Body found in car trunk at MARTA station

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 8:53am

ATLANTA — Authorities have identified the body found this week in the trunk of a car at a MARTA station.

MARTA police said they received a phone call to check out a car in the parking lot of the H.E. Holmes MARTA station Tuesday morning.

WSB-TV  reports when police opened the car's trunk they found a man's body inside.

MARTA Police identified the victim as 33-year-old Christopher J. Dean of Lithia Springs.

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Did Ga. mailman dump letters in woods?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 8:42am

DECATUR, Ga.  — The U.S. Postal Service has launched an investigation after a metro Atlanta resident says she filmed a worker dumping hundreds of pieces of mail in the woods.

Kellie Campbell of DeKalb County tells WSB-TV  she recorded the postal worker walking near a fence and dumping several bins of mail into a ditch.

Campbell called the Postal Service, which sent workers to collect and deliver the mail.

In a statement, the Postal Service condemned the unlawful disposal of mail and said it was investigating the incident.

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Crash kills Augusta man, 57

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 5:25am

The coroner says an autopsy is planned, possibly Friday, into the death of an Augusta man killed Wednesday night in a single-car accident.

Coroner Mark Bowen said  Boyce C. Williams, 1700 block of Douglas Street, died at Augusta University Medical Center at 9:14 p.m.

Williams was the sole, unrestrained passenger of a 1996 Saturn SL, which was traveling westbound on the Calhoun Expressway, Bowen said.

The car left the expressway to enter Crawford Avenue, but failed to stop, striking a tree in a yard at 309 Crawford Avenue about 7:30 p.m.

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Tuesday shooting under investigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:41pm

Police are investigating a shooting outside of the south Augusta Applebee's restaurant early Tuesday.

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called to the restaurant parking lot at 2125 Windsor Spring Road about 1 a.m. in reference to shots fired. Witnesses told police they saw several people arguing before a man pulled out a gun and began shooting across the parking lot, according to an incident report.

No one was wounded, but two unoccupied vehicles parked in the lot were struck. Deputies collected nine shell casings from the area.

Augusta man guilty in Barnwell doctor's murder

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 7:13pm

A jury found Glenn V. Riggs II guilty on all three counts in the November 2013 death of Barnwell surgeon Dr. Charles Mann.

After deliberating for less than an hour, the jury found Riggs guilty on charges of malice murder, felony murder and armed robbery, despite the defense asking the jury to consider an involuntary manslaughter charge instead. Riggs, 24, was sentenced to life without parole for the merged murder counts and 20 years consecutive for the armed robbery charge.

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Judge won't extend Georgia voter registration a second time

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 5:25pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A federal judge Wednesday refused to order a second extension of Georgia's voter registration deadline in coastal areas that evacuated for Hurricane Matthew.

The decision came just days after the same judge ordered a brief extension for a single storm-stricken county.

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Flesh-eating bacteria claimed Georgia vet's limbs, but not her drive

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 2:35pm

DACULA, Ga. - A year ago, Cindy Martinez was struggling to walk even just a few feet and lift just five pounds.

A flesh-eating bacteria had ravaged the 35-year-old Marine veteran's body. She had a grim choice: Amputate both legs, an arm below the elbow, and parts of the fingers on her remaining arm — or face almost-certain death.

The amputations saved her life. And after months of hospitalizations and rehabilitation, she finally found herself back home but alone during the day while her young children were in school and her husband was off at work.

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T-Mobile fined $48M over slowing 'unlimited' data plans

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 1:02pm

NEW YORK - T-Mobile, the country's No. 3 wireless carrier, will pay $48 million for not clearly telling customers how "unlimited" data plans weren't really, well, unlimited.

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that T-Mobile had a policy to slow down the speeds of customers who were the heaviest data users. But the agency said the company didn't let customers know how much data used would trigger the lower speed.

The FCC says T-Mobile started doing a better job with disclosures in June 2015.

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Crying inside? Creepy craze no joke for real clowns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:37pm

NEW YORK — Send in the frowns.

This year's nationwide creepy clown craze has become a nightmare before Halloween for actual, working clowns, who say their bookings at parties and other events have dropped sharply, even after many of the social media-fueled scary clown sightings have turned out to be hoaxes.

Some fear going out with their greasepaint makeup and red noses will make them a target of police or even marauding mobs who take to the streets on so-called clown hunts.

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Snake slithers from car’s hood while Florida man is driving

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:42am

DUNEDIN, Fla. — A Florida man got an unexpected surprise after a 6-foot-long snake popped out of the hood of his car while he was driving along a busy highway.

Tim Mokwa of Clearwater tells news outlets that he was heading home on U.S. Highway 19 in Dunedin when the snake appeared right in front of his windshield.

Mokwa immediately pulled into a Walmart parking lot and recorded video on his phone of the long black snake slithering around on his hood.

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During hurricane evacuation, looters moved in on Beaufort County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:37am

BEAUFORT, S.C. - Authorities say looters broke into dozens of Beaufort County homes after residents evacuated the area to flee from Hurricane Matthew.

Citing incident reports, The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that 47 burglary cases were reported to the Sheriff's Office from Oct. 5 through Oct. 11. Eleven of those break-ins were reported on Hilton Head Island, while nine occurred on St. Helena Island.

Bluffton and Beaufort police also received multiple reports of burglaries.

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UGA student posed as fictional lawman when requesting police ‘backup’

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:31am

A University of Georgia student was arrested for impersonating a police officer early Saturday after he called 911 to say he was a lawman in need of assistance on a murder case, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Aaron Patrick Rzucidlo, 20, reportedly told a police dispatcher he was Sheriff Longmire, the protagonist of the Walt Longmire Mystery series of novels adapted for TV.

The UGA student said he “required backup in reference to an unsolved murder case” and needed the assistance of “Deputy Furgeson.”

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Columbia County seeks shoplifting suspects

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:30am

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is looking for a pair of shoplifting suspects.

Around noon Sunday, two black females accompanied by a juvenile entered the Target on Washington Road. According to the incident report, they selected a storage tote and a purse to conceal other items. They exited the store without paying.

Other stolen items included an umbrella stroller and packages of boys T-shirts and boxer briefs.

120 to lose jobs as Boeing announces closure of Macon plant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:25am

MACON - Boeing has announced it is closing its Macon plant by the end of the year, a move that will leave about 120 employees out of work.

News outlets report that the company's Monday announcement came about a year after Boeing had announced it was planning create about 200 more jobs by converting the existing military facility to a commercial airplane manufacturing plant.

Boeing now says the plant will be shutting down in mid-December after about 35 years, citing a reduced demand for large cargo freighters.

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Smoltz, Curry to appear in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 9:54am

A Dinner with Champions featuring former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and former Georgia Tech coach Bill Curry will be held Monday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way.

All proceeds benefit the Augusta Rescue Mission, which is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness for men in the community.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (706) 722-2058. The event is presented by Pollock Company.

Three arrested in Thomson teen's fatal shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 9:14am

Three people have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a Thomson teen Tuesday night.

Brian C. Atkins Jr, 17, of Thomson has been charged with felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime,according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Terry Thomas Jr., 21, and Montavis D. Williams, 18, both of Thomson have each beencharged with one count of tampering with evidence. All three are being held at the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center, according to the GBI.

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15 more South Carolina counties eligible for Matthew help

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 11:23pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved 15 more counties for individual assistance after Hurricane Matthew.

FEMA said Monday the additional counties are Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg.

The help can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs. Low-cost loans are available for uninsured property losses.

Marion and Orangeburg counties were previously approved for individual assistance.

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Suit seeks voter registration extension in coastal Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 11:21pm

ATLANTA - A federal lawsuit seeks an extension of the voter registration deadline in Georgia's six coastal counties because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Monday asking a judge to extend the voter registration deadline in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties by six days from a court order. It alleges that by declining to extend the deadline, the state is violating the U.S. Constitution, the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

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Inmate's lawyers turn to courts in effort to halt execution

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 11:17pm

ATLANTA - A Georgia prisoner who was recently diagnosed with autism should not be put to death, his lawyers argue in court briefs, saying his scheduled execution this week would be unconstitutional.

See photos and information for Georgia's Death Row inmates

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Five alleged pimps arrested in Athens in national child exploitation sweep

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 11:04pm

Five men allegedly involved in the sex trafficking of minors were arrested in Athens over the weekend in connection with a nationwide law enforcement action that focused on underage victims of prostitution. 

The action was the 10th iteration of Operation Cross Country, an initiative of the FBI, in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. 

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