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Roofing scam cheated elderly

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 6:53am




DECATUR, Ga. — DeKalb County prosecutors say two brothers convicted of swindling senior citizens in a roofing scam have been given 20-year sentences.


District Attorney’s spokesman Erik Burton said in a statement that Keith and Jeffrey Ogles solicited four elderly people for roofing work and severely overcharged for their services.


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Augusta heat matches record high

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:34pm

Augusta matched a high temperature record Tuesday that was set 95 years ago.

Officials at the National Weather Service said temperatures reached 100 degrees, a mark that had not been hit on June 16 since 1920.

Officials say temperatures could reach 100 degrees again Wednesday. The record high in Augusta for June 17 is 101 degrees.

Witnesses describe 2012 fatal wreck on River Watch Parkway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:32pm

From the retired businessman who tried to intercept a wrong-way driver on River Watch Parkway to the veteran law enforcement officers and emergency responders, all agreed it was one of the worst crash scenes they had ever seen.

In the second day of Monique Sullivan’s trial in Richmond County Superior Court, witnesses to the Dec. 10, 2012, crash testified. Sullivan, 34, has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including murder and aggravated assault. A young mother of two was killed and another person was critically injured.

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Aiken County Board of Education cuts candidates to 4 in superintendent search

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:30pm

AIKEN — The Aiken County Board of Education moved a step closer to naming a new superintendent Tuesday, trimming a list of eight candidates to four unnamed finalists in an ongoing search that began following Elizabeth Everitt’s retirement announcement in January.

The board emerged from a closed-door meeting of nearly three hours, during which they reviewed the résumés of eight candidates supplied to them by the district’s Superintendent Search Committee. The district had received a total of 16 applications.

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Georgians can now apply for medical marijuana through a registry at the Georgia Department of Public Health

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:58pm


Thousands of eligible patients can now ask their doctors to register them to receive medical marijuana in Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Public Health announced Tuesday its electronic registry is now open for people to apply to receive cards allowing them to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil that contains no more than 5 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient in marijuana that provides a high.

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U.S. Energy Secretary calls for $1 billion annually for MOX program at Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:48pm

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Tuesday it will take more than $1 billion a year to complete Savannah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility and fund other related processes required for that method of plutonium disposal.

“When it comes to the total funding, not just for the fabrication plant but for all the other activities, for the (plutonium) pit disassembly and everything else, you’re talking north of a billion dollars a year,” Moniz said. “We’ve got to see Congress being willing to appropriate over a billion dollars a year for decades to get it done.”

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Missing Louisville man's body found in Emanuel County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:41pm

The body of Matthew Good, a 22-year-old Jefferson County man who had been reported missing, was found Monday in northern Emanuel County, according to Emanuel County Coroner Jeffrey Peebles.

Good, of Louisville, Ga., was a sailor in the U.S. Navy and was home on leave to visit family.

“On Saturday morning, Good left Louisville on the way to Tybee Island with friends, but got out of the vehicle shortly after entering Emanuel County and began walking,” according to an Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office news release.

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Bond set in fatal River Watch Parkway wreck for one of the two drivers involved

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 7:54pm

One driver in the June 1 wreck on River Watch Parkway that killed three Augusta children has been released from jail, while another has yet to make bond.

Christopher Whitehead, 33, was released Tuesday night after posting $20,000 bond, according to Richmond County jail officials. Whitehead was arrested Monday on charges of disobedience of a traffic control device, three counts of vehicular homicide in the second degree and driving too fast for conditions.

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Harlem woman airlifted to GRU after car wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 7:27pm


A Harlem woman was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center following a single-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon on Dozier Road.

Amy Lee James, 42, of Leitner Mill Road, was traveling south on Dozier Road and her 2004 Jeep Wrangler went off the east shoulder of the roadway, according to a statement from Columbia County Capt. Steve Morris. The vehicle then overturned and James was ejected from the vehicle. She was not wearing a seatbelt, Morris stated.

Her condition was not immediately available.



Fatal Belvedere fire likely caused by electrical short, officials say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:57pm


A house fire that killed a 64-year-old woman in Belvedere last week was probably caused by an electrical short, authorities said Tuesday.

According to a statement from Aiken County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Feemster, forensic investigators from his department and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division have determined that the fire stemmed from a short in the master bedroom of the home at 608 Ashley Circle.

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New state law in time for SC distributors, Georgia firework fans to celebrate July Fourth

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:18pm

Fireworks retailers have yet to apply for business licenses in the Augusta area, but industry officials said Tuesday that local interest is growing and an Aiken County wholesale distributor should significantly benefit from a new law permitting the sale of consumer pyrotechnics in Georgia.

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Sheriff dies in crash during highway chase in rural Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 5:22pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff died after crashing his patrol truck on a rural highway while helping chase a suspect who had fired gunshots at other law enforcement officers, authorities said Tuesday.

Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor, 42, was killed in a single-vehicle wreck as deputies and Georgia state troopers tried to stop the fleeing driver, said Special Agent Eve Rodgers of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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Commsission decides date for SPLOST referendum and also to end the Fort Gordon bus route

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 4:23pm


The Augusta Commission on Tuesday agreed to hold the city’s next sales tax referendum on Nov. 3 instead of March 1 and to terminate a little-used pilot bus route to Fort Gordon.

The special purpose, local option sales tax calendar commissioners approved 7-3 gives city officials about two months to develop a project list they think voters will like on Nov. 3, in a single-issue election costing $85,000 to conduct.

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