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Man dies giving Athens police breath test

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:49am

ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of a 60-year-old man who died in police custody in northeast Georgia.


Athens-Clarke County police say 60-year-old John E. Marsden died Sunday morning at Athens Regional Medical Center. They say the death happened after the man became unresponsive while undergoing a breath test at Athens-Clarke County police headquarters.


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Man falls off Georgia waterfall

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:46am

CLEVELAND, Ga. — Authorities say a hiker was injured after falling off a waterfall in the north Georgia mountains.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon said the man was near the top of Raven Cliff Falls in White County on Sunday when he fell.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports DNR officials were involved with helping rescue the man and assisted White County authorities.

McKinnon did not have details about the man’s injuries, and a call to the White County Sheriff’s office was not immediately returned.

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Motorcycle crash victim's condition improves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:13pm

A motorcyclist injured in an accident early Friday in Aiken County has improved from serious to fair condition, hospital officials said Sunday.

Stephen Boles, 49, of Aiken, was airlifted to Geor­gia Regents Medical Center after he lost control of his 1997 Harley-Davidson on Gateway Drive, said South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.

The accident happened about 6:30 a.m. Boles was wearing a helmet.

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School systems work to develop cyber security curriculum

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:55pm

Staying abreast of global trends in the digital world, educators in Richmond and Co­lumbia counties are working to create new coursework that will train high school students to protect computer networks from security threats.

Leaders from school systems in each county collaborated with Fort Gordon, Geor­gia Regents University and Augusta Technical Col­lege to design a curriculum for cyber security, which has been submitted to the Georgia Board of Education for review and approval.

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Pardon Our Mess: Pendleton King Park tennis courts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:42pm

WHERE: Pendleton King Park

WHAT: Trash and overgrown grass have taken over the tennis courts. Vines are also growing along the fence surrounding the courts.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta’s Recreation, Parks and Facilities Department.

ACTION PROMISED: Rental Coordinator Chrislynne Kuhlke said she has tried to address the issue but that the department doesn’t have the money needed to repair the courts. The courts, which do not have nets, have practically been abandoned as a result.

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Unsolved murders: Natalie Clark

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 5:30pm


Every Oct. 18, Louise Clark packs a present before making a 16-mile drive to Sardis Baptist Cemetery.

It’s been 11 years since Natalie Clark was found suffocated in the backyard of her Hephzibah home, but her 68-year-old mother continues to ask questions.

Natalie, 18, was a freshman at Augusta State Univer­sity and a recent graduate of Hephzibah High School.

“I’ve gone over it every day since Oct. 18, 2003,” Louise said. “Every single day. I know I probably won’t get an answer, but I’ll never stop trying.”

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2 dead, 1 arrested after Burke County shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:59pm

Two men are dead and another has been arrested after a birthday party shooting in Burke County early Sunday, officials say.

Sometime after 3:30 a.m., Burke County sheriff’s deputies and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were called to the former site of Club Dynasty at 346 Lawson Road, according to a news release from Sgt. Dedric Smith.

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Photos give glimpse into Stevens Creek Dam's history

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:36pm

Joe McGill has spent most of his life enjoying a segment of the Savannah River that few people ever see.

“It’s a place you never get tired of,” said McGill, the manager at the Stevens Creek Hydroelectric Dam in Mar­tin­ez.

The project, completed in 1914 off Stevens Creek Road, is a hidden Columbia County landmark of sorts that has quietly produced electricity for 100 consecutive years while the rest of the world has changed around it.

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Suspect arrested in September slaying in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:46pm

A man wanted in a Sept. 27 Augusta slaying was arrested late Friday and charged with murder, officials say.

Dameino Leon Roberts, 32, was taken into custody about 10:40 p.m. while deputies were responding to an unrelated call in the 2300 block of Wheeless Road, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

He is charged with killing Jhalil Quindarvis King, who was shot several times in the 1200 block of Steiner Avenue.

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Sharon Jones to headline benefit show

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:06pm

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will headline the Heart Song Concert in February at Bell Auditorium, the University Health Care Foundation said.

The Feb. 7 concert benefits University Hospital’s Smart Heart Fund and helps provide free screenings for student athletes and public safety personnel, such as firefighters, the foundation said in a news release. Tickets cost $50 and will go on sale Friday.

Slaying with Edgefield links remains mystery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:36pm

Three weeks have passed since a body was found in a burned vehicle in Elbert County, and it remains unidentified even as the Georgia Crime Lab is using DNA to establish an identity.

Investigators in South Carolina and Georgia working the slaying have announced only that the person was shot to death. Two suspects have been charged with concealing a death in connection with the body, but no one has been charged in the actual killing, authorities said.

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Thousands walk for cancer 'miracle'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:24pm

Wearing a pink cowboy hat with a big pink “Breast Cancer Survivor” button pinned to its front, Ruth Stephens sat on a wall in the Augusta Common as thousands of people in pink flooded past her on their way to Broad Street.

Stephens had knee surgery in 2010 and couldn’t make the three-mile journey through downtown for the 14th Annual Miracle Mile Walk, but her daughter, Sheena Walker, and her adopted daughter, Zekia Brouson, walked for her.

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Wagener man killed in Graniteville nightclub shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:03pm

A 20-year-old Wagener man was killed and three others were hurt early Saturday in a shooting at a Graniteville nightclub.

Stacy M. Johnson was killed in the shooting at Round Two Bar and Grill, 192 Breezy Hill Road, according to a statement from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

The shooting took place about 1:25 a.m. Johnson had gone to the nightclub with friends after attending a football game in Saluda, Carlton said. An autopsy was scheduled later Saturday.

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