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Dog flu reported in Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:41am


ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Lab confirmed this week the strain of canine flu infecting thousands of dogs in the Midwest has reached Georgia.


A strain of the virus -- H3N2 -- was detected in a dog from the metropolitan Atlanta area. The dog showed coughing, lethargy, anorexia and was up to date on DHLPP, Rabies and Bordetella vaccinations. UGA reported the affected dog recently was in contact with other dogs at a metro Atlanta boarding facility.


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Vision loss worse in South, CDC says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:32am




Health officials say bad eyesight in the U.S. is most common in the South.


A new report found the South was home to three-quarters of the U.S. counties with the highest prevalence of severe vision loss.


The South also has higher rates of poverty, diabetes and chronic disease. Health officials believe those problems are all related to the vision loss.


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DC mansion slaying suspect caught

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:13am


WASHINGTON — An ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper was arrested Thursday, a week after authorities said the family was killed and their mansion was set on fire.

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Guidance sought on oil pipeline in SC

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:19pm


Five South Carolina lawmakers requested guidance from the state attorney general this week to determine whether it would be unconstitutional for a for-profit company to seize private land from residents through eminent domain in order to build an oil pipeline.

Their question comes as North America’s largest energy infrastructure company, Kinder Morgan, is attempting to build a $1 billion pipeline that would transport oil from Belton S.C., to terminals in North Augusta, Savannah and Jacksonville, cutting through 603 private tracts in Georgia and 680 in South Carolina.

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Panel approves modification to Hammond's Ferry development plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:18pm


Members of the North Au­gus­ta Planning Commission extended a 5-1 vote of confidence Thursday in the future success of riverfront development at Ham­mond’s Ferry, accepting a major modification that adds “sports stadium” to permitted uses of land in the general development plan proposed by developers and the city.

Commissioner Larry Watts was the lone vote against accepting the modification and making the recommendation.

“I’m very apprehensive of the cost of this project,” he said. “It’s hard to take a vote back once you make it.”

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Show dogs not exempt from licensing requirements approved by animal ordinance subcommitee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:33pm


Performance and show animals won’t be exempt from steep annual licensing fees for owners who chose not to spay or neuter pets under a requirement approved Thursday by an Augusta subcommittee that’s revising the city’s animal ordinance package.

The ordinance – which needs approval from the Augusta Commission – requires microchipping for all animals.

Owners with unaltered animals will be charged a $100 annual fee per animal, not to exceed $500 per owner, while a one-time $10 licensing fee will apply to sterilized animals.

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K-9 training takes place in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:33pm


Explosives K-9 units from across the state came to Richmond County on Thursday to give their dogs training and their handlers training aid.

“We’re required to do training, but it’s best when we can come together and do it,” Cpl. Bruce Williams, Richmond County sheriff’s bomb squad commander, said of the event that attracted 28 of the 46 Georgia task forces.

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Breanna Gasper awarded mortgage free home in honor of husband Staff Sgt. Frank Gasper who died in 2008

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:24pm


The widow of a soldier killed by enemy fire in 2008 during his fourth deployment to Iraq was to be awarded a newly renovated, mortgage-free home in Hephzibah on Thursday night by the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Breanna Gasper, on behalf of her husband, Staff Sgt. Frank Gasper, was to be recognized and honored as a Project Rebuild True Hero in a special presentation held during a Darius Rucker concert in Alpharetta, Ga., for his service and sacrifice to the country, according to a news release from the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

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Bond granted to two suspects in Operation Mayday sex sting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:23pm


A judge agreed to set $30,000 bonds Thursday for two people arrested this week in a sting operation that targeted adults seeking sexual contact with minors.

Richmond County Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Craig denied bond Tuesday for 21 of the 22 people arrested in the joint state and local undercover Operation Mayday. Craig told them, however, he would consider bond if more information became available.

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Man sentenced for crash that paralyzed child

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:06pm

A man whose drunken driving left a child paralyzed was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison.

Fredrick Turner, 33, pleaded guilty in Columbia County Superior Court to two counts of vehicular injury and traffic offenses.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Homlar said Turner’s blood-alcohol level was 0.186 when he crashed head-on into the victims’ vehicle.

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Memorial Day weekend delay likely in search for man missing in Thurmond Lake

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:55pm


Lake Thurmond authorities say the search for a personal watercraft operator who went missing Monay at West Dam recreation area will likely be suspended for the holiday weekend.

Christopher Lee Harper, 43, was riding his Yamaha WaveRunner just before 3 p.m. off the beach at the park when some beach-goers saw him flung off, according to Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division Capt. Mark Padgett.

“We’ll go through tomorrow (Friday) and see what it looks like,” Padgett said late on Thursday. “We’ll probably suspend it for the weekend.”

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Man charged in 2012 slaying of Wackenhut guard

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:19pm


The police investigation into the slaying of a Wackenhut guard at Savannah River Site has been closed with an arrest after more than two years.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins confirmed Thursday that Demarkeo Jarome Lockhart, 21, has been charged in the killing of Hester Jackson.

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Suspect named in DC murder mystery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:35am



WASHINGTON — Savvas Savopoulos was energized. He spent the day sprucing up his northern Virginia martial arts studio for its grand opening with his family’s longtime housekeeper. Around 5:30 p.m., his wife called, telling him to come home to watch their 10-year-old son because she had plans.


The housekeeper, Nelitza Gutierrez, was one of the last people to see Savopoulos alive.


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Charleston gaining on Columbia as largest city in South Carolina

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:14am



COLUMBIA— Rapid growth in Charleston means that Columbia is in danger of losing its place as the largest city in South Carolina, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday.


The newly released population estimates include cities around the nation as of July 1 of last year.


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Fundraiser for dog burned in doghouse

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:51am



SMYRNA, Ga. — Caregivers are raising money to help a dog that police say was set on fire inside its dog house.


WXIA-TV reports the 1-year-old pit dog named Royalti was taken to the Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic May 12 after she was found burned behind a Smyrna home.


Police arrested the dog’s owner, Caleb Lanier, who faces charges of arson and cruelty to animals. He’s accused of using a flammable accelerant to ignite the dog house with the dog inside.


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Officer's gun charge advances to grand jury

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:51pm

An Edgefield County magistrate judge determined Wednesday there is enough evidence to pursue the most recent criminal charge against a North Augusta Public Safety officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in his driveway last year after a 13-mile pursuit.

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Sand Gnats hand GreenJackets seventh loss in a row

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:14pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Brad Wieck and Jimmy Duff combined on a three-hit shutout and the Savannah Sand Gnats handed the Augusta GreenJackets their seventh consecutive loss, 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Wieck (1-4) allowed all three hits and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Duff pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief and struck out three to earn his second save.

Luis Guillorme was 3 for 4 with an RBI for Savannah.

Jonah Arenado went 2 for 4 for Augusta.

Woman steals electronics from Salvation Army, leaves them next door

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:43pm

Deputies are searching for a woman accused of stealing electronics from the Salvation Army and leaving them at a nearby business.

Around 7:33 p.m. Monday, officers responded to the Salvation Army on the 1500 block of North Leg Road in reference to a theft, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses said a black woman about 40 years old was seen taking a television and DVD player from the Salvation Army.

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Autopsy results inconclusive in Aiken County death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:24pm

Autopsy results on an Aiken County woman found dead in her apartment were inconclusive Wednesday, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Lauren McKinney, 28, was found in her Glendale Terrace Apartment about noon Tuesday. According to Carlton, the coroner’s office is awaiting the results of further toxicology testing.

Aiken police are investigating McKinney’s death as a “suspicious death,” Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. Jake Mahoney said.

Burglary suspects wanted in North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:24pm

The North Augusta Department of Public Safety is asking for help in locating a pair of burglary suspects.

On May 17, deputies responded to the Belvedere-North Augusta Rescue Squad in reference to a break-in, according to a statement from Lt. Tim Thornton.

Video from outside the building shows the suspects entering the structure three times in a three-week span.

Anyone with information on the suspects can contact Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.


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