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Governor receives names of two lawyers to fill Burke County State Court judgeship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:54pm

 

The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted recommendations to fill the Burke County State Court judgeship.

The commission sent Gov. Nathan Deal two candidates to replace Judge Jerry Daniel who died on Jan. 30 — Jackson E. Cox, who is the solicitor of the Burke County State Court, and Jesse C. Stone, managing attorney of Merrill & Stone and a state senator for District 23.

Cox has served as the solicitor-general since 2001, and has a private law practice in Waynesboro. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law cum laude in 1995.

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Georgia dealers third in nation in incidents of lost, stolen firearms

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:19pm

Nearly 900 firearms were lost or stolen from Georgia gun dealers last year, which ranks the state among the Top 5, according to federal data released this month.

A 2013 analysis conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shows that federal firearms license holders in Georgia ranked third in incidents (134) behind Texas and Florida, and fourth in total guns reported lost or stolen (899) behind Kentucky, New York and Virginia.

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Richmond County teachers may have five less furlough days next year in proposed budget

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:30pm

With a softer blow expected to hit Georgia’s education funding next fiscal year, the Rich­mond County Board of Edu­ca­tion is planning to eliminate five furlough days in the 2014-15 budget, restoring the full 180-day instructional calendar for the first time in at least three years. 

According to the proposed budget presented Thursday, employees will still be furloughed on four non-student days to save the district about $4 million.

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Pedestrian struck, killed on Mike Padgett Highway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:27pm

By Doug Stutsman

Staff Writer

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday evening on Mike Padgett Highway.

Around 8:15 p.m., Richmond County deputies responded to calls of a traffic accident on the 3100 block of Mike Padgett Highway at the intersection of Payton Drive. The victim, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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School board addresses cursive writing concerns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:26pm

Citing a “strong relationship between learning and writing cursive,” the Rich­mond County Board of Edu­cation on Thursday approved adjusting school curriculums to add 30 to 40 minutes of practicing cursive writing to classroom sessions.

After board members voiced concerns over how much time schools were using to focus on teaching cursive writing skills, Superin­ten­dent Frank Roberson made a presentation describing
the necessity of teaching them.

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Deputy injured by combative suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:47pm

A Richmond County deputy was injured Thursday morning while placing an Augusta man in custody.

Claude Davis, 35, allegedly became physically aggressive towards the officer, injuring the deputy’s finger and kicking him in the groin area, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.

Davis was charged with felony obstruction, as well as simple battery, the report stated.

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Health department officials say errors made in school meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:05pm

Officials with the Richmond County Health Department acknowledged Thursday that public health employees improperly denied requests for information and attempted to bar photographs during a public meeting about tuberculosis-testing procedures at Hephzibah High School.

Reporters and photographers from The Augusta Chronicle and local television stations were admonished not to shoot video, take photographs or ask questions during Wednesday’s meeting, which was held to inform the public about possible exposure to TB bacteria at the school.

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Investigator glad he changed careers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:11pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: This profile is part of an ongoing series on area law enforcement officers.

 

WAYNESBORO — The first time Dan­iel Rodriguez considered a career in law enforcement in the late 1980s, he turned it down because of the low pay. The second time, he was the victim of an armed robbery.

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Braves change stadium cop gun policy

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:24pm

 

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves will no longer allow some off-duty police officers to carry guns at Turner Field, which has prompted objections.

 

Under the team’s new policy, off-duty officers from jurisdictions that don’t include Turner Field will no longer be allowed to bring firearms into the stadium.

 

The policy change will make the ball games less safe, Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins told WSB-TV.

 

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Not guilty plea entered in 2013 homicide case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:07pm

 

A man accused of committing the last homicide in Augusta in 2013 pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Marcus A. Coleman, 20, was arraigned in Richmond County Superior Court on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Coleman is accused of killing 40-year-old Ralph Harrell who was found with a fatal chest wound at the Scottish Inn on Stevens Creek Road on Dec. 29.

Coleman is being held in jail without bond.

Sheriff announces downtown unit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:41am

 

Business owners are hopeful a plan unveiled Thursday by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree will change the perception of a dangerous downtown.

Although he said he thinks Augusta’s downtown is no different than other cities its size, Barry White, president and CEO of the Augusta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said anything that can be done to enhance a feeling of safety downtown will be a benefit.

“It’s a crucial component of making our city a better destination for visitors,” White said.

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Sheriff announces downtown unit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:40am

Business owners are hopeful a plan unveiled Thursday by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree will change the perception of a dangerous downtown.

Although he said he thinks Augusta’s downtown is no different than other cities its size, Barry White, president and CEO of the Augusta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said anything that can be done to enhance a feeling of safety downtown will be a benefit.

“It’s a crucial component of making our city a better destination for visitors,” White said.

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Zelnak to retire from Martin Marietta board

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:10am

 Aiken native Stephen Zelnak Jr. announced Thursday that he will be retiring as chairman of the board of Martin Marietta Materials Inc. in May.

Zelnak, 69, will retire at the stone aggregrate giant’s annual shareholder meeting on May 22. He has been the chairman since 1997.

Martin Marietta, based in Raleigh, N.C., is the nation’s second largest producer of construction aggregates and has several quarries throughout the Augusta metro area.

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Athens cops seek 'cross-eyed' peeping Tom

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:55am

 ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities are searching for a man who spied on a woman while she was in a restroom stall at Athens Technical College.

The suspect was described by the victim as “cross-eyed,” was a black male in his 20s who wore a black beret-style hat, a black jacket and black shoes with red lines on them.

Athens-Clarke County police said the 29-year-old victim entered the school’s library building at about 9 a.m. Tuesday and noticed a man sitting on a bench inside the entrance.

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SC school buses might film those who pass

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:38am

COLUMBIA — The last words 12-year-old Adam Kempf shouted over his shoulder to his mother and sister were: “I love you more! See you after school!”

The boy was hit as he attempted to board the school bus near his home in North Carolina. He was thrown 100 feet by a vehicle moving 55 mph. The driver had failed to stop for Adam’s school bus, which had its lights flashing and its stop-arm extended.

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Man sitting on tracks hit, killed by train

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:53am

 

A Warrenville man has died after being struck by Norfolk Southern train Thursday morning in Aiken County.

Coroner Tim Carlton identified the victim as Robert Norman Bisou, 32.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Adbullah said Norfolk Southern contacted the sheriff’s office around 4:15 a.m. after the train struck Bisou near Carter Street and Bath Lake Road in Warrenville.

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Trees to be removed, pruned at Riverwalk Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:41pm

Long-awaited tree abatement and pruning hoped to improve visibility and safety at Riverwalk Augusta starts Monday.

Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities Director Robert Levine said the work will take three to four weeks, weather permitting, with pedestrian traffic re-routed in work areas during working hours.

Levine said visitors to the downtown tourist attraction should be aware of the inherent dangers at work areas, which will be clearly marked, and avoid them whenever possible until the work is complete.

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Authorities seek information in fraud case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:40pm

 

Authorities are seeking information on a person who cashed a stolen or forged document last month.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said the person entered the Peach Orchard Road Wells Fargo on March 20 and cashed the “stolen document” before leaving the scene.

Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Missing Augusta woman sought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:40pm

Deputies are searching for a missing woman who hasn’t been seen in almost a month.

Amber Gabrielle Smith, 22, was last seen March 18 in the 1800 block of Kissingbower Road.

Authorities do not think Smith is in any danger.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

 

Columbia County completes storm debris cleanup

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:39pm

 

Nearly two months after debris removal began, Emer­gency and Operations director Pam Tucker confirmed Wednesday evening that cleanup is finished in Colum­bia County.

“It’s been a long and tiring process, but I’m proud to say that a huge part of our cleanup process is 100-percent complete,” Tucker said. “We started the debris removal on Feb. 19 so it’s basically been two months of non-stop work.”

The amount of debris removed from the county totaled 539,587 cubic yards over 48 zones.

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