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New Laney principal named

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 5:44pm


Virgil Smith, assistant principal at Cross Creek High School, was approved Tuesday by the Richmond County Board of Education committee to become the new principal at Lucy C. Laney High School. There will be another vote by the full Board of Education next week to formally approve the recommendation.

Kaden Jacobs, communication and community engagement manager for the Richmond County Board of Education, would not allow Smith to comment following Tuesday’s board meeting.

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Whiskey Road car crash fatal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 2:50pm


An Aiken woman died Tuesday morning when her car crashed into a tree on Whiskey Road.

Cecelia Worm, 62, might have a medical problem before her 1990 Toyota Corolla crashed about 10:25 a.m. in the 3600 block of Whiskey Road, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Carlton said there were no brake marks visible. There was moderate damage to her vehicle and minor trauma to her body.

An autopsy is scheduled.


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Midland Valley football finds new football coach from Seneca

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 1:43pm


Midland Valley football has found its successor to longtime coach Rick Knight.

According to a news release, Seneca offensive coordinator Andrew Jenkins will be the Mustangs’ new head coach, pending Aiken County school board approval Tuesday night. Jenkins helped the Bobcats go 12-1 in 2015 and reach the Class AAA state quarterfinals. Seneca scored at least 40 points in nine games this past season. Jenkins has also coached the offensive line, running backs and quarterbacks at Seneca.

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Man fatally shot in Wrens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:38pm


WRENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirms it is investigating what appears to be a homicide in Jefferson County.

The GBI is assisting police in Wrens and Jefferson County after discovery of a body on Stephens Street.

More information as it becomes available.

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3 plead guilty in string of Augusta holdups

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:24am

Three Augustans accused of committing a string of armed robberies and a home invasion pleaded guilty and received lengthy prison terms Monday.

Killeon Cooper, 22, Kelvin Jones, 28, and Danielle Harper, 24, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to armed robbery and attempted armed robbery. They robbed a Deans Bridge Road Waffle House and tried to rob the Dragon Express on Gordon Highway.

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Murder charge in child's death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:04am


An Augusta man is facing murder charges after the death of his girlfriend’s young daughter.

Jamie Shelton Brown, 36, of the 2100 block of A Street, was booked into the Richmond County jail Tuesday, charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the first degree, according to a news release from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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Body found 38 hours after crash

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 9:00am




ORANGEBUG, S.C. — The South Carolina Highway Patrol has announced that a driver was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Orangeburg County, and wasn’t found until 38 hours later.


Cpl. Sonny Collins of the state Highway Patrol tells local media that a 2006 Cadillac was traveling west on South Carolina Highway 4 when it went off the road and hit some trees at about 4 a.m. Sunday. The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle and wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.


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Ga. escapee found 48 years later

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 8:57am





ATLANTA — Federal officials say a man who escaped from a Georgia prison work camp nearly 48 years ago has been arrested in Connecticut.


The U.S. Marshals Service says Robert E. Stackowitz was serving a 17-year sentence for robbery in August 1968 when he escaped from the infirmary at Carroll County Prison Work Camp in Carrolton, Georgia.


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Mother's Day brawl at Atlanta restaurant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 8:54am


EAST POINT, Ga. — An Atlanta area restaurant had to close early on Mother’s Day due to a brawl that started because an employee was smiling.


News outlets report that a fight broke out between customers and employees Sunday at Kiku Japanese Steakhouse in East Point.


A police report says busboy Demonte Harrison was cleaning tables when a female customer berated him for smiling. Harrison replied that it was his job to smile and a male customer punched Harrison.


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