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Woman's purse snatched outside of pizza restaurant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:50pm

 Police are seeking two men who snatched a woman’s purse outside a Tobacco Road restaurant on Thursday.

Surveillance video show the unidentified men loitering in the breezeway outside Little Caesars, 2492 Tobacco Road, just before the incident occurred around 6:40 p.m. Police said the men grabbed the purse of a customer leaving the business and ran toward Raintree Drive.

Anyone with information can contact Investigator Daniel Madden or any on-duty violent crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Allen: 'balanced budget first step toward fiscal responsibility'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:47pm

 

Legislation that House Republicans approved this week to balance the federal budget in fewer than 10 years through “meaningful” spending cuts “promotes greater economic opportunity for hardworking Americans and future generations,” according to U.S. Rep. Rick Allen.

In a statement, Allen called the $3.8 trillion proposal, which includes no tax increases, an extension of one of his first acts in Congress – to cosponsor a balanced budget amendment.

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Gun fired in latest Athens holdup try

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:13pm

ATHENS, Ga. -- Police say someone fired a gun Thursday night during an attempted armed robbery west of downtown.

It was the most recent incident in a recent string of possibly related armed robberies in Athens.

As a man and woman walked on North Billups Street near Reese Street about 8:45 p.m., police said, two men armed with handguns approached from behind and told them to “give it up.”

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Ball hits, kills Georgia baseball player

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:25am

VALDOSTA, Ga. — Valdosta High School officials say a freshman athlete is dead after a baseball struck him in the head during a game.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports 14-year-old Colton Shaw died Thursday after his family had him taken off life support. Rance Gillespie, the high school’s athletic director, called the boy’s death “a terrible loss to our school and our baseball program.”

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Harry Reid won't seek re-election

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:00am

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced this morning he will not run for another term in 2016, saying he wanted to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in the Senate rather than his own re-election.

Reid, 75, lost his role as majority leader — the Senate’s top job — when November’s elections swept the Republicans into control. He suffered a personal setback on New Year’s Day, falling while exercising and suffering serious bruises and a lasting injury his right eye.

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SC charges after fight over cinnamon bun

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:36am

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Police say a fight over a cinnamon bun has led to an attempted murder charge against a Myrtle Beach woman.

Media outlets report police were called to a wreck scene on Tuesday.

They say 34-year-old Amy Derepentigny threatened to run over a man if he stepped in front of her SUV. Officers say Derepentigny got into her Ford Expedition, drove toward the man and crashed into a fence.

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SC cop car thief crashes, dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:31am

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville police say a man has died after stealing a marked patrol car and crashing it into a brick wall.

Officer Jonathan Bragg tells local media outlets that an officer was responding to a crash at around 8 p.m. Thursday when someone involved in the wreck jumped into his police cruiser and took off.

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More meetings on pipeline proposal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:02am

 

 

Opponents of the proposed Palmetto Pipeline will get a state-conducted public hearing on the project as well as more scrutiny of how much the pipeline would benefit Georgia.

 

The state Department of Transportation has reversed its earlier assertion that hearings could be conducted by Kinder Morgan, the sponsor of the $1 billion project, which is seeking the right to exercise eminent domain across a 210-mile long swath running from Augusta down the river to Savannah and south to Jacksonville.

 

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Georgia 'religious freedom' bill stalls in committee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:59pm

 

ATLANTA — A divisive “religious freedom” bill stalled Thursday in a Geor­gia House committee after a Re­pub­lican member successfully added anti-discrimination language.

Members of the Judiciary Com­mittee voted to table the bill immediately after nine lawmakers supported the addition from Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven. Two other Republicans were among those voting in favor.

Supporters of the bill said the change swallows the legal protection the measure is intended to provide for people acting on their religious beliefs.

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Latest audit shows continuation of Paine's financial problems

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:35pm

As Paine College continues an aggressive fundraising campaign to turn around years of decline, the school’s most recent financial audit shows climbing debt and more revenue loss over the last fiscal year.

Paine ended 2014 with a decrease of $2.9 million in net assets attributable to operations, a measure Paine’s accrediting body uses to determine if the institution has sufficient financial resources to support its mission. It’s the college’s fourth consecutive year of revenue loss.

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Augusta Regional Airport staff, commission want community to book seasonal flight to D.C.

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:06pm

 Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect time for the flight leaving Augusta.

 

At Thursday’s Augusta Aviation Commission meeting, Augusta Regional Airport staff and commission members reiterated Augusta’s need for a direct flight to Washington, D.C., hoping travelers will book the seasonal flight to demonstrate demand so US Airways will restore it year-round.

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Augusta teenager hospitalized after being pistol whipped

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:00pm

An Augusta teenager was hospitalized after being struck in the face with a pistol.

Around 10:21 a.m. Thursday, deputies made contact with a 17-year-old female victim at Georgia Regents Medical Center, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim said she had been playing basketball outside New Bethlehem Community Center on Conklin Avenue when she was approached by one male and one female.

The male allegedly took out a 40 caliber pistol and struck the victim in the face, causing her to black out, according to the report.

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James Brown statue washed, cleaned

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:28pm

Say it loud: The Godfather of Soul’s statue is shiny and proud - just in time for Masters Week.

James Brown’s likeness, in the median of Broad Street between Eighth and Ninth streets, was washed and detailed this week, according to Augusta native Klarn Lee, who regularly stops by the area.

“The statue was in pretty bad shape before crews started cleaning it Tuesday,” Lee said. “Now, it’s gold and shiny, the way JB would have liked it.”

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Teen to repay damages for BMX track damage

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:04pm

A teen accused of extensively damaging Columbia County’s BMX track will have to repay the damages.

The 16-year-old pleaded guilty to felony second degree criminal trespass and violation of a Class D license in Columbia County Juvenile Court on Wednesday.

Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan sentenced the teen to two years on probation, to serve 60 hours of community service and to complete a decision-making course.

“They have agreed that restitution will be made and he admitted that he did wrong,” Flanagan said.

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February jobless rate down for Augusta metro area

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:55pm

Gains in professional and hospitality jobs drove down the the metro Augusta unemployment rate for February, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

The jobless rate was 6.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent in January, and lower than the mark a year ago, when it was 7.5 percent.

The number of jobs increased by 1,600 in January, the state reported. Most of the job gains were for professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, state government, education and health services.

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Tip leads to arrest in Monday fire at Augusta Road home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:18pm

An anonymous tip led Aiken County police to a man who they believe set fire to an Augusta Road home on Monday.

Kenneth William Treadaway was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center for arson in the third degree on Wednesday.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters were called to a residential fire at 1770 Augusta Road early Monday. The bloodhound tracking team searched the area for a man witnesses saw running from the residence, but he was not found.

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Co-pilot deliberately crashed plane into Alps, authorities say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:17pm

 

 

PARIS — The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday.

 

In a split second, all 150 people aboard the plane were dead.

 

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Augusta mother charged after police find home unsanitary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:15pm

An Augusta mother has been charged after police discovered she and her children living in unsanitary conditions after their water was cut off two months ago.

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy made the discovery at the home on the 200 block of Ellis Street while responding to reports of an attempted theft of a bicycle.

The deputy found the stove open and on, overflowing trash and moldy food. In an incident report, the deputy also reported finding a bathtub, large bucket and drink bottles full of urine and fecal matter.

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Woman tells police of scam call

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:51pm

An Augusta woman contacted police after a Jamaican man claiming to be a UPS employee continued to call and harass her about “a package.”

The 60-year-old victim told police she has received repeated calls from the telephone number since February, but decided to contact police after the calls starting occurring several times a day.

According to a report, the caller claims to be from UPS and asks if she has received a package from him. The 876 area code comes from Jamaica.

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Suspect arrested in Aiken house arson

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:39pm

 

An anonymous tip led Aiken County deputies to a man suspected of setting fire to an Augusta Road home on Monday.

Kenneth William Treadaway was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on a charge of arson in the third degree on Wednesday.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters were called to a residential fire at 1770 Augusta Road early Monday. The bloodhound tracking team searched the area for the man witnesses saw running from the residence but he was not found.

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