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Theft suspect Luke Bunyon sought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:50am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating Luke Bunyon, 37.

He is wanted in connection to a robbery by sudden snatch that took place Monday, according to a news release. He is about 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.

He is known to frequent the Harrisburg area, including Bohler Avenue, and Dogwood Terrace.

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Sheriff's office gets accreditation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:40am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. at its fall conference in Miami on Saturday, according to a news release.

During the commission hearing, Sheriff Richard Roundtree answered questions from Commissioner Julie Righter-Dove regarding the sheriff’s office’s recruitment plan, physical fitness program, CHAMPS program, the “ No One Wins – Stop Gun Violence Now” program and proactive policing.

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Kisner earns first PGA Tour victory

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 11:25pm


After hitting his approach onto the green at the final hole Sunday at the RSM Classic, Kevin Kisner finally allowed himself a smile.

Why not?

The Aiken native knew his first PGA Tour victory was just a few moments away.

The 31-year-old made par to finish off his 6-under-par 64 for a six-shot victory at the tournament held at St. Simons Island, Ga.

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Aiken's Kisner earns first PGA Tour victory

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 4:32pm


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — No one could catch Kevin Kisner on Sunday at the RSM Classic.

The Aiken native shot 6-under-par 64 to win by six shots over Kevin Chappell for his first PGA Tour victory.

After hitting his approach onto the green at the final hole, Kisner finally allowed himself a smile.

“We did it,” Kisner said as he scooped up his daughter and greeted wife Brittany at the 18th hole.

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Adam Vinatieri kicks another winner as Colts beat Falcons

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 4:24pm


ATLANTA — Give a hand to the old guys.

Relying on a pair of 40-somethings, the Indianapolis Colts rallied from a pair of two-touchdown deficits to beat the slumping Atlanta Falcons 24-21 on Sunday.

Adam Vinatieri, the oldest player in the league at 42, added another winning kick to his sterling resume, booting a 43-yarder with 52 seconds remaining. The Colts won with Matt Hasselbeck, 40, throwing a pair of touchdown passes filling in for injured Andrew Luck.

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Georgia gets past Georgia Southern

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 10:24pm

ATHENS, GA. - Sony Michel ran for a 25-yard touchdown on Georgia's only overtime play, leading the Bulldogs to a 23-17 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday night.

Michel ran straight through the line and scored high-stepping into the end zone as Georgia (8-3) survived the upset bid by Georgia Southern (7-3). Michel had 23 carries for 132 yards.

Leonard Floyd was in on three tackles for losses on Georgia Southern's overtime possession, including L.A. Ramsby's loss of three yards on a fourth-and-1 direct snap.

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Miami beats Georgia Tech 38-21

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 4:14pm


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami’s seniors left their home field as winners, one more time. So did a coaching staff that kept the season together when an all-out collapse seemed like a very real possibility.

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Citadel stuns big brother USC in 23-22 win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 3:42pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tyler Renew scored the winning touchdown with a 56-yard run up the middle as lower division The Citadel shocked South Carolina 23-22 on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (3-8) hadn’t lost to a Football Championship Subdivision team in 25 years. The Bulldogs (8-3) beat them back then too in 1990.

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The Latest: More than 500 flights canceled in Chicago

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 3:22pm



The latest developments in a storm bringing snow to parts of the Midwest (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

Flight cancellations at Chicago’s two airports are growing as the slow-moving storm system dumps snow in northern Illinois.

Flight-tracking website showed more than 350 flights in and out of O’Hare International Airport had been canceled as of Saturday afternoon. The airport had received 7 inches by midday Saturday.

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Army soldier from South Carolina dies in 'non-combat' incident in Iraq

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 2:10pm

FORT DRUM, N.Y. — The U.S. Army says a soldier from South Carolina has died during a non-combat incident at a military facility in Iraq.

A spokeswoman for the Army says 19-year-old Pvt. Christopher Castaneda died Thursday at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

Spokeswoman Kathleen Young said in a statement Friday that Castaneda died in a “non-combat related incident,” but provided no further details. The Army did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

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Police seize guns, drugs from Georgia home where daycare was operated

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 2:04pm



SNELLVILLE, Ga. — Gwinnett County police say they seized guns and drugs from a home where a daycare was operated.

Police say officers got a tip that a resident of the Snellville home was selling drugs. They pulled over Jimmy Simpkins, who had just left the home around 11:30 p.m. Thursday and arrested him after they found cocaine in the car.

Officers got a search warrant and seized several guns, cash, counterfeit currency, drugs and packaging material. They arrested Eric Zavare Ray and Joseph Simpkins.

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North Augusta loses on late field goal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:58pm

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. — North Augusta went down swinging.

The Yellow Jackets very nearly pulled off a playoff upset on the road, but Blythewood kicker Cody Turner made a 20-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Bengals a 29-27 victory Friday night.

Blythewood (9-3) had taken a two-score lead in the fourth quarter and appeared to be in complete control as the North Augusta (7-5) offense continued to sputter.

Enter Rashad Byrd.

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Thomas has big night as Thomson rolls past Grady

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:15pm


THOMSON — With the star attraction on the other end of the field, Thomson coach Rob Ridings made sure to get his players’ attention.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton traveled Friday to the Brickyard to watch his younger brother, Grady’s Caylin Newton play. And after the contest, the Bulldogs watched the older Newton stride across the field as Ridings tried to hold his post-game discussion.

“Eyes up here on me,” Ridings demanded, wanting his players to focus. After all, there’s more football to be played this year.

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Red Devils falter in first round again

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:37pm


LINCOLNTON, Ga. – Ryan O’Neill couldn’t get off Buddy Bufford Field. Every few yards, a teammate, friends, family or fan came up and hugged him as he tried to hold back tears.

“It’s not your fault,” was the same refrain O’Neill heard over and over.

The senior kicker for Lincoln County has been one of the best in the state for four seasons. His big leg has drawn recruiters from Kennesaw State and West Georgia, among others.

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Sibley Mill featured on Destination America show 'Ghost Asylum'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 7:30pm

Augusta’s Sibley Mill will be featured in the Destination America television show Ghost Asylum, offering viewers a look at the building’s 133-year-old history.

The episode, which will premiere Sunday at 10 p.m., will feature the story of former Sibley worker Maude Williams. Williams was allegedly murdered by a jilted lover in the mill’s weaving room, and according to legend his spirit still inhabits the building.

Hotel attack in Mali capital leaves at least 27 dead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 9:28am

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Islamic extremists armed with guns and grenades stormed the Radisson hotel in Mali’s capital Friday, and security forces swarmed in to free guests floor by floor. As evening fell, officials said no more hostages were being held and that at least 27 people had been killed.

U.S. and French special operations forces assisted Malian troops in the swift response to the attack by an unknown number of gunmen. Shooting continued into the late afternoon, and a U.N. official said two attackers had been killed.

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Update: Ingleside, Berckmans reopen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 9:19am



Traffic is moving again after a downed utility pole blocked at Berckmans Road and Ingleside Drive this morning, police said.

A crane struck a utility pole and its lines and the road was blocked, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.


Augusta commissioners agree to increase travel budget but divide money evenly

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:14pm

Augusta Commission members approved additional funding for their travel next year and will provide the mayor funds to do likewise.

The board took an informal vote at a Thursday budget workshop to increase its travel budget from $26,000 to $40,000. Each of the 10 members will now get an even split – $4,000 apiece – and the mayor $10,000 for travel during 2016.

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2 arrested in March double homicide in Warrenton

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 4:12pm

Authorities have arrested two people connected to a March double homicide in Warrenton, Ga.

Donovan Raishad Fitts, 22, and Jermanique Vashon Franklin, 24, both of Thomson, were arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of murder, according to a statement from Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan.

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Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle gets more than 15 years in prison

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 4:03pm


INDIANAPOLIS — Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on Thursday for trading in child pornography and having sex with underage prostitutes, with the judge describing his “perversion and lawlessness” as “extreme.”

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt disregarded prosecutors’ recommendation that Fogle get 12½ years behind bars, opting for a stiffer term of 15 years and eight months in prison. She could have sentenced him to up to 50 years.

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