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Police trying to identify school safe thief

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 1:28pm

Police need the public’s help identifying a thief who stole a safe from an Aiken County school.

According to an Aiken County sheriff’s news release, a man broke into Horse Creek Academy on Toolebeck Road just before midnight May 6 and stole a safe from an interior locked room. Deputies responded to the alarm activation, but the burglar had already left.

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

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Woman arrested in mall iPad theft

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:00pm

A Hephzibah woman has been charged in the theft of an iPad from the Augusta Mall food court.

On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office released surveillance footage from April 13 that showed the woman, later identified as 26-year-old Tonya Waites, taking an other person’s iPad from the counter of Chick-fil-A at the mall.

Police said today that Waites has been arrested on a charge of theft of lost or mislaid property. The iPad was recovered.

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Child hung by belt; Ga. teacher charged

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:36am

CONYERS, Ga. — A paraprofessional at a Conyers school accused of hanging a child by his belt from the classroom’s chalkboard has been charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Media outlets report that Antonio Cammon, former paraprofessional at Shoal Creek Elementary School, must report to jail by 6 p.m. Friday.

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SC teacher accused of student sex

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:26am

GREENVILLE, S.C. — An English teacher at a high school in Greenville has been accused of having sex with a student.

Greenville County sheriff’s deputies told local media that 38-year-old Erickson Lamar Bynum of Simpsonville is accused of sex with a student and with the attempted sexual assault of two other students.

The Southside High School teacher is charged with sexual battery with a student and two counts of second-degree assault and battery.

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Suspect sought in Monday shooting

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 8:11am

One suspect has been charged and another is being sought in a Monday shooting on Massoit Court.

Deputies were called to the 2600 block of Massoit Court about 1 p.m. Monday in reference to shots fired and discovered Charles Green with a gunshot wound to the head. Green remains in the hospital.

On Wednesday, police charged Amaad Bush, 19, of Dahlia Drive, with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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Man found dead identified

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 8:10am


A man whose death has been deemed suspicious was identified Thursday.

Coroner Mark Bowen said Christopher Welch, 31, was found dead in a residence on Greene Street Wednesday morning.

An autopsy was conducted this week at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta, but Bowen said it could be weeks before results are returned.


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Nelson aims for Smith's seat in eastside District 125 state House race

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:38pm


A retired postal worker with deep local connections is seeking to unseat an entrenched Augusta state representative dogged by campaign financial reporting issues.

Sheila Clark Nelson said she’s no stranger to pounding the pavement after 34 years with the U.S. Postal Service, including several as a postmaster and seven marketing postal products to businesses around a 100-mile radius to increase postal revenues.

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Augusta man convicted of child molestation

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:55pm


An Augusta man accused of molesting a 10-year-old girl was convicted Thursday.

Although the jury acquitted Antonio D. Gathers of the more serious charge of aggravated child molestation, the guilty verdict means Gathers will spend the next 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Gathers, 30, was found guilty of molesting a child whom his father is accused of sexually assaulting just months earlier.

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Cotton Ball moved to Sacred Heart

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 1:41pm


Tonight’s Historic Augusta Cotton Ball has been moved to Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and admission is by new, current or renewing membership.

For more information, call (706) 724-0436 or visit

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Three-time Masters champion Mickelson to forfeit nearly $1 million in SEC case

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:05am

NEW YORK — Phil Mickelson has agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million that the Securities and Exchange Commission said was unfairly earned on a tip from an insider trading scheme conducted by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.

The SEC announced criminal charges Thursday against a gambler named William Walters and the former director of Dean Foods, Thomas Davis, alleging that the pair used inside information about the company to make millions of dollars in illicit stock trades between 2008 and 2012.

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Muirfield says no to women, removed from British Open rotation

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:47am

Muirfield was removed from the list of courses that can host the British Open golf tournament, after the Scottish club voted against admitting female members in a move Thursday that provoked sharp criticism from players and lawmakers.

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns Muirfield, announced its decision to retain the club’s male-only policy following a ballot of its 750 members. A two-thirds majority was required for a change to take place, but 36 percent of members voted against allowing women.

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Arts Council honors announced

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:39am


The Augusta Arts Council has announced the 2016 Arts Awards winners.

Each year, the council recognizes outstanding members of the arts community for the ways they help advance the arts in the Augusta area. The winners will be honored June 16 at the Greater Augusta Arts Council Annual Awards Dinner and Meeting. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at Enterprise Mill Event Center, 1450 Greene St. Admission is $30 per person. Advance tickets can be purchased at

Winners were chosen in six categories:

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Evans middle pupils suspended over alcohol

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:38am


Two Evans Middle School students were suspended after they attempted to bring alcohol to campus during the last week of classes.

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Crash of EgyptAir flight confirmed

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 2:52am

CAIRO — Egyptian aviation officials say an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed.

EgyptAir Flight 804 was lost from radar at 2:45 a.m. local time when it was flying at 37,000 feet, the airline said. It said the Airbus A320 had vanished 10 miles (16 kilometers) after it entered Egyptian airspace.

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Suspects make off with over $170,000 in equipment, vehicles

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:47pm

Police are seeking two men who stole three vehicles, three trailers and other items from an Augusta business over the weekend.

Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Augusta Industrial Coating, 911 Hayes Drive, early Monday after an employee discovered the thefts.

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Hill challenging Howard for seat in state House District 124

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:09pm

One of the biggest local contests on the Tuesday Democratic primary ballot is newcomer Gregory Hill’s effort to unseat longtime state Rep. Henry “Wayne” Howard.

House District 124 takes in most of north Augusta-Richmond County along Washington Road, follows the riverfront east to Gordon Highway then hooks west almost to Barton Chapel Road.

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Augusta man arrested facing drug charges

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 9:38pm

An Augusta man who tried to evade a police officer in a “known drug area” is facing drug charges.

Brandon Rashad Pernell, 21, of Aiken Street, was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of possession of Oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

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Police seek help in finding couple who stole iPad at Augusta Mall

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 5:13pm

Police are seeking the public’s help finding a couple who took an iPad from a food court counter at the Augusta Mall.

Police said surveillance footage showed the man and woman taking the iPad, which had a blue cover, from the Chick-fil-A counter sometime around 5:15 p.m. Friday. They were accompanied by two children.

A news release stated the couple is being sought for questioning in the theft.

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Masked burglars steal $2,000 from store

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 2:38pm


An Olive Road store owner told police two masked men stole $2,000 in merchandise but left behind empty beer cans and cigarettes butts during a burglary Tuesday.

Police were called to Fast Gas, 2067 Olive Road, about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday after the owner discovered his store had been burglarized overnight. Surveillance footage showed two men in all black with masks entering the store after breaking out a glass pane with a brick. They were observed entering and leaving the store several times with alcohol and food valued at $2,000.

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Teen charged in weekend shooting

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 2:32pm

An 18-year-old has been charged in a weekend shooting that may be connected to Richmond County’s most recent murder.

Davante Parks was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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