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Unsolved murders: Natalie Clark

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 5:30pm


Every Oct. 18, Louise Clark packs a present before making a 16-mile drive to Sardis Baptist Cemetery.

It’s been 11 years since Natalie Clark was found suffocated in the backyard of her Hephzibah home, but her 68-year-old mother continues to ask questions.

Natalie, 18, was a freshman at Augusta State Univer­sity and a recent graduate of Hephzibah High School.

“I’ve gone over it every day since Oct. 18, 2003,” Louise said. “Every single day. I know I probably won’t get an answer, but I’ll never stop trying.”

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2 dead, 1 arrested after Burke County shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:59pm

Two men are dead and another has been arrested after a birthday party shooting in Burke County early Sunday, officials say.

Sometime after 3:30 a.m., Burke County sheriff’s deputies and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were called to the former site of Club Dynasty at 346 Lawson Road, according to a news release from Sgt. Dedric Smith.

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Photos give glimpse into Stevens Creek Dam's history

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:36pm

Joe McGill has spent most of his life enjoying a segment of the Savannah River that few people ever see.

“It’s a place you never get tired of,” said McGill, the manager at the Stevens Creek Hydroelectric Dam in Mar­tin­ez.

The project, completed in 1914 off Stevens Creek Road, is a hidden Columbia County landmark of sorts that has quietly produced electricity for 100 consecutive years while the rest of the world has changed around it.

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Suspect arrested in September slaying in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:46pm

A man wanted in a Sept. 27 Augusta slaying was arrested late Friday and charged with murder, officials say.

Dameino Leon Roberts, 32, was taken into custody about 10:40 p.m. while deputies were responding to an unrelated call in the 2300 block of Wheeless Road, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

He is charged with killing Jhalil Quindarvis King, who was shot several times in the 1200 block of Steiner Avenue.

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Sharon Jones to headline benefit show

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:06pm

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will headline the Heart Song Concert in February at Bell Auditorium, the University Health Care Foundation said.

The Feb. 7 concert benefits University Hospital’s Smart Heart Fund and helps provide free screenings for student athletes and public safety personnel, such as firefighters, the foundation said in a news release. Tickets cost $50 and will go on sale Friday.

Slaying with Edgefield links remains mystery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:36pm

Three weeks have passed since a body was found in a burned vehicle in Elbert County, and it remains unidentified even as the Georgia Crime Lab is using DNA to establish an identity.

Investigators in South Carolina and Georgia working the slaying have announced only that the person was shot to death. Two suspects have been charged with concealing a death in connection with the body, but no one has been charged in the actual killing, authorities said.

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Thousands walk for cancer 'miracle'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:24pm

Wearing a pink cowboy hat with a big pink “Breast Cancer Survivor” button pinned to its front, Ruth Stephens sat on a wall in the Augusta Common as thousands of people in pink flooded past her on their way to Broad Street.

Stephens had knee surgery in 2010 and couldn’t make the three-mile journey through downtown for the 14th Annual Miracle Mile Walk, but her daughter, Sheena Walker, and her adopted daughter, Zekia Brouson, walked for her.

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Wagener man killed in Graniteville nightclub shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:03pm

A 20-year-old Wagener man was killed and three others were hurt early Saturday in a shooting at a Graniteville nightclub.

Stacy M. Johnson was killed in the shooting at Round Two Bar and Grill, 192 Breezy Hill Road, according to a statement from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

The shooting took place about 1:25 a.m. Johnson had gone to the nightclub with friends after attending a football game in Saluda, Carlton said. An autopsy was scheduled later Saturday.

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Laney routs Josey behind another strong defensive showing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:20am

Laney’s recent dominance of an old Augusta rivalry continued behind another strong defensive showing Friday night.

Laney stuffed Josey at the line for much of the game as the Wildcats beat the Eagles 41-0 at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.

Following the trend of the past three meetings, Laney shut out Josey in a one-sided affair. Laney has won its past five games against Josey while allowing a total of six points.

“The defense has been playing well all year, and it was no different tonight,” Laney coach Lemuel Lackey said. “It was a good shutout for us.”

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21-year-old beaten, robbed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:10pm

A 21-year-old woman was hospitalized Friday morning after being robbed and assaulted on Heard Avenue.

About 1:15 a.m., the victim, an Augusta resident, was walking along the 1500 block of Heard Avenue when a black Chevrolet Impala pulled behind her and three people got out, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

A black woman told two black men to take the victim’s purse. The victim began running but was caught and hit in the head with a small pipe at least four times, according to the report.

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Human rights group I Breathe I Rise hosts forum on sexual abuse in schools

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:46pm


It took 30 years for the world to find out what happened to Linda Martin.

But now that they know, she and other advocates are working to make sure no other child has to endure the sexual abuse she said she experienced at T.W. Josey High School in the 1980s.

“This is 30 years of waiting, this is 30 years of silence, this is 30 years of survival,” Martin said Friday.

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