In a surprise move, the Augusta Commission voted 7-0 Monday to fire Fred Russell, the city administrator since 2005.
After more than an hour behind closed doors, the commission emerged to vote to terminate Russell, effective Dec. 31, and begin the search for his replacement.
Commissioner Joe Jackson said he hadn’t entered the session with plans to fire Russell, but agreed it was time.
Monday was a painful reminder for Brenda Jackson of the unsolved murder of her “soul mate” and husband Hester, who was killed after interrupting a burglary at his home a year ago.
Police said Hester Jackson, 56, was shot three times the evening of Dec. 8 when he surprised burglars at his Willis Foreman Road home. He had come home from his job at Wackenhut Services at Savannah River Sit.
Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies discovered his body the following morning.
NORTH AUGUSTA — Police were searching Monday for two men who shot a Zaxby’s employee during a holdup attempt at the Knox Avenue business Saturday night.
Police said the two men – one armed with a rifle and one with a revolver – entered the restaurant about 11 p.m. and held one employee at gunpoint.
During the robbery attempt, the employee shoved the man with the revolver and ran out of the restaurant. Police said the gunman fired once in his direction, hitting another employee in the leg.
The gunmen left in a small yellow vehicle.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — The owner of Savannah’s minor league baseball team is seeking support from the city for a new multi-use stadium.
The Savannah Morning News reports that the Savannah Sand Gnats’ owner is pitching the idea of a new stadium along the Savannah River to host baseball games, concerts and other events.
Hardball Capital CEO Jason Freier says Grayson Stadium is no longer a suitable home for the company’s baseball team due to the aging ballpark’s deteriorating condition and location outside of downtown.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Retired managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
Cox managed the Atlanta Braves and both Torre and LaRussa played for the team.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Police in Savannah are searching for suspects after a violent weekend that resulted in two people slain and left three other people hospitalized.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say the violence began around 1:08 a.m. Saturday, when 16-year-old Rahssan Baker, was found in the street with a gunshot wound. He was taken from the scene on West 42nd Street to Memorial University Medical Center, where he was in critical condition.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Two Greenville police officers have been placed on administrative duty after a shooting involving a vehicle that began accelerating toward the officers.
Police spokesman Johnathan Bragg says the officers were at a hotel investigating a narcotics complaint Saturday night when a vehicle nearly hit two pedestrians and headed toward the officers.
Bragg says one of the officers shot at the vehicle.
An 8-year-old boy is in critical condition after being struck by a minivan that failed to stop for a school bus’s flashing lights, authorities aid.
The Sue Reynolds Elementary pupil was crossing the westbound lane of the 3800 block of Belair Road about 7:10 a.m. to board bus No. 72 when a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country driven by Scott William Hancock, 20, of Augusta, hit him. Police and witnesses said the bus arms, stop sign and flashing lights were working. Conditions were cloudy.
With a knit cap pulled tight over his head and a steamy cup of hot chocolate between his hands, 6-year-old Preston Hill patiently waited for the start of the North Augusta Evening Lions Club Christmas Parade on Sunday.
While most children anticipate Santa Claus’ arrival atop a fire truck at parades, Preston had his sights set elsewhere.
“My favorite float is whatever one gives out the most candy,” he said.
Multiple media outlets are reporting confirmation of bowl bids for a number of area teams.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the Georgia Bulldogs will appear in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against Nebraska, scheduled for January 1st at noon.
TheState.com reports the South Carolina Gamecocks will face No. 19 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida, also on January 1. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Despite the government screeching to a halt this fall, many federal workers and contractors didn’t stop giving to area charitable campaigns.
Worries that the 16-day federal government shutdown would threaten donations to the annual United Way of the CSRA campaign were unwarranted, said Rina Powell, the senior director of resource development for the United Way of the CSRA. Although some campaigns coincided with the October shutdown when many workers were furloughed, most of the United Way’s largest workplace contributors met their goals.
COMMERCE, Ga. -- A woman who was glued to a toilet seat in a Banks Crossing shopping center store at Thanksgiving may have glued herself, Banks County Sheriff’s investigators now suspect.
Emergency medical services were called to the store to help remove the woman from the seat, but she had to be transported to a hospital in Gainesville for the procedure, according to a sheriff’s report.
The herbal incense packages once lined the shelves of Augusta’s smoke shops, resembling an array of single-gram servings that were painted in tropical colors and marketed on witty catchphrases such as “Dark Night,” “Serenity Now” and “Ninja Crown.”
But now, three years later, synthetic marijuana products have long been banned by federal law and pulled from display cases. Phone records show at least 20 percent of Augusta’s 25 head shops have closed as a result.
Police say shots were fired into an Augusta home occupied by two adults and six minors Saturday morning.
About 5 a.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in the 3800 block of Mike Padgett Highway, where victims said someone fired four shots at their house and one shot into a 2009 Lincoln Town Car, according to an incident report. No one was injured.