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Ga. soldier wounded in Afghan attack that killed general

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:06pm

ALBANY, Ga. — A solider from Georgia is recovering after he was shot during an insider attack in Afghanistan.

 

U.S. Army Capt. Jeremy Haynes was shot three times by an Afghan solider who killed Maj. Gen. Harold Greene. The Afghan solider was killed in a subsequent shootout.

 

Family members say Haynes was being treated this week at a military hospital in Georgia. Authorities were trying to determine if he could be sent to a U.S. hospital.

 

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SC insurance fraud cases rise

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:58pm

Insurance fraud complaints in South Carolina have reached an all-time high with more than 1,200 pouring in last year, according to a report released Friday by Attorney General Alan Wilson.

The annual report from his office’s Insurance Fraud Division noted attorneys prosecuted cases that resulted in 37 convictions and in more than $700,000 being returned to the victims of insurance fraud.

The report cites several notorious cases.

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SLED probes lottery theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:44pm

The South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation after numerous people attempted to cash in stolen lottery tickets in North Augusta.

At least five cases have been reported since Aug. 2.

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Ebola concerns: Q&A

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:30am

 

The recent Ebola outbreak in west Africa and the transport of two American citizens with the virus back from Africa to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta has many U.S. citizens worried about the potential for an Ebola outbreak in this country.

With that in mind, Dr. Christopher Whalen, interim head of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health, answered the following questions posed by the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens.com.

 

What is Ebola?

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South Carolina woman stuck in ditch 10 hours

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:21am

EUTAWVILLE, S.C. — An alert firefighter rescued a 38-year-old Orangeburg County woman who spent more than 10 hours trapped inside her vehicle in a watery ditch.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports Lt. William Rutland of the Eutawville Fire Department spotted a maroon bumper near a concrete bridge as he was driving Thursday evening. When he pulled over, he heard a woman ask for help.

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US launches Iraq airstrikes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:11am

NEW DELHI — The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.

President Barack Obama authorized such airstrikes Thursday when the Islamic state militant group advanced on Irbil, in northeaster Iraq, where U.S. military trainers are stationed.

Richmond County police arrest Augusta man for cocaine possession

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:49pm

A 37-year-old Augusta man was arrested late Wednesday for cocaine possession.

About 11:25 p.m., deputies saw Clifton Willingham riding a bicycle in circles at the intersection of Ninth Street and Ellis Street, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Due to recent car break-ins in the area, deputies approached Willingham and asked if he was carrying any weapons, at which time he said “no, check me,” the report stated.

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Teen murder suspect's bond set at $2 million by North Carolina judge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:56pm

The 17-year-old charged in the shotgun slaying of her father, former Columbia County News-Times sports editor Mike Howell, was granted a $2 million bond in a North Carolina court Thursday.

Crystal Howell, who will turn 18 on Aug. 24, was arrested in Augusta on March 23 after fleeing the home she had shared with her father in the Sheepback community of Maggie Valley, N.C. According to police, her father’s body was discovered the day before inside a plastic storage bin in a shed behind the Howell home. Authorities suspect Mike Howell had been dead for a month.

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Augusta Army Reserve unit celebrates 45 years

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:39pm

There was a rule among Army supply fleets in Vietnam not to stop for cargo trucks in distress for fear of enemy fire or attack. The 319th Transportation Company from Augusta never followed it.

From flat tires to rice-paddy rescues, the 148 crew members always came to the aid of a soldier in need in a sense of camaraderie still strong today, 45 years after the close-knit group left Vietnam in August 1969.

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