Even though she didn’t get to hit the siren during her first shift in the ambulance, Adedayo Oduwole said it was still OK.
“It wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be,” she said. Before she begins her first year at Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, this future doctor will be certified as an emergency medical technician.
More than 35 days have passed since Richmond County’s last homicide, eclipsing the longest stretch thus far in 2015.
There have been 10 killings – nine charges of murder and one of involuntary manslaughter – but none has occurred since June 13. Before that stretch, the longest that the county had gone without a homicide was two months, in June and July of 2014.
“I’m proud of the effort and strategies (our employees) have put in to reduce our homicide rate,” Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said.
Former U.S. Rep. John Barrow announced Wednesday that he will return to his alma mater to teach a subject he became very familiar with during his decade-long run as the Deep South’s last white Democratic congressman – partisan gridlock.
The University of Georgia confirmed in a news release that Barrow, an Athens, Ga., native who has strong ties to the Clarke County college town, will be an in-residence scholar for its School of Public and International Affairs.
Army Col. Michael A. Weber was installed as commander of Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon on Wednesday.
Weber replaced Col. John Lamoureux who has been at the hospital since August 2013, according to a news release. He became chief of staff for Southern Region Medical Command.
Previously, Weber served as the assistant program manager in the Office of the Program Manager for the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program, according to a release.
The change of command ceremony was held at Fort Gordon’s Barton Field.
The Richmond County Board of Education voted to approve a motion asking the Augusta Commission for more information on the newly passed stormwater fee, with some board members arguing that state law exempts the public entity from paying the fee.
The Augusta Commission approved the fee Tuesday, at $6.40 a month for most households. The fee is designed to raise $14 million yearly to pay for maintenance on Augusta’s rapidly aging storm water drainage systems.
The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center announced Tuesday that its acting chief of staff will manage the Augusta’s hospital’s 2,445-employee workforce full time.
Starting July 26, Dr. Oladipo Kukoyi, a longtime administrator in the VA’s Southeast network, will become the hospital’s first permanent chief of staff since Michael Spencer resigned the position in May 2014 amid reports of treatment delays and preventable deaths in its gastrointestinal unit.
A one-month old child was hospitalized Tuesday after being left in the parking lot of Cheddar’s on Walton Way Extension.
The child’s mother, Jasmyne Scudder, 21, who was next door at Queensborough Bank has been accused of attempting to cash a fraudulent check, according to Lt. Allan Rollins of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken to the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on fraud charges.
The February death of an Augusta teen who suffered from shaken baby syndrome has been ruled a homicide, officials said.
Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said the results of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy were returned last week, determining that September Nicole Watson, 16, died on Feb. 22 as the result of “acute and subacute bronchopneumonia complicating sequela of remote traumatic brain injury.”
Put simply, September’s death can be attributed to head trauma she suffered as an infant on Jan. 30, 1999, Bowen said.
A T.W. Josey High School teacher is accused of hitting a 14-year-old girl with his truck before plowing into a Columbus, Ga., home while intoxicated.
Jonathan Carr, 24, of Augusta, was cited for DUI, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, no proof of insurance, failing to yield for a stop sign and striking a fixed object, according to Muscogee County jail records. He was booked Saturday and released Sunday.
According to an incident report, the Columbus Police Department was called to the scene about 11:40 p.m. on Friday.
After months of debate, the Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to approve the first reading of an ordinance implementing a stormwater utility fee effective Jan. 1.
Planned at $6.40 a month for most households, the fee is expected to create approximately $14 million annually for maintenance and expansion of the city’s aging storm drainage infrastructure.
Commissioner Marion Williams, who has voted against the fee or abstained during recent efforts to pass it, became the sixth supporting vote it needed for approval.
What happened at the end of an Augusta man’s murder trial is so muddled, the Court of Appeals of Georgia has sent the case back with instructions to sort it out for a new trial judge.
In a 2-1 opinion released Thursday, the appellate court remanded the case of Devin Washington, 21, back to Richmond County Superior Court.
At a joint trial with Marcus Washington, 26, in May 2013, a jury acquitted both men of malice murder. The jury also acquitted Marcus Washington of felony murder.
The jury convicted both men, who are not related, of weapon violations.
A Wrightsboro Road Wal-Mart employee was arrested Sunday after management discovered nearly $2,000 in cash and merchandise missing.
A manager told Richmond County deputies she was reviewing sales transactions for Ashley Lutrell Owens, 20, when she discovered $1,900 was missing. Upon further investigation she determined Owens had stolen $700 worth of merchandise and the other $1,200 was taken in the form of cash or gift cards, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.
An Augusta 19-year-old was arrested this week after DNA determined he impregnated a 12-year-old.
The girl’s mother contacted police in January after her daughter’s school called and told her there was a rumor the girl was pregnant. A home pregnancy test confirmed the rumor.
According to a Richmond County sheriff’s report, the girl admitted to her mother she had been having sex with Zavia Anderson since the summer at both her house and an abandoned house. Anderson denied the claims.
The case against a Grovetown man charged in the June 14 stabbing death of his wife will continue.
Columbia County Magistrate Judge Jason R. Troiano decided at a preliminary hearing Tuesday that there is enough evidence to continue prosecution of Philip Stephen West, 46, on a murder charge.
West was charged with malice murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime after the fatal stabbing of his wife, Sherri Kay West, 47, at their Shoreline Drive home.
More than 20 people were left homeless after a fire destroyed an Aiken apartment building late Monday.
Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. Jake Mahoney said the department began receiving multiple calls for a fire at The Colony apartments on Greengate Drive about 11:50 p.m.
When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the 300 building. The fire spread through all 12 units and the building has been deemed a total loss. Mahoney said 23 residents were displaced.
Vandals spray-painted Tuesday morning a Bible passage that condemns homosexual sex on a downtown church whose pastor was part of the first gay couple to receive a marriage license in Richmond County.
“Burn Leviticus 18:22 Lies” was painted across the double front doors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer on 557 Greene St. On the front steps was another passage, Leviticus 18:20, with the words “You’ll Burn.”
The vandalism comes almost three weeks after a rainbow flag had been stolen from the front of the church.
It’s going to be another hot one with temperatures reaching into the triple digits today.
A heat advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today with temperatures expected to reach between 100 and 102 degrees and heat index values up to 112 degrees.
A heat advisory was also in effect Monday.
According to the National Weather Service, a heat advisory is issued when hot temperatures and high levels of humidity combine to create a situation where heat-related illnesses are possible.
Power has been restored to the more than 1,000 customers affected by a Monday evening storm.
According to the Georgia Power Web site, there are no outages in the Richmond or Columbia County area.
A former temporary employee who bilked the city of Augusta out of $86,456.20 must repay the money as a condition of her 10-year probation sentence.
Terrilynn Brown, 52, pleaded guilty June 1 in Richmond County Superior Court to theft by deception. Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. granted Brown’s request to be sentenced under the First Offender Act, which means if she successfully completes probation she will not have a conviction on her record.
A king-sized bed, dresser and 50-inch television were stolen from an Augusta residence.
About 10 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to the 2500 block in Reese Avenue, where a victim had returned to find her home ransacked, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies checked the home for fingerprints but didn’t find any.