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Homeless man charged with break-ins

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:53pm


A homeless man has been charged with break-ins that occurred this year, including some at an Augusta church.

Cameron Rogers, 39, was booked into the Richmond County jail Sunday on counts of burglary, entering an automobile to commit a felony and theft by taking.

Police said Rogers was linked to the attempted theft of a tractor battery at a Willis Foreman Road in March. The owner told police he discovered that the battery had been removed from the tractor, which was in his backyard. It was discovered later in the woodline of the property.

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Man jailed after missing child found

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:01pm


An Augusta man was jailed Sunday after a passer-by found a 3-year-old walking alone on Milledgeville Road.

According to an incident report, a 34-year-old man was driving on Milledgeville Road around 4:30 p.m. when he saw the child walking on the edge of the road near Princess Court. He stopped his vehicle, picked up the child and called police.

While police were at the scene, they were notified the child had just been reported missing by her mother.

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11-year-old removed from unsanitary Hephzibah home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:59pm


A child was removed from a Hephzibah home and her parents charged after police found them living in unsanitary living conditions.

Police were called to the Lake Michigan Drive home Sunday after the 11-year-old called her grandmother, frightened because she could not get her mother and stepfather, Tracy and Michael Crawford, to come to the locked bedroom door. The grandmother told police she had just dropped the child off at the home after having her for the weekend.

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Santa Claus decorations taken from Walker Street home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:54pm


An Augusta woman suspects children stole Christmas decorations off her lawn.

The 58-year-old victim called police to her Walker Street home about 7 a.m. Sunday after discovering her blow-up Santa Claus and snowman were missing.

She said they were last seen around 1:30 a.m.


SC teachers face child porn charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:27am


MAULDIN, S.C. — Two members of the Greenville County School District have been charged with owning and distributing child pornography, according to authorities.


Daniel Ray Archer, 55, and Christopher Mattison Smith, 28, were both charged in separate cases after an investigation by local and federal agencies, authorities told local media outlets.


Archer is on administrative leave from his job as a physical education teacher at Mauldin Middle School. Smith was recently released from Ralph Chandler Middle School.


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Georgians passing GED test

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:55am


More than 100,000 Georgians have passed the GED test in the past five years, certifying they’ve got the equivalent of a high school education - about 18,000 people a year on average.


But that’s not nearly high enough, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson told state legislators last week at the University of Georgia’s Biennial Institute for Legislators.


“We’ll have about 15,000 to 20,000 GED graduates this year, but I hate to tell you, we’ve probably had more drop out of high school,” he said.


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Augusta man arrested in November shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 10:16pm

An Augusta man accused of shooting another man in the head last month was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on Sunday, jail records show.

Dominique Demario Ellis, 27, of Richmond Hill Road, was booked on felony charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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You Remembered: Western Sizzlin

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:28pm

Editor’s Note: Last week we asked your memories of Western Sizzlin, the former Augusta-based steakhouse chain.



We were married in 1962 in Aiken. For our first anniversary, a couple told us about the Western Sizzlin in Augusta. We splurged at that time to go and have steak, baked potato, and salad for $25.

… It was a special place to go at that time. We enjoyed going there after we moved to Augusta in 1967 and until it closed. The steak was good and the price was affordable.

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The Way We Were: Downtown Augusta was once packed with holiday shoppers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 7:43pm


It doesn’t take much for Augusta’s old downtown to take on a holiday appearance. Much of this season’s charm is its nostalgia factor, and the old-fashioned brick buildings easily evoke a sense of a century of Christmas days seen out their windows.

But if you think it looks pretty now, look at the old photos from the 1950s and 1960s.

Broad Street was packed as it featured the region’s largest department stores – Davison’s and Belk and Sears and, of course, a local favorite – J.B. White’s.

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Pardon our Mess: Traffic sign knocked over at corner of Hickman Road and Walton Way

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 7:36pm

WHERE: Corner of Hickman Road and Walton Way, near Partridge Inn


WHAT: A traffic sign has been knocked over, apparently struck by a vehicle.


WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Traffic Engineering Department


ACTION PROMISED: Mike Edwards, Augusta Traffic Engineering operations manager, said Friday morning he would send a crew to address the problem.

“We’ll look at it (Friday) and hopefully get it fixed by Monday at the latest,” Edwards said.

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Bait shop owner killed in 1996 had $2,000 in pockets

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 7:15pm

Police theorized that fishermen who were breaking the law could have shot and killed a bait and tackle shop owner in 1996, but that’s as far as the clues led them.

Thomas H. Cochran, 64, was found May 10, 1996, lying face down with a gunshot wound to the head near his shop at Merry Brothers Fish Pond on Arthern Road.

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Propane tanks stolen from Hephzibah business

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 5:14pm

More than $450 worth of propane was stolen from a Hephzibah gas station late last week, a police report says.

The complainant told Richmond County sheriff’s deputies that surveillance cameras captured footage of two men approaching Wally’s Store at 4250 Windsor Spring Road between Thursday night and Friday morning in a white pickup before stealing 10 tanks of propane.

The video footage shows the men stealing the tanks and the metal crate in which they were stored, the report says.

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No quick solution to Georgia highway woes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:49pm


ATHENS, Ga. -- In countless horror stories, it is only a single, bullet cast in silver that strikes dead the werewolf and frees the town folk from their ongoing nightmare. Despite all of the agony and tribulations, the solution proves to be simple, quick and relatively painless, at least for everyone but the furry beast.

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Body cameras not a 'cure-all' for law enforcement, officials say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 11:32pm

The push for body cameras for police officers grew after a Missouri grand jury on Nov. 24 decided not to indict an officer in the shooting death of an unarmed teen, with supporters saying video would have helped clear up what happened.

A grand jury decision in the death of a Staten Island, N.Y., man a week later has cast doubt on the role video evidence plays. It also brought into focus the complexities surrounding body cameras and video technology.

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Augusta man reports armed robbery on Walker Street

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 11:30pm


Deputies say an Augusta man was robbed at gunpoint while walking on Walker Street late Friday.

Richmond County sheriff’s said the man, 20, met a woman about 7:40 p.m. when they stopped to use the restroom, according to an incident report.

While behind a store on Walker Street, the man said he was approached from behind by two black men armed with handguns.

He said he was hit in the head and fell down. The robbers then stole $200 and two cellphones from the victim’s pocket. The robbers and the woman then ran away.

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Burke County vehicle fire victim identified by officials

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 8:58pm

Burke County authorities have identified a man who was burned beyond recognition in a vehicle fire last month.

The victim was 62-year-old S.L. Keith, of Waynesboro, Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi said Saturday. She said an autopsy conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta and evidence found at the scene positively identified Keith.

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More than 600 graduate in GRU fall commencement ceremony

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:48pm


Standing among his fellow graduates at James Brown Arena on Saturday, Roman Hill was squeezing in all the pictures he could before walking across the stage in Georgia Regents University’s fall commencement ceremony.

Having spent most of his life in the rougher neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Hill never thought earning a college degree would be an option. He was happy to prove himself wrong.

“I always believed in myself,” said Hill, a forward on the school’s basketball team. “I knew if I put my mind to it, I could do anything I wanted to do.”

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City Ink: Politicians stuffed with favors at potluck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:16pm

Augusta commissioners’ Christmas potluck dinner at the Boat House was by all accounts a sumptuous feast of gastronomical delights.

One of the most popular items was Commissioner Marion Williams’ rotisseried goat which he served with a pungent barbecue sauce. He unselfishly shared the sauce with Commissioner Alvin Mason who used it on his cooked goose and had some left over for the gander.

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Legal community weighs in on grand jury process

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 5:09pm


A well-known maxim in law enforcement claims a prosecutor could get a ham sandwich indicted if he wanted.

That it didn’t happen in two recent high-profile incidents involving police officers in Staten Island, N.Y., and Ferguson. Mo., has the public and legal community wondering about the validity of the grand jury system.

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Jan. 1 deadine for ACA health care coverage looming

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 5:04pm

CLEARWATER — It only took about an hour for Elaine Chavous to bring her family in under her coverage under the Affordable Care Act as she worked with Certified Application Counselor Anne Fulcher at the Margaret J. Weston Community Health Center. During the first open enrollment period for what has become known as Obamacare, Chavous and Fulcher started trying in January and didn’t complete enrollment until March.

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