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Woman had been drinking before leaving child alone in car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 9:13pm

Latoya Louise Bell had been drinking before leaving an 8-month-old child alone for hours in a hot vehicle, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Bell, 31, was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on charges of murder and cruelty to children in the second degree. Investigators learned that Bell, who is a cousin and godmother to Ja’Karheyonna Houges-Double, left the baby in the vehicle when she went inside and fell asleep. According to a sheriff’s office news release, the child suffered severe burns from sun exposure.

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Savannah River Site manager said possible government shutdown prompting funding alternatives

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 8:54pm

NEW ELLENTON, S.C. — The manager of Savannah River Site said Tuesday that it does not look like the federal facility will have a budget as of Oct. 1, prompting his administration to work on funding alternatives to combat a partial government shutdown.

Jack Craig told SRS’s Citizens Advisory Board during its monthly meeting that SRS is developing several “planning scenarios” to start work at the site for the upcoming fiscal year if Congress does not pass a federal budget in the next 10 days and a partial government shutdown happens.

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Augusta man's 1999 robbery conviction reversed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 7:25pm

An Augusta man imprisoned for the past 16 years was so poorly defended at trial and on appeal, an appellant judge has reversed his convictions.

Shaun K. Metoyer, who turns 35 this year, was back on the trial calendar in Richmond County Superior Court, but his case was postponed because he does not have an attorney.

Metoyer was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison plus 20 years after he was convicted in 1999 of participating in a series of armed robberies committed during Masters Week in 1998.

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Veteran's wife files malpractice suit against Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 7:15pm


The wife of a military veteran who went into kidney failure less than two weeks after being prescribed a medication at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center has filed a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice.

Janice L. Allen filed the suit in U.S. District Court on Sept. 15 on behalf of her husband, Lional Allen, 51, who died Feb. 4. The lawsuit alleges that the medical treatment Allen received at the VA hospital was subpar. It names as the defendant the U.S. government.

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