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Man pleads guilty to assaults, gets life plus 20 years

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:59pm

A 20-year-old Augusta man suspected of attacking three women, including the rape of one and the attempted rape of another on the Paine College campus, pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Jarius Dantzler accepted a plea negotiation and pleaded guilty to the most serious charge in each of his three cases in exchange for a sentence of life in prison plus 20 years.

Dantzler had previously rejected opportunities to plead guilty before his trial on one of the cases began Monday in Richmond County Superior Court.

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Michaux: It's time to apologize for picks right now

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:20pm

As college football finally enters the playoff era, there’s nowhere to go but up.

Same could be said for my preseason predictions.

This annual exercise is more often than not destined for failure. College football has so many variables (just ask the injury-decimated 2013 Georgia team) that it’s practically impossible to foresee all of the eventual pitfalls in August.

But usually you can at least stumble upon one or two keen judgments.

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Open house Wednesday on Augusta Regional Airport's master plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:15pm

An open house is set Wednesday to gather input on Augusta Regional Airport’s master plan update.

The Augusta Aviation Commission began the process in January to update the airport’s 20-year master plan and expects to have it complete next spring. During the open house, airport officials, members of the aviation commission and the consultant team will be available to collect feedback on draft plans for future airport facilities.

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Ga. VA nurse gets federal prison term

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:10pm

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A VA nurse from Glennville, Ga., will serve five years in federal prison and must repay $450,000 in federal funds she received by filing bogus worker’s compensation claims, the U.S. attorney said.

Loretta Smith, 41, pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to two counts of mail fraud in the mailing of the fraudulent claims and Senior U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen sentenced her Friday in Dublin, where Smith had worked as a nurse at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.

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Police identify suspect in Carrie Street shootings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:57pm

Police have identified the man they say killed one and injured three in a shooting on Carrie Street late Sunday.

Police announced the arrest Monday, but waited until Tuesday to publicly identify Robert Ivory Anderson Jr., 49, of Wintervale Road.

Officers were called to the area near 1013 Carrie St., around 11 p.m. Sunday where they found four people with gunshot wounds.

One of them, Quintroy Deion Roberts, 29, of Richmond Hill Road, was pronounced dead at the scene. The three others, who all resided at 1015 Carrie St., were treated for their injuries.

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Report: Training injuries triple at Fort Gordon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:39pm

The death of a Mississippi national guardsman at Fort Gordon this month highlights a growing trend of training injuries on post that one Army doctor said could be solved by soldiers modifying fitness routines and not pushing themselves to get in peak physical condition.

In the past four years, training injuries have more than tripled at Fort Gordon, climbing from 21 in 2011 and 2012 to 77 in 2013 and 2014, according to statistics kept by the Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center in Alabama.

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Aiken man arrested in narcotics sting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:27pm


An Aiken man is facing drug charges after the completion of a three-month investigation into a large operation of illegal narcotic sales.

Daryl Antonio Simmons, 39, of 125 Sharlyn Lane, has been charged with distribution of cocaine, three counts of trafficking cocaine and four counts of distribution of cocaine within a half-mile of a school.

Aiken County sheriff’s investigators on Monday searched Simmons’ home, where they seized 69 grams of cocaine, 17 grams of an unknown white powder and 355 grams of an unknown crystal white substance.


Police called when neighbor shoots at dog

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:24pm


A Hephzibah woman called police Sunday after a neighbor shot at her dog.

She told police that Ryan Adams, 24, of Elmwood Court, who was in his vehicle, fired a shot about 9 p.m. and then drove away.

Adams initially told police it was fireworks, not a gunshot. He later said he was walking to his car with his gun for protection when the miniature pinscher came into his yard in an aggressive manner. He said he fired one shot out of instinct, according to a sheriff’s incident report.

Adams told police the dog runs loose frequently.

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Snake fungal disease discovered in Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:09pm


Georgia’s snake population could be threatened by a deadly fungal disease found in a wild snake in Bulloch County.

A mud snake tested positive last month for snake fungal disease, a skin dermatitis that causes scabs, crusty scales, nodules, abnormal molting and other changes to the snake’s skin. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia-based nonprofit The Orianne Society, which focuses on conserving imperiled snakes, discovered the emaciated snake on the edge of a blackwater swamp near Statesboro.

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Aquinas football keeps firm grip on No. 1

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:06pm


Aquinas is the unanimous pick again.

For the second week in a row, the Irish football team received all first-place votes in the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class A poll. Aquinas started its season with an easy 41-6 win at Glenn Hills in its first game played ranked No. 1. Aquinas plays Friday at Prince Avenue Christian, which is ranked No. 8.

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Richmond County deputies seeking bracelet thief

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:05pm

Police are seeking a man who took a bracelet from a case at a Washington Road business.

The unidentified man was seen on surveillance video taking the jewelry from a display case at Trends and Traditions, 2834 Washington Road, on April 14.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy Angela Gates at (706) 821-1088 or any investigator at 821-1080.

Buttocks injection death trial begins

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:54pm



JACKSON, Miss. — Opening arguments were scheduled Tuesday in the trial of a woman charged giving unlicensed buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed two women.


Attorneys Tuesday morning completed choosing jurors in Hinds County Circuit Court, where Tracey Lynn Garner faces charges of depraved heart murder in the 2012 death of Karima Gordon of Atlanta and 2010 death of Marilyn Hale of Selma, Alabama.


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Ex-DeKalb official faces charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:41pm



DECATUR, Ga. — A former DeKalb County commissioner used a charge card to buy airline tickets and hotel rooms for personal travel and other public money to make purchases at high-end department stores, federal prosecutors said.


Elaine Boyer faces charges of mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud, according to court documents released Tuesday. Boyer, who had been in office for more than 20 years, resigned from her post this Monday.


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Columbia police drug analyst quits

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:44am



COLUMBIA — A drug analyst at the Columbia Police Department has resigned amid concerns over some of the work she did on cases while working for the agency.


Columbia Police Chief William Holbrook said at a news conference Monday that Brenda Frazier had submitted her resignation.


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Tech alum to give historic football to school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:22am

ATLANTA -- A Georgia Tech graduate won the bidding for a most prized piece of college football and school history – what is believed to be the game ball from Tech’s 222-0 win over Cumberland in 1916. His plans for the ball will undoubtedly please Yellow Jackets fans, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“It’s not mine,” said Ryan Schneider, a 46-year-old Atlanta patent attorney. “It’s for the school.”

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Toddler dies after Aiken golf car incident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:38am

AIKEN — A 3-year-old Graniteville girl hit Monday by a golf car driven by an Aiken Regional Medical Centers security guard died Tuesday morning, Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Police said the security guard, identified in an incident report as 63-year-old Donald Eugene Fox, was driving the vehicle when it hit the toddler in the hospital parking lot about 1:35 p.m. Monday.

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4 jailed for throwing rocks off overpass

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:15am

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Court records show that all four suspects have been apprehended after large rocks were dropped onto cars from a freeway overpass in Gainesville.

Gainesville police on Aug. 20 announced the arrests of two men accused of dropping rocks on Interstate 985 earlier this month.

The Times reports court records show that two more suspects have also been apprehended.

Police say 18-year-old Juan Peterson and 21-year-old Kyhrie Harris, both of Gainesville, were arrested last week and charged with criminal damage and terroristic acts.

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Dead dogs an Atlanta mystery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:13am

ATLANTA — Residents in an Atlanta neighborhood say they’re alarmed after recent discoveries of dead dogs wrapped in plastic which have been left on roadsides.

Animal control officers are looking in the cases in the Capital View area of southwest Atlanta, but it remains a mystery why the dog carcasses are being dumped.

WSB-TV reports the dead animals have been found near abandoned homes and in storm drains.

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Fire department seeks Augusta Commission's approval for ladder-truck refurbishment

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:01pm

The Augusta Fire Department is hoping to resurrect one of its aerial ladder trucks within a year, and all that’s needed is an Augusta Commission stamp of approval.

A proposal naming Pennsylvania-based Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation as the vender to refurbish the truck went before the Public Safety committee Monday. Without a quorum, no action was taken and the proposal will be moved to the Sept. 2 commission meeting agenda. The department negotiated a final price of $278,105 for the refurbishment.

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Public meeting Monday night on cleanup at Admiral Home Appliances site in Williston, S.C.

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:27pm


A public meeting on the environmental cleanup at the Admiral Home Appliances site in Williston, S.C., is Monday night.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold the meeting at 7 p.m. at Williston Town Hall, 13112 Main St.

Cleanup at the site will be performed by Rheem Manufacturing Co., with the EPA andthe South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control giving oversight.


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