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Elderly man charged with murder dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:18am


An 86-year-old man accused of killing his caretaker last month has died as a result of natural causes.

John Dickey Obryant was pronounced dead about 3 a.m. today at University Hospital, Coroner Mark Bowen said.

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Toddler who fell in pool last week dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 8:52am


A 1-year-old Augusta boy has died a week after being pulled from a swimming pool in his backyard, Coroner Mark Bowen said Tuesday.

Oliver Jase White was unresponsive after being pulled April 6 from the pool in the backyard of his home on the 3400 block of Cannongate Drive. His mother told police she thought her son was sleeping and estimated he had been in the pool for about five minutes.

Police said that although the backyard was gated, the pool did not have its own fence. The back door of the home had been left open for a dog.

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Augusta Regional Airport busy with Masters travelers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:51pm


Donning a green Masters golf hat, Marc Van Niekerk sat at Augusta Regional Airport on Monday, preparing himself for a long trip back to his home in South Africa.

After making stops in Washington, New York and Dubai, Van Niekerk said he was scheduled to arrive in Cape Town by mid-day Wednesday.

Despite the hardship of travel, Van Niekerk said making the trip to Augusta with his father, mother and brother for their first Masters Tournament was “easily worth it.”

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Legal challenge to private probation firms moves into federal court

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:26pm

The legal assault on for-profit probation operations in Georgia has moved to federal court, where one lawsuit contends a probation
firm and the small cities it serves regularly commit constitutional violations and crimes such as fraud and extortion.

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Gas station employee robbed at knifepoint

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:01pm

An Augusta man is accused of armed robbery after deputies say he held a gas station employee at knifepoint Monday.

Cole Dean Willard, 20, of Chavous Drive, has been charged with felony armed robbery and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime for his role in the incident, according to Richmond County jail records.

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District 7 Commission runoff today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:51pm

The race to fill the unexpired term of resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith enters its final stretch with today’s special election runoff between Louis “Hap” Harris and Sean Frantom.

All six District 7 polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Advance voting ended Friday with only 99 people casting early ballots. Fifty-two others had returned absentee ballots by mail as of Friday.

Today’s forecast – a 50 percent chance of rain – could limit turnout, which was 13.6 percent in the March 17 special election.

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Fort Gordon club nearly doubles grant awards

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 7:56pm

The Fort Gordon Spouses’ and Civil­ians’ Club announced it will nearly double the donations it awards annually in community grants and college scholarships this spring after a successful year at its thrift shop on the Army post.

Over the past 12 months, the shop’s success increased funds available for grants and scholarships to community organizations, graduating seniors and military spouses from $25,000 in 2014 to more than $45,000 in 2015, the club said in a news release.

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Basketball goals, EEO firing on city committee agendas

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 7:16pm

Augusta Commission member Sammie Sias is taking aim at residents who set up basketball goals in cul-de-sacs or on city rights of way to play ball in the road.

While city code already bans obstructing traffic or creating a safety hazard, “we need to look at amending the ordinance to strictly prohibit basketball goals,” Sias said.

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