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Water break closes Grovetown road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:40am

A Grovetown thoroughfare is shut down while crews repair a water main break.

Harlem-Grovetown Road is closed to traffic between Adams Lane and Robinson Avenue, Grovetown Public Works Director Michael Woods said. Traffic is being diverted to Adams Lane.

A water main broke about 5:30 a.m. on Harlem-Grovetown Road near Adams Lane, Woods said.

The break left residents living around the area and in nearby subdivisions, including Northlake, Main Street and Senators Ridge, without water. The nearby schools have water service, Woods said.

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Pair of Georgia Tech students robbed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:57am

 

ATLANTA — Police at the Georgia Institute of Technology are investigating a pair of robberies, telling students in a crime alert that one suspect is described as 12 to 13 years old.

 

Georgia Tech police say a student reported that a white minivan pulled up to him as he walked on Ferst Drive Northwest near Cherry Street Northwest Wednesday night. Police said a passenger in the van got out, showed a handgun and demanded the student’s property.

 

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Storms cause problems near Macon, Athens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:44am

WINDER, Ga. — Powerful lightning and high winds from storms over Barrow County kept firefighters and emergency crews busy all night. Lighting also sparked house fires in Macon.

In Barrow County, Lt. Scott Dakin of Barrow County Emergency Services tells WSB-TV that damage in downtown Winder looks like a scene after a tornado or hurricane.

Dakin said that in one case, it appeared that lightning traveled down a tree and entered a house on Hiram Way, starting a fire in the attic. Firefighters were able to contain that blaze.

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Boy who dresses as girl may sue SC over license photo

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:10am

COLUMBIA— An organization that supports transgender rights is planning to sue South Carolina after the state wouldn’t issue a driver’s license to a 16-year-old boy unless he took off his makeup.

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund said it will file a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday. The boy, Chase Culpepper, his mother and the director of the fund also plan to talk to reporters in Columbia.

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Man shot dead at SC police station

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:01am

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A suspect was killed and a Greenville officer was hurt in a shooting outside police headquarters.

Interim Police Chief Mike Gambrell told local reporters that the shooting happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday after a man fired several shots into the door when he was unable to enter the locked Greenville County Law Enforcement Center.

The suspect’s name has not been released.

“It looks like the suspect suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Gambrell said.

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Savannah International Paper worker killed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:22am

SAVANNAH, Ga. — International Paper Co. officials have identified a worker killed at the company’s Savannah mill as 58-year-old Ricky Salter.

The Savannah Morning News reports Salter, a maintenance worker, was killed at the facility on Sunday.

Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Julian Miller said Salter was in or around an elevator when he was killed at the facility on West Lathrop Avenue. He was declared dead at the scene.

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Dog stabbed inside Ga. pet store

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:13am

NEWNAN, Ga. — Police say a pit bull was repeatedly stabbed during a pet adoption event inside a PetSmart store in the west Georgia town of Newnan, horrifying adults and children.

A police report states that a man stabbed the pit bull, Clara, after it slipped out of its collar and began tugging on the ear of his dog, a Westie Terrier.

Teresa Reeves tells WXIA-TV that the man pulled out a pocket knife and repeatedly stabbed Clara. Reeves said there was “blood everywhere” and the worst thing she’s ever seen.

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Public safety officials push for new radio system

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:05pm

After a February ice storm left deputies and firefighters without radio communications for extended periods, Richmond County public safety officials say they have a renewed interest in purchasing their own radio system.

Last month, Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Lewis Blanchard brought the issue to the attention of the Augusta Commission, urging it to redirect the more than $600,000 it spends renting airspace from the South Carolina-based Palmetto 800 system and put it toward a lease-to-own program that would strengthen communications for county departments.

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