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Wrongful death suit fired over Marshall Square fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 5:09pm


Columbia County and several fire and rescue employees have been named in a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit over the fatal fire at the Marshall Square retirement community last year.

The suit was filed Thursday by Barbara Ellington, the last surviving daughter of Dorothy Carpenter, the lone resident who died in the fire.

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Indictment returned in case of fatal street brawl

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:10pm


A dozen people accused of taking part in a street brawl during which an Augusta teen was stabbed to death have been indicted on murder charges.

The Richmond County grand jury returned the indictment Tuesday against:

Demetrius Lamont Harris, 21

Michael Donnell Dean, 20

Eyvette Lashaun Byrd, 39

D’aciea Byrd, 15

Tyteanna Larosie Thomas, 18

Eddie Doneal Carter, 18

Ryheem M. Jobes, 19

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Forgery suspects sought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:04pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating two unidentified men suspected in committing Forgery in the first degree at the Family Dollar, 3352 Deans Bridge Road.

Anyone with information may contact Investigator Wren (706) 821-1023 at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office or (706) 821-1020 or (706) 821-1080.

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Paine will appeal recommendation to discontinue accreditation, say school officials

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 1:13pm

Even though its accrediting agency recommended against continuing accreditation, Paine College officials said they will mount a vigorous appeal that will contain new evidence of its fiscal solvency even as it seeks more donations to help.

And while that appeal is pending, which could be months, it will remain accredited, officials said.

See photos from the press conference

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Man accused of shoplifting after child left in vehicle

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 9:13am

Police said a man left his young child alone in a vehicle while shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Express­way.

Columbia County deputies were called to the store about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a passer-by noticed a young child, whose age was not provided, alone in the vehicle. The witness told police the child had been alone for about 25 minutes. Deputies found the child asleep on the backseat of a vehicle that was unlocked and running.

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Weekend smoke may be seen near fort

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 1:00am

Smoke and emergency responses might be seen in the Fort Gordon area this weekend during an exercise.

Fort Gordon will be conducting the aircraft response exercise 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The exercise is for training purposes.

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James Brown Plaza upgrades to resume

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 9:36pm

Work resumes Monday on an estimated $147,500 upgrade at James Brown Plaza, although the Augusta Commission has yet to name a source for the remaining project funds.

City Engineering Director Abie Ladson said the removal of several large trees surrounding the statue of Brown will begin Monday. The trees shaded the plaza but were damaged when city workers cut through their root system while digging trenches for new irrigation lines.

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Reward offered in Statesboro gun theft case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:47pm


A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information about the theft of 55 guns from a Statesboro, Ga., business this month.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, To­bac­co, Firearms and Explosives, someone broke into Backwoods Armory on U.S. Highway 80 East on June 6 and stole the guns. Security cameras captured an image of the person connected to the burglary.

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NBA argument leads to stabbing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:40am

Police said an argument over the NBA finals led to a fight and stabbing at an East Taylor Street residence Tuesday.

According to an incident report, the victim, Terrance Nipper, 24, of Aiken Street, was at an East Taylor Street address watching the game with several others when he got into an argument with a man known as “Junior.” During the argument, Junior punched the victim in the face and then stabbed him in the shoulder with an unknown object.

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Missing Augusta teen returns home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:30am

A teen missing since February returned to his Augusta home this week, police said.

On Friday, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office asked for help looking for Aaron Michael Walker, 15, who was last seen at his home on Feb. 27.

On Monday the teen’s mother notified police that he had returned home. Information on his whereabouts for the past three months was not released.


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LATEST: Remains found of boy snatched by alligator

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 6:58am

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched off a Walt Disney World beach by an alligator and dragged underwater was recovered Wednesday, ending a ghastly search at one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

Divers found the body of Lane Graves about 16 hours after authorities first got the call that a reptile had taken the boy from the water's edge at Seven Seas Lagoon despite his father's frantic attempt to save the child.

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McDuffie 'missing man' dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 4:38am

The McDuffie County man who was found last week after a massive three-day search died Tuesday, a relative confirmed.

Seventy-nine-year-old Reese Langham died at AU Medical Center just before 4 p.m. from various health problems that were complicated by his time in the elements while he was missing.

A family member said that his kidneys began shutting down the end of last week and that doctors were considering amputating one of his legs.

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Augusta commissioners close in on lost lending program

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:19pm


Augusta commissioners narrowed in on what became of millions in bank deposits overlooked for years after a minority loan program ended but took no action regarding the funds Tuesday.

The funds, initially invested with SunTrust and State Bank and Trust were sales tax dollars placed in certificates of deposit as motivation for the banks to lend money to disadvantaged businesses doing business with the city, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Coordinator Yvonne Gentry told a city committee.

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Deputies arrest slaying suspect, 17

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 6:48pm



Richmond County sheriff’s investigators arrested an Augusta teenager Tuesday, charging him in last month’s fatal shooting of a man on Cooney Circle. A second teen suspect remains at large, and authorities are asking the public’s help in finding him.

Sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins said Bilal Givens, 17, of the 1600 block of Goshen Road, was taken into custody at 4 p.m. and charged in the slaying of Marion Terry. The victim’s body was found about 9 a.m. May 15 behind apartments in the 1900 block of Cooney Circle off Olive Road.

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