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Search continues for car-wash robber

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:13am


Police continued to search Monday for a masked man who made off with cash after pulling a weapon on an employee at a south Augusta car wash.

Deputies were called to Lulu’s Car Wash, 3129 Peach Orchard Road, about 9 p.m. Sunday after the robbery.

An employee said a black man wearing black pants, a black hoodie, a mask and gloves entered the business with a handgun and left with cash.


How much should we pay for convicting wrong guy?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:01am

ATLANTA -- Imagine missing out on 28 years of sunrises, long walks, your choice of music, holding your wife’s hand, playing catch with your son, watching your grandchildren grow up and having the freedom to go anywhere and do anything. And then ask what that would be worth to you.

Imprisoning men later found to be not guilty has resulted in six Georgia men getting $5.8 million from taxpayers since 2000, and experts say more inmates have legitimate claims for additional compensation.

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Missing Atlanta zoo owl found on neighborhood portch

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:43am

ATLANTA — Authorities say an owl that went missing from Zoo Atlanta has been found on the front porch of a home about a half-mile away.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Soren the barn owl was found after members of the zoo’s bird team responded to a call about a possible sighting Friday.

Zoo officials say they examined the owl and found no signs of injury. They say the bird was positively identified from leather bands on its legs.

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Wilkes County man arrested after lengthy standoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 9:52pm


A Wilkes County man accused of running his girlfriend off the road was arrested Sunday evening after a lengthy standoff.

According to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Taliaferro County sheriff’s deputies were called about a female in distress on Highway 22. The victim, who has not been identified, said her boyfriend, Charles Reed, 34, had run her off the road twice.

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Fear outweighs risk of Ebola, experts say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 7:57pm


Dr. Diane Weems knew the virus was on their minds, so the acting director of the East Central Health District just launched into it at last week’s meeting of the Richmond County Board of Health.

“OK, does anyone have questions about Ebola?” she asked board members.

The lethal outbreak in Africa has prompted a lot of unneeded fear even among health care workers who might not understand that it takes more than casual contact to cause an infection, she said.

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Charges revealed in hit-and-run, I-20 wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 7:40pm


Police revealed charges Sun­day against a man they say was involved in a hit-and-run on Wash­ington Road, then caused a wreck that left two vehicles overturned on Interstate 20 on Friday.

Daniel Michael Gentry, 29, was booked in the Charles B. Webster Detention Center late Friday after his release from Georgia Regents Medical Center, Sgt. Monica Belser said Sunday. He was charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence. An additional charge for a suspended license is pending, Belser said.

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Georgia Regents University tissue donor service offers life after death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 7:14pm

Katie Johns said she can remember the moment she realized her late daughter had a chance to live on, even after her untimely death.

It was July 18, 2010, and her 26-year-old daughter, Barbara “Barbie” Ann Clack, had crashed her vehicle on Windsor Spring Road. Her Chev­ro­let Blazer rolled, ejecting Clack and leaving a trail of debris nearly the length of a football field.

Johns managed to speak to her daughter’s boyfriend by phone.

“When all he could do was cry, I knew she was gone,” she said.

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Local veteran says VA contractor examinations not thorough enough

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:46pm

Ollie Washington’s injured left knee was never tested for soreness, twisted for tenderness or measured for flexibility in December 2010 when he first had a follow-up disability evaluation in Augusta for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Camilo Villegas ends drought with Wyndham win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:16pm


GREENSBORO, N.C. — When Camilo Villegas finished his final round in the Wyndham Championship, he was hoping to get into a playoff.

Instead, every other contender stumbled, and the Colombian didn’t have to hit another shot to win his first PGA Tour title since 2010.

Villegas shot 7-under-par 63 and finished at 17-under 263. He earned $954,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points in the final regular-season event.

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Florida State tops AP preseason poll

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:20pm


Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.

The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time — the first since 1999 when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.

Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes Sunday from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each received one first-place vote. Ohio State is No. 5 and Auburn is No. 6.

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Funeral set for Martinez man slain outside church

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 8:19am

Services have been announced for a Martinez man fatally shot Thursday night during a carjacking in front of a local church where he and his wife had gone to turn on the sprinkler system.

The funeral for William R. "Bill" Davitte, 55, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Thomas Poteet & Son chapel with the Rev. Robert Smith and the Rev. Elizabeth Ackerman officiating. Burial  will follow in Abilene Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 214 Davis Rd.

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