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Columbia County blasting from site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:25pm

Columbia County residents hearing a boom Tuesday afternoon in the 4600 block of Columbia Road just past Belair Road are advised the sound came from construction blasting for the site of the Shoal Creek development.

According to a statement from Pam Tucker, director of county emergency services, the blasting was to take place 1,000 feet from any residential structures.

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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