If it seemed toasty last week, get ready to be even warmer with several back-to-back days of scorching, triple digit heat and possibly the beginning of one of the hottest summers Augusta has seen in a few years.
Meteorologists say temperatures near or above 100 degrees are expected each day through Thursday. Last week’s heat wave hit 100 only once – June 16, when the 100-degree high tied with the record for the date set in 1920.
Police said a mother used her two children to help her steal more than 100 items from Wal-Mart on Sunday.
Elisabeth Nicole Bryant, 35, of Patterson Bridge Road, was booked into the Richmond County jail on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and felony theft by shoplifting.
According to an incident report, Bryant entered the Deans Bridge Road store with her 13- and 9-year-old children around 3 p.m. Bryant and her oldest child each grabbed a shopping cart. Surveillance video shows Bryant concealing items in a trash can in her child’s cart.
ATLANTA – Soon, taxpayers will get a truer picture of how much debt state and local governments have amassed as new, national accounting standards take effect.
Finance officials with school boards, city councils and county commissions across Georgia are getting documents from the state listing their share of the built-up costs of providing retirement checks one day for current workers. The local and state governments will be required, for the first time, to publicly list the unfunded amounts as part of their debt.
CEDARTOWN, Ga. — A young mother has died and her 1-year-old son is in critical condition after a tree limb fell on the pair as they sat on a bench in the playground area of Peek Park in Cedartown.
The Rome News-Tribune reports the limb fell on 16-year-old Latrena Drayton and her son, Jeremiah Drayton, on Friday. Drayton died from her injuries. Jeremiah was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite for treatment where he was listed in critical condition Saturday.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — An 11-year-old Georgia boy injured in a lightning strike is on the mend in a Florida rehabilitation center.
Bowen Tyre was struck June 9 while standing in the Atlantic Ocean off Daytona Beach Shores. Heather Tyre told the Daytona Beach News-Journal her son was taken off a ventilator June 11 and began treatment at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville on Wednesday.
The family lives in Patterson, Georgia, which is about 95 miles north of Jacksonville.
The lightning strike hit the boy on the left side of his head near his ear.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Savannah police are investigating after a 17-year-old boy was found shot to death inside a stolen car.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say they’re seeking witnesses to the shooting that killed Jamell Dwayne Law Saturday night.
Police say a red Dodge Neon had crashed on West 41st Street, where it had driven into the steps of a vacant house around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. They say the Neon had been reported stolen from a commercial burglary Thursday night.
A funeral is planned Wednesday for former Augusta Fire Department Chief Howard “Bubba” Willis, who died Sunday.
Willis, 66, started his firefighting career with the old Suburban Richmond County Fire Department in 1974, according to Chronicle archives, and worked in a number of departments over three decades.
As a special operations chief, he handled the hazardous materials unit, high angle rope rescue, water rescue and safety, along with security for major special events, such as the Georgia Games and July Fourth celebrations.
ATLANTA — Authorities have arrested an Atlanta man after a hotel fire injured ten people, including a firefighter.
Fulton County police arrested 42-year-old Roger Solomon on Sunday and charged him with arson and two counts of aggravated assault.
Fire crews were called to the Days Inn on Fulton Industrial Boulevard shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials say about 50 people escaped the blaze.
Conditions of the nine people taken to hospitals were not available early Monday. Fire officials say the firefighter is expected to be fine.
Officers are on scene at a water main break at the Burger King on Deans Bridge and Barton Chapel roads.
According to Augusta dispatch, the report was made at 11:49 a.m. and deputies requested cones and barrels to surround the incident location in the Burger King parking lot.
One lane of Deans Bridge Road – headed toward Fort Gordon – has been closed to address the problem.
An Augusta teenager was arrested Saturday after attempting to steal hair weaves from an area business, police said.
Deputies responded to the Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road around 6:40 p.m., where Teiara Martin, 18, of Ruby Drive, was seen on surveillance video concealing beauty supplies, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Martin, an employee of McDonald’s inside the Wal-Mart, is accused of taking two packs of hair weaves, false eyelashes, a nail kit and two bags of Hershey kisses.
A pair of Richmond County deputies had their lunch interrupted Friday to assist with a car break-in.
Around 11:23 a.m., two officers were eating at Farmhaus Burgers, on the 1200 block of Broad Street, when a customer advised them that someone was breaking into his vehicle, according to an incident report.
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Miss Warner Robins Betty Cantrell has been named Miss Georgia.
Cantrell was crowned Saturday night at the Miss Georgia pageant at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports Cantrell won the talent competition for her opera performance.
First runner-up was Miss Capital City Adeline Kenerly and second runner-up was Miss Cobb County Patricia Ford.
WASHINGTON — Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow.
Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter Saturday in the Washington Nationals’ 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A letdown? Yeah, a little.
“I mean there is, just because you’re so close, one strike away from a perfect game,” he said. “But to get a no-hitter in front of these fans, there’s nothing better.”