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2 sought after smashing, robbing Costco jewelry counter

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:08pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two suspects accused of robbing a local business Wednesday evening.

Approximately 7:40 p.m., deputies responded to Costco Wholesale, located off Riverwatch Parkway, in reference to two black suspects smashing the jewelry counter glass and taking an unknown amount of merchandise, according to a statement from Sgt. Glen Rahn.

The suspects were last seen leaving the scene in a white Buick Regal with North Carolina license plate #CHK8000.

More information is forthcoming.

Jason Carter continues ethics attack on Gov. Nathan Deal at Paine College

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:47pm

 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter continued his attack on Nathan Deal’s ethics Wednesday after greeting convention goers at a CME convention at Paine College.

The state’s delay in releasing a 2012 memo appearing to show an attorney and staffer for Deal tried to interfere in an ethics complaint investigation against the governor “proves once and for all that the governor’s office was involved in the coverup,” Carter said.

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Appling couple robbed at gunpoint in home invasion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:33pm

Columbia County investigators are looking for two men who reportedly broke into a couple’s home, taped them up and robbed them at gunpoint Tuesday morning.

According to Captain Steve Morris, of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Kaitlyn and Shane Austin, of the 7400 block of White Oak Campground Road in Appling, reported the home invasion around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday. However, the incident occurred around 3 a.m., the incident report said.

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Augusta area schools improve in language arts, but struggle in math and science

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:30pm

Students in Richmond and Columbia counties made gains in several end of course test categories this year, but Richmond County students still lag behind in math and sciences, according to results released by the Georgia Department of Education on Wednesday.

Roughly 93,000 students took the EOCT this year, and the test counts for either 15 or 20 percent of their final grades, depending on when the student enrolled in 9th grade.

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Augusta Democrats needed to fill delegate slots for Georgia Democratic Convention in Dublin

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 8:22pm

Augusta Democrats who want to get more involved in statewide politics can run for one of five delegate slots at a July 26 party meeting, also known as a caucus, or attend to vote in the election.

“The caucus is designed to select delegates to participate in the convention,” said L.C. Myles, the first vice chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party. “If you swear to be a Democrat, you can go to the (Democratic) caucus.”

The Richmond County party needs five more delegates and three alternates to attend the Democratic State Convention, recently set for Aug. 9 in Dublin.

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Salvation Army auction features vintage cars

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 7:21pm

 

Several vintage cars are on the auction block for car enthusiasts looking for a unique restoration project at this weekend’s Salvation Army fundraiser.

A red 1968 Ford Mustang, green 1968 MGB convertible and a white 1972 Volkswagen Beetle are just some of the offerings at the Salvation Army of Augusta’s auto auction Saturday. These autos, along with 50 other vehicles and boats, will go to the highest bidder.

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Web site blasts Paine president, seeks his ouster

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:48pm

 

Allegations of financial and ethical wrongdoing by Paine College officials were published on an extensive Web site launched this month by an anonymous source, who contended the well-being of Paine “can only be accomplished by the ouster of (President) George C. Bradley and his administration.”

The site, The Paine Project, provides documented examples of mismanagement of student financial aid funding and fiscal instability.

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3 indicted in Augusta shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:06pm

Three men have been indicted on charges in connection with an Augusta shooting that left three other men wounded.

A Richmond County grand jury Tuesday indicted Reginald A. Forrest, 27, Carl A. Nipper, 26, and Fredrick M. Nelson Jr., 21, on five counts of aggravated assault and five counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

According to the indictment, on April 16 on Brown Street, Marcel Hankins, Michael Scott and Demarcus Briscoe were wounded and two other men were shot at.

Morning crash results in Aiken fatality

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:43pm

A morning traffic accident in Aiken County has resulted in a fatality.

Approximately 8:05 a.m., the Aiken Department of Public Safety responded to a collision on the 2200 block of Whiskey Road involving a 2009 Honda Accord and 2012 Dodge Ram truck. The Accord struck the Dodge Ram head-on, resulting in fatal injuries for the car’s front-seat passenger, said Aiken Department of Public Safety Detective Jeremy Hembree in a statement.

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Westwood Club Apartment shooting suspect had similar crime in past

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:32pm

 

An Augusta man charged with shooting an Evans man in the leg Monday was charged with a similar crime less than two years ago.

Columbia County authorities on Tuesday charged Trelon O’Neal Baker, 20, of Fox Trace, with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession during the commission of a crime. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

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350 dogs found on Ga. property

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:00pm

 

CUMMING, Ga. — Authorities in Cherokee County say more than 350 dogs were found living in squalid conditions on a property near Cumming.

 

Cherokee County Marshal’s Office spokeswoman Alexa Huston tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 357 dogs were being kept in unsanitary conditions and were being housed in cages. Huston says urine, feces and dog food that had fallen through the cages’ grates were underneath most of the cages.

 

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10 years in SC dog-dragging case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:58pm

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Greenville man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after admitting he dragged a dog for at least 2 miles behind his pickup truck.

Circuit Judge Letitia Verdin told Roger Owens that what he did was one of the cruelest things she had ever seen before sentencing him Tuesday. Rogers was given the maximum of five years on the ill treatment of animals charge and additional time for traffic violations.

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SC copper thief electrocuted

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:30pm

MARION, S.C. — Authorities say a man has been electrocuted while trying to steal copper from the roof of a building in Marion.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson said the man died at a burn center a day after he was shocked. Richardson is still trying to identify the victim.

Investigators said the man was on a ladder around 1:30 a.m. Monday when it fell against a transformer, causing an explosion and shocking the man so badly his clothes caught fire.

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Mexican cartel kidnaps SC man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:25pm

COLUMBIA — Three men affiliated with a Mexican drug cartel kidnapped a South Carolina man and held him for ransom for nearly a week in a dispute over $200,000 in marijuana, authorities said Wednesday.

The man was blindfolded and bound at a North Carolina home before FBI agents traced phone calls from his abductors and stormed the residence, rescuing him mostly unharmed, authorities said. His identity was being withheld for his safety.

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