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Inmate found with marijuana, officers say

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:10pm

Deputies say an inmate at the Richmond County Correctional Institution was found in possession of marijuana Sunday.

Mencarter Traun Allen, 35, was found with five grams of marijuana during a strip search after visitation, according to an incident report. Field testing confirmed the substance was marijuana, and deputies turned the drugs over to the drug safe at the sheriff’s office headquarters for safekeeping.

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Man shot twice in attempted robbery at home

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:56pm

 

An Augusta man was hospitalized Sunday after being shot twice during an armed robbery, police say.

Christopher Jones, 33, was shot in a home in the 1000 block of Kent Street, with Richmond County sheriff’s deputies called about 2 p.m., according to the incident report.

Patricia Johnson, 61, told police that she was watching television in the living room while her son, Jones, was talking to the suspect in a back room.

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Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat races are family affair

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:38pm

 

Like many others gathered along the banks of the Sa­van­­nah River to witness the final day of the Augusta Southern Na­tionals on Sunday, Scott Cres­well stood atop Augusta’s levee with his eyes trained on the starting line.

Moments later, the drivers of two high-performance boats closed their cockpits and prepared to launch.

The boats rocked backward and the exhaust pipes spewed fire as the racers thundered down the course, creating a rooster tail of water several yards behind them.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office to transfer funds to 911 center

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:37pm

The Augusta 911 Center has burned through its budgeted overtime pay at a faster rate ever since the Richmond County Sher­iff’s Office implemented its new zone system.

Concerned that the center won’t meet its budgetary commitments, Sheriff Richard Roundtree has extended a helping hand in the form of a $54,000 funds transfer.

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Pardon Our Mess: Uprooted tree at Warren Road Community Center

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:27pm

WHERE: Warren Road Community Center

WHAT: An uprooted tree that fell during a February ice storm left a gaping hole near a heavily traveled walkway.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities

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The Way We Were: Allen Park

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:22pm

Many growing up in Augusta in the 1940s and 1950s remember summers at Allen Park, the city’s recreational wonderland of water pools, baseball fields and tennis courts.

Begun as a recreational project near the Augusta Canal and 15th Street in 1906, the park evolved into a summertime retreat for youngsters of all ages. It even included Jennings Stadium, the home baseball field for Augusta professional teams, usually called the Tigers.

As the 1950s waned, however, the city built parks and facilities elsewhere. Jennings Stadium began to crumble.

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Johnson begins new tenure at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 6:33pm

 

Just six weeks into her new job, the new chief of Sa­van­nah River Site’s management and operations contractor has her eye on the site’s half-century-old infrastructure and its aging workforce.

Carol Johnson, a 30-year veteran of the nuclear and environmental management industry, is president and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

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McIlroy triumphs at British Open

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 1:27pm

 

HOYLAKE, England — Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy.

On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.

In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam.

And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal.

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200 pairs of panties stolen from Victoria's Secret

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 9:25pm

A panty thief stole at least 200 pairs from Victoria’s Secret inside Augusta Mall on Saturday, a Richmond County sheriff’s report says.

Security video shows the male entering the store about 11:45 a.m. and stuffing the underwear into a large shopping bag. He left without paying for the merchandise, valued at $1,900.

A sheriff’s deputy working a special assignment was advised of the theft by mall security, according to the report.

 

Local vendors relish attention during outdoor expo at James Brown Arena

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 6:53pm

 

Kayaks, taxidermied animals and the occasional water-skiing squirrel are what attracted thousands to the Augusta Outdoor Expo at James Brown Arena on Saturday.

While patrons kept their eyes fixed on waterlogged rodents and the high flying pooches of the Ultimate Air Dogs exhibit, local vendors quietly relished in the increased exposure generated from the event.

One such vendor was Matt Patrick, who manages Evans-based Escape Outdoors. Within hours of the start of the expo, it had already sold one of its kayaks.

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Richmond County polling locations

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 5:42pm

101 Asbury United Methodist Church, 1305 Troupe St.

102 Crawford Ave. Baptist Church, 507 Crawford Ave.

103 Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd.

104 Eastview Recreation Center, 644 Aiken St.

105 Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road

106 Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

107 Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

108 Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way

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Candidate bios

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 5:38pm

AUGUSTA COMMISSION DISTRICT 6

NAME: Bob Finnegan

AGE: 65

BIRTHPLACE: Philadel­phia

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, Southern Illinois University; associate degree, Georgia Military College

OCCUPATION: Retired Navy electronics technician chief petty officer; retired Fort Gordon senior telecommunications specialist

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Richmond County sample ballot

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 5:34pm

REPUBLICAN BALLOT

U.S. SENATE

J. H. “Jack” Kingston

David A. Perdue

 

STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

Michael L. “Mike” Buck

Richard L. Woods

 

AUGUSTA COMMISSION DISTRICT 6

Bob Finnegan

Ben Hasan

 



DEMOCRATIC BALLOT

STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

Alisha Thomas Morgan

Valarie D. Wilson

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Augusta VA execs awarded $25K in bonuses despite botched care

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:31pm

Though the Charlie Nor­wood Veterans Affairs Medical Center has had three deaths from delayed medical appointments and possibly thousands of patients exposed to improperly sterilized equipment since 2006, at least $25,000 in performance bonuses have been awarded to top executives over that time frame.

At the Augusta hospital, the chiefs of staff have received more than half of the performance awards – $17,000 in eight years.

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Rory McIlroy builds six-shot lead at British Open

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:22pm

 

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy looked as though he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

When he rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole for 4-under-par 68, he straightened his back, stared defiantly at thousands of fans crammed into the horseshoe arena around the 18th green at Royal Liverpool and lightly pumped his fist.

He went from being tied for the lead to six shots ahead of Rickie Fowler in just over an hour.

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FBI issues AC coolant warning

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:26am

 

 

ATLANTA — As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.

 

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Firearms requalification different this year for Richmond County officers

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:56pm

 

Capt. Gerald Metzler has been taking firearms requalification tests for 32 years, but Wednesday he learned something he didn’t know.

He was not gripping the pistol correctly.

Metzler discovered this after a restructuring of the annual shooting skills test for officers.

“This year was a little different,” Metzler said. “We went back to the basics so I picked up on some things I had been doing wrong that I didn’t even realize.”

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Advocacy groups offer veteran support with VA benefit problems

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 6:19pm

 

With federal investigators looking into a whistleblower complaint that disability applications were wrongly deleted from Atlanta’s Veterans Affairs Health Eligibility Center, advocacy groups are offering their support to help get benefits awarded in full.

Georgians having problems getting into the VA health care system can turn to the state Department of Veterans Service for assistance in receiving benefits under the “vast, frequently changing, and complex framework” of federal laws, the agency said in a news release.

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Man who rescued toddler receives Safe Kids hero award at Children's Hospital of Georgia

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:43pm

 

Nick Ortalaza couldn’t imagine anyone not doing what he did July 12 when he rescued a 19-month-old from a hot car in Hephzibah.

It’s for that reason Ortalaza didn’t want to be called a hero, even though he was honored like one Friday when he was presented with the Safe Kids Badge of Courage at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

“There are just way too many child tragedies,” said Jim Mumford, the administrator of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. “… I get chills thinking about what you did.”

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Death penalty sought in Wadley slaying

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:11pm

 

LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Middle Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman said Friday he will seek the death penalty for Anthony Mereal Lemon, charged earlier this year in the kidnapping, assault and slaying of a 29-year-old Sandersville woman.

Lemon faced a preliminary hearing before Superior Court Judge Bobby Reeves when Altman made the statement.

Lemon, 37, of Wadley was arrested in June in the death of Jamillah Mia Holmes. A county worker discovered her body May 12 at a trash dump site on River Road near Wadley.

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