HOW’S IT GOING?
According to the latest estimates, crews in Richmond County have collected roughly 66 percent of the 350,000 cubic yards of debris left by February’s ice storm. In Columbia County, about 60 percent of the 400,000 cubic yards of debris has been collected.
WHEN WILL IT END?
The deadline for debris removal for the Augusta area is April 5.
The more information they get, the more complex Columbia County commissioners said they find the task of picking a partner from among three Augusta hospitals to build a new hospital in the county.
And while two health care professionals at a public hearing Friday endorsed University Hospital as their choice, Chairman Ron Cross said he has heard just as many folks argue for the other two bidders, Doctors Hospital and Georgia Regents Health System.
A man was fatally shot and another was wounded Thursday night in the Kroger parking lot at 3128 Deans Bridge Road.
The victim was identified as 18-year-old Montravius Deshawn McNair, of Covington, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, and an autopsy will be conducted today at the crime lab in Atlanta, Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said.
Dequan Blake, 18, has been charged with felony murder and misdemeanor affray, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
A year after the Richmond County Sheriff's Office issued Tasers to more than 300 road patrol deputies, officials say they are pleased with the addition of the less-lethal device.
Tasers were introduced to deputies in March 2013, sheriff's Lt. Calvin Chew said, but were used in the Augusta-Richmond County Jail and the Charles B. Webster Detention Center since January 2013.
Deputies are required to fill out use of force reports any time the weapon is drawn.
Bond was denied Friday for a 15-year-old accused of being the gunman in the holdup of a fast-food restaurant in which an employee was shot.
Deandre M. Scott faces a charge of armed robbery as an adult in Richmond County Superior Court. The crime is punishable by a minimum 10-year prison sentence.
Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine said Friday that just before 8 p.m. Feb. 9, two men with shirts covering their faces robbed a Kentucky Fried Chicken. When an employee said the cash register was locked and couldn’t be opened, one of the robbers shot him in the left knee.
The first week of physical training tests is over for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and about 75 percent of the deputies passed.
“I’m actually very encouraged about the preliminary numbers,” said Lt. Bill Probus, who oversaw the effort. “I think a lot of people were apprehensive about the tests, but I’m very pleased.”
A 24-year-old North Augusta Public Safety officer involved in last month’s fatal shooting in Edgefield County remains on administrative leave with pay while the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division continues its investigation.
An initial news release from North Augusta Department of Public Safety said Officer Justin Craven attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a suspected drunken driver around 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9. The vehicle fled on Edgefield Road and damaged several mailboxes and caused two accidents.
Augusta Commission District 6 will be a five-way race, and the consolidated government is almost certain to have its first elected black mayor with the close of candidate qualifying Friday.
Joining the District 6 post Friday was Tony Lewis, a Paine College graduate and Savannah River Site employee. Lewis ran for the commission in 2007, losing to Commissioner Joe Jackson.
Lewis joins four others – Bob Finnegan, Roger Garvin, Angela Harden and Ben Hasan – in seeking the south Augusta post held by Jackson, who is term-limited.
A man facing a vehicular homicide charge in the death of an 8-year-old who was run over while catching a school bus pleaded not guilty Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.
Scott W. Hancock, 20, was arraigned on charges of homicide by vehicle and reckless driving. He is accused of failing to stop as a school bus stopped to pick up Jaidyn Williams on Belair Road on Dec. 9.
Jaidyn never regained consciousness and died Dec. 26.
Four Burke County, Ga., men facing theft charges are suspects in a series of crimes, including stealing fuel from farmers and tires from a car dealership.
Eleven people were jailed in Aiken on Thursday as police and federal agents executed drug-related search warrants at a Newberry Street residence. Officers also removed three children from a home and turned them over to state care.
Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice makes his return to the racing wars Saturday in the Grade II $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap amid much hope that it will be the start of something big.
The robust son of two-time Horse of the Year and current Hall of Fame candidate Curlin has always been a generous horse in the mornings and has worked forwardly for trainer Todd Pletcher since shipping from Aiken to the Palm Meadows training center in South Florida in early January.
The final episode of the reality show Cops featuring Richmond County deputies will air Saturday.
Richmond County deputies have appeared in three episodes after a film crew spent several weeks in the Augusta area.
Saturday’s episode, titled “Dealt a Bad Hand,” shows local deputies chasing suspects who tried to run after a vehicle flipped over in a pursuit.
The episode will air at 8 p.m. on the Spike cable network.
ATLANTA -- The final half-day of the weeklong candidate-qualifying period brought few surprises Friday other than the addition of some unknowns in a handful of races.
Some Republican incumbents wound up with Democratic challengers after going all week feeling confident. Christopher Irvin qualified to face Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. Daniel Blackman stepped up to run as a Democrat for the Public Service Commission District. 4, although none ever did in District 1.
Seven U.S. senators sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz urging him to continue construction at the Savannah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility until more is known about costs for alternative plutonium disposition methods.
Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, both South Carolina Republicans, and Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both Georgia Republicans, were among the group that signed the letter Thursday. Other signatures came from Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Kay Hagan, D-N.C.
Richmond County sheriff’s deputies said Friday they were pursuing leads in the fatal Thursday night shooting of an Augusta man in the Kroger parking lot at 3128 Deans Bridge Road.
Montravius Deshawn McNair, 18, died from gunshot wounds, Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said. His death was the fourth Augusta homicide this year.
Another person at the scene was shot in the hand, police said, but they did not provide any other information.
DUNWOODY, Ga. — Police are searching for a man who walked into a Victoria’s Secret store dressed in all black clothing and made off with about 40 pairs of women’s underwear at a suburban Atlanta mall.
Dunwoody police say the crime happened Thursday at Perimeter Mall, just north of Atlanta.
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- An Effingham County State Court jury has awarded $4 million to a Maryland man in the largest verdict in that court’s history.
After the three-day trial, a jury awarded on Wednesday compensatory and punitive damages to Steven Patrick, of Baltimore, for damages he suffered from his brother’s handling of their aunt’s finances.
Richmond County deputies said this morning that one person was fatally shot and another wounded during a shooting in the Kroger parking lot at 3128 Deans Bridge road. It is the fourth homicide in Augusta this year.
Details are limited, the sheriff's office said in a news release. The wounded victim was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to the hand.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s request for federal aid after February ice storm was approved Thursday by President Obama.
Richmond and Columbia are two of 39 counties included in the disaster declaration, which allows the federal government to reimburse 75 percent of eligible expenditures and damage costs, according to a news release.
“This was expected, but it’s still incredible news,” said Mie Lucas, Richmond County’s director of emergency management. “Richmond County was one of the hardest-hit counties in the state, so this assistance will help tremendously.”