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Probe continues in fire that killed toddler

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:24am

Fire officials said it could be a while before investigators determine the cause of a fire that resulted in the death of a toddler last week.

Ariyanna Woods, 18 months, died soon after being pulled from a fire May 11 at Magnolia Apartments, 2133 Vandivere Road. Her mother remains in critical condition. Officials said both were rescued from the burning building by neighbors.

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Augusta motel residents moved out after code violations found

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:12am

Extended stay residents and guests were moved out of a Wrightsboro Road motel Tuesday after fire and building inspectors found more than 100 renovated rooms were in violation of code and posed a fire hazard.

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Arrest in SC police department break-in

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:01am


A Perry, S.C., man has been charged in a late April break-in at an Aiken County police department.

Orangeburg and Aiken County police working on a tip arrested Fredrick Oneil Sampson, 26, on Tuesday in Orangeburg County on charges of third-degree arson, grand larceny and two counts of second-degree burglary. He is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

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Fort Gordon sergeant arrested; runaway found in closet

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 9:17am

A 31-year-old Army sergeant has been arrested after police discovered a 14-year-old runaway hidden in his closet.

Christopher Thomas Muse, who is stationed at Fort Gordon, was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center today on charges of interstate interference with custody and child molestation.

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Patterson Bridge Road residents assured bridge replacement is coming

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:14pm

Residents living along Patterson Bridge Road during a challenging bridge replacement said they felt somewhat reassured after Augusta Commission members spent about 45 minutes addressing the situation during a Tuesday meeting.

“I think we got a few more people’s attention,” resident Jessica Segrest said.

The emergency medical technician and mother of a newborn was driven to tears speaking about the challenges of the bridge outage.

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Candidates discuss issues in House District 123 race

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:58pm


An Army doctor and businessman and a Navy pilot and lawyer with strong local ties are making for a tough choice in the Republican primary contest to represent Georgia House District 123, and a third candidate who’s an activist and nurse may send the race into a runoff.

Rep. Barbara Sims is retiring from the state House post that represents 10 precincts in Augusta-Richmond County and 13 in Columbia County.

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Columbia Industrial Boulevard to close for construction

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 4:01pm

Columbia Industrial Boulevard will close for 30 days as contractors construct a tie-in to the River Watch Parkway extension.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said motorists should expect to see signs for a 2.4-mile detour using Blue Ridge Drive and Evans to Locks Road starting Thursday, coinciding with the activation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Washington Road and Towne Centre Drive.

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Driver found at fault for striking child on bicycle

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:48pm


A woman who struck a child riding a bicycle Monday was found to be at fault for driving while distracted, deputies say.

About 7 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3000 block of Camp Josey Road, where the 11-year-old had been hit while sitting on a bicycle near the edge of his driveway, according to a police statement.

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Kickoff times set for college football openers

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:45pm


Georgia has a kickoff time for the debut game of the Kirby Smart era.

The Bulldogs will play North Carolina at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 in the Georgia Dome in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The game will air on ESPN.

It’s part of a big opening weekend of attractive nonconference matchups. The kickoff times and networks airing the games were announced Tuesday by ESPN/ABC.

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Authorities not sure whether Cooney Circle shootings are related

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:35pm


Authorities are not sure whether two shootings on Cooney Circle last weekend were related.

On Saturday, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to 1806 Cooney Circle about 10:20 p.m. after a report that shots had been fired.

Brittney McKie, 25, was found lying facedown in the doorway, bloodied and unresponsive, according to a police incident report. She had been shot at least four times. McKie was alert when she was taken to AU Medical Center, authorities said.

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Shooting reported on Massoit Court

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:19pm


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking two men who, they say, wounded an Augusta man in a drive-by shooting Monday.

About 1 p.m., deputies were called to the 2600 block of Massoit Court, according to an incident report.

Deputies found Charles Green, 54, unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to AU Medical Center; his condition was unknown.

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Georgia Power bills to drop

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 2:32pm




ATLANTA — The fuel portion of Georgia Power bills will drop 15 percent following regulators’ acknowledgement Tuesday of a decline in the cost of natural gas used in generating energy.

The average residential customer should save about $4.60 per month starting in June.

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SC prisoner runs out of courthouse

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 9:40am




DARLINGTON, S.C. — Sheriff’s deputies in South Carolina are searching for a man just sentenced on drug charges who ran out of the county courthouse.


Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd told local news outlets that 23-year-old Shanard Keondre King was at the courthouse for a hearing on drug charges Monday afternoon when he ran away.


King had not been in custody before the hearing and ran after he was sentenced to nine years in prison.


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Columbus goes low, wins Class AAAAA boys golf title at Bartram Trail

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 10:03pm


Nolan Miller recorded his low round of the year Monday.

The Columbus junior posted 6-under-par 66 to win the Class AAAAA boys championship at Bartram Trail Golf Club.

With Miller’s score, the Blue Devils ran away with the team title. Columbus recorded a 6-under-par, 282 total to defeat Lakeside by 14 shots.

“This is crazy,” Miller said. “I’m more happy we got the team win.”

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Aiken Tech names new president

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 8:16pm


Aiken Technical College has named Dr. Forest Mahan, of Cheraw, S.C., as the college’s next president.

Mahan, currently the vice president for academic affairs and student services at Northeastern Technical College, will become Aiken Tech’s new leader July 1.

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