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Riverfront items go for Augusta Commission committee discussion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:57am

Safety as well as maintenance on the downtown riverfront will go for discussion in two Augusta Commission committee items today.

Commissioner Sean Frantom is calling for talks today about “safety during large downtown events” in light of the July Fourth gunfire at Riverwalk Augusta. One of the shooting suspects was wounded and another is being sought by police.

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Richmond County officials seek pink-haired suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:48am

Police are seeking a pink-haired woman who stole a cellphone while grocery shopping.

Surveillance video show the unidentified woman taking a black LG cellphone from the counter at Food Lion, 2116 Windsor Spring Road, about 6 p.m. on July 3. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking her for questioning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Thomas Langford at (706) 821-1038 or 821-1020.


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Deputies respond to Dollar General holdup

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:46am

Deputies were called to the scene of an armed robbery Tuesday at Dollar General on Deans Bridge Road.

An employee called police about 9:10 a.m. after a man with a gun demanded money. A witness last saw him running toward the Villa Marie apartments.

Deputies and K-9s were in the area setting up a perimeter and conducting a search.


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Possible probe into U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford's niece's injury

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:14am

BEAUFORT, S.C. — South Carolina investigators are considering a request to investigate after U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford’s niece’s foot was apparently injured in an incident involving the congressman.

A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department incident report shows the injury occurred at Coosaw Plantation, the Sanford family farm, June 18.

The report, in which many of the details are blacked out, did not describe the injury or who contacted deputies.

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UGA student goes naked in public

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:02am

ATHENS, Ga. — For the second time in a month a University of Georgia student was taken to the hospital after being found naked in public while apparently high on drugs.

According to a UGA police report, a 20-year-old student last week was seen walking on Oak Street while wearing nothing but a baseball cap and carrying a fake guitar. The 20-year-old told police he had consumed as many as six tabs of LSD.

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Pokemon game injuries rise

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 8:40am



LOS ANGELES — Beware: “Pokemon Go,” a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health.

The “augmented reality” game, which layers gameplay onto the physical world, became the top grossing app in the iPhone app store just days after its Wednesday release in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. And players have already reported wiping out in a variety of ways as they wander the real world — eyes glued to their smartphone screens — in search of digital monsters.

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Morning shooting in Beech Island

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 8:33am

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early morning shooting in Beech Island.

Deputies responded to 5060 Westminster Way about 12:44 a.m. and found a man in his residence with a gunshot. He told deputies he was standing on the front porch when two armed men got out of a gold-colored vehicle and shot at him several times before driving away.

According to a news release, the victim was shot once in the arm. Other shots struck the apartment structure.

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Crowd outside Georgia governor's mansion leaves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 5:13am

ATLANTA — Most of the hundreds of people who gathered for a sit-in outside the Georgia governor's mansion had departed the scene by 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mayor Kasim Reed and Police Chief George Turner appeared at the sit-in Monday night, where they spoke privately with protest leaders. Then most of the crowd headed home.

Turner told protesters earlier they could not stay there all night.

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Augusta solar energy effort breaks ground

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:40pm

Augusta’s three five-acre solar panel arrays will place it first in Geor­gia among municipal solar projects, Mayor Hardie Davis said Monday.

At a groundbreaking Monday, the mayor bragged on the city’s effort – a partnership with Georgia Power and contractor Inman Solar that was set in motion last year by the Augusta Commission.

The first location, an unused former Augusta Utilities compost site near the Mayor’s Fishing Hole on Lock and Dam Road, will have an educational component involving nearby Phinizy Swamp Nature Center, Davis said.

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