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Georgia Tech in Orange Bowl

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:12pm

MIAMI LAKES, Fla.  — Mississippi State and Georgia Tech will play in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31.

Georgia Tech ranked second nationally by piling up 333.6 yards rushing per game this season while Mississippi State allowed only 11 touchdowns on the ground.

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Toole Surveying Co. robbed Saturday night

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 1:34pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Saturday night break-in at a local business.

Thieves broke into Toole Surveying Co., 300 block of Fourth Street, and took $892.50 from a company bank bag, according to an incident report.

The suspect, seen on video breaking into the building at 7:35 p.m., is described as a white male, dressed in a tan beanie hat, tan coat, khaki pants and black shoes.


Target employee linked to $2,220 theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 1:27pm

A Target employee was arrested Saturday, charged in the theft of $2,220 from cash registers.

While reviewing security cameras, Jasmine Green, 18, of Augusta, was seen on three separate occasions removing money from registers, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The incidents took place on Nov. 28, Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, the report stated.

The complainant told deputies that Green had been employed at Target for less than a month.


Man sought for armed robbery, vehicle theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 1:23pm

A suspect is being sought after allegedly beating a victim with a handgun Saturday night and stealing his iPhone and Toyota Camry.

A 24-year-old victim said he was leaving a friend’s Lumpkin Road residence when an unknown person grabbed him from behind in a chokehold, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim told deputies he thought it was a friend or cousin, but then the suspect pulled out a handgun and struck the victim in the head.

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Woman held on child deprivation charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 1:17pm

A 25-year-old woman remained in jail Sunday after being arrested on charges of deprivation to a minor.

About 1:10 p.m. Thursday, deputies noticed Lacey Shalee Cadle displaying signs of recent methamphetamine use while walking down Kissingbower Road with her 6-year-old daughter, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies learned that the child had not eaten for five days, at which time Gold Cross was called to the scene. The child was described as “very dirty, had a large cut on her chin and her teeth seemed to be mostly missing.”

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College playoff teams have major star power; Big 12 lost in suffle

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 12:48pm


The first College Football Play­off expanded the national championship race, made the regular season even more intriguing and produced a final four with major star power.

Nick Saban’s No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Urban Meyer’s No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes at the Sugar Bowl.

Marcus Mariota, this season’s Heisman Trophy front-runner, and second-seeded Oregon vs. Jameis Winston, last season’s Heisman Trophy winner, and defending national champion Florida State at the Rose Bowl.

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Top-ranked Crimson Tide roll over Tigers in SEC title game

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 7:47pm

ATLANTA — Alabama locked up another title, with plenty of style points for the playoff committee.

Now, the Crimson Tide can go after the crown they really want.

Blake Sims threw a pair of touchdown passes, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry each had a couple of touchdown runs, and top-ranked Alabama pulled away in the fourth quarter to win its 24th Southeastern Conference championship with a 42-13 rout of No. 14 Missouri on Saturday.

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Shoplifting arrest made at Wal-Mart

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 7:44pm

An Augusta man was arrested Friday evening for stealing feminine products from Wal-Mart on Wrights­boro Road, police say.

Demarius Laquan Rosa, 24, is facing shoplifting charges after trying to steal feminine pads, Angel Soft tissue and a set of Skullcandy ear buds, according to an incident report from the Rich­mond County Sheriff’s Office.

Rosa admitted “I was just being dumb” and offered to pay for the items, the report said, then asked, “Can I just go home if I pay for everything?”

He was taken to the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.

Money stolen from fast food restaurant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 7:39pm

A burglar shattered a drive-through window and took $2,444 from Church’s Chicken at 2635 Peach Orchard Road.

Two food delivery truck drivers saw that the window had been broken out early Satur­day, according to a report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The manager told police that $1,644 from the night deposit was missing, along with $800 stored inside a First Citizens Bank deposit bag.

No description of a suspect was immediately available.

Armed robbers steal cash, shoes at apartments

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 7:34pm

A man says he was robbed at gunpoint by two men Fri­day at an apartment complex.

Deputies responded to East Augusta Commons in the 400 block of East Boundary about 9:20 p.m., according to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report.

The 34-year-old victim said he was about to enter the front door of an apartment unit when he was approached by two black men in ski masks. One was carrying an automatic handgun and told the victim “give up what you got,” according to the report.

The victim relinquished $290 and a pair of Air Jordan sneakers.

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Reserve firefighter program put on hold

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:49pm


Plans to implement a reserve firefighter program in Augusta were shelved this year while department officials shifted their focus toward filling vacancies.

Augusta Fire Chief Chris James had announced his intention to include the $374,000 program in his 2014 budget. The program, which had been scheduled to start in June, would have trained and equipped reserves who were not hired full-time.

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Richmond County State Court Judge issues order freeing some from jail in wake of recent Sentinel Offender Services ruling

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:23pm

The recent Georgia Su­preme Court decision in the civil rights lawsuits filed against private probation firm Sentinel Offender Services has brought changes to many courts in the state.

In Richmond County, State Court Chief Judge Richard Sla­by said judges, the sheriff’s office and Sentinel employees are pulling out probation cases that must be closed and rescinding arrest warrants in any case in which the original sentence has expired.

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Winter waters hold risks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:15pm


Whipping wind, choppy waters and cold temperatures were a deadly combination for Scotty Craig, an avid fisherman from North Augusta.

On January 22, 2011, Craig’s boat capsized on Thurmond Lake. The shock of hitting bone-chilling water likely caused him to gasp, sucking in a big gulp of water that killed him instantaneously, said his wife, Sandie Craig.

Craig had a life jacket in his boat but wasn’t wearing it. Search teams, hindered by the lake’s cold waters, found his body 30 days later.

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City's low disability standards spur fears of litigation, fines

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:12pm

A community activist and a member of the Augusta Commission fear the city could be hit hard with fines, federal contract penalties and court actions if the Department of Justice were to inspect Richmond County for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The commission added $125,000 to next year’s budget to establish an ADA compliance office, but Administrator Janice Jackson said last week that staff will not present a specific proposal for the plan until early 2015.

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New Augusta NAACP leadership prompts optimism for chapter's future

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 3:55pm

Newly elected Augusta NAACP President Beulah Nash-Teachey is planning a roundtable discussion with the community to do one thing: listen.

She wants to hear from law enforcement, politicians, educators, local media. She wants NAACP members to invite neighbors and friends who don’t know much about the organization.

Most of all, she wants to identify the most important issues to Augusta residents so the branch can start working on solutions.

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Empty Stocking Fund need

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 3:49pm


An Augusta family that lost a child over the summer seeks help for its two surviving youngsters.

“We have no money left after paying for the funeral,” the parents write, “so we ask for any help.

“Our children are a blessing and if we don’t receive any help, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

“God bless you.”

The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund has helped people such as this for 84 years. Last year, the charity raised more than $100,000 that helped children and families across the region.

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Cyclist struck in downtown Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 3:33pm

A cyclist was hospitalized Saturday afternoon after being struck in downtown Augusta.

Deputies responded to Laney-Walker Boulevard and Eighth Street about 2:30 p.m. after 18-year-old Quinteize Robinson was hit, according to Lt. Lewis Blanchard.

“(Robinson) was driving his bicycle into oncoming traffic,” Blanchard said. “When he saw the car approaching, he darted in front of her (and) she struck him. She was unable to stop on time.”

Robinson was taken to Uni­versity Hospital with injuries to his right leg and forehead, Blanchard said.

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Georgia Tech, Johnson agree to contract extension

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 11:05am

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is celebrating the ACC championship game with a new contract.

Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski announced Saturday it has reached an agreement with Johnson on a four-year contract extension through 2020.

Johnson's current contract was set to expire after the 2016 season. The failure to reach a new deal threatened to become a factor in recruiting.

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