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Woman reports valuable dog taken

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:31pm

 

A Hephzibah woman called police after she discovered someone had stolen her show dog, a brindle-colored American Bully, from its kennel.

The victim told police she discovered the dog missing from behind a vacant home on her property when she went to feed it around 3 p.m. Monday.

According to a report, there was no damage to the kennel, but the cage had been disconnected from the frame.

The victim showed a deputy a receipt purchasing the dog for $2,000, upon which she said she was still making payments.

 

Firefighters say small fire started in bank bathroom after closing

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:28pm

 

Firefighters and police are investigating a fire in an Augusta bank over the weekend.

Firefighters and police were called to Regions Bank, 1219 Augusta West Parkway, Monday morning after an employee discovered a smoky haze in the building. An Augusta Fire Department arson investigator discovered someone had set a fire in the bathroom sometime after the bank closed for business Friday afternoon, according to an incident report.

Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies did not find any signs of forced entry at any of the bank entrances.

Suspect arrested in fire set at Augusta bank

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:26pm

 

Firefighters and police are investigating after someone set a fire in an Augusta bank over the weekend.

A suspect has been arrested, according to Augusta Fire spokeswoman Dee Griffin, athough a name has not been released.

Firefighters and police were called to Regions Bank, 1219 Augusta West Parkway, Monday morning after an employee discovered a smoky haze in the building. A fire department arson investigator discovered someone had set a fire in the bathroom sometime since the bank closed for business Friday afternoon, according to an incident report.

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Documents show state concerns about execution drug

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:05pm

ATLANTA — Georgia prison officials were indecisive about whether to proceed with a cloudy lethal injection drug Monday, at one point saying they weren’t sure whether they checked “this week’s or last week’s” batch, according to court documents.

Ultimately, they postponed the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner late Monday. A day later, they decided to temporarily halt all executions until they could more carefully analyze the cloudy pentobarbital.

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Hearing set on proposed pipeline

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:15am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Local residents interested in a proposed petroleum pipeline that will run through 210 miles of Georgia, crossing four of the state’s major rivers, can attend a meeting Wednesday to learn more.

 

The Georgia Department of Transportation and Palmetto Products Pipe Line LLC are hosting the public information open house at 5 p.m. Wednesday at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Savannah Airport, 50 Yvette J. Hagins Drive.

 

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Woman's execution postponed over issues with drug

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:27pm

 

JACKSON, Ga. – The scheduled execution of the only woman on Georgia’s death row Monday was postponed over concerns about the potency of the lethal injection

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John Grisham won't join Augusta lawyers in private probation legal battle but supports effort

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:50pm

 

John Grisham will be in the legal corner of a couple Augusta lawyers – in spirit, at least.

The famous Southern writer turned down a request from John Bell to join him and Jack Long in their fight against private, for-profit probation companies. Known for such books on courtroom drama as A Time to Kill and Runaway Jury, Grisham did offer them encouragement in a letter.

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Ex-superintendent in Atlanta cheating scandal dies

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:14pm

 

ATLANTA — Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta Pub­lic Schools superintendent charged in what prosecutors called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died without being tried in the case that reverberated nationwide.

Hall died from complications of the breast cancer that kept her from participating in an ongoing trial of 12 other defendants, her legal team said Monday. She was 68.

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Trial begins for man accused of trying to kill his brother-in-law

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 8:56pm

 

A bench trial will continue Tuesday morning for a man who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing of his brother-in-law.

Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet began hearing evidence Monday in Richmond County Superior Court in the case of Hussein McKenny, 28.

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Man's trial continues in brother-in-law's stabbing after issuing insanity plea

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 7:59pm

A bench trial will continue this morning for a man who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing of his brother-in-law.

Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet began hearing evidence Monday in Richmond County Superior Court in the case of Hussein McKenny, 28.

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2 Augusta commissioners want to let administrator hire, fire department heads

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 7:50pm

As Mayor Hardie Davis seeks more power in the consolidated government, two Augusta Commission members are pushing to streamline operations by giving more responsibility to the city administrator.

Item 31 on Tuesday’s regular meeting agenda, requested by Commissioners Mary Davis and Sammie Sias, is a discussion of expanding the administrator’s duties to include hiring and firing of all department directors, excluding five “direct reports” to the commission.

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Man fights with cops before arrest on drug, weapons charges

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 7:38pm

Police said an armed Augusta man in possession of multiple drugs fled and fought with officers before being taken into custody on Sunday.

Deputies were called to the parking lot of McDonald’s on Wrightsboro Road about 4:35 p.m. after someone reported seeing a man slumped over in the driver’s seat.

When a deputy approached the driver’s side window of the GMC Yukon, the driver -- Joey Rustle Strong, 29, of London Boulevard -- put the vehicle in gear and fled.

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S.C. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Project Jackson appeal

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 7:23pm

 

South Carolina’s highest court’s decision to hear oral arguments in the appeal of North Augusta’s Project Jackson development could threaten the planned opening of a new ballpark for the Augusta GreenJackets next year.

The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for the May term, according to the clerk of court’s office. The decision was made after lawyers for North Augusta and appellant Stephen Donohue, a homeowner in North Augusta who opposes the location for the stadium, filed written briefs.

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Gas prices climbing but shouldn't hit $3, experts say

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 7:00pm

Gas prices have been climbing above $2 locally, but experts say they should not reach $3 a gallon this year.

“Gas prices will be relatively volatile in the coming months, but should decline by the summer following the end of maintenance season,” AAA Spokesman Mark Jenkins said.

In late 2014, gas prices steadily dropped to the delight of motorists across the country.

The 123 consecutive days of price decline, the longest such streak on record, ended the last week of January. There has since been a steady rise in prices.

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Public hearing Tuesday on Plant Vogtle permit to release water to Savannah River

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:02pm

 

A public hearing is scheduled Tuesday on the draft permit for water discharges from two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle.

Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division will receive public comments on Southern Nuclear’s permit for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or a permitting program that regulates discharges into water sources.

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Jay Leno, John Fogerty coming to Bell Auditorium

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:32pm

 A rock music legend and a well-known talk show host are coming to the Bell Auditorium this summer.

First up will be John Fogerty, who will bring his 1969 Tour to Augusta on May 12.

In 1969, Fogerty wrote and produced three multi-platinum albums with Creedence Clearwater Revival, including such classics as Proud Mary, Born on the Bayou, Bad Moon Rising and Fortunate Son.

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Harlem High School athletic director resigns after burglary arrest

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:43pm

 

Harlem High School’s athletic director resigned Monday after a weekend burglary arrest.

Adam Hampton Fulford, 47, of Grovetown, submitted his resignation Monday, according to Columbia County Superintendent Sandra Carraway.

Fulford was arrested Friday and charged with burglary, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $10,000 bond.

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Preachers try to stay execution

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:52pm

ATLANTA – Two-dozen or so priests and other ministers delivered 26,000 petitions to Gov. Nathan Deal’s office asking him to use his influence to halt tonight’s scheduled execution.

Slideshow: Georgia Death Row Inmates

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Burke stabbing suspect named

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:01pm

Investigators have identified a suspect in a fatal stabbing at a rural Burke County restaurant on Friday.

Dustin Michael Steen, of Hartsville, S.C., will be charged with murder following his release from Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he is in stable condition, Sgt. Dedric Smith said today.

Investigators responded to BFE Bar and Grill on Hancock Landing Road around 10:30 p.m. and found Edward Daniel Newhouse, 28, of Baxley, Ga., with stab wounds. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Burke Medical Center.

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Recovery expected for violence victim

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:56pm

A woman believed shot and stabbed by her husband early Sunday is expected to make a full recovery, Richmond County sheriff’s investigators said Monday.

Police were called to 4247 Rheney Road “B” about 4:45 a.m. where they found Deborah Ouzts with a stab wound to the neck and a gunshot wound to the forehead, according to an incident report.

Ouzts told police her husband, Richard Ouzts, 59, had attacked her and killed her relative, 75-year-old Bobby Mitchell Shue, who also resided at the residence.

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