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2 accused of firing assault rifle at home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:05pm

Two Augusta men were arrested Friday after police say they fired several shots from an AR-15 while at a Danville Road home.

Mazcio Bernard Owens, 35, and Billy Joseph Laws, 23, are charged with misdemeanor discharging a firearm on or near a public highway and are being held on $9,000 bonds, according to jail records.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called about the gunshots about 10:15 p.m., according to an incident report.

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1977 double homicide still baffles Aiken County authorities

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 9:03pm

A barking dog could have been a hero the night Grover Cleveland Sailors and his wife, Gwendolyn, were slain in their Aiken County home. But neighbors heard nothing from the couple’s German shepherd.

It was Nov. 9, 1977, and a thick fog shrouded Tamarack Drive, which sits adjacent to Interstate 20 in Aiken County. G.C. Sailors was dressed in his work clothes ready for his friend to stop by and take him to Savannah River Plant, where he worked as a welder, according to Augusta Chronicle archives.

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Ovarian cancer struggles for awareness

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 8:02pm


Jane M. Flanders thought her bloating might be due to stress at work. Dare Meadows thought her fatigue and weight gain was just menopause. But both had ovarian cancer, and it was the last thing they would have thought about.

That, the two survivors say, is the problem with ovarian cancer and something they would like to change.

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Crash deaths drop as police emphasize road safety

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 5:22pm

After 41 wrecks killed 44 people in 2012, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office began an aggressive, somewhat controversial traffic crackdown.

In the 20 months since, campaigns such as Operation Rolling Thunder and Hands Across the Border have flooded the area with extra patrol cars and roadblock DUI checkpoints.

And the number of deaths has gone down. In 2013, there were 29 traffic fatalities; so far this year, there have been just 20.

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Augusta VA silent on patient's treatment

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 4:34pm

 Durwin Martin believes he has made every effort to receive an effective treatment plan at the Charlie Nor­wood Veterans Affairs Medical Center, but for nearly two years, the disabled Army veteran said he has not gotten the attention he deserves at the Augusta hospital.

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Mother arrested after 3 children found walking road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 3:34pm

A 25-year-old woman was arrested Saturday after her three children were found walking down Old McDuffie Road unsupervised, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies say.

Deputies were called about 7:55 a.m. and found three children – ages 6, 5 and 1 – walking in the 3100 block of Old McDuffie Road, according to a police statement. The children were taken back to their home, which was found in poor condition and had no electricity.

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Ga. student found with teacher's stolen Mercedes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:56am

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Police say an 18-year-old high school student stole his 68-year-old teacher’s 2014 E350 Mercedes after he found the key on her desk Wednesday, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports.

Corvan Moody faced theft by taking a motor vehicle charges during a Friday Recorder’s Court hearing.

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Man, 76, dies after crashing into house

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 2:06am

A 76-year-old Richmond County man died late Friday after his truck crashed into a house.

Herbert Alligood Sr., of Gin House Road, died shortly before 10 p.m., according to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen.

Alligood was driving his Chevrolet pickup and attempting to turn into his driveway when he lost control of his vehicle and ran into a residence on the 100 block of Gin House Road, Bowen said in a statement.

Alligood was wearing a seatbelt, no other vehicles or people involved and alcohol was not a factor, according to the coroner.

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Prescription overdoses drop in GBI study

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:56pm

A year after Georgia created an electronic database to curb prescription drug overdoses, such cases have dropped to their lowest level in years.

According to data provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the new program correlated with the lowest number of reported overdoses since 2008. Not all Georgia counties share their overdose statistics.

In 2013, the GBI found 461 drug overdose deaths were caused by prescription medication, compared with 520 in 2012, 512 in 2011, 560 in 2010, 508 in 2009 and 496 in 2008.

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Future remains uncertain for Augusta Commission member Donnie Smith

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:28pm

Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith’s future remained uncertain Friday after a Thursday report he’d double-dipped working for a Masters hospitality company without permission while also drawing his lieutenant’s salary from the Georgia State Patrol.

A second investigation underway into Smith’s activities with the patrol wasn’t complete Friday, and Smith, who retired Monday, did not respond to requests for comment.

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Augusta Christian uses running game to romp over Fox Creek

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:18pm

PLAY OF THE GAME: With just over one minute remaining in the first quarter, Augusta Christian defensive back James Overstreet scooped up a Fox Creek fumble and raced 45 yards for a touchdown. The return would ultimately be the decisive score of the game.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Augusta Christian fullback Davis Addyman scored three red-zone touchdowns. He received all of his carries within the opponent’s 10-yard line.

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