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Sand Gnats hand GreenJackets seventh loss in a row

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:14pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Brad Wieck and Jimmy Duff combined on a three-hit shutout and the Savannah Sand Gnats handed the Augusta GreenJackets their seventh consecutive loss, 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Wieck (1-4) allowed all three hits and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Duff pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief and struck out three to earn his second save.

Luis Guillorme was 3 for 4 with an RBI for Savannah.

Jonah Arenado went 2 for 4 for Augusta.

Woman steals electronics from Salvation Army, leaves them next door

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:43pm

Deputies are searching for a woman accused of stealing electronics from the Salvation Army and leaving them at a nearby business.

Around 7:33 p.m. Monday, officers responded to the Salvation Army on the 1500 block of North Leg Road in reference to a theft, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses said a black woman about 40 years old was seen taking a television and DVD player from the Salvation Army.

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Autopsy results inconclusive in Aiken County death

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:24pm

Autopsy results on an Aiken County woman found dead in her apartment were inconclusive Wednesday, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Lauren McKinney, 28, was found in her Glendale Terrace Apartment about noon Tuesday. According to Carlton, the coroner’s office is awaiting the results of further toxicology testing.

Aiken police are investigating McKinney’s death as a “suspicious death,” Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. Jake Mahoney said.

Burglary suspects wanted in North Augusta

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:24pm

The North Augusta Department of Public Safety is asking for help in locating a pair of burglary suspects.

On May 17, deputies responded to the Belvedere-North Augusta Rescue Squad in reference to a break-in, according to a statement from Lt. Tim Thornton.

Video from outside the building shows the suspects entering the structure three times in a three-week span.

Anyone with information on the suspects can contact Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.


Appling thoroughfare to be closed for bridge replacement

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:15pm

Motorists who use Washington Road to travel between Columbia and Lincoln counties should expect significant delays for more than a year as the bridge over Keg Creek is rebuilt.

Washington Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Wednesday from just north of Wildwood Park to Ray Owens Road and will remain closed for an estimated 540 days, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

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Augusta VA walks to combat veteran homelessness as problem grows in city

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:53pm


Hundreds of people from the Augusta-area walked – or rolled – with more than 24,000 Department of Veterans Affairs’ employees nationwide Wednesday to promote wellness and combat a homelessness problem that has grown locally to 71 veterans.

For the first time, the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center opened its annual VA2K event to the community, accepting cash donations and pledges from participants willing to walk on the Augusta Riverwalk in support of the 51 men and 20 women considered to be homeless veterans in the city.

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Warrant canceled for former Burke County teacher charged with sexual involvement with student

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:48pm


A bench warrant for the arrest of former Burke County teacher Debra Tanksley has been canceled.

In May 2014, Tanksley, 38, was arrested and charged with criminal attempt sexual assault and electronically furnishing obscene material to minors. She was later fired from Burke County High School. In December, the 2013 Burke County Teacher of the Year did not appear for arraignment and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. That warrant has been lifted, according to Augusta District Attorney Ashley Wright.

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Child sex crime indictments issued in federal court

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:38pm

In unrelated cases, three men are facing federal charges involving the sexual abuse of children.

A federal grand jury indicted Bakari Shahid McMillian on a charge of sex trafficking of a minor. He is accused of prostituting a 16-year-old runaway.

The federal jury also indicted Adam Michael Hunt this week on charges of attempted online enticement of a minor and interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and Randy Houston Mercer on charges of production and distribution of child pornography.

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Two arrested in burglary at Boost Mobile in Aiken

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:29pm


Two Aiken men have been arrested in connection with an early Wednesday burglary at Boost Mobile in Aiken.

Carl Lorenzo Taylor, 21, and Robert Lee Jones, 20, are charged with second-degree burglary.

According to a news release, the men caused several thousand dollars in damage and lost merchandise when they broke into the store at 1022 York St., Wednesday morning. Investigators recovered items stolen from Boost Mobile as well as additional property stolen from burglaries reported at York Telecom, 1163 York St., on Monday and Tuesday.


Commissioner Grady Smith released from hospital

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:59pm

Augusta Commissioner Grady Smith was released from the hospital Wednesday after being treated for high blood sugar, low blood pressure and dehydration.

“I felt a little woozy and the lights were out,” said Smith, who missed Tuesday’s Augusta Commission meeting after falling ill on his way into the Municipal Building.

Smith, 68, thanked Gold Cross EMS, Richmond County marshals, Brad Owens and a former nurse for coming to his aid in the parking lot.

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Local authorities get assist from GBI in drug disposal

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:22pm

Each month, Investigator Albert Brabazon picks 100 pounds of drugs out of a crowded room full of thousands of pounds of drugs collected over the past three years to take to Atlanta to be destroyed.

Ten months out of the year, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation allows police agencies to bring 100 pounds of contraband to be destroyed in its gigantic incinerator. August and December are off-months because of the heat of summer and Christmas holidays.

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More tests after Aiken death

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:53pm


Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said toxicology results are needed to determine a cause of death on a woman found dead in her apartment Tuesday.

The death of Lauren McKinney, 28, was labeled “suspicious” when police found her at her Glendale Terrace apartment Tuesday afternoon. Aiken Public Safety Lt. Jake Mahoney said investigators handled the case as a crime scene because there was no obvious cause of death.

An autopsy Wednesday returned inconclusive results, Carlton said.


You might hear booms Thursday

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:40pm

Bomb squad training on Thursday could produce loud booms throughout the day.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting the training at their training facility located south of the landfill on Deans Bridge Road from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Augusta holdup suspect sought

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:16pm


Police are seeking a man who robbed a Deans Bridge Road business at gunpoint Wednesday morning.

The man, who covered his face with a white shirt, came into Dollar General, 2549 Deans Bridge Road, with a handgun around 9:40 a.m. and demanded money. He was last seen running from the store with an undisclosed amount of cash toward the rear of Krispy Kreme on Gordon Highway.

Police set up a perimeter and searched the area with dogs following the incident, but he was not found.

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Greenbrier baseball's championship series set for Monday

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:41pm

Championship baseball hits the area on Memorial Day.

The Greenbrier baseball team will play at home against Gainesville in the Class AAAAA state championship series starting with Monday’s 3 p.m. doubleheader. If the two teams split, the deciding game will be played at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The Wolfpack are trying to win the school’s first state title since 2007. But Greenbrier has been close since, as it has reached at least the state semifinals for four seasons in a row.

Greenbrier most recently played for the state championship in 2013, losing to Pope.

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VA deputy secretary, Fox News anchorman co-delivering keynotes at warrior care symposium

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:42am

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson and Fox News anchor Jon Scott will deliver keynote addresses at a two-day symposium on care for military veterans being held in Augusta.

At the second annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium, 350 people from about 28 states are meeting at the Augusta Convention Center on Thursday and Friday to discuss ways to connect veterans and their families to nonprofits. It is hosted by America’s Warrior Partnership, a national nonprofit based in Augusta and the umbrella organization of Augusta Warrior Project.

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Forecast: Augusta economy to grow

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:12am




ATLANTA – Augusta’s employment will grow by 3.1 percent this year, slightly ahead of the state overall, according to a forecast released Wednesday by Georgia State University.

Metro Augusta has already added 1,500 jobs in the first three months of this year.

“Strong employment gains occurred in the sectors of education and health (650), leisure and hospitality (500), manufacturing (400) and construction (300) in the first quarter,” wrote Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Economic Forecasting Center that released the outlook.

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Mom, boyfriend charged in child death

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:08am

SOPERTON, Ga. — A Treutlen County couple has been arrested after police say they killed a 2-year-old and told authorities he drowned.

Multiple news outlets report 22-year-old Porshia Johnson and her boyfriend 21-year-old Travis Jordan were arrested Sunday.

A GBI spokeswoman says Johnson’s son, Aerick McManus, was found dead May 14 in a plastic wading pool in Soperton.

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Ga. teacher accused of allowing sex in class

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:06am

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — An Atlanta-area teacher has been arrested after a parent complained he allowed middle school students to have sex in a storage unit in his classroom.

Multiple news outlets report 25-year-old Quentin Wright, a math teacher at The Champion School in Stone Mountain, was taken into custody Tuesday. He has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

An arrest warrant says Wright arranged times with students when the classroom would be empty and gave them condoms.

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Athens men freed from 'slave house'

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:54am

ATHENS, Ga. -- A man’s complaint that Emma Lois Heard was “running a slave house” in west Athens evidently prompted authorities last week to search the home on Landor Drive and rescue four men who allegedly were being held against their will.


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