Marines run to remember fallen at 10-day Fort Gordon tribute

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 3:05pm


Three blank dog tags jingled against the chest of Sgt. Willie Jennings as he ran the first lap of a nonstop 10-day run honoring the fallen.

Each dog tag represents somebody who didn’t make it home. By the end of the run, which will continue 24 hours a day rain or shine, the runners will represent more than 1,500 Marines or Navy personnel who died in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Police arrest homeless man over 911 prank calls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:13pm

Police have arrested a homeless man they said repeatedly made prank calls to 911 while moaning into the phone.

Miller Abrams, 30, was booked into the Columbia County jail Wednesday on a charge of unlawful conduct during a 911 call after deputies found him with the cellphone used in the pranks. He is also being held for another law enforcement agency.

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Georgia Cancer Center director resigns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 11:19am

Augusta University on Friday announced that Dr. Samir N. Khleif has resigned as the director of the Georgia Cancer Center.

Khleif joined the cancer center in 2012. He previously worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where he served as medical oncology fellow, senior investigator and chief of the Cancer Vaccine Section.

After a year of educational and professional leave, Khleif will return to his faculty position in the university’s medical school.

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Annual Miracle Mile Walk set for today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 10:54am

The 16th annual University Health Care Foundation’s Miracle Mile Walk will be held today at Augusta Com­mon.

According to a news release, saving lives through early detection of breast cancer is made possible by local support of the Miracle Mile Walk, a three-mile fun walk in which participants have the opportunity to support a family member, friend or co-worker diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Public asked to identify 2 suspects

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 10:12am

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in identifying these suspects.

According to a news release, on Sept. 3 and Sept. 12, this woman and man entered the Sam’s Club at 220 Jefferson Davis Highway and opened a membership under a stolen identity. It was reported to investigators that the suspects made purchases exceeding $2,000 and $,1000, respectively, while using stolen identities.

These two are also suspected of making similar transaction in the Augusta and Columbia areas, police said.

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Squirrel shooter locks down Macon school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 9:55am

MACON, Ga. — Patrol cars converged on a Macon school after people heard gunshots, but it turns out the gunfire had come from a local resident who was shooting at a squirrel.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that authorities arrived at Heard Elementary School on Thursday morning to look for the source of the gunfire.

Investigators determined that a man across the street from the school had fired at a squirrel in his yard. It is unclear how many shots were fired.

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Woman abducted, raped, ransomed with Falcons tickets

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 9:53am

DECATUR, Ga. — Authorities say a former Clark Atlanta University student was raped and ransomed for Atlanta Falcons tickets.

DeKalb County warrants detail the case which allegedly started with a meeting on the college campus Aug. 29.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 23-year-old Jaylan Wallace met the victim in a parking lot at the school and connected with her again at a home in the Lithonia area.

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Juvenile charged in car jump death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 9:50am

ROME, Ga. — A police spokesman says a juvenile has been charged in the death of another Georgia teen after a game called “jump the car” turned deadly.

Jerome Poole, a spokesman for the Floyd County Police Department, tells the Rome News-Tribune an unidentified juvenile was charged Thursday with felony vehicular homicide, reckless driving and violation of his provisional license.

Poole says a complete report will be available Friday morning.

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Suspect in fatal hit-and-run arrested

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 9:00am


Authorities say the Martinez man charged in a fatal hit-and-run had already begun repairing damage to his vehicle before he was arrested early Friday in North Augusta.

Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Steve Morris said Chris Cheek was found in downtown Augusta late Thursday and followed into North Augusta. Morris said deputies contacted the North Augusta Department of Public Safety for assistance. They stopped his car, and Cheek was arrested without incident.

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Accident snarls Washington Road traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 7:08am

A traffic accident involving several vehicles is snarling Washington Road morning commuters.

Richmond County dispatchers reported the accident at the Boy Scout Road -Washington Road intersection just before 7 a.m.

Several units ont the scene as well as an ambulance.


Five charged in 2014 Augusta slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 9:16pm

Five people have been charged in what is believed to be a 2014 gang-related slaying, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

The investigation began about 5:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 2014, when a deputy investigating a vehicle stopped on eastbound Bobby Jones Expressway near Mike Padgett Highway found a dead man behind the wheel. The man, who had been shot, was identified as Gerald Kentral Clifford, 28, of Sixth Avenue, the sheriff’s office said.

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Sheriff's office widow sues after year waiting for pension

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 9:05pm

The widow of a retired Rich­mond County sheriff’s lieutenant is filing suit after waiting a year without receiving her survivor’s pension.

Linda Goodman said she’s struggled since her husband, Bill Goodman, died last October.

“Bill talked about it all the time – you don’t have anything to worry about, you’ll have Social Security, you’ll have these benefits, you’ll be taken care of,” she said. “We were together for 46 years and he was very protective of me.”

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Project Jackson construction proposed to start in March

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 8:10pm


Construction of a stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets in Project Jackson is proposed to start March 1 and be finished by April 1, 2018, according to the latest Master Development Agreement, which is on the agenda for Monday’s North Augusta City Council meeting.

The council is scheduled to consider second-reading approval of the agreement. Second readings include a public hearing. The agreement still can be amended by the council and is not a done deal until all the partners have signed off on it.

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2 found dead near Langley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 1:05pm

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two deaths in the Langley area.

Sgt. Steve Shunn said a volunteer firefighter went to a home on Jackson Street to conduct a wellness check about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and requested the assistance of officers. After officers forced entry into the home, they discovered the bodies.

According to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, the bodies have not been positively identified due to significant decomposition. They may have been at the scene “for days or weeks,” Carlton stated.

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Bouncer sentenced in Georgia Southern death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 10:55am





STATESBORO, Ga. — A former Georgia Southern student who was a bouncer has been given a 20-year sentence for fatally beating a fellow student outside a bar.


News outlets report that Grant Spencer was sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter Wednesday, following the August 2014 death of 18-year-old Michael Gatto.


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Martinez jogger struck, killed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 8:37am


A man jogging along a Columbia County road Wednesday night was struck and killed by a hit and run driver, authorities said.

According to a news release, Tim Smith, 22, of Wheeler Road, Martinez, was hit about 8 p.m. He was wearing a yellow reflective vest at the time and was running facing traffic. He was taken to Doctors Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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AU, NSA ink degree program deal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:50pm

National security officials kicked off Georgia’s largest cyber summit Wednesday by inking a deal allowing soldiers at the National Security Agency’s Fort Gordon complex to obtain degrees at Augusta University.

The articulation agreement signed by the university and NSA’s National Cryptologic School, scheduled to start this spring, will enable a pilot class of 25 military personnel at Augusta’s NSA intelligence-gathering facility the chance to earn bachelor’s degrees in one of four career tracks, such as political science and international relations.

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Augusta personnel policy changes headed to commission committee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:28pm

Proposed changes to the city personnel manual are moving on to an Augusta Commission committee.

Commissioner Ben Hasan, who differed with some of consultant Jonathan Boxer’s recommendations, said the Administrative Services committee will thoroughly “vet” the revisions.

“We put too much stock in the consultant,” Hasan said.

“He presented options to us, as opposed to solutions.”

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North Augusta turns out for girl's funeral

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 4:41pm


NORTH AUGUSTA — There were plenty of tears at Ella Kate Bumgardner’s funeral Wednesday, but there were laughs, too, and the promise of reunion.

“We know where Ella is … safe in her Savior’s arms,” said Dr. Ryan Pack, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of North Augusta, who declared the service a “celebration of 10 years of life.”

And hundreds of North Augustans lined Georgia Avenue, wearing her favorite color green, as they had been asked to do when the procession left the church.

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