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Groups team up to fight Augusta's stormwater fee

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:05pm


Former Augusta Commissioner Moses Todd’s I Love Augusta group is joining forces with a southside property owners group to push for the repeal of the stormwater utility fee.

Todd, who said his group has already gathered more than 3,000 signatures on a petition supporting the effort, said teaming with Augusta-Richmond County Property Owners Association means more “boots on the streets” and businesses to distribute the petitions.

The association is “one of possibly three organizations coming on board,” Todd said.

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Warren man's death called accident

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:56am



The Georgia Bureau said Monday it believes a Warren County man found dead last week died an accidental death.

On Monday an autopsy was performed in the death investigation of Dexter Thomas Jr., the GBI said in a news release. Preliminary results indicate that the manner of death is accidental, however, the investigation is ongoing and additional information will be forthcoming, the GBI said in a news release.


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Augusta woman found dead had been in fights

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:03am

Officials are investigating the death of a 22-year-old Augusta woman that occurred after she was involved in “a couple of fights last week.”

Hannah Newman, of Oakdale Road, was discovered dead at her residence by her father on Sunday. Coroner Mark Bowen said the death is considered “suspicious.” He said Newman had been involved in a few fights.

Richmond County sheriff’s records list Newman in at least four incident reports in the four days before her death.

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Suspect in missing Florida priest case linked to Aiken County burglary

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:47am



A former Aiken County man who’s a suspect in the disappearance and possible death of a Florida priest has been linked to a burglary – including that of firearms – and suspected arson at a home in Aiken County.

Aiken County’s sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said warrants have been filed against Steven James Murray, 28, for charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon receiving stolen goods less than $10,000. Murray is being investigated in the disappearance of the Rev. Rene Robert.

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Ga. woman, 77, says pit bull attacked her, killed her dog

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:00am





TUCKER, Ga. — A 77-year-old woman is recovering after she says a neighbor’s pit bull attacked her and killed her dog.


Jeanette Lasseter tells WSB-TV the pit bull attacked her early Sunday while she was taking her 8-year-old Maltese dog out for a walk in Tucker.


Lasseter says the pit bull bit her thigh and dragged her down a driveway.


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Grovetown prepares for more delays amid Robinson Avenue construction project

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:36pm


City planner Frank Neal need only take a few steps outside Grovetown City Hall to catch a glimpse of the construction zone that is Robinson Avenue.

To him, the orange cones along the popular Fort Gordon route is an indicator of progress and a strong example of the taxpayer’s dollar at work.

The Rev. Bill Eckles, whose office at Grove First Baptist Church overlooks Robinson Avenue and the church’s cemetery on the other side, sees something different -- a headache.

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Mayor suggests downtown "quiet zones" for trains

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:37pm


Trains that wail day and night through downtown Augusta could be silenced under a proposal from Mayor Hardie Davis.

Davis added to Tuesday’s Augusta Commission meeting agenda a request to establish a “rail crossing quiet zone” downtown but didn’t provide any additional information about the proposal or answer messages seeking comment.

The Federal Railroad Ad­min­is­tration provides application materials for requesting a quiet zone if rail crossings meet certain criteria.

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2-vehicle accident kills driver

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:24pm

Charges are pending against an Evans man whose SUV crossed the center line and hit a pickup, resulting in the other driver’s death, officials said.

Officials said that about 4 p.m. Sunday, Douglas Sherwood Robinson, 42, of Cox Road, was traveling south on Baker Place Road near the Interstate 20 overpass in a GMC Yukon when he crossed into the northbound lane and hit the front of a Toyota Tacoma.

The Tacoma’s driver, Francisco Briceno, 45, of Harlem, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Atlanta traffic jam as patient bolts ambulance, runs into traffic

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:24am

ATLANTA — A patient bolted from an ambulance, ran across five lanes of traffic and was struck and killed by cars, shutting down early morning traffic Monday on one of metro Atlanta’s busiest interstates.


The ambulance was transporting the patient to Grady Memorial Hospital for an evaluation shortly before 4:45 a.m. when he became agitated and removed his restraints, police said.


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Charges pending in Columbia County fatality

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:19am

Charges are pending against a Evans man who cross the center line and struck another vehicle, resulting in a death.

Officials said that around 4 p.m. Sunday Douglas Sherwood Robinson, 42, of Cox Road, was traveling south on Baker Place Road near the Interstate 20 overpass in a GMC Yukon when he crossed into the northbound lane and struck the front of a Toyota Tacoma.

The Tacoma’s driver, Francisco Briceno, 45, of Harlem, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Morning crash kills Aiken woman, 19

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 6:41am


A 19-year-old Aiken woman was killed this morning when the vehicle in which she was riding crashed near Graniteville.

According to Coroner Tim Carlton, the victim was Wiylesha D. Kinard.

Officials said the driver, Dakota Calhoun, 22, lost control of his Pontiac G6, resulting in it overturning and crashing into a tree on Ascauga Lake Road near Chalk Bed Road about 12:45 a.m. Both occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

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Augusta could get truck to aid motorists, keep traffic moving

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 9:41pm

A new Georgia Depart­ment of Transpor­tation program is expected to put a truck on patrol in Augusta to help clear the roads and get drivers back moving quickly.

The Roadside Assistance and Mainte­nance program is still in the preliminary concept stages but is expected to work much like the High­way Emergency Response Operators program, which has seen huge success in the metro Atlanta area.

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DUI charge in cyclist death

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 9:16pm

A North Augusta woman has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Saturday night’s fatal wreck involving a cyclist on U.S. Highway 25.

According to Aiken County jail records, Sue N. Wayland, 56, of North Augusta, is charged in the accident that killed Mike Edwards, 60, of North Augusta about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The accident took place near 816 Edgefield Road, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton when a vehicle ran into Edwards and hit bicycle from behind.

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Columbia County crash victim identified

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 8:53pm

One person is dead and three others injured in Columbia County Sunday afternoon after a head-on collision on the bridge over Interstate 20 at Baker Place Road and Baker Place Lane.

Coroner Vernon Collins identified the victim as Francisco Briceno, 45, of Harlem. He said an autopsy is planned for Tuesday.

Traffic on the Baker Place Road Bridge was restricted after 4 p.m. while the scene was cleared.

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4 arrested in Columbia County break-ins, gun thefts

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 8:05am

Columbia County sheriff's deputies arrested an adult and three juveniles Saturday after two break-ins and gun thefts.

According to a sheriff's office spokesman, deputies responded to a home in the 2000 block of Pheasant Creek Drive in Martinez on Satur­day afternoon after a neighbor reported hearing a loud bang and seeing two black men running from the home with long guns.

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Saturday night wreck kills 2

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 6:24am

Two people were killed Saturday night in a head-on accident on Georgia Highway 56 near Goshen Road.

Shabazz Holmes, 24,  of the 5300 block of River Road, Waynesboro, and James Cannon, 36, of the 700 block of Bennock Mill Road in Hephzibah, were killed, according to Coroner Mark Bowen.

Both were pronounced dead at Augusta University Medical Center about 11 p.m.

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