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Teen charged in armed robbery of Augusta hair salon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:04pm


A 17-year-old has been arrested in Monday’s armed robbery of a Tobacco Road hair salon.

Police responded to Dominion Barber and Beauty Salon, 2862 Tobacco Road, at 3:10 p.m. to investigate an armed robbery. An employee told police a man with a handgun demanded cash. After receiving $40, the man ran from the salon.

Police said a witness helped them identify the suspect as a salon customer, Steven Michael Valentin, of Pepperdine Drive.

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SLED investigating alleged hazing incident involving football players

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:37pm

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating claims made by two former Allendale-Fairfax High School football players that they were beaten during a “brutal hazing incident” at football camp.

Shakur Chisolm and Dimitrius Drayton Jr. claim they were among a group of new and transfer students who were beaten during the camp, held in Orangeburg County the week of Aug. 3.

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Grovetown man charged with kicking baby

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:34pm

A Grovetown man remained in jail Tuesday after his wife said he kicked their baby during the weekend.

Alvaro Sales-Alvarado, 25, of Phinizy Street, was charged with cruelty to children by causing excessive physical or mental pain and three counts of third-degree cruelty to children. He’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a total bond of $29,300, according to jail records.

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Bond for teen in school threat case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:32pm


A Columbia County judge granted bond Tuesday to an Aiken teen charged with taking a weapon onto Lakeside High School grounds.

William Jeremiah Hawkins, 18, of Palm Drive, was charged with criminal trespass, disruption or interference with operation of public schools, pointing or aiming a gun at another, and carrying a weapon within a school safety zone. He was arrested Aug. 7 in Aiken County on Columbia County warrants and held until being transferred Friday to the Columbia County Detention Center.

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Man shoots suspect during Aiken home invasion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:49pm


Police said an Aiken County man defended his family and shot one of several adults who broke into his home early Tuesday morning.

According to an Aiken County sheriff’s incident report, three men and a woman forced their way into the home in the 500 block of Cedar Road in Windsor about 12:30 a.m.

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