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Ga. man kills ex-girlfriend who ran off with wife

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 8:33am


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — A Douglas County man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend after she took up with his estranged wife has been sentenced to life without parole.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the county’s district attorney announced Raymond McKoy’s sentence Tuesday. McKoy was convicted Thursday of murdering Lauren Hudson in June 2013 after seeing a photograph on Instagram of her with his wife.


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Athens thieves steal liquor, wine

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 8:31am

ATHENS, Ga. — Law officers in Athens are investigating the theft of an estimated $100,000 worth of bottled liquor and wine after a semi-trailer loaded with the alcohol went missing.

Athens-Clarke County police say the truck was stolen at a location on Newton Bridge Road sometime between noon Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

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Ga. sues over EPA water rule

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:43am



ATLANTA – Georgia property owners are losing access to their land due to overreaching by federal agencies, according to a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Sam Olens.

Georgia is leading a multistate challenge to a newly adopted rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Olens says the rule greatly expands federal authority beyond what Congress intended in the Clean Water Act, but agency officials say the revised regulations merely clarify powers the federal government had all along.

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Aiken picks Dorchester educator as superintendent

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 9:21pm

AIKEN — The Aiken County Board of Education selected Dorchester County educator Dr. Sean Alford as the next superintendent of Aiken County Public Schools during a called meeting Tuesday night.

Dr. Alford, who was not at the meeting, was informed of the decision by phone.

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Augusta woman hits Georgia Lottery jackpot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:12pm

An Augusta housekeeper won the jackpot prize from a Fantasy 5 lottery ticket.

Shari Edwards, 53, won $183,667 from the June 23 Fantasy 5 drawing. Jaho Market, 1770 Kissingbower Road, sold the winning ticket, according to Georgia Lottery officials.

The winning numbers from the June 23 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 18-20-28-30-38.

Edwards, a housekeeper for Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, has two adult children and five grandchildren. She plans to pay off bills and her home mortgage and buy a new vehicle.


Education, cooperation boost Georgia economy, officials say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:28pm


Georgia Power Chief Executive Paul Bowers stressed how important education and engagement from local business leaders are for the success of state economic development when he spoke Tuesday at a Georgia Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Augusta.

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Augusta man dies Tuesday after motorcycle crash Friday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:24pm

An Augusta man died Tuesday from injuries he received in a motorcycle accident Friday.

Jonathan D. Burden, 40, of the 2000 block of Dallas Drive, was pronounced dead at 10:26 a.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center’s trauma unit.

Burden was involved in a motorcycle accident June 26 on Powell Road.

There will not be an autopsy, according to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen.


Body cameras a few weeks behind for Richmond County Sheriff's Office

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:19pm

Body cameras for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office have been delayed past the initial July 1 date, but by only a few weeks.

“We are running a little behind,” Lt. Lewis Blanchard said Tuesday.

The initial shipment of about 150 cameras is expected to arrive in July. More shipments will continue until all officers are outfitted. Blanchard said the sheriff’s office will do the “phasing in” process similar to how it introduced stun guns to officer uniforms in 2013.

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Travel booms in Georgia, South Carolina for Fourth of July holiday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:59pm

Rising income and low gas prices are making the year’s busiest holiday even busier this year.

“Independence Day is typically the busiest summer travel holiday because families can take extended vacations without worrying about rushing their kids back to school,” said Brent Stahlheber Sr., the vice president of brand marketing and travel at AAA. “This Independence Day will see the most travelers since the great recession, which will continue to stimulate the economy and the travel industry as a whole.”

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Suit filed in stun gun death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:56pm

The family of the man who died in 2013 after being handcuffed and tased by Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Friday against Augusta-Richmond County, Sheriff Richard Roundtree and the two officers involved.

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Walton Way traffic flash signal delayed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:52pm

A new traffic signal on Walton Way will not go into flash mode this week as originally planned because of power loss to the signal.

The light was scheduled to go into flash mode from Tuesday through next Tuesday before going into full operational mode. The Georgia Department of Transportation is working with Augusta engineers to determine why power loss resulted in that area. The department has not yet determined when the weeklong flash mode will begin.

Body positively identified after deadly April crash in Aiken County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:50pm

The Aiken County Coroner's Office has identified a man killed April 10 in a single-vehicle accident.

Jose Vega-Auguas, 26, of Pinal De Amoles, Queretaro, Mexico, was involved in an alcohol-related crash in which the truck he was driving caught fire leaving his body burned beyond recognition, according to Coroner Tim Carlton.

A tentative identification was established in April, but because Auguas was in this country illegally, positive ID had to be established before releasing the remains.

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Storm watch for several counties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:15pm


The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. for Richmond, Columbia, Aiken, McDuffie, McCormick, Edgefield, Barnwell, Burke and Lincoln counties.

Wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph and dime-size hail are possible.

Frequent lightning is occurring with this storm, according to the weather service.

First gay couple in Richmond County gets marriage license

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:37pm


The first license to wed for a gay couple in Richmond County was issued Tuesday to the Rev. Rick Sosbe and his partner of more than seven years, Michael Rhen.

Sosbe and Rhen arrived at Richmond County Probate Court shortly after 10 a.m. to apply for a marriage license. They stood arm-in-arm, overwhelmed with excitement and some nerves on a long-anticipated day.

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5 charged in credit card 'cloning' thefts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:26am


Five people from outside the Augusta area have been arrested and others are being sought in a credit card cloning scheme that has affected Aiken, Richmond and Columbia county residents since May.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said the suspects have been using cloned credit cards in coordination with counterfeit identification cards. That information is used to buy pre-paid gift cards from pharmacies, grocery and department stores.

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Georgia Regents University names Brooks Keel as its lone finalist in its president's search

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:16am

The lone finalist to be the next president of Georgia Regents University is an Augusta native whose appointment will help heal the divisions between the school and the community, officials said.

Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel was named Tuesday as the only candidate to replace Dr. Ricardo Azziz, who resigned in January and whose term ended Tuesday. Chancellor Hank Huckaby named GRU Provost Gretchen Caughman to serve as interim president beginning today. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents will meet at 11 a.m. July 8 to consider Keel’s appointment.

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Cop not liable for police dog action

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 9:02am

ATLANTA -- A DeKalb County police officer will not be held liable for her police dog’s attack of an 11-year-old neighbor, according to a Georgia Supreme Court decision issued Monday.

In November 2011, Officer Lynn Eshleman’s police dog, Andor, chased and injured Chandler Key in the neighbor’s front yard when Eshleman failed to secure the latch to the dog’s kennel.

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Macon Wal-Mart teen rampage

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 8:28am

MACON, Ga. — Authorities say up to 50 teenagers bent on destruction raced into a Macon Wal-Mart, smashing merchandise and causing an estimated $2,000 in damage.

Bibb County sheriff’s officials say some of the young people snatched a man from a motorized shopping cart and dragged him to the floor during the rampage around 2 a.m. Sunday.

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Georgia gets new outdoor water use rules

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:22am

ATLANTA – How brown your lawn and how dirty your car may be in the next drought will now be up to a set of comprehensive water-use rules approved by the Board of Natural Resources.

Issues California officials face every day during its current drought will be governed here in Georgia by the new regulations.

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Last day for Atlanta Cyclorama

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:19am


ATLANTA — The Atlanta Cyclorama, the colossal Civil War painting created about 130 years ago, is leaving the building it has occupied since 1921 to move across town.


Cyclorama officials say today is the last day visitors can see the 15,000-square-foot oil painting in Grant Park.


After the Cyclorama closes late this afternoon, the painting will be prepared for its move across town to a new addition being constructed at the Atlanta History Center in the city’s Buckhead area.


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