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Augusta detention center barber faces charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 1:25pm

An Augusta Youth Development Campus barber has been charged with soliciting a youth at the facility.

A Department of Juvenile Justice news release stated the youth reported harassment by Steven Kenneth Boler to a corrections officer on Aug. 17. Boler, 51, was immediately escorted from the facility and an investigation began.

Boler resigned Aug. 21 and was arrested by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 3 on a charge of enticing a child for indecent purposes. The news release did not give details on the harassment.

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Storm problems across Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 1:06pm

ATLANTA — Thunderstorms spawned intense lightning and powerful winds across Georgia, sparking house fires in suburban Atlanta and toppling trees and power lines in several counties.

Heavy rains today also flooded several lanes of Interstate 20 in Atlanta, leading to traffic jams during the evening rush hour.

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Angela Pringle takes oath, becomes Richmond County superintendent

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:29pm


Angela Pringle officially became the Richmond County Superintendent of Schools on Thursday, reciting the oath of her office in a courtroom packed with family members, education officials, politicians and members of the public.

Pringle’s oath, administered by Probate Judge Harry James, required her to state she was fully qualified to hold her office and to follow the laws of Georgia while performing her new job. After reciting the oath, Pringle thanked her family and Richmond County Board of Education members for helping her during the selection process.

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Murder charge in Atlanta SUV child death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:20pm

ATLANTA — More than two months after his son’s death in a hot car, a Georgia man who prosecutors say sat in his office exchanging nude photos with women while his son languished for hours was charged with murder on Thursday.

A Cobb County grand jury indicted Justin Ross Harris on multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates that prosecutors believe that Harris intentionally left his son Cooper in the hot car to die.

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Augusta Commission's Donnie Smith double-dipped during Masters Week, Georgia investigation finds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:30am

Augusta Commission member Donnie Smith broke Georgia State Patrol policy and state law, according to a Department of Public Safety investigation released Thursday.

Smith claimed pay for work as a State Patrol lieutenant while also working at an Augusta “hospitality house” during Masters Week, the investigation found.

Smith, who retired early from the State Patrol on Monday, claimed in a summary of the investigation that he was merely “hanging out” with friends during the tournament week.

He hasn’t responded to messages seeking comment.

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Pringle sworn in as school superintendent

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 9:35am

Angela Pringle was sworn in as school superintendent this morning in ceremonies at the Augusta Richmond County Judicial Center.

She replaces Frank Roberson, whose tenure ended when the board did not renew his contract.

Pringle has been working in the DeKalb County school system since 2007, beginning as a high school principal and working her way up to Region 2 superintendent in 2010.

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SC Bible college founder pleads guilty

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 9:08am

FLORENCE, S.C. — The founder of a Bible college in South Carolina faces more than 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges stemming from overworking and underpaying international students.

Area media outlets report that Reginald Wayne Miller, the founder of Cathedral Bible College in Marion, pleaded Wednesday in federal court in Florence.

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Aiken County robbery suspect surrenders

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:28am

A suspect in the armed robbery of a Bath gas station has turned himself in, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Jeremy Jacob Grey, 20, of Aiken, contacted police about 10 p.m. Wednesday requesting they meet him at the Circle K, where the robbery took place in late August.

Grey was booked into Aiken County Detention Center without incident.

He was named as a suspect soon after the 10 p.m. Aug. 28 robbery at Circle K, 2557 Wagener Road. Police said a man came in the store with his face covered and demanded cash. He left in a Nissan pickup.

MOX facility contractor requests construction extension for work at Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:39pm


The contractor of the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site has quietly requested from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission a 10-year extension for construction activities.

Shaw Areva MOX Services’ current construction permit expires March 30, 2015. The contractor made the request to extend the permit to 2025 in a May 12 letter that surfaced this week.

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Woman robbed at CVS after late-night snack purchase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:58pm

Deputies are searching for a black male accused of robbing a 29-year-old female Tuesday on Walton Way.

Approximately 4:20 a.m., deputies responded to CVS Pharmacy in the 1500 block of Walton Way where the female victim says she was robbed of her wallet, cell phone, cash and a credit card, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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Augusta residents surveyed want more power for mayor, consider garbage service good

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:55pm


Augusta’s mayor should have more authority and the city attorney and administrator should report to him or her, according to nearly two-thirds of respondents in the first Augusta Citizen Survey.

“This city was changed to a commission-run governing body; it was a necessary evil,” said one respondent. “It is now time for us to get back to electing one qualified city leader.”

“Hire, terminate, vote and veto,” said another, describing the powers the mayor should have.

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After busy Labor Day, Georgia rangers prepare for hunting seasons

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:20pm

After a busy Labor Day weekend, working four boating incidents and one drowning in the Augusta area, state rangers said Wednesday they are shifting focus to the thousands of hunters who will be staking out woods for upcoming dove and deer seasons.

The weekend was busier than wildlife officials hoped, with the three-day holiday period yielding four drowning deaths, nine boating incidents and 17 boating-under-the-influence arrests statewide, according to statistics from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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US Rep. Mark Sanford: Divorce accusations, requests for psychological exam 'preposterous'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:09pm

CHARLESTON, S.C. — U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Wednesday that accusations and requests made by his ex-wife, Jenny, in their contentious divorce, including that he undergo a mental evaluation, are “preposterous, crazy and wrong.”

Attorneys for Jenny Sanford, in a family court motion last week, want a judge to limit the South Carolina Republican’s visitation with his youngest child. They also ask that Mark Sanford undergo psychological tests and take anger management and parenting courses.

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Police seek woman accused of forgery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 7:50pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a white female accused of forgery.

About 1 p.m. Wednesday, the unidentified suspect was last seen leaving an area bank driving a dark gray Nissan Frontier bearing Georgia tag PCZ 2200. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCSO Criminal Investigation Division at (706) 821-1020 or Inv. Bert Gates at (706) 821-1059.


North Augusta officer reassigned after killing 68-year-old

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 7:05pm

Officials confirmed Wednesday that North Augusta Public Safety Officer Justin Craven has been transferred to the records division after fatally shooting a man in February.

On Feb. 9, Earnest Satterwhite Sr., 68, led Craven on a high-speed chase through two counties before an altercation ended with Craven killing Satterwhite.

“Justin will still be working for us, but won’t be on the law enforcement side of things until this incident is resolved,” North Augusta Department of Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said.

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Latest money scam hits North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:44pm

North Augusta Public Safety is warning citizens of the latest iteration of an old money scam.

On Wednesday, an area victim was mailed a notice asking them to pay a small amount to an executive office in exchange for entry into a million-dollar sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes is “fake and completely bogus,” Lt. Tim Thornton says.

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Health care report projects spending to pick up through 2023

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:42pm

Health care spending in the U.S. grew last year at a near historically low rate but is expected to pick up this year and over the coming decade due to expanded coverage through the Affordable Care Act, an improving economy and an aging population, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Wednesday.

Even those higher rates will not match increases from previous decades, however, the projection noted.

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Augusta Museum invites visitors behind the scenes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:31pm


The Augusta Museum of History will lift the curtain and let visitors take a peek at what goes on behind the scenes to preserve artifacts each Saturday throughout September.

Lauren Virgo, the museum’s registrar, will lead the 45-minute tour, Preserving Your Treasures, twice each Saturday.

It will include a look at the
collection preparation area and processing laboratory to see how donations are handled.

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Speed limit increase aims to curb number of Harlem speeders

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:26pm

Harlem Department of Public Safety Chief Gary Jones is hoping to curb speeders on one stretch of city roadway by raising the speed limit.

Jones wants to raise the speed limit on Harlem-Grovetown Road between Oliver Hardy Court from 35 to 45 mph so his officers can use radar to check speeds and issue citations.

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