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Allendale man accused of attempted murder in June shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 5:42pm

An Allendale man is accused of attempted murder after police say he shot someone during a robbery in June.

Evan Wilson Cave, 21, was arrested by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division on charges of felony murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a news release from spokesman Thom Berry on Thursday.

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Two men charged in package store burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:16pm


Two Aiken men have been charged with a burglary at a downtown Aiken package shop.

Police on patrol near Palmetto Package Shop on Park Avenue spotted two men -- Tequan Martrell Holmes, 26, and Darrin Marquile Holston Jr., 21 -- throwing bricks into the front door of the business about 2 a.m. Monday, according to an Aiken Department of Public Safety release. The men were arrested after a short foot chase. Holmes had a firearm at the time of the incident.

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Augusta veteran elected commander of DAV

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:47pm


Moses McIntosh, an Augusta Air Force and Army veteran who was injured during the Gulf War, was unanimously elected national commander of the nearly 1.3 million-member Disabled American Veterans charity this week at the organization’s 94th annual convention in Denver.

McIntosh, who served as a B-52 aerial gunner in the Air Force, and later requested and was accepted for an inter-service transfer to the Army, described the appointment as an honor and a privilege in a news release from the DAV.

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Air quality tests follow employees' illness at Augusta public defender's office

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:43pm

Air quality in the decrepit public defender’s office was tested Friday to determine if insecticide may be the cause for several employees becoming ill.

The jumble of modular units has had repeated issues with water seepage and mold and roach infestations in the roofs. New roof membranes installed this year have improved the first problem, and regular pest control is helping to control the second.

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6 arrested in Martinez-Evans theft ring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:43pm

Six people have been arrested in connection to a series of car break-ins and thefts from vehicles in the Martinez-Evans area.

Since Monday, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received several reports of thefts from vehicles in the parking lots of schools, day-care centers and fitness centers. In many cases, checks were stolen, forged and fraudulently cashed by the suspects, according to sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker.

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Augusta VA expected to keep homeless health care accreditation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:39pm

The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center fully expects to have its Health Care for Homeless Veterans program accredited for another three years after international surveyors made no recommendations for improvement during an inspection at the Augusta facility this week, a hospital spokesman said.

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Thomson High security up after weapon found

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:35pm

A gun was confiscated Friday morning at Thomson High School. According to McDuffie County School Superintendent Mychelle Rhodes, through the use of metal detection devices at both school entrances, officials found, secured and confiscated the weapon from a student identified as Casey Williams, 18, a ninth-grader.

Law enforcement was notified and agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are handling the case.

Williams was booked into the McDuffie County Jail and faces criminal charges as well as a school tribunal.

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319th Transportation Company to be honored for Vietnam service

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 2:35pm

Two state legislators from Augusta will recognize veterans and surviving family members of the Army Reserve’s 319th Transportation Company this weekend as part of an ongoing nationwide effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

During the local unit’s 46th annual reunion Saturday at the Augusta Marriott, Georgia House Reps. Henry “Wayne” Howard and Brian Prince, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, will present a certificate of honor and U.S. Department of Defense lapel pin to each living Vietnam War veteran of the 319th in attendance.

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Video: A meteor shower in Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:34pm

This week’s Perseid Meteor Shower might have been a challenge to see if you lived near a town with its street lights and visual distractions. That was not the case, however, in a rural field in Warren County an hour away.

Mark Albertin, an Augusta videographer, got this time-lapse view Wednesday night of the heavens, the stars, the Milky Way and the Perseid meteors before a summer haze dulled the vantage point.

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Car smashes into Grovetown home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:02pm

No one was seriously injured Friday morning when a car crashed into a Grovetown home.

Shane Sternberg was sleeping in his Ellington Drive home off Canterbury Farms Parkway just before 10 a.m. when he heard what he described as a bomb going off. He said he ran downstairs in a haze. “I couldn’t really tell at first what happened because it was really dusty,” Sternberg said.

His fiancée, Lisa-Marie Steighner, was in a back bathroom when a car burst through the front window of their two-story home and into their “bird room.”

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USC Aiken, Savannah River National Laboratory sign scholars agreement

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:36am


The Savannah River National Laboratory and the University of South Carolina Aiken are joining in a new program to help students prepare for laboratory careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The agreement, signed Tuesday, establishes and funds an SRNL University Scholars Program that provides USC Aiken students with both financial aid and greater exposure to “real-world research and development” through hands-on interaction with laboratory staff. The goal is to train and educate the next generation of researchers, the two agencies said in a news release.

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Beech Island shooting suspect sought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:26am


The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in finding Jeremy Clinton Lawton.

According to a news release, Lawton is wanted for numerous gun charges connected to a Tuesday shooting on Graystone Drive in Beech Island.

He is also wanted on criminal domestic violence charges. Lawton is considered armed and dangerous, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811 or 642-1751.

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Augusta man arraigned on murder charge in neighbor's shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:25am

An Augusta man accused of killing a neighbor entered a plea of not guilty Friday to charges of murder and weapon violations.

Walter Lee Johnson, 60, has been in custody since his arrest in the May 3 slaying of Marion Utley, 49, in the 1600 block of Norris Lane.

According to earlier reports and court records, an argument between the two men led to the shooting. Utley was shot in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Johnson was arraigned Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Ga. argues against Medicaid 'waiver'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 9:28am

ATLANTA -- The state’s Medicaid agency has all but ruled out Grady Health System’s “waiver’’ proposal to cover more uninsured Georgians.

“We’re not going to move forward on this at this time,’’ Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, said at an agency board meeting Thursday.

He cited “significant costs to the state” to implement the proposal.

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