Police collected 300 pounds of unwanted medications during a drug take back event this weekend.
The event was aimed at helping residents properly dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs. Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins called the event a success.
“It filled up the back of the truck,” Rollins said of the medications.Syncronex: Metered
It’s going to take a few more dollars to fill the tank in the upcoming days, gas price analysts predict.
Prices have already been on the increase, but AAA predicts it might continue to rise through the week.
Last week oil prices hit their highest level in more than a month. Prices have risen about 4 cents in Georgia.Syncronex: Metered
A 27-year-old man is facing a charge of stealing items from the outdoor donation drop-off area at Goodwill.
According to a Columbia County sheriff’s incident report, Robert Lynn Johnson II pulled up at the Goodwill at 4074 Washington Road about 7:40 p.m. Sunday and dropped off a children’s race track toy. The man then began putting various items left in the drop-off area into the truck and passenger seat of his vehicle. A sign states, “Any items left on our premises during or after hours are considered Goodwill property.”Syncronex: Metered
A Martinez woman has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle after a motorcycle crash last month.
Thomas von Ray Carter, 60, of Augusta, died Aug. 3 from injuries sustained in the July 19 crash.
According to a crash report, Carter was traveling north on South Belair Road near the Holly Road intersection on a 2003 HD Ultra motorcycle about 11:51 a.m.Syncronex: Metered
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story identifed one of the North Carolina suspects by the false name he gave police.
Police said a Gordon Highway Subway employee was defending her 14-year-old son when she fatally wounded one of two potential robbers Sunday afternoon.
Kovedia Williams, 36, said she fired at the men after one attacked her child in the restaurant with a tire iron, striking him in the head.Syncronex: Metered
ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia contingent at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games recorded quite a medal haul.
Nine current or former Bulldogs collected 10 medals in Rio, six of them gold. Based on Sunday’s overall medal count, Georgia-connected athletes would rank just below Kenya (11 medals) and just ahead of Croatia (10 medals), although the Bulldogs picked up one more gold medal than either of those countries.Syncronex: Metered
SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. — A Horry County special education teacher has been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in Surfside Beach.
Surfside Beach police said in a news release Sunday that 45-year-old Bion Legrand Shoemaker III was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of second-degree burglary to a residence and one count of auto breaking.
PAGELAND, S.C. — Deputies say a body found in Pageland is believed to be that of a woman reported missing last week.
Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks tell news outlets that the remains were discovered Friday in a shallow grave off a dirt road and may have been there for days.
He says he believes the victim may be 51-year-old Ternetha Ann Bennett, who deputies had been looking for since Aug. 15.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kevin Harvick wasn’t worried about his poor qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, starting 24th gave him exactly what he wanted to win at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“It kind of motivates me,” Harvick said Sunday. “I think it’s exciting. I like to pass cars.”
Harvick made the biggest pass with 70 laps to go, sweeping by Denny Hamlin and holding on to take the rain-delayed race at the half-mile concrete track.Syncronex: Metered
Pardon Ndhlovu, an Augusta University alumnus, placed 41st out of 155 competitors Sunday during the Olympic Games marathon in Rio.
Ndhlovu represented Zimbabwe and finished with a time of 2:17:48. Eliud Kipchoge, of Kenya, captured the gold medal with a time of 2:08:44. Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) won silver, while Galen Rupp of the United States took bronze.Syncronex: Metered
Speeding citations and fatalities are down in Richmond County so far this year.
That’s good news to police who hope it’s a sign that they’re getting their safety message across to the public.
“Some of it is variance, but some of it might be that we’re having an impact,” Richmond County sheriff’s Maj. Steve Strickland said Friday.Syncronex: Metered
A thief appears to have pried open the doors of a Kissingbower Road convenience store last weekend and made off with cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets.Syncronex: Metered
A Deans Bridge Road store employee said a shoplifter bit him when he tried to stop her from leaving.
According to a sheriff’s incident report, a woman with a female child paid for some items then left Image Too, 3404 Deans Bridge Road, around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. An alarm went off at the door and a store employee found several items in the woman’s bag that had not been purchased.Syncronex: Metered
MACON, Ga. — A Macon man who was shot in the chest has died after driving himself to a nearby hospital.
The Macon Telegraph reports that the 34-year-old Darian Brewster was shot and killed early Saturday.
The Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones tells the newspaper that he was in a Ford Fusion parked on the street when the shooting happened around 3:50 a.m.Syncronex: Metered
NORTH AUGUSTA — A little rain on North Augusta’s turf didn’t slow down DeJuan Bell and his defensive mates Friday night.
Bell and the Yellow Jackets’ defense set the tone early with multiple interceptions for touchdowns as North Augusta ran away with the season opener over Lakeside, 41-16, at the Jackets Nest.
The two swapped touchdowns on opening possessions, but the close score ended quickly as North Augusta picked off four Lakeside passes in the first half, returning three for touchdowns.Syncronex: Metered
Aiken police are seeking a man who used a cloned credit card for purchases at Walmart.
According to the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the man used the card at the Richland Avenue store on Aug. 8 to purchase numerous gift cards. The department defined a cloned credit card as a card that has the card number and cardholder information stored on it from a compromised credit card.
Anyone with information on the man can contact Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC.
It’s time to give that medicine cabinet another cleaning.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting unused and expired drugs Saturday during a drug take back event at CVS, 2703 Washington Road in the National Hills Shopping Center. The collection will be held between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.Syncronex: Metered
A Hephzibah mother accused of murder in the brutal death of her 2-year-old son was found guilty Friday.
The Richmond County Superior Court jury deliberated about two hours before finding Mary “Katie” Smith guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, and cruelty to children for the Aug. 3, 2014, death of Mason “Tucker” Smith.
Most, if not all, of the jurors chose to stay to see Smith, 41, sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years.Syncronex: Metered
The Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge on 15th Street will close to traffic starting Monday through next year.
The closure will allow for contractors to do an upgrade on the historical structure.Syncronex: Metered
Three men are facing charges after manufacturing methamphetamine in a south Augusta residence while a child was present.
Jeremy Allen Brown, 39; Jamie Lee Davis, 40; and Brandon Lee Moriarity, 35, were booked into the Richmond County jail Thursday on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, and presence of children during methamphetamine manufacture.Syncronex: Metered