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Morning crash kills Aiken woman, 19

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 6:41am


A 19-year-old Aiken woman was killed this morning when the vehicle in which she was riding crashed near Graniteville.

According to Coroner Tim Carlton, the victim was Wiylesha D. Kinard.

Officials said the driver, Dakota Calhoun, 22, lost control of his Pontiac G6, resulting in it overturning and crashing into a tree on Ascauga Lake Road near Chalk Bed Road about 12:45 a.m. Both occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

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Augusta could get truck to aid motorists, keep traffic moving

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 9:41pm

A new Georgia Depart­ment of Transpor­tation program is expected to put a truck on patrol in Augusta to help clear the roads and get drivers back moving quickly.

The Roadside Assistance and Mainte­nance program is still in the preliminary concept stages but is expected to work much like the High­way Emergency Response Operators program, which has seen huge success in the metro Atlanta area.

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DUI charge in cyclist death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 9:16pm

A North Augusta woman has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Saturday night’s fatal wreck involving a cyclist on U.S. Highway 25.

According to Aiken County jail records, Sue N. Wayland, 56, of North Augusta, is charged in the accident that killed Mike Edwards, 60, of North Augusta about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The accident took place near 816 Edgefield Road, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton when a vehicle ran into Edwards and hit bicycle from behind.

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Columbia County crash victim identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 8:53pm

One person is dead and three others injured in Columbia County Sunday afternoon after a head-on collision on the bridge over Interstate 20 at Baker Place Road and Baker Place Lane.

Coroner Vernon Collins identified the victim as Francisco Briceno, 45, of Harlem. He said an autopsy is planned for Tuesday.

Traffic on the Baker Place Road Bridge was restricted after 4 p.m. while the scene was cleared.

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4 arrested in Columbia County break-ins, gun thefts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 8:05am

Columbia County sheriff's deputies arrested an adult and three juveniles Saturday after two break-ins and gun thefts.

According to a sheriff's office spokesman, deputies responded to a home in the 2000 block of Pheasant Creek Drive in Martinez on Satur­day afternoon after a neighbor reported hearing a loud bang and seeing two black men running from the home with long guns.

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Saturday night wreck kills 2

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 6:24am

Two people were killed Saturday night in a head-on accident on Georgia Highway 56 near Goshen Road.

Shabazz Holmes, 24,  of the 5300 block of River Road, Waynesboro, and James Cannon, 36, of the 700 block of Bennock Mill Road in Hephzibah, were killed, according to Coroner Mark Bowen.

Both were pronounced dead at Augusta University Medical Center about 11 p.m.

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Cyclist killed in North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 10:01pm


A bicyclist was struck from behind and killed in North Augusta shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday while traveling north on U.S. Highway 25.

The victim was identified as Mike Edwards, of North Augusta, Aiken County Coro­ner Tim Carlton said. He was pronounced dead at the scene near 816 Edgefield Road.

The driver of the vehicle has been arrested on driving under the influence charges, the coroner said.

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Sanford Stadium packed for record G-Day game

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:39pm

ATHENS, Ga. — G-Day went from a laid-back springtime diversion for Bulldog fans to catch up with their tailgate buddies to a got-to-be-there pack-the-place happening on Saturday.

It had star power off the field in rap star Ludacris and on it in freshman early enrollee quarterback Jacob Eason who didn’t disappoint by completing his first four passes and airing it out for a 37-yard fourth-quarter completion.

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Search for missing priest continues

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:49pm

BALDWIN, Fla. -- Jacksonville police and St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies aided by helicopter, all-terrain vehicles and divers launched a large-scale search Saturday of a swath of woods, water, twisting back roads, weed-choked ditches and dilapidated properties throughout this tiny town in hopes of finding a 71-year-old St. Augustine priest who disappeared a week ago.

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Retired Newberry coach drowns in pond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 5:26pm

POMARIA, S.C. — Authorities say a retired Newberry County teacher and coach has drowned while fishing at a private pond.

Coroner Craig Newton said in a news release that a dive team found 82-year-old John Richardson’s body early Saturday morning after he failed to return home the day before.

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Ex-DOT foreman took bribes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 5:14pm

ATLANTA — Prosecutors say a former foreman with the Georgia Department of Transportation has pleaded guilty to bribery for allowing unsuitable dirt to be dumped at sites in metro Atlanta.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday that 49-year-old George H. Bell accepted cash bribe payments from owners of an unnamed dirt hauling company in 2014. The cleanup cost for environmental damage caused by the dumping is estimated at $2.5 million.

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Man charged with hitting 3 Atlanta kids on sidewalk

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 5:10pm

ATLANTA — Police say a man accused of hitting three children who were walking on the sidewalk in northwest Atlanta has been arrested.

Atlanta Police tells local news media report on Saturday that 28-year-old Ryan Lisbeth is facing charges of serious injury, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road and possession of a controlled substance. Police say two of the children were in critical condition at Children’s Hospital at Egleston, while the third child’s condition was described as low.

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3rd suspect arrested in Augusta slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 5:03pm


Richmond County sheriff’s investigators have charged a third suspect in a fatal Wednesday shooting.

According to a sheriff’s spokesman, Marquise DeQuan Overton, of the 3100 block of Collier Road, was charged Friday in the death of James Pixley.

Overton, 20, was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to a news release.

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1 Maryland firefighter dead, another injured after shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 1:59am

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. — One of two firefighters shot Friday night while making a welfare check in a Maryland suburb of Washington has died and another remains in serious condition, officials said.

John Ulmshneider, 39, died Friday night, according to Prince George's County Police Department spokeswoman Julie Parker. She said Ulmshneider was a 13-year veteran of the department.

Department officials said in a statement that volunteer firefighter Kevin Swain also was shot, and was in serious condition.

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Augusta homicides on track for record pace in 2016

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:20pm

The series of homicides in the first four months of 2016 has Augusta on track for one of its highest totals in four years.

On Wednesday James Pixley, 18, became the 11th homicide victim in Richmond County this year.

An analysis of homicides recorded by The Augusta Chronicle since 2010 shows that generally the 11th homicide does not occur until between June and August. This year it came nearly two months earlier.

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Man sought by Florida police in disappearance extradited

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 5:20pm

The Jacksonville, Fla., man arrested Wednesday in Aiken County in connection with the disappearance of a 71-year-old Catholic priest is back in Florida after an extradition hearing.

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Dad of missing priest suspect arrested

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 2:11pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The 53-year-old father of a man now in custody in connection with the disappearance of a St. Augustine priest was arrested Wednesday as the manhunt for his son was wrapping up hundreds of miles away, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.


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Decomposed body identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:43am

A decomposed body found in a Mundy Road residence Wednesday has been identified but the cause of death remains undetermined.

Code enforcement officials discovered the body while inspecting a home on the 3300 block of Mundy Road. Coroner Mark Bowen said 71-year-old Willie James Hicks was in advanced decomposition and he’d likely been dead at least one month.

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