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Death penalty sought in Atlanta slayings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:43pm

ATLANTA — The Fulton County district attorney says he’ll seek the death penalty for two men accused in the killing of a DeKalb County couple.

Richard Augusta “Fathead” Wilson and Andre Cleveland Gay face multiple charges, including murder, in the deaths of 23-year-old Jeronta Brown and his pregnant girlfriend, 21-year-old Briana Brooks. The two were kidnapped steps from their DeKalb County home Aug. 30 and were found with gunshot wounds 17 miles away in northwest Atlanta.

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Augusta man accused of setting wife on fire denied bond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:03pm


An Augusta man accused of setting his wife on fire was denied bond for a second time Friday.

Ronnie Lee Jones, who has a history of violence against women dating back two decades, will remain in jail pending possible indictment and trial in Richmond County Superior Court.

Jones, 30, is charged with aggravated assault.

On Aug. 22 after an argument with Cynthia Jones, Ronnie Lee Jones splashed gasoline on his wife, knocked her to the floor and set her on fire, Assistant District Attorney Titus Nichols said Friday.

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Suspect used stolen credit card, deputies say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:55pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help identifying a suspect they say used a stolen credit card to purchase goods earlier this month.

According to a news release Friday, the suspect entered Central Express at 2061 Central Ave. about 3 p.m. Oct. 7 and used the card.

Anyone with information can call Investigator Nathan Regedanz at (706) 821-1097 or any on-duty investigator at (706) 821-1080. Caller may remain anonymous.

West Augusta neighborhood unites for foreclosure rebound

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:50pm

It was not that long ago, Rodney Young remembered, when foreclosures and unsightly properties overran Brookfield West, a 275-home neighborhood split between Richmond and Columbia counties off River Watch Parkway.

After the neighborhood association’s former president Fran Stewart moved away in 2009, officer participation decreased, meetings stopped and homes fell into disrepair, he said.

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Publix recalls snack mix

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:43pm

NEW YORK — Supermarket chain Publix is recalling a snack mix because the label doesn’t warn shoppers that it contains peanuts.

Peanuts can cause a serious allergic reaction in some individuals and should be listed on the packaging. No illnesses have been reported, the Lakeland, Florida-based company said Friday.

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Paine students, faculty protest; acting president reinstated

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:14pm

 About 300 Paine College students, faculty and alumni boycotted the Founders’ Day Convocation ceremony Friday morning and peacefully protested outside of the chapel instead, demanding the school’s leadership rectify its problems before accreditation is lost.

The school’s Board of Trustees addressed one of the issues later in the day by reinstating recently ousted Acting President Samuel Sullivan.

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Annual food drive Saturday in Richmond, Aiken counties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:06pm


Golden Harvest Food Bank volunteers hoping to scare out hunger are canvassing neighborhoods Saturday collecting bags of nonperishable food items.

The annual “It’s Spooky to Be Hungry” food drive is taking place in Aiken and Richmond counties. Collections in Columbia County are Oct. 25.

Participating neighborhoods preregistered for the event, and volunteers distributed flyers to households. Residents can leave a grocery sack of canned goods on their door step, or wait for volunteers to knock on their door.

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Deputies seek phone thief

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:04am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in identifying a suspect who they say stole a cell phone from the counter of a local restaurant earlier this month.

The suspect, who has been identified as a clean-shaven white male between the ages of 40 and 55, was seen taking the phone from the counter of the McDonald’s at 3209 Deans Bridge Road about 6:20 p.m. Oct. 1, according to a news release Friday.

He is described as being about 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs between 160 to 200 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and dark shorts.

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3 motorcyclists hurt or killed in last week in Aiken, Columbia counties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:03am

An early morning motorcycle accident in Aiken County on Friday marked the third time in a week a cyclist has been killed or seriously injured while riding on area roads.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver, a 49-year-old male who has not been identified, lost control of his 1997 Harley-Davidson while traveling south on Gateway Drive about 6:30 a.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones. He was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center in serious condition. He was wearing a helmet.

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Ebola checks at Savannah port

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:59am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Seven ships from West Africa have entered the Port of Savannah in the last 30 days. Twenty-one from the region have sailed into ports across the U.S. Coast Guard’s entire Southeast District in the last 30 days.

None of them brought Ebola.

But when the Coast Guard met a ship that most recently docked in Nigeria and was bound for Savannah on Thursday morning to perform a routine safety inspection, people started wondering why.

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Wrong-way driver killed on I-75

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:54am

MCDONOUGH, Ga. — Authorities are investigating a wrong-way crash on a metro Atlanta interstate that left a motorist dead.

Police say the collision happened around 3 a.m. Friday, in the far left southbound lane of Interstate 75 in Henry County, near the Jonesboro Road exit.

Henry County police say one vehicle with two adults and a child was heading northbound in the southbound lane when it struck another vehicle head-on.

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