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Deputy cleared of any charges after investigation into stun-gun incident

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:47pm

 

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy will not be criminally charged after a child tased another child in the eye with the Taser.

Kevin Butler has been disciplined for police violation of “duty to care of county property,” but an investigation revealed there was not enough evidence to charge him, a sheriff’s office news release stated.

Police said Butler left his duty weapon in the top of a closet and his department-issued Taser on the bed after changing out of his uniform at a friend’s home on June 30.

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Augusta Warrior Project center opens

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:50am

The Augusta Warrior Project and Fort Gordon opened a new Transition Success Center on post Monday that will connect veterans and active-duty service members with resources for their lives outside of uniform.

The facility was unveiled during an open house and ribbon-cutting inside Fort Gordon’s Education Center, 741 Barnes Ave.

Ceremony speakers included Col. Sam Anderson, Fort Gordon garrison commander; Al Crawford, post supervisor of education services; and Adam Pennington, a veteran assisted by AWP to overcome a traumatic brain injury. His story helped inspire the center.

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Kroger offers teachers supplies Tuesday

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:33am

 

Teachers can get a helping hand Tuesday when Kroger gives away $20,000 in classroom supplies.

The store’s Atlanta division is giving away the supplies as part of this year’s “Back to School.”

Teachers with a valid Georgia teacher ID can receive up to $40 in supplies that include copy paper, construction paper, markers, tape, disinfectant wipes, sandwich bags and other items.

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Hice-Collins congressional race turns ugly

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:48am

 

First marred by the breach of a “gentleman’s agreement” to not bring a political opponent’s family into campaign cross hairs, tensions continue to rise in the fight for the Republican nomination to the 10th Congressional District.

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No sign of Georgia plane in Vermont lake

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:14am

 

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Crews have completed their weekend search for a missing plane that went down in Lake Champlain more than 40 years ago without finding any definitive evidence of the aircraft, but with some new leads.

 

The search started on Friday and ended Sunday. Crews covered 15 square miles of the lake bottom using sonar, a manned mini-submarine, divers, and other technology.

 

Investigators plan to evaluate their new information and may initiate further operations as a result.

 

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South Carolina man crashes into home, dies

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:04am

 

HONEA PATH, S.C. — Anderson County officials say a 23-year-old Honea Path man has died after his pickup truck crashed into a mobile home.

 

Coroner Greg Shore says Adam Colby Payton died at the scene of the crash in Honea Path on Saturday afternoon.

 

Shore said there was a fire in the cab of the truck after the crash. A passenger in the truck managed to escape without injury.

 

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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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