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Aquinas-Laney renewal is area's Game of the Week

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 3:36pm

 

Laney’s string of facing unique opponents early in the 2016 season will continue Friday night.

The Wildcats will renew an old Augusta matchup when they play host to Aquinas at 7:30 p.m. in The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week. It marks the first meeting between the two since 1975.

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Event for unwanted medications called a success

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:54pm

 

Police collected 300 pounds of unwanted medications during a drug take back event this weekend.

The event was aimed at helping residents properly dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs. Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins called the event a success.

“It filled up the back of the truck,” Rollins said of the medications.

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Gas prices inching back up

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:25pm

 

It’s going to take a few more dollars to fill the tank in the upcoming days, gas price analysts predict.

Prices have already been on the increase, but AAA predicts it might continue to rise through the week.

Last week oil prices hit their highest level in more than a month. Prices have risen about 4 cents in Georgia.

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Man charged with taking donated Goodwill items

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:19pm

 

A 27-year-old man is facing a charge of stealing items from the outdoor donation drop-off area at Goodwill.

According to a Columbia County sheriff’s incident report, Robert Lynn Johnson II pulled up at the Goodwill at 4074 Washington Road about 7:40 p.m. Sunday and dropped off a children’s race track toy. The man then began putting various items left in the drop-off area into the truck and passenger seat of his vehicle. A sign states, “Any items left on our premises during or after hours are considered Goodwill property.”

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Woman charged in earlier traffic fatality

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:14pm

 

A Martinez woman has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle after a motorcycle crash last month.

Thomas von Ray Carter, 60, of Augusta, died Aug. 3 from injuries sustained in the July 19 crash.

According to a crash report, Carter was traveling north on South Belair Road near the Holly Road intersection on a 2003 HD Ultra motorcycle about 11:51 a.m.

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Subway worker defending son when she shot robber, police say

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:47am

 Editor's note: An earlier version of this story identifed one of the North Carolina suspects by the false name he gave police.

 

Police said a Gordon Highway Subway employee was defending her 14-year-old son when she fatally wounded one of two potential robbers Sunday afternoon.

Kovedia Williams, 36, said she fired at the men after one attacked her child in the restaurant with a tire iron, striking him in the head.

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Olympians with UGA ties bring home 10 medals

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:54am

 

ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia contingent at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games recorded quite a medal haul.

Nine current or former Bulldogs collected 10 medals in Rio, six of them gold. Based on Sunday’s overall medal count, Georgia-connected athletes would rank just below Kenya (11 medals) and just ahead of Croatia (10 medals), although the Bulldogs picked up one more gold medal than either of those countries.

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SC special ed teacher linked to burglaries

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 8:53am

SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. — A Horry County special education teacher has been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in Surfside Beach.

 

Surfside Beach police said in a news release Sunday that 45-year-old Bion Legrand Shoemaker III was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of second-degree burglary to a residence and one count of auto breaking.

 

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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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