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No relief ahead soon for Greene Street floods

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:04am

Joe Holley, a third-generation member of Au­gusta’s Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, wasn’t surprised to find barricades blocking traffic Sunday morning as a lake of water standing in the 800 block of Greene Street slowly drained away.

“It’s two things,” said Holley, the engineer for the city of Grovetown. “One, it’s such a flat grade. Gravity dictates what the water does.”

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Riverfront police substation to go for final approval

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:57pm

Plans to build a police substation inside Port Royal at Riverwalk Augusta will go before the Augusta Commission today for final approval.

The consent agenda item had four supporting votes from a committee last week. Commissioner Sean Fran­tom called for the station after gunfire erupted following the city’s Fourth of July fireworks display.

The former riverfront mall serves as Augusta headquarters for Unisys. Frantom said the station will protect the public and development taking place along the river and downtown.

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Georgia, Augusta preparing for Zika

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:51pm

A “unique” case of Zika infection in Utah that might have spread to a family contact is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency reported Monday. Meanwhile, Augusta and Geor­gia are preparing for the mosquito-borne virus.

CDC officials say they are looking into the case of a man who died in late June and was found to be infected with Zika, with levels of the virus in his body that were 100,000 times what would normally be expected.

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Teen charged with entering vehicles in Grovetown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 10:39pm

 A teen is facing charges as police continue to investigate a string of cases of illegally entering an auto in Grovetown last week.

Columbia County sheriff’s deputies responded early Thursday to four residences on Keesaw Glen, in a neighborhood off High Meadows Drive, after residents discovered someone had rummaged through their vehicles overnight.

Two of the homeowners told police the vehicles were unlocked. Reports for the other two cases did not indicate whether the vehicles were locked.

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Man arrested after exposing himself in public, police say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 10:31pm

 

A man is facing charges after a deputy found him exposing himself outside a burned home in Martinez on Saturday, police say.

Columbia County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 400 block of Beverly Road about 2 p.m. for reports of a man exposing himself.

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Roadwork lane closures on I-20

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 9:26am

Interstate motorists should expect delays for the next four to six weeks from repair work planned in Columbia and McDuffie counties.

Beginning today , according to the Georgia Department of Transportation, concrete slabs will be upgraded, beginning with eastbound lanes near mile 182 in Columbia County.

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Henrik Stenson wins British Open for first major title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 1:32pm

TROON, Scotland — Henrik Stenson is the Champion Golfer of the Year, thanks to a final round for the ages.

He kept hitting the best shots of his life, one after another, and he needed each one to stay ahead of Phil Mickelson in a British Open duel that ranked among the best in major championship history.

Stenson made 10 birdies, including a 50-foot putt across the 15th green that had him pumping his fist in a rare show of emotion Sunday.

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3 Baton Rouge policemen killed today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 11:54am

BATON ROUGE, La. — Three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide.

Three other officers were wounded, one critically. Police said the gunman was killed at the scene. Although he was believed to be the only person who fired at officers, authorities said they were unsure whether he had some kind of help.

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Area GOP delegates embrace Trump

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 1:47am

Area delegates attending this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland back presumptive nominee Donald Trump and expect little to disrupt the process.

That’s to be expected, said longtime Augusta GOP leader and Trump supporter Dave Barbee, who saw the same serving as a delegate three times.

“There’s no smoke-filled rooms anymore,” Barbee said. “It’s pretty much cut and dried. It’s staged and the script was ready and written and you just followed it.”

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Woman reports thefts worth $4,350

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 8:25pm

An Augusta woman told deputies someone got inside her Damascus Road apartment Friday and took electronic items and jewelry valued at $4,350.

The victim said she left her Singleton Apartment residence for work about 6:15 a.m. Friday and when she returned about 8:30 p.m., she found her back door open .

She told deputies thieves took a 40-inch flat-screen TV, a Sony Playstation 4, two DVD players, a gold necklace valued at $500 and a gold diamond ring valued at $2,500.

 

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Series of vehicle break-ins reported

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:00pm

 

A series of vehicle break-ins and thefts -- some in which a hole was found drilled below the door lock -- were reported Friday night in west Augusta.

According to reports filed with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, three vehicles were entered and items taken outside Riverwatch Cinemas on Cabela Drive.

Another vehicle break-in, also with a hole found below the door lock, was discovered at the Family Y on Wrightsboro Road.

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Lincolnton man, 41, fatally shot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 6:06pm

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the Friday night slaying of a Lincolnton man.

According to a statement from the GBI, deputies found Rodrigues Curry, 41, of the 1700 block of Bethany Church Road, fatally shot about 10 p.m. at his residence. His body will be taken to the GBI crime lab near Atlanta for autopsy.

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Tractor mishap injures Barnwell councilman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 4:43pm

BARNWELL, S.C. -- A Barnwell city councilman was seriously injured this month in a tractor accident.

Billy Dozier was riding a tractor July 7 in a field on Bush River Road when he fell off, landing on the bush hog that was being pulled. The impact left Dozier with several injuries, including 11 broken ribs, facial fractures, broken jaw, two collapsed lungs and two broken lower vertebrae, according to his daughter, Kelli Dozier Howell, in a Facebook post.

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White Atlanta cop charged in black motorist slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 4:19pm

ATLANTA — Court records show a white former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot a black motorist has been arrested.

Fulton County jail records show James R. Burns was arrested Saturday on charges including felony murder in the June 22 shooting of Devaris Caine Rogers.

Burns told investigators he shot a car that was “trying to run me over and kill me.”

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Storm takes out power, floods streets

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 4:13pm

Heavy storms sweeping the Augusta area this afternoon flooded streets, knocked out power and cut off traffic signals.

According to Georgia Power, at 6:10 p.m. 3,465 customers in Augusta did not have electrical power.

There is a chance more storms and rain could follow later tonight, according to the weather service.

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Historic Augusta proposes 'Woodlawn' district

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:28pm

 

An Augusta neighborhood is poised to become the city’s latest historic district.

The proposed “Wood­lawn” district would cover an area bounded by Hick­man Road, Walton Way, Druid Park Avenue and Wrights­boro Road, according to a release from Historic Augusta, which is seeking the designation under the National Register of Historic Places.

Woodlawn would join other Augusta historic districts such as Summerville, Harrisburg-West End, Down­town, Pinched Gut, Laney-Walker North and Bethlehem.

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Turkish officials say coup plotters being arrested

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 7:56pm

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the nation Saturday that his government was working to crush a coup attempt after a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital that left at least 17 dead and scores wounded.

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Blown tire by truck causes collisions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:03pm

A blown tire caused a 9-car wreck on Interstate 20 on Friday.

According to Columbia County sheriff’s Staff Sgt. Ray Childress, a tractor trailer blew a tire and lost control while traveling East down I-20 around 2:20 p.m.

As vehicles began to slow to avoid the truck, other collisions occurred. Four cars subsequently ran into the rear of each other, and caused another collision in which two more cars sideswiped each other. Another car also wrecked.

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Aquinas receiver Justin Gibbs to transfer to Grovetown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 3:15pm

Justin Gibbs, one of the area’s top receivers, is transferring from Aquinas to Grovetown.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Gibbs had 646 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a junior as the Irish reached the GHSA Class A private state championship game. Gibbs also turned heads as a sophomore when he caught four passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-21 win against Tattnall Square.

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Pence is Trump VP pick

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:17am

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, adding political experience and conservative bona fides to his Republican presidential ticket. Trump announced his decision on Twitter Friday morning, capping a frenzied 24 hours of speculation about his choice.

A news conference was set for Saturday for the two men who will take on Hillary Clinton and her Democratic running mate in November.

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