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SC man suspect in dogfight ring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:06am

COLUMBIA — A Richland County man has been arrested on charges involving a dog fighting ring.

Multiple media outlets report that the sheriff’s office says 21-year-old Jacobi Anthony Green was arrested earlier this week and faces several charges, including receiving stolen goods and animal fighting and baiting.

Sheriff Leon Lott says deputies arrested Green after finding a stolen motorcycle at his home. Authorities say Green fled on foot when deputies arrived, but was caught shortly thereafter.

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With first career ace, Colton Tanner climbs into contention at E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 8:35pm

Colton Tanner’s soccer days might be numbered, especially if his parents have their way.

With black tape covering his right wrist, the 16-year-old golfer is back in action after suffering a broken bone six weeks ago. Playing in the second round of the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship, Tanner climbed into contention after recording a first career ace en route to 3-under-par 69 at Jones Creek Golf Club on Wednesday.

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Lawsuit against Sentinel Offender Services will remain in Richmond County for trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 8:01pm


Sentinel Offender Services’ defense motion to move at least one of the civil rights lawsuits it faces to Columbia County for trial failed Wednesday.

A decision remains pending, however, on the plaintiffs’ request to add to the list of defendants. The plantiffs contend that the actions of Sentinel’s probation officers led to their false arrests and incarceration.

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Augusta man convicted of bank robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:54pm


An Augusta man was convicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court on bank robbery and weapon charges.

The federal court jury found Damien B. Osborne, 24, guilty for his role in the Dec. 2, 2013, holdup of the Southern Bank in Waynesboro, Ga.

Two armed men with masks covering their faces entered the bank that day and left with more than $10,000. Osborne, the only suspect identified and charged, became the focus of the investigation when fingerprints left on the bank’s cash wrappers matched Osborne.

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Augusta man acquitted at murder trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:35pm

A jury deliberated about an hour Wednesday before acquitting an Augusta man accused of fatally shooting a man in the side yard of an abandoned house.

Ezra Lay, 42, was found not guilty in Richmond Coun­ty Superior Court in the Oct. 13, 2013, slaying of 44-year-old John Marshall.

In her closing argument, defense attorney Olga Izmaylova urged the jury to question why Lay would go find help after seeing Mar­shall’s body and return to the scene with an
officer if he had killed the man.

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Warren Road Bridge to remain closed until further notice, DOT says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:27pm

Department of Transportation officials confirmed Wednesday that the Warren Road Bridge will remain closed until further notice.

A DOT crew visited the location Wednesday and removed a chipped concrete diaphragm, a structural element that transfers load, according to DOT. The bridge suffered damage Tuesday after a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 struck the underside of the overpass.

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Rick Santorum to visit Aiken Republican Club

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:51pm

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. senator Rick Santorum will stop in Aiken on July 28.

Santorum will address the Aiken Republican Club during a luncheon, according to a news release. The meeting is at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Santorum, who also ran in the 2012 presidential race but did not win the nomination, is expected to arrive between 10:45 and 11 a.m.

The event is only open to members of the Aiken Republican Club.

Some intersections in Richmond and Columbia counties to get new flashing turn signals

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:45pm

Flashing yellow turn signals which have proved to reduce crashes at busy intersections nationwide, will begin showing up in the Augusta area next week.

Traffic engineers in Richmond and Columbia counties have been working to add the new turn signals to busy roads, with the first one going live at the new intersection at Walton Way and D’Antignac Street, according to Augusta traffic manager Glen Bollinger. The lights have been around since 2009 but started showing up in Georgia – in the Atlanta area – only in the past year.

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Wreck on I-20 involving 2 tractor trailers and a fire kills one person

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 3:34pm


One person died Wednesday in a tractor-trailer wreck on eastbound Interstate 20 at the Bobby Jones Interchange.

According to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen, a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound ran into the back of another 18-wheeler stopped because of traffic. After hitting the tractor-trailer, the truck then struck a cement rail and caught fire. The driver was killed.

The victim was burned beyond recognition, Bowen stated, and the body has been sent to the GBI Atlanta Lab for an autopsy. The driver was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m.

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