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SC cops say woman disappeared to avoid law

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:05am

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — Police say a missing North Carolina woman faked her disappearance to avoid going to court on criminal charges.

City spokesman Pat Dowling says investigators have determined that Amy Arrington, 42, of Lowell, North Carolina, did not drown in the ocean Saturday.

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Ga. energy use up; individual use drops

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:19am

ATLANTA -- The amount of energy individual Georgians use continues to decline while overall demand rose, according to a recent state report that also shows more energy is used for transportation than manufacturing or farming.

The Georgia Energy Report was released last month by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, a state agency that distributes grants and loans for conservation programs and the construction of water and sewer facilities.

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Atlanta cops probe shopping center attacks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:07am


ATLANTA — Police are investigating the beating and robbery of a woman in the middle of the day in the parking deck of an Atlanta shopping center.


Atlanta police say the attack, which included the theft of the woman’s car, is the second violent robbery in nine days at the Edgewood Retail District on Atlanta’s east side.


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Panel to study Winthrop president pay

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:04am

COLUMBIA— A state commission is slated to consider increasing the salary of Winthrop University interim president Debra Boyd.

The school’s provost took over last month when Winthrop trustees suspended, and later fired, Jamie Comstock Williamson, less than a year into her tenure as president.

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3 hurt in SC prison fight

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:01am

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. — Three corrections officers have been hurt after a disturbance at a state prison in Dorchester County.

Emergency crews were called to Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeland around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said in a statement that the lockdown at the maximum security prison was lifted around 3 a.m. today. She said officers had control of the prison throughout the disturbance.

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Suspects sought after armed robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:14pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for four suspects following an armed robbery at an area apartment complex Tuesday.

Approximately 11:29 a.m., Marcus Young III told deputies he was hit with a handgun “twice in the mouth and under his chin” before being robbed at gunpoint on the 2400 block of Amsterdam Drive, according to a Richmond County incident report.

The suspects are accused of stealing $30, as well as Young’s credit card, driver’s license and Nike shoes.

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Contributions pour in for Ben Hasan and Bob Finnegan prior to District 6 runoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:41pm

Newspaper publisher Ben Hasan led the May 20 election and out-raised second-place finisher Bob Finnegan in the latest campaign financial reports due Tuesday, with significant support from a law enforcement political action committee.

But the tables could turn as local power brokers throw their money behind Finnegan in the July 22 District 6 runoff, which could shift the color balance on the 10-member Augusta Commission.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office offering reward in armed robbery case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 7:44pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward following an armed robbery Monday at a gas station.

Two victims were held at gunpoint at the BP gas station on 2061 Gordon Highway, according to a statement from Sgt. Michael McDaniel. The suspect – described as a black man between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, 130 to 140 pounds – was last seen wearing long plaid shorts, a black hooded sweatshirt and a camouflage scarf over his face. He was armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun.

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Gov. Nathan Deal pushes for marijuana drug trials at Georgia Regents University

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 7:34pm


Georgia children with difficult to treat seizures will get access to a marijuana-derived oil in a clinical trial through Georgia Regents University perhaps as soon as this month, or at least by the end of the year, Gov, Nathan Deal said.

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Home for Good Dog Rescue co-founder makes accusations against director of Augusta Animal Services

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:57pm


A co-founder of an animal rescue based in New Jersey said that his organization has been blocked from getting dogs from Augusta Animal Services and that at least one diseased puppy died after the director refused to allow his group to take it to a veterinarian for treatment.

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Columbia County wreck injures 4

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:28pm


Authorities say the driver of a Lexus sedan lost control Tuesday afternoon going around a curve on South Old Belair Road and knocked down a telephone pole before crashing into the side of a parked semi truck.

Four occupants of the car, including three children, were taken to hospitals with injuries that were said not to be life-threatening.

Charlie H. Castillo wants to withdraw guilty plea after admitting role in prostituting teen in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:44pm

An Augusta man who pleaded guilty to his role in prostituting a teenage girl told a judge Tuesday he’s really not guilty.

Charlie H. Castillo, 32, insisted on testifying Tuesday in U.S. District Court against the advice of his attorney and the judge’s words of caution.

Castillo’s attorney, Michael C. Garrett, filed the motion to withdraw Castillo’s guilty plea at his client’s request. Such a motion is rarely successful in federal courts where judges employ an extensive discussion with defendants when they enter guilty pleas.

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Brush fire slows Bobby Jones traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:57pm


A brush fire slowed traffic on Bobby Jones Expressway near Deans Bridge Road Tuesday afternoon.

One westbound lane is shut down while fire crews respond to the fire reported around 3 p.m., according to Richmond County dispatch.

Tickets on sale this morning for Augusta premiere of James Brown movie

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:30pm


The star and director of the James Brown movie bio will walk the red carpet at its Augusta premiere, according to the Godfather of Soul’s daughter, and a limited number of tickets for the event go on sale this morning.

Chadwick Boseman, who plays Brown in Get On Up, and director Tate Taylor will attend the Augusta screening on July 24, Deanna Brown-Thomas said Tuesday. Keith Robinson, a graduate of Lakeside High School who plays Brown’s band member, Baby Roy, is also expected to attend, she said.

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Fire burns Columbia County home; brush fire slows traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:15pm


A fire in Columbia County rendered a home a total loss, and a brush fire on Bobby Jones Expressway snarled traffic Tuesday afternoon, according to reports.

Firefighters were on the scene of a residential blaze on Clifden Avenue in Amherst subdivision, off Columbia Road.

Authorities suspected the two-story house to be a total loss. Two adults and two small children escaped without injury after they awoke to find the kitchen on fire.

Just after 3 p.m., a brush fire slowed traffic on Bobby Jones Expressway near Deans Bridge Road.

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Noise alert: Explosives training at Fort Gordon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:47pm


Explosives training at Fort Gordon could make for a noisy few days for its neighbors later this week.

The 202nd Explosive Ordnance and Disposal Unit will conduct routine demolition training Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to dusk.

The booms might be heard in the communities near the fort.

More arrests made in Agerton Lane shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:02pm


Arrests continue in the shooting Saturday evening of a 14-year-old boy outside Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches on Agerton Lane.

Richmond County sheriff’s officials said today two juvenile boys, ages 14 and 16, also have been charged in connection with the crime. Police already had charged three people in the shooting that left Tyrese Deondre Hammond, of Hephzibah, with a bullet wound to the upper chest.

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Workers at Kimberly-Clark plant in Beech Island win $1 million Powerball prize

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:56pm


Fourteen co-workers at the Kimberly-Clark plant in Beech Island are splitting a $1 million Powerball prize.

One of the winners, David Adams, of Warrenville, told South Carolina lottery officials he and the other winners formed the Process Specialist Retirement Fund a year and a half ago with the hopes of one day hitting it big. Each week, members contributed $5 for 35 chances at a Powerball jackpot.

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