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Augusta attorney faces federal court ban over misappropriated money

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:29pm

A well-known Augusta attorney has been ordered to appear before U.S. Dis­trict Court to show why he shouldn’t be banned from practicing in the federal court of the Southern District of Georgia.

In an order filed Tuesday, the federal judges set an Aug. 24 hearing for Timothy E. Moses. The judges took action on their own after learning that Moses faces possible disciplinary action by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

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Judges retain 'absolute discretion' on guardian ad litem appointments

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:22pm

Augusta Superior Court judges will retain “absolute discretion” over guardian ad litem appointments, despite receiving a list from local attorneys certifying nine adults as qualified to make child custody recommendations in domestic disputes, according to new guidelines adopted by the court system.

Chief Judge Carlisle Overstreet said this week that the Judicial Circuit received a list of guardians that the Augusta Bar Association’s Family Law Section approved as meeting the necessary criteria to investigate divorces and custody disputes over children.

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Postcard reports keep coming

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:39pm

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Your summer vacation travels have filled our newsroom mailbox.

Old friend Jack Maffett, of Sandersville, Ga., sends a very big card from Chicago, the city of broad shoulders. “We are enjoying it,” he wrote, “but it’s a mass of people just about everywhere you look.”

He also sent a card from Kentucky, where he is enjoying “horse country.”

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Man gets probation in ice storm repair case

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:14pm

A man who presented himself as a qualified contractor after Augusta’s 2014 ice storm entered an Al­ford plea to theft charges Thursday.

Sean P. Hughes, 49, has spent the past year in jail, awaiting the disposition of criminal charges filed in Rich­mond and Columbia counties. He entered an Alford plea Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court to six counts of theft by deception – four felonies and two misdemeanors. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit to a crime but acknowledges that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.

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Pardon our Mess: Orange traffic barrel on Henry Street

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 6:16pm

WHERE: 2600 block of Henry Street

WHAT: An orange barrel is covering a hole in the median. According to residents, the barrel has been on the street since March 2014.


ACTION PROMISED: None. Ron O. Lampkin, a senior traffic engineering technician for the city, said the barrel does not belong to the engineering department and he is unaware who put it there.

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Aiken man acquitted of sex charges

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 5:25pm


An Aiken veterinarian accused last year of inappropriately touching children has been found not guilty.

Juan Carlos Gamboa, 53, who owns Gamboa Veterinary Services, was arrested in January 2014 after being accused of committing unlawful acts against two 8-year-old boys over a three-month period the previous year.

According to a previous story in The Chronicle, Gamboa had dedicated his practice to the treatment of performance and show horses for 23 years and was licensed in Florida, Mississippi and the Carolinas.

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Former North Augusta Mayor Ray­mond Walters Sr. dies at 91

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:42pm


NORTH AUGUSTA — Ray­mond Lamarne Walters Sr. served as mayor of North Au­gus­ta for only four years, from 1971 to 1975, but his influence is still felt.

He worked hard to convince current Mayor Lark Jones to seek public office for the first time, was a businessman and co-owner of Koger-Walters Oil Co., and led the city’s controversial effort to build a recreational facility on farm land.

Walters, 91, died Tuesday. A memorial will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Poll: UGA to win SEC East

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:40pm


HOOVER, Ala. -- Georgia will begin the new season in a familiar spot as the favorites to win the SEC East.

The Bulldogs were tabbed by those attending the league’s SEC football media days here to take the division.

It’s the third time in the last four years Georgia has been the pick.

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Augusta-area jobs decline in June

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:21pm

End of school job losses drove down the number of jobs in the Augusta metro area in June, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The education and health services job sector, which includes teachers and aides, declined by 1,400 jobs in June, according to data released Thursday. State government, construction and manufacturing also lost jobs in June.

In total, there were 2,400 net fewer jobs in June than in May. Some jobs were added in retail, professional services and transportation.

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Victim in flaming 1-20 wreck identified

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:19pm

The truck driver killed Wednesday in the fatal accident on Interstate 20 has been identified.

The driver is Michael Hacker, 53, of Goose Creek, S.C., according to a news release from Coroner Mark Bowen.

Autopsy results came back Thursday from the GBI Atlanta Lab. The cause of death was blunt force injuries, Bowen said.

Official: Four Marines killed in military attacks in Tennessee

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:11pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The attacker was also killed.

Federal authorities said they were investigating the possibility it was an act of terrorism, and the FBI took charge of the case.

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24 Emmy nominations for "Game of Thrones'

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:48am



WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations Thursday.


The drama wasn’t hurt with TV academy voters by controversy over its depiction of a female character’s rape, earning five more nominations than it did last year. It’s a contender again for best drama series, an award that has eluded it.


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Planned Parenthood review ordered by Georgia governor

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:11am



ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that he’s ordered a state investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood was selling organs from aborted fetuses.

The organization denies the allegations.

Deal is responding to a video making the rounds on social media featuring a Planned Parenthood physician employee talking about reimbursement fees for costs associated with tissue donation programs. Abortion opponents say it is evidence the organization sells organs and is motivated to encourage abortions for financial reasons.

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Candidate announces for House 122 seat

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:07am


Joe Mullins, a developer and entertainment promoter, officially tossed his hat into the ring to compete for the state House District 122 seat recently vacated by Ben Harbin.

Mullins touted himself as a conservative businessman who would work to bring jobs to the community and introduce legislation to replace the state income tax with a so-called “Fair Tax,” consumption tax on all sales. He also said he wanted to provide relief to property owners by increasing the homestead exemption in Columbia County.

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SC man suspect in dogfight ring

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:06am

COLUMBIA — A Richland County man has been arrested on charges involving a dog fighting ring.

Multiple media outlets report that the sheriff’s office says 21-year-old Jacobi Anthony Green was arrested earlier this week and faces several charges, including receiving stolen goods and animal fighting and baiting.

Sheriff Leon Lott says deputies arrested Green after finding a stolen motorcycle at his home. Authorities say Green fled on foot when deputies arrived, but was caught shortly thereafter.

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With first career ace, Colton Tanner climbs into contention at E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 8:35pm

Colton Tanner’s soccer days might be numbered, especially if his parents have their way.

With black tape covering his right wrist, the 16-year-old golfer is back in action after suffering a broken bone six weeks ago. Playing in the second round of the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship, Tanner climbed into contention after recording a first career ace en route to 3-under-par 69 at Jones Creek Golf Club on Wednesday.

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Lawsuit against Sentinel Offender Services will remain in Richmond County for trial

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 8:01pm


Sentinel Offender Services’ defense motion to move at least one of the civil rights lawsuits it faces to Columbia County for trial failed Wednesday.

A decision remains pending, however, on the plaintiffs’ request to add to the list of defendants. The plantiffs contend that the actions of Sentinel’s probation officers led to their false arrests and incarceration.

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Augusta man convicted of bank robbery

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:54pm


An Augusta man was convicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court on bank robbery and weapon charges.

The federal court jury found Damien B. Osborne, 24, guilty for his role in the Dec. 2, 2013, holdup of the Southern Bank in Waynesboro, Ga.

Two armed men with masks covering their faces entered the bank that day and left with more than $10,000. Osborne, the only suspect identified and charged, became the focus of the investigation when fingerprints left on the bank’s cash wrappers matched Osborne.

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Augusta man acquitted at murder trial

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:35pm

A jury deliberated about an hour Wednesday before acquitting an Augusta man accused of fatally shooting a man in the side yard of an abandoned house.

Ezra Lay, 42, was found not guilty in Richmond Coun­ty Superior Court in the Oct. 13, 2013, slaying of 44-year-old John Marshall.

In her closing argument, defense attorney Olga Izmaylova urged the jury to question why Lay would go find help after seeing Mar­shall’s body and return to the scene with an
officer if he had killed the man.

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Warren Road Bridge to remain closed until further notice, DOT says

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:27pm

Department of Transportation officials confirmed Wednesday that the Warren Road Bridge will remain closed until further notice.

A DOT crew visited the location Wednesday and removed a chipped concrete diaphragm, a structural element that transfers load, according to DOT. The bridge suffered damage Tuesday after a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 struck the underside of the overpass.

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