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Augusta teen convicted of murder in 2012 shooting

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 6:21pm

An Augusta teen accused of murder in the Aug. 3, 2012, shooting death of 30-year-old Anthony King was convicted Friday afternoon.

“There’s no reason that man should be dead,” Judge Michael N. Annis told Jeremiah Kelly before sentencing him to life in prison without the possibility of parole for felony murder, and 55 years for two counts of aggravated assault and three weapon violations.

At the conclusion of the weeklong trial, the Richmond County Superior Court jury deliberated for more than two hours before finding Kelly guilty.

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Suspect arrested after car chase from mall parking lot

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 4:54pm


A Grovetown man is facing multiple charges following a police chase Friday afternoon that began at Augusta Mall, according to Richmond County Lt. Allan Rollins.

Around 1:30 p.m., officers received information that Terry Dumas, 22, who is reportedly wanted for attempted murder in South Carolina, was at the mall.

When deputies arrived on scene, Dumas was seen in the parking lot. The suspect fled the mall in his car and began driving on Wrightsboro Rd., Rollins said.

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Midland Valley's Austin O'Shields leads SportsCenter top plays for diving catch

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 4:48pm


An exciting month for Mid­land Valley athletics reached another level Wednesday night when a Mustang outfielder made a play that became nationally recognized.

Right fielder Austin O’Shields crashed through the grounds crew gate down the line at Lake Olmstead Stadium to make a diving catch against North Augusta, putting himself and his team on the map in the process.

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Michigan State holds off Georgia

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:43pm


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Georgia kept getting knocked down but kept coming back – right until the closing seconds of its Round of 64 NCAA Tournament East Region game against No. 23 Michigan State Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Bulldogs twice rallied in the second half from down 13 but in the end, the result was the same as Georgia’s previous two trips to the tournament, going home one-and-done after a 70-63 loss.

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Fort Gordon fire contaminated drainage ditch with lead

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:31pm


The site of a February fire that destroyed a building at Fort Gordon is being monitored for potentially harmful contaminants being released into the environment.

The building that burned Feb. 26 contained chemicals, large amounts of lead-based paint and possibly asbestos, according to a report filed with the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center.

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Columbia Road truck overturns

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:29pm

Columbia County firefighters were called to the scene of an overturned asphalt truck Friday off Columbia Road in Appling.

According to officials, the driver of the truck, who said he fell asleep, walked away from the incident.

Ga. Senate passes spending plan

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:53pm

ATLANTA – The Senate overwhelmingly approved its spending plan for next year on Friday but narrowly passed its version of a transportation funding bill.

Both will now head to conference committees that will negotiate differences with the House in the days before the April 2 adjournment.

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Coroner sues Aiken County on transport costs

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:44pm

AIKEN — Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton has sued the county council and county administrator because of a dispute over which company will remove dead bodies from crime scenes.

Local media outlets reported that Carlton wants to continue using Rucker’s Removal Service in Langley, which has handled death cases since the early 1990s.

County council voted in November 2013 to use Palmetto Mortuary Transport in Lexington County because it was cheaper. Palmetto offered the service at $160 per body. Rucker was charging $175 per body.

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5th UGA student dies this year

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:00pm


ATHENS, Ga. -- Not even three full months into the year and the University of Georgia on Thursday registered its fifth student death of 2015.

Mikal Ghirmazghi, 21, died Thursday night in her Russell Hall dorm room, possibly from a preexisting medical condition, according to Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson.

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GBI turns over deputy steroid probe to district attorney

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:15am


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has finished its inquiry into allegations of illegal steroid use by Richmond County sheriff’s deputies and has turned over the results to District Attorney Ashley Wright.

In an e-mail Friday, Wright said her office will be reviewing the file to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

Details on the findings will not be released while the case is under review.

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Gas tax change would hit out-of-state drivers, House speaker says

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 7:32am

ATLANTA – A higher gas tax is preferable to an annual fee on every vehicle to fund transportation, House Speaker David Ralston said Thursday, because out-of-state drivers would pay with every fill-up.

Ralston was comparing the thinking behind the House version of a sweeping transportation-funding bill to what a Senate committee proposed Wednesday. The two versions differ in many ways, mostly with the Senate setting a nickel lower per-gallon tax than the House but making up the difference by imposing a $25 fee on private cars.

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GRU found in violation of Animal Welfare Act

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:42am


Georgia Regents University was found this year to have committed five violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act in its research labs, several of which are repeat offenses from previous U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections.

During a routine inspection Feb. 26, the USDA found that only six of 45 macaques in one lab were housed in pairs, and the university had minimal documented proof of attempts to place the others in social groups, according to the inspection report.

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Aiken County police ask for help in search for North Augusta man for drug violations

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:21pm

Aiken County police are asking for help in their search for a man wanted for drug violations.

Michael Craig Bellamy, 24, had a last known address of 649 Hutchinson Drive in North Augusta.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811.


Police still searching for Dollar General robber

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:14pm

Police are asking for help identifying a man who robbed the Dollar General in Clearwater earlier this month.

Aiken County sheriff’s deputies were called to the store at 4435 Jefferson Davis Highway on March 6 after the man, who was wearing a reflective road crew vest, reached into the register while checking out and ran off with a handful of cash. He was described as a black male about 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds. He left the area in a silver SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (803) 648-6811.

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RCSO searching for pair of violent crime suspects

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:08pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a pair of suspects accused of committing violent crimes.

Ronnie Boozer has outstanding warrants for three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Grady Carr has outstanding warrants for aggravated assault, simple battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Georgia State stuns Baylor in NCAA

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:23pm


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — R.J. Hunter kept firing away, eventually lifting 14th-seeded Georgia State over third-seeded Baylor and knocking his father right off his seat with the biggest shot of his life.

Hunter’s 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted the Panthers to a 57-56 opening-game victory over the Bears in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

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Private businesses and vendors required to get background check for Fort Gordon access

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:05pm


Pizza and food delivery workers, shipping company truck drivers, furniture delivery crews and other private businesses and vendors will be required to get a background check to enter Fort Gordon under the next phase of tightened security policies at the military installation.

Fort Gordon announced Thursday that businesses and vendors who are not Department of Defense personnel or contractors will be required to get background checks in coming weeks, according to a news release from the Fort Gordon public affairs office.

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Toe-sucking suspect arrested again

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:58pm

A man who has repeatedly been arrested for his obsession with women’s feet is facing charges again after police say he approached several women and robbed one.

Joey William Leaphart, 45, of Graniteville, was charged with simple battery and robbery by sudden snatch. Richmond County authorties said other charges could be pending.

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Upset: 14th-seeded UAB Blazers shock Iowa State

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:27pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The first big upset of the NCAA Tournament goes to the scrappy UAB Blazers.

William Lee scored the last four points for 14th-seeded UAB, and the Blazers upset third-seeded Iowa State 60-59 on Thursday in their opening game in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blazers (20-15) came in with the youngest team in the NCAA Tournament and with nobody having played in this tournament before. They wound up winning the program’s first NCAA game since 2005.

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Interfaith Coalition to hold rally for Paine College on Saturday

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:48pm


A monthlong fundraising campaign for Paine College led by Augusta’s Interfaith Coalition will culminate Saturday with a rally to show support for the school.

Paine College Rally Day will feature an array of guest speakers, dance performances, food from around the world and music, according to the coalition’s executive director, the Rev. Christopher Johnson.

Because of a United Way event being held at Paine on Saturday, the coalition will hold the rally at T.W. Josey High School.

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