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Aiken inmate dead in cell

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:38pm

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called to investigate the death of an inmate Friday at the Aiken County Detention Center.

An Aiken County sheriff’s new release states that deputies were serving meals around 11:30 a.m. when they discovered the inmate, 31-year-old Derek D. Simpkins, unresponsive in his cell.

Onsite medical responders performed life saving measures on the inmate until emergency medical responders could arrive. The responders pronounced him dead.

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Reports: Gurley season over; presidential pardon sought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:17pm


The Todd Gurley case continues to grow interesting.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday afternoon that his University of Georgia suspension will likely last all season.

Someone familiar with the NCAA investigation of the possible violations by the running back told the AJC that it’s a “significant” case of the sale of memorabilia and that Gurley is unlikely to be cleared to return to the field this season.

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SC jail nurse faces inmate sex charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:31am

LEXINGTON, S.C. — A nurse who worked at the Lexington County jail has been charged with having sex with an inmate.

Lexington Sheriff Lewis McCarty said in a statement Thursday that 42-year-old Selena Patreace Brown of Irmo was charged with three counts of sexual misconduct with an inmate.

Brown is accused of having sex with an inmate being held at the jail in June, July and August.

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Burned body in Ga. park identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:39am

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Police say the burned body of a woman found in a metro Atlanta park has been identified as a northwest Georgia woman.

Authorities say a couple walking their dog in a Gwinnett County park found the body of the woman, later identified as 26-year-old Lauren Taylor of Dalton.

Gwinnett police Cpl. Ed Ritter said the body was found Wednesday morning on the pathway next to a pavilion in Deshong Park, east of Stone Mountain.

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UPDATE: Gas leak closes Hephzibah Middle

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:27am

Hephzibah Middle School will be closed for the remainder of the day after a gas leak was discovered Friday morning.

Students were transported to Hephzibah High School while officials determined the cause of the leak. Dee Griffin, spokeswoman for the Augusta Fire Department, said the smell is coming from a leaky valve on the roof of the building.

SLED investigates ex-Aiken deputy

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:06am


The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating an Aiken County detention center deputy who was recently fired for policy violations.

The allegations of misconduct go back to September, but the sheriff’s office didn’t make the information public until Thursday, through a news release.

The release stated that the deputy, who will not be identified during the investigation, was terminated and all information was turned over to SLED to determine whether any of the violations were considered criminal acts.

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DNA leads to church copper thief suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 7:21am

COLUMBIA— Richland County deputies say DNA led them to a man who stole copper from four churches.

Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release that 52-year-old Stephen Brown did about $33,000 in damage to the churches when he stole the copper in 2010 and 2011.

Deputies found DNA evidence at all four churches and recent testing matched the DNA to Brown.

Brown is charged with four counts of transporting stolen metals and four counts of damage and theft to real property over $5,000.

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