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Man takes shot at burglar

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:10pm


An Augusta man told police he shot at a person he found burglarizing his home while he slept Sunday morning.

The man, 69, told police he woke about 2 a.m. to hear noises coming from the kitchen of his home on Circular Drive. Armed with a .357 revolver, he went to investigate and discovered the silhouette of a man in the kitchen. According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, he fired a shot, prompting the burglar to run out the back door.

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Police investigating threatening note left at fire station

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:59pm


Police are investigating a note left Monday at a fire station warning firefighters to “watch their backs.”

Firefighters at Station 9, 3507 Walton Way Extension, discovered the note stuck between the door and door frame around 2:30 p.m. According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, the note said, “You fools killed my mom watch your backs black lives matter.”

Fire department spokeswoman Dee Griffin said the department is working closely with the sheriff’s office, but at this point they have not determined a suspect.

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Ga. man charged with breaking car window to free dog

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:03am

ATHENS, Ga. — An Athens man who saved a dog from a hot car has been arrested for smashing a window to free the animal.

Multiple news outlets report Michael Hammons was charged with criminal trespassing after freeing a small Pomeranian mix in distress from a hot car outside an Athens store. Witnesses say while a group of shoppers waited for police to arrive to free the dog, the Desert Storm veteran took action and smashed the window.

Deputies say the car’s owner insisted Hammons be arrested.

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State transportation board chair calls highway deaths increase "totally unnecessary"

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:56am


Don Grantham, the new chairman of Georgia’s transportation board, said Monday that something must be done to stem the increase in the state’s highway-related fatalities.

“That is totally unnecessary and uncalled for,” Grantham, a former Augusta Commission member, said at a news conference Monday announcing the Department of Trans­por­tation’s Drive Alert Arrive Alive campaign. The yearlong campaign is aimed at reducing deaths, which average an estimated 100 per month.

During the first quarter of this year, more than 400 people died on state roads.

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A sharp rise in road fatalities is prompting Georgia officials for a seat belt crackdown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:54am


ATLANTA — Highway fatalities in Georgia jumped 25 percent in the first three months of the year, and state officials vowed Monday to take action with a crackdown on seat belt use.

Transportation Commis­sio­ner Russell McMurry said the 450 automobile-related deaths puts the state on pace to lose 1,200 lives this year. It also represents a reversal of nine years of declines, although McMurry acknowledged that driving has also increased somewhat.

“We know that they are preventable because data tells us a very alarming story,” he said.

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