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Athens cop faces child sex charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:04am

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens-Clarke County police officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile several years ago.

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SC woman rescued from fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:58am

CLOVER, S.C. — A volunteer firefighter and a passerby were the first to respond to a house fire near Clover and helped rescue a woman from the blaze.

The Rock Hill Herald reports firefighter Luke Caldwell and Charlie Kennedy rescued a 62-year-old woman Monday afternoon. Clover Fire Chief Charlie Love says firefighters from five departments responded to the fire, which took two hours to get under control.

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Ex-Ga,. cops guilty of bribe, drug charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:53am

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Federal prosecutors say two former Hall County sheriff’s office workers have pleaded guilty to bribery and drug charges.

Authorities said Tuesday that 33-year-old David Treadwell of Gainesville and 19-year-old Austin Herring of Murrayville pleaded guilty to the charges in separate cases.

Officials say Treadwell, a former sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe from a purported drug dealer in exchange for telling the dealer if local law enforcement was investigating him.

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Street performer in wedding dress offered $20,000 settlement

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:49am

ATLANTA — City officials are set to offer a well-known Atlanta street performer $20,000 to settle a lawsuit in which he claims police violated his rights to free speech.


Multiple news outlets report 62-year-old Bob Jamerson, commonly known as “Baton Bob,” says police violated his rights when he was arrested in Atlanta nearly two years ago. Jamerson is known for dancing on city sidewalks in costume.


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Five Blackville teens face charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:05am

Five Blackville teens have been arrested in the April 30 shooting of a woman at the Hilda Crossroads.

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll said Tuesday afternoon that all five had been charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon in the commission of a crime and criminal conspiracy.

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Woman faces Arizona fraud, theft charges related to late-term abortion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:00am

A woman in the custody of Columbia County authorities is facing extradition to Arizona where she is accused of faking a cancer diagnosis in order to obtain a state-funded abortion.

Chalice Renee Zeitner, 29, was taken into custody on Friday at a residence on Johns Road in Appling by sheriff’s officers who were working with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to serve an Arizona warrant for theft, fraud, identity theft and forgery, authorities said.

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Heritage trail gives access to Ellenton, a town that gave way to Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:58am


Hidden deep in the forest beneath pine and cedar trees, two cement steps are all that remain of the former Ellenton, S.C., a town that vanished in the early 1950s to clear the way for a plant that made nuclear materials for atomic bombs.

Hundreds of students once scaled the steps to the front door of Ellenton High School before the town was vacated, many of its buildings moved to New Ellenton before construction began on Savannah River Site. The town movie theatre, liquor store, boarding houses, churches, diner, car dealership and more exist only in memory.

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Richmond County school employees could see raises, no furlough days

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:32pm


Richmond County school officials offered the first glimpse of their 2016 school budget Tuesday, which would eliminate furlough days and give raises to school employees.

School Superintendent Angela Pringle and Comptroller Gene Spires said the new budget was created to “leverage resources toward improving student instruction,” drawing from both new pools of state and federal funding along with a potentially extensive “reorganization and adjustment” of some school system employees dependent on grants to create a leaner school system.

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Tax to address aging roads goes into effect in July

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:27pm


Barbara Sims is all too familiar with the dangers motorists face each day when navigating the 48,580 miles of state and federal highways spanning Georgia.

The state representative from Augusta said she passed debris such as two pieces of metal left from highway wrecks and shredded remnants of four blown tractor-trailer tires Sunday while traveling on Interstate 20 for legislative meetings this week in Atlanta.

She said she tried to keep a running total of all the potholes, but they were “too numerous to count.”

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5K race to spread message of nonviolence Sunday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:21pm


Community activists are encouraging teenagers to take a pledge against the use and glorification of guns and to participate in a 5K on Sunday aimed at spreading this message of nonviolence.

Dream Builders of America’s Youth is hosting the 5K fun run/walk in regards to continued gun violence in Augusta and throughout the nation, said President Tanya Jeffords, an Augusta attorney.

Dream Builders is asking teens 18 and younger to sign an online pledge before the 5K, which will allow them to participate for free and enter them in a raffle for prizes.

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Official: No McDuffie County equipment seized during EMS raid

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:04pm


Federal investigators remain tight-lipped about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s unannounced search last week of McDuffie County’s Emergency Medical Service, but a local official said Tuesday that agents seized no county equipment from the Thomson office.

However, McDuffie County Manager David Crawley would not say if personal effects were removed as evidence.

“They did not take any county equipment and the search did not involve county computers,” he said.

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Motion for partial demolition of historic buildings passes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:01pm


Facing a crowd of historic preservationists and history enthusiasts Tuesday, Augusta Commission members again gave hope about preserving two historic buildings on the downtown government campus.

The buildings, Georgia’s oldest standing structure built as a synagogue and an older court building, “have been in use since they were built in the 1860s, and we think they have a future,” Historic Augusta Executive Director Erick Montgomery told commissioners.

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Man with a history of child molestation gets 35-year sentence

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:30pm


An Augusta man whose history of sexually abusing children spans half of his life was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison.

When Benjamin Evans is released from prison, he will remain on probation for the rest of his life, Judge Daniel J. Craig ordered.

Evans pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to 11 sexual offenses committed against two children while they were between the ages of 10 and 12.

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