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2 teens charged with stealing Hondas

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:18pm

Two Augusta teens have been accused in the thefts of 1990s Honda Accords.

Christopher Marlow Bonner, 17, and an unidentified 16-year-old are facing charges in the theft of six vehicles between Saturday and Tuesday.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, the teens targeted 1995 and 1996 Honda Accords throughout the county. As of Thursday, all but one vehicle has been returned to the owners.

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Back-to-school information for local residents

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:37pm


➤ Starting dates

Columbia County: Aug. 6

McDuffie County: Aug. 8

Richmond County: Aug. 11

Aiken County: Aug. 18

➤ Richmond County registration

District Web site:

Registration for Richmond County students will be Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Think 'worst case,' nuke study says

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:49pm




WASHINGTON — A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation’s nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.


A National Academy of Sciences report says that means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storm, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly unusual. Those kind of things triggered the world’s three major nuclear accidents.


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Police seek woman in Aiken shooting

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:15am

Aiken County police are seeking a woman who shot a man during an armed robbery on Amos Court late Wednesday.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said police were called around 7 p.m. to Amos Court where they discovered a Hispanic man with a gunshot wound to the right thigh.

The man told deputies a black woman had demanded his wallet and phone at gunpoint. She then shot him and fled in an older model Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicle was possibly driven by a Hispanic man, police said.

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5 black women on statewide ballot

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:58am



ATLANTA -- Several black women, including elected officials and community leaders, gathered Wednesday to discuss how Georgia will make history in November. For the first time in the state and nation, five black women will be on a statewide ballot.

These candidates include Doreen Carter for secretary of state, Liz Johnson for insurance commissioner, Robbin Shipp for labor commissioner, Connie Stokes for lieutenant governor and Valarie Wilson for school superintendent.

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Update: Morning wreck victim identified

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:06am

A wreck Thursday morning on Peach Orchard Road killed a 24-year-old Augusta man, police said.

The road tops the list of traffic fatalities for the year, with five of the county’s 19 deaths occurring there. Mike Padgett Highway is second, with two deaths.

Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said Benjamin Douglas Jones was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma.

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Adoption coordinator could be hired at Augusta Animal Services as rescues begin removing animals

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:10pm

Animal Services Director Sharon Broady is proposing the city hire a fulltime animal adoption coordinator who would work to place dogs and cats in homes to drive down the shelter’s 70 percent kill rate.

Broady pitched the idea to the animal services advisory board Tuesday and will bring the proposal to Augusta Commissioners next month, who will have to approve the position.

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Man hospitalized after attack on Gordon Hwy

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:08pm

An Augusta man was hospitalized Wednesday after being attacked and robbed while walking near Gordon Highway.

About 10:50 a.m., Richmond County deputies responded to 1909 Gordon Highway where they found victim Robert Knight with lacerations above his right eye and a swollen face, according to a report from the RCSO.

Knight said he was walking down the road when an unknown suspect jumped off his bicycle and began punching him in the face, the report stated.

The suspect stole Knight’s cell phone and fled the scene.

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Augusta man shot, killed by cop in Adairsville

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 9:50pm

An Augusta man was killed Tuesday following an incident with a police officer in Adairsville.

Charles Leon Johnson II, 29, was pulled over for a routine traffic stop when the Adairsville police officer realized he was wanted on a simple battery charge, according to a statement from Sherry Lang of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

As the officer tried to place Johnson under arrest, Johnson attempted to flee, dragging the officer along the road. The officer, whose name was not immediately provided, fired once and killed Johnson, the report said.

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Poll workers enjoy friends, socializing during elections

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:49pm

The four women working the polls at Crawford Avenue Baptist Church sat around a table during a lull in voters for Tuesday’s primary runoff, eating lunch together and socializing.

Usually, they each bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch, which leaves them something to nibble on as the afternoon wears on.

A couple of them brought books to read, but even though they had been there since 6 a.m. and assisted only about 40 voters by 1 p.m., they hadn’t gotten around to reading them.

Lan Jones didn’t even have a book.

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Savannah River Remediation awards Edgefield County United Way $1,000 donation

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:10pm


As part of the Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Zero Injuries campaign, SRR presented a $1,000 check Wednesday to Edgefield County United Way.

When SRR employees work two months without receiving injuries that result in days away from work, the company presents a $1,000 check to a local charity.

Since beginning the Zero Injuries campaign in August 2009, SRR has donated $27,500.

The Edgefield County United Way was selected as the latest charity of choice by one of SRR’s employee Local Safety Improvement Teams.

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Richmond County school board to begin superintendent interviews

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:09pm

CORRECTION: This article incorrectly stated the final day of superintendent Frank Roberson's term. It will be on August 22. The Chronicle regrets the error. 

The Richmond County Board of Education’s hunt for a new superintendent will enter a new phase Friday and Saturday, when board members begin interviewing candidates.

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Two GRU officials step down in uninvolved cases

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:07pm

Two top officials at Georgia Regents University are stepping down from their duties in unrelated cases.

Senior Vice President for Research Mark Hamrick said he is leaving his administrative role Sept. 1 and returning to his love of teaching and research and to meet an important grant deadline.

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State-of-the-art catheterization lab opens on Fort Gordon

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:03pm

Maj. Collin Fischer could easily picture the 70-inch monitor in his living room, but he was much more excited to see how it helps local service members and area veterans address chronic problems at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

The screen, three times larger than health care standards require, is part of the newly upgraded Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory unveiled Wednesday at the Fort Gordon hospital.

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Roundtree, GRU professor to discuss Reinaldo Rivera serial killer case on TV

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:52pm


Richard Roundtree vividly recalls the moment he discovered that he had a serial killer in custody.

It was in October 2000, and the Richmond County investigator was sitting across the table from Reinaldo Rivera, who was wanted in the rape and attempted murder of Chrisilee Barton.

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Augusta Commission calls off search for administrator after failure to reach consensus on finalists

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:44pm

Augusta government remains under the direction of two interim city administrators after commission members failed to agree to support either of two finalists for the job named by Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

After a nationwide search conducted by the Mercer Group, commissioners voted 7-1 Wednesday on a motion from Donnie Smith to take no action and discontinue the search after nearly two hours of discussion behind closed doors. Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson, who lost a Tuesday runoff bid for state Senate, and Joe Jackson were not present for the vote.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office offers 12-week 'Police Academy' for residents

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:36pm


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking participants for its Citizen Police Academy.

Several slots remain open for the 12-week course, which provides residents with a better understanding of the sheriff’s office’s structure and methods of law enforcement. Participants can spend time with law enforcement officials in all divisions and will participate in classes similar to those officers undergo at the police academy.

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Mother tries to conceal newborn's birth

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:10pm

An Augusta woman tried to conceal the birth of her newborn by telling police that she found a baby at the Masonic Temple on Wrightsboro Road.

Cierra Y’Kesia Simms, 22, initially told Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies about 7 a.m. Wednesday that she had discovered the baby on the ground behind the building on 3201 Wrightsboro Road, wrapped in towels. She told police her name was Tiffany Brown and then left, headed toward Lenox Place apartments.

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UGA dismisses lineman Jonathan Taylor from team

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:51pm


ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia has booted defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor off its football team.

The move was announced Wednesday afternoon by the school about three hours after Taylor bonded out of the Clarke County Jail where he spent the night.

Taylor is facing a charge of felony aggravated assault/family violence.

Police allege the redshirt sophomore choked and struck his girlfriend several times with a closed fist after an argument in a Georgia residence hall room early Tuesday morning. He was arrested by UGA police soon after.

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Sugarland singer headlining Border Bash

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:49am


Grammy Award winner Kristian Bush from the country duo Sugarland will headline the 21st annual Border Bash.

Bush will perform at Augusta Common on Sept. 12. The Border Bash celebrates the football rivalry between the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina and raises money for Augusta area children’s charities and clubs.

Tickets for Border Bash go on sale Friday at They will be sold in coming weeks at Communigraphics and Circle K stores. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, and are free for ages 12 and under.

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