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Ga. man charged with breaking car window to free dog

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:03am

ATHENS, Ga. — An Athens man who saved a dog from a hot car has been arrested for smashing a window to free the animal.

Multiple news outlets report Michael Hammons was charged with criminal trespassing after freeing a small Pomeranian mix in distress from a hot car outside an Athens store. Witnesses say while a group of shoppers waited for police to arrive to free the dog, the Desert Storm veteran took action and smashed the window.

Deputies say the car’s owner insisted Hammons be arrested.

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State transportation board chair calls highway deaths increase "totally unnecessary"

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:56am


Don Grantham, the new chairman of Georgia’s transportation board, said Monday that something must be done to stem the increase in the state’s highway-related fatalities.

“That is totally unnecessary and uncalled for,” Grantham, a former Augusta Commission member, said at a news conference Monday announcing the Department of Trans­por­tation’s Drive Alert Arrive Alive campaign. The yearlong campaign is aimed at reducing deaths, which average an estimated 100 per month.

During the first quarter of this year, more than 400 people died on state roads.

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A sharp rise in road fatalities is prompting Georgia officials for a seat belt crackdown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:54am


ATLANTA — Highway fatalities in Georgia jumped 25 percent in the first three months of the year, and state officials vowed Monday to take action with a crackdown on seat belt use.

Transportation Commis­sio­ner Russell McMurry said the 450 automobile-related deaths puts the state on pace to lose 1,200 lives this year. It also represents a reversal of nine years of declines, although McMurry acknowledged that driving has also increased somewhat.

“We know that they are preventable because data tells us a very alarming story,” he said.

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Former legislator Joey Brush remembered as a man with a strong faith and love of family at funeral

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:21am


More than 700 family, friends and colleagues of former state legislator Ben “Joey” Brush Jr. filled the Sanctuary of Augusta church Monday morning to pay their respects and bid him goodbye.

Although known for his career in politics and his profession as a builder, Brush was remembered Mon­day as a family man with a deep connection to his faith by two pastors who worked with him for years in Chris­tian ministry and fellowship.

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University, USCA sign agreement

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:08am

An agreement with University Hospital will allow the University of South Carolina Aiken to offer a new degree program next year, officials announced Monday.

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Historic buildings on committee agenda

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:24pm


Debate about the fate of two 19th-century buildings on the city government campus will continue today at a meeting of Augusta’s Public Services Committee.

Augusta accountant Jack Steinberg is not backing down from a proposal to preserve one or more of the buildings – one of which is Georgia’s oldest structure built as a synagogue – by creating a museum of Jewish history at the site.

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Judge refuses to return funds to jailed ex-paralegal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:39pm


The man convicted of stealing more than $600,000 from the Vic Hawk Law Group and its clients was back in court Monday to press his claim that the judge was wrong to seize $6,500 from his jail account.

U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. agreed with Richard Owen that except in rare circumstances Social Security benefits are not subject to garnishment. But Owen didn’t prove the money in his account was solely Social Security benefits sent to Owen by his adopted son, Bowen said.

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GRU graduate Jenny Dickson receives $25,000 annual Beard Award for compassionate care

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:33pm


Hanging in Jenny Dickson’s room is a painting of an owl from her first patient. It’s proof she was good at reaching people even before she graduated as a physician assistant at Geor­gia Regents University.

Dickson’s remarkable work during her clinical rotations earned her the $25,000 Beard Award given annually to a GRU graduating student who exemplifies compassionate care.

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Thousands taken from Christmas Tree Shops

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:32pm

Deputies are searching for a suspect accused of taking $6,500 from a local business.

About 5:08 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to Christmas Tree Shops, in the 200 block of Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, and found someone had cut open the store’s money safe, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

“At least $6,500” had been removed.


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