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Man's death, woman's burns still under investigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:14pm


Multiple police agencies continue to investigate a suspicious fire where police discovered a man dead and a woman on fire.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, deputies were sent to the couple’s home at 3625 Crawfordville Drive in reference to a domestic dispute call.

Authorities said a neighbor discovered Karla Jean Harter, 46, on fire outside her home and helped to put out the fire. She was taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital with third-degree burns to 85 percent of her body. She remains in critical condition.

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Judge disqualifies MLK estate lawyer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:30am




ATLANTA — A judge has ruled that a lawyer for the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. cannot participate in a dispute over the ownership of King’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.


The slain civil rights icon’s estate, controlled by his sons, is locked in a legal dispute with his daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, over ownership of the items. The Martin Luther King Jr. Estate Inc., which is run by Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King, wants to sell the items, while Bernice is opposed to the sale.


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UPDATE: Practice round ends

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:18am

The Augusta National announced this afternoon that it will close the gates for today’s practice round and not reopen the rest of the day.

However, the club announced,  purchasers of Monday Practice Round tickets will be sent refunds in May, and will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2015 Practice Rounds tickets.  Further information will be included with the refund.

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Storm moves tonight's Par-Tee on the Green

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:05am

Tonight’s Par-Tee on the Green has been moved to a different location due to inclement weather.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the celebration will take place at the Richmond County Board of Education parking deck at James Brown Boulevard and Ellis Street.

Event organizer Karen Gordon said they have secured several generators for vendors and will be bringing in extra lighting and ramped up security. If the weather does clear, the celebration will move to the upper level of the parking deck.

The event is scheduled for 5-8 p.m.

Aiken suspects arrested; drugs, guns seized

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:39am


Six people, including an Aiken Safe Communities participant, have been jailed following an investigation into trafficking and selling narcotics.

During the investigation, police seized cocaine, marijuana, five handguns, a shotgun, money and four vehicles.

On Thursday, Aiken County sheriff’s narcotics unit and ATF agents executed search warrants at homes on Powerhouse Road in North Augusta and Weaver Street in Aiken.

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Tenn. slaying fugitives caught in Newberry

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:26am


NEWBERRY, S.C. — The four Tennessee teens who led police on a 10-hour chase last week are due in court in South Carolina.


Authorities say the teenagers are expected to appear before a judge in juvenile court on Monday in Newberry County.


Police have said a 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old boys fled Greene County, Tenn., after the 16-year-old killed his 36-year-old father.


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Harlem Department of Public Safety receive lightning bolt decals for felony arrests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:48pm


You can learn a lot about a Harlem Department of Public Safety officer just by looking at
the front fender of their patrol car.

For about three months, officers with the department who make self-initiated felony arrests within Harlem city limits have been awarded red lightning bolt decals to place on their patrol cars just above the drivers side wheel well.

The lightning bolt program was put in place by Chief Gary Jones, who adopted the idea from a similar program sponsored by the Georgia State Patrol years ago.

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14-year-old robbed at gunpoint

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:32pm

Police say a 14-year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint by unknown men at his Hephzibah home Sunday.

About 2:30 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3800 block of Crest Drive, according to an incident report.

Police spoke to the 14-year-old victim, who said he was robbed when he opened his front door to someone he originally believed to be a friend of his brother, who is currently being held at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on armed robbery charges.

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Broad Street store robbed at gunpoint

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:29pm

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Family Dollar store at gunpoint late Sunday.

About 8:40 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Family Dollar at 1991 Broad St., according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Investigators learned that a black man wearing all black entered the store brandishing a black handgun and demanding money.

The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, the release said. He was last seen fleeing northbound on Broad Street.

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2 arrested after 2 failed robbery attempts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:10pm

Two men were arrested Sunday after two failed robbery attempts within 30 minutes of each other, police say.

Robert Earnest Cave III, 44, of Martinez, and Christopher Oexner, 27, of Hephzibah, have each been charged with two counts of felony attempted robbery by intimidation, according to Richmond County jail records. Cave has also been charged with misdemeanor DUI in an unrelated incident.

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Man, 50, arrested after attempting to drive through Augusta National gates

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:02pm

A 50-year-old man was arrested Saturday after police say he attempted to enter Augusta National Golf Club in his vehicle.

About 8:40 p.m., Joseph John Murphy tried to enter the course via one of its gates, Sgt. Glen Rahn said. Murphy was advised that he was not permitted to enter the property and promptly left.

About 10 minutes later, Murphy returned in his vehicle and bypassed the security guard. He was stopped shortly thereafter by Richmond County deputies.

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Suspects identified in south Augusta shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 8:05pm


Police have identified three suspects in a Saturday night shooting at Southgate Shopping Center on Gordon Highway that left one man dead and another wounded.

John Lee Scarboro, 26, of Augusta, and Ricardo Lavert Jones, 28, of Augusta, have each been charged with murder and robbery by sudden snatch, according to Richmond County jail records.

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Central Florida hangs on to beat Texas at Augusta Invitational

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 7:08pm

Facing a three-foot par putt for the win, Greg Eason remembered back to last year.

In the 2013 3M Augusta Invi­ta­tion­al, Eason played the 18th hole five times in a sudden-death playoff, eventually falling to Coastal Caro­lina’s Sebastian Soderberg. Hol­ding a one-shot lead at No. 18 this time around, Eason didn’t want another repeat.

The Central Florida senior closed strong with 4-under-par 68 to defeat Virginia Tech’s Scott Vin­cent by one shot Sunday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

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Masters Week expected to start soggy, end sunny

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 6:32pm


Rain might put a damper on practice rounds Monday and Tuesday at Augusta National Golf Club, but the National Weather Service is predicting a sunny and dry final round to the Masters Tournament.

Late last week, the weather service said a weather system from the Gulf of Mexico was expected to come through the area on Sunday and could remain through Wednesday, bringing rain and cool temperatures. Meteorologist Tony Petrolito said Sunday things should clear up as early as Tuesday.

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Matt Jones reaches Masters with playoff win in Houston

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:50pm


HUMBLE, Texas — Matt Jones earned his first trip to the Masters with a remarkable 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole, outdueling Matt Kuchar on his way to winning the Houston Open on Sunday.

The win is the first on the PGA Tour for the Australian, who made a 46-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to reach the playoff. He ended it one hole later, chipping over the right front bunker on the 18th and watching it roll in.

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Paine College to host Purple on the Green Day Party this Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:10pm


Paine College will play host to the Purple on the Green Day Party this Saturday, April 12, at its HEAL Complex at 1255 Druid Park Ave.

The event, presented by BET and Centric, will feature music from Brick, quietSTORM with singer TuTu D’Vyne and DJ Greg Nyce. It begins at noon and is scheduled to run until 6 p.m. Emceeing the event will be Kiss FM’s Cher Best and Kimberly Scott, of WJBF-TV.

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