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Shooting victim was found in bed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 6:54pm


NORTH AUGUSTA – Police responding to a North Augusta shooting Tuesday found Dakota Cook in bed, with the covers up to his neck and a wound to the face. A shotgun was at the foot of the bed with the barrel pointed toward the headboard.

That description was among details released Wednesday in the death of Cook, a 21-year-old father of four.

His wife, Terry Cook, 20, was charged with murder. She also faces four counts of unlawful neglect of a child and a charge of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

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Traffic watchers work to keep commute smooth

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 6:14pm


An Augusta traffic engineer’s day starts long before the sun comes up during Masters Week.

When the first rush of traffic hits Washington Road after 7 a.m., traffic engineer and interim deputy administrator Steve Cassell is already at his makeshift desk at Westside High School between other engineers.

On a platform in a small auditorium, the four engineers stare over their coffee at large screens of intersections packed with out-of-state visitors headed to the Masters, some seeing Augusta streets for the first time.

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Cops called after customer throws milkshake

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 6:00pm


A fast-food employee got a face full of shake Tuesday from an angry customer, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.

Deputies were called to McDonald’s, 3423 Wrightsboro Road, about 3 p.m. after a man threw a milkshake back through the drive-through window. The 18-year-old who was working the window said the man pulled the lid off the drink and took a sip before he began cursing and asking who made it. He threw the drink back through the window, hitting the employee in the face.

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GOP plans Augusta debate

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:32pm


The Georgia Republican party will hold a U.S. Senate candidate debate April 19 in Augusta.

It’s the sixth time the debate has returned to Augusta. Candidates trying to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss will participate in the debate, which will be monitored by radio talk show host Martha Zoller.

The event will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive in Grovetown.

Questions can be directed to Adam Pipkin, executive director of the Georgia Republican Party at (404) 257-5559 or

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Augusta interested as Georgia looks at rail expansion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:33pm

ATLANTA -- The last time the Department of Transportation produced the State Rail Plan in 2009, it acknowledged there were more local efforts going on than it could include.

Now the department is preparing an update, and it’s looking for public input.

And various groups are already prepared to offer their vision of what the new plan should include.

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UGA overdose should be warning, cops say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:20pm


ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities on Wednesday said a 21-year-old University of Georgia student found dead in his East Campus Village dorm room three months ago died from an accidental drug overdose.

After an autopsy did not yield immediate answers, the state Medical Examiner’s Office and the Clarke County Coroner concluded from interviews, the results of toxicology tests and other evidence that David Peacock Braun died from a lethal dose of fentanyl.

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Fatal accident in downtown Aiken

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:42am


One person is dead in a morning collision in Aiken.

Aiken Department of Public Safety Cpl. Jeremy Hembree said the driver  was traveling east on Abbeville Avenue just before 9 a.m. when he failed to yield right to a vehicle traveling south on Laurens Street. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, died as a result of injuries. No one else was injured in the crash.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton  said the victim has been identified as Gregory Stevens, 52, of Graniteville.


Aiken neighborhood told to boil water

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:05am

The Aiken Department of Public Safety has asked residents of the Pipeline Road-Horseshoe Bend area to boil water they use for personal consumption for the next 24 hours, or until 10 a.m. Thursday.

Ga. man rescued after falling in well

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:12am


NEWNAN, Ga. — Authorities say a man was being treated at an Atlanta hospital after firefighters rescued him from a well in Coweta County.

The Newnan Times-Herald reports that the man fell into the well late Tuesday morning, while working on his home on Doc Perry Road. He managed to catch himself part-way down, but still fell about 20 feet.

Firefighters used an anchoring system to lower a rescuer into the well and lift the man to safety. They also set up an exhaust fan and hose to blow air into the well.

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SC gas prices jump this month

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:57am


COLUMBIA — Gas prices in South Carolina have jumped 17 cents in the past month.


AAA Carolinas says the average price per gallon on Tuesday was $3.36. That’s compared to $3.19 a month ago.


Club president and CEO David E. Parsons says gas prices typically go up in the spring because of refinery maintenance projects that lead to tightened supply.


Demand also starts to rise as people take more trips in warmer weather.


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SC woman found in burning car identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:55am


GREENVILLE, S.C. — Authorities have identified a Williamston woman whose body was found inside a burning car in the Honea Path area.


Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said Tuesday he had ruled the death of 20-year-old Joseline Kassandra Gamarro Aragon a homicide.


Evans says DNA comparison was used to identify Aragon’s body after it was found inside the car on April 1.


Evans hasn’t yet said how Aragon died but says she was dead before the fire started. Evans says Aragon was killed sometime on March 31 or April 1.

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Burke County suspect attacks woman, teen with metal pipe

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:17pm

Police are looking for a Burke County man accused of entering a home Tuesday and beating the homeowner and her 14-year-old daughter with a metal pipe.

About 4:30 a.m., a man identified as Randolph Douse Jr. went to an acquaintance’s house in the 3100 block of Farmers Bridge Road to ask for a ride, Burke County sheriff’s Sgt. Dedric Smith said.

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Burke County authorities seek missing Girard woman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:15pm


Burke County authorities are asking for the public’s help to find a Girard, Ga., woman who has been missing since last week.

Angela Odum Freeman, 44, was last seen April 2 driving a 2002 white Nissan Altima with Georgia license plate BSX3425, Burke County sheriff’s investigators said Tuesday.

Family members told police last week that Freeman was driving toward Augusta. Investigators said she suffers from a medical condition, but would not elaborate.

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Younger teen births decline but still affect lives

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:30pm

Despite big declines in younger teens giving birth, those 17 and younger still account for one in four teen births – more than 86,000 in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

Many were ages 15-17, who had yet to finish high school and faced tougher prospects in education and later on in life, a CDC official said.

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Augusta bluegrass musician, mentor, Ed Hurt, remembered

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:22pm


Ed Hurt very humbly often described himself as just another bluegrass musician, when in truth he was one of the greatest mandolin and fiddle players anywhere.

And he emceed some of the largest bluegrass and folk music festivals in the South, including the Union Grove, N.C., National Fiddlers’ Convention, which drew around a quarter of a million people when it finally closed in 1979.

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Man swings at deputy, falls into cruiser

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:45pm

A man found with drugs in his possession was injured Monday night when he fell face-first into a police cruiser while trying to strike an officer, police said.

Richmond County sher­iff’s Deputy Jacob Dorn was conducting a business check at Augusta Mart, 1713 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., about 11 p.m. Monday when he saw Donavan Tikare Geiger, 26, of Johnson Avenue, suddenly change directions to avoid him, according to reports.

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Golf helps men share faith

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:35pm


The game of golf gives Zach Johnson and Stewart Cink a platform to glorify God in front of millions of golf fans every day.

“On the golf course it’s how they manage themselves around the ball, but in life it’s how they let the Lord manage them and guide their lives,” said Dr. Morris Pickens, a sports psychologist who joined the pro golfers on stage at Tuesday’s Masters Prayer Breakfast at Warren Baptist Church.

The 22nd annual event was presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and drew more than 1,000 people.

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Wife charged with killing husband

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:46pm

NORTH AUGUSTA — A woman was charged Tuesday with shooting her husband in their North Augusta Gardens apartment while their four small children were home.

North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers were called to Apartment 1701 at the Marion Avenue complex about 10:30 a.m. and found Dakota Cook, 21, with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he died from his injuries, Coroner Tim Carlton said in a news release.

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Ga. man charged after daughter's shotgun death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:22pm

WAYCROSS, Ga. -- The father of a 10-year-old girl accidentally shot to death has been charged in the illegal possession of the shotgun that killed her, the Ware County sheriff said.

Taylor Marie Jowers died at her home just after 1 p.m. Friday when she was struck in the chest by a blast from a shotgun that a 15-year-old boy was in the process of unloading, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.

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Ex-UGA coach Jim Donnan co-defendant pleads guilty

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:26am

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Ohio man charged with operating a Ponzi scheme with former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge.

Donnan has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges. His trial is scheduled to begin May 6 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in Athens.

Gregory Crabtree’s sentencing is scheduled for June 24, also in Athens.

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