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NBA argument leads to stabbing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:40am

Police said an argument over the NBA finals led to a fight and stabbing at an East Taylor Street residence Tuesday.

According to an incident report, the victim, Terrance Nipper, 24, of Aiken Street, was at an East Taylor Street address watching the game with several others when he got into an argument with a man known as “Junior.” During the argument, Junior punched the victim in the face and then stabbed him in the shoulder with an unknown object.

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Missing Augusta teen returns home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:30am

A teen missing since February returned to his Augusta home this week, police said.

On Friday, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office asked for help looking for Aaron Michael Walker, 15, who was last seen at his home on Feb. 27.

On Monday the teen’s mother notified police that he had returned home. Information on his whereabouts for the past three months was not released.


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LATEST: Remains found of boy snatched by alligator

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 6:58am

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched off a Walt Disney World beach by an alligator and dragged underwater was recovered Wednesday, ending a ghastly search at one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

Divers found the body of Lane Graves about 16 hours after authorities first got the call that a reptile had taken the boy from the water's edge at Seven Seas Lagoon despite his father's frantic attempt to save the child.

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McDuffie 'missing man' dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 4:38am

The McDuffie County man who was found last week after a massive three-day search died Tuesday, a relative confirmed.

Seventy-nine-year-old Reese Langham died at AU Medical Center just before 4 p.m. from various health problems that were complicated by his time in the elements while he was missing.

A family member said that his kidneys began shutting down the end of last week and that doctors were considering amputating one of his legs.

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Augusta commissioners close in on lost lending program

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:19pm


Augusta commissioners narrowed in on what became of millions in bank deposits overlooked for years after a minority loan program ended but took no action regarding the funds Tuesday.

The funds, initially invested with SunTrust and State Bank and Trust were sales tax dollars placed in certificates of deposit as motivation for the banks to lend money to disadvantaged businesses doing business with the city, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Coordinator Yvonne Gentry told a city committee.

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Deputies arrest slaying suspect, 17

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 6:48pm



Richmond County sheriff’s investigators arrested an Augusta teenager Tuesday, charging him in last month’s fatal shooting of a man on Cooney Circle. A second teen suspect remains at large, and authorities are asking the public’s help in finding him.

Sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins said Bilal Givens, 17, of the 1600 block of Goshen Road, was taken into custody at 4 p.m. and charged in the slaying of Marion Terry. The victim’s body was found about 9 a.m. May 15 behind apartments in the 1900 block of Cooney Circle off Olive Road.

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Service for healing in wake of shootings set for Thursday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:51pm


The Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta will hold a service of healing at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way.

Members of diverse faiths will offer prayers and readings for loss of life and hope of healing in the wake of the Orlando shootings Sunday morning. The event falls on the first anniversary of the shootings at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston in which nine parishioners were killed by a white supremacist.

The IFFA issued this response to the shootings:

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Man breaks into Georgia police station

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:17pm



GAINESVILLE, Ga. — It’s not unheard of for an arrested person to try breaking out of a police department, but in one Georgia community officers at police headquarters charged a man with breaking in.


The Gainesville Times reports that police arrested 32-year-old Samuel Espejel-Sanchez on charges including interfering with government property.


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Walton Way gas station burglarized

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 2:18pm


A Walton Way gas station owner reported someone broke into the business early Monday stealing cash.

Police were called to Sunoco, 2013 Walton Way, just before 8 a.m. Monday when the owner discovered someone had kicked in the office door. According to an incident report, boards from the building had been pried loose to get inside the store. The owner told police it was the same spot burglars damaged two years ago. The bandits pried open a cabinet to get the store’s cash. Some money was left on the ground outside.

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Strong thunderstorms moving into the area

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 2:11pm


Strong thunderstorms are expected to move over the Augusta area this afternoon, according to a National Weather Service special weather bulletin.

The bulletin, which was issued at 1:38 p.m. stated that a strong thunderstorm was over North Augusta and moving east at 5 mph. Further thunderstorm development is expected as it continues to move.

The storm system could possibly bring wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph and “torrential rainfall” that could produce flooding.

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Fort celebrates Army birthday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 1:28pm


Fort Gordon celebrated the 241st Birthday of the U.S. Army on Tuesday with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony. The youngest officer and youngest enlisted soldier on the installation took part.

Col. Todd Turner, Fort Gordon garrison commander was assisted by 2nd Lt. Casey Jennings, 442nd Signal Battalion Command; Pvt. Nicholas Bowie, 551st Signal Battalion, assisted Sgt. Maj. Marcus Campbell, Garrison Command sergeant major, in the ceremony.



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GBI called in on Waynesboro slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 7:42am

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist Waynesboro police after an apparent homicide on Tucker Avenue.

According to a GBI news release, Waynesboro police responded shortly after 7 a.m. Monday to a residence in the 700 block of Tucker Avenue and found the body of Paul Golden III, 35, who had been shot.

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Ga. traffic stop yields pit bulldog, python

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 7:16am

 COMER, Ga. -- A manhunt began in Comer Saturday soon after a policeman stopped a vehicle with two men, a woman, a pit bulldog and a Python snake.

One passenger, Thomas Neal Evans, 44, jumped out of the SUV and fled into the woods, where he evaded a manhunt using tracking hounds brought in from a state prison in Alto.

“He’s like a rabbit. He runs hard and fast,” Comer Police Chief Dennis Bell said Monday.

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North Ga. wreck kills 3 children, injures 4

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 7:01am

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Three children have been killed and four people injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Hall County.


Local news outlets report the Georgia State Patrol says the crash happened Saturday morning.


Authorities say the children, ages four, nine and 16, who were all from Gainesville, died when the SUV they were riding in collided with a pickup truck.


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Shooting death of North Augusta man under investigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 4:46am

Police are investigating the Monday night shooting of a 73-year-old man in North Augusta.

According to an Aiken County sheriff’s news release, a passer-by reported a possibly injured person on H and H Street. Aiken County deputies and North Augusta Public Safety discovered the victim had a gunshot wound to his chest when they arrived about 10:46 p.m.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said J.C. Mims, of H and H Street, was transported to an Augusta hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m.

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Augusta committee to look at forgotten loan program

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:46pm

Bank and city officials might have forgotten Augusta’s Minority Link Deposit program, but Augusta Commission member Marion Williams has not.

The program saw millions of dollars deposited into two area banks – now State Bank and Trust and Georgia Bank and Trust – at lower interest rates, as an incentive for them to loan money to small and minority-owned businesses.

Fifteen years later, the funds sit largely untouched, and city and bank officials say they’re unfamiliar with the program.

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Woman injured in wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 3:32pm

A woman was briefly trapped insider her vehicle Monday following a collision near Owens Road and Ashton Woods in Martinez.

According to Columbia County Capt. Butch Askew, the victim was removed and a wrecker was sent to the scene to clear the accident.

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Commissioner wants updated information on Augusta board appointments

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 11:03am

One Augusta commissioner is looking to update the profiles of the city’s many boards, authorities and commissions.

Commissioner Sean Frantom wants to discuss having all board members appointed by commission consensus - that is, not by individual commissioners - update their talent bank questionnaires on file with the city.

“They haven’t been reviewed in years and many appointments are in a holdover status,” Frantom said.

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Truck wreck blocks Peach Orchard

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 9:56am

Richmond County dispatchers say at least two lanes have been blocked on Peach Orchard Road south of Pepper Ridge Drive by a tractor-trailer wreck.

 According to dispatch logs, there is an accident with an 18 wheeler on Hwy 25 at Tidewater Hill, but there is no fire or leaking.

However, fire trucks are on the way to Windsor Spring at the Hwy25/I-520 juncture to handle a truck leaking diesel.

There is no indication of a fire, officials say.

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Macon teen drowns at park

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 8:54am

MACON, Ga. — A 17-year-old boy has drowned at Amerson River Park in Macon.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office tells media outlets in a statement that Marcos Mendez Perez died Sunday.

Deputies say someone reported shortly before 6 p.m. that Perez had been on a float near one of the picnic areas and slipped off. He went under water and never resurfaced.

Officials say Perez had been at the park with family and friends.

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