If you commute on Mike Padgett Highway, plan on budgeting more time for your drive.
Construction started Monday on a five-mile stretch of Mike Padgett between Old Waynesboro and Bennock Mill roads, spurring lane and speed limit reductions. Motorists should seek alternate routes if possible, Georgia Department of Transportation said.
“It may get congested since they are condensing it from four to two lanes,” said department spokeswoman Cissy McNure. “Their commute time is going to take longer.”
A Richmond County motorcycle deputy involved in a collision while providing traffic assistance during the GRU Half-Marathon and 10K was found to be at fault, according to a traffic report obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.
About 9:13 a.m., Deputy Jonathan Olivares was traveling south on Milledge Road when he attempted to pass a Toyota Highlander, driven by Jennifer Wright, of Augusta, on the left.
An Augusta man who fired the bullet that killed a woman when he exchanged gunfire with another man pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter.
Jabali J. Howard, 30, also pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced Howard to 20 years in prison, followed by five years on probation.
A death of a Wagener toddler Sunday morning has been ruled a homicide by child abuse.
Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the 2-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, appears to have incurred a significant brain injury. A Monday autopsy confirmed the child died as a result of blunt force trauma.
The child died at Georgia Regents Medical Center.
The child’s stepfather, Leon Marquis Davis, 34, of Wagener, was charged with homicide by child abuse Monday, according to an Aiken County sheriff’s news release.