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Drug tip results in Aiken arrests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:38pm

Aiken police said a Crimestoppers tip resulted in a drug raid and arrests at an Alfred Street residence.

After receiving the tip, Aiken Public Safety narcotics investigators began a month-long investigation into the activities at 1126 Alfred St.

On Wednesday, investigators executed a search warrant and found 1.5 pounds of marijuana, firearms and paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of narcotics.

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Man charged with public utility use

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:36pm

An Augusta man was arrested Thursday after police said they discovered he had been plugging his RV into electrical outlets at the Fifth Street marina.

Robert Andrew Johnson Jr., 51, was booked into the Richmond County jail on a charge of interfering with property of a public utility.

On Saturday, a deputy observed an extension cord running from a 1988 Winnebago to an outlet in the parking lot of the marina near the Fifth Street bridge, according to an incident report.

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TV cancels 'Honey Boo Boo'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:21pm



NEW YORK — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family.


The network had already completed filming of another season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and was set to begin airing it at the end of this year.


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Construction worker killed in hit and run

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:18pm

OKATIE, S.C. — A highway construction worker has been killed in a hit and run in Beaufort County.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported 53-year-old Barry Asbury of Vance was struck and killed shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday on state Highway 170.

Asbury was working with a paving crew on the road in Okatie when he was struck by a car.

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Man shot by SC trooper gets support

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:14pm

COLUMBIA — An unarmed man shot by a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper last month says he’s getting support from around the country.

Levar Jones appeared on NBC’s “Today” show Friday and said it’s too painful to watch the dash-cam video of what started as a traffic stop for a possible seat belt violation.

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Woman's body found in SC pond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:12pm

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. — Authorities are investigating after a woman’s body was found in a pond in a subdivision in Goose Creek.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury did not identify the 54-year-old woman, but told local media outlets she was found late Thursday night.

Authorities say the woman’s husband had reported her missing and said she had last been seen Thursday morning.

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SC woman charged in cat rescue scam

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:10pm

ANDERSON, S.C. — An Anderson woman has been accused of taking more than $11,000 from the cat rescue organization she operated.

Julianne Westberry, 46, is charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent of $10,000 or more, The Greenville News reported. It was not clear if she has an attorney.

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Augusta Warrior Project chosen for caregiver services

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:32am

A local non-profit agency that helps returning military veterans adjust to life after combat is going to be part of a national program to coach their families as well.

Georgia Southwestern State University’s Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving announced Friday during its national summit in Americus, Ga., that the Augusta Warrior Project and Aiken Warrior Project will be one of three sites nationally for the expansion of Operation Family Caregiver. That grows it from four sites to seven.

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SC fines telemarketer $1 million

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:52am

COLUMBIA — Tea Party Patriots, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Special Olympics have something dubious in common: All relied on Strategic Fundraising, Inc., a professional solicitor, that ran afoul of South Carolina law.

The S.C. Secretary of State’s office announced a $1 million fine this week against Strategic Fundraising, Inc. for various violations of the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.

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Thomson distribution center to move

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:45am

A distribution center located in Thomson for more than 30 years will move to west Georgia.

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Columbia County arrests promoter

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:25am



A local promoter was charged Thursday after an Evans business owner said he refused to pay money owed.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Campbell “Cam” Justin Griffin, 30, of Augusta, for felony theft of services. He turned himself in to authorities Thursday afternoon, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

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Solar 'farm' for Fort Gordon?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:15am


ATLANTA -- Georgia military installations at Fort Stewart, Fort Gordon, Fort Benning and Kings Bay will one day be housing solar farms that can make them independent of the power grid in emergencies, Pentagon officials announced.

“The Navy is pursuing renewable energy at our bases to improve our energy security, operational capability and resource availability,” said Capt. John Kliem, deputy director of the Navy Renewable Energy Program.

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Woman gets shell casing in face at Ga. gun range

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:01am

A south Georgia woman was air lifted from Waycross to a Jacksonville hospital Wednesday after a freak accident in which a spent shell casing lodged in her face at a firing range near the Okefenokee Swamp, the Ware County sheriff said.

Twenty-one-year old Joseph Borkowski, of Kingsland, was firing at targets at the Dixon Memorial State Forest public range off the entrance road to Okefenokee Swamp Park about 10 a.m. when he heard screaming behind him, Sheriff Randy Royal said.

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Former Hancock County probate judge pleads guilty to stealing county funds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:24pm

A former Hancock County probate judge pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to stealing county funds.

According to U.S. Attorney Michael Moore, Marva Rice entered a guilty plea thursday to two counts of theft of federal funds from Hancock County. According to the plea agreement, Rice was responsible for collecting fines and fees and depositing those funds into the probate court bank account. But according to an FBI investigation in 2012, authorities say Rice failed to deposit $43,864.70 into the account.

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Man sought for stealing cigarettes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:06pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of stealing $656 worth of cigarettes from an area business.

Approximately 7:27 a.m., deputies responded to the Family Dollar at 3724 Mike Padgett Highway, where store officials noticed the front-door glass was smashed and cigarettes had been stolen, according to a RCSO incident report.

The suspect stole six cartons and 62 individual packs of Newport cigarettes and 19 packs of Marlboro cigarettes, the report stated.

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Body found in home on Powell Avenue

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:00pm

The body of an elderly woman was found Thursday afternoon inside a residence on Powell Avenue.

Approximately 4:39 p.m., Richmond County deputies responded to the 2000 block of Powell Avenue, where a white female was found deceased, according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser.

Both the cause of death and identity of the victim are unknown at this time.

Belser said the sheriff’s office is investigating the matter as a “suspicious” death and that the investigation remains in its early stages.


Augusta hospital workers say false alarms show they are prepared for Ebola

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:11pm


The man had been to a game in Dallas where someone vomited on his socks. When he later began feeling ill and showed up at the emergency room at University Hospital, that was enough to get him put in isolation and trigger the Ebola virus protocols even though there was little chance he was infected.

A woman with a cough whose family member had recently returned from Kenya, across the continent from the current outbreak in West Africa, triggered isolation and Ebola procedures at Georgia Regents Medical Center until she was quickly ruled out.

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GRU prepares graduate student run 'open access' journal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:52pm

Georgia Regents University’s College of Education is preparing to publish a new open-access online journal geared toward graduate students, offering GRU’s younger researchers the opportunity not only to get their work seen on a national level, but also help them prepare for the competitive academic world.

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Former Burke County teacher pleads guilty in student sex case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:29pm

A former Burke County high school teacher was sentenced to seven years in prison for having sex with a student.

Ashley N. Ashe, 25, pleaded guilty Thursday in Burke County Superior Court to two counts of sexual assault against a person in school. Judge Daniel J. Craig sentenced Ashe to the prison term to be followed by an additional eight years on probation.

Ashe had sex with a 14- to 15-year-old boy between January and May.


Teens acquitted of armed robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:26pm

Two teens accused of robbing a man at gunpoint the evening of Jan. 14 were acquitted Thursday.

Christopher C. McCrary, 15, and Keylan M. Baker, 16, stood trial as adults in Richmond County Superior Court. The jury deliberated several hours Thursday before finding them both not guilty of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

McCrary and Baker have been in custody since January. Although McCrary should be released from custody, Baker’s bond in an unrelated aggravated child molestation case was revoked.


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