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Teen charged after hair weaves taken

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 1:29pm

An Augusta teenager was arrested Saturday after attempting to steal hair weaves from an area business, police said.

Deputies responded to the Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road around 6:40 p.m., where Teiara Martin, 18, of Ruby Drive, was seen on surveillance video concealing beauty supplies, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Martin, an employee of McDonald’s inside the Wal-Mart, is accused of taking two packs of hair weaves, false eyelashes, a nail kit and two bags of Hershey kisses.

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Deputies on lunch break make arrest

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 12:47pm

A pair of Richmond County deputies had their lunch interrupted Friday to assist with a car break-in.

Around 11:23 a.m., two officers were eating at Farmhaus Burgers, on the 1200 block of Broad Street, when a customer advised them that someone was breaking into his vehicle, according to an incident report.

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Miss Georgia winner crowned

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 12:32pm

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Miss Warner Robins Betty Cantrell has been named Miss Georgia.


Cantrell was crowned Saturday night at the Miss Georgia pageant at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus.


The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports Cantrell won the talent competition for her opera performance.


First runner-up was Miss Capital City Adeline Kenerly and second runner-up was Miss Cobb County Patricia Ford.


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Nationals' Max Scherzer no-hits Pirates

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 6:31pm


WASHINGTON — Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow.

Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter Saturday in the Washington Nationals’ 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A letdown? Yeah, a little.

“I mean there is, just because you’re so close, one strike away from a perfect game,” he said. “But to get a no-hitter in front of these fans, there’s nothing better.”

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Yankees' Alex Rodriguez gets 3,000th hit of his career

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:34pm


NEW YORK —Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit and smiled all the way around the bases Friday night, the highlight so far in what’s become a resurgent season for the formerly disgraced slugger.

The New York Yankees star wasted no time, connecting in the first inning on a first-pitch, 95 mph fastball from Detroit ace Justin Verlander.

Rodriguez became the 29th player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits, and the first since Yankees great Derek Jeter homered from the very same batter’s box in 2011.

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Fort Gordon honors Vietnam vets with welcome home ceremony

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 6:58pm

The tenacity and unwavering patriotism of several hundred Vietnam War veterans outlasted the beads of sweat that soaked into their clothes and dripped off their brows Friday at Fort Gordon.

Under a blazing sun, the veterans – some using walkers and canes – showed no signs they contemplated leaving the ceremony that many had waited on for a half century. Having endured a lengthy war, the death of comrades and an ungrateful nation, the veterans appeared strong and hardy as bands played, flags waved and a nation said ‘thank you.’

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Mother, boyfriend charged in baby's death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 6:33pm


Columbia County authorities charged a Martinez couple with murder Friday in the death of the woman’s 5½-month-old child, two days after he was found lifeless by emergency crews.

Investigators suspect Bentley Reeves was smothered to death by his mother’s boyfriend, in the mobile home he shared with the couple and a 2-year-old sibling, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

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River Watch wrong-way driver found guilty

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 6:23pm


After deliberating four hours, the jury in the River Watch Parkway wrong-way driver case found Monique Sullivan guilty Friday, including of felony murder.

The Richmond County Superior Court jury had to sort its way through the technical legal definitions and determine if the state had proven either “criminal intent” and/or “criminal negligence” to find Sullivan guilty of murder, four counts of aggravated assault, cruelty to children and the traffic offenses of driving on the wrong side of the road, speeding and running a red light.

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Coliseum authority reduces SPLOST goal for new arena

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 6:13pm


Rather than seeking $90 million to $110 million from Augusta’s next sales tax package for a new civic center, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority is looking to craft a financing deal that will include just $10 million to $15 million in sales taxes.

The authority’s recent pitch to use sales tax dollars to build a replacement for the 35-year-old James Brown Arena, which could cost up to $110 million, caught many off guard, including city officials now compiling a sales tax package to put before voters Nov. 3.

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Jason Day collapses during US Open, attended to on course before finishing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 5:02pm

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Jason Day was overcome by dizziness and collapsed on his final hole at the U.S. Open on Friday, raising doubt about whether he will be able to continue this weekend.

Day, who has dealt with vertigo in the past, was approaching his ball in the greenside bunker on the ninth hole, his last of the second round.

Suddenly, he fell to his left, attempting to brace his fall with his hands. His head bounced off the hard ground and Day lay nearly motionless for several minutes.

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Woman pleads guilty to arson

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:33pm

A woman accused of burning down her estranged significant other’s home pleaded guilty Friday in Richmond County Superior Court to first-degree arson.

Jaquitta A. Pugh was charged with arson in the Sept. 29 fire that destroyed Christopher Harry’s home at 2150 Kingsley Court.

Friday, Judge Daniel J. Craig sentenced Pugh to serve 20 years on probation. She was also ordered to pay Harry $140,000 in restitution, said Assistant District Attorney Pierce Blitch, who prosecuted the case.


Charleston shooting suspect appears on 9 murder counts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:24pm

CHARLESTON, S.C. — They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God’s mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and “you’ll be OK.”

Relatives of the nine community leaders shot down during a Bible study session at their historic black church confronted the shooting suspect Friday during his initial court hearing, and spoke of love.

“I forgive you, my family forgives you,” said Anthony Thompson. “We would like you to take this opportunity to repent. ... Do that and you’ll be better off than you are right now.”

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Deadline looms for Georgia, Feds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:12pm

Georgia is “waiting to hear’’ from the U.S. Department of Justice about what the federal agency plans to do after the June 30 expiration of the settlement agreement.

Frank Berry, commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, repeated a statement made earlier this year that Georgia would not meet a deadline for moving people with developmental disabilities out of state-run hospitals.

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Former Washington County star Gray headed to South Carolina

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 1:56pm


Former Washington County girls basketball star Allisha Gray is headed to South Carolina.

“Thanks to everybody who is telling me congratulations... So proud to officially be a Gamecock!!!,” Gray tweeted Friday.

Gray was provided with her release by the University of North Carolina on Tuesday morning to speak with other schools regarding a possible transfer.

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Aiken wreck kills motorist

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 1:05pm


One person is dead after a collision Friday morning on U.S. Highway 78 just outside Aiken.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the driver of a 2002 Honda Accord ran off the road, returned, crossed the center line and collided with a GMC pickup hauling a trailer about 9:10 a.m.

Deborah Greer, 57, of Aiken, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the coroner.

The pickup driver, identified as 33-year-old Jane McDonald, was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center with minor injuries.


Cop fired; UGA player charges dropped

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 8:57am

ATHENS, Ga. -- Three charges against a Georgia football player, including DUI, were dismissed last month because the Athens-Clarke County Police officer who arrested him was fired from his job.

Outside linebacker Davin Bellamy was also charged in July 2014 with two other misdemeanors in the case: underage possession of alcohol and speeding.

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Wreck claims high school sweethearts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 8:47am


DALLAS, Ga. — A pair of high school sweethearts who had been dating for two years died in a two-vehicle wreck just down the road from the high school they attended.


Multiple news sources report 18-year-old Janeal Priester and 17-year-old Nicholas Wright died in the crash Wednesday night. Two others were injured.


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How a florist helped catch suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:59am

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Debbie Dills thought the black Hyundai next to her at a stoplight looked familiar — it had a South Carolina tag and a white decal on the front. Her heart raced when she saw the driver, the bowlcut-wearing white man who authorities say killed nine people in a black church in Charleston.


Police say her quick thinking helped bring 21-year-old Dylann Roof into custody after an intense, nearly daylong manhunt.


She called it a matter of “divine intervention.”


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Aiken woman shot dead Thursday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:35am

An Aiken County man is in jail on charges that he fatally shot his wife during an argument at their Cooper Drive home Thursday.

Brana Vaughn, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, Edward Douglas Vaughn II, 38, was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on a murder charge.

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Columbia County sheriff's deputies search Martinez mobile home where child died

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:14pm


Columbia County sheriff’s investigators combed through a Martinez mobile home Thursday where they suspect drugs were being manufactured and where a 5½-month-old boy died.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the home of Lexis Fay Russell, 23, and Jacob Drew Harris, 26, in M&M Mobile Home Park at 4222 Wheeler Road on Thursday afternoon, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Deputies arrived at the home about 4 p.m. and searched inside and outside, including a search of the trash bin in the backyard.

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