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Man sought for stealing cigarettes

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:06pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of stealing $656 worth of cigarettes from an area business.

Approximately 7:27 a.m., deputies responded to the Family Dollar at 3724 Mike Padgett Highway, where store officials noticed the front-door glass was smashed and cigarettes had been stolen, according to a RCSO incident report.

The suspect stole six cartons and 62 individual packs of Newport cigarettes and 19 packs of Marlboro cigarettes, the report stated.

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Body found in home on Powell Avenue

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:00pm

The body of an elderly woman was found Thursday afternoon inside a residence on Powell Avenue.

Approximately 4:39 p.m., Richmond County deputies responded to the 2000 block of Powell Avenue, where a white female was found deceased, according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser.

Both the cause of death and identity of the victim are unknown at this time.

Belser said the sheriff’s office is investigating the matter as a “suspicious” death and that the investigation remains in its early stages.

 

Augusta hospital workers say false alarms show they are prepared for Ebola

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:11pm

 

The man had been to a game in Dallas where someone vomited on his socks. When he later began feeling ill and showed up at the emergency room at University Hospital, that was enough to get him put in isolation and trigger the Ebola virus protocols even though there was little chance he was infected.

A woman with a cough whose family member had recently returned from Kenya, across the continent from the current outbreak in West Africa, triggered isolation and Ebola procedures at Georgia Regents Medical Center until she was quickly ruled out.

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GRU prepares graduate student run 'open access' journal

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:52pm

Georgia Regents University’s College of Education is preparing to publish a new open-access online journal geared toward graduate students, offering GRU’s younger researchers the opportunity not only to get their work seen on a national level, but also help them prepare for the competitive academic world.

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Former Burke County teacher pleads guilty in student sex case

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:29pm

A former Burke County high school teacher was sentenced to seven years in prison for having sex with a student.

Ashley N. Ashe, 25, pleaded guilty Thursday in Burke County Superior Court to two counts of sexual assault against a person in school. Judge Daniel J. Craig sentenced Ashe to the prison term to be followed by an additional eight years on probation.

Ashe had sex with a 14- to 15-year-old boy between January and May.

 

Teens acquitted of armed robbery

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:26pm

Two teens accused of robbing a man at gunpoint the evening of Jan. 14 were acquitted Thursday.

Christopher C. McCrary, 15, and Keylan M. Baker, 16, stood trial as adults in Richmond County Superior Court. The jury deliberated several hours Thursday before finding them both not guilty of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

McCrary and Baker have been in custody since January. Although McCrary should be released from custody, Baker’s bond in an unrelated aggravated child molestation case was revoked.

 

Man who shot restaurant worker during robbery attempt pleads guilty

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:14pm

 

An Augusta man accused of shooting a fast food restaurant employee during an attempted robbery pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Fredrick J. Bolden, 23, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault and a weapon charge for the Feb. 6 attempted holdup of an Kentucky Fried Chicken. Employee Eric Rowe was shot in the leg when he told the assailants he just started working and didn’t know how to open the cash register.

Judge Sheryl B. Jolly sentenced Bolden to 10 years in prison followed by five years on probation.

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Republican Rick Allen targets overregulation in congressional campaign

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:18pm

 

Visiting each of the 19 counties in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District this week, Rick Allen looked at times like a seasoned businessman who has balanced budgets and created jobs, and at others, a Chamber of Commerce cheerleader.

He attended an afterhours networking event in Dublin, toured Crider Foods manufacturing in Stillmore, and visited Rocker Supply in Millen and Yardmaster in Swainsboro, two family-owned small businesses that sell a variety of home and garden supplies.

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Director of National Security Agency speaks about private, government partnerships in cyber defense

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:12pm

 

The director of the National Security Agency said Thursday that the nation’s security rests on breaking down barriers between private and government sectors specializing in cyber defense.

Adm. Michael Rogers, also the commander of U.S. Cyber Command, said the government alone can’t protect the nation’s cyber infrastructure. Private industries must share their innovations, breakthroughs, needs and challenges with the NSA, and vice versa, he said.

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Local owners sell Champions Retreat

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:06pm

 

For the first time in its almost 10 years of existence, Champions Retreat Golf Club is no longer locally owned.

Tower Three Partners and its affiliate, San Diego-based Heritage Golf Group, announced the acquisition of the private club in Evans, which will be the eighth property of the Tower Three/Heritage Golf Group portfolio of “best-in-class” golf properties.

Tower Three purchased the club and some of its cabins from Champions Golf Properties, LLC, owned by E.G. Meybohm and Robert Pollard, for $6.64 million on Oct. 1.

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2 sought in York Street drug-related shooting

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:46pm

Aiken police are seeking two men involved in a drug-related shooting on York Street and Edgefield Avenue on Tuesday.

The victim told police he took drugs, and then when he refused to pay for them, was shot by the drug dealer in his arm.

An Aiken Public Safety officer was in the area around 1 p.m. Tuesday when he heard the shots and saw the victim roll into the street from nearby bushes and then run away.

The victim’s injuries were not considered life threatening.

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Car strikes bus carrying elementary school children on field trip

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:18pm

 

Police are working an accident where a vehicle ran a red light and struck a school bus carrying elementary school children on a field trip.

Police said a gray sedan struck the bus at the intersection of Deans Bridge and Wheeless roads just before noon.

The bus was carrying a group of students from Wheeless Road Elementary on a field trip to Georgia Regents University.

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2 arrested in morning holdup at Greg's Gas

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:52pm

Two Jackson men are in custody after an unsuccessful armed robbery at Gas Plus on Jefferson Davis Highway Thursday morning.

Police were called to the store at 6043 Jefferson Davis Highway about 5:45 a.m. after a man in a Halloween mask pulled a handgun and demanded cash from the register, according to a North Augusta public safety news release.

The employee ran from the store without opening the register.

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Poll: Nunn leads Senate race; Deal and Carter tied

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:36pm

ATLANTA — A poll released Thursday shows the races for governor and the U.S. Senate, in effect, tied.

Democrat Michelle Nunn’s 47 percent gives her a slight lead in the Senate race over Republican David Perdue’s 45 percent, but the survey’s 4 percent margin of error means they’re statistically in a dead heat less than two weeks before Election Day.

Libertarian Amanda Swafford’s 4 percent could trigger a January runoff by preventing either of them from getting a majority. Another 4 percent haven’t made up their minds yet.

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Steroid probe yields arrests

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:33pm

An Augusta man who told police he sold steroids to Richmond County deputies has been arrested but police said there appears to be no truth to the suspect’s claims involving deputy drug use.

His brother was booked in Columbia County today after threatening the life of a Richmond County narcotics officer.

On Tuesday, the Richmond County sheriff’s office issued a statement saying a “potential informant” had hinted he had information about steroid use among deputies.

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SC Speaker Harrell quits, pleads guilty

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:53am

COLUMBIA — Former South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell avoided jail time but lost the seat he has held for more than 20 years after he pleaded guilty Thursday to six campaign finance violations.

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Braves name Hart president of baseball operations

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:30am

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have named John Hart as president of baseball operations.

Hart was hired as interim general manager on Sept. 22 and will also continue to serve in that role. It’s unclear if Hart’s new title means the team no longer will seek a full-time replacement for Frank Wren, the former general manager. Wren was fired last month following a disappointing finish this season.

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Australian golfer leads Asia-Pacific Amateur; Tianlang Guan one shot back

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:25am

 

MELBOURNE, Australia — Todd Sinnott of Australia shot 5-under-par 67 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over 2012 champion Tianlang Guan of China after the first round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne.

The 20-year-old Sinnott plays on the pennants team for Metropolitan, another sand-belt course nearby.

Two strokes behind Sinnott and tied for third with 69s were Lee Chieh-po of Taiwan, Australian Antonio Murdaca and Tawan Phongphun of Thailand.

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Metro Augusta unemployment declines to 7.3 percent for September

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:28am

Metro Augusta’s unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in September, down from 8 percent in August, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday.

The labor department cited more jobs and fewer layoffs for the percentage decline.

The rate was 7.8 percent in September a year ago.

According to state data, there were 243,200 people with jobs in the six-county metro area, 550 more than the previous month. The department reported last week that there was a 3 percent decline in initial claims for unemployment benefits in September.

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Frost advisory for parts of Georgia

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:41am

ATLANTA — Forecasters have issued a frost advisory for part of north Georgia.

A frost advisory issued by the National Weather Service is expected to expire at 9 a.m. Thursday. The advisory covers the northeast Georgia mountains in Gilmer, Fannin, Union, Towns and Lumpkin counties.

Forecasters say low overnight and early morning temperatures could damage or kill sensitive plants.

Forecasters are expecting temperatures in the mid and upper 30s between 2 and 9 a.m. Thursday in part of north Georgia.

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