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North Augusta man accused of child exploitation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:55pm


A North Augusta man is accused of disseminating child pornography after he was caught while using a file sharing service.

According to a statement from South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office, Jeffrey William Malcom was arrested by the State Law Enforcement Division on a count of felony sexual exploitation of a minor in the second degree, which carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.

A search warrant was obtained and executed at Malcom’s home on Monday, and computer-related items were seized by investigators for examination.


Aiken teen wanted in shooting incident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:43pm

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is requesting community assistance in locating an Aiken County teenager.

William Alexander Simmons Jr., 16, is wanted on six counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm into a residence, according to a statement from Detective Jeremy Hembree.

Simmons, also known as “Fatty,” is accused of shooting at six people that were sitting on the front porch of an apartment on Brown Lane on June 21.

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Second reading of Augusta stormwater fee passes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:31pm

It’s official. Augusta residents will see a stormwater utility fee attached to their water bills next year.

The Augusta Commission voted 6-4 to approve the second reading of a revised stormwater ordinance creating the fee Tuesday, with Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith and commissioners Mary Davis, Sean Frantom and Wayne Guilfoyle opposed.

Debated by the commission since February, the fee is projected to generate some $14 million annually for maintenance and upkeep of Augusta’s aging storm drainage system.

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Tom Brady's suspension upheld

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:09pm

NEW YORK — The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of “Deflategate.”

Then the players’ union said it would take it all to court.

Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC Championship
Game was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell said the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady’s cellphone on or just before March 6.

Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.

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Court orders EPA to alter rules

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:01pm



WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.


At the same time, the court upheld the EPA’s right to impose the clean-air standards, rejecting an argument by states and industry groups that the rule was overly burdensome.


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Data breach affects thousands

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:47pm



ATLANTA -- About 3,000 Georgians have been told that some of their health information was inadvertently disclosed.

The data breach affected clients in the Community Care Services Program, which helps people at risk of nursing home placement to remain in their communities.

The program is managed by the Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services, in partnership with Georgia’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging. Overall, CCSP serves about 9,500 people.

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New frozen yogurt shop opening in Augusta on Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:09pm


A Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt shop is opening Saturday in Augusta.

The frozen yogurt shop is in the Whole Foods-anchored Washington Crossing shopping center at 2907 Washington Road, Suite 404.

There are 19 Menchie’s shops in Georgia, mostly around Atlanta. A store is also opening soon in Valdosta. There are two in South Carolina.

Aid to Islamic State ends with maximum penalty for Augusta man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:12pm

An Augusta man intent on joining the terrorist Islamic State was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 15-year prison term for criminal attempt to provide assistance to a terrorist organization.

Once released from the federal prison term for which there is no parole, Leon Nathan Davis III, 37, will remain on supervised release the rest of his life, U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall ordered.

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North Augusta woman found dead in Savannah River

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:50am

NORTH AUGUSTA — A woman was found dead Tuesday morning in the Savannah River.

She has been identified as Suzanne E. Dyke, 61, of North Augusta, according to a statement by Aiken Coroner Tim Carlton.

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Georgia easing teacher testing rules

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 8:04am


Georgia public school students won’t have to take as many tests in the upcoming school year, the state Department of Education announced Monday.

Specifically, schools won’t have to administer as many so-called “Student Learning Objectives” tests, or SLOs, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced.

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FBI, Aiken authorities brief church leaders on active shooter situations

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:09pm

AIKEN -- Churchgoers might not be able to prevent a shooting at a house of worship, but the FBI says there are ways to survive until help arrives.

About 600 people attended an active shooter awareness briefing at Millbrook Baptist Church on Monday to hear from Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Rob Chadwick and other local authorities about what they can do to keep themselves and their congregations safe in the event of a shooting.

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Wide, heavy load ties up local traffic in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:06pm

Area motorists had to contend with traffic slowdowns on Interstate 20 this week, but not for the usual reasons.

Two giant freight shipments called “mega loads” passing through the area on Monday and today had Georgia Department of Transportation officials issuing warnings about traffic stoppages and slowdowns across a six-county stretch of I-20.

On Monday, a load carrying a 385,000 pound machine press began its slow passage from the weigh station on I-20 westbound near Grovetown at about 8 p.m.

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GRU President Keel pledges to work together with Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:21pm

Georgia Regents University and Augusta are on a “two-way street” where they should work together to become great, new GRU President Brooks Keel said.

Speaking Monday before the Rotary Club of Augusta, Keel touted his deep roots in Augusta education, which extend back to first grade at Monte Sano Elementary School and extend through the two schools that were later consolidated to create GRU – Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities.

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Selective hearing strikes at any age

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:54pm

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.

– Mark Antony

The other night at supper, my son stopped the conversation to ask: “What’s that?”

His mother and I looked at him, shook our heads, then asked, “What?”

“That sound,” he said.

We had heard nothing.

He got up, walked into another room, then returned to explain that some electronic gizmo had been buzzing and that he unplugged it.

“You know,” the soon-to-be college senior said, “there are some sounds that we young people can hear that you can’t.”

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Armed Martinez man stands guard near military recruiting offices in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:27pm

The Pentagon’s plea for Americans across the nation not to take up arms to guard military recruitment centers did not stop Martinez resident Jim Stachowiak from doing just that on Monday.

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Annual CSRA College Night on Sept. 10

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:07pm

The annual CSRA College Night for high school students will be Sept. 10 at James Brown Arena, according to a news release from sponsor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

More than 140 colleges and universities will distribute information, and attendees have a chance to win scholarships worth $12,000. Seminars on HOPE and LIFE scholarships, financial aid and essay writing will be offered.

The event is 5-8:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Lincoln County authorities investigating death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:01pm


The body of a 33-year-old woman has been sent to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta after she was found dead Monday, Lincoln County Sheriff Bruce Beggs said.

The woman, identified as Tiffany Marshall, was found unresponsive by her roommate about 1 p.m. Law enforcement and first responders were dispatched to Partridge Town Road but were unable to revive her.

Beggs said investigators found no signs of foul play, but as a precaution the body has been sent to the state crime lab by Coroner Paul Reviere for a more thorough investigation.

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Augusta VA manager jailed after violating bond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:50pm

A manager at the Charlie Nor­wood VA Medical Center in Augusta who faces federal charges in connection with veterans’ medical care was jailed Monday for violating bond.

On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps revoked the $15,000 bond he set for Cathedral Hen­derson, 50, on July 17.

According to court documents, Henderson violated bond by contacting a potential witness in the prosecution’s case, which alleges that he ordered staff to falsify the medical records of veterans in need of care not available at the VA hospital.

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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum to speak in Aiken Tuesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:16pm

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is scheduled to speak in Aiken on Tuesday at Newberry Hall.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who won in Iowa as a candidate during a 2012 bid for the Republican nomination, is scheduled to appear as guest speaker for the Aiken Republican Club’s July luncheon meeting. Registration and a social time begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch at 11:55 a.m.

The cost of the luncheon is $17 for members and $22 for non-members.

13 laws SC drivers should know

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:10pm



Highway laws can vary from state to state, but that’s no excuse to break them. South Carolina law enforcement officials have seen plenty of misconception and oversights.



1. If another motorist waves you onto a roadway, you are the one who’s liable if a crash occurs.

“There are a lot of nice folks that really try to help, but you are responsible if you pull out into traffic and collide with another vehicle,” said Sgt. Bob Beres, commander of the Office of Community Relations with the S.C. Highway Patrol.


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