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1-year-old pulled from pool, still alive

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:29pm

A toddler was pulled from a swimming pool Monday afternoon, still alive, and was receiving treatment at an Augusta hospital.

The 1-year-old’s parents found him in their backyard pool in the 3400 block of Cannongate Drive, according to a statement by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, which was called to the home about 5:30 p.m. The statement termed the incident a “near drowning.”

The sheriff’s office released no further information Monday night.

Augusta native, longtime caddie honored by city

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:27pm


It was Ben Crenshaw, not honoree and Augusta native Carl Jackson, who got the most choked up during Monday night’s Mayors’ Masters Reception at Augusta Common.

Crenshaw had to pause for nearly 20 seconds before he could start his speech, which he had memorized.

It was that kind of emotional night as the 67-year-old Jackson, who has caddied in a record 53 Masters – the past 38 for Crenshaw – had his life celebrated.

Before Crenshaw or Jackson spoke, Mayor Hardie Davis proclaimed Monday as Carl Jackson Day in Augusta and gave him a crystal key to the city.

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Childhood interventions can work

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 5:18pm

What happens early on to children can affect how well-adjusted and successful they are later on in life, which is why Georgia is striving for better quality in child care centers, according to the director of Georgia Regents University Child Care Center.

But Dr. Nancy Webb said children can overcome the worst circumstances if they have someone in their lives who believes in them.

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Augusta planning commission approves Berckmans development

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 4:04pm

The Augusta Planning Commission approved a request by a global sports event management company to construct seven homes on 2.5 acres of land off Berckmans Road.

Byrom PLC paid $1.7 million for the property and wants to build the homes inside a gated subdivision. If the zoning request is approved by the Augusta Commission in two weeks, the company would be allowed to establish a new subdivision and build the homes, which could sell for as much as $500,000.

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Evidence of prior fatal crime can be used during murder suspect's trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:40pm

Evidence that a suspect in a 2013 homicide at Augusta State Medical Prison killed someone 18 years earlier can be used as evidence in his trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Thomas Tiraboschi, 37, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of murder in the July 6, 2013, slaying of 48-year-old Chris Lowerly.

Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter said Monday that Tiraboschi approached a prison guard conducting the 3 a.m. head count to say that he choked Lowerly to death in an attempt to help him sleep.

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Arson charges in apartment fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:50pm


An 18-year-old has been charged with arson after two apartments were damaged in a fire on Sunday.

Firefighters were called to the apartment complex on the 3700 block of Walton Way Extension around 1:25 p.m. Heavy smoke and flames were visible when firefighters arrived, according to a news release.

No one was injured but residents in 16 units had to be evacuated.

Noah David Kosten was booked into the Richmond County jail on a charge of arson in the first degree.


Ga. van crash kills 3, injures 8

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:22pm


COMMERCE, Ga. — Three people were killed and eight others injured when a van carrying members of two heavy metal bands careened off an interstate and down an embankment in northeast Georgia on Monday, authorities said.


The 15-passenger van was carrying 12 people from South Carolina toward Atlanta when it went off Interstate 85 near the town of Commerce about 7 a.m. Monday, the Georgia State Patrol said.


Authorities have confirmed three deaths, Georgia State Patrol Capt. Mark Perry told The Associated Press.


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Uber ride sharing begins in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:00pm


Ride-sharing company Uber, which has been trying to hire Augusta drivers for months, launched Monday in the city.

“We’re going to be rolling out our safe and reliable rides and right in time for the Masters,” said general manager Michael Black.

Uber drivers are “independent contractors” who use the Uber app and their phone’s GPS system to connect with potential riders. Drivers use their personal vehicles to taxi riders to their destination.

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SC woman charged in April Fools joke

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 7:10am




RICHBURG, S.C. — A South Carolina woman is facing angry deputies and a criminal charge after telling her daughter she was caught up in a bank robbery, then confessed it was an April Fools Day joke.


Multiple media organizations reported that 55-year-old Laural Coleman was charged with breach of peace after a private joke went wrong.


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Georgia mom shoots son during fight

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 7:07am



COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — A mother is facing charges that include assault and cruelty to children after police say she shot her 15-year-old son and another teen while trying to break up an argument.


College Park police Sgt. Jeff Hightower said a fight broke out between a group of youths and adults outside the woman’s College Park apartment Saturday evening.


Hightower tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 33-year-old Latoya Tilson was hit in the face, then fired a handgun into the crowd.


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Drone ban presents challenge for sheriff's office, officials say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 9:04pm

 In the days since the Augusta Commission approved a county-wide ban on drones running concurrent with next week’s Masters Tournament, law enforcement has worked on ways to enforce it.

“We’ve been looking at options,” said Lt. Allan Rollins, motioning to three pictures pinned to the wall behind his desk at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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Gamecock women fall to Irish in Final Four

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 8:54pm

TAMPA, Fla. — Notre Dame is heading back to the women’s national championship game thanks to a timely putback from an unlikely source.

Madison Cable’s only basket of the game lifted Notre Dame to a 66-65 victory over Final Four newcomer South Carolina in the national semifinals Sunday night.

All-American Jewell Loyd scored 22 points as the Irish (36-2)
advanced to the NCAA championship game for the fourth time in five years, surviving a scoring drought that lasted more than seven minutes down the stretch.

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Pardon Our Mess: Large pothole on Marvin Griffin Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 8:33pm

WHERE: Intersection of Marvin Griffin Road and Mike Padgett Highway

WHAT: A large pothole roughly 6 inches deep and more than 2 feet wide in the turn lane of Marvin Griffin Road at Mike Padgett Highway forces motorists to drive around it to avoid damage.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Traffic Engineering Department

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Police prepared for Masters ticket scalpers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 7:41pm

 Selling tickets to the Masters Tournament is illegal near the Augusta National Golf Club, but each year police find themselves dealing with visitors trying to score last-minute tickets.

The state scalping law prohibits the sale of tickets within 2,700 feet of a large sporting event.

That boundary during the Masters runs from Taco Bell on Washington Road to Calhoun Expressway and Highland Avenue. The same rules apply for licensed brokers.

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J.B. Holmes wins Houston Open in playoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 6:58pm


HOUSTON — J.B. Holmes used a strong start Sunday for a Houston Open victory in a three-way playoff against Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner.

The 32-year-old Holmes birdied the first five holes and nine of the first 12 after starting the day six shots back of Jordan Spieth.

He had 64, the day’s low round, and won on the second playoff hole for his fourth PGA Tour victory and the $1,188,000 check. Although Holmes’ missed birdie putt had given Wagner another chance, his short putt for par lipped out.

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Braves trade Kimbrel, Upton to Padres in seven-player deal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 6:42pm


The San Diego Padres couldn't start the season without yet another blockbuster deal by first-year general manager A.J. Preller.

Preller pushed ahead with his remarkable makeover of the Padres on Sunday when he acquired All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton from the Atlanta Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, plus two minor leaguers and a draft pick.

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UGA's McCoy goes low, wins 3M Augusta Invitational

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 5:46pm


Lee McCoy overcame a heavy heart Sunday afternoon to continue his hot stretch.

The Georgia junior closed the 3M Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club with a bogey-free, 8-under-par 64 for a four-shot victory, his third in a row this spring.

McCoy won two days after his 84-year-old grandfather, Mack, died Friday afternoon. Lee visited Mack in the hospital a few weeks ago and remembered a doctor trying to give him hope.

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