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Georgia man shot while sleeping

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:41am


SNELLVILLE, Ga. — Police in Atlanta’s northeastern suburbs are searching for suspects after a man was shot in the back while he slept inside a home.


WAGA-TV reports the gunfire happened around midnight Sunday on Trotters Pointe Drive in Snellville.


A woman called authorities to report the shooting that wounded her fiancé. He was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition wasn’t immediately made public.


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Water may be vehicle for South Carolina hospital infection

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:18am



GREENVILLE, S.C. — Federal health officials are focusing on water as the possible source of bacteria that infected 15 patients at Greenville Memorial Hospital since March.


Officials said the infection may have contributed to the deaths of three patients, The Greenville News reported.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the bacteria are found normally in soil and dust. Dr. Joe Perz says it’s also found in water supplied.


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Advance voting expands this week in Augusta

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:58am


Richmond County advance voting has expanded to three additional locations through the remainder of the early voting period.

Early voting will end Friday before the primary runoff day – July 22.

Locations for advance voting will be open each day from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The expanded locations include Diamond Lakes Regional Park in Hephzibah, Henry Brigham Community Center and Warren Road Community Center, in addition to the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building.

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Activation begins for new traffic signals for Gordon Highway

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:57am


New traffic signals on Gordon Highway will begin activation this week.

The signal at the Bobby Jones Expressway eastbound and westbound ramps will begin flash mode Friday and will become fully operational July 22.

The new traffic signals are part of a widening project on Bobby Jones Expressway.

UnitedHealthcare to be fourth company to offer insurance in state exchange next year

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:21am



ATLANTA -- UnitedHealthcare is the fourth health insurer seeking to offer insurance statewide in Georgia’s exchange next year.

The Minnesota-based company would join Coventry, Time Insurance Co. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia in offering health plans in all regions of the state.

This year, Blue Cross was the only statewide insurer in the Georgia exchange, which was created under the Affordable Care Act.

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South Carolina town seeks 9 p.m. kid curfew

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 8:35am


HARDEEVILLE, S.C. — The police chief in Hardeeville wants a stricter curfew for children under age 17.


'The Island Packet' of Hilton Head reports anyone 17 or younger must be inside by midnight unless they are with a parent or guardian, are working or attending an event.


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Plane crash in Ga. woods kills 2

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 7:54am




ATLANTA — An emergency management official says two people have died in the crash of an amateur-built experimental biplane in west Georgia.


Carroll County Emergency Management Director Tim Padgett told The Associated Press early Monday that two people were found dead at the scene of the crash, in a wooded area near Carrollton, Ga. Officials haven’t released further details on the deaths.


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Kingston, Perdue on the attack

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 7:40am


ATLANTA -- The candidates in the Republican Senate runoff sprinted out their final debate Sunday by blasting each other over ethics and the Savannah port.

Jack Kingston accused David Perdue of lining his pockets while taking an appointment from his cousin to the Georgia Ports Authority board. And Perdue warned that Kingston’s connection to a Palestinian businessman awaiting deportation for a federal conviction will wind up being a messy scandal in the middle of the general election against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn.

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Update: Columbia County man reports shooting during holdup attempt

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 7:03am

An Evans man said he was shot in the leg early Monday after four people tried to rob him outside his apartment.

Jamal Antwan Fielding, 25, said he was on a bench behind the clubhouse at Westwood Club Apartments on Washington Road about midnight when two men and two women approached him and demanded cash and jewelry, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

After he refused, one man shot Fielding in the thigh. The four people then ran away without stealing anything, Morris said.

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Mother arrested with pot in car, police say

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 9:11pm


Richmond County sheriff’s deputies arrested an Augusta woman Saturday after she was found with 447 grams of marijuana in her car hidden near her children, a police report states.

About 9 a.m., deputies stopped a 2008 Toyota Camry with dark tinted windows in the 1500 block of Holley Street. Deputies smelled marijuana while talking to the driver, Nicole Denise Slappy, 23, of Brockdale Drive, the report said. A plastic bag with marijuana was found underneath a black blouse on a rear floorboard, the report said.

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Burnettown officer grew up in police family

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:38pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: This profile is part of an ongoing series on area law enforcement officers.


Mark Warchol can’t let himself give up his police uniform completely just yet.

“It’s where my heart’s at, unfortunately,” the part-time Burnettown officer said. “When you get away from it, it drives you insane.”

The 30-year-old is still adjusting to being a part-time officer after leaving the North Au­gus­ta Department of Public Safety for a full-time job at Bridgestone earlier this year.

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Pardon Our Mess: Plant forms on surface of lakes at Diamond Lakes Regional Park

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:07pm

WHERE: Diamond Lakes Regional Park

WHAT: A plant has accumulated on the surface of four lakes at Diamond Lakes Regional Park.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities

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Small price for fishing license aids local wildlife management; fishing without license costly in Georgia

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 7:50pm

It costs residents only $9 for a one-year fishing license in Georgia, but local rangers say there are still some who chance getting caught casting without a permit on state waters.

From July 1, 2013, through June 30, 757 people statewide and 26 in the Augusta area have been caught fishing without a license.

Richmond County leads its 22-county region with the most citations at 17, while Co­lum­bia and McDuffie counties trail with eight and one violation each, according to the Georgia Department of Natu­ral Resources.

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Plant Vogtle expansion workforce continues to grow

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 7:08pm


Workforce numbers continue to rise at Plant Vogtle’s construction site as new nuclear reactors and cooling towers take shape.

About 4,200 workers are employed at the Vogtle expansion project, where the first two reactors built in the U.S. in more than three decades are rising from the red clay. In the next 12 to 18 months, the workforce is expected to peak at 5,000, Georgia Power spokesman Brian Green said.

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Germany tops Argentina in extra time, wins World Cup

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 5:36pm


RIO DE JANEIRO — Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn’t muster.

With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title with an extra-time winner against Argentina on Sunday – denying Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among the game’s all-time greats.

It was the moment of brilliance that ensured Germany’s 1-0 victory in a tight and tense final.

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Latta, S.C., backs gay police chief

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:14pm


LATTA, S.C. — When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as “questionable,” she expected her two decade career in law enforcement was over.

Then, this conservative, small town rebelled.

The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay marriage eight years ago, turned against the mayor, stripped him of his powers and rehired Moore. They said her dedication to the town mattered more than her sexual orientation.

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Thief snatches $100 bill from customer

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 11:57pm

An Augusta man is short $100 after a robber snatched the money from his hand as he paid for coffee Saturday morning.

According to a Richmond Coun­ty sheriff’s report, George Owens, 54, said he entered Circle K at 1739 Walton Way about 8:20 a.m. to buy his daily cup of coffee.

When he pulled out a $100 bill to pay for the brew, a man grabbed the bill and tried to flee but was caught by Owens. The man broke free after a brief struggle in which Owens tore the man’s red T-shirt off.

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Arrest made in Jonathan Circle shooting

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 9:48pm


A Keysville, Ga., man has been arrested in connection with a shooting on Jonathan Circle last week that injured a man.

Xavier Lamar Robinson, 20, of East Coursey Road, is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County jail records. He is also charged with felony possession of marijuana over a February incident.

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New Safety Management and Response Team Unit making a presence in downtown Augusta

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:53pm

It’s been a successful first month for a highly visible team of officers in downtown Augusta.

The new Safety Manage­ment and Response Team (SMART) Unit made up of community safety officers and sheriff’s deputies officially hit the street in late May with the hopes of creating a safer environment downtown.

“I think it’s good,” said Co­co Rubio, who owns two downtown music venues, Sky City and The Soul Bar. “It’s something we needed down here and should have had down here.”

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Body found in Thurmond Lake identified

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:51pm


Lincoln County authorities have identified a 36-year-old man who was found dead in Thurmond Lake on Friday.

Coroner Paul Reviere said Saturday that Wayne Pat­rick Mravlja, of Blythe, was pronounced dead about 5:10 p.m. after he was discovered about 100 yards off shore near a small island in the Chamberlain’s Ferry Boat landing area.

Boaters found the body and called the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Of­fice about 4 p.m. Sheriff Bruce Beggs said the preliminary cause of death is drowning, but the investigation is ongoing.

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