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Heritage Academy files action to take over Knox Center properties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:18am

The growing downtown Heritage Aca­demy is leading a push that could displace several groups housed at the Peter Knox Community Service Center to make way for pre-K and other programs.

In a quiet title action filed Monday in Richmond County Superior Court, Heritage claims several deeds issued by the Peter Knox Community Service Center Owners Association break covenants intended to ensure the properties are used for a charitable purpose.

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Monetta farmer found dead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:37pm

A farm accident killed a 67 year old Monetta man.

Roger Loge was pronounced dead Tuesday  at the scene near his home on Old Shoals Road, Monetta, Aiken County Tim Carlton said. He is believed to have died about 11 a.m. Monday.

Loge failed to show up for work in Columbia and his body was found by a neighbor after a call from Loge's wife, who was out of town, and could not reach her husband, Carlton said.

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Commission vote to reappoint assessors chairman fails

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:21pm

A divided Augusta Commission failed to reappoint longtime Board of Assessors Chairman Charles Smith to his post Tuesday, despite warnings from some that the move could jeopardize the state’s ongoing review of Augusta’s property tax digest.

At Tuesday’s commission meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith pushed to reappoint Smith, who has led the board for many years, but several commissioners who have taken issue with recent board activities didn’t support the move.

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Doctor takes stand as mother's murder trial begins

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:49pm

 

Dr. Mary Lynn Sheram couldn’t say who harmed 2-year-old Mason “Tucker” Smith, but his severe brain injury was no accident, she testified Tuesday, and it wasn’t caused by Tucker holding his breath until he passed out.

Tucker suffered what is now called abusive head trauma, Sheram said. It used to be known as shaken baby syndrome.

Tucker’s mother, Mary “Katie” Smith is accused of murder in his Aug. 3, 2014, death. She has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court.

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Trial starts for Augusta man accused of assaulting wife, stepdaughter

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 7:02pm

The trial began Tuesday for an Au­gusta man accused of attacking his estranged wife and her daughter just before Christmas last year.

Troy W. Deloatch, 50, has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault, family violence battery and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

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Irish Travelers from Murphy Village indicted for racketeering, fraud

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 5:18pm

Twenty people identified as Irish Travelers living in Murphy Village in Aiken County have been charged in a 45-count indictment under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

The indictment alleges that they participated in a number of fraudulent schemes to obtain life insurance benefits, food stamps and Medicaid funds, and committed fraud involving automobile financing, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia.

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Warriors, Bulldogs ranked in preseason polls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:09pm

 

The Georgia Sports Writers Association released its preseason high school football poll Tuesday, featuring a couple of area teams.

Jefferson County is the highest ranked among local programs in its respective classification at No. 6 in Class AA. The Warriors went 11-3 and reached the state semifinals last year, and they expect to have another successful season with a high-flying offense and strong defensive front.

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Information session on animal ordinance changes to be held Wednesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 1:16pm

Big changes and big programs of which the public may not be aware are the topic of a series of city of Augusta forums.

The sessions, which begin Wednesday at Gracewood Community Center, will cover changes - effective Jan. 1, 2017 - in Augusta’s animal services ordinance that include a mandatory $10 registration fee for owners who don’t spay or neuter their pets and a ban on unsupervised tethering of animals to fixed objects.

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Man charged with operating chop shop

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:59pm

An Augusta man was charged with operating a chop shop after police found a pickup in pieces at his Richmond Hill Road home.

Dion Devon Williams, 30, was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on charges of operating a chop shop and theft by receiving stolen property.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a 68-year-old man contacted police May 20 after his 1989 Chevrolet 1500 pickup was stolen from his home on Shadowood Drive. He told police he had left the keys on the seat. A handgun was in the truck.

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