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SCDOT to perform all debris removal and disposal within Aiken city limits

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:13pm

The South Carolina Department of Transportation will perform all debris removal and disposal operations within Aiken city limits, officials announced Thursday.

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GRU cop keeps heart in her job

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:07pm

EDITOR'S NOTE: This profile is part of an ongoing series on area law enforcement officers. 

Rarely does Georgia Regents University’s Department of Public Safety send someone to the police academy, but there was something about then-dispatcher Christina Compton that made officials know it would be money well spent.

“If I could clone the kid I would,” said Maj. Eugene Maxwell, who calls the 31-year-old officer “Chrissy.”

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Deal acts on Ga. food stamp woes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:52pm

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal is ordering changes aimed at clearing the backlog jamming the state’s food stamp program as federal officials threaten to cut up to $76 million in administrative funding if the problems aren’t fixed.

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Aiken County crash kills 15-year-old

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:31pm

A 15-year-old Silver Bluff High School student has died at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Kumar G. Falconer was the rear-seat passenger in a 1999 Jeep driven by his brother when it crashed Tuesday morning on Dragstrip Road near Jackson. He was pronounced dead the next day.

Carlton said the driver lost control of the vehicle, which hit an embankment and overturned several times, ejecting Kumar, the only person not wearing a seat belt.

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A wet start to Masters Week expected

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:15pm

Pull out your umbrellas and jackets if you’re heading to the Masters Tournament next week.

A weather system from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to come through the area Sunday and could stick around through Wednesday evening, bringing showers and cooler-than-ideal temperatures.

Mike Proud, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the forecast is predicting temperatures in the mid-60s for the beginning of the week, but it could dip lower.

“We may struggle for the mid-60s at midweek,” Proud said.

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SC will close prison

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 9:45am

COLUMBIA — South Carolina is closing one of its prisons.


Corrections Department Director Bryan Stirling tells The Associated Press on Thursday that the Campbell Pre-Release Center is closing.


The Columbia facility opened in 1975 and is a minimum-security prison for male inmates who have served most of their sentences and have the opportunity to participate in work release programs.


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Public input sought on Allendale landfill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 7:36am

COLUMBIA — State and federal regulators are gathering the feedback about years of cleanup at the Helena Chemical Company Landfill in Allendale County.

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Stormy weather expected Friday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 7:23am


ATLANTA — Thunderstorms are expected to roll across north and central Georgia, bringing the chance for severe weather as a storm system moves into the state.


Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the best chance of severe storms on Friday will be north of a line from Columbus to Athens. They say the main threat will be strong winds, with around one-quarter to one-half inch of rain also expected.


In metro Atlanta, showers and thunderstorms will be likely mainly after 2 p.m. Friday.


Newberry warned of Tenn. murder suspects

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 7:18am


NEWBERRY, S.C. — State and local law enforcement officers are searching some woods in Newberry County for four suspects wanted in Tennessee.


Sheriff Lee Foster said this morning that three males and one female are wanted in Tennessee on murder charges. Foster did not have details on the crime in Tennessee.


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Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Ft. Hood

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:41am

FORT   HOOD , Texas  — An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort   Hood   military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.

The shooter apparently walked into a building and began firing a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol. He then got into a vehicle and continued firing before entering another building.

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Who was Fort Hood gunman?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:31am

FORT   HOOD , Texas  — Officials at Fort   Hood   have released few details about the gunman who killed three people before taking his own life in a shooting Wednesday at the sprawling Army base. Here's what we know about the gunman.

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Council to revisit November selection of area EMS 'zone provider'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:26pm

A two-year conflict over who runs Augusta emergency medical services calls enters a new phase Thursday.

At a called meeting, the zoning committee of the East Central Georgia EMS Council is expected to reconsider the council’s Nov. 15 recommendation by a 10-8 vote to designate the Augusta government as “zone provider” in the EMS zone that spans Augusta-Richmond County.

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Fire damages part of Aiken County home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:21pm


Fire crews responded to a structure fire in Aiken County on Wednesday afternoon.

The house fire, which damaged the roof, was at 136 Beaverdam Road, according to Aiken County dispatch.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

More information is forthcoming.

Despite recalls, some young Chevy customers remain faithful

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:18pm


Despite first-hand knowledge of the problems linked to the recalled Chevrolet Cobalt, some college-age owners of the car said they stand by the company, amid reports that 13 deaths and 2.6 million vehicles have been linked to faulty ignition switches.

“This is something that could have happened to any manufacturer,” said Georgia Regents University senior Heather Doolittle, the owner of a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. “It’s an unfortunate fact of life. Mechanical problems happen. I do not fault the company.”

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Authorities searching for trio of suspects after thieves steal televisions, sneakers in home invasion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:21pm


Authorities are searching for three suspects following a home invasion Wednesday afternoon in Augusta.

Around 12:45 p.m., deputies responded to reports of an armed robbery at 1628 Wylds Road, according to a Richmond County incident report.

The victim, 55-year-old Evelyn Martin, told police a man entered the home through the front door, pointed a gun at her and asked if anyone else was inside, the report stated.

The suspect and Martin walked through the residence before the suspect told Martin to “get down on the floor and not look up,” the report said.

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Teen sentenced to 10 years for robberies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 7:32pm

A young Augusta man who took part in a 2012 robbery spree pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Rick Calloway, 19, is lucky to be alive and one day will be able to return to the community, Judge Sheryl B. Jolly told him during the sentencing hearing in Richmond County Superior Court. His cohorts weren’t so lucky.

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Report: Shooter among 4 dead at Fort Hood

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 7:31pm

FORT HOOD, Texas — Two U.S. law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press that four people have been killed in a shooting at Fort Hood.

The officials said the four dead in Wednesday's shooting include the shooter.

One of the officials, citing official internal Justice Department updates, says 14 others were hurt.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information by name.

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Georgia voter registration now online, by smartphone

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 7:31pm

The first Georgian to register to vote online, or by smartphone, Westside High School valedictorian Eniolufe Asebiomo signed up in Augusta before an audience of hundreds of elections officials from across the state.

Asebiomo called the new technology, unveiled Monday by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, “a really a good step, that innovates technology into the civic process” at the conference of elections officials, held this week at Augusta Convention Center.

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Todd Goff sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:48pm

Todd Goff grabbed his girlfriend’s neck and squeezed. Even after Tiffany Salter’s body went limp he squeezed.

For that, he is guilty of murder, a Richmond County Superior Court jury determined Wednesday. And for that Goff will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, Judge Michael N. Annis decided Wednesday.

On July 7, 2012, Goff, 25, committed his final act of violence on Salter.

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