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Teen charged in Aiken holdup attempt

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:42pm


A teen is facing charges after a shooting and attempted robbery at an Aiken store Sunday evening.

Antonio De’Vonte Jackson, 17, of Aiken, was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of attempted armed robbery, attempted murder and numerous firearm charges.

According to an Aiken Public Safety news release, Jackson entered Dollar General, 1110 Richland Ave., with a handgun and demanded money from a clerk around 8:15 p.m. After the clerk did not hand anything over, police said Jackson fired a shot at the clerk and then ran from the area.

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2 found shot dead in Atlanta warehouse

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:06pm

ATLANTA — Police are investigating after a man and woman were found dead near a Clayton County freight warehouse.

Clayton County police tell WSB-TV an employee of Towne Air Freight found the bodies after hearing noise outside.

Clayton County police Capt. Richard Godfrey tells the television station police were called around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The caller said screaming was heard, followed by gunshots.

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Holdup suspect shot at fast-food restaurant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:19am


DECATUR, Ga. — Police say a man opened fire on a group of men he said tried to rob him at a drive-in fast food restaurant.


Local media report the man told police he was sitting in his car outside a Sonic restaurant on Flat Shoals Parkway in DeKalb County Sunday night when a group of men walked up to his car. A man with a gun demanded money.


Police say the man in the car pulled out his own gun and shot one of the men, who fell to the ground. The suspect was taken to the hospital.


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SC bill would change magistrate selection

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:41am

It’s not the first time a lawmaker has sought to change the process, which can result in a politician’s selection of family friends and campaign donors for coveted magistrate judge spots, critics say.

Sen. Lee Bright’s joint resolution, S. 99, would allow voters to change the constitution so that county magistrates would be appointed by a majority vote of the resident circuit court judges in the judicial circuit where the magistrate will serve. Currently state senators, in effect, decide who serves as magistrates for their counties.

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1 injured in Beech Island shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 9:32pm

One person was hospitalized early Saturday after a shooting in Beech Island, deputies say.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office was called to Bell Drive about 3 a.m., Sgt. Jason Feemster said Sunday.

The victim, who has not been identified, was found with a gunshot wound to the back. The severity of the injury wasn’t immediately known.


Pardon Our Mess: Cross-walk pole knocked over at corner of Thirteenth and Reynolds streets

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 9:18pm

WHERE: Corner of 13th and Reynolds streets

WHAT: A crosswalk pole has been knocked over, leaving pedestrians unsure of when it’s safe to cross 13th Street. Wires are exposed at the base.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Traffic Engineering Department

ACTION PROMISED: Traffic Engi­neering manager Mike Edwards said he’s been in talks with the Georgia Department of Trans­por­tation with the hopes of finding a resolution. He did not provide a timetable.

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Jimmy Walker sets mark in nine-shot win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:46pm


HONOLULU — At least Jimmy Walker is leaving Hawaii with one trophy.

Six days after losing a tournament on Maui he felt he should have won, Walker turned in a command performance Sunday on Oahu. He blew away the field with 7-under-par 63 to win the Sony Open for the second consecutive year.

His fourth career victory was the most impressive of all. On a course that lends itself to a free-for-all, Walker shot 62-63 on the weekend and set a tournament record with a nine-shot victory. The previous record was seven shots, last set in 2000 by Paul Azinger.

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The Way We Were: Mill Villages

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 7:01pm


Few Augustans are as proud of where they grew up as those from the Harrisburg neighborhood.

According to the official narrative of the National Park Service, Harrisburg (also called West End) evolved slowly in the 1800s around the historic home of Ezekiel Harris, a merchant and trader.

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Seahawks rally to stun Packers in OT for NFC title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 6:54pm


SEATTLE — The loudest stadium in America was silent. A return trip to the Super Bowl was slipping away.

Time for the Seattle Seahawks to show why they are champions.

“You have the belief these guys have in one another, there is nothing you can’t do,” coach Pete Carroll said after an implausible comeback for a 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC Champion­ship Game on Sunday.

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Guns, car seized at scene of Aiken County shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 5:02pm


A car and two guns were seized at the scene of a shooting that hospitalized one person in Belvedere on Saturday afternoon, authorities say.

A 9 mm handgun, a .22-caliber handgun and a Pontiac G6 were collected at the scene in the 100 block of Dundee Drive, Aiken County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Feemster said in a statement Sunday.

Police arriving at the scene Saturday afternoon found a man with a gunshot wound to the arm. His condition is unknown.

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Dominguez wins Latin America Amateur, spot in Masters

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 4:59pm


Matias Dominguez grew up dreaming of someday playing in the Masters Tournament. It’s not an uncommon dream among golfers, but the path for Dominguez wasn’t always easy.

The golfer from Chile battled nerves and a four-hour rain delay to win the Latin America Amateur Championship on Sunday to book his trip to Augusta and fulfill his dream of playing for a green jacket.

Dominguez shot 1-under-par 71 in the final round at Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a one-shot win over Alejandro Tosti, of Argentina.

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Highway patrol reports accident on I-20 in Aiken County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 3:25pm


The South Carolina Highway Patrol is reporting an accident with injuries on Interstate 20 near the Palmetto Parkway junction in Aiken County.

First responders were called to the scene about 2:16 p.m., according to the agency’s Web site. The amount of vehicles involved and the severity of the injuries wasn’t immediately reported.


Inspector General reports patient confidence hurt in Southeast VA

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 5:58pm


Two inspector general reports released in advance of a health care investigation at Augusta’s Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center reinforce views that the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Southeast Network of hospitals lacks the personnel, resources and training to provide quality patient care.

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Transparency motivates longtime nuclear activist

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 5:23pm


In the mid-1970s, Tom Clements was studying at the University of Georgia when a government project requiring rail shipments of highly radioactive nuclear waste caught his interest.

The project was an Allied General Nuclear Fuel Services reprocessing plant in Barnwell, S.C., on the outer edge of Savannah River Site. Clements and his roommates went to work raising awareness of the plant, fearing the public was not well-informed about the nuclear shipments through their neighborhoods.

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Dogs end Gators' 24-game SEC winning stereak

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:35pm


ATHENS, Ga. — Marcus Thornton and Kenny Gaines scored 16 points apiece and Georgia, which never trailed, beat Florida 73-61 on Saturday to end the Gators’ streak of 24 consecutive wins in the Southeastern Conference.

Georgia (11-5, 2-2 SEC) scored the first 12 points. Florida cut the deficit to two points early in the second half but couldn’t complete the comeback.

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Chilean Matias Dominguez grabs lead in Latin American Amateur

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:17pm


BUENOS AIRES — Matias Dominguez, of Chile, birdied his last three holes Saturday for 3-under-par 69, giving him a one-shot lead in the inaugural Latin American Amateur and leaving him one round away from a chance to play in the Masters Tournament.

Dominguez, a senior at Texas Tech, finished at 10-under 206 at Pilar Golf Cub and was one stroke ahead of 18-year-old Alejandro Tosti, of Argentina, who shot 68.

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Business, consumer advocates push legislative issues

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:43am


ATLANTA -- Some of the issues legislators will consider this year with the broadest impact are those advocated by business organizations and consumer watchdogs.

And contrary to what many people might think, the two groups aren’t always on opposing sides.

The best example is transportation funding, one of the most discussed issues before this session of the General Assembly. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and most local chapters rank roads as their top priority, arguing that traffic congestion is costly to them and could limit job growth.

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