WINDER, Ga. -- The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 14-month-old boy who was accidentally run over by his mother, authorities said.
The child, whose name was not released, was killed about noon Wednesday in the driveway of a home on Bowman Terrace in Winder, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
The child’s mother had dropped him off at his grandmother’s house and as the mother prepared to leave “the child unknowingly got behind the vehicle and was struck and killed,” according to the report.
EASTMAN, Ga -- A man in middle Georgia’s Dodge County was charged with murder Tuesday for an alleged 1998 slaying that authorities didn’t know about until Monday evening.
A tipster implicated Ricky Lamar Jones, 53, who was jailed after meeting with investigators about the death of his brother-in-law William Marcus Walters.
CHESTER, S.C. — A Chester man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend and killing her unborn child.
The Herald of Rock Hill reports that 40-year-old Aris Nichols was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest to attempted murder and death or injury to a child in utero.
Police say 23-year-old Brittany Jordan was several months pregnant when she was stabbed several times in April 2012 in the couple’s home just west of Chester.
A leader in Georgia’s Senate said the budget will dominate the upcoming legislative session, with little else “ambitious” to come up from elected officials.
“Beyond the budget, I don’t know that there’s going to be a very ambitious agenda at all,” said Sen. David Shafer, the president pro tempore of the Senate.
The Duluth Republican was the featured speaker Thursday at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce pre-legislative breakfast at the Augusta Convention Center.
THOMSON — A bus driver in Glascock County has been placed on leave pending a legal investigation into her arrest for DUI.
Angel Renee Coxwell was arrested Nov. 1 by the Georgia State Patrol near Dearing Elementary in McDuffie County. Authorities said Coxwell delivers a Glascock County child for special services at Dearing Elementary.
There was not a child on the bus at the time of the traffic stop.
A McDuffie County sheriff’s deputy noticed a Glascock County school bus swerving on the road near the school. After a traffic stop, the state patrol was called.
JONESBORO, Ga. — Police are trying to figure out what happened to a man whose body was found in a closed fitness center south of Atlanta.
The body was found shortly after noon on Wednesday at the now-defunct Hoops and Fitness athletic center on Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that authorities believe the man was in his mid-30s to mid-40s. He hasn’t been identified.
Few other details were immediately available.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Authorities say two teenage boys are facing charges in connection with a threatening note found in a boys’ restroom at Gainesville High School.
Gainesville police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said one of the teens has been charged with terroristic threats and acts, interference with government property and disruption of a public school.
He said the second juvenile is charged with making false statements during the investigation.
A North Augusta man lost his pickup Wednesday morning after leaving it unlocked with the keys in the ignition to grab a quick cup of a coffee from a local convenience store, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The theft occurred about 8:40 p.m. at Circle K, 2999 Washington Road.
According to the incident report, the victim, a 52-year-old North Augusta man, went inside the food mart for four minutes to purchase a cup of coffee. When he returned, the vehicle, a 1987 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck valued at $2,000, was gone.
An Augusta man who killed two women in a drunk-driving crash has been paroled after serving half of a prison term imposed in 2003.
David Wallace Fulcher’s blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit the afternoon of July 30, 2002, when he plowed into the back of Hattie Umoh’s vehicle as she waited at a red light at Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway. Her vehicle was crushed between Fulcher’s pickup truck and a dump truck.
Charles Maddox walked into the classroom at the Augusta public library headquarters and pointed warily at the laptop computer on the table.
“I don’t know nothing about that,” he said.
The trial of a Dearing man accused in the 2011 slaying of his ex-wife who was dragged several miles after her death is scheduled for mid-January.
According to McDuffie County Superior Court officials, Ricky Charles Wells’ trial is scheduled for Jan. 14-17 in McDuffie County. Wells and his girlfriend, Tina Wells, of Boneville, are charged in the Sept. 29, 2011, death of Jennifer Kitchens Wells, 36, of Gibson, Ga.
Following the lead of fire departments across the state, the Augusta Fire Department has plans to introduce a reserve firefighter program.
The department, which employs more than 300 firefighters, requested the reserve program – scheduled for a summer start – in its 2014 budget. The Augusta Commission approved its budget Tuesday night, and Fire Chief Chris James said he is waiting to hear from the city finance department about the more than $374,000 he requested for the program.
Think “Washington County football,” and the House of Pain, deep playoff runs, Takeo Spikes and state title shots come to mind.
This year’s group is close to having a can’t-forget-that-team year.
For the 10th time since 1992 but the first time since 2006, the Golden Hawks are playing in the state semifinals, as Class AAA Washington County is home against Ringgold Friday at 7:30 p.m. Washington County is one win away from playing for its first state championship since 1997.
The NCAA Division II men’s and women’s soccer national championships are returning to the area in a two-day event this week.
Blanchard Woods Park in Evans will play host to the two final four championships starting Thursday. The two women’s semifinal games will begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The men’s semifinal games begin at 5 and 8 p.m.
Championship games are Saturday. The women’s final begins at 11 a.m., and the men play at 2 p.m.
A play in the regular-season finale at Barnwell sums up perfectly the bond between Silver Bluff stars Gyasi Yeldell and James Jacks.
It was fourth down, and the Warhorses went for it with a running play. But Yeldell, a defensive lineman, and Jacks, a linebacker, were having none of it.
“He (Yeldell) took on two blocks and left me free to make a stop on fourth down,” Jacks said. “It’s unselfish football. We’re out there as a team. We’re not out there for stats, it’s for the win.”
ATLANTA — State officials are searching for a replacement after the resignation of Georgia’s child advocate, Tonya Boga.
Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal, says a panel of seven people has already been put together to handle the search for her replacement.
Robinson says the group has met once by conference call this week and plans another meeting later this month. Robinson says he expects a replacement to be named sometime in January.
COLUMBIA — A state board has approved paying $286,000 toward the salary of Clemson University’s incoming president.
Clemson announced last month that Jim Clements will take the job in January. The board agreed to match Clements’ salary of $775,000 at his current job as president of the University of West Virginia.
Tuesday’s vote by the Agency Head Salary Commission means taxpayers will fund about a third of that. Private funds will provide the rest.
STATESBORO, Ga. — Statesboro voters for the first time have elected a woman to serve as mayor.
The Statesboro Herald reports 51-year-old Jan Moore won a close runoff election Tuesday night. Unofficial results show she defeated opponent Jonathan McCollar by fewer than 100 votes out of 1,867 mayoral ballots cast.
WINDER, Ga. -- An investigation into an alleged cheating scandal at the Winder Police Department resulted in four people losing their jobs and another initially placed on administrative leave getting reinstated and named interim chief.
In a statement released Tuesday night, Winder Mayor David Maynard said the investigation resulted in the resignations or dismissal of Chief Dennis Dorsey, Lt. Frank Farr and officers Joey Lovinggood and Randel Michael.
The allegations stemmed from improper testing procedures during a physical agility test.
ATLANTA -- Would-be ATM thieves crashed a sport utility vehicle through the front doors of a Buckhead pharmacy before daybreak this morning.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the incident happened about 4 a.m. at the CVS store in the 3600 block of Peachtree Road.
Police on the scene told Channel 2 Action News that the burglars were apparently trying to steal the store’s cash machine, but fled after having trouble loading the ATM into the back of the SUV and getting the vehicle stuck in the doorway.