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Gunman sentenced in 2014 drive-by shooting

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 8:49pm


The gunman in a drive-by shooting at an Augusta restaurant last July that left a 14-year-old critically wounded was sentenced Monday.

Brandon D. Hilton, 17, pleaded guilty in Richmond Coun­ty Superior Court to aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and weapon charges. Judge Sheryl B. Jolly sentenced him to six years in prison followed by nine years on probation.

Hilton fired five shots at Jim­my John’s on Agerton Lane the evening of July 5. The teenage victim was shot in the right side of his chest.

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North Augusta woman dies in motorcycle crash in McCormick County

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 8:49pm


A North Augusta woman died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle accident in McCormick County.

Deanna Kimball Strawhorn-Yount, 43, was thrown from her Harley-Davidson after hitting a guardrail on Highway 28, according to S.C. Highway Patrol.

Strawhorn-Yount was pronounced dead at the scene around 3:20 p.m., according to McCormick County Coroner Faye Puckett.

Highway Patrol stated she ran off the highway, struck a guardrail and was thrown from themotorcycle. The patrol didn’t know Monday if Strawhorn-Yount was wearing a helmet.

Augusta Historic Preservation approves RAM Construction Group's plan for 2 new single-family homes in Olde Town

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 7:54pm


New single-family home construction coming in Augusta’s Olde Town neighborhood will resemble the old.

RAM Construction Group received approval from Augus­ta’s Historic Preservation Com­mis­sion to add two single-family homes in the Olde Town historic district under the stipulation that each home retains the neighborhood’s historic character.

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Daniel Field's Masters Week flights decrease 14 percent

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 7:39pm


The steep increase in private flights at Au­gusta Regional Airport during Masters Week contributed to a 14 percent decrease at Daniel Field, a small general aviation airport about 3 miles from Augusta National Golf Club.

Daniel Field totaled 1,126 takeoffs and landings during the Masters Tournament, according to Federal Aviation Admin­is­tration data. Operations were down 14.4 percent from 2014, while Augusta Regional’s flights increased nearly 40 percent, to 2,844.

The 4,002-foot runway limits the size of aircraft that can fly into Daniel Field.

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Parking deck delays postpone Medac office opening

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 7:29pm


Delays in construction of a parking deck have pushed back the opening for Medac Inc. in North Augusta to at least late August or early Sep­tem­ber, according to city administrator Todd Glover.

Employees at Medac, an anesthesia billing company expected to bring more than 500 workers to its new, near-complete facility next to the North Augusta municipal building, were reportedly told of the new timeline in a meeting last week.

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North Augusta man accused of child pornography

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:19pm


A North Augusta man has been accused of sending child pornography via file sharing, according to a South Carolina Attorney General’s office news release.

Benjamin Michael Bruker, 39, was arrested and booked into the Aiken County detention center on two counts of sexual exploitation of minors in the second degree and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in the third degree. Each count is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

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Fight posted on Facebook leads to woman's arrest

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:12pm


An Augusta mother has been arrested after a Facebook video showed her instigating a fight between her two daughters and another juvenile.

On Saturday, a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy was called to a fight involving juveniles at Delta Manor on East Bulla Street, but by the time he arrived it had dispersed. The following day he found footage of the fight on Facebook.

According to an incident report, the video showed Michelle Oatman, 31, instigating a fight between her two daughters, 12 and 10, and another girl, 10, who is a neighbor.

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Mother accused of abuse denied bond

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:02pm

Bond was denied Monday for an Au­gus­ta woman accused of physically abusing her 6-year-old daughter.

Michelle Johnson, 28, has been held without bond since February on charges of first- and second-degree cruelty to children. She has pleaded not
guilty in Richmond County Superior Court.

Assistant District Attorney Jared Wil­liams asked Judge J. David Roper to deny bond.

On Feb. 10, a case worker with the Department of Family and Children Services visited the family and saw the 6-year-old with a black eye.

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Former GreenJackets manager Goff named Marlins bench coach

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:04pm


Former Augusta GreenJackets manager Mike Goff was named the Miami Marlins bench coach Monday.

Goff was announced as part of Miami’s new field staff that includes new manager Dan Jennings, who also holds the general manager position. Previous manager Mike Redmond and part of his staff were fired Sunday following the Marlins’ 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

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1 dead in SC recycling plant fire

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:01pm




ANDERSON, S.C. — Authorities say one worker is dead and another has been injured in a fire at a metal recycling plant in Anderson.


Local media outlets report the fire broke out about 10 a.m. on Monday at OmniSource metal recycling.


The coroner confirms one man is dead while another was taken to a hospital. The names of the men were not immediately released.


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Gov. Deal bends rules for Capitol gala

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 10:46am

ATLANTA – The Georgia Chamber of Commerce got preferential treatment from Gov. Nathan Deal who bent rules to allow one of the most politically active organizations in the state to hold a fundraising dinner in the state Capitol.

“The symbolism of a fancy, black-tie gala, for well-to-do business executives at the seat of democracy in our state is concerning,” said Charlie Flemming, president of the Georgia AFL-CIO unions.

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Ga. below average in heavy drinking

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:02am

ATLANTA -- Georgia has lower rates of heavy drinking and binge drinking than the national average, a recently released study found.

The study, published last month in the American Journal of Public Health, found that just 6.9 percent of Georgians are heavy drinkers, versus a national rate of 8.2 percent. Heavy drinking is defined as exceeding an average of one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men over the past month.

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More than 20 arrested in child sex sting

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 8:48am


Almost two dozen people including a funeral home director, soldier and corrections officers were arrested in a weekend operation aimed at targeting online sexual predators.

The four-day effort, called Operation Mayday, ended Monday morning with 22 suspects, ages 19 to 52. All of the suspects communicated with a “child” online and then traveled to Augusta with the intention of having sex with a child. They are charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation, but more charges might be added, authorities said.

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Shoplifting suspect shocked 5 times with stun gun

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 5:46pm

A Waynesboro man was shocked with a stun gun five times after trying to shoplift aftershave at Wal-Mart, police say.

Russell Dean Johnson, 53, was seen placing a bottle of aftershave in his pocket, then was confronted by an officer working at the Deans Bridge Road business, according to a May 8 Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.

Johnson tried to flee but was tracked down, and the deputy “wrestled the suspect to the floor” in an attempt to arrest him, the report said.

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Braves' Miller loses no-hitter with 2 out in 9th

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 3:45pm


MIAMI — Shelby Miller’s no-hit bid ended with two out in the ninth inning Sunday when Justin Bour singled sharply up the middle, and the Atlanta Braves right-hander pitched a two-hitter in a 6-0 win over the Miami Marlins that completed a three-game sweep.


Miller easily retired the first two batters in the ninth before Bour singled on the first pitch, a 95-mph fastball. Dee Gordon then reached on an infield single before Martin Prado popped out.


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Sheriff's office using message boards to find speed hot spots

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:04pm

Those electronic message boards posted along the busier thoroughfares in Richmond County recently aren’t just there to remind motorists to watch their speed.

They’re also tattling on speeders.

Since the end of March, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has set up the message boards as part of its educational phase of traffic enforcement, said Lt. Ra­mone Lamkin. The message it wants to send is simple: Slow down.

“That will serve as a warning, because maybe a patrol car will be there next time to pull you over and give you a citation,” he said.

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American Pharoah wins Preakness Stakes in a romp

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:24pm


BALTIMORE — Minutes before the Preakness, it was an ominous scene at Pimlico Race Course. Thunder and lightning. Wind and rain. A record crowd scrambling for cover. A drenched racetrack.

Nothing – absolutely nothing – was going to stop American Pharoah, especially the competition.

Thunder rumbled as the starting gate opened, and the Kentucky Derby winner took charge early on and overpowered seven rivals, winning by seven lengths to put trainer Bob Baffert back in the Triple Crown groove.

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