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7 now dead in Amtrak crash

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:27pm

 

 

PHILADELPHIA — The death toll climbed to seven Wednesday with the discovery of another body in the wreckage Wednesday as investigators tried to determine why an Amtrak train hurtled off the tracks while rounding a sharp curve.

 

More than 200 people were injured in the wreck that plunged screaming passengers into darkness and chaos Tuesday night.

 

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40 percent honey bees dying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:21pm

 

 

WASHINGTON — More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a federal survey.

 

Since April 2014, beekeepers lost 42.1 percent of their colonies, the second highest loss rate in nine years, according to an annual survey conducted by a bee partnership that includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

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Suits filed in crash that killed GSU nursing students

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:08pm

 

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The parents of two of the five Georgia Southern University nursing students killed in a fiery wreck on Interstate 16 in April have filed suits in Bryan County Superior Court for damages stemming from the wreck they contend was caused by a drowsy tractor-trailer driver.

 

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Gas leak alters Walton Way traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:21pm

Part of Walton Way is being shut down due to a natural gas leak.

According to Richmond County dispatch, the leak is located near the Walton Way and Emmett Street intersection. The cause of the leak has not been released. Atlanta Gas Light has been notified, dispatch said.

Athens cop faces child sex charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:04am

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens-Clarke County police officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile several years ago.

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SC woman rescued from fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:58am

CLOVER, S.C. — A volunteer firefighter and a passerby were the first to respond to a house fire near Clover and helped rescue a woman from the blaze.

The Rock Hill Herald reports firefighter Luke Caldwell and Charlie Kennedy rescued a 62-year-old woman Monday afternoon. Clover Fire Chief Charlie Love says firefighters from five departments responded to the fire, which took two hours to get under control.

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Ex-Ga,. cops guilty of bribe, drug charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:53am

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Federal prosecutors say two former Hall County sheriff’s office workers have pleaded guilty to bribery and drug charges.

Authorities said Tuesday that 33-year-old David Treadwell of Gainesville and 19-year-old Austin Herring of Murrayville pleaded guilty to the charges in separate cases.

Officials say Treadwell, a former sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe from a purported drug dealer in exchange for telling the dealer if local law enforcement was investigating him.

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Street performer in wedding dress offered $20,000 settlement

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:49am

ATLANTA — City officials are set to offer a well-known Atlanta street performer $20,000 to settle a lawsuit in which he claims police violated his rights to free speech.

 

Multiple news outlets report 62-year-old Bob Jamerson, commonly known as “Baton Bob,” says police violated his rights when he was arrested in Atlanta nearly two years ago. Jamerson is known for dancing on city sidewalks in costume.

 

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Five Blackville teens face charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:05am

Five Blackville teens have been arrested in the April 30 shooting of a woman at the Hilda Crossroads.

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll said Tuesday afternoon that all five had been charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon in the commission of a crime and criminal conspiracy.

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Woman faces Arizona fraud, theft charges related to late-term abortion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:00am

A woman in the custody of Columbia County authorities is facing extradition to Arizona where she is accused of faking a cancer diagnosis in order to obtain a state-funded abortion.

Chalice Renee Zeitner, 29, was taken into custody on Friday at a residence on Johns Road in Appling by sheriff’s officers who were working with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to serve an Arizona warrant for theft, fraud, identity theft and forgery, authorities said.

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Heritage trail gives access to Ellenton, a town that gave way to Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:58am

 

Hidden deep in the forest beneath pine and cedar trees, two cement steps are all that remain of the former Ellenton, S.C., a town that vanished in the early 1950s to clear the way for a plant that made nuclear materials for atomic bombs.

Hundreds of students once scaled the steps to the front door of Ellenton High School before the town was vacated, many of its buildings moved to New Ellenton before construction began on Savannah River Site. The town movie theatre, liquor store, boarding houses, churches, diner, car dealership and more exist only in memory.

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