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Columbia County school bus bursts into flames; no one injured

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:17am

A Columbia County school bus burst into flames Wednesday morning before beginning its morning route.

The driver was able to exit the bus before the flames began and no students were on the bus when the fire started.

According to an incident report from Martinez Fire and Rescue, the fire occurred near the 400 block of Faircloth Drive in Martinez around 6:20 a.m. and firefighters were on scene by 6:24 a.m.

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Reward offered after stabbing Tuesday at Papa Johns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:13am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

About 11 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to Papa Johns in the 1800 block of Walton Way in reference to an attempted armed robbery and stabbing. According to a news release, two employees were inside the business at the time of the incident and both were stabbed by the unknown suspect.

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Augusta men indicted on murder charges in February slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:31am

Three men accused of murder in the fatal shooting of an Augusta man in February have been indicted.

Brandon A. Carter, 20, Shawncy T. Barrett, 24, and Elijah B. Washington, 35, should face arraignment in Richmond County Superior Court on May 20.

Carter, Barrett and Washington each face charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the Feb. 16 killing of 25-year-old Terrance Terrell Baker in a parking lot in the 3400 block of Wrightsboro Road.

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SRS celebrates tank closure, 20th anniversary of defense-waste processing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:30am

The assistant secretary of energy and other dignitaries will be in Aiken today to celebrate the closure of Tank 12 and the 20th anniversary of defense-waste processing at the Savannah River Site.

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Expect heavy mosquito season, local experts say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:10pm


You might want to stock up on mosquito repellent.

Local mosquito experts are expecting a bad season for the disease-carrying pests after a mild winter and some recent heavy rain.

“They have been very quiet up until last week,” said Fred Koehle, the special projects manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control. “Last week they came out of hiding.”

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Man found dead in river sought in Jenkins County slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 3:35pm


Authorities have identified the body found Friday in the Ogeechee River in Midville, Ga., as a man wanted in a Jenkins County slaying.

Deondray Johnson, 31, of Waynesboro, was wanted on charges of murder in the May 1 death of Victoria Baird, whose body was found in her Tool Court apartment in Millen. Johnson was identified as a suspect and also wanted on a burglary charge.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation identified Johnson on Wednesday. His body was discovered by a man fishing in the river.

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Downed electricity line affecting some south Richmond County customers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 2:02pm


Georgia Power customers in south Richmond County are without electricity after a dump truck hit a power pole on Windsor Spring Road about 1:40 p.m.

Deputies directed traffic at several Hephzibah-area intersections, including Peach Orchard Road and Windsor Spring Road at Highway 88, which were affected by the power outage.

As of 1:50 p.m., Georgia Power estimated that 1,771 customers have been affected. Power is expected to be restored by 2:30 p.m.


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Serious injury in morning wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 8:16am


Serious injuries were reported in an early morning pedestrian-related wreck.

A Richmond County sheriff’s news release issued around 3:20 a.m. said deputies were on the scene of the incident on Gordon Highway and Jimmie Dyess Parkway. The pedestrian was transported to Augusta University Medical Center.

More details on the incident have not been released.


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