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Charlotte under state of emergency in 2nd night of protests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 9:41pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Violent protesters rampaged through parts of downtown Charlotte as anger continued to build over the deadly police shooting of a black man and the wildly different stories about what happened from authorities and the victim's family and neighbors.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night in the state's largest city and called in the National Guard after Charlotte's police chief said he needed the help.

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Company restarts gasoline pipeline after leak in Alabama

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 9:24pm

ATLANTA — Colonial Pipeline restarted the gasoline pipeline in Alabama that had been shut down because of a major leak, which caused shortages and surging fuel prices across the South.

The pipeline was reopened Wednesday evening, company officials said in a statement. The pipeline leak was discovered Sept. 9 near Helena, Alabama, when state workers noticed a strong gasoline odor and sheen on a man-made retention pond.

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Sheriff's Office continues search for homicide suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 6:04pm

Nearly a month after the shooting death of Lawaun Flournoy, police are continuing their efforts to bring someone to justice.

About 30 officers from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office went door-to-door Wednesday, canvassing the nearby streets where the 38-year-old was killed.

“The community needs to know we’re going to do what it takes to solve this homicide,” Lt. Allan Rollins said. “If that means going door-to-door in the rain – we’ll do it.”

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New member selected for juvenile court judgeship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 5:27pm

A new member for the juvenile court bench in the Augusta Judicial Circuit has been selected.

The eight members of the Superior Court bench selected Amanda Heath to become the newest juvenile court judge for the circuit which includes Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties.

Heath served as an assistant district attorney and practiced law as a private attorney since graduating from the law school at Mercer University and being admitted to the bar in December 2010.

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Augusta woman arrested on charge of operating personal care home without license

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 4:45pm

An Augusta woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of operating an unlicensed personal care home in the Sand Hills neighborhood.

Brenda Lee Nations, 57, was charged with the misdemeanor offense of operating an unlicensed personal care home at 2571 Mount Auburn St.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, Shannon Vincent of the state’s Department of Community Health contacted law enforcement about Nations. Vincent had twice cited Nations for operating without a license at the Mount Auburn Street home.

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Delivery man robbed of pizzas, wings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 3:32pm

A pizza delivery man said he was robbed of $70 worth of food at an apartment complex.

The 21-year-old Pizza Hut employee called police about 11 p.m. Monday after a man took off with two pizzas and 36 wings. According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, he went to an apartment on Amsterdam Drive to deliver the food but was told by the resident that he had the wrong address. While walking back to his vehicle, a man in a hooded sweatshirt approached, pointed from his sweatshirt pocket as if he had a gun, and demanded he put the food on the ground.

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Vacant home vandalized with paint

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 3:22pm

Police are investigating threatening messages sprayed on a vacant home off of Peach Orchard Road.

A maintenance employee for the company managing the property contacted police Tuesday morning after discovering the damage at the home on the 2700 block of Smith Drive.

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Coble loses in semifinals at Senior Amateur

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:47pm

 

Augusta’s Laura Coble lost a heartbreaker in the semifinals of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur on Wednesday.

Coble defeated Kim Eaton, 3 and 2, in the quarterfinal round Wednesday morning at Wellesley Country Club in Massachusetts. Coble won four of the first eight holes to build a big lead and only lost one hole to Eaton.

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Body found in July identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:05am

A decomposing body found in a Wilder Street home in July has been identified, but his cause of death remains undetermined.

A pre-demolition crew discovered the body at 1539 Wilder St. on July 22. Coroner’s office officials said that judging by the clothes the man had been there since winter. His body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy and an examination by a forensic anthropologist.

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Update: Missing Richmond County man found

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:57am

A man previously reported missing has been located, police said.

Earlier today, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help in its search for Bobby Gaiter, 36, who had last been seen at a home on Amber Drive in the Butler Creek Mobile Home Park about 9:30 a.m.

By 11 a.m., police confirmed the search was being cancelled.

Road closings set for Ironman race

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:00am

 

Several roads will be closed this weekend for the Ironman 70.3 Augusta.

The 70.3-mile triathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with a 1.2-mile swim from the Augusta Riverwalk Marina to The Boathouse Community Center on Riverfront Drive. From there, the athletes will shift to the 56-mile cycling leg into South Carolina.

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Aiken County sheriff's office investigating homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 9:03am

Aiken County officials are investigating the fatal shooting of a man found in a pickup truck this morning.

Denzel D. Bates, 21, of Aiken, was found in the back of a Dodge pickup on Rushton Road by authorities shortly after 2 a.m. An autopsy showed Bates had been shot multiple times and his death is being called a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811 or Crimestoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.

 

1 dead, 1 hospitalized in southside fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 7:55am

 

One woman died and another person was hospitalized after an early morning house fire in south Augusta.

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Man wanted on drug charges leads deputies on chase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 5:18pm

 

A man wanted on methamphetamine-related charges led Richmond County deputies on a chase Tuesday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Monica Belser, a deputy attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Jacob Craven, 22, of Beech Island, about 1 p.m. on Interstate 20 at Washington Road. Officials said Craven led police on a chase that ended in Aiken County, but additional details are not available. At one point during the incident, an officer deployed his stun gun.

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Judge allows teacher to turn self in after bus incident; admonishes student's mother

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 3:22pm

 

Chief Probate Judge Harry B. James III “reluctantly” signed an order for a warrant against a former Barton Chapel Elementary teacher following a Tuesday hearing into possible battery against a student.

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Elementary teacher accused of slapping pupil reassigned to different school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 2:17pm

A former Sue Reynolds Elementary teacher has been reassigned to another elementary school after being accused of slapping a third-grade pupil on Aug. 18.

Kaden Jacobs, director of communications and community engagement for Richmond County schools, confirmed Tuesday that the teacher was disciplined for his actions but would not state what the punishment entailed.

“It’s a personnel matter,” Jacobs wrote in a text message. “I’m not going to get into how (the teacher) was disciplined.”

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Burke County moves up two spots in latest prep football poll

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:57pm

 

Despite having a week off, voters are noticing Burke County’s hot start and have rewarded the Bears in the latest Georgia Sports Writers Association High School Football Poll released Tuesday.

Burke County moved up two spots to No. 7 in the Class AAAA poll. The Bears are 4-0 with dominating wins over Washington County and Lakeside in their past two games. They have a tough test in Effingham County on Friday.

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Traffic alert for Columbia Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:53pm

 

 

Columbia Road commuters are advised roadwork might slow their travel this week.

According to a news release from the Georgia Department of Transportation, starting Wednesday, a Columbia County Water Utilities contractor will begin lowering water valve boxes and sewer manhole covers along Columbia Road, closing various lanes.

The work begins at Belair Road and continues east to Washington Road into next week.

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Aiken Tech sets career workshops

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:59am

 

Aiken Tech hopes to help current and prospective students explore career paths during a series of Career Exploration Workshops.

The workshops will be held 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Oct. 20 and Dec. 8 and are free to prospective and current students.

Officials said the workshops, which will be put on by the college’s Career Services department, will help students decided on a career path that’s in line with their personal goals and will take into account their personalities, interests and values.

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Service station bandit sought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:51am

 

Police are seeking a man who robbed an Olive Road service station this morning.

Deputies were called to Pak-N-Go, 1649 Olive Road, after the unknown man, who was dressed in a hoodie with a green handkerchief over his face, robbed the store. He was last seen running toward the rear of the store.

Anyone with information is asked to contact a violent crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

 

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