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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 augustaarts.com.

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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Probe continues in fire that killed toddler

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:24am

Fire officials said it could be a while before investigators determine the cause of a fire that resulted in the death of a toddler last week.

Ariyanna Woods, 18 months, died soon after being pulled from a fire May 11 at Magnolia Apartments, 2133 Vandivere Road. Her mother remains in critical condition. Officials said both were rescued from the burning building by neighbors.

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Augusta motel residents moved out after code violations found

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:12am

Extended stay residents and guests were moved out of a Wrightsboro Road motel Tuesday after fire and building inspectors found more than 100 renovated rooms were in violation of code and posed a fire hazard.

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Arrest in SC police department break-in

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:01am

 

A Perry, S.C., man has been charged in a late April break-in at an Aiken County police department.

Orangeburg and Aiken County police working on a tip arrested Fredrick Oneil Sampson, 26, on Tuesday in Orangeburg County on charges of third-degree arson, grand larceny and two counts of second-degree burglary. He is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

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Fort Gordon sergeant arrested; runaway found in closet

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 9:17am

A 31-year-old Army sergeant has been arrested after police discovered a 14-year-old runaway hidden in his closet.

Christopher Thomas Muse, who is stationed at Fort Gordon, was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center today on charges of interstate interference with custody and child molestation.

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Patterson Bridge Road residents assured bridge replacement is coming

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:14pm

Residents living along Patterson Bridge Road during a challenging bridge replacement said they felt somewhat reassured after Augusta Commission members spent about 45 minutes addressing the situation during a Tuesday meeting.

“I think we got a few more people’s attention,” resident Jessica Segrest said.

The emergency medical technician and mother of a newborn was driven to tears speaking about the challenges of the bridge outage.

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Candidates discuss issues in House District 123 race

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:58pm

 

An Army doctor and businessman and a Navy pilot and lawyer with strong local ties are making for a tough choice in the Republican primary contest to represent Georgia House District 123, and a third candidate who’s an activist and nurse may send the race into a runoff.

Rep. Barbara Sims is retiring from the state House post that represents 10 precincts in Augusta-Richmond County and 13 in Columbia County.

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Columbia Industrial Boulevard to close for construction

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 4:01pm

Columbia Industrial Boulevard will close for 30 days as contractors construct a tie-in to the River Watch Parkway extension.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said motorists should expect to see signs for a 2.4-mile detour using Blue Ridge Drive and Evans to Locks Road starting Thursday, coinciding with the activation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Washington Road and Towne Centre Drive.

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Driver found at fault for striking child on bicycle

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:48pm

 

A woman who struck a child riding a bicycle Monday was found to be at fault for driving while distracted, deputies say.

About 7 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3000 block of Camp Josey Road, where the 11-year-old had been hit while sitting on a bicycle near the edge of his driveway, according to a police statement.

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Kickoff times set for college football openers

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:45pm

 

Georgia has a kickoff time for the debut game of the Kirby Smart era.

The Bulldogs will play North Carolina at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 in the Georgia Dome in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The game will air on ESPN.

It’s part of a big opening weekend of attractive nonconference matchups. The kickoff times and networks airing the games were announced Tuesday by ESPN/ABC.

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