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Man with history of domestic violence headed to prison for stalking

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:15pm

A man under two different court orders to stay away from an Augusta woman was convicted of aggravated stalking for continuing to harass her.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Peter V. Brown, 36, on Wednesday. Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. sentenced Brown to serve five years in prison followed by five years on probation.

Brown was released on bond after being arrested and charged with punching Tareka Pollard in the face on May 9. Brown then was accused of attacking Pollard a second time and choking her on Oct. 29.

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Country rapper Colt Ford to play mayors' Masters Week event

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:39pm

 

The Mayors’ Masters Reception will have a “hick-hop” flavor in addition to honoring a former caddy when the revamped event returns to Augusta Common this year.

Organizers selected Athens, Ga., native Colt Ford, in part because of his background as a professional golfer who has “bridged country music and golf,” said Joe Mullins, whose Mullins Management and Entertainment secured the singer and is an event sponsor.

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GRU presidential search committee talks qualities

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:20pm

As they went around a circle of tables in a conference room Thursday at Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine, members of the presidential search committee offered what qualities they would like to see in the school’s next leader, from “dynamic” to “empowering” to “innovative” to “a great communicator.”

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Reynolds and Broad streets reopen after Sixth Street construction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:27pm

 

After a week and a half of railroad construction, the intersection of Sixth and Reynolds streets, as well as Sixth and Broad streets, have reopened to traffic.

The intersection of Sixth and Ellis streets and Sixth and Greene streets will be closed until Wednesday, according to senior traffic engineering technician Ron Lampkin.

“We would have been finished sooner, but the cold weather delayed the process,” Lampkin said. “We don’t allow our contractors to lay asphalt unless the temperature is 45 degrees and rising.”

 

Rifle fires during Craigslist exchange in Goodwill parking lot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:10pm

 

A gun accidentally fired as two people exchanged a Craigslist purchase Thursday in the parking lot of Goodwill Job Connection, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The buyer and seller, who were not identified, met at 3179 Washington Road to exchange an AR-15 rifle, said Sgt. Monica Belser. During the exchange, the firearm discharged and a bullet struck the window at Goodwill.

People inside the store were directed to the rear of the building, which was locked down until deputies cleared the scene, Belser said. No one was injured.

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Augusta woman pleads guilty in arson case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:02pm

A young woman who set her Augusta apartment building on fire pleaded guilty Thursday to eight counts of arson.

Christian S. Jones, 25, admitted she set fire to a mattress in her Lumpkin Road Apartment on May 11. The fire spread to eight other apartments in the building.

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Prison nurse guilty of giving inmate tobacco

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:56pm

 

A former nurse at Augusta State Medical Prison who gave an inmate tobacco pleaded guilty Thursday and began a 30-day jail sentence.

Tara D. Belangia, 40, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two reduced counts of giving prohibited items to an inmate without the warden’s permission. Belangia, a single mother with an 18-year nursing career, didn’t receive any payment from an inmate, said Assistant District Attorney Robert Homlar. She confessed to the misconduct in October when she was questioned about an inmate’s note.

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Early morning fire destroys Fort Gordon building

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:37pm

An early morning fire Thursday destroyed a building at Fort Gordon.

About 2 a.m., a fire was reported at a roads and grounds facility located at the installation’s industrial area, according to Fort Gordon Public Affairs Officer J.C. Mathews. The building was between 10th and 11th streets near the western end of Chamberlain Avenue.

The building was not occupied and no one was injured, Mathews said. The cause is under investigation, he said.

The Fort Gordon, Grovetown and Augusta fire departments responded to the fire.

Mount Vintage golf course to be managed by KemperSports

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:15am

 

Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club is under new management.

KemperSports, which specializes in operating golf courses, resorts and athletic clubs, was hired by the bank that owns the 27-hole course to manage the facility and its amenities.

“I think it’s great for Mount Vintage and should help Mount Vintage get where it belongs,” said Ryan Mulvey, director of golf at Mount Vintage.

Mulvey said Thursday that all club employees were hired on by KemperSports earlier this month and have begun the transition process.

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Glitch causes delay in federal energy assistance to some elderly Augustans

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:28pm

A technical glitch has caused nearly 4,000 elderly and low-income residents in the Augusta area to experience months of delays in receiving federal energy assistance funds they depend on to help pay their bills.

Every year, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services contracts with community action agencies across the state to distribute federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds to those who qualify.

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Georgia Regents rolls to 11th win in a row, pounds USC Aiken

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:55pm

 

Keshun Sherrill and his teammates were determined not to have a repeat of last season.

A year ago, Georgia Regents blew an 18-point lead in the second half in a home loss to USC Aiken. This time around, the Jaguars were ready.

Sherrill scored a game-high 21 points as Georgia Regents knocked off the Pacers, 88-69, in the regular season finale Wednesday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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No charges for Savannah officer who shot handcuffed man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:13pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won’t face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednes­­day that the man was armed with a handgun that police missed while patting him down.

The grand jury heard from 45 witnesses and reviewed a Georgia Bureau of Investi­gation report topping 2,000 pages in the shooting of 29-year-old Charles Smith last fall, Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap said.

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SIAC champion Paine looking to close regular season with a win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:11pm

 

Paine coach Jimmy Link is quick to let his players know everything in regards to postseason play.

The Lions are the Southern Inter­collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season champions, but Link knows the team still has to keep winning if it wants to make the NCAA Division II Tournament.

“I tell them everything. They know the region deal. I let them know every game is crucial,” Link said. “We have to win our respect by winning. We can’t lose. I’m pleased with the way my guys have responded.”

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South Carolinians fighting mental illness need housing assistance

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 7:36pm

COLUMBIA — About 5,500 South Carolinians at any given moment are fighting mental illness and in need of housing assistance, according to study results aired before a Senate panel Wednesday.

“There tends to always be a waiting list for this population, because there’s just not enough places for them to be,” South Carolina’s mental agency head John Magill told lawmakers.

The agency’s specific budget request for community housing of $400,000 is part of a total $12.2 million according to the budget materials.

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S.C. lawmakers seek data on racial profiling by law enforcement

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 7:28pm

COLUMBIA — Lawmakers have taken a step closer to securing data about racial profiling by law enforcement in South Carolina.

The Senate Judiciary Committee sent S. 48 to the full Senate on Tuesday, a bill that would create a panel of House and Senate members to review state and local law enforcement policies, practices, and procedures regarding racial profiling, and to recommend ways to improve laws. The study committee would disband after making its recommendations.

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Two middle school students charged with possessing gun in Aiken County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 6:19pm

Aiken Public Safety investigators charged two middle school students Wednesday with possessing a gun on school grounds.

The incident occurred at Kennedy Middle School, where an unidentified 11-year-old male and 12-year-old female were seen with a pistol, according to a statement from Detective Jeremy Hembree.

The juveniles were transported to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.

 

 

Bill Cosby, accused of sexually assaulting women, to appear in Augusta on Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:12pm

 

Bill Cosby’s concert in Augusta is still scheduled to go on Saturday despite several cancellations of his shows in cities across the nation in light of sexual assault accusations by numerous women.

Augusta Entertainment Complex’s Bell Auditorium is legally obligated to continue Cosby’s comedy show or face potential legal action and steep fees, said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Global Spectrum, the venue’s operator.

“We are not in any position to back out of the contract with the promoter. If we do, there are legal ramifications,” Richman said.

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Sleet reported across parts of Augusta area

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:22pm

 

Sleet has been reported in some parts of the Augusta area, according to Columbia County Emergency Management Director Pam Tucker.

The National Weather Service said “patchy sleet” is possible for the next few hours as a band of wintry precipitation moves across the area, Tucker said.

Temperatures will remain above freezing, and no icing of roadways is expected, she said.

Man charged with attacking father with golf club

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:24am

A Grovetown man remained hospitalized Wednesday after being injured in what he told authorities was an attack by his son.

Nathaniel Jackson, 48, was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center on Tuesday evening with a severe head injury, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Alexander Lee Jackson, 21, who lives with his father, was charged with aggravated assault.

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Weather delays Georgia woman execution until Monday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:29am

ATLANTA — Georgia delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate Wednesday, ahead of a winter storm forecast to hit many areas with several inches of snow.

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