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3 arrested on drug charges

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 2:24pm


Richmond County authorities are investigating what they believe to be a meth lab found near the Academy of Richmond County on Saturday.

About 11:15 a.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to 1933 Heckle Street in reference to the lab, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

According to Richmond County jail records, James Ted Tedder, 42, of Augusta; Mitchell Perry Pelham, 48, of Martinez; and Nancy Susan Wood, 63, of Augusta; were arrested at the residence and charged with manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine.

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1 dead, 1 charged in SC shooting

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 2:21pm


SUNSET, S.C. — Authorities say an argument led to a shooting that resulted in one man’s death and the arrest of another in Pickens County.


The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office says that 26-year-old Justin Douglas O’ Bryant has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.


He is charged in the shooting death early Saturday of 38-year-old Michael Shane Collins. Authorities say the two were arguing at a home in the Sunset community at the time.


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SC man, stepdaughter die

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 2:19pm


ANDERSON, S.C. — The Anderson County corner says a man found dead in a vehicle near Interstate 85 was related to a woman found dead in a burned-out vehicle earlier this month.


WYFF television reports 40-year-old Ocman Danilo Salguru was found Thursday in a car in the Hopewell community near the interstate.


Authorities say that he was the stepfather of 20-year-old Joseline Kassandra Gamarro Aragon. Her body was found on April 1 in a burned-out car.

Augusta-area groups feed traffic detail during Masters Week

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:45pm


Working traffic detail for nearly 14 hours a day during Masters Week makes any deputy’s belly rumble. This year, thanks to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Wives Auxiliary and the Deputy J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation, deputies assigned to traffic posts along Washington Road and other thoroughfares have had their lunches prepared for them, continuing a tradition started by Paugh more than a decade ago.

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Man bilked in Masters ticket deal

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:21pm


A Los Angeles man who paid $2,000 for a ticket to the Masters Tournament was stopped at a gate and escorted from the course Friday when it turned out he’d bought a badge someone else had lost.

Bruce Waggoner, 52, told Richmond County deputies he got the ticket after his friend, Paul Wolfe, 73, of North Augusta, received a call from an acquaintance, asking if Wolfe knew of anybody looking for tickets to this year’s tournament, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

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Efforts underway to preserve Revolutionary War battlefield

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:59pm

SYLVANIA, Ga. -- More than two centuries after a daring British surprise attack routed American forces at Brier Creek, new efforts are underway to preserve one of Georgia’s least explored Revolutionary War sites.

“This battlefield has all the components very rarely seen in preservation,” said archaeologist Dan Battle, who has spent the past year assessing the Screven County historic site to determine what secrets it might still hold.

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Local TV favorite 'Trooper Terry' Sams dies

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:53pm


Terry Sams, 80, known to a generation of young Augusta television viewers as “Trooper Terry,” died Friday after a brief illness, but those who knew him said he has left a permanent mark on Augusta.

“He is indeed someone who will never be forgotten and a television legend in Augusta,” said Mary Morrison, anchor of Good Morning Augusta and News Channel 6 at Noon.

Morrison is just one of many people who can attribute their start in the news industry to Sams. When she was hired in 1988 Sams was WJBF’s general manager.

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New Falcon stadium may need more from taxpayers

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:08am


ATLANTA — Georgia officials are preparing to spend more than $30 million to buy land and build parking for the new stadium that would be home to the Atlanta Falcons.


Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to approve a budget this month that includes a $17 million parking deck, a project made public days before the legislative session ended.


Records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show that state officials also could spend $16.3 million on land for the site.


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SC strippers sue clubs over wages

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:52am



COLUMBIA— A group of strippers is suing several South Carolina nightclubs, saying they weren’t paid according to federal standards.


The lawsuit filed in federal court earlier this year accuses clubs in Columbia and Greenville of violating minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


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3 finalists to lead SC med school

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:49am


CHARLESTON, S.C. — There are now three finalists for the job of president of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.


The Post and Courier reports the college board of trustees hopes to select a new president within the next several weeks to replace Dr. Ray Greenberg.


Greenberg left last year for a position at the University of Texas hospital system. About 50 people applied for the job.


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Wreck slows Walton Way traffic

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:51am

A overturned vehicle slowed traffic on Walton Way and damaged a Georgia Power pole Friday morning.

Police were called to the accident with injuries located between Belmont Avenue and Peachtree Road at 7:24 a.m. The Georgia State Patrol worked the crash site.

Georgia Power was on the scene to assess the damage to the cracked power pole.


Ga. middle school teacher busted growing pot

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:58am


ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens-Clarke County middle school teacher was arrested Wednesday when authorities found an indoor marijuana farm at his home near the school where he taught.

Members of the Northeast Georgia Regional Drug Task Force went to the residence of Joseph Weston LePage to execute a search warrant. When no one was home, they forcibly entered, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The home is located around the corner from Clarke Middle School, where LePage is a sixth-grade social studies teacher.

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Man stabbed, girlfriend arrested

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:20pm


An Augusta man was hospitalized Wednesday night after being stabbed, and his girlfriend was arrested.

About 9:31 p.m., deputies found Patrick Ford standing in the 4500 block of Etterlee Road, covered in blood, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.

Shelley Coleman, Ford’s girlfriend, was charged with aggravated assault and taken to the Richmond County Detention Center, the report said.

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Unidentified victim shot, hospitalized

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:08pm


A man was hospitalized Thursday night after being shot in Richmond County.

About 8:46 p.m., deputies responded to the 100 block of East Espinosa Street and found a man had been shot on Japonica Avenue and then driven to his mother’s house on Espinosa Street, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man, whose identity was not made public, was taken to Georgia Regents Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

No arrests had been made late Thursday.

Man steals car, wrecks it

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:35pm


Authorities are searching for a man who stole a car and wrecked it Thursday.

While shopping at Dollar General on 3250 Deans Bridge Road, victim William Palmer’s four-door Mazda was stolen from the store’s parking lot, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report. Palmer told deputies he left the keys in the vehicle because he wasn’t planning to be inside the store long.

Deputies found the vehicle after it struck a 2006 Ford F-150 at the intersection of Deans Bridge Road and Georgetown Drive. The suspect was last seen running away on Georgetown Drive.

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Masters Week camp lets kids play at Y

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:07pm


If she were not spending this week at the Downtown Family Y, Khiasia Anderson said she would probably be at a relative’s house or somewhere else in Augusta, but the Y is better.

“Because we play games here and do other stuff,” said the 7-year-old second-grader at Hornsby Elementary School. “You can’t go swimming at the mall.”

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Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory White Smith dead at 62

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:38pm

Gregory White Smith, a world-renowned author who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning biography on painter Jackson Pollock, the definitive biography on Vincent Van Gogh and who spent the past 25 years devoted to historic preservation and cultural enhancement in Aiken, died at his home Thursday. He was 62.

His death came after a 40-year battle with a rare brain tumor, Smith’s publishing company, Woodward/White Inc., said in a statement.

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Haas leads Masters after opening-roung 68

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:30pm

Bill Haas posted six birdies en route to an opening 4-under-par 68 to take the lead today at the Masters Tournament.

In his fifth Masters appearance, Haas recorded his first round in the 60s. He birdied Nos. 13 and 14 to move to 4-under for the day. Despite making bogey at No. 17, Haas birdied the par-4 18th hole.

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Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:04pm

WASHINGTON   — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration after the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a White House official said Thursday.

Her resignation comes just one week after the end of the first enrollment period for the Obamacare law. While the opening weeks of the rollout were marred by website woes, the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling more than 7 million people in the new insurance marketplaces.

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Bill Haas has clubhouse lead at 4-under

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:27pm

Bill Haas posted six birdies en route to an opening 4-under-par 68 to take the clubhouse lead today at the Masters Tournament.

In his fifth Masters appearance, Haas recorded his first round in the 60s. He birdied Nos. 13 and 14 to move to 4-under for the day. Despite making bogey at No. 17, Haas birdied the par-4 18th hole.

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