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Grovetown escapees captured

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 2:51pm

 

Two inmates who escaped the Grovetown Department of Public Safety Detention Center late Friday are back in police custody, officials said.

Michael Davis, 24, and Joshua Gray, 21, who escaped about 8:20 p.m., were caught Saturday morning in Richmond County as they attempted to check in at the Knights Inn on Boy Scout Road, Chief Gary Owens said.

The two escaped through a broken fence at the department’s temporary holding facility, he said, and made their way to the home of Gray’s mother, Malisa Self.

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Grovetown police looking for escaped inmates

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:34pm

Officials confirmed that two inmates escaped Friday evening from the Grovetown Police Department Detention Center.

The suspects, who escaped at approximately 8:20 p.m., are Michael Davis, 24, and Joshua Gray, 21, according to the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.

Davis is described as a black male, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts.

Gray, a white male subject, is described as 5-foot-9, 145 pounds and was last seen wearing a dark in color T-shirt and black shorts.

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Augusta female sought after pointing gun in another woman's face

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:22pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an Augusta woman accused of pointing a firearm at another female Friday afternoon.

About 1:55 p.m., deputies responded to the 3200 block of Brandywine Drive, where China Welsh, 39, said that Kesha Hazel “approached her vehicle and pointed a black handgun in her face,” according to an incident report.

The suspect then allegedly said, “I got you” and left the scene, the report said.

Welsh told deputies the incident was a result of a verbal altercation over previous incidents.

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Augusta Fire Department chief submits salary proposal to public safety committee

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 7:01pm

The Augusta Fire Depart­ment will present a pay raise proposal for firefighters and administrators to the county’s public safety committee Monday.

According to a slideshow attached to Monday’s agenda, the department has lost 140 people in less than six years. Only 39 were because of retirement.

Because of staffing shortages, the department has struggled to maintain the National Fire Protection Association standard of four firefighters per truck.

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Waynesboro Police arrest 7 in shooting death of Bonner

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 6:58pm

 

Seven of 11 people sought in the April 14 shooting death of a Waynesboro man are in custody.

Mandrekgus Delvin Bonner, 26, was fatally wounded outside his home at 107 E. 11th St., just before 1 a.m. Another person, whose identity has been withheld, was also shot.

Today, the Waynesboro Police Department and other agencies including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued arrest warrants for the suspects, who face charges from felony murder to false statement.

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Columbia County school board rejects fine arts charter school

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 6:02pm

 

Organizers behind a proposed fine arts charter school in Columbia County said they are optimistic state officials will approve their plan to open a school in 2015 – a plan that was unanimously rejected by the Board of Education this week.

Todd Shafer, one of the founding board members for the proposed Columbia County School for the Arts, said the entire board will travel to Atlanta on Tuesday to present their application to the Charter Schools Commission of Georgia.

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Sky Arrow 600 plane helps Aiken County Sheriff's Office monitor crime from above

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:39pm

 

AIKEN — High above the trees, sheriff’s office pilots patrol the county undetected.

A wanted or fleeing suspect knows to be on the lookout for flashing blue lights, but they don’t always know that pilots like Sgt. Larry Schrade are keeping an eye on them from above.

“It’s a perspective you can’t get from the ground,” said Schrade, who started flying in the Navy and has 6,000 flight hours.

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United Way of the CSRA invites new agencies to become partners

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:31pm

 

For the first time since 2010, United Way of the CSRA is inviting new agencies and organizations to participate in the community investment process.

The agency pre-application process begins July 29 and will allow currently unaffiliated organizations the opportunity to become United Way partners.

“It’s definitely exciting to bring new organizations in that we haven’t already partnered with,” said Brooke Steele, United Way’s community impact director. “We’re thrilled about the opportunity to increase our donors’ impact beyond what we’re currently funding.”

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'The Augusta Chronicle' staff wins Morris awards

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:13pm

The Augusta Chronicle was recognized Friday for journalism efforts ranging from traditional editorial writing and sports reporting to online projects, social media innovation and videography.

Eight staffers shared five first-place awards in the annual Morris Journalism Awards in competition with other Morris Communications newspapers across the country.

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Augusta Museum of History extends days to honor James Brown, Get On Up movie

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:53pm

 

The Augusta Museum of History will open additional days next month through September to honor James Brown.

The extended days coincide with the nationwide opening of the James Brown movie, Get On Up, on Aug. 1.

In 2008, “The Godfather of Soul: Mr. James Brown” exhibit opened at the museum. Nancy Glaser, the executive director of the museum, said it has attracted people from as far away as Japan and Germany.

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Richmond County firefighters rescue trapped animals in house fire on Wayside Drive

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:21pm

 

Firefighters rescued several pets Friday morning from a house fire on Wayside Drive.

Richmond County firefighters were called to 3445 Wayside Drive about 8:30 a.m. The home’s occupants made it safely outside, where they were treated for smoke inhalation. But several pets were still inside. Firefighters rescued three puppies, two cats and three kittens.

Firefighters determined the fire started when someone placed a pile of clothes on top of lit cigarettes that had been left on a mattress.

Smoke damage was contained to one room of the house.

2 teens arrested in Aiken County shooting, robbery

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:18pm

Two teens are in custody after a robbery and shooting on Wednesday.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office had been seeking the teens for their involvement in the shooting and robbery of a man on Amos Court about 7 p.m. The victim, who was shot in the upper thigh, said they left in a gold Chevrolet Tahoe.

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First Richmond County homicide in 2014 still unsolved

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:15pm

 

What happened to Willie Harris Aiken Jr.?

That’s the question police are asking six months after he died from gunshot wounds.

Aiken was the first homicide of the year and the case remains unsolved.

The 34-year-old was shot at least once at his home, 413 Colorado St., just before midnight on Jan. 13. He died the following morning at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release Friday asking the public for help in solving the case.

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Michael Drawdy, 21, crashes Jeep into Evans house while driving under the influence

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:13am

A Columbus, Ga., man who wrecked his SUV and hit an Evans house Friday morning was driving under the influence, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Steve Morris said Steven Michael Drawdy, 21, lost control of his Jeep Commander after striking a speed bump while traveling too fast on Hammonds Ferry Road about 1:40 a.m.

The Jeep rolled across two lawns and hit the front of 3957 Hammonds Ferry Road.

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Baseball official gets press box prostate exam

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 8:33am

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — There as much attention on the press box as on the field at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor league baseball game as team’s general manager had a public prostate exam.

During the seventh inning stretch of Thursday’s game, Andy Milovich bended over with his head out the press box window singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” as the exam was performed.

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Fire disrupts morning commute

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 8:29am

A portion of Bennock Mill Road is blocked to traffic while crews fight a structure fire.

The fire was reported at Bennock Mill and Horseshoe roads at 7:45 a.m., according to Richmond County dispatch.

At least five fire engines are on the scene. Police were instructed to block all through traffic in the area.

No details on the fire are available yet.

 

Eggs stolen from Augusta business

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:40am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an unknown suspect accused of stealing eight cases of eggs Thursday from an area business.

Approximately 8:42 a.m., deputies responded to PET Dairy at 1805 Gordon Highway in reference to missing property, according to an incident report.

PET Dairy assistant manager Michael Manley told deputies the cases of eggs and an aluminum hand truck were stolen. According to the report, one deputy noticed a fence surrounding the rear of the business was damaged and allowed the suspect to enter and exit the property.

 

Three men wanted in Augusta robbery

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:40am

Deputies are searching for three male suspects in connection with a robbery Wednesday in Richmond County.

At approximately 4:45 a.m., the suspects were caught on camera during a burglary at a private residence on Wheeler Road, according to a statement from Capt. Calvin Chew.

The unidentified suspects took several guns, jewelry, a television and one iPad.

If anyone has information regarding the incident, please contact deputy Angela Gates at (706) 821-1088 or the on-call investigator at (706) 821-1080.

 

Stars come to Augusta for 'Get On Up' premiere

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:43pm

Three nights after James Brown’s biopic Get On Up premiered at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, the bright-lights and red carpet shifted from New York to Augusta.

An estimated 700 people attended Thursday’s sold-out event, including director Tate Taylor and Chadwick Boseman, who starred as the Godfather of Soul.

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Rebranded charter school opens its doors

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:36pm

 

Keyshawd Marshall is young, ambitious and ready to improve his lot.

He wants a better job and a high school diploma, two goals he can accomplish to make his mother proud and help him build a life. And as he fills out the last few lines of his application to Augusta’s Graduation Achievement Center of Georgia, he feels those goals may be within reach.

“I just want to show my mother I can do it, that I can at least get a high school diploma,” Marshall said. “I want to show that someone from my family can get that. And I can get better jobs with that too.”

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