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Former SC lawmaker pleads guilty

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 7:14am

COLUMBIA — A former South Carolina House member could spend up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a federal money laundering charge.


Former state Rep. Thad Viers agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors and admitted guilt on Tuesday. The Myrtle Beach Republican had pleaded not guilty to 14 charges.


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Bodies in Georgia well, suspect in NC

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:51am

The Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office is waiting for the extradition from North Carolina of a man charged in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a rural well.


Sheriff Preston Bohannon said his office was acting on a tip about three weeks ago when they searched a dug well off U.S. 221 about five miles northeast of Hazlehurst.


They found two bodies in the 40- to 50-feet-deep well. One was identified as Lonnie Patterson, 46, of Laurell Hill, N.C., but the other hasn’t been positively identified, Bohannon said.


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Suspect sought in Tuesday night shooting

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:32am


One man is dead and a suspect is being sought after a shooting on Second Avenue late Tuesday.

Police were called to the 2100 block of Second Avenue about 11:40 p.m. and found John Lee Jones, 31, of 13th Avenue, with a gunshot wound. Jones was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he died.

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Connecticut women top Notre Dame, claim third consecutive national title

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:52pm


TAMPA, Fla. — Geno Auriemma and Connecticut are a perfect 10.

The Hall of Fame coach joined some elite company in UCLA’s John Wooden after tying the Wizard of Westwood with his 10th NCAA Tournament title.

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Par 3 Partee returns Wednesday with Swingin' Medallions

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:36pm

After a year hiatus, a Masters Week tradition is returning to Augusta.

City organizers will bring back the Par 3 Partee on Wednesday, April 8, from 4 to 10 p.m. at a new venue, the Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

The annual event began in 2010 as the unofficial after-party of the Masters Tournament Par-3 Contest, but was cancelled in 2014 because of a lack of volunteers to host the gathering at the Augusta Common.

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Aiken man charged in girlfriend's death

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:31pm


A 32-year-old man has been charged in the “careless handling” shooting death of his girlfriend at her Aiken home.

Steven Kevin Thurmond has been booked in the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Aiken County sheriff’s investigators said Thurmond was carelessly handing a gun when it went off and struck Amanda Smith, 31, in the stomach around 12:24 a.m. Tuesday at her home on the 600 block of Crossroads Park Drive.

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SLED arrests North Augusta safety officer

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:13pm

A North Augusta public safety officer was arrested Tuesday in connection with the Feb. 9, 2014 death of Ernest Satterwhite in Edgefield County. Satterwhite, 68, was shot to death after a slow-speed car chase.

According to a news release from the State Law Enforcement Division, Justin Gregory Craven, 25, was charged with discharging a firearm into a vehicle while occupied, a felony which carries a penalty upon conviction of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

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Child pool accident prompts warnings

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:25pm

Officials are urging safety after one child drowned Saturday and another remains hospitalized after being found unresponsive in a pool about 4 p.m. Monday.

“You have to be responsible,” said Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins. “You’re not just talking about your own children but any other child who could jump your fence.”

On Monday, a 1-year-old child, who has not been identified, was found unresponsive in the pool in his backyard on the 3400 block of Cannongate Drive.

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Lawmaker likes way road funding turned out

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 1:56pm


ATLANTA -- The transportation spending bill passed by the Legislature last week will take care of Georgia’s road needs for the near future, the legislation’s main architect says.

“For the next 10 to 15 years, we’re going to be in pretty good shape,” House Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla, told InsiderAdvantage Georgia.

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Player urges faith, health at Masters prayer breakfast

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:46am


Dressed all in black, Wayne Player stood in front of nearly 1,000 people at Warren Baptist Church Tuesday morning and half quoted, half sang Johnny Cash’s Boy Named Sue.

“My dad loved country, and he played that song a lot,” he said.

Player, son of Master’s legend Gary Player, was the guest speaker for the 2015 Masters Week Golf Breakfast, presented by the Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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Georgia tax collection keeps rising

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:31am

 ATLANTA -- State tax collections rose 9 percent in March, compared to the same month last year, and they are up 6 percent for the year to date, according to figures released Tuesday by the governor’s office.

The increase comes from improvement in the economy and not changes in the gasoline tax and new fees included in road-funding legislation that is awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature to become law.

Even though the road-funding bill hasn’t taken effect yet, gasoline taxes rose 8.5 percent, or roughly $6.5 million.

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Ga. health legislation: Winners and losers

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:03am

ATLANTA -- With the 2015 General Assembly session ending last week, here’s a list of the health care winners and losers during the 40 days of the Legislature.



Winners from the Legislative session:


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SC river among 'most endangered'

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:48am

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Edisto River has again made the list of the nation’s top 10 most-endangered rivers.

The conservation group American Rivers released the list on Tuesday and said concerns about withdrawing too much water from the Edisto for agricultural uses landed the river on the list.

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Rare motorcycles stolen near Atlanta

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:45am

JONESBORO, Ga. — A couple is searching for their pickup truck and two rare motorcycles after all three vehicles were stolen from a hotel south of Atlanta.

Jim Stone tells WSB-TV he and his wife and their 5-year-old grandson were delivering the bikes from Kansas City to Florida when they stopped for the night at a Comfort Suites in Clayton County. They awoke to find their Ford F-250 pickup and the trailer with the bikes gone.

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Saluda arrests in 3,000 fuel gallons theft

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:43am

SALUDA, S.C. — Two Florida men are in custody in South Carolina charged with stealing 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel from convenience stores in four states.

Media outlets report that deputies in Saluda County in western South Carolina took the men into custody on April 1.

Authorities say that 48-year-old Cesar Jesus Caballero of Miami and 44-year-old Julio Cesar Fernandez of Hialeah, Florida, are charged in the case.

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Wounded by mom, Georgia teen dies

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:39am

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Police say a teenager has died two days after being shot by his mother, who witnesses say was trying to break up a fight.

Authorities say 33-year-old Latoya Tilson faces charges including assault and cruelty to children after police say she shot her son, 15-year-old Pierre Tilson, and another teen.

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Man caught stealing Grady ambulance

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:37am

ATLANTA — A stolen ambulance outside an Atlanta hospital led to a police chase in the suburbs, ending in a crash and a police dog tracking down the suspect.

Police say the ambulance was at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta -- its engine running -- around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Police tell WXIA-TV a suspect jumped in and drove away.

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