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3 charged after fight at Augusta apartments leads to stabbing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:59pm

 

A 14-year-old and two women are facing charges after a fight resulted in a stabbing at River Glen Apartments on Sunday.

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3 arrested after drugs, guns found at home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:46pm

 

Police discovered money, a stolen gun and marijuana after executing a search warrant at an April Drive home Wednesday.

After entering through a barricaded front door, narcotics investigators detected a strong odor of marijuana. They discovered bags of marijuana along with an assault rifle, a .45-caliber handgun and a magazine drum holding 100 rounds of ammunition.

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Augusta man gets probation in cyclist's death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:24pm

 

An Augusta man who killed a bicyclist just before dawn in 2013 was acquitted Friday of felony vehicular homicide charges.

Judge J. David Roper found evidence that Christopher Provost committed only misdemeanor vehicular homicide when he struck 42-year-old Dennis Skillman on Mike Padgett Highway just north of Tobacco Road on May 15, 2013. Roper sentenced him to one year of probation under the First Offender Act.

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Aiken bridge to close on Monday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:23pm

An Aiken County bridge will be closed to traffic through mid-October starting Monday.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation said a bridge on Silver Bluff Road will be replaced and should be reopened to traffic on Oct. 12.

During construction, traffic will be detoured along Atomic, Dragstrip, Green Pond and Williston roads.

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2-year-old shot in North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:31pm

 

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Friday afternoon shooting of a 2-year-old at his North Augusta home.

Lt. Steve Shunn said police were called to the home on Hutchinson Drive at 1:24 p.m. and arrived at 1:30 p.m. to find the child with gunshot wounds to both legs. The child was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Shunn said the child was at home with family members when the shooting occurred. No other details are available as police continue to investigate the incident.

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Aiken County motorcycle crash kills 2

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:59pm

 

Two people died when a motorcyclist lost control of the bike in Aiken County.

South Carolina Highway Patrol’s Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the crash was discovered about 7 a.m. on U.S. Highway 78 near Levels Church Road. The motorcycle was traveling east when the driver apparently lost control and struck the curb. Both driver and passenger were killed. Jones said the passenger was wearing a helmet, but the driver was not.

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University Hospital to add monitored beds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:53pm

 

Facing a crush of new and sicker patients coming in through its emergency department, University Hospital moved Thursday to add more monitored beds and upgrade its patient monitoring system.

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Verdict expected Friday in fatal 2013 hit-and-run

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:13pm

 

A verdict is expected today for an Augusta man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a bicyclist more than three years ago.

Christopher Provost, 39, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide in the 2013 death of 42-year-old Dennis Skillman on Mike Padgett Highway.

Provost waived his right to a jury trial in Richmond County Superior Court, opting instead for a bench trial before Judge J. David Roper.

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Subway employee will not face charges, police say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 5:30pm

 

A Gordon Highway Subway employee who fatally shot an alleged robber at the restaurant while defending her 14-year-old son will not face criminal charges.

According to Richmond County Lt. Allan Rollins, Kovedia Williams, 36, was acting in self-defense when she killed Cornelius Harrison, 24, on Sunday afternoon. Another suspect in the attempted robbery, Howard Maurice Harris, 23, was arrested Monday.

“Everything is reviewable by the district attorney’s office but we are not pressing charges,” Rollins said.

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Funeral date set for Waynesboro mayor

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 5:00pm

 

The funeral for Waynesboro Mayor Pauline Jenkins will take place Sept. 3 at Burke County High School.

The service will be at 11 a.m., according to Phinazee & Son Funeral Home.

Jenkins, who was Waynesboro’s first black and female mayor, died Wednesday after an illness. Waynesboro’s vice mayor, Herman Brown, will serve as interim mayor, City Manager Jerry Coalson said.

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Docs ask feds to probe use of live animals at USC med school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:07pm

COLUMBIA  — The emergency-medicine training program at the University of South   Carolina   School of Medicine violates federal law by using live animals, according to a complaint filed Thursday by a doctors group that seeks alternatives to using animals in medical education and research.

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Man accused of firing gun at cop during traffic stop

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:48pm

DECATUR, Ga. — Authorities say a Georgia man has been arrested after he fired at gun at a suburban Atlanta police officer during a traffic stop.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams says in a news release that authorities arrested 24-year-old Tamarcus Gresham of Lithonia on an aggravated assault charge in connection with Wednesday's incident.

Officials say an officer saw a car with a loose license plate and initiated the stop. Gresham was a passenger in the vehicle.

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Confederate flags stolen from Ga. cemetery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:09pm

 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A city police report describes the theft of 70 flags from the graves of Confederate veterans at Oak Grove Cemetery as theft of property.

Two officers of a Sons of Confederate Veterans camp say it was a desecration considering Congress long ago conferred the same status on the Confederate dead as other U.S. veterans.

The report of the missing flags was made August 18 by Hal Crowe, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Thomas Marsh Forman Camp #485.

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Authorities considering charges in park vandalism

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:26pm

 

Officials are assessing damage caused by someone spinning their tires at Blanchard Woods Park to determine if charges will be filed.

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Trial on Mercy Ministries rooming house delayed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:28pm

 

After several delays, a problematic Harrisburg rooming house has again delayed having its day in court.

Chief Magistrate Judge Wil­liam D. Jennings said Wednesday that he agreed to a continuance sought by Freddie Sanders, the attorney for Mercy Ministries, to allow city agencies to look at “repairs and renovations that have been made.”

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New dorms unveiled at Augusta University

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:16pm

 

Not far from the entrance to Oak Hall, two signs were planted on opposite sides of each door. The banners read: Welcome home.

With more than 150 guests in attendance, Oak Hall and Elm Hall were officially unveiled to the public Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Augusta University’s Health Sciences campus. Among those in attendance were school President Brooks Keel and Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis.

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Trinity CME Church demolition on hold

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:00pm

The future of historic Trinity CME Church in Augusta remains uncertain as Atlanta Gas Light has again delayed plans to demolish the church to receive more input from stakeholders.

The move comes just as the “Save Mo­ther Trinity” effort called for supporters to protest the company’s plans at a meeting Thursday of the Historic Preservation Commission.

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Sheriff's office warning public of scam

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 7:00pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a telephone scam in which someone is identifying himself as a top-ranking officer at the department.

The caller identifies himself as Chief Deputy Patrick Clayton, according to a department news release. The person then tells the victim that they failed to report to court and are now subject to arrest unless a fine is paid. The scammer will then attempt to arrange a location to meet and collect the fine.

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Agency approves one charter school, denies another

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 5:48pm

 

A charter school proposed for downtown Augusta has been denied approval by the Georgia State Charter Schools Commission, but the agency approved another one to be located in either Richmond or Columbia county.

Challenge Preparatory Academy hoped to open for the 2017 school year before its meeting with the state commission July 20.

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Waynesboro mayor dies after illness

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 5:05pm

 

Pauline Jenkins, Waynesboro’s first black and female mayor, has died.

The Burke County Coroner’s Office confirmed her death Wednesday afternoon. Jenkins, who was elected in 2011, had been very ill for a number of weeks, Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey said.

“It’s a very sad day for Burke Coun­ty and the city of Waynesboro,” Cour­sey said. “Our mayor was a great person and there’s no question she’ll be greatly missed. Greatly, greatly missed.”

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