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Intruder might be linked to other incidents

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:01pm


A man reported peeping into windows early Monday in Augusta could be the same person who entered a 7-year-old’s bedroom and threatened to shoot her, according to incident reports.

The child’s mother told police she woke just before 4 a.m. Monday to her daughter’s screams.

The child told police a man in a green jumpsuit and matching hat entered her bedroom window at their home in the 200 block of Delmont Street while she was in bed. The man asked her age, but when she told him to leave, he told her to be quiet or he would shoot her, the report states.

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Earthquake drill later this month

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:29am


More than 1 million people have already registered to participate in The Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill this month.

The National Weather Service in Columbia will announce the drill information on Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. through the NOAA alert radio.

Those who want to participate in the drill can register at

River lowered, activities curbed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:18am


Water activities have been suspended on the Savannah River as the Augusta Port Authority lower the pool level today to apply an annual herbicide treatment to control hydrilla and other invasive weeds.

The treatment, which will extend from the Waters Edge development to the I-520 bridge, will continue through Thursday.

Although the chemicals will not be harmful to fish or humans, officials advise against swimming in the affected areas. River water should also not be used for irrigation during the period, a news release states.

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Georgia SAT scores dip

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:12am


ATLANTA -- SAT scores dipped in Georgia this year, with students scoring an average of 1445 in 2014, down from last year’s average score of 1452.

The overall national average for 2014 was 1497. Georgia’s mean score for critical reading was 488, math was 485 and writing was 472, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this morning.

More Georgia students took the exam this year — 77 percent of Georgia seniors, a 2.1 percent increase compared to 2013. Georgia typically has one of the highest participation rates in the country.

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Body linked to Edgefield thefts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:19am


Authorities say there are Edgefield links to an unidentified body found north of Lincolnton in Elbert County.

The investigation into the slaying has been linked to a burglary that occurred Sept. 23 in Edgefield, where more than $120,000 worth of property were stolen. Two suspects are in custody.

Georgia authorities “recovered some of the stolen property and we’re waiting for their investigation to progress,” Edgefield County sheriff’s Capt. Chris Walsh said Monday.

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Movie crew removes Atlanta trees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:10am

ATLANTA — The removal of magnolia trees for movie filming outside a state building is drawing objections.

WSB-TV reports Marvel Studios, whose crews are filming “Ant Man,” hired a company to remove eight magnolia trees in front of the old State Archives building for an unobstructed view for filming.

Former city of Atlanta tree arborist Tom Coffin says the mayor’s office gave the production company special treatment for the tree removal. Coffin says that the process violates an established and often arduous permitting process.

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Civil War artifacts on display in Millen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:07am

MILLEN, Ga. — Civil War artifacts from a former prison are set to go on display at Magnolia Springs State Park near Millen.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Magnolia Springs History Center is set for today. The agency says Camp Lawton was built to relieve overcrowding at Andersonville Prison.

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SC firefighter faces sex charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:03am

COLUMBIA— A Columbia fireman has been arrested and accused criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Multiple media outlets reported that 53-year-old Brian A. Bruno was arrested Monday and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor female.

Bruno is a captain with the fire department, where he has worked since 1997.

He is accused of having inappropriately touched a girl at a Columbia home more than once between June and September.

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