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Spa attack victim still hospitalized

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:19pm

The victim of a robbery and rape at a Columbia County business remains hospitalized while police search for her attacker.

Columbia County sheriff’s deputies were called Sunday to Kings Health Spa, 3337 S. Belair Road, where two employees reported being attacked by an unknown man during a robbery.

The women told police the man went into the store about 5 p.m. and knocked on a door that leads to a back room. When one of the women opened the door he forced his way in, causing her to fall and lose consciousness.

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Atlanta airport cracks down on guns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:27am

ATLANTA — Starting next month, anyone who accidently brings a gun to the security checkpoint at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will not be protected by a state law and could instead be facing up to a year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

A Georgia law passed two years ago says permitted gun owners could take guns discovered in their carry-on luggage back to their cars or give them to someone for safe keeping, without facing criminal charges.

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McDuffie Road shooting victim identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:03am

A man found dead in a car wrecked this morning on Old McDuffie Road has been identified.

Marcus Mandrell Scott, 38, of Taylors Bridge Road, Keysville, Ga., was the victim, Coroner Mark Bowen said.

The body has been sent to the GBI lab near Atlanta for autopsy.

Deputies were called to 2300 block of Old McDuffie Road about 2 a.m. and found Scott dead in the vehicle.

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Many choices will be on primary ballots

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:36pm

 

Augusta Commission candidate Michael Thurman drove around with a large campaign sign and knocked on more doors. Commis­sioner Marion Williams held a sign on the roadside stating “Honk for Marion Williams.”

“If the horns are any indication, we’re all right,” said Williams, confident as he enters Tuesday’s contest against newcomer Ronnie Battle for the Super District 9 seat.

Thurman is challenging District 1 Commissioner Bill Fennoy, along with Denice Traina, in the nonpartisan commission elections.

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South Carolina man charged in teen sex case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 4:58pm

A South Carolina man has been arrested, accused of traveling to Lincoln County to have sex with a young teenager.

Daniel Dewy Boswell, 22, of Townville, was arrested Sunday evening on charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes, obscene telephone contact with a child, electronically furnishing obscene material to a child and violation
of computer child exploitation act.

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Road work along I-20 in McDuffie expected to slow motorists

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:57pm

Interstate travelers in McDuffie County could experience some slowdowns this week due to roadside maintenance.

Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be clipping the shoulders along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 from from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Thursday. The maintenance is meant to eliminate soil and grass buildup to promote proper drainage. Inside lane closures will be required to complete the work.

Gym credit card thief sought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 10:59am

Columbia County police are seeking a man who used credit cards stolen from a vehicle at a Bobby Jones Expressway gym.

Surveillance footage from a Columbia County Pilot gas station show a man fraudulently using credit cards previously stolen during an entering auto case at Planet Fitness.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.

 

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Supreme Court rejects Ga. death sentence

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 10:22am

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown out a death sentence handed to a black man in Georgia because prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman.

 

The justices ruled 7-1 Monday in favor of death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster in underscoring the importance of rules that they laid out in 1986 to prevent racial discrimination in the selection of juries.

 

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Man set to enter plea in wife's slaying kills himself

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 10:06am

 

A Grovetown man set to enter a plea to murder charges in the stabbing of his wife killed himself Monday morning.

Philip S. West, 47, was to enter an Alford plea Monday in Columbia County Superior Court, admitting that a jury would have had sufficient evidence to find him guilty of murder in the June 14 killing of Sherri West, 47.

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Suspect sought in attack at Martinez spa

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 9:19pm

A suspect is sought after two employees of a Martinez spa were attacked Sunday afternoon.

About 4 p.m., deputies responded to King’s Spa in the 300 block of South Belair Road, where a suspect allegedly robbed the business and raped at least one employee, according to Columbia County Capt. Andy Shedd.

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Richmond County May 2016 Sample Ballot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 8:57pm

NONPARTISAN GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT

This is a countywide sample ballot, not all races will appear on your individual ballot.

 

JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT OF GEORGIA (TO SUCCEED DAVID E. NAHMIAS)

David Nahmias *

 

JUDGE, COURT OF APPEALS OF GEORGIA (TO SUCCEED ANNE ELIZABETH BARNES)

Anne Elizabeth Barnes *

 

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Teenager killed during drive-by shooting at graduation party

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 1:10pm

JACKSON, Ga. — Authorities say a teenage was killed and three other teenagers were injured during a drive-by shooting at a graduation party in central Georgia.

Butts County Sheriff's Department Maj. Darrell Powers tells local news media report that 16-year-old Cederrius Hastings was shot to death Saturday morning after multiples shots were fired from at least one vehicle. Powers says there was an exchange of gunfire between people in the car and others in the yard.

The motive of the shooting is unclear.

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Voters face long ballot of candidates on Tuesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 12:55am

 

As he seeks election Tuesday to a second term, Augusta Commission member Bill Fennoy readily plugs the new stormwater utility fee as a virtual panacea for many of District 1’s ills.

At $6.40 a month for most households, the fee approved by Fennoy and other commissioners last year is expected to fund maintenance crews and supervisors assigned to cut, clean and repair rights of way and underlying drainage structures in each of nine drainage basins.

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Candidates for Georgia Senate District 24 tout different backgrounds, similar views

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 10:47pm

 

The candidates for the Georgia Senate District 24, the Augusta area’s most contested race with five candidates in the Republican primary, say they each bring something unique to the table.

Lee Anderson, Peter Gibbons and Patricia Goodwin all cite previous political experience among their strengths.

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Gator discovered in YMCA pool

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 3:25pm

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Beaufort firefighters removed a 3-foot-long alligator from a YMCA swimming pool.

The Beaufort Gazette reports employees found the gator lounging in the deep end of the YMCA’s outdoor pool May 14 as they prepared to open it for the season.

No one was in the pool at the time.

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Top fund-raisers named

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 2:53pm

The Augusta Office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Georgia Chapter has announced its man and woman of the year during a grand finale event at the Legends Club.

Stephanie Senn, a homemaker and community volunteer, was named the 2016 Woman of the Year, raising $53,781. Stu Baker, of NewFire Giving and Low Country Clothier, was named the 2016 Man of the Year, raising $49,727.

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54 arrested in SC prostitution bust

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 11:55am

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C.— Simpsonville police say 54 people have been arrested in a prostitution bust dubbed "Operation Good Time."

Police Chief Keith Grounsell said Friday it could the largest ever prostitution bust in the Greenville County city of about 20,000 people.

Grounsell says the sting on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in the arrest of 26 soliciting men and 28 prostitutes. They collectively face 64 charges, including 11 drug charges and one gun charge. More than $2,000 in cash was seized.

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Stone takes on challenger in Senate District 23 race

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 9:18pm

 

State Sen. Jesse Stone says how the state funds education will be among the first issues he’d tackle in Atlanta with a successful re-election bid, while primary challenger Stephen Hammond said his focus will be on religious freedom.

The two Republicans seeking the state Senate District 23 seat square off in Tuesday’s elections.

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Augusta man denied bond in toddler's homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 5:22pm

Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of beating his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter to death.

During the bond hearing in Richmond County Superior Court for Jamie S. Brown, 36, the prosecutor said the toddler who died of blunt force trauma was covered in scars and wounds in various stages of healing, including a cigarette burn on her stomach.

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Shooting near White House

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 3:56pm

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Secret Service officer shot a man with a gun who approached a checkpoint outside the White House on Friday afternoon and refused to drop his weapon, the Secret Service said.

The White House was briefly placed on a security alert after the shooting, which happened within view of sightseers as sidewalks were crowded with families, school groups and government workers.

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