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Gloverville suspect surrenders after manhunt, school lockdown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:09pm

GLOVERVILLE — Aiken County authorities are searching for a suspect in a pair of car break-ins Tuesday after a man matching the description of the suspect surrendered to police but was later released.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office officials say they were alerted about 5 a.m. to a possibly armed suspicious person riding a bicycle in the Carolina and Bay Street area of Gloverville, wearing a camouflage jacket and gray pants. As police searched for the suspect on the bike, two car break-ins were reported nearby, in the Pine Log Road area of Warrenville, about 6 a.m.

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Feticide charge in Athens area shootout

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:21am

 

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation filed a feticide charge against a man who shot his pregnant former girlfriend during a rampage Monday in Oglethorpe County in which he also carjacked and shot a man, engaged law enforcement personnel in a rolling gun battle and rammed an 18-wheeler into several police cars.

The woman, 23-year-old Haley Hill, was in critical condition Wednesday at Athens Regional Medical Center. According to the GBI, her child was pronounced dead upon being delivered at the hospital.

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Virginia TV staffers killed on air; co-worker suspect now dead, too

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 9:20am

MONETA, Va. — A television reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television Wednesday in Virginia by a gunman described as a disgruntled station employee, who himself died this afternoon after a police chase.

The man believed to be the suspect later crashed a vehicle, and pursuing troopers found him suffering from a gunshot wound. He was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and has since died.

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Researcher recruitment pays off, Ga. schools say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 9:15am

 

 

ATLANTA – Spending about $12 million to recruit eight world-class scientists and 60 of their colleagues is bringing Georgia universities more than $27 million in federal research grants, the Georgia Research Alliance announced.

Half of the recruitment costs for lab space and equipment were borne by taxpayer appropriations from the General Assembly with the balance from donations. The mostly federal research grants cover nearly all expenses to pay and equip the 60 scientists who follow what the alliance called the “eminent scholars” they recruit.

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Molestation charges for Ga. math teacher

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:07am

An Appling County High School math teacher has been charged with two counts of child molestation in which the victims were students, Sheriff Benny Deloach said.

 

The Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation of a possible sex crime Monday, and Michael Glenn Waters, 38, was arrested later that night and was still in jail Tuesday afternoon awaiting a bail hearing, Deloach said.

 

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Florida man, 86, drowns in SC lake

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:04am

 

IVA, S.C. — Officials say an 86-year-old Florida man has drowned in an Anderson County lake.

 

Multiple media outlets reported Pablo Lopez Garcia, of Newberry, Florida, died Tuesday afternoon.

 

Deputy Coroner Don McCown says Garcia was swimming in Lake Secession with a pool noodle beside his wife’s kayak when he went under the water around 1 p.m.

 

Authorities say divers recovered his body in the lake about an hour later. McCown says his body was about 30 feet from a dock in an area of the lake that is about 35 feet deep.

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Ga. drug treatment center pays Feds $20,000

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:02am

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A Georgia drug treatment center has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle allegations by federal investigators that it failed to keep required records of controlled drugs in its inventory.

John Horn, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, announced the settlement with Lanier Treatment Center of Gainesville on Tuesday.

Federal law requires drug treatment programs to maintain detailed records of prescription narcotics that they receive, dispense and dispose of in an effort to keep them from the hands of drug dealers.

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Rebel nickname stays at Georgia high school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:45am

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- The Effingham school system will keep using the nickname “Rebels” at Effingham County High School and will make sure that sports uniforms have an “E” rather than a caricature of a Confederate soldier.

 

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Governors oppose 'Gitmo' prisoner transfers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:32am

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday joined South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in pledging to take any action within their power to prevent the transfer of inmates from Guantanamo Bay to their respective states.

The Republican governors made their pledge in a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter as the Department of Defense mulls whether Fort Leavenworth or a naval facility in South Carolina could house Guantanamo detainees.

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Aiken pedestrian struck, killed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:11am

An autopsy is scheduled today for a 56-year-old Aiken man killed Tuesday night when he was stuck by a vehicle while crossing the street.

According to a news release from the Aiken County coroner's office, Ricky Carter, of Greenville Street, was hit about 8:38 p.m. at the intersection of Hampton Avenue and Pendleton Street in Aiken.

He was struck by a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by James Stewart, of Warrenville, the news release said, and died at the scene.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is continuing the investigation.

Global markets languish

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:57am

TOKYO — Global stock markets mostly fell today as initial euphoria over an interest rate cut by China the day before succumbed to lingering worries over longer-term problems with its economy.

European shares fell back from their surge the day before following Beijing's announcement late Tuesday that it was easing monetary policy to help stabilize gyrating markets and counter short liquidity.

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Suspects sought after ransacking Augusta home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:50pm

Man finds home ransacked, shotgun taken

An Augusta home was ransacked Monday, police say.

About 11:55 a.m., deputies responded to the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, where an 82-year-old man had arrived home and noticed his back door had been kicked in.

Upon entering the home, the victim said every room was ransacked and his double-barrel shotgun was missing, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were able to lift fingerprints from a window, and a shoe-print was photographed.

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Army cyber general proposes new mission to fight global hacks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 7:50pm

EDITOR'S NOTE:  This article inaccurately stated the location of the Army Cyber Command. It remains headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., until its move to Fort Gordon is completed in 2019. 

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Pringle to review school safety measures after shooting at Hornsby

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 7:08pm

 

Richmond County School Superintendent Angela Pringle said she will launch a review of current school safety measures to see if “any changes need to be made” following the investigation of the Hornsby Elementary School shooting Tuesday.

“We’re going to wait for our school safety department to finish its investigation into the incident, and then use our findings to see if there is anything we need to improve,” Pringle said to a reporter after a news conference on the shooting. “At that time we will review all aspects of our current plans and policies.”

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Archery tournament to return to Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:56pm

A large archery tournament is returning to Columbia County next year.

Columbia County officials are expected next week to approve a $5,000 host fee to bring Archery Shooters Association back to Wildwood Park next spring.

“We’re really looking forward to coming back,” said Michael Tyrell, president of the international archery organization.

Tyrell said the Georgia Pro/Am 3-D archery tournament was held at Wildwood in 2006 and 2007 before moving to Fort Gordon through 2012. He expects the tournament to draw about 1,600 shooters.

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Electrical problem causes temporary outage at Waynesboro nuclear site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:22pm

An electrical problem at an on-site power-generating plant caused a brief outage to the Plant Vogtle 3 and 4 construction sites Tuesday, Georgia Power spokeswoman Ashley Stukes said.

The outage, which affected several training and support buildings and non-essential equipment at the Waynesboro nuclear facility, was fixed in about two hours, Stukes said. Vogtle units 1 and 2 were unaffected and continued operating at full power.

Workers at the construction sites were sent home. Work is expected to resume Wednesday.

Gamecocks name Connor Mitch starting QB for season opener

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:14pm

COLUMBIA — Connor Mitch finally won the quarterback job at South Carolina, and Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday the sophomore has a chance to keep it well beyond next week’s season opener with North Carolina.

Spurrier picked Mitch from a four-way quarterback competition that began during spring practice. Spurrier said Mitch played his way past junior Perry Orth, redshirt freshman Michael Scarnnechia and true freshman Lorenzo Nunez.

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Stocks down 200 at the close

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 4:20pm

U.S. stocks are closing lower this afternoon after falling sharply in the final hour of trading.

Stocks surged early in the day, rebounding from a big sell-off on Monday after the Chinese central bank said it was cutting interest rates to shore up its economy.

However, investor confidence remains fragile after a series of big drops in recent days and the market suffered a dramatic reversal in the final hour of trading.

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Swanee Quintet's Percy Griffin dies at 73

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:46pm

 

If Percy Griffin Sr. wasn’t singing, he was humming. One way or another, he always had music coming from his lips.

The 73-year-old, who was one of the lead singers in the Swanee Quintet Gospel Group for about 50 years, died Friday.

“He always had a song in his heart,” said Mark Jones, the general manager of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, where Griffin worked for the past 16 years when he wasn’t touring with the group. “He was always humming or singing.”

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Long prison term imposed for child pornography

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:17pm

An Augusta man who exchanged e-mails with strangers discussing how to kidnap and rape little girls was sentenced Tuesday to 160 months – more than 13 years – in prison for possession of child pornography.

Jason Genitski, 34, pleaded guilty to the federal charge in April. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Randal J. Hall imposed the prison term which, like all federal prison terms, will be served without parole. Once released, Genitski will be under supervised release for 25 years.

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