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UGA overdose should be warning, cops say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:20pm


ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities on Wednesday said a 21-year-old University of Georgia student found dead in his East Campus Village dorm room three months ago died from an accidental drug overdose.

After an autopsy did not yield immediate answers, the state Medical Examiner’s Office and the Clarke County Coroner concluded from interviews, the results of toxicology tests and other evidence that David Peacock Braun died from a lethal dose of fentanyl.

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Fatal accident in downtown Aiken

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:42am


One person is dead in a morning collision in Aiken.

Aiken Department of Public Safety Cpl. Jeremy Hembree said the driver  was traveling east on Abbeville Avenue just before 9 a.m. when he failed to yield right to a vehicle traveling south on Laurens Street. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, died as a result of injuries. No one else was injured in the crash.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton  said the victim has been identified as Gregory Stevens, 52, of Graniteville.


Aiken neighborhood told to boil water

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:05am

The Aiken Department of Public Safety has asked residents of the Pipeline Road-Horseshoe Bend area to boil water they use for personal consumption for the next 24 hours, or until 10 a.m. Thursday.

Ga. man rescued after falling in well

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:12am


NEWNAN, Ga. — Authorities say a man was being treated at an Atlanta hospital after firefighters rescued him from a well in Coweta County.

The Newnan Times-Herald reports that the man fell into the well late Tuesday morning, while working on his home on Doc Perry Road. He managed to catch himself part-way down, but still fell about 20 feet.

Firefighters used an anchoring system to lower a rescuer into the well and lift the man to safety. They also set up an exhaust fan and hose to blow air into the well.

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SC gas prices jump this month

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:57am


COLUMBIA — Gas prices in South Carolina have jumped 17 cents in the past month.


AAA Carolinas says the average price per gallon on Tuesday was $3.36. That’s compared to $3.19 a month ago.


Club president and CEO David E. Parsons says gas prices typically go up in the spring because of refinery maintenance projects that lead to tightened supply.


Demand also starts to rise as people take more trips in warmer weather.


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SC woman found in burning car identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:55am


GREENVILLE, S.C. — Authorities have identified a Williamston woman whose body was found inside a burning car in the Honea Path area.


Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said Tuesday he had ruled the death of 20-year-old Joseline Kassandra Gamarro Aragon a homicide.


Evans says DNA comparison was used to identify Aragon’s body after it was found inside the car on April 1.


Evans hasn’t yet said how Aragon died but says she was dead before the fire started. Evans says Aragon was killed sometime on March 31 or April 1.

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