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Man accused of attacking brother with 'samurai sword'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 2:38pm


An Augusta man is accused of aggravated assault after he attacked his brother with “samurai sword” on Friday, according to a police report.

Bobbby Martin Law, 56, of Sprucewood Drive, is being held at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on charges of felony aggravated assault and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County jail records.

About 3:28 p.m. Friday, sheriff’s deputies were called to Law’s home in the 3000 block of Sprucewood Drive, according to an incident report.

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Gov. Nathan Deal sworn in for second term

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 2:34pm

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recommitted to supporting criminal justice changes and alternatives to public schools Monday as he was sworn in for a second term in office, and said his mission for the next four years is “building upon the foundation we have laid.”

Deal’s swearing-in was held inside the House chamber after a rainy weather forecast canceled plans for an outdoor ceremony.

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Man charged with indecency for masturbating in store

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:52pm


A Hephzibah man was arrested Sunday after he was caught masturbating near the toy aisle of a Wal-Mart for the second time in less than a year, authorities said.

About 6 p.m. Sunday, an employee at the store at 3209 Deans Bridge Road told police she saw the man, later identified as Tareem Burgess, 32, of Pamplona Drive in Hephzibah, acting suspiciously.

She said Burgess walked around with his hands in his pockets and stopped to stare at women in the store. From security cameras, the employee saw Burgess masturbate on the toy aisle before leaving the store.

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Ga. lawmakers work to lower age for politicians

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:07pm

ATLANTA — A Georgia lawmaker believes people legally able to drink, vote and serve in the military should be allowed to run for a seat in the state Senate.

State Sen. Josh McKoon says he plans to introduce legislation this year lowering the minimum age for candidates from 25 to 21. McKoon says he was inspired by an 18-year-old elected to West Virginia’s legislature in November.

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Will Ga. hospital group go to bat for Medicaid?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 8:35am


ATLANTA -- Unlike its counterparts in other states, the Georgia Hospital Association has not been seen as actively advocating for Medicaid expansion.

A number of states have expanded their Medicaid programs, making more low-income people eligible for benefits and thus helping hospitals financially by reducing their numbers of uninsured patients.

But expansion has gone nowhere in Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal and his fellow Republicans who dominate the General Assembly have made a point of blocking such a move, saying it would cost the state too much money.

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Slain Ga. cop funeral today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 6:51am


HIRAM, Ga. — The funeral for a sheriff’s officer killed in a murder-suicide is planned at a church northwest of Atlanta.


Services for Cpl. Sam Driskell were to be held at 11 a.m. today at West Ridge Church in Dallas, Georgia.


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been speaking with relatives, friends and neighbors to determine what may have prompted the shooting at the officer’s home in the Hiram area.


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Gov. Deal inauguration today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 6:46am



ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is set to begin his second term in office today with an inaugural ceremony in Atlanta.


An afternoon ceremony is planned inside the State Capitol.


The governor and first lady Sandra Deal were to start the day at a 9 a.m. prayer service at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta.


An inaugural gala is scheduled for Thursday night with entertainment by country music artist Alan Jackson and other Georgia musicians.


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Small modular reactor development faces slow, fading progress at Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 11:30pm


A highly-touted concept to build small, portable nuclear power reactors that could be moved on a railroad car or truck has made little progress in recent years, especially at Savannah River Site.

Often cited as the future of nuclear energy, the development of small modular reactors has faced funding challenges and competing energy sources – mainly falling natural gas prices that jilted the nuclear industry’s comeback – leaving some questioning if the mini-reactors will ever be viable.

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Greenbrier High School parents aim to halt Columbia County rezoning plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 11:09pm


A group of Greenbrier High School parents hope to put the brakes on Columbia County’s plan to rezone up to 200 students to Lakeside High School next fall.

About 75 parents and students met Sunday with school trustees Mike Sleeper and David Dekle at a home on Mullikin Road to plead their case.

Under a plan proposed by school officials, about 200 students would be shifted to Lakeside next school year. The actual number will likely be lower, as 53 rising seniors have been offered an exemption, providing they can provide their own transportation.

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The Way We Were: Elvis performs at the Bell Auditorium

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 8:56pm


It’s hard to believe but if he had lived, Elvis Presley would have turned 80 last week.

It’s also hard for some of us to believe that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll came to Augusta not once but twice in a three-month span of 1956 to play at the Bell Auditorium.

At the time, Presley was on the verge of what we now call super-stardom. Before the year was out, he would offer his legendary performance on TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, and go on to fame and glory in music and movies before his death in 1977.

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Housing department wants Augusta Commission out of decision making

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 8:46pm

Skipping Augusta Commission approval on spending and contracting for the city’s Laney-Walker and Bethlehem redevelopment initiative, the Hyde Park relocation effort and other Housing and Community Development responsibilities has worked “well” and should continue, interim Director Hawthorne Welcher said in a proposal going before a commission committee Monday.

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Augusta businessman Alonzo Boardman Jr. dies at 82

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 8:21pm


Friends and family members remembered Augusta businessman Alonzo P. “Bruz” Boardman Jr. on Sunday as a sharp businessman who could see opportunities where others did not.

Boardman, 82, the former president of Boardman Oil Co., died Saturday at his Augusta home.

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Sheriff's major graduates from FBI program

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 8:14pm


Years before Steve Strickland became a major – or even a sergeant – in the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, his dream was to go back to school.

In the mid-1990s, Strickland read about the FBI National Academy, and for two decades it remained on his professional bucket list.

On Dec. 19, after 11 weeks of training in Quantico, Va., Strickland’s dream became a reality.

Strickland was one of 215 members of the final Class of 2014, which consisted of law enforcement officials from 49 states and 20 different countries.

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Man stabbed during failed robbery attempt

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:35pm

A 29-year-old man is accused of stabbing someone during a failed armed robbery attempt late Saturday, deputies say.

Randy Allen Conrad II is being held on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal attempt armed robbery, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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