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Augusta man convicted of bank robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:54pm


An Augusta man was convicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court on bank robbery and weapon charges.

The federal court jury found Damien B. Osborne, 24, guilty for his role in the Dec. 2, 2013, holdup of the Southern Bank in Waynesboro, Ga.

Two armed men with masks covering their faces entered the bank that day and left with more than $10,000. Osborne, the only suspect identified and charged, became the focus of the investigation when fingerprints left on the bank’s cash wrappers matched Osborne.

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Augusta man acquitted at murder trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:35pm

A jury deliberated about an hour Wednesday before acquitting an Augusta man accused of fatally shooting a man in the side yard of an abandoned house.

Ezra Lay, 42, was found not guilty in Richmond Coun­ty Superior Court in the Oct. 13, 2013, slaying of 44-year-old John Marshall.

In her closing argument, defense attorney Olga Izmaylova urged the jury to question why Lay would go find help after seeing Mar­shall’s body and return to the scene with an
officer if he had killed the man.

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Warren Road Bridge to remain closed until further notice, DOT says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:27pm

Department of Transportation officials confirmed Wednesday that the Warren Road Bridge will remain closed until further notice.

A DOT crew visited the location Wednesday and removed a chipped concrete diaphragm, a structural element that transfers load, according to DOT. The bridge suffered damage Tuesday after a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 struck the underside of the overpass.

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Rick Santorum to visit Aiken Republican Club

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:51pm

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. senator Rick Santorum will stop in Aiken on July 28.

Santorum will address the Aiken Republican Club during a luncheon, according to a news release. The meeting is at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Santorum, who also ran in the 2012 presidential race but did not win the nomination, is expected to arrive between 10:45 and 11 a.m.

The event is only open to members of the Aiken Republican Club.

Some intersections in Richmond and Columbia counties to get new flashing turn signals

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:45pm

Flashing yellow turn signals which have proved to reduce crashes at busy intersections nationwide, will begin showing up in the Augusta area next week.

Traffic engineers in Richmond and Columbia counties have been working to add the new turn signals to busy roads, with the first one going live at the new intersection at Walton Way and D’Antignac Street, according to Augusta traffic manager Glen Bollinger. The lights have been around since 2009 but started showing up in Georgia – in the Atlanta area – only in the past year.

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Wreck on I-20 involving 2 tractor trailers and a fire kills one person

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 3:34pm


One person died Wednesday in a tractor-trailer wreck on eastbound Interstate 20 at the Bobby Jones Interchange.

According to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen, a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound ran into the back of another 18-wheeler stopped because of traffic. After hitting the tractor-trailer, the truck then struck a cement rail and caught fire. The driver was killed.

The victim was burned beyond recognition, Bowen stated, and the body has been sent to the GBI Atlanta Lab for an autopsy. The driver was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m.

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Augusta man found competent to stand trial in Barnwell, S.C. surgeon's slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:27pm

An Augusta man accused of luring a physician to town where his plan for robbery turned into homicide is competent to stand trial, the judge ruled Wednesday in Glenn Riggs’ murder case.

Riggs, 23, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of murder in the November 2013 slaying of Dr. Charles Mann III.

Riggs has been held in jail without bond following his Nov. 24, 2013 arrest, two days after the body of the physician was found in Spirit Creek at Willis Foreman Road.

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Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor submits resignation letter for District 3 to make State House run

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 1:14pm

Columbia County District 3 Commissioner Mack Taylor’s last day in office will be July 21, according to his letter of resignation submitted Tuesday.

Taylor, who was elected in December to fill the seat vacated by Charles Allen in March 2014, is resigning to pursue the State House District 122 seat left open by the recent resignation of Ben Harbin.

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Cuba could provide big U.S. market

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:47pm


ATLATNA -- Richard Feinberg was in the room with 200 others, and only about 10 Americans, on the day when Cuba’s leader Raul Castro announced that his country would open up diplomatic relations with the United States, after 50 years of tension.

“People stood up, and they started applauding, embracing each other and even crying,” Feinberg said at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday. “And then all of a sudden, everyone breaks simultaneously into singing the Cuban national anthem. That’s how emotional and dramatic that moment was.”

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Aiken's Kevin Kisner learning his way around St. Andrews

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:28pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The first thing Kevin Kisner did when he arrived late Monday was to walk around the Old Course with a couple of wedges in hand and scope out the birthplace of golf.

Of course, he had to try a bank shot off the wall at the famous Road Hole.

“I did,” Kisner said Tuesday. “You never know what you’re going to get. If it plays into the wind, I don’t think you’re ever going to get that shot.”

He took the charter flight overseas from the John Deere Classic after tying for 35th.

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Businesses foresee inflation uptick

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:12am



ATLANTA – Businesses surveyed by the Federal Reserve predict inflation will increase slightly to 2.0 percent, according to results released Wednesday.

They also said they have seen the costs of goods and services they use in production rise 1.5 percent since the same period last year, according to the poll of regional executives conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta July 6-10.

The expectations contrast with the actual producer price index which fell 0.7 percent in the previous 12 months, largely due to falling oil prices.

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