The holidays bring lots of joy, but there is also an increased fire risk that comes with turkeys, Christmas decorations, heaters, fireplaces, and candles, said Jason Beard, an Augusta Fire Department chief.
Nearly 47,000 fires occur nationally during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injures and costing $554 million in property damage, according to the American Red Cross.
It’s a semiprivate affair in which local residents armed with flashlights, storage packers and wads of cash travel the area in hopes of scoring rare jewelry, Civil War relics or a first-edition Superman comic book.
Self-storage auctions have been taking place in Augusta for at least three decades, but have started gaining increased popularity in the past four years, with reality TV shows following groups of modern day treasure hunters who earn their livings through buying abandoned lockers and reselling the contents for a profit.
After more than eight months heading the Richmond County Coroner’s Office, Mark Bowen thinks he and his deputy coroners have built back trust in a department marred by the alleged actions of his predecessor.
Additional layers of accountability have helped, he said.
Following the December arrest of then-Coroner Grover Tuten amid allegations of theft and oath-of-office violations, Bowen, who was Tuten’s chief deputy coroner, immediately made changes in the department’s policy to prevent abuses.
SHANGHAI — Even in the midst of a meltdown, Bubba Watson never lost hope Sunday in the HSBC Champions.
He stood on the 16th tee with a two-shot lead. He trudged off the 17th green facing a one-shot deficit behind five players suddenly tied for the lead. And right when it looked as though Watson had blown it, he delivered a finish that not even the creator of “Bubba golf” could have imagined.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance in its investigation into a “suspicious situation,” officials say.
Sgt. Dedric Smith said the department is asking anyone missing a family member who drives a Ford Windstar and who might have been hunting on public land Saturday to call the sheriff’s office at (706) 554-2133.
Smith would not go into details about the investigation and would not confirm whether it involves a death.
A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy said he believes someone threw a brick at his vehicle while on patrol Saturday.
According to an incident report, Deputy Jeffrey Adams was patrolling the 3600 block of Belair Road about 9:30 a.m. when something hit his passenger side window. He stopped after noticing scratches and debris on the window.
An Augusta woman was carjacked at gunpoint in the parking lot of an Augusta business Wednesday, a Richmond County sheriff’s report says.
Police were called about 8:45 p.m., and the 38-year-old said she was approached outside Dollar General, 3134 Wrightsboro Road, by an unknown black male while getting her wallet from her white 1997 Lincoln Town Car. She said she didn’t notice him until she heard him cock the hammer on his gun.
An Augusta woman was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday, losing more than $600.
The 20-year-old told police that she and her friend were trying to enter her apartment on Heritage Circle when she saw two black males standing in the stairway, a Richmond County sheriff’s report states. She said she knew something was amiss because the stairwell was not lit as is usual.
One of the men brandished a gun and ordered the victim to “give it up.” The other grabbed her purse, and both men fled toward Fox Den Apartments.