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Police still searching for Dollar General robber

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:14pm

Police are asking for help identifying a man who robbed the Dollar General in Clearwater earlier this month.

Aiken County sheriff’s deputies were called to the store at 4435 Jefferson Davis Highway on March 6 after the man, who was wearing a reflective road crew vest, reached into the register while checking out and ran off with a handful of cash. He was described as a black male about 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds. He left the area in a silver SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (803) 648-6811.

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RCSO searching for pair of violent crime suspects

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:08pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a pair of suspects accused of committing violent crimes.

Ronnie Boozer has outstanding warrants for three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Grady Carr has outstanding warrants for aggravated assault, simple battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Georgia State stuns Baylor in NCAA

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:23pm


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — R.J. Hunter kept firing away, eventually lifting 14th-seeded Georgia State over third-seeded Baylor and knocking his father right off his seat with the biggest shot of his life.

Hunter’s 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted the Panthers to a 57-56 opening-game victory over the Bears in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

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Private businesses and vendors required to get background check for Fort Gordon access

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:05pm


Pizza and food delivery workers, shipping company truck drivers, furniture delivery crews and other private businesses and vendors will be required to get a background check to enter Fort Gordon under the next phase of tightened security policies at the military installation.

Fort Gordon announced Thursday that businesses and vendors who are not Department of Defense personnel or contractors will be required to get background checks in coming weeks, according to a news release from the Fort Gordon public affairs office.

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Toe-sucking suspect arrested again

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:58pm

A man who has repeatedly been arrested for his obsession with women’s feet is facing charges again after police say he approached several women and robbed one.

Joey William Leaphart, 45, of Graniteville, was charged with simple battery and robbery by sudden snatch. Richmond County authorties said other charges could be pending.

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Upset: 14th-seeded UAB Blazers shock Iowa State

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:27pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The first big upset of the NCAA Tournament goes to the scrappy UAB Blazers.

William Lee scored the last four points for 14th-seeded UAB, and the Blazers upset third-seeded Iowa State 60-59 on Thursday in their opening game in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blazers (20-15) came in with the youngest team in the NCAA Tournament and with nobody having played in this tournament before. They wound up winning the program’s first NCAA game since 2005.

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Interfaith Coalition to hold rally for Paine College on Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:48pm


A monthlong fundraising campaign for Paine College led by Augusta’s Interfaith Coalition will culminate Saturday with a rally to show support for the school.

Paine College Rally Day will feature an array of guest speakers, dance performances, food from around the world and music, according to the coalition’s executive director, the Rev. Christopher Johnson.

Because of a United Way event being held at Paine on Saturday, the coalition will hold the rally at T.W. Josey High School.

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Lawmakers give doctors Medicaid boost

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:17am


ATLANTA -- A state Senate panel gave Georgia primary care doctors a potential financial boost Wednesday, putting millions of dollars into the state budget for a pay raise to deliver services to Medicaid patients.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a budget that awards $5.9 million in state funds for a Medicaid pay raise to ob/gyns, and $13.6 million to internists, pediatricians and family medicine physicians.

Those amounts surpass the House’s allocation of $3 million and $1.6 million to the respective groups.

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Man shot in buttocks at SC fun park

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 8:02am

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — A man who was shot in the buttocks at a fun park in North Charleston has been arrested, along with the man accused of shooting him.


Police told local media outlets that 27-year-old Harold Austin Nicholas was shot around 4 p.m. Wednesday at Frankie’s Fun Park.


Twenty-seven-year-old Maurice S. Thompson has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and conspiracy to violate narcotics laws.


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Ga. mayor told to get anger counseling

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 7:57am

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — The Stockbridge city council is ordering the mayor to undergo anger management counseling.


Council members tell The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they’re alarmed at what they describe as a series of outbursts by Mayor Tim Thompson in recent weeks.


The Atlanta newspaper reports that Thompson could not be reached for comment. The mayor did not immediately return email and phone messages from The Associated Press early Thursday.


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Graniteville man arrested in school bus hit-and-run

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:28pm


The South Carolina Highway patrol arrested a Graniteville man Wednesday who they say caused a three-vehicle wreck in Aiken County and fled authorities after attempting to pass a stopped school bus unloading students.

Kevin Adams, 21, awaits bond in the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of driving too fast for road conditions, leaving the scene of an accident, having a suspended license and passing a stopped school bus.

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Burke County school system repairs water line, to reopen Thursday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:03pm


Burke County public schools will open and operate on regular schedule Thursday, less than 24 hours after a ruptured water line resulted in the system shutting down all its facilities, including its central office and maintenance and transportation departments.

The school system announced on Twitter at 2:20 p.m. that it had repaired the water line and that faculty, staff, and students at each of its eight schools should return to normal schedule Thursday.

University makes progress toward adding residencies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:03pm


ATLANTA – Executives from University Hospital are getting serious about having a residency program, state officials said Wednesday.

The hospital has sent a “letter of interest” to the University System of Georgia, the first formal step in receiving financial help in expanding its residency program for newly graduated physicians. The facility already provides six slots and once had more until a change in Medicare rules increased the financial burden on the hospital several years ago.

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