.
The man was found in “an advanced state of decomposition” inside his Belair Pines home off South Belair Road near Interstate 20, Collins said. There were no weapons found or other initial indications of suicide or foul play, he said.
Barry Forde, the longtime associate director of Golden Harvest Food Bank, has died.
He was 65.
Forde was “the backbone of this organization” said Derek Dugan, the community relations director of Golden Harvest.
He died late Tuesday at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital after a brief illness. He had a stroke followed by organ failure over the past month, according to Golden Harvest.
Police will be providing additional details on a triple homicide at a press conference this afternoon.
An investigation began after firefighters responded to a brush fire in a wooded area on Matthew Court around noon Tuesday and discovered three burned bodies.
Today’s press conference has been scheduled for 3 p.m.
VIRGINIA WATER, England — Tiger Woods says the “fried chicken” comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods say it’s time to move on.
Garcia was at a European Tour awards dinner Tuesday night when he was jokingly asked if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. The Spaniard replied, “We’ll have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
National Guard teams from four states were hosted by Savannah River Site this week for terrorism response and natural disaster assistance training.
“Our mission is to advise, assist, identify and assess any situation our first responders may come across that may have ties to terrorism or an unknown or manmade situation,” said Maj. James Bowling, deputy commander of the S.C. Army National Guard’s 43rd Civil Support Team and Weapons of Mass Destruction unit out of West Columbia, S.C.
ATLANTA -- The metro Augusta economy will make little headway this year, according to Georgia State University’s quarterly economic forecast released Wednesday.
“Our forecast for Augusta calls for a moderate 0.7 percent increase in total employment in 2013, followed by a 1.2 percent increase in the annual employment level in 2014,” wrote Rajeev Dhawan, director of Georgia State’s Economic Forecasting Center.
For 12 weeks, a handful of Richmond County residents participated in a first-of-its-kind program for Augusta.
On Tuesday, they became the first graduating class of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy.
“It was an eye opener in so many areas and in so many things,” said Sammie Sias on his time with the academy. “What we learned in this class will empower us to come back from the community with good information for the sheriff, and for our city officials and for our citizens.”
With high school graduations set for May 28 and 29, the Richmond County Board of Education clarified board policy that will let students assigned to the alternative program for discipline infractions participate in their school’s graduation.
Board member Marion Barnes brought up the issue, saying some principals might be misinterpreting the policy. While board policy prohibits alternative program students from trespassing on other campuses, it still allows those students to walk across the stage with their home schools.
Augusta commissioners won't be allowed to work as contractors for the city under any circumstances, a subcommittee charged with reviewing the issue decided Tuesday.
The subcommittee of four commissioners had the support of three others who sat in, with the exception of Commissioner Grady Smith, who owns a plumbing company with his brother.
"Y'all are smart. You got in another business besides construction," Smith said. "You don't have to lay awake at night thinking about who you may have to lay off."
Columbia County commissioners Tuesday rejected a developer’s request to turn a failed professional park in Evans into townhomes.
With a unanimous vote, commissioners turned down the rezoning of the site on Furys Ferry Road next to Oakbrook subdivision that would have allowed developer Joe Todd to build 26 townhomes.
“It just doesn’t seem compatible” with neighboring homes, said County Commission Chairman Ron Cross.
Zannie Worrell knew everyone in Beech Island. With each classic cut, the barber served up a laugh, smile and joke before parting ways with his customers.
On Sunday at Worrell’s hair parlor on Sand Bar Ferry Road, there was no joy.
Smiles turned to sadness and laughter turned to tears as more than 300 people said goodbye to Worrell, a 32-year-old soon-to-be father who was shot dead in an armed robbery Saturday afternoon.
Three kayakers survived being sucked through the Augusta Canal Headgates on Tuesday afternoon.
Three kayaks – an instructor and a husband and wife – were paddling near Savannah Rapids Pavilion when they were sucked through the gates that channel the Savannah River into the canal. Their names were not released.
Terry Anthony, an Augusta Utilities employee working at the Lock and Dam, said she saw the kayakers and tried to direct them away, but the current carried them through the headgates.