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Deputy shoots at car involved in chase

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:44pm

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy fired shots and his stun gun during a police pursuit Monday afternoon that reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

According to an incident report, after Cpl. James Ouzts tried to stop a red Chevrolet Impala about 6:30 p.m. Monday, the car ran a stop sign on Megan Lane. The officer turned on his lights, and the driver put his hands out his window and motioned for the deputy to follow him.

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Burglars hit Greene Street law offices in Augusta

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:19pm

Several Greene Street lawyer offices experienced burglaries over the weekend, according to police reports.

Deputies responded to the Milton Avrett Law Office at 440 Greene St. and the Law Office of Chris Corley and John Mixon III and associates, which are both located at 436 Greene Street, early Monday after employees discovered damages and missing items.

At the Milton Avrett office, deputies discovered windows were broken, doors were damaged and desks had been rummaged through. The only object reported missing was money.

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Gunfire near UGA Health Sciences campus

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:49pm

ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities are reporting gunshots have been fired near the University of Georgia’s Health Sciences Campus.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, UGA police issued a “timely warning” that there had been an armed robbery with gunshots fired at a residence directly behind the Health Sciences Campus, located off of Prince Avenue in west Athens.

The robbery and shooting is being investigated by Athens-Clarke County police, according to the advisory.

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Carly Fiorina drops out of president race

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:17pm


WASHINGTON — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina ends her bid for the Republican nomination for president .

The former technology executive announced on Twitter that she is suspending her campaign.

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Atlanta airport adds private pods for breast-feeding mothers

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:20pm


ATLANTA — Authorities at the world’s busiest airport say four lactation pods are now available for nursing mothers as they travel.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Wednesday announced the additions. Officials say they can be locked from the inside and provide bench seating, a small diaper-changing table and an electric outlet for pumps.

The stations are inside security checkpoints. The airport said in a statement that construction will soon begin for a pre-security nursing room.

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Forecasters extend winter weather advisory for north Georgia

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:17pm


ATLANTA — Forecasters are extending a winter weather advisory for much of north Georgia over concerns about black ice forming on roads as light snow showers continued in the region.

The National Weather Service said the advisory would be in place until 7 p.m. Wednesday. It covers several counties and includes the cities of Blairsville, Dalton, Ringgold, Rome, Dahlonega and Woodstock.

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Augusta water problems may not be resolved until midday Thursday

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:13am

Many Augusta residents will not know until midday Thursday whether city water is safe to drink, after a cloudiness problem at a water plant prompted the school system to close for at least two days and disrupted residents, businesses and hospitals throughout the city.

The first samples of water from the Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant came back clean Wednesday evening, officials said. The results show the water is negative for any contamination or substances that could cause harm to residents’ health.

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Documents claim authorization but lack signature for unexplained Augusta department head pay hike

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 8:33pm


Augusta Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson claimed he had commission authorization for a $15,862.97 pay increase he obtained last year from an interim human resources director.

A personnel action form withheld by the city for two weeks because of its role in an “investigation,” but obtained Tuesday by The Augusta Chronicle, include Johnson’s signature and an illegible mark in a box for the HR director’s signature.

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Boil water advisory issued for areas north of Gordon Highway, Fort Gordon, East Augusta

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 7:03pm


A boil water advisory has been issued for the area serviced by the Augusta Utilties Department’s Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant.

The Richmond County School System will be closed Wednesday, due to the advisory, according to its Web site. 

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Crash on I-20 over Savannah River is latest in series

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:18pm

Another big rig joined the long list of crashes that have occurred on a section of Interstate 20 over the Savannah River.

Early Tuesday a tractor-trailer struck the guardrail on westbound I-20 over the Savannah River, prompting a complete shutdown of the roadway for about nine hours. That area has seen a number of wrecks over the years, but officials said they’re unsure of the cause.

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Ga. House panel OKs felony for aborted fetal tissue sale

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:12pm



ATLANTA — A Georgia House committee has approved a bill that would make selling aborted fetal tissue a felony.


The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Wendell Willard of Sandy Springs, said Tuesday that videos released by an anti-abortion group this summer prompted him to develop the measure. Willard, one of the House’s top Republicans, said he reviewed the state’s law and found it wasn’t strict enough to prevent sale of the tissue.


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Budget proposal calls for shutdown of MOX project

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:56am


On Tuesday, President Obama made his intentions regarding Savannah River Site’s Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility clear: kill it.

In his fiscal year 2017 budget proposal posted to the White House Web site, Obama proposed cutting funding for the South Carolina construction site by $55 million, dropping the annual budget to $285 million.

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UPDATE: I-20 reopens after crash cleanup halts traffic

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:28am


The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says that Interstate 20 near the Georgia state line has reopened.

An early morning traffic accident delayed I-20 motorists this morning.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the interstate's westbound lanes were closed to clean up for an accident about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

There were no injuries, according to the Highway Patrol, and traffic was detoured for several hours.

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RCSO deputy returns to work after fatal shooting

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:33pm

A Richmond County deputy returned to work Monday after fatally shooting a man Jan. 22.

Deputy Alan Crispin has been reassigned to the records division as the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office waits for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conclude its investigation. Crispin will do administrative work, according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser.

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Update: Traffic victim identified

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:31am

One person is dead after a head-on collision near Savannah River Site on Monday morning.

The victim has been identified as Rene L. Coker, 47, of Grovetown, according to the Aiken County coroner.

Coker was driving a 2003 Honda Accord north on Route 1 when he crossed the center line and struck a southbound 1995 dump truck head on, the coroner said.

According to witnesses, Coker drifted into the southbound lane possibly having fallen asleep, the coroner said. Toxicology is pending.

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Rascal Flatts announces Augusta show

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 8:40am


Rascal Flatts will be performing in Augusta this April.

Tickets for the April 23 concert at the James Brown Arena will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. The country vocal group will be joined by Jana Kramer at the 7:30 p.m. performance.

Rascal Flatts has scored 15 No. 1 hits, sold more than 22.8 million albums, more than 29 million digital downloads and has earned more than 40 music awards. Kramer was also nominated for female vocalist of the year by the Academy of Country Music.

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Snow possible in north Georgia

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 7:17am

ATLANTA — Forecasters say up to 2 inches of snow could fall across a large part of the north Georgia mountains.

The National Weather Service has placed eight counties under a winter weather advisory through Tuesday evening. The area includes Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties.

The weather service is forecasting 1 to 2 inches of snow in the region, with isolated higher amounts possible at elevations above 2,500 feet. Forecasters say that some black ice will also be possible.

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Broncos' defense dominates Panthers in Super Bowl

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 10:22pm


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Von Miller forced two fumbles to set up Denver’s two touchdowns and the Broncos defense frustrated Cam Newton all game to carry Peyton Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Manning threw for just 141 yards and committed two turnovers in one of the least productive games of his brilliant career that could be coming to an end.

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Missing man with Alzheimer's found unharmed

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 10:07am

An Augusta man with Alzheimer’s has been found safe and returned to his home, according to police.

Robert James Kimble, 67, was reported missing late Saturday, according to a statement from Lt. Lewis Blanchard. Kimble was found unharmed Sunday afternoon.

Georgia man has been at every Super Bowl

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 6:57am

Sometimes nine yards in a football game isn’t enough for a first down, but for Larry McDonald it was pay dirt to a bonanza at Sunday’s 50th Super Bowl.

McDonald and four of his friends have an all-expenses paid trip to the big game courtesy of the National Football League.

“They’re putting us up in a place to stay and giving us the tickets — the whole nine yards,” the Greensboro resident gushed last week.

But why?

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