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Woman reports thefts worth $4,350

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 8:25pm

An Augusta woman told deputies someone got inside her Damascus Road apartment Friday and took electronic items and jewelry valued at $4,350.

The victim said she left her Singleton Apartment residence for work about 6:15 a.m. Friday and when she returned about 8:30 p.m., she found her back door open .

She told deputies thieves took a 40-inch flat-screen TV, a Sony Playstation 4, two DVD players, a gold necklace valued at $500 and a gold diamond ring valued at $2,500.


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Series of vehicle break-ins reported

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:00pm


A series of vehicle break-ins and thefts -- some in which a hole was found drilled below the door lock -- were reported Friday night in west Augusta.

According to reports filed with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, three vehicles were entered and items taken outside Riverwatch Cinemas on Cabela Drive.

Another vehicle break-in, also with a hole found below the door lock, was discovered at the Family Y on Wrightsboro Road.

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Lincolnton man, 41, fatally shot

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 6:06pm

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the Friday night slaying of a Lincolnton man.

According to a statement from the GBI, deputies found Rodrigues Curry, 41, of the 1700 block of Bethany Church Road, fatally shot about 10 p.m. at his residence. His body will be taken to the GBI crime lab near Atlanta for autopsy.

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Tractor mishap injures Barnwell councilman

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 4:43pm

BARNWELL, S.C. -- A Barnwell city councilman was seriously injured this month in a tractor accident.

Billy Dozier was riding a tractor July 7 in a field on Bush River Road when he fell off, landing on the bush hog that was being pulled. The impact left Dozier with several injuries, including 11 broken ribs, facial fractures, broken jaw, two collapsed lungs and two broken lower vertebrae, according to his daughter, Kelli Dozier Howell, in a Facebook post.

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White Atlanta cop charged in black motorist slaying

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 4:19pm

ATLANTA — Court records show a white former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot a black motorist has been arrested.

Fulton County jail records show James R. Burns was arrested Saturday on charges including felony murder in the June 22 shooting of Devaris Caine Rogers.

Burns told investigators he shot a car that was “trying to run me over and kill me.”

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Storm takes out power, floods streets

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 4:13pm

Heavy storms sweeping the Augusta area this afternoon flooded streets, knocked out power and cut off traffic signals.

According to Georgia Power, at 6:10 p.m. 3,465 customers in Augusta did not have electrical power.

There is a chance more storms and rain could follow later tonight, according to the weather service.

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Historic Augusta proposes 'Woodlawn' district

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:28pm


An Augusta neighborhood is poised to become the city’s latest historic district.

The proposed “Wood­lawn” district would cover an area bounded by Hick­man Road, Walton Way, Druid Park Avenue and Wrights­boro Road, according to a release from Historic Augusta, which is seeking the designation under the National Register of Historic Places.

Woodlawn would join other Augusta historic districts such as Summerville, Harrisburg-West End, Down­town, Pinched Gut, Laney-Walker North and Bethlehem.

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Turkish officials say coup plotters being arrested

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 7:56pm

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the nation Saturday that his government was working to crush a coup attempt after a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital that left at least 17 dead and scores wounded.

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Blown tire by truck causes collisions

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:03pm

A blown tire caused a 9-car wreck on Interstate 20 on Friday.

According to Columbia County sheriff’s Staff Sgt. Ray Childress, a tractor trailer blew a tire and lost control while traveling East down I-20 around 2:20 p.m.

As vehicles began to slow to avoid the truck, other collisions occurred. Four cars subsequently ran into the rear of each other, and caused another collision in which two more cars sideswiped each other. Another car also wrecked.

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Aquinas receiver Justin Gibbs to transfer to Grovetown

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 3:15pm

Justin Gibbs, one of the area’s top receivers, is transferring from Aquinas to Grovetown.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Gibbs had 646 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a junior as the Irish reached the GHSA Class A private state championship game. Gibbs also turned heads as a sophomore when he caught four passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-21 win against Tattnall Square.

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Pence is Trump VP pick

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:17am

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, adding political experience and conservative bona fides to his Republican presidential ticket. Trump announced his decision on Twitter Friday morning, capping a frenzied 24 hours of speculation about his choice.

A news conference was set for Saturday for the two men who will take on Hillary Clinton and her Democratic running mate in November.

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Williston man dead in shooting

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 5:29am

A 35-year-old Williston man was fatally shot Thursday night in what authorities are calling a homicide.

Erik Dickerson died from multiple gunshots to his body, according to autopsy results released by Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Aiken County sheriff’s deputies were called to 519 Morgan St., in Aiken about 9:55 p.m. and discovered Dickerson dead in the yard.

Police said they have received little help from people in the area while conducting the investigation.

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Georgia executes man for beating friend to death in 1982

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 1:31am

JACKSON, Ga. — Georgia on Friday executed its sixth inmate this year, the most in any calendar year in the state since the death penalty was reinstated four decades ago.

John Wayne Conner, 60, was put to death for beating a friend to death during an argument after a night of partying in January 1982. Warden Eric Sellers told witnesses the time of death was 12:29 a.m.

Conner didn't make a final statement and declined to have a prayer said for him.

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Bus tour expected to highlight needs in south Augusta

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:59pm

South Augusta will again be in the spotlight next week when Mayor Hardie Davis takes the Augusta Commission on a bus tour of it.

Davis’ office hasn’t responded to inquiries about the tour, but the area is the target of a recently revived push to create a South Augusta Development Authority to improve development there.

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Reception to honor area artists showing at Augusta Municipal Building

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 7:45pm

City of Augusta employees and the public are invited to a Friday reception honoring area artists and their art on display at Augusta Municipal Building.

Now in its third show, the Municipal Building Gallery in the first floor lobby is currently showing work of a diverse group of some 20 artists such as Ruby Culpepper, Rhian Swain and Randy Lambeth from Augusta and surrounding counties.

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Truck slams into revelers in Nice, at least 80 dead

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 7:35pm

NICE, France — A truck loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove onto a sidewalk for more than a mile, plowing through Bastille Day revelers who'd gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city of Nice late Thursday. At least 80 people were killed before police killed the driver, authorities said.

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Trump postpones VP announcement, citing France attacks

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 6:08pm

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump abruptly postponed plans to announce his vice presidential pick Thursday night following a day of rampant speculation, citing the "horrible attack" in Nice, France, that left scores dead.

Trump had planned to hold his first event with his yet-to-be-announced running mate Friday morning in New York. He announced the change of plans on Twitter.

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2 vehicles found in Augusta Canal

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 5:29pm


The draining of the Augusta Canal this week for maintenance turned up a surprise Thursday.

Two cars – both Hondas – were found in the canal near Sibley Mill. That led to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, fire department
and dive team being called to the scene.

Tommie Crabb, who is doing electrical work at Sibley Mill, said he spotted the cars Thursday afternoon.

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5 teens, expectant mom charged in attack

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:11pm

Five teens and an expectant mother are facing charges after police say they attacked a new mother outside a pediatric office last month.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to Pediatric Partners on D’Antignac Drive about 3 p.m. June 15 to handle a fight involving several women.

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Suspects sought in $6,000 theft

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 2:52pm

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies are asking the public’s help in identifying three suspects linked to the theft of more than $6,000 worth of cell phones and iPods from the Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road.

According to a police bulletin, the three men who appeared to be in their mid-20s entered the store at 1:18 a.m. Tuesday, concealed the items in their clothing and left without paying. They drove away in a white four-door vehicle.

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