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SC pit bull owner charged after attacks

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:33am


FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. — Police have charged a Fountain Inn man whose three pit bulls injured two people and killed two other dogs.


The Greenville News reports Wednesday that 21-year-old Rayvon Denzel James has been charged with four counts of failure to keep a vicious dog restrained and animal nuisance.


Police on Friday saw the dogs attacking a family pet. A mother and her 10-year-old daughter were bitten trying to separate the animals, and Police Chief Keith Morton says they were treated at a hospital.


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Woman charged with defrauding Clemson, USC game tickets

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:31am


GREENVILLE, S.C. — Sheriff’s deputies say a Greenville woman sold tickets and parking passes for Clemson and University of South Carolina games but never delivered the goods.


Greenville County deputies tell local media outlets Tuesday that the tickets were allegedly sold online by 51-year-old Melissa McAffe Grey of Greenville.


Authorities say five people have reported buying the tickets from her and trying to get in touch to get the tickets or money back. Deputies say Grey returned the money after being contacted by law enforcement.

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Attacks on health-care workers, nurses, doctors spark alarm

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:56am


ATLANTA -- Nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians and other health-care workers get punched, bit and slammed into walls while doing their jobs, and a legislative panel is considering whether to increase penalties in order to protect them.

The attacks come from patients, their family and even gangs seeking revenge, according to testimony various witnesses gave Tuesday to a House-Senate committee making a study of violence against healthcare workers. Trade associations for hospitals and nurses requested the legislative inquiry.

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Hyde Park residents question spending

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:39pm

A bevy of upset Hyde Park residents were on hand for new city Administrator Janice Allen Jackson’s first commission meeting Tuesday, demanding to know where $4 million in relocation funds had been spent when more than 70 residents remained in the neighborhood.

“Go out there and look and see if they done put $4 million out there,” one man said, standing up in the gallery, after commissioners received a report on project spending.

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Exchange Club of South Augusta presents awards to safety officials

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:20pm


Four Richmond County public safety officials were awarded Tuesday.

During the 12th annual Public Safety Awareness Day at T’s Restaurant, the Ex­change Club of South Augusta presented a plaque and $50 check to Yolanda Holley (dispatch), Joseph McAlpin (civil marshal’s department), Ian Buckley (fire department) and Michael Woodard (sheriff’s office).

“This is the least we can do to show our appreciation to those who keep our community safe,” said Larry Sides, the president of the Exchange Club. “These individuals … need to know how much they mean.”

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Suspect shot during burglary attempt, deputies say

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:10pm


An Augusta teen was shot while trying to burglarize a home Tuesday, deputies say.

About 10:50 a.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 1800 block of Gordon Highway for a burglary in progress with shots fired, according to a statement from the department.

The homeowner told deputies he was inside when he heard his front door being kicked open. When the victim went to the front of his house, he saw 17-year-old Ty’Qua Zhan’Trez Walker, of Lyman Street, standing in the kitchen. Two more unknown black males were seen entering through the door.

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6 Augusta buildings added to Historic Augusta's list of endangered structures

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:59pm


Historic Augusta hopes a handful of the city’s distressed landmarks can be given a second life.

The historic preservation group added three Broad Street commercial buildings, two Greene Street houses and a home on Central Avenue to its 2015 Endangered Prop­er­ties list.

The buildings, some of which have holes in the roof and broken windows and are vacant, should be preserved to maintain the city’s rich history, the group says.

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Aiken wreck kills woman, 93

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:28pm

AIKEN — A single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon killed Ethel L. Leduc, 93, the Aiken County coroner said.

Leduc was headed north on Whiskey Road near Doughtery Road when she drove onto the right shoulder of the road and into a ditch, according to a news release. She was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 2:27 p.m.

No one else was injured in the crash.

Public meetings on downtown parking set for Dec. 9

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:00pm


Public discussion on a proposed downtown parking management plan that includes meters will take place in December.

Two public meetings will be held Dec. 9. The first forum is set for noon at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library at 823 Telfair St., and the second is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Marbury Center at 1257 Broad St., according to the Down­town Development Authority, which is helping the city organize the meetings.

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Ticket purchased at gas station on Peach Orchard Road

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:22pm

A Martinez woman recently won $1.25 million on a Cash Bonanza instant ticket purchased at a Richmond County gas station.

Susan Jones claimed her prize Nov. 14 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Augusta after purchasing the ticket at the Sprint Food Store on the 3100 block of Peach Orchard Road, according to a statement from Georgia Lottery media relations manager Kimberly Starks.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $15.7 billion to the state of Georgia for education.

Columbia County officials target infrastructure growth

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:12pm

With the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce announcing five-star accreditation Tuesday, Republican lawmakers in the state Legislature said they plan to work with community leaders to improve highway infrastructure, expand broadband coverage and reform income-tax regulations to attract new businesses to the area.

“The stage has been set for us to succeed,” said Sen. Bill Jackson, R-Appling, during the chamber’s annual pre-legislative breakfast.

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Azziz speaks of his "gratitude" to GRU

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:43pm


A day after he was turned down for a post at another university, Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz shared a message with employees that was entitled, “Gratitude.”

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Man sleeps in rental customer's car

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:46pm

Police are searching for an Augusta man who was found Monday afternoon sleeping in the back seat of a customer’s vehicle at Hertz Car Rental.

About 3:35 p.m., a Hertz customer told deputies he went to retrieve his personal vehicle after renting a car, only to find 53-year-old Daniel Lanham sleeping in his Nissan Sentra, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident took place in the 3300 block of Washington Road.

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Man pleads guilty in auto-parts thefts, gets probation

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:42pm

The former operations manager at a local car-parts business pleaded guilty Tuesday to 59 counts of theft for stealing from his employer.

Dennis Ray McDaniel, 50, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court for his part in a theft ring that pillaged the stock of Southern Pik-A-Part.

Although investigators initially believed the losses amounted to more than $90,000, many of the vehicles were later recovered. The amount of restitution that McDaniel will ultimately owe will be determined within 90 days.

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Fire to Millen church believed to be arson

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:36pm

A weekend fire that destroyed a church of historical significance in Jenkins County was arson, the Georgia Department of Insurance confirms.

The blaze was set intentionally, and investigators are searching for the arsonist or arsonists, said Ralph Hudgens, the insurance commissioner.

Carswell Grove Baptist Church on Big Buckhead Church Road in Millen was burned to the ground about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, investigators say.

The predominantly black congregation has about 20 members who meet for services once a month, Hudgens said in a news release.

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Public invited to watch Palace Malice train

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:29am


Palace Malice will begin training in Aiken on Monday, and the public is welcome to watch.

Dogwood Stable announced Tuesday that the 4-year-old colt will undergo workouts at the Aiken Training Track for 60 days under the supervision of Brad Stauffer.

The 2013 Belmont Stakes champion was cleared for racing last week after suffering a bone bruise in the Whitney Stakes on Aug. 2. After his stint in Aiken, Palace Malice will be shipped to Florida to work under trainer Todd Pletcher and is expected to return to racing in late spring.

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Bridgestone celebrates opening of giant-tire plant

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:21am

GRANITEVILLE — Bridge­stone has been making tires for customers for a couple of months, but on Tuesday its officials marked the opening of their largest manufacturing investment in corporate history.

Taiko drummers welcomed Bridgestone executives from Japan to view the nearly $1 billion giant-tire plant in Aiken County.

The 1.5-million-square-foot facility makes off-road radial tires, used mainly in quarry and mining operations.

The tires had been made solely in Japan, but the new plant in the Sage Mill industrial area was needed to meet North American demand.

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Savannah weekend sees 9 shootings

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:12am

SAVANNAH, GA. -- Savannah suffered a surge of gun violence over the weekend with nine shootings reported from Friday to Sunday night, two of which were fatal.

Savannah-Chatham police do not believe any of the incidents are related, but a number of the shootings involved what Police Chief Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin called risky behavior. Now, police said, many of the victims aren’t cooperating and witnesses aren’t coming forward with information.

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SC son takes truck, drags dad

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:09am

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Authorities say a Rock Hill man allegedly tried stealing his parents’ pickup truck, dragging his father down the road in the process.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports they got a call Saturday afternoon that a man was being dragged down the road behind a Ford F-150.

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Augusta Warrior Project's expanded mission takes on new name, receives more funding

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:57am


A national movement that was championed by the Augusta Warrior Project to help thousands of veterans adjust to life after military service officially became a nonprofit organization Monday and announced a new grant cycle for communities interested in joining “America’s Warrior Partnership.”

America’s Warrior Partnership, the nonprofit’s new name, was formed in Augusta in September 2013 to provide a wide variety of transitional services for veterans nationwide by strengthening local nonprofits and empowering communities to build networks of support.

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