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Heavy winds expected across Ga. today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:07am

ATLANTA — Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible across much of north and central Georgia.


The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today for several Georgia counties.


Forecasters say they expect that very strong and gusty winds will cause moderate to large branches to fall, as well as trees that have been weakened by recent rains. They also warn drivers of high-profile vehicles to be aware of the strong winds expected today.


Crime plagues Ga. Habitat effort

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:02am


WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A Habitat for Humanity official says that gunfire and gang graffiti are hurting the nonprofit’s efforts to build homes for people in a central Georgia city.


Houston County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Tom Prior said the safety concerns are hampering his organization’s ability to recruit partner families in a Warner Robins neighborhood. He said that people just don’t want to live there.


The Telegraph reports that Prior made the comments Monday at a meeting of the Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency.

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Centennial of iconic Archi­bald W. Butt Memorial Bridge cues renovation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:49pm

Downtown Augusta’s Archi­bald W. Butt Me­morial Bridge is not just another historic landmark.

It tickles tummies with its steep arch and captivates motorists with its gilded lions and Tuscan-style columns.

Most importantly, historians say it honors one of the city’s most famed native sons, a former Army major who died after delivering a message to Pope Pius X for President William Howard Taft when the ship he booked for the trip home – the Titanic – hit an iceberg.

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Thurmond Lake should be full pool for summer season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:45pm


Water levels at Thurmond Lake should keep water skiers, fishermen and property owners smiling for the remainder of spring and into the summer recreational season.

The reservoir, with a normal summer pool of 330 feet above sea level, was at 329.73 feet Monday. Because of ongoing work on the dam’s flood gates, the level is being kept about a half-foot below normal. Maintaining full pool should not be problematic, said Billy Birdwell, spokesman for the Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

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Aiken street closed for accident reconstruction Wednesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:22pm


The Aiken Department of Public Safety’s Accident Reconstruction Team will be mapping a traffic collision in the southbound lane of Laurens Street between Hampton and Edgefield avenues from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, according to a police statement.

Eastbound and westbound traffic in the 100 and 200 blocks of Abbeville Avenue will also be affected by the closure.


Woman burned in April 4 fire dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:21pm


A woman severely burned in a Crawfordville Drive fire on April 4 died Monday morning, Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said.

Police were first called to Karla Harter’s home at 3625 Crawfordville Drive after a neighbor found her on fire and helped put out the flames. The 46-year-old was taken to Doctors Hospital’s Joseph M. Still Burn Center with third-degree burns to 85 percent of her body.

Inside the house police discovered the body of Henry Jefferson III, 51, and evidence of fire damage.

Boose said toxicology results are still pending on Jefferson.

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Woman must do rehab program for latest DUI arrest

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:58pm

An Augusta woman repeatedly charged with driving under the influence with her children in the vehicle must complete an in-custody rehab program.

On Monday in Richmond County Superior Court, Judge Sheryl B. Jolly ordered Kenna M. Ware to 90 days in jail in addition to five years’ probation for her latest arrest on a charge of felony DUI, driving after being declared a habitual violator, and three counts of endangering a child by driving under the influence.

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Argument over marijuana leads to fatal stabbing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:33pm


Police said a 24-year-old was killed Sunday after an argument over money owed for marijuana.

Jackson Police Chief Dennis Rushton said police were called about 7:30 p.m. to a home in the 7500 block of South Silverton Street, where they found Brennan Marshall Tucker, of Duffie Street, with stab wounds. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Tucker died as a result of his injuries about 9:30 p.m.

Skyler Keith Wright, 18, of Wrights Mill Road in Aiken, was found Monday morning about three blocks away, hiding in a car.

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Man dies from March wreck injuries

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:32pm


An Augusta man has died as a result of injuries from a March wreck.

John Burroughs, 53, died Friday at Doctors Hospital as a result of blunt force trauma, Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said.

Police said Burroughs was injured in a crash on Mike Padgett Highway at Brown Road on March 27. Details on the crash have not been made public.


Many arrested over weekend on meth charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:15pm


At least seven people have been charged with methamphetamine-lined charges over the weekend in three unrelated incidents.

On Saturday three people were charged after police discovered a meth lab on Heckle Street near the Academy of Richmond County.

James Ted Tedder, 42, of Augusta; Mitchell Perry Pelham, 48, of Martinez; and Nancy Susan Wood, 63, of Augusta; were charged with manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine.

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3 dead in Ga. restaurant shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:30pm

Authorities believe a 46-year-old Franklin County man killed the owner of a German-style restaurant on Lake Hartwell on Sunday before abducting and killing his ex-wife and then himself.

Sammy D. Chumley murdered his ex-wife, Laurie Chumley, 38, who was an employee of the restaurant, and Jason Forkin, the 40-year-old owner of Frohmullers Grill Shop and Bait, said Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland on Monday.

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Man killed in Waynesboro shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:35pm


A 26-year-old man was killed and another person was wounded in a shooting early Monday in Waynesboro, Ga.

Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi said police were called to 107 E 11th St., just before 1 a.m. Devin M. Bonner was pronounced dead outside his home at 2 a.m.

Another person, whose identity was not made public, was shot and transferred from Burke Medical Center to Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta.

Further details on the incident have not been released.


Graniteville school was locked down as authorities seek possible bank robber

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:37am


Leavelle McCampbell Middle School in Graniteville was on lockdown Monday as authorities search for an area bank robber.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said investigators were sent to Security Federal Bank, 50 Canal St.,  to gather information about the incident reported sometime around 10:10 a.m.

Nearby Leavelle McCampbell Middle School was on lockdown as a precaution, Abdullah said.

Police said they were searching for four suspects who left the scene in a older model tan sedan, possibly a Cadillac.

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Motorcycle wreck kills Georgia judge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 7:02am


BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — A sheriff says a north Georgia judge was killed in a crash while riding a motorcycle.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Fannin County Chief Magistrate Judge Ronald Newton died Sunday afternoon in a wreck on Ga. 60 near the Georgia-Tennessee state line. Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby says Newton and his wife, Rita, were struck head-on by an oncoming car.

Authorities say Rita Newton was taken to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Her condition was not immediately available.

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Year has been dry so far, but rain is coming

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 10:22pm


Augusta has been drier than normal so far this year, the National Weather Service says. But Meteorologist Leonard Vaughn says don’t lose hope.

“Don’t wash the pollen off your cars; it’s going to rain,” he said Sunday.

A storm system traveling through the Ohio and Mississippi valleys is expected to hit Augusta late today and linger in the area through Tuesday. Vaughn says that could bring about another inch of rain to the area.

But that won’t be enough to erase the rainfall deficit of 3.35 inches for year so far, as measured at Augusta Regional Airport.

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2 arrested, charged with firing guns outside bar

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 10:05pm


Two Hephzibah men were arrested early Sunday and charged with firing several shots outside an Augusta night club.

Bryan DeShawn Dilworth, 21, of Woodcock Drive, and Rashaad Zotaud Dally, 24, of Farmers Bridge Road, each were charged with reckless conduct, discharging a firearm and discharging a firearm on or near a public highway, according to Richmond County jail records.

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Sales tax funds fall short for road, drainage work

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 9:37pm

Fifty-million dollars from the next special purpose local option sales tax won’t go very far toward repairing Augusta’s aging roads and drainage system.

Engineering Director Abie Ladson said most of the $50 million in projects included on a list going for Augusta Commission approval Tuesday will require additional funds from the Transportation Investment Act, the stormwater fee or some other source to complete.

“Basically, I was given $50 million to work with, so I had to work with what I had,” Lad­son said.

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Total lunar eclipse will arrive in wee hours Tuesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 9:32pm


Augusta sky-watchers, prepare for a rare event.

For the first time since 2011, a total lunar eclipse will arrive Tuesday morning, turning the moon red.

“The event doesn’t begin till pretty late, but I definitely encourage people to stay up and witness everything,” said Dr. Gary Senn, the director of the Ruth Patrick Science Center in Aiken. “It’ll be an amazing sight.”

At 1:58 a.m., the moon will move into Earth’s shadow, beginning the lunar eclipse.

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4 teens struck on Richmond County roads since Thursday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 9:18pm


Four teens have been hit by vehicles on Richmond County roads in less than a week, and two have died as a result of their injuries.

The most recent, on Sunday, involved a 15-year-old riding his bicycle. About 3:06 p.m., Timothy Johnson was struck by a Buick LaSabre in the 900 block of Laney-Walker Boulevard, according to Sgt. Monica Belser of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Timothy was riding his bike on the sidewalk in front of Church’s Chicken before steering into oncoming traffic, Belser said in an e-mail.

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Bubba Watson wins 2014 Masters

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 6:51pm

Bubba Watson claimed his second green jacket in three years today.

Watson closed with 3-under-par 69 to win the Masters Tournament by three shots over Jonas Blixt (71) and Jordan Speith (72).

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