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UPDATE: Practice round ends

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:18am

The Augusta National announced this afternoon that it will close the gates for today’s practice round and not reopen the rest of the day.

However, the club announced,  purchasers of Monday Practice Round tickets will be sent refunds in May, and will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2015 Practice Rounds tickets.  Further information will be included with the refund.

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Storm moves tonight's Par-Tee on the Green

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:05am

Tonight’s Par-Tee on the Green has been moved to a different location due to inclement weather.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the celebration will take place at the Richmond County Board of Education parking deck at James Brown Boulevard and Ellis Street.

Event organizer Karen Gordon said they have secured several generators for vendors and will be bringing in extra lighting and ramped up security. If the weather does clear, the celebration will move to the upper level of the parking deck.

The event is scheduled for 5-8 p.m.

Aiken suspects arrested; drugs, guns seized

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:39am

 

Six people, including an Aiken Safe Communities participant, have been jailed following an investigation into trafficking and selling narcotics.

During the investigation, police seized cocaine, marijuana, five handguns, a shotgun, money and four vehicles.

On Thursday, Aiken County sheriff’s narcotics unit and ATF agents executed search warrants at homes on Powerhouse Road in North Augusta and Weaver Street in Aiken.

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Tenn. slaying fugitives caught in Newberry

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:26am

 

NEWBERRY, S.C. — The four Tennessee teens who led police on a 10-hour chase last week are due in court in South Carolina.

 

Authorities say the teenagers are expected to appear before a judge in juvenile court on Monday in Newberry County.

 

Police have said a 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old boys fled Greene County, Tenn., after the 16-year-old killed his 36-year-old father.

 

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Harlem Department of Public Safety receive lightning bolt decals for felony arrests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:48pm

 

You can learn a lot about a Harlem Department of Public Safety officer just by looking at
the front fender of their patrol car.

For about three months, officers with the department who make self-initiated felony arrests within Harlem city limits have been awarded red lightning bolt decals to place on their patrol cars just above the drivers side wheel well.

The lightning bolt program was put in place by Chief Gary Jones, who adopted the idea from a similar program sponsored by the Georgia State Patrol years ago.

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14-year-old robbed at gunpoint

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:32pm

Police say a 14-year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint by unknown men at his Hephzibah home Sunday.

About 2:30 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3800 block of Crest Drive, according to an incident report.

Police spoke to the 14-year-old victim, who said he was robbed when he opened his front door to someone he originally believed to be a friend of his brother, who is currently being held at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on armed robbery charges.

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Broad Street store robbed at gunpoint

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:29pm

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Family Dollar store at gunpoint late Sunday.

About 8:40 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Family Dollar at 1991 Broad St., according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Investigators learned that a black man wearing all black entered the store brandishing a black handgun and demanding money.

The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, the release said. He was last seen fleeing northbound on Broad Street.

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2 arrested after 2 failed robbery attempts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:10pm

Two men were arrested Sunday after two failed robbery attempts within 30 minutes of each other, police say.

Robert Earnest Cave III, 44, of Martinez, and Christopher Oexner, 27, of Hephzibah, have each been charged with two counts of felony attempted robbery by intimidation, according to Richmond County jail records. Cave has also been charged with misdemeanor DUI in an unrelated incident.

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Man, 50, arrested after attempting to drive through Augusta National gates

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:02pm

A 50-year-old man was arrested Saturday after police say he attempted to enter Augusta National Golf Club in his vehicle.

About 8:40 p.m., Joseph John Murphy tried to enter the course via one of its gates, Sgt. Glen Rahn said. Murphy was advised that he was not permitted to enter the property and promptly left.

About 10 minutes later, Murphy returned in his vehicle and bypassed the security guard. He was stopped shortly thereafter by Richmond County deputies.

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Suspects identified in south Augusta shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 8:05pm

 

Police have identified three suspects in a Saturday night shooting at Southgate Shopping Center on Gordon Highway that left one man dead and another wounded.

John Lee Scarboro, 26, of Augusta, and Ricardo Lavert Jones, 28, of Augusta, have each been charged with murder and robbery by sudden snatch, according to Richmond County jail records.

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Central Florida hangs on to beat Texas at Augusta Invitational

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 7:08pm

Facing a three-foot par putt for the win, Greg Eason remembered back to last year.

In the 2013 3M Augusta Invi­ta­tion­al, Eason played the 18th hole five times in a sudden-death playoff, eventually falling to Coastal Caro­lina’s Sebastian Soderberg. Hol­ding a one-shot lead at No. 18 this time around, Eason didn’t want another repeat.

The Central Florida senior closed strong with 4-under-par 68 to defeat Virginia Tech’s Scott Vin­cent by one shot Sunday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

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Masters Week expected to start soggy, end sunny

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 6:32pm

 

Rain might put a damper on practice rounds Monday and Tuesday at Augusta National Golf Club, but the National Weather Service is predicting a sunny and dry final round to the Masters Tournament.

Late last week, the weather service said a weather system from the Gulf of Mexico was expected to come through the area on Sunday and could remain through Wednesday, bringing rain and cool temperatures. Meteorologist Tony Petrolito said Sunday things should clear up as early as Tuesday.

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Matt Jones reaches Masters with playoff win in Houston

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:50pm

 

HUMBLE, Texas — Matt Jones earned his first trip to the Masters with a remarkable 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole, outdueling Matt Kuchar on his way to winning the Houston Open on Sunday.

The win is the first on the PGA Tour for the Australian, who made a 46-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to reach the playoff. He ended it one hole later, chipping over the right front bunker on the 18th and watching it roll in.

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Paine College to host Purple on the Green Day Party this Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:10pm

 

Paine College will play host to the Purple on the Green Day Party this Saturday, April 12, at its HEAL Complex at 1255 Druid Park Ave.

The event, presented by BET and Centric, will feature music from Brick, quietSTORM with singer TuTu D’Vyne and DJ Greg Nyce. It begins at noon and is scheduled to run until 6 p.m. Emceeing the event will be Kiss FM’s Cher Best and Kimberly Scott, of WJBF-TV.

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1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Southgate Shopping Center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 12:41am

One man is dead and another is wounded after a drug-related shooting at the Southgate Shopping Center on Gordon Highway late Saturday, police said.

About 10:20 p.m., an off-duty Richmond County sheriff’s deputy working a special assignment heard shots being fired near the Bi-Lo grocery store in the shopping center, Sgt. Glen Rahn said.

The deputy pursued a vehicle occupied by three males to the 2100 block of Cook Road. There, police arrested the suspects and learned one was suffering from a gunshot wound.

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Pardon Our Mess: Two section of exposed wires near riverwalk

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:36pm

WHERE: Riverwalk Augusta between 7th and 8th streets

 

WHAT: Two sections of wires are currently exposed near the riverwalk sidewalk. The wires are partially covered by sheet metal.

 

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: The Augusta-Richmond County Engineering Department

 

ACTION PROMISED: According to Traffic Engineer and interim Deputy Administrator Steve Cassell, the wires are not live and his department is in the process of looking for a solution to the problem.

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Augusta man robbed on Formosa Drive

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 8:51pm

 

An Augusta man was held a gunpoint on Formosa Drive on Saturday, losing more than $220.

Michael James, 21, was on For­mosa Drive near Melrose Drive about 11:45 a.m. when the suspect, who goes by the name “Monkey,” approached him with a black handgun demanding money, according to an incident report.

George Howell, 30, who witnessed the event, said the man pointed the gun at James and asked, “Do you think I’m playing?” James handed over his wallet and fled.

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Lincoln County campgrounds will remain open

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 7:07pm

Three Lincoln County campgrounds originally destined to close for the spring and summer will remain open, the Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday.

The Clay Hill, Broad River and Hesters Ferry campgrounds at Lake Thurmond opened for the 2014 recreation season this week after the Corps reached an agreement with county officials, according to a news release.

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Augusta man robbed at gunpoint while buying marijuana

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:29pm

An Augusta man says he was robbed at gunpoint Friday while trying to buy marijuana, a Rich­mond County sheriff’s report states.

The victim told police that he called a man who goes by “E”,” who came to his house with another man and $85 worth of marijuana, the report states.

When going to pay, the victim said, he accidently pulled out two $100 bills. One of the suspects then drew a handgun and demanded the rest of the money.

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Richmond County police respond to call of sleepy trespasser

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:39pm

An Augusta woman says she found an unknown man laying at the foot of her bed early Friday.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in the 2500 block of Kaufman Drive about 3:30 a.m., according to an incident report.

Andrea Ambers, 29, told police she was laying down in her bed when she heard a noise in the back of the house. She called Sharon Wilcher, 41, who also lives at the home, to ask whether she had company over. When Wilcher said she wasn’t expecting company, Ambers sat up and saw a black male lying at the foot of her bed.

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