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Body found in shallow SC grave

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 8:50am





PAGELAND, S.C. — Deputies say a body found in Pageland is believed to be that of a woman reported missing last week.


Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks tell news outlets that the remains were discovered Friday in a shallow grave off a dirt road and may have been there for days.


He says he believes the victim may be 51-year-old Ternetha Ann Bennett, who deputies had been looking for since Aug. 15.


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Kevin Harvick weathers the storm to win rain-delayed race at Bristol

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 4:54pm

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kevin Harvick wasn’t worried about his poor qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, starting 24th gave him exactly what he wanted to win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“It kind of motivates me,” Harvick said Sunday. “I think it’s exciting. I like to pass cars.”

Harvick made the biggest pass with 70 laps to go, sweeping by Denny Hamlin and holding on to take the rain-delayed race at the half-mile concrete track.

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Augusta University alumnus places 41st in Rio

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 12:49pm

Pardon Ndhlovu, an Augusta University alumnus, placed 41st out of 155 competitors Sunday during the Olympic Games marathon in Rio.

Ndhlovu represented Zimbabwe and finished with a time of 2:17:48. Eliud Kipchoge, of Kenya, captured the gold medal with a time of 2:08:44. Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) won silver, while Galen Rupp of the United States took bronze.

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Speeding citations, fatalities down in Richmond County this year

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 11:33pm

Speeding citations and fatalities are down in Richmond County so far this year.

That’s good news to police who hope it’s a sign that they’re getting their safety message across to the public.

“Some of it is variance, but some of it might be that we’re having an impact,” Richmond County sheriff’s Maj. Steve Strickland said Friday.

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Burglar gets cash, cigarettes, lottery tickets

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 4:47pm

A thief appears to have pried open the doors of a Kissingbower Road convenience store last weekend and made off with cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

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Store employee says shoplifter bit him

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 2:31pm

A Deans Bridge Road store employee said a shoplifter bit him when he tried to stop her from leaving.

According to a sheriff’s incident report, a woman with a female child paid for some items then left Image Too, 3404 Deans Bridge Road, around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.  An alarm went off at the door and a store employee found several items in the woman’s bag that had not been purchased.

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Macon man drives to hospital, dies

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 1:04pm

MACON, Ga. — A Macon man who was shot in the chest has died after driving himself to a nearby hospital.

The Macon Telegraph reports that the 34-year-old Darian Brewster was shot and killed early Saturday.

The Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones tells the newspaper that he was in a Ford Fusion parked on the street when the shooting happened around 3:50 a.m.

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Defense sparks North Augusta in season-opening rout of Lakeside

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 12:20am


NORTH AUGUSTA — A little rain on North Augusta’s turf didn’t slow down DeJuan Bell and his defensive mates Friday night.

Bell and the Yellow Jackets’ defense set the tone early with multiple interceptions for touchdowns as North Augusta ran away with the season opener over Lakeside, 41-16, at the Jackets Nest.

The two swapped touchdowns on opening possessions, but the close score ended quickly as North Augusta picked off four Lakeside passes in the first half, returning three for touchdowns.

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Aiken police seeking man using cloned credit card

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 6:00pm


Aiken police are seeking a man who used a cloned credit card for purchases at Walmart.

According to the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the man used the card at the Richland Avenue store on Aug. 8 to purchase numerous gift cards. The department defined a cloned credit card as a card that has the card number and cardholder information stored on it from a compromised credit card.

Anyone with information on the man can contact Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC.


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Sheriff's office holding expired prescription drug collection Saturday

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:00pm

It’s time to give that medicine cabinet another cleaning.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting unused and expired drugs Saturday during a drug take back event at CVS, 2703 Washington Road in the National Hills Shopping Center. The collection will be held between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Mother found guilty in son's murder

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 2:23pm


A Hephzibah mother accused of murder in the brutal death of her 2-year-old son was found guilty Friday.

The Richmond County Superior Court jury deliberated about two hours before finding Mary “Katie” Smith guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, and cruelty to children for the Aug. 3, 2014, death of Mason “Tucker” Smith.

Most, if not all, of the jurors chose to stay to see Smith, 41, sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years.

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Butt Bridge to close until next year

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 1:34pm


The Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge on 15th Street will close to traffic starting Monday through next year.

The closure will allow for contractors to do an upgrade on the historical structure.

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3 face meth charges with child present

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 1:22pm

Three men are facing charges after manufacturing methamphetamine in a south Augusta residence while a child was present.

Jeremy Allen Brown, 39; Jamie Lee Davis, 40; and Brandon Lee Moriarity, 35, were booked into the Richmond County jail Thursday on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, and presence of children during methamphetamine manufacture.

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Fatal accident victim died of blunt force injuries, according to coroner

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 9:50am

A woman killed Thursday afternoon in a traffic accident died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the coroner.

Gwendolyn Corker, 61, of the 1300 block of Bruce Street, was killed in an accident on Laney-Walker Boulevard, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Her vehicle crashed into a utility pole in the 300 block of Laney Walker about 3:20 p.m. and she was pronounced dead at Augusta University Medical Center shortly after 4 p.m.

Bowen said Corker was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Dead bride to be buried in wedding dress

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 7:50am

BLUFFTON, S.C. — A deceased Bluffton woman who was supposed to get married in her wedding dress this weekend will instead be wearing it at her funeral.

Stacey Evette Bond, 41, died Aug. 12 while returning home from Augusta when she had what was described as a panic attack.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports Bond’s family and friends who were expecting to gather Saturday to celebrate her nuptials will instead be celebrating her life at Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church.

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Mom leaves tot in car to take nursing test

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 7:45am

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — A woman outside Atlanta has been charged after leaving her toddler inside a car while she took a nursing exam.

Sandy Springs police Sgt. Forrest Bohannon tells WSB-TV the 18-month-old boy had been alone for 15 minutes when a security officer found him crying in the unlocked car in the nursing school parking lot.

Bohannon says the boy’s mother, 19-year-old Destyni Triplett, was inside the building taking a test.

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Augusta Commission approves millage

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 9:02pm


After a few stops and starts, the Augusta Commission adopted a millage Thursday to apply to property tax bills going out around Sept. 10.

The rate for local government operations is 9.794 mills, a 0.002-mill increase over last year that will raise the city portion of a tax bill about
7 cents on a $100,000 house, according to Finance Director Donna Wil­liams.

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2 incidents reported at Greenbrier High

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 9:47am

Columbia County deputies were called to Greenbrier High School at least twice Wednesday because of difficulties with students.

In the morning, a bus driver smelled what seemed to be burning marijuana. The driver said he had smelled it several days earlier and had decided to report it to police if he smelled it again.

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Woman defecates outside Evans rehab office

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 9:41am


Columbia County deputies were called to an Evans rehabilitation office after a woman defecated on the sidewalk by the building.

Surveillance footage showed a woman leave Evans Rehab, 415 Town Park Blvd., apparently without her purse Tuesday afternoon. When she realized she had been locked out of the building, she began banging and kicking at the door. She left but returned, dropped her pants and defecated on the sidewalk.

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Evans pupil video investigated

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 9:31am


An Evans Elementary School teacher’s actions are under review after she recorded a video of a pupil and forwarded it to other teachers.

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