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Storage auctions gaining popularity in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:36pm


It’s a semiprivate affair in which local residents armed with flashlights, storage packers and wads of cash travel the area in hopes of scoring rare jewelry, Civil War relics or a first-edition Superman comic book.

Self-storage auctions have been taking place in Augusta for at least three decades, but have started gaining increased popularity in the past four years, with reality TV shows following groups of modern day treasure hunters who earn their livings through buying abandoned lockers and reselling the contents for a profit.

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Coroner's office seeks smooth running after overhaul

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:29pm


After more than eight months heading the Richmond County Coroner’s Office, Mark Bowen thinks he and his deputy coroners have built back trust in a department marred by the alleged actions of his predecessor.

Additional layers of accountability have helped, he said.

Following the December arrest of then-Coroner Grover Tuten amid allegations of theft and oath-of-office violations, Bowen, who was Tuten’s chief deputy coroner, immediately made changes in the department’s policy to prevent abuses.

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Burke County police investigate suspicious death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:16pm


The Burke County Sheriff’s Office says its investigation into a “suspicious situation” involves a victim who was burned beyond recognition in a vehicle fire this weekend.

Sgt. Dedric Smith said the fire engulfed a Ford Windstar and might have happened Saturday morning. He would not elaborate on what might have caused the fire.

County Coroner Susan Salemi said the victim is believed to be male, and that officials have made contact with someone who might confirm the victim’s identity.

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Masters champ Watson wins WGC event in China

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:14pm

SHANGHAI — Even in the midst of a meltdown, Bubba Watson never lost hope Sunday in the HSBC Champions.

He stood on the 16th tee with a two-shot lead. He trudged off the 17th green facing a one-shot deficit behind five players suddenly tied for the lead. And right when it looked as though Watson had blown it, he delivered a finish that not even the creator of “Bubba golf” could have imagined.

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Eagles hold off Bobcats for seventh win in a row

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 8:11pm


SAN MARCOS, Texas — Georgia Southern’s players celebrated wildly as they returned to their locker room Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium.

First, however, they collectively took a deep breath for a sigh of relief.

A trip to play Texas State turned into a game of Texas Hold on. An 18-point lead disintegrated, but the Eagles held on for a wild 28-25 victory to remain unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play.

Georgia Southern (8-2, 7-0) won its seventh consecutive game by building a big lead through three quarters, then surviving a fourth-quarter Bobcat rally.

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Burke County authorities seek help with 'suspicious situation'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 7:21pm

The Burke County Sher­iff’s Office is seeking public assistance in its investigation into a “suspicious situation,” officials say.

Sgt. Dedric Smith said the department is asking anyone missing a family member who drives a Ford Windstar and who might have been hunting on public land Saturday to call the sheriff’s office at (706) 554-2133.

Smith would not go into details about the investigation and would not confirm whether it involves a death.


Deputy believes brick thrown at patrol car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 7:01pm

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy said he believes someone threw a brick at his vehicle while on patrol Saturday.

According to an incident report, Deputy Jeffrey Adams was patrolling the 3600 block of Belair Road about 9:30 a.m. when something hit his passenger side window. He stopped after noticing scratches and debris on the window.

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Woman reports carjacking outside business

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:56pm


An Augusta woman was carjacked at gunpoint in the parking lot of an Augusta business Wednesday, a Richmond County sheriff’s report says.

Police were called about 8:45 p.m., and the 38-year-old said she was approached outside Dollar General, 3134 Wrightsboro Road, by an unknown black male while getting her wallet from her white 1997 Lincoln Town Car. She said she didn’t notice him until she heard him cock the hammer on his gun.

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Augusta woman robbed at apartments

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:36pm

An Augusta woman was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday, losing more than $600.

The 20-year-old told police that she and her friend were trying to enter her apartment on Heritage Circle when she saw two black males standing in the stairway, a Richmond County sheriff’s report states. She said she knew something was amiss because the stairwell was not lit as is usual.

One of the men brandished a gun and ordered the victim to “give it up.” The other grabbed her purse, and both men fled toward Fox Den Apartments.

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Yellow Jackets rout Wolfpack

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:10pm


RALEIGH, N.C. — Georgia Tech’s offense did its normal yard-churning work. This time, though, the once-struggling defense pitched in on the scoring to give the Yellow Jackets a dominating road win.

D.J. White and Quayshawn Nealy scored defensive touchdowns in the second quarter to help Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 56-23 on Saturday for the Yellow Jackets’ third consecutive win.

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Balanced Dogs pummel Wildcats

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Georgia’s (sometimes) magical mystery tour of the Southeastern Conference wrapped up with a resounding bounce-back victory on a Saturday when offense, big returns and points aplenty reigned supreme.

A week after getting shellacked by Florida, the No. 17 Bulldogs inflicted some pain on Kentucky in a 63-31 rout in Commonwealth Stadium.

It came in the last of four consecutive games away from home over a five-week period – with a bye week thrown in – after hopscotching from Missouri to Arkansas to Florida and finally to the Bluegrass State.

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