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Attorney General Holder will step down

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:01am

WASHINGTON — Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and pushed to make the criminal justice system more even-handed, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first black attorney general.

The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama planned to announce Holder’s departure later Thursday. The White House said Holder plans to remain at the Justice Department until his successor is in place.

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Police to collect unused medications

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:35am

Police are seeking your unused and expired drugs as part of a drug take back program

On Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting prescription drugs in pharmaceutical drop boxes at CVS locations on 15th Street at Walton Way and Peach Orchard at Lumpkin roads.

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Salvation Army to offer Christmas assistance

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:29am

The Salvation Army will begin accepting applications for Christmas assistance on Oct. 6.

The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta’s Christmas Assistance Program will help provide Christmas gifts for children 12 and under and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring children’s clothing and shoe sizes and limit all gift requests to $40 and under per item, a press release states.

Applications for assistance will be taken from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6-10 at the Salvation Army First Stop Center (Kroc Center campus), 1765 Broad St.

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NutraSweet to stop making aspartame, downsize Augusta plant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:57am

NEW YORK — NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame as a result of foreign competition.

The privately held company said Wednesday it expects to shut down a major portion of a plant that employs about 210 workers, including contractors, by year-end as a result. That will leave it with only about 10 to 20 employees to focus on its two other smaller sweeteners, the company said.

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Suspect named in Wednesday shooting in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:05am

Police have identified a suspect in the Wednesday shooting of a man on Morning Drive.

Sedrick Antonique Williams, 17, of the 1800 block of Formosa Drive, is being sought on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is considered armed and dangerous, police said in a news release.

Police were called to the 1900 block of Morning Drive about 5:10 p.m. and discovered Darius Montreal Parks, 24, of Bream Avenue with a gunshot wound to the neck.

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Richmond County School System apologizes to Elbert County for 'miscommunication' with marching band

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:09pm

The Richmond County School System issued an apology to Elbert County Comprehensive High School on Wednesday after a “miscommunication” caused the marching band to not perform during a football game last week.

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Augusta libraries, schools say calls to ban books are rare

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:07pm

The American Library Association’s latest list of most challenged books is striking in its diversity.

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower deal with weighty themes such as racism or sexuality. Others, including Jeff Smith’s graphic novel series Bone, are works of high fantasy and allegory meant for all ages.

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Barrow-Allen debate moved to Evans Government Complex

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:50pm


Democratic incumbent John Barrow and Republican challenger Rick Allen will face off Saturday as scheduled, but there has been a change in venue for the 12th Congressional District’s only scheduled Augusta debate.

The forum, sponsored by the Islamic Society of Au­gusta, has been moved from the Islamic Community Center, located at 465 Old Evans Road, in Martinez, to the Evans Government Com­plex at 630 Ronald Reagan Drive.

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Husband seeks leniency for wife of 56 years who shot him in leg

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:04pm


In her pretty go-to-church outfit, 71-year-old Annie Gaines made a most unlikely suspect Wednesday. But there was no question she shot her husband.

After 56 years of marriage, on March 12, Mrs. Gaines had had enough of her husband’s philandering and indifference toward her, she would tell the sheriff’s deputy who later transported her to the jail.

She picked up a .38 Special and shot 75-year-old Joseph Gaines in the leg.

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City notifies marina operator of eviction proceedings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:03pm

Mobile Marine is closer to being evicted from Augusta’s riverfront, with the city’s filing of a dispossessory notice against the longtime marina operator in Richmond County Superior Court.

The notice, the first step in an eviction, alleges Mobile Marine failed to pay nearly $30,900 in rent and $5,463 in utility bills and gives the company until Sept. 29 to respond or face being forcibly removed.

Mobile Marine owner Mike Stacy declined to comment Wednesday, but has sent more than 100 pages of objections to Augusta Port Authority members and The Augusta Chronicle.

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2 men sought in unrelated cases

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 7:01pm

Richmond County sheriff’s investigators are seeking two men in separate cases.

Kyle Edwin Palmer, 22, is being sought in connection with an investigation into an automotive chop shop operating on Richards Road. Palmer is known to frequent the 2400 block of Patiller Road in Hephzibah, police said.

He faces charges of felony owning, operating or conducting a chop shop and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property.

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Edgefield County woman missing several days after taking walk

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:57pm

An Edgefield County, S.C., woman left for a walk Saturday and has been missing ever since.

Police said Tammy Sue Kingery, 37, left a note saying she was going for a walk and would be back later. It is out of character for Kingery to take walks and be out of contact with her family for such a long time, police said. Investigators said they have heard several reports of possible sightings, but none have turned up anything.

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Augusta man found in car with gunshot wound

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:17pm


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident Wednesday in south Augusta.

About 5:08 p.m., deputies responded to the 1900 block of Morning Drive where a man was found inside a white Honda with a gunshot wound to his neck, according to Lt. Lewis Blanchard.

The victim was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center.

“I was sitting at my computer when I heard three gunshots,” Morning Drive resident Roy Dailey said. “Next thing I know about 12 cops come flying up.”

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TB tests given to 62 pupils, teachers at Martinez Elementary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:36pm

Skin tests for tuberculosis were administered to students and teachers at Martinez Elementary School on Wednesday, less than a week after a fourth-grader was removed for possibly being exposed to the disease.

Columbia County School System Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway said 62 pupils and adults, including two who were independently tested, were tested at the school in Evans.

The tests were offered to classmates, teachers, and pupils on the bus of the pupil who was possibly exposed to the disease.

The results of the tests are expected Friday.

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Slaying suspect to be brought to Columbia County soon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:52pm

Slaying suspect Daniel Nelson Robinson could be returned to Columbia County in days, officials said Wednesday.

Robinson, 21, is being held in a Jacksonville, Fla., jail after he was caught by the Florida Highway Patrol as a suspect in the fatal Aug. 14 shooting of Bill DaVitte, of Martinez.

On Wednesday, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the only thing that stands between Robinson and a Columbia County jail cell is a ride from Jacksonville.

Morris said transportation arrangements have not been finalized.

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Grand jury won't charge Stewart in driver's death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 3:20pm

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — After more than six weeks in limbo, NASCAR star Tony Stewart finally got the news he had been hoping for.

A grand jury that heard testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, including accident reconstruction experts and drivers, and looked at photographs and video decided against bringing criminal charges against Stewart for the death of 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during an Aug. 9 race.

That doesn’t mean it’s over.

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Richmond County grand jury indicts registered sex offender on new charge of rape

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:22pm


A registered sex offender has been indicted on new charges in the sexual assault of an Augusta woman.

A Richmond County grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday against Barry Lynn Stokes, 47, on charges of rape, aggravated sexual battery and burglary.

According to the indictment, Stokes, of the 2800 block of Sibley Road, is accused of breaking into a woman’s home June 21 and attacking her.

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Technology town hall meeting to focus on legislative topics

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:17pm


A town hall meeting focusing on emerging technology communities statewide will be held next month in Augusta.

The Technology Association of Georgia will hold the forum Oct. 8 at the former chamber of commerce building at 600 Broad St. The event, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., is designed to inform participants about activities from the 2014 Georgia General Assembly and to preview initiatives from the upcoming 2015 session.

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Augusta VA police arrested on marijuana charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:02pm

A police officer at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center remains employed by the Augusta hospital after being arrested last month by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.

Daniel Williamson, 28, of Augusta, was issued a citation and jailed in the Richmond County Detention Center about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 11 for having up to an ounce of marijuana in his possession, said Lt. Allan Rollins, sheriff’s office spokesman.

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Agon Sports and Entertainment to purchase Boise Hawks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:50pm


Agon Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Augusta GreenJackets, is in the process of purchasing a Minor League Baseball team in Boise, Idaho.

The ownership group, led by president Jeff Eiseman, intends to buy the Boise Hawks, a Class A short-season team in the Northwest League. The Hawks recently ended their 12-season affiliation with the Chicago Cubs and will be a Colorado Rockies affiliate in 2015.

Terms of the sale have not been disclosed, and the sale is pending approval by Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and the Northwest League.

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