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Commission to hear Sentinel contract renewal pitch

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 7:55pm

While civil suits against the private probation firm are pending before the Georgia Supreme Court, State Court Judge Richard Slaby returns to an Augusta Commission committee Monday to seek renewal of Sentinel Offender Services’ annual contract.

The state’s high court last month heard oral arguments in the 13 Augusta-based cases, which alleged Richmond and Columbia county probationers were falsely arrested and jailed without going before a judge for failing to pay fees - in effect, jailed for being poor.

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Pardon Our Mess: Tree limbs in pond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 6:49pm

WHERE: Pond on the 3800 block of Maddox Road


WHAT: Fallen trees and limbs from February’s ice storm remain scattered across the pond. Maddox Road resident Ralph Atwell said tree limbs were never cleared from the pond.

“I live across the street from the pond and it doesn’t look very good right now.” Atwell said. “A lot of trees fell during the ice storm and it would be nice to see it cleaned up. I’ve seen some beavers help out a little bit, but they can’t get it all.”


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Man smashes register, leaves with money

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 5:58pm

A man entered an Augusta sandwich shop late Friday and left with a portion of the cash register, authorities say.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs at 3336 Wrightsboro Road about 9:30 p.m., according to an incident report. Witnesses said a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black cargo pants, black Nike shoes and a white T-shirt tied around his face ordered an employee to “open the register.”

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Aiken motorcycle wreck kills Harlem man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 1:10pm

A late-night wreck Saturday killed a Harlem man in Aiken Coun­ty.

According to a statement from the Aiken coroner, Joe Dansby, 65, died about 11:30 p.m. in a motorcycle crash.

Dansby was traveling southeast on Highway 278 near Tinker Road when he lost control of his Honda 1300 motorcycle while rounding a turn, the statement said. He was believed to be traveling to the Charles­ton area.

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Augusta couple seek to expose sexual assault allegations against former Josey band director

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 12:30am


The case had been closed for more than a decade by the time Jesse and Doris Wil­lard first heard the allegations.

A high school band director, revered by the community for bringing the marching band to national fame, accused in 2001 of touching female students on their breasts and buttocks and pressuring many for sex.

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Richmond County seeing fewer tickets issued in 2014; deputies cite voluntary compliance

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 11:36pm


Good news, motorists. You’re less likely to get a speeding ticket in Richmond County this year than a year ago.

An analysis by The Augusta Chron­icle shows that 7,011 tickets have been issued by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol through Sept. 30, a more than 30 percent drop from the same period in 2013, when there were 10,051 citations written.

The final total for last year was 12,224 citations, far exceeding the 9,446 written in 2012.

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Homeowners dissatisfied with construction, customer service from developer Crown Communities

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 8:24pm


The moving truck hadn’t yet unloaded before a host of problems began at Renee Goodrich-James’ new home built by residential developer Crown Communities.

When she arrived for her final inspection, workers were digging up her landscaping and filling trenches with gravel to catch water runoff.

Flooding started immediately, and she hasn’t used her backyard since closing on the Evans home in April 2013. She sold the family dog. Her son has no swing set. She has had no visitors to the house.

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Warren County man charged with killing wife

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 5:56pm

A Warren County man has been arrested and charged with killing his wife Friday.

Chief Deputy Samy Pur­vis of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said 911 received a call Friday evening from a Golden Creek Circle home about a possible suicide.

Deputies and emergency services personnel found Harriette Jacobs, 53, dead from a gunshot to the head.

Authorities arrested Ja­cobs’ husband, 66-year-old John Alan Jacobs, early Sat­ur­day. He is being held in the McDuffie County Jail and is charged with murder.

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Vice President Brandon Brown gone at Paine College

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 5:33pm

Brandon Brown, Paine Col­lege’s senior vice president of institutional advancement, is no longer employed by the school, interim President Samuel Sullivan confirmed Saturday.

Sullivan didn’t provide a reason for Brown’s departure, nor did he say whether Brown was fired. He also didn’t say when Brown left his position at the college.

“All I will say is that Bran­don Brown is no longer an employee of Paine College,” he said.

Brown, reached by phone Satur­day, declined to comment. He passed further inquiries to his attorney, Fletcher N. Smith.

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Duke snaps losing skid in Atlanta with win over Georgia Tech

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 5:16pm

Strike another long losing streak off Duke’s record.

Anthony Boone threw for 123 yards and a touchdown, Josh Sneed rushed for 102 yards and a score, and the Blue Devils snapped a 10-year skid against Georgia Tech by knocking off the No. 22 Yellow Jackets 31-25 on Saturday.

Backup quarterback Thomas Sirk had a couple of short TD runs for the Blue Devils (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won in Atlanta for the first time since 1994 and showed they aren’t going to give up their Coastal Division title without a fight.

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