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Ga. man who shot robber: 'I just did what I had to do'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 2:30pm

SYCAMORE, Ga. — Authorities say a man who attempted to rob a southwest Georgia gas station with a gun is hospitalized after a customer shot him twice.

WALB-TV reports ( ) Don Rogers was breaking a $20 bill at the Turner County gas station Friday when he saw someone holding the clerk at gunpoint while demanding money. Rogers says he pulled his own gun and fired three shots when the robber turned toward him.

Rogers says, “I just did what I had to do.”

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Sailor dies of injuries from Tennessee attacks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 2:19pm

Four Marines and a sailor were slain in the attacks on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Some of them had deployed overseas and seen battle, others had not.

Here is a look at the victims:


As the nation mourned the Marines, Smith, a logistics specialist in the U.S. Navy, clung to life in a hospital for two days. He died early Saturday.

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Aiken County deputies still searching for woman with Alzheimer's

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 9:51pm


Aiken County authorities were still searching Friday for a 70-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s who walked away from her home Monday.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has called in a Search Tactical and Rescue Recovery Team based in Swansea, S.C., to assist in the search for Jean Bird Smith.

Smith, who lives in the 400 block of Cumbee Trail Road, apparently climbed out of her bedroom window.

“We remain hopeful that Ms. Smith is located safely so we can reunite her with her son,” Sheriff Mike Hunt said.

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Designer drugs create problems for death investigators

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 9:41pm

There’s a killer out there that can often escape virtually undetected.

It isn’t human, rather something man-made – a class of intoxicants known commonly as designer drugs, which mimic illegal drugs while containing a slightly different chemical makeup to skirt state and federal legislation.

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Man indicted on porn, molestation charges; doctor indicted on drug charge in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 9:11pm


A Columbia County grand jury recently indicted Derek Bryce Merchant, 26, of Kenmont Street in Aiken, on charges of computer or electronic pornography, obscene contact with a child and criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation, according to the indictment released Friday.

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Augusta VA supervisor accused of ordering falsified records

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 6:52pm

A supervisor at the Charlie Nor­wood Veterans Affairs Me­di­­cal Center in Augusta has been named in a 50-count indictment alleging he ordered staff to falsify medical records of veterans in need of outside care.

Cathedral Henderson, 50, of Mar­tinez, made his first court appearance in U.S. District Court on Friday and was released on a $15,000 secured bond.

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Marine Corps adjusts security at facilities including two Augusta locations after Chattanooga shootings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 5:51pm

The Marine Corps altered security procedures at its facilities Friday — including in Augusta — following a shooting rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed four Marines.

Business continued at some military recruiting centers in the Augusta area and others closed or took additional safety precautions. Military spokesmen declined to discuss specifics of security measures.

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2 narcotics investigators resign from Richmond County Sheriff's Office amid internal investigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 5:01pm


Two narcotics investigators resigned from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month amid an internal investigation.

“They resigned of their own accord,” Lt. Allan Rollins said. “No one forced them to. We were conducting an internal investigation and they resigned. … They did it for their own reasons.”

Rollins did not specify the subject of the internal investigation.

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Columbia County deputy slapped with traffic citation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:36pm

A Columbia County officer was disciplined and issued a citation after a passer-by took video of him traveling at excessive speeds.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the video showed transportation Officer Anthony Streetman, 45, speeding in his patrol car on westbound Interstate 20 near the weigh station. They were not able to determine the exact speed Streetman was traveling, but he was issued a citation for too fast for conditions and disciplined internally.

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Augusta commissioners question who gets to attend closed-door meetings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:32pm

Augusta commissioners are taking issue with Mayor Hardie Davis bringing chief of staff Lynthia Owens into private meetings otherwise closed to the public.

“The question is why, why all of the sudden?” Commissioner Dennis Williams said after Owens turned up at the last two closed-door legal sessions. “We were not asked; we were not consulted. She was just there.”

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Augusta doctor appointed to Medical Board

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:22pm

An Augusta pain physician has been appointed to the Georgia board that oversees the licensing of doctors.

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Richmond deputy cleared of charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:21pm


A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy accused of raping a woman in April has been cleared, officials said Friday.

The 33-year-old woman told Columbia County sheriff’s investigators that Richmond County sheriff’s Cpl. Jason Turner raped her at his Martinez home on April 9 and took photos of her with his phone.

The Columbia County sheriff’s office investigated the accusations while Richmond County opened an internal investigation into the officer’s conduct. Due to lack of evidence, the officer was not charged and remained on active duty.

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