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Man charged in wife's murder admits cutting himself

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 1:19pm

The case against a Grovetown man charged in the June 14 stabbing death of his wife will continue.

Columbia County Magistrate Judge Jason R. Troiano decided at a preliminary hearing Tuesday that there is enough evidence to continue prosecution of Philip Stephen West, 46, on a murder charge.

West was charged with malice murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime after the fatal stabbing of his wife, Sherri Kay West, 47, at their Shoreline Drive home.

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Fire destroys Aiken apartment building

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 1:05pm

More than 20 people were left homeless after a fire destroyed an Aiken apartment building late Monday.

Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. Jake Mahoney said the department began receiving multiple calls for a fire at The Colony apartments on Greengate Drive about 11:50 p.m.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the 300 building. The fire spread through all 12 units and the building has been deemed a total loss. Mahoney said 23 residents were displaced.

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Entrance of pro-LGBT Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer defaced with graffiti

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:04pm


Vandals spray-painted Tuesday morning a Bible passage that condemns homosexual sex on a downtown church whose pastor was part of the first gay couple to receive a marriage license in Richmond County.

“Burn Leviticus 18:22 Lies” was painted across the double front doors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer on 557 Greene St. On the front steps was another passage, Leviticus 18:20, with the words “You’ll Burn.”

The vandalism comes almost three weeks after a rainbow flag had been stolen from the front of the church.

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