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Man sought in Beech Island shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 5:28pm

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office investigators have obtained warrants for the arrest of a man following a shooting Thursday in Beech Island.

Alex James Pitts, 21, is sought in the incident stemming from an ongoing feud between him and 35-year-old Ronald Mixon, according to a statement from Sgt. Jason Feemster.

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Initial attempt to dismiss serial killer's appeal falls short

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:45pm

The state’s initial assault on the final appeal filed by convicted serial killer Reinaldo Rivera has proved unsuccessful.

Attorneys at the Georgia attorney general’s office filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss Rivera’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Such a writ orders a person in custody to be brought before a court.

The attorneys contend that Rivera missed a one-year deadline to appeal the Georgia Supreme Court’s ruling that affirmed his 2004 conviction and death sentence.

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Father charged after leaving toddler in car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:25pm

An Augusta man has been charged after leaving his 19-month-old son unattended in a car Saturday.

Russell Dennis Givens, 45, was booked into the Richmond County jail Thursday morning after being charged with deprivation of a minor. According to a police report, Givens left his son inside his car with one window cracked while he visited his brother at Woodcrest Apartments on Woodcrest Drive in Hephzibah.

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Michaux: Woods' play encouraging

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:22pm

Typically only insomniacs turn on the television to watch golf at 4 a.m. in a desperate effort to go back to sleep.

On Thursday, golf junkies were actually waking up intentionally to do just that.

The start of ESPN’s live 11-hour coverage of the first round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool just happened to coincide with the major championship return of Tiger Woods. And the man who moves golf’s needle the way The Beatles once did rewarded the diehards with an encouraging performance.

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Police quit probe after victim balks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:11pm

Police say their investigation into an Appling home invasion and the reported thefts that followed it was terminated Thursday after the victims refused to cooperate.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the investigation was closed.

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Poll: Kingston edging ahead of Perdue

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:45pm

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s one-point lead one week ago over businessman David Perdue has stretched to five points in the Republican Senate runoff, poll results showed Thursday.

The InsiderAdvantage/Fox5/Morris News survey was conducted with OpinionSavvy July 15-16 and included telephone and online surveys of 696 likely voters in Tuesday’s Georgia GOP primary runoff.

The latest results show Kingston leading Perdue 46-41 percent, a spread just outside the margin of error. Thirteen percent said they were undecided.

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