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DeKalb official pleads to bribery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 7:05am


ATLANTA — Federal prosecutors say a former member of DeKalb County’s zoning board has pleaded guilty to bribery.


Authorities said in a statement that 42-year-old Jeremy Clark of Lithonia pleaded guilty to accepting $3,500 in exchange for voting to allow a business in Tucker to operate as a late-night dance club without obtaining proper county permits.


Authorities say the business owner paid Clark $2,000 in cash and donated about $1,500 to a nonprofit Clark was involved in.


Clark’s sentencing is set for April 20.

GA BCBS president talks breach, physician contracts, ACA

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:47pm


It has been a tumultuous year for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, from an improving performance in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace to a massive security breach, an ongoing dispute over a proposed contract amendment and rate changes that angered physicians last year.

But BCBS Georgia President Morgan Kendrick addressed these issues head-on Thursday.

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Augusta firefighters rescue three dogs from burning shed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:35pm


Fire crews rescued three dogs from a blazing shed Thursday afternoon.

Members of the Augusta Fire Department responded to the 1600 block of Mill Street, where at least one dog was tied up near the burning shed, according to a statement from the fire department.

Flames destroyed the shed but the dogs were not injured in the fire.



Student, 16, shot with BB gun after exiting school bus

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:04pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the person who shot a student with a BB gun Thursday as the victim exited a school bus.

Deputies responded to the 2600 block of Teakwood Drive about 3:25 p.m., where a 16-year-old said he was shot in the back, according to a police report.

The victim said he noticed a white vehicle parked behind the bus. As the victim and other students exited, the shooter pointed a BB gun out of the car window and began firing at the students, according to the report.

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GBI releases details in mistaken ID, burial of body in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:01pm


The Georgia Bureau of In­ves­tigation discovered it had sent the wrong body for burial in Augusta after an employee at the state crime lab noticed that a corpse being prepared for pickup wasn’t the right person, according to an executive report from the agency.

The GBI mistakenly sent the body of Louie Caldwell, of Clayton County, to Thomas L. King Funeral Home in Mar­ti­nez instead of Johnny Mor­gan Lowe III. Lowe’s family buried Caldwell on Dec. 8 at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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Moratorium on rezoning concerns property owners, developers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 7:15pm

 Editor's note: An earlier version of this story did not accurately reflect the price of homes affected by the moratorium.


Earl T. Morris hoped to sell nine acres of land he owned in Grovetown near the intersection of Lewiston and Mill Branch roads.

The property, valued at $238,525, was scheduled to go before the Columbia County Board of Commissioners on April 17 to be rezoned for high-density housing.

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Fort Gordon pilot bus service attracting fewer riders than expected in first months

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 7:03pm


After years of city leaders pushing for bus service to Fort Gordon, few riders are taking advantage of the route that’s running as a pilot program.

Since beginning Nov. 3, Augusta Public Transit has collected $911.80 from 809 riders through Monday, according to data obtained through a Georgia Open Records Act request. The Monday through Saturday route has run 85 days, meaning an average of fewer than 10 riders daily.

The route’s most popular day of Saturday averages 31.6 riders. Ridership peaked Feb. 7 – also a Saturday – with 72 riders.

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