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Gas station employee robbed at knifepoint

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:01pm

An Augusta man is accused of armed robbery after deputies say he held a gas station employee at knifepoint Monday.

Cole Dean Willard, 20, of Chavous Drive, has been charged with felony armed robbery and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime for his role in the incident, according to Richmond County jail records.

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District 7 Commission runoff today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:51pm

The race to fill the unexpired term of resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith enters its final stretch with today’s special election runoff between Louis “Hap” Harris and Sean Frantom.

All six District 7 polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Advance voting ended Friday with only 99 people casting early ballots. Fifty-two others had returned absentee ballots by mail as of Friday.

Today’s forecast – a 50 percent chance of rain – could limit turnout, which was 13.6 percent in the March 17 special election.

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Fort Gordon club nearly doubles grant awards

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 7:56pm

The Fort Gordon Spouses’ and Civil­ians’ Club announced it will nearly double the donations it awards annually in community grants and college scholarships this spring after a successful year at its thrift shop on the Army post.

Over the past 12 months, the shop’s success increased funds available for grants and scholarships to community organizations, graduating seniors and military spouses from $25,000 in 2014 to more than $45,000 in 2015, the club said in a news release.

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Basketball goals, EEO firing on city committee agendas

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 7:16pm

Augusta Commission member Sammie Sias is taking aim at residents who set up basketball goals in cul-de-sacs or on city rights of way to play ball in the road.

While city code already bans obstructing traffic or creating a safety hazard, “we need to look at amending the ordinance to strictly prohibit basketball goals,” Sias said.

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Masters Week sees few arrests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:18pm


Masters Week was relatively problem free, police said Monday, with only one incident resulting in arrests after three out-of-towners attempted to hop an Augusta National fence on Sunday.

A father and son from Mooresville, N.C. -- Lloyd Stephen Wilkinson, 53, and Conor Wilkinson, 20 -- and John Bradley Boyd, 18, of Massachusetts, who was a friend of Conor Wilkinson, were booked into the Richmond County jail Sunday after being issued a disorderly conduct citation.

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21-year-old gets prison term for robbery and thefts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:13pm

A 21-year-old who robbed a man using a stolen getaway vehicle and stolen gun pleaded guilty Monday.

Donta K. Lewis pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to armed robbery, two counts of theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. accepted the plea negotiation and a sentence recommendation of 10 years in prison followed by five years probation.

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Reduced plea in fight case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:11pm

A man who took a tire thumper to a fist fight and left his opponent with numerous broken facial bones pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

Jason D. Vanderkamp, 24, was initially charged with aggravated battery, a felony punishable by up to 20 years. Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. accepted the plea negotiation and imposed a one-year probation sentence for the misdemeanor charge.

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Atlanta crash kills 2 kids

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:13pm

ATLANTA — Two children have died after their mother's car was involved in a three-car crash in Atlanta. A third child in the car has been hospitalized.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution  reports the children's mother turned in front of a car travelling more than 100 mph Sunday. The driver of a Monte Carlo hit the mother's Chrysler, ejecting at least one of the children.

WXIA-TV reports 3-year-old Lauren and 4-year-old Jordan Colman died of their injuries Monday. Six-year-old Jaylen Colman is in stable condition. The condition of their mother, Cazhara Lovett, isn't known.

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Lou Holtz leaving ESPN

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:29am

Former University of South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz, 78, will not return to ESPN as a football analyst this fall.

Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site Sunday night that the longtime college and professional coach and TV commentator have parted ways.

Holtz, who won a national championship while coaching Notre Dame, was also head coach at several schools including Arkansas, North Carolina State and Minnesota. He also coached the New York Jets.

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Confederate ship photo a hoax

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:35am



SAVANNAH, Ga. — For three decades, the stained and blurry photograph presented a great mystery to Civil War historians.


It was a picture taken of another photo in a peeling, gilded frame. In the foreground stood a man, his back to the camera, wearing an overcoat and a hat. In the center, visible amid stains and apparent water damage, was a ship.


Did this picture show the only known photograph of the ironclad Confederate warship the CSS Georgia?


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Kennesaw wants Civil War train back

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:20am

KENNESAW, Ga. -City officials are trying to find a way to bring a runaway train back to Kennesaw to live with its sister train.

Kennesaw's The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History owns The General, one of the two main engines involved in what's been named The Great Locomotive Chase.

The General is owned by the state and is on permanent loan to the city.

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6-mile backup when Atlanta pedestrian struck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:09am

ATLANTA — A woman was struck by a car on Atlanta’s Downtown Connector, leading police to close several northbound lanes for a time near the start of this morning’s rush hour.

WXIA-TV reports the woman was struck as she walked along the northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane in midtown Atlanta around 5:45 a.m. Her condition wasn’t immediately known.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said backups extended for about six miles as police investigated.


SC gun permit change gets 'neutral' stance

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 10:32pm

COLUMBIA — A bill that would allow Georgia and South Carolina concealed-weapon permit holders to cross the state border is improving its chances of passage, as local authorities agree not to fight the change.

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Gunshot wound found in body from lake

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:28pm




GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Sheriff’s officials say a medical examiner has found a gunshot wound on the body of a Buford man who was discovered by a fisherman in Lake Lanier in February.

Authorities in February identified the man as 25-year-old Kelly Nash, who had been reported missing in early January. His family had offered a reward for information on his whereabouts after he disappeared from his Gwinnett County home.

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Missing Augusta child found

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:27pm

A juvenile reported missing -- Keod Watson -- has been located.
According to a statement from the Richmond County sheriff’s office, he is resting comfortably at home with his parents.
He was not injured or harmed and was possibly was hiding from parents during the night, the sheriff’s office said.

Trenton evacuees returning home after train derailment

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:40am


Most of the 30 Trenton residents evacuated Friday night after a Norfolk Southern train derailed were given permission to return to their homes Saturday morning after South Carolina emergency officials HAZAMT teams reported that no injuries or chemical leaks resulted from the crash.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division officially lifted an evacuation order about 2 a.m. Saturday, turning the crash site over to Norfolk Southern for cleanup.

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Train derails in Edgefield County, causing residents to leave houses

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:47pm

TRENTON, S.C. — A Norfolk Southern train that might have hit a fallen tree derailed late Friday near Trenton in Edgefield County, causing the evacuation of several neighborhoods but causing no injuries to residents.

Derrec Becker, of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, said residents within a 1½-mile radius of the intersection of state Highway 121 and Salters Pond Road between Trenton and Johnston had been told to leave their houses as a precaution and go to Mount Canaan Church at 2451 Edgefield Road in Trenton.

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1 shot, 1 in custody after airport shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:44pm


A cab driver shot another cab driver at the Augusta Regional Airport about noon Friday after getting into an argument about customers, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Sixty-year-old Yellow Cab of Augusta driver Alvin Warren shot fellow employee Herman David in the left shoulder following a argument, said Public Information Officer Monica Belser. Warren was arrested at the airport by Richmond County marshals and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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SLED suspicious of killing even before video

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:22am

COLUMBIA -- Even before a bystander’s cellphone video of the shooting was revealed, state law enforcement officials were suspicious of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in North Charleston by a city police officer, Michael Slager.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said in a statement Thursday that officials expect to gather more information from Feidin Santana, the man who filmed the shooting of Walter Scott, 50, on April 4.

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AP: Hillary Clinton to announce Sunday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:22am


WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton will launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday.


That’s according to people familiar with Clinton’s plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly.


The former secretary of state is making her second presidential bid, entering the race in a strong position to succeed President Barack Obama as the nominee of the Democratic Party.


If elected, the former first lady would be the nation’s first female president.

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