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Aiken teen charged in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 5:59pm

An Aiken teen held in connection to a vague threat of school violence more than a week ago was transferred to Columbia County and charged on Thursday.

William Jerimiah Hawkins-Mullins, 18, of Palm Drive, was charged with criminal trespass, disruption or interference with operation of public schools, pointing or aiming a gun at another and carrying a weapon within a school safety zone. He’s been held in custody in Aiken since Aug. 7 on the Columbia County warrants.

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Allendale man accused of attempted murder in June shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 5:42pm

An Allendale man is accused of attempted murder after police say he shot someone during a robbery in June.

Evan Wilson Cave, 21, was arrested by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division on charges of felony murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a news release from spokesman Thom Berry on Thursday.

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Two men charged in package store burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:16pm


Two Aiken men have been charged with a burglary at a downtown Aiken package shop.

Police on patrol near Palmetto Package Shop on Park Avenue spotted two men -- Tequan Martrell Holmes, 26, and Darrin Marquile Holston Jr., 21 -- throwing bricks into the front door of the business about 2 a.m. Monday, according to an Aiken Department of Public Safety release. The men were arrested after a short foot chase. Holmes had a firearm at the time of the incident.

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Augusta veteran elected commander of DAV

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:47pm


Moses McIntosh, an Augusta Air Force and Army veteran who was injured during the Gulf War, was unanimously elected national commander of the nearly 1.3 million-member Disabled American Veterans charity this week at the organization’s 94th annual convention in Denver.

McIntosh, who served as a B-52 aerial gunner in the Air Force, and later requested and was accepted for an inter-service transfer to the Army, described the appointment as an honor and a privilege in a news release from the DAV.

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Air quality tests follow employees' illness at Augusta public defender's office

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:43pm

Air quality in the decrepit public defender’s office was tested Friday to determine if insecticide may be the cause for several employees becoming ill.

The jumble of modular units has had repeated issues with water seepage and mold and roach infestations in the roofs. New roof membranes installed this year have improved the first problem, and regular pest control is helping to control the second.

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6 arrested in Martinez-Evans theft ring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:43pm

Six people have been arrested in connection to a series of car break-ins and thefts from vehicles in the Martinez-Evans area.

Since Monday, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received several reports of thefts from vehicles in the parking lots of schools, day-care centers and fitness centers. In many cases, checks were stolen, forged and fraudulently cashed by the suspects, according to sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker.

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Augusta VA expected to keep homeless health care accreditation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:39pm

The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center fully expects to have its Health Care for Homeless Veterans program accredited for another three years after international surveyors made no recommendations for improvement during an inspection at the Augusta facility this week, a hospital spokesman said.

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Thomson High security up after weapon found

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:35pm

A gun was confiscated Friday morning at Thomson High School. According to McDuffie County School Superintendent Mychelle Rhodes, through the use of metal detection devices at both school entrances, officials found, secured and confiscated the weapon from a student identified as Casey Williams, 18, a ninth-grader.

Law enforcement was notified and agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are handling the case.

Williams was booked into the McDuffie County Jail and faces criminal charges as well as a school tribunal.

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319th Transportation Company to be honored for Vietnam service

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:35pm

Two state legislators from Augusta will recognize veterans and surviving family members of the Army Reserve’s 319th Transportation Company this weekend as part of an ongoing nationwide effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

During the local unit’s 46th annual reunion Saturday at the Augusta Marriott, Georgia House Reps. Henry “Wayne” Howard and Brian Prince, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, will present a certificate of honor and U.S. Department of Defense lapel pin to each living Vietnam War veteran of the 319th in attendance.

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