Current weather

  • Clear sky
  • 77°
    Clear sky

Indictment returned in case of fatal street brawl

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:10pm

 

A dozen people accused of taking part in a street brawl during which an Augusta teen was stabbed to death have been indicted on murder charges.

The Richmond County grand jury returned the indictment Tuesday against:

Demetrius Lamont Harris, 21

Michael Donnell Dean, 20

Eyvette Lashaun Byrd, 39

D’aciea Byrd, 15

Tyteanna Larosie Thomas, 18

Eddie Doneal Carter, 18

Ryheem M. Jobes, 19

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Forgery suspects sought

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:04pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating two unidentified men suspected in committing Forgery in the first degree at the Family Dollar, 3352 Deans Bridge Road.

Anyone with information may contact Investigator Wren (706) 821-1023 at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office or (706) 821-1020 or (706) 821-1080.

Syncronex:  Metered

Paine will appeal recommendation to discontinue accreditation, say school officials

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 1:13pm

Even though its accrediting agency recommended against continuing accreditation, Paine College officials said they will mount a vigorous appeal that will contain new evidence of its fiscal solvency even as it seeks more donations to help.

And while that appeal is pending, which could be months, it will remain accredited, officials said.

See photos from the press conference

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Man accused of shoplifting after child left in vehicle

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 9:13am

Police said a man left his young child alone in a vehicle while shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Express­way.

Columbia County deputies were called to the store about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a passer-by noticed a young child, whose age was not provided, alone in the vehicle. The witness told police the child had been alone for about 25 minutes. Deputies found the child asleep on the backseat of a vehicle that was unlocked and running.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Weekend smoke may be seen near fort

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 1:00am

Smoke and emergency responses might be seen in the Fort Gordon area this weekend during an exercise.

Fort Gordon will be conducting the aircraft response exercise 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The exercise is for training purposes.

Syncronex:  Metered

James Brown Plaza upgrades to resume

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 9:36pm

Work resumes Monday on an estimated $147,500 upgrade at James Brown Plaza, although the Augusta Commission has yet to name a source for the remaining project funds.

City Engineering Director Abie Ladson said the removal of several large trees surrounding the statue of Brown will begin Monday. The trees shaded the plaza but were damaged when city workers cut through their root system while digging trenches for new irrigation lines.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Reward offered in Statesboro gun theft case

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:47pm

 

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information about the theft of 55 guns from a Statesboro, Ga., business this month.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, To­bac­co, Firearms and Explosives, someone broke into Backwoods Armory on U.S. Highway 80 East on June 6 and stole the guns. Security cameras captured an image of the person connected to the burglary.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

NBA argument leads to stabbing

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:40am

Police said an argument over the NBA finals led to a fight and stabbing at an East Taylor Street residence Tuesday.

According to an incident report, the victim, Terrance Nipper, 24, of Aiken Street, was at an East Taylor Street address watching the game with several others when he got into an argument with a man known as “Junior.” During the argument, Junior punched the victim in the face and then stabbed him in the shoulder with an unknown object.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Missing Augusta teen returns home

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:30am

A teen missing since February returned to his Augusta home this week, police said.

On Friday, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office asked for help looking for Aaron Michael Walker, 15, who was last seen at his home on Feb. 27.

On Monday the teen’s mother notified police that he had returned home. Information on his whereabouts for the past three months was not released.

 

Syncronex:  Metered

LATEST: Remains found of boy snatched by alligator

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 6:58am

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched off a Walt Disney World beach by an alligator and dragged underwater was recovered Wednesday, ending a ghastly search at one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

Divers found the body of Lane Graves about 16 hours after authorities first got the call that a reptile had taken the boy from the water's edge at Seven Seas Lagoon despite his father's frantic attempt to save the child.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

McDuffie 'missing man' dies

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 4:38am

The McDuffie County man who was found last week after a massive three-day search died Tuesday, a relative confirmed.

Seventy-nine-year-old Reese Langham died at AU Medical Center just before 4 p.m. from various health problems that were complicated by his time in the elements while he was missing.

A family member said that his kidneys began shutting down the end of last week and that doctors were considering amputating one of his legs.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Augusta commissioners close in on lost lending program

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:19pm

 

Augusta commissioners narrowed in on what became of millions in bank deposits overlooked for years after a minority loan program ended but took no action regarding the funds Tuesday.

The funds, initially invested with SunTrust and State Bank and Trust were sales tax dollars placed in certificates of deposit as motivation for the banks to lend money to disadvantaged businesses doing business with the city, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Coordinator Yvonne Gentry told a city committee.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Deputies arrest slaying suspect, 17

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 6:48pm

 

 

Richmond County sheriff’s investigators arrested an Augusta teenager Tuesday, charging him in last month’s fatal shooting of a man on Cooney Circle. A second teen suspect remains at large, and authorities are asking the public’s help in finding him.

Sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins said Bilal Givens, 17, of the 1600 block of Goshen Road, was taken into custody at 4 p.m. and charged in the slaying of Marion Terry. The victim’s body was found about 9 a.m. May 15 behind apartments in the 1900 block of Cooney Circle off Olive Road.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Service for healing in wake of shootings set for Thursday

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:51pm

 

The Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta will hold a service of healing at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way.

Members of diverse faiths will offer prayers and readings for loss of life and hope of healing in the wake of the Orlando shootings Sunday morning. The event falls on the first anniversary of the shootings at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston in which nine parishioners were killed by a white supremacist.

The IFFA issued this response to the shootings:

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Man breaks into Georgia police station

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:17pm

 

 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — It’s not unheard of for an arrested person to try breaking out of a police department, but in one Georgia community officers at police headquarters charged a man with breaking in.

 

The Gainesville Times reports that police arrested 32-year-old Samuel Espejel-Sanchez on charges including interfering with government property.

 

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Walton Way gas station burglarized

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 2:18pm

 

A Walton Way gas station owner reported someone broke into the business early Monday stealing cash.

Police were called to Sunoco, 2013 Walton Way, just before 8 a.m. Monday when the owner discovered someone had kicked in the office door. According to an incident report, boards from the building had been pried loose to get inside the store. The owner told police it was the same spot burglars damaged two years ago. The bandits pried open a cabinet to get the store’s cash. Some money was left on the ground outside.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Strong thunderstorms moving into the area

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 2:11pm

 

Strong thunderstorms are expected to move over the Augusta area this afternoon, according to a National Weather Service special weather bulletin.

The bulletin, which was issued at 1:38 p.m. stated that a strong thunderstorm was over North Augusta and moving east at 5 mph. Further thunderstorm development is expected as it continues to move.

The storm system could possibly bring wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph and “torrential rainfall” that could produce flooding.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Fort celebrates Army birthday

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 1:28pm

 

Fort Gordon celebrated the 241st Birthday of the U.S. Army on Tuesday with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony. The youngest officer and youngest enlisted soldier on the installation took part.

Col. Todd Turner, Fort Gordon garrison commander was assisted by 2nd Lt. Casey Jennings, 442nd Signal Battalion Command; Pvt. Nicholas Bowie, 551st Signal Battalion, assisted Sgt. Maj. Marcus Campbell, Garrison Command sergeant major, in the ceremony.

 

 

Syncronex:  Metered

GBI called in on Waynesboro slaying

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 7:42am

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist Waynesboro police after an apparent homicide on Tucker Avenue.

According to a GBI news release, Waynesboro police responded shortly after 7 a.m. Monday to a residence in the 700 block of Tucker Avenue and found the body of Paul Golden III, 35, who had been shot.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

Ga. traffic stop yields pit bulldog, python

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 7:16am

 COMER, Ga. -- A manhunt began in Comer Saturday soon after a policeman stopped a vehicle with two men, a woman, a pit bulldog and a Python snake.

One passenger, Thomas Neal Evans, 44, jumped out of the SUV and fled into the woods, where he evaded a manhunt using tracking hounds brought in from a state prison in Alto.

“He’s like a rabbit. He runs hard and fast,” Comer Police Chief Dennis Bell said Monday.

Syncronex:  Metered

read more

CONTACT US

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES