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Suspect sought in case of checks stolen last week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 9:57am

Police are seeking information on a man seen passing stolen checks at Augusta stores.

Police said the unidentified man has used checks stolen from a burglary at two stores on three occasions Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Rolf Cramer or any property crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Ancient Indian mystery near Athens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 7:36am


JEFFERSON, Ga. - There is a long-standing mystery in Jackson County that somewhere bordering the meandering North Oconee River was a sacred Native American Indian shrine called Yamacutah.


It was here that the Indians believed the Great Spirit once walked.


The story of Yamacutah might have been lost in time if not for the documentation by local historian Gustavus James Wilson, who wrote of the shrine in his book “The Early History of Jackson County.” Wilson, 1827-1909, lived in Jefferson at the time he wrote the history.


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Georgia man seriously gored by bull in Spain

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 12:56am

MADRID - An American youth is recovering in the intensive-care unit of a hospital in western Salamanca after being savagely gored during a bullfighting festival celebrating Carnival, officials said Sunday.

Surgeon Enrique Crespo said he was called to operate on 20-year-old Benjamin Miller from Georgia, who had been gored and tossed by a large fighting bull on Saturday, the first day of nearby Ciudad Rodrigo's "Carnaval del Toro."

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20-year-old James Gramling disappeared in 1997

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 10:51pm


James Gramling told his parents he was headed to see a friend and would call if he was going to be late. But he didn’t call, and was never seen alive again.

“He hopped on his four-wheeler and headed up the street,” Song Gramling told reporters of her son’s disappearance on March 30 – Easter Sunday – 1997.

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Sgt. Lisa Rohrbaugh turned whim into career at Richmond County Sheriff's Office

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 10:12pm

Seven months after graduating from Greenbrier High School, Lisa R. Rohrbaugh was working as a receptionist, unsure of her next career move.

As a kid, she never dreamed of going into law enforcement.

In fact, before applying with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in December 1997, the thought of becoming a deputy jailer never crossed her mind.

“I only applied because my fiance (now husband), Adam, was also applying,” Rohrbaugh admitted. “I just thought to myself, ‘It can’t hurt to see if this turns into something.’ ”

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The Way We Were: Good old garages

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 9:42pm


One of the bad old things about the good old days is that cars used to break down a lot.

Tires would blow out; belts would snap; radiators would overheat, hoses would leak.

Driving was an adventure … and nobody had cellphones.

Because of the unpredictability of being a motorist, most of us learned to handle the routine repairs.

But for the serious stuff, including structural damage, you needed to take your car to a garage and they were usually pretty common all around town.

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Pardon our Mess: Street light knocked down on 1300 block of Comfort Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 8:59pm

WHERE: 1300 block of Comfort Road

WHAT: A street light was knocked down months ago, but was never repaired.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta’s Traffic Engineering Department

ACTION PROMISED: Steve Cassell, assistant director of traffic engineering, said he will send someone out to look at the light and schedule a repair.

Islamic Society of Augusta comments on North Carolina student slayings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 8:42pm


The Islamic Society of Augusta released a statement Friday about the shooting of three Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C., this week.

The statement urged authorities to treat the shootings as a possible hate crime, and implored the media and politicians to stop “propagating unfounded accusations against Muslims” and false interpretations of the faith’s texts because it causes some people to strike out against Muslim Americans.

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Cold, rainy week predicted for Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 8:38pm

The Augusta area isn’t expected to receive the same winter weather the northern parts of the state are bracing for, but the National Weather Service said you might want to grab an umbrella before stepping out the door.

A storm system developing near the Mississippi Valley is expected to reach Gulf coast states by Monday, which means the Augusta area could see rain beginning about 3 p.m., meteorologist Hunter Coleman said.

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Headlight violations difficult to enforce, officers say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 8:24pm

Richmond County Sgt. Shane McDaniel was blind once, for a couple of seconds.

After having dinner with his family last month at a restaurant, McDaniel said he attempted to pull into traffic on Wrightsboro Road when the interior of his car was filled with a bright blue light.

The light came from a smaller vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, but it was enough to force McDaniel to pause.

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Gov. Deal issues a State of Emergency ahead of wintery mix

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 8:16pm

ATLANTA — On Sunday Gov. Nathan Deal issued a State of Emergency until Tuesday ahead of a wintry mix expected to hit areas of northern Georgia.

Up to a quarter inch of ice could accumulate in more than a dozen mountainous northern counties that include cities such as Blairsville, Dalton and Dahlonega, the National Weather Service said in a winter storm warning.

The winter storm has the potential to cause significant damages throughout and could bring down trees and power lines and roads may be nearly impassable, the order says.

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