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Kissingbower theft suspect arrested

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:00pm

One of two men who robbed a Kissingbower Road store in June has been arrested.

Jahmel Malik Palmer, 20, was booked into the Richmond County jail Thursday on a charge of armed robbery.

According to an incident report, two men entered Family Dollar, 1801 Kissingbower Road, the evening of June 27 and demanded the manager open the safe. The men also threatened to kill three employees. They left with more than $1,000 in cash and several cartons of Newport cigarettes.


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Aiken officer named in traffic stop lawsuit resigns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 2:55pm


An Aiken Department of Public Safety officer named in a federal lawsuit alleging civil rights violations during a 2014 traffic stop has resigned, Chief Charles Barranco confirmed.

Master Cpl. John C. Medlin did not reference the lawsuit in his resignation letter, which was submitted Wednesday, only stating it had been a pleasure to work at the agency for the past 20 years.

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Body found in old house

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 2:38pm


Officials are investigating a badly decomposed body discovered by a pre-demolition crew at a Wilder Street home earlier Friday.

Crime scene technicians and sheriff’s office investigators were called to the scene after the crews discovered the body at the 1539 Wilder Street home about 9 a.m.

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Bus tour puts spotlight on growth, opportunities in south Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:30am

South Augusta was the singular focus of a packed bus of city officials, staff and residents during a nearly four-hour, 48-mile tour Thursday.

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Augusta mayor to hold fishing event for children

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 8:20pm


Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, his father and his son, Benjamin Davis, are holding a fishing rodeo Friday for summer camp students at the Mayor’s Fishing Hole, 1836 Lock and Dam Road.

“I love fishing with my papa and my dad, and not many kids know how much fun it is to fish,” Benjamin Davis said. “Since ‘the mayor’ has a fishing hole, we should use it to teach kids how to fish and show them how to enjoy it.”

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Riverwalk shooter hunt continues

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:14pm


Three weeks after a shooting that sent fireworks observers scurrying on Riverwalk Augusta, police said they are no closer to identifying the second unknown shooter.

The other suspected shooter, 30-year-old Clinton Lamont Coleman, remains in the Richmond County jail where he was booked following his release from the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to the face and leg. The injuries were sustained during the exchange of gunfire near Unisys on the Riverwalk around 10 p.m. immediately after the fireworks ended.

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Mom gives birth at Augusta convenience store

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 1:05pm

A woman gave birth to a baby boy at a Lumpkin Road convenience store this morning, according to first responders.

Gold Cross and firefighters were dispatched to Circle K at the intersection of Lumpkin and Deans Bridge roads about 11 a.m.

Fire Department spokeswoman Dee Griffin said the woman was already delivering in the restroom when firefighters arrived at the scene. She said mother and child were doing well and transported to an area hospital.

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Fire destroys SC nature center, kills animals

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 7:22am

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Officials say a fire at a Huntington Beach State Park nature center killed several animals and destroyed the property.

Midway Fire Rescue Chief Doug Eggiman tells news outlets that the fire started Wednesday morning and was likely caused by a lightning strike.

Several animals, including snakes and small alligators, were inside the three-story nature center during the fire. Eggiman says there was no way they could have survived.

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Bell Parkway near USC Aiken to close Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 6:59am

Part of Robert M. Bell Parkway will close at 6 p.m. Saturday to allow for the installation of the new pedestrian bridge at USC Aiken.

According to a news release, South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers will divert parkway traffic around the USC Aiken Convocation Center via Champion Way and Proud Pacer Road.

The regular traffic pattern will resume as soon as possible Sunday unless bad weather forces delays.

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Recents rains not helping deficit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:50pm

Recent rainfall might have greened up your yard, but it didn’t make much change to the region’s rainfall deficit.

According to the National Weather Service, the Augusta area received at least daily trace amounts of rainfall Friday through Tuesday, with the largest amount recorded Saturday at Daniel Field with 3.49 total inches. A Tuesday storm in Columbia County uprooted trees, knocked out power and brought some hail. The chance of thunderstorms continues through Friday, then returns early next week.

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Board upholds Augusta firefighters' terminations

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:00pm

Augusta’s personnel board has upheld the terminations of two firefighters who admitted picking up items from a Columbia County wreck scene.

After a two-hour hearing Wednesday, the board quickly voted 8-0 to affirm. Member J.R. Riles said the board wanted to send a message.

“The fire department and the police department, you’ve got to be able to trust them to take care of your personal stuff when you’re in a difficult situation,” Riles said.

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Old Evans Road scheduled for brief construction closure

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:40pm

Old Evans Road will be closed this weekend as work continues on an extension of Riverwatch Parkway.

The road will be closed Friday for construction and realignment approaching the Old Petersburg Road intersection, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release. That morning the Riverwatch Parkway intersection at Blue Ridge Drive will be opened, allowing crews to close Old Evans Road to thru-traffic from south of Blue Ridge Drive to Briarwood Drive until Monday morning.

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SC dad shoots son to prevent house fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:56am

COLUMBIA — Richland County sheriff’s deputies say a man shot and wounded his son to prevent him from burning himself and a home in Columbia.

Multiple media outlets reported that 31-year-old Felton Wayne Swindler doused himself with gasoline and tried to set himself and the house on fire Tuesday morning. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Brittany Scott says Swindler’s father shot him to prevent the fires.

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Canal drainage allowing for work on bridges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:47am


The draining of the Augusta Canal is allowing two downtown bridges to be restored.

Work has already begun on the Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge on 15th Street and the Broad Street bridge over the Augusta Canal. Although both are structurally sound, traffic engineers said it will allow for some rehabilitation.

Crews started Monday injecting a waterproofing material into the cracks in the underside of both bridges.

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Augusta Commission OKs creating police substation at riverwalk

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 8:13pm

Augusta is on its way to opening a riverfront substation for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The Augusta Commission voted 8-1 on Tuesday for City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson to secure funds to renovate an area in the Port Royal building at Riverwalk Augusta for the station.

Commissioner Sammie Sias was out for the vote while Commissioner Bill Fennoy, whose District 1 includes the riverwalk, downtown, Harrisburg and east Augusta, was the sole “no” vote.

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Mom charged with drowning infant in SC pond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:21pm






COLUMBIA — Authorities say a North Carolina woman drowned her 6-week-old baby in a pond at an outlet mall in Myrtle Beach.


Horry County Police charged 24-year-old Jameisha Alexander of Carrboro, North Carolina, with murder Monday.


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Ga. publisher charges dismissed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:17pm

JASPER, Ga. — A judge has dismissed the charges against a north Georgia newspaper publisher and his attorney who were jailed in an open records dispute.

Multiple news media report that Senior Judge Richard Winegarden on Monday dismissed the charges against Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and attorney Russell Stookey after holding a hearing.

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Snake bite surge near Myrtle Beach

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 8:27am

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — It seems some pets in the Myrtle Beach area are just snake bit.

Local veterinarians say there’s been a spike in the number of dogs and cats being bitten by snakes this summer.

Tom Hesselbacher of Animal Emergency Hospital of the Strand tells The Sun News of Myrtle Beach it’s been a heavy snake bite season and he has treated six pets for snake bites in the past week. Vets at VCA Palmetto Hospital say they are treating about seven cases a week.

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Thief fires on responding Ga. policemen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 8:22am




MARIETTA, Ga. — A gunman inside a gun shop near Atlanta began shooting at police officers, who returned fire after responding to reports of a break-in at the business shortly before dawn today, Marietta police said.


No injuries were reported and four suspects have been apprehended at the Deercreek Gunshop in Marietta, just northwest of Atlanta, Marietta police Officer Brittany Wallace told The Associated Press.


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Storm causes major sewage spill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:14am

Heavy rainfall Saturday overwhelmed Au­gusta’s Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant, pushing 2.8 million gallons of untreated sewage into Butler Creek and the Savannah River.

“The rain was kind of crazy,” Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier said. “We had a tremendous amount of flow coming to the plant.”

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