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Multi-car crash closes one lane on I-20

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:19pm

Dispatch confirmed Friday evening that a traffic accident has shut down one lane on Interstate 20 eastbound.

The accident – which occurred at 9:16 p.m. – involves eight cars, dispatch stated.

No details on injuries were immediately available.


Structure fire reported in North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 9:04pm

North Augusta Department of Public Safety officials confirmed Friday evening that a structure fire has been contained on Curtis Drive.

Approximately 8:19 p.m., fire crews responded to 1803 Curtis Drive in reference to a blaze that left a home severely damaged.

“No question the damage is extensive,” Lt. Junior Johnson said. “There’s smoke damage throughout the entire house.”

Johnson said no one was inside the residence when the blaze began.

“The house is occupied, but no residents were inside when it started,” he said.

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20-year-old in custody after shooting incident in Richmond County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 8:18pm

A 20-year-old suspect is in custody following a shooting incident that injured one person Friday in Richmond County.

Approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies responded to 201 East Telfair Street in reference to an altercation, according to Sgt. Monica Belser.

Upon arrival, deputies chased suspect Antonio Holmes from East Telfair Street to East Walker Street, where the suspect was apprehended.

While being chased, Holmes dropped his sawed-off shotgun, but it was found and recovered by deputies.

“Holmes has a history of terrorizing victims in East Augusta,” Belser said.

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Staffing numbers don't bear out charges of bloat in city government

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 8:15pm

Arguments about bloat and excess in city government might not discourage Augusta leaders from voting Tuesday to increase property taxes.

According to the city’s data, current staffing is below levels from 16 years ago, immediately after consolidation of the city and county, though spending has increased overall 11 percent faster than inflation.

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Barrow hold more veterans office hours

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:08pm


U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., will hold another round of office hours in Augusta for veterans on Monday.

The local representative’s last set of veterans’ offices hours the week of July 4 yielded nearly 400 new cases districtwide for his office to research, said Richard Carbo, Barrow’s press secretary.

Carbo said the legislator hopes to receive case updates and provide new assistance to area veterans.

The office hours will be at the Enterprise Mill’s Starch Room at 1450 Greene St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Superintendent finalist answers questions from board members, public

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:02pm

As superintendent finalist Angela Pringle underwent her second interview with the Richmond County Board of Education on Friday, she stressed her commitments to building community ties, transparency and collaborative skills while speaking to the Augusta public for the first time.

A modest crowd of mostly area residents, former school system employees and Mayor-elect Hardie Davis came out to watch Pringle speak and ask questions.

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29-year-old causes multiple crashes; 2 cars overturn on I-20

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:54pm


A 29-year-old is facing charges after causing multiple car accidents Friday afternoon in Richmond County.

Approximately 4:45 p.m., deputies responded to a hit-and-run accident on the 2800 block of Washington Road involving suspect Daniel Michael Gentry, according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser.

Gentry’s vehicle was identified as a 2003 white Ford Ranger. While traffic investigators were handling this accident, they were dispatched to a more severe accident on Interstate 20 westbound next to the Warren Road bridge overpass.

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Rescue organizations holding adoption event for Augusta Animal Services

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:48pm

Two local animal rescue organizations will bring dogs and cats from Augusta Animal Services to Petco at 4209 Washington Road in Evans for an adoption event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

All of the animals are vaccinated and spayed or neutered and are “ready to go home,” according to a news release from STARS Rescue and Dog Networking Agents of Georgia.

Some of the animals are seniors and some have medical impairments, but “all are wonderful companions.”

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Still no arrest in fatal hit-and-run

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:31pm

The identities of the three drivers who hit two teenage boys on Gordon Highway, killing one of them, remains a mystery.

“We know someone out there – at least three people – have information because three cars were involved,” said Sgt. Danny Whitehead of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Devontae Sims and Zykeith Harris, both 14, were crossing Gordon Highway about midnight April 12 when they were hit by vehicles that didn’t stop.

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Insurance navigators still working as 300,000 questioned

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 4:56pm

Terri Gant’s role as an insurance navigator helping people through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace never really ended.

Months after open enrollment ended and months before the next one begins, she is still enrolling people and answering questions. For 20,000 people in Georgia and hundreds of thousands of others nationwide, that might be a good thing because they could lose the coverage they gained.

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Deputy suffers concussion in scuffle

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:29pm


Richmond County sheriff’s deputies spent more than an hour Friday searching for a suspect after a deputy was struck in the head and suffered a minor concussion.

Deputy Jason Cunningham was conducting a check at the Knights Inn, 210 Boy Scout Road, about 12:18 p.m. on a report of suspicious activity.

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Florida man arrested in fatal shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:04pm


Florida authorities captured a Jacksonville man early Friday suspected in a shooting Thursday night that killed a Martinez man and injured his wife.

Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, was arrested several hours after he shot William “Bill” Roundtree Davitte, 55, and injured his wife in the parking lot of Marvin United Methodist Church, police said.

“We don’t know who he was here visiting, what his business was here,” Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

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Bus burns in Augusta Exchange

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:00pm

A charter bus was burnt beyond repair after shrubbery in a Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway parking lot caught fire Friday.

Firefighters were called to the area about 11 a.m. where they found a Horizon Motor Coach bus on fire and heavy black smoke, according to Dee Griffin, the public information officer for the Augusta Fire Department.

Firefighters said it appears that heat from the exhaust ignited shrubbery in the parking lot where the bus was parked. The flames from the shrubbery ended up igniting the bus.

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Appointment waits shrinking at Augusta VA

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:51pm

The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center is making gradual strides toward achieving its goal of getting patients off waiting lists and into clinics for appointments.

The latest data released from the Department of Veterans Affairs this week showed that the Augusta hospital has scheduled all of the 133 patients who have gone a decade without requested appointments and that the number of veterans who waited at least 90 days for an appointment has decreased from 63 to 28 in one month.

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