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Man accused of putting feces in disabled mother's mouth

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:27pm

A 20-year-old Augusta man is facing charges after he put feces into his disabled mother’s mouth, police said.

Quami Dewayne Kelly was booked into the Richmond County jail today on a charge of exploitation of the elderly or disabled.

According to an incident report, deputies were called to Kelly’s Melrose Drive home about 7 p.m. Tuesday after his mother’s caretaker found feces in her mouth.

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McIlroy opts out of Olympics over Zika concerns

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:41am


Golfer Rory McIlroy became one of the most high-profile sports stars to opt out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns about the Zika virus, saying Wednesday it is “a risk I am unwilling to take.”

“After speaking with those closest to me, I’ve come to realize that my health and my family’s health comes before anything else,” the four-time major winner said in a statement released by his management company.

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Augusta's disadvantaged business enterprise coordinator resigns

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:31pm


Augusta’s handling of equal opportunity in employment, business and accessibility took a turn Tuesday with a new hire and the sudden resignation of longtime Disadvantaged Bu­si­­ness Enterprise Coordinator Yvonne Gentry.

Gentry resigned effective immediately and was given a four-month severance package worth $24,518 plus benefits on a motion from Augusta Commission member Ben Hasan.

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Augusta committee rejects longtime financial adviser's bid protest

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 8:54pm

The city of Augusta’s longtime financial adviser lost a bid protest in a committee meeting Tuesday, although the recommendation must go before the full Augusta Commission for a final vote.

Public Financial Manage­ment has advised the city on bond issues and other large transactions since 2005 but wasn’t the city’s top pick in a recent procurement.

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Man guilty in graveyard shooting

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 5:05pm


A former city employee accused of shooting a fellow worker last year was convicted of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Ed Willie Jordan, 49, Tuesday afternoon.

According to initial sheriff reports, Jordan got into an argument with Theron Wilson over religion. The pair were working at the Cedar Grove Cemetery on Watkins Street on May 12, 2015. Wilson struck Jordan, knocking off his glasses and causing Jordan to drop his Bible.

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Fort Gordon gas leak reported

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 4:58pm

A gas main was broken shortly before 5 p.m. today near Fort Gordon’s Building 29721, an Advanced Individual Training barracks, according to the post Facebook page and Twitter account.

The building has been evacuated and the fire department is on the scene, along with the gas company.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Police called to holdup

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:14pm

Police were on the scene of an armed robbery at the Deans Bridge Road GameStop.

Deputies were called to the store located in the Wal-Mart shopping center around 2:50 p.m. According to police scanner traffic, a man in a dark hooded sweatshirt showed a handgun during the robbery.

He was seen leaving the area in a gold-colored SUV. He has been described as a black male who is about 6-foot-1 and 190 lbs.

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Drugs linked to woman's April death

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:10pm

Toxicology results determined a woman’s suspicious death in April was a result of a drug overdose complicated by medical issues.

Police and the Richmond County Coroner’s Office began an investigation into Hannah Newman’s death after her father found her dead at their Oakdale Road home on April 17. Officials initially said her death could connected to several recent fights in which the 22-year-old had been involved.

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Reward after woman found dead in Atlanta park

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:08pm

ATLANTA — Authorities have increased the reward offered for information on the death of a 19-year-old woman whose body was found naked with multiple gunshot wounds in an Atlanta park last month.

Atlanta City Council member Cleta Winslow said at a news conference Monday that a $10,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for killing Bridget Shiel.

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Shootout leaves bandit, victim dead

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:05pm

DULUTH, Ga. — Police say an armed robbery attempt led to a gun battle between two men, leaving both of them shot to death in Atlanta’s northeastern suburbs.

Gwinnett County police say a man with a gun approached a man and woman and tried to rob them as they left the Time Internet Café near Duluth late Monday night.

Police say the man leaving the café drew his own handgun, and the two began shooting at each other.

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Good Samaritan shot, killed near Atlanta

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:59am

COVINGTON, Ga. — A 16-year-old boy has been accused of killing a man who gave him and his friends a ride, then dumping his body and driving off in his SUV.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the teenager shot and killed Enrique Ramirez Trejo of Covington on Saturday night. The Associated Press generally doesn’t name juveniles accused of crimes.

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Ex-Olympian charged after standoff

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:28am

The man involved in a five-hour police standoff Monday at his Richmond County home is a former Olympic competitor, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

George Washington Kitchens Jr., 33, was taken to the Richmond County jail on charges of committing terroristic threats and acts. He was alone in the home during the standoff, and no injuries were reported.

Kitchens was a track star at both Glenn Hills High School and Clemson University. He competed in the 2012 London Olympics in the long jump but did not win a medal.

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Child poverty continues to plague Georgia

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:39am


Georgia fell slightly in an annual ranking of how children and families fare as the state continues to be plagued by a high percentage of children in poverty and parents without a secure job.

But there are some positive signs in education and a drastic drop in teen births that point to a turnaround in child poverty, experts said.

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Man sought after theft attempt

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 4:53pm

 Authorities are looking for a man who tried to walk out of an Augusta Wal-Mart store June 14 with almost $800 in merchandise.

According to a bulletin from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, at 11:10 a.m. a medium build, white man entered the store at 3209 Deans Bridge Road and took $798 in merchandise and tried to leave without paying.

When confronted by an employee, he left the merchandise and drove away in a blue Ford Explorer, Georgia license tag PFR4271. The merchandise was returned to the store.

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Gas leak prompts evacuations

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 1:53pm


A gas main was punctured by construction crews Monday afternoon, causing several homes in the area to be evacuated.

According to Pam Tucker, Columbia County Emergency Management Agency director, six adults, three children and four dogs were evacuated from homes in the Baldwin Place Subdivision off of Columbia Road.

All the residents were allowed to return to their homes when the evacuation ended about 3:45 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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Tech grad crowned Miss Georgia

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:19am

 COLUMBUS, Ga. — A new Miss Georgia has been crowned in Columbus.

 Media outlets report that Patricia Ford, Miss Capital City, won the title Saturday. Ford, a Georgia Tech graduate, performed a Ballet En Pointe routine for her talent. Through the years, she has worked to promote and raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

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Summer could be a scorcher but still miss record

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 10:59pm


Today’s only the first day of summer, but it’s felt like it for some time with heat indexes topping 100 last week.

The National Weather Ser­vice is calling for above-normal temperatures for the next three months, according to an outlook released Thursday.

It looks like it might be a hot summer, but possibly not as hot as some previous ones.

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Dustin Johnson wins U.S. Open

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 8:03pm

OAKMONT, Pa. — All the chaos and confusion couldn't stop Dustin Johnson from proving he had the head to be a U.S. Open champion.


One year after the most devastating of all his close calls in the major, Johnson endured two hours of not knowing the size of his lead while the USGA questioned whether he should be penalized one stroke for his ball moving on the fifth green.


Johnson said it didn't. The USGA said it would wait until after the final round to decide.

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SC artist Jim Harrison dies

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:48am

DENMARK, S.C. – Nationally acclaimed artist Jim Harrison, 80, has died. 

The Orangeburg Times-Democrat reports Harrison was found dead in his Denmark office Saturday morning of an apparent heart attack, according to Bamberg County Coroner Billy Duncan.

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Accident kills Harlem woman, 26

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:35pm

A 26-year-old Harlem woman died in a traffic accident Saturday morning in Columbia County.

Linzi Lowe was driving a 2016 Honda Civic east on Wrightsboro Road at Dyches Road around 9 a.m. when she crossed the centerline, striking a westbound vehicle, according to Columbia County sheriff’s deputies and Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.

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