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Vacant home vandalized with paint

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 3:22pm

Police are investigating threatening messages sprayed on a vacant home off of Peach Orchard Road.

A maintenance employee for the company managing the property contacted police Tuesday morning after discovering the damage at the home on the 2700 block of Smith Drive.

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Coble loses in semifinals at Senior Amateur

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:47pm


Augusta’s Laura Coble lost a heartbreaker in the semifinals of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur on Wednesday.

Coble defeated Kim Eaton, 3 and 2, in the quarterfinal round Wednesday morning at Wellesley Country Club in Massachusetts. Coble won four of the first eight holes to build a big lead and only lost one hole to Eaton.

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Body found in July identified

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:05am

A decomposing body found in a Wilder Street home in July has been identified, but his cause of death remains undetermined.

A pre-demolition crew discovered the body at 1539 Wilder St. on July 22. Coroner’s office officials said that judging by the clothes the man had been there since winter. His body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy and an examination by a forensic anthropologist.

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Update: Missing Richmond County man found

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:57am

A man previously reported missing has been located, police said.

Earlier today, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help in its search for Bobby Gaiter, 36, who had last been seen at a home on Amber Drive in the Butler Creek Mobile Home Park about 9:30 a.m.

By 11 a.m., police confirmed the search was being cancelled.

Road closings set for Ironman race

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:00am


Several roads will be closed this weekend for the Ironman 70.3 Augusta.

The 70.3-mile triathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with a 1.2-mile swim from the Augusta Riverwalk Marina to The Boathouse Community Center on Riverfront Drive. From there, the athletes will shift to the 56-mile cycling leg into South Carolina.

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Aiken County sheriff's office investigating homicide

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 9:03am

Aiken County officials are investigating the fatal shooting of a man found in a pickup truck this morning.

Denzel D. Bates, 21, of Aiken, was found in the back of a Dodge pickup on Rushton Road by authorities shortly after 2 a.m. An autopsy showed Bates had been shot multiple times and his death is being called a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811 or Crimestoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.


1 dead, 1 hospitalized in southside fire

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 7:55am


One woman died and another person was hospitalized after an early morning house fire in south Augusta.

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Man wanted on drug charges leads deputies on chase

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 5:18pm


A man wanted on methamphetamine-related charges led Richmond County deputies on a chase Tuesday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Monica Belser, a deputy attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Jacob Craven, 22, of Beech Island, about 1 p.m. on Interstate 20 at Washington Road. Officials said Craven led police on a chase that ended in Aiken County, but additional details are not available. At one point during the incident, an officer deployed his stun gun.

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Judge allows teacher to turn self in after bus incident; admonishes student's mother

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 3:22pm


Chief Probate Judge Harry B. James III “reluctantly” signed an order for a warrant against a former Barton Chapel Elementary teacher following a Tuesday hearing into possible battery against a student.

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Elementary teacher accused of slapping pupil reassigned to different school

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 2:17pm

A former Sue Reynolds Elementary teacher has been reassigned to another elementary school after being accused of slapping a third-grade pupil on Aug. 18.

Kaden Jacobs, director of communications and community engagement for Richmond County schools, confirmed Tuesday that the teacher was disciplined for his actions but would not state what the punishment entailed.

“It’s a personnel matter,” Jacobs wrote in a text message. “I’m not going to get into how (the teacher) was disciplined.”

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Burke County moves up two spots in latest prep football poll

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:57pm


Despite having a week off, voters are noticing Burke County’s hot start and have rewarded the Bears in the latest Georgia Sports Writers Association High School Football Poll released Tuesday.

Burke County moved up two spots to No. 7 in the Class AAAA poll. The Bears are 4-0 with dominating wins over Washington County and Lakeside in their past two games. They have a tough test in Effingham County on Friday.

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Traffic alert for Columbia Road

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:53pm



Columbia Road commuters are advised roadwork might slow their travel this week.

According to a news release from the Georgia Department of Transportation, starting Wednesday, a Columbia County Water Utilities contractor will begin lowering water valve boxes and sewer manhole covers along Columbia Road, closing various lanes.

The work begins at Belair Road and continues east to Washington Road into next week.

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Aiken Tech sets career workshops

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:59am


Aiken Tech hopes to help current and prospective students explore career paths during a series of Career Exploration Workshops.

The workshops will be held 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Oct. 20 and Dec. 8 and are free to prospective and current students.

Officials said the workshops, which will be put on by the college’s Career Services department, will help students decided on a career path that’s in line with their personal goals and will take into account their personalities, interests and values.

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Service station bandit sought

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:51am


Police are seeking a man who robbed an Olive Road service station this morning.

Deputies were called to Pak-N-Go, 1649 Olive Road, after the unknown man, who was dressed in a hoodie with a green handkerchief over his face, robbed the store. He was last seen running toward the rear of the store.

Anyone with information is asked to contact a violent crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.


Jolie files for divorce from Pitt

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:27am





NEW YORK — Brangelina is no more. Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, bringing an end to one of the world’s most star-studded, tabloid-generating romances.


An attorney for Jolie Pitt, Robert Offer, said Tuesday that she has filed for the dissolution of the marriage. Offer said the decision was made “for the health of the family.”


The couple has six children together: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne.


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Gas pipeline restart set Wednesday

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:02am




ATLANTA — A main gas line is expected to restart Wednesday with a temporary bypass after a leak and spill in Alabama led to surging fuel prices and some gas shortages across the South, a company official said today.


The roughly 500-foot (152- meter) section of pipe that will serve as the bypass is now complete, and the company expects that will allow it to restart the main gasoline line, Colonial Pipeline spokesman Steve Baker told The Associated Press.


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CIA chief to speak in Augusta

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:53am



CIA Director John Brennan will speak in Augusta next month to a cybersecurity summit planned by Augusta University.


Brennan will be one of the keynote speakers at the program, which will bring together government, academia and industry experts to provide intelligence and the latest updates on how to improve cybersecurity, education and research, according to news release.


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Mayor's signature item moves to full commission

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:15am


Plans to remove the mayor’s signature line from a document he’s declined to sign move forward today.

Augusta’s Administrative Services committee approved eliminating the line last week after Mayor Hardie Davis said he would not sign the document, a policy change approved in June requiring commission approval before the city law department drafts new ordinances or code amendments.

City General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie said Davis’ signature wasn’t needed on the document.

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Firms vie to design new Augusta arena

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:01am

Four architectural firms interviewed with a committee Monday to develop a plan for a new arena in downtown Augusta, although the facility’s location and funding source remain undetermined.

Reprentatives from Rosser In­ter­na­tional, Stadium Consultants In­ter­national, AECOM and Sink Combs Deth­lefs each presented examples of their work and showed how they would develop plans for a new arena, including ways to win public support for the project that Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority has budgeted at $110 million.

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One hospitalized after I-20 wreck

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:01pm


One person was hospitalized Monday afternoon following a single-car wreck on Interstate 20.

About 5 p.m., deputies responded to mile marker 1, where a Ford Mustang overturned in the median. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, one person was transported to AU Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.

No lanes were blocked, according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern.