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Augusta man's 1999 robbery conviction reversed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 7:25pm

An Augusta man imprisoned for the past 16 years was so poorly defended at trial and on appeal, an appellant judge has reversed his convictions.

Shaun K. Metoyer, who turns 35 this year, was back on the trial calendar in Richmond County Superior Court, but his case was postponed because he does not have an attorney.

Metoyer was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison plus 20 years after he was convicted in 1999 of participating in a series of armed robberies committed during Masters Week in 1998.

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Veteran's wife files malpractice suit against Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 7:15pm


The wife of a military veteran who went into kidney failure less than two weeks after being prescribed a medication at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center has filed a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice.

Janice L. Allen filed the suit in U.S. District Court on Sept. 15 on behalf of her husband, Lional Allen, 51, who died Feb. 4. The lawsuit alleges that the medical treatment Allen received at the VA hospital was subpar. It names as the defendant the U.S. government.

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Mayor's column copied others' work

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 6:18pm


A recent newpaper column by Mayor Hardie Davis about an Augusta Commission retreat plagiarized at least eight paragraphs — more than two-thirds of its content — from a Washington State consultant.

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Remembrance for murder victims planned in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 6:03pm

The public is invited to the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Murdered Victims ceremony on Friday.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at May Park Gym, at the intersection of Fourth Street and Walton Way. Those who attend are invited to bring candles or balloons.

For more information, contact Von Daniels at (706) 495-6874 or

Beech Island man died from drowning, coroner says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 5:41pm

The 22-year-old Beech Island man killed Sunday when the truck in which he was a passenger crashed through a barrier and plunged into the Augusta Canal, died from drowning.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said Tuesday an autopsy determined that John Jones Jr. died from asphyxia due to drowning. Witnesses said Jones had escaped the vehicle, but appeared to collapse in the water.

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Gunpowder residue on bills triggered Savannah River Site lockdown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 5:30pm

A U.S. Department of Energy spokesman said Tuesday that gunpowder residue on dollar bills collected by a Coca-Cola delivery man was responsible for a three-hour lockdown at Savannah River Site last month.

Jim Giusti told SRS’ Citizens Advisory Board that investigators determined that before a Coca-Cola delivery truck arrived at SRS on Aug.

17, it made a stop at a gun manufacturer in Jackson to refill and cash out its machine.

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First day of fall brings relief from Augusta's hot summer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:51pm

Summer 2015 only needs one word to describe it: Hot.

Wednesday marks the first official day of fall, meaning good-bye to one of the hottest summers on record and hello to transitional temperatures in the 80s.

Temperatures in Augusta from June to August ranked the 14th hottest since 1874, with an average of 81.6 degrees. It’s also the hottest summer since 2011, which ranked the No. 1 hottest summer in Augusta’s history, with an average temperature of 83.7 degrees.

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Nunez to start at QB for Gamecocks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:01pm

COLUMBIA — Another week, another new starting quarterback at South Carolina.

Getting the call: freshman Lorenzo Nunez.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier had promised changes ahead after his team’s 52-20 loss at No. 7 Georgia last week. The coach began the moves by replacing former walk-on Perry Orth with true freshman in Nunez.

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Local Muslim leader calls Carson's statements 'un-American'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 2:28pm

The leader of Augusta’s mosque said Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s statement that a Muslim should not be elected president is “un-American” and goes against the Constitution.

“The Constitution says never to test their religion for public office,” said Imam Mohammad Jamal Daoudi of the Islamic Society of Augusta. “We have been requesting the Republican parties and candidates to stay away from using Islamophobic (language) and rhetoric.”

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