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Two arrested on drug, weapons charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:31pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division arrested two people Tuesday on drug trafficking and weapons charges.

Robert Karl Powick, 40, and Elise Lauren Staples, 32, have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to a statement from Sgt. Michael McDaniel.

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Aiken man wanted on DUI charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:10pm


Aiken Public Safety is asking for help finding an Aiken man wanted for felony driving under the influence.

Dustin Tre Munoz, 21, is accused of operating his motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Munoz disregarded a red light at Silver Bluff Road and Hitchcock Parkway, which caused a traffic collision, according to Detective Jeremy Hembree. The collision, which occurred Sept. 6, resulted in “great bodily injury to the driver of the vehicle he initially struck,” Hembree said in a statement.

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Last member of theft crew sentenced

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:08pm


The fifth and final member of a crew that targeted women who left their purses in vehicles was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.

James J. Woodard pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity fraud. In 2012 in Richmond and Columbia counties, the crew stole identification and checkbooks from purses left in vehicles. Then women were recruited to serve as “cashers,” drawing money from the accounts.

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West Lake employee arrested on drug charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:20pm

An employee of a Martinez golf and country club was arrested and accused of drug possession at work.

Edilberto Morales Diaz, 35, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of methamphetamine and trafficking methamphetamine. Diaz is the manager of the Men’s Grille at West Lake Country Club, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. A woman who answered the phone at the club Wednesday wouldn’t say whether Diaz is still employed by West Lake.

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Temperatures cool down for fall

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:18pm

Cooler days are here just as the calendar ordered, with autumn arriving on Monday night.

Temperatures for Friday and Saturday will be especially cool, with expected highs of 81 degrees, according to the National Weather Center forecast.

“Usually sometimes mid- to late September we start to pick up some swings in temperature, but they’re usually more noticeable in October,” said Georgia state climatologist Bill Murphey.

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Harlem's Jeremy Graham Band to open for Montgomery Gentry

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:39pm

Montgomery Gentry concertgoers will have the chance to hear a song from a local band that should hit the radio waves early next year.

Harlem’s Jeremy Graham recently signed a three-year contract with Dominion Entertainment, and he and his band will perform the single Ride Out to Nowhere on Friday at Lady Antebellum Pavilion before Gentry takes the stage.

Ride Out to Nowhere is a song when you have a little something on your mind, and you need some alone time,” said Graham, the band’s lead singer and one of its songwriters.

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Warren Road Elementary pupils back in school after gas smell investigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:25pm

A strong odor prompted the evacution of Warren Road Elementary School on Wednesday.

The odor was initially feared to be a gas leak but later determined to be the smell of diesel coming from equipment at a nearby construction site. Dee Griffin, spokeswoman for the Augusta Fire Department, said students were sent to nearby Good News Church while the gas company investigated.

The evacuation lasted for an hour.

Augusta man wins car through Georgia Lottery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:37am

An Augusta man has a new set of wheels after winning a Georgia Lottery promotion.

Milton Singleton, 49, was presented the keys to a 2014 Kia Soul on Tuesday at Kia of Augusta on Gordon Highway.

“It was the car, the ticket and the commercial that attracted me,” he said. “When I saw the announcement of the promotion and I saw the car, I just started playing.”

Through the 21 Black Series Second Chance Promotion, lottery players can enter a second contest with their nonwinning 21 Black Series scratch-off tickets online for a chance to win a Kia Soul.

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'Do not swim' order lifted for Savannah River

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:20am


Officials have lifted the “do not swim” order for the Savannah River, but questions still linger on the unknown substance’s origin.

The order was initially issued Sunday after an oily substance was found in the water by a swimmer training for this month’s Ironman 70.3 Augusta.

Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus said Monday that preliminary findings led her to believe the substance was petroleum-based and might have come from storm drains in the Harrisburg area.

“We’re still waiting on the testing to come back,” Bonitatibus said Wednesday.

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