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Augusta VA inspection report still unreleased

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 8:03pm

The Department of Veterans Af­fairs’ Inspector General’s Office continues to withhold findings of health care violations at Augusta’s Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, despite six months of calls from congressional leaders to tell the public about how potentially dangerous problems are being resolved.

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Witness sees 2 men leave after home fired on

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 7:38pm

Augusta residents say two men fired several shots at their Truxton Road home early Saturday.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3100 block of Truxton Road about 5 a.m. and met with three people who reported hearing several gunshots before finding bullet holes along the home’s interior and exterior.

One told deputies that she was lying on the couch when she heard the first shots. She rolled to the ground and later noticed some of the holes near where she was sleeping.

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Ming Yat Chinese restaurant closing after 35 years

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 7:11pm

Stephanie Brode reached out and wrapped her arms around Sue Helms’ neck.

“I love you,” Brode told the diminutive waitress as they embraced tightly after a late lunch Friday at Ming Yat in North Augusta.

“Such nice people,” Helms said of Brode and her family, who had driven down from Greenwood County to say goodbye.

The Chinese restaurant, a longtime North Au­gusta staple, will close its doors at the end of May, and many are stopping by for a final meal. A sign in the foyer says items such as wall art and equipment are for sale as mementos.

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Baltimore unrest brings back memories of Augusta riot 45 years ago

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 6:41pm


Seeing images of violence and civil unrest in Baltimore after the death of a black man in police custody reopened old wounds that Paine College historian Mallory Millender has carried for decades.

On May 11, 1970, Millender, then a professor at Paine, had a brush with a riot that halted daily life in Augusta nearly a week after 16-year-old Charles Oatman was killed at the county jail.

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Waynesboro student dies in car crash

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 5:43pm

A car accident in Waynesboro on Saturday claimed the life of a Burke County High School student a little more than two weeks before he was set to graduate, an official said.

Dearius M. Lambert, 19, of Waynesboro, died at Georgia Regents Medical Center about 2 a.m. Sunday after the accident on Mills Road near Hadden Pond Road, Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi said. An autopsy will not be performed, she said.

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Trenton murder suspect arrested in Virginia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 5:35pm

A man wanted in the beating death of an 81-year-old man in Trenton, S.C., was arrested in Virginia early Sunday, officials said. A second suspect remains at large.

According to a statement from Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah, Donald George Hurtekant Jr., 36, of Graniteville, was arrested just after midnight by Buckingham County sheriff’s deputies after authorities received a tip.

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Ana becomes tropical storm as it nears the Carolinas

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 10:23pm


MIAMI — Beachgoers were warned away, emergency officials kept a watchful eye and at least one graduation ceremony was forced indoors as Tropical Storm Ana plodded toward the Carolinas on Saturday in an early heaping of rough weather weeks ahead of the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The storm was forecast to be “very near” the coasts of South and North Carolina sometime this morning.

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School officials bemoan lack of college tracking

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 9:50pm


Christopher Schadle scanned West­side High School’s gymnasium last month with a stack of pamphlets tucked under his arm and a world of options in front of him.

Forty-seven college recruiters stood smiling behind cloth-covered tables that lined the gym floor. Stud­ents around him thumbed through brochures with photos of sunny campuses and endless listings of undergraduate majors, clubs and sports.

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2 girls airlifted to hospital after ATV crash

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 6:50pm


Two girls were hospitalized Saturday after crashing an all-terrain vehicle in Evans.

Emergency crews and police were called to the 5300 block of Magnolia Drive about 3 p.m., Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. Hurt in the crash were Emma Maples, 14, and Olivia Maples, 9, both of Benson, N.C.

A preliminary investigation found that when Emma was unable to complete a turn, the ATV left the road and struck a fence before hitting rocks and a large fence post. The girls, who weren’t wearing helmets, were ejected across a driveway, Morris said.

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2 wounded in Wrightsboro Road shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 5:08pm


Two men were hospitalized early Saturday after a shooting on Wrightsboro Road, officials said.

The victims, ages 21 and 18, told police that they left U21 at 1511 North Leg Road to walk to Smart Grocery at 3321 Wrightsboro Road about 1:30 a.m. when they noticed a suspicious gold-colored Honda driving in front of the business.

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Employee punched in face during store robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 4:37pm

A store employee was assaulted during a robbery in Augusta on Saturday, police say.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to Family Dollar at 2807 Tobacco Road about 7:35 a.m., according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser.

The robber, described as a black man in his 20s, snatched money from the cashier before punching the employee in the face, the statement said.

No arrests have been made.

Man found shot after burglary call

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 4:29pm


A man was hospitalized early Sat­ur­day after a shooting on Brown Lane in Aiken, officials said.

Officers with the Aiken De­partment of Public Safety were called to a burglary in progress in the 300 block of Brown Lane about 5:30 a.m., according to a statement from Lt. Karl Odenthal.

Deputies found the “non-resident” victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where his condition is unknown.

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1 hospitalized after accidental shooting in Aiken

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 4:21pm

The Aiken Department of Pub­lic Safety is investigating an accidental shooting that sent one person to the hospital Saturday.

Officers were called to the 300 block of Magnolia Lane Court about 1 p.m., according to a statement from Lt. Karl Odenthal.

The victim, described only as a female, was taken to Aiken Re­gio­nal Medical Centers for injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.

The weapon was secured at the scene by officers. Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses.


Federal Judge Avant Edenfield dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 11:31am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield’s intellect and work ethic were unmatched as were his love for family and the law, friends and colleagues recalled today.

He was “extremely tough in all of his cases but without a doubt, fair. He never played favorites and he tolerated absolutely no nonsense,” said Savannah attorney Dana Braun, the judge’s first law clerk.

Edenfield died this morning at Candler Hospital. He was 80.

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