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Police looking for suspects on stolen truck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:16pm

Police are seeking two men who ran from police after crashing a stolen truck into an Aiken County home Wednesday morning.

An Aiken County sheriff’s patrol sergeant first stopped the stolen Ford truck leaving a home in Hunter’s Gate on Silver Fox Way in North Augusta about 3:40 a.m.

Police said the driver failed to stop for lights and siren and soon after left the road, striking a parked vehicle and then a home in the 5200 block of Silver Fox Way, according to a news release.

The men, one black and one white, ran from the truck toward the rear of the home.

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Military air training reported at fort

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:25pm

Augusta residents who hear what sounds like a large flyover should not be alarmed.

Fort Gordon’s training area is hosting routine, scheduled Air Force cargo drop training from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, and again tonight from 7 to 10 p.m.

The aircraft involved are Air Force Reserve C-130 cargo planes from Marietta, Ga. The planes are flying at low altitudes as a necessary part of the training.

The sounds of the air training have been heard as far away from the post as Daniel Field.

Latest Vogtle spending approved; plea for water conservation ignored

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:56am

The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an additional $389 million in expenditures for Georgia Power’s two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle while at the same time declining a request to require new water conservation measures at the plant.

The expenditure approval, which covered all of 2013, brings the total construction cost verified to date to $2.599 billion.

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Athens area man charged with fabricating own kidnapping

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:41am

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- An Athens area man was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he planned his own kidnapping to extort money that he and the kidnappers -- including two from Augusta -- planned to split.

“We had suspicions about (the kidnapping) all along, but we needed the evidence,” Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said.

Detrick F. Favors, 41, of Farmington, is in the Oconee County Jail without bond on charges of conspiracy to commit theft by extortion and making a false statement.

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Coroner granted funds to offset transportation costs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:07pm

The Richmond County Coroner’s Office will get some needed financial relief when it comes to transporting bodies now that it can access funds collected through a partnership with Georgia Regents Medical Center.

On Tuesday, the Augusta Commission approved Coroner Mark Bowen’s request to use $30,000 generated from the department’s agreement with Georgia Regents Medical Center Tissue Donor Services.

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ALS ice bucket funds stay in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:03pm


Brandy Quarles tried to prepare herself by dumping a glass of ice water over her head Tuesday morning.

“It didn’t help,” she said as she stood shivering outside the Georgia Regents University Medical Office Building, moments after she and seven others in the ALS Clinic had a bucket of ice water dumped over their heads.

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Isakson touts VA overhaul as answer to Augusta's problems

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:23pm


Outlining the benefits of a $16 billion reform package he helped negotiate last month, Sen. Johnny Isakson told Augusta veterans Tuesday they can expect more accountability, shorter waits and better health care at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

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Sex trafficking of minor ends with lengthy prison terms

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:10pm


Conspirators in the sex trafficking of a teenage girl got a break Tuesday from extremely long sentences recommended under federal sentencing guidelines, but they still will spend years in federal prison.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. agreed with the defense attorneys and prosecutor that the defendants deserved what is called in federal court a “sentencing downward departure.”

Charlie Castillo, 32, whom Bowen described as the most egregious of the group that exploited a 16-year-old girl, was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

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Army official addresses leaders at private meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:47pm

A top U.S. Army official visited Fort Gordon on Tuesday for a private meeting to address local and state leaders about the post’s future.

Katherine Hammack, the Army’s assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, spoke at a breakfast meeting of the Association of the United States Army’s Fort Gordon chapter. CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon Executive Director Thom Tuckey, who circulated an e-mail to community stakeholders encouraging attendance, said the meeting was not open to the media.

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