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TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:55pm


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — TLC pulled the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile.

In a statement, the channel said it was “deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.” The statement didn’t elaborate.

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VA announces collaboration with Augusta-based America's Warrior Partnership to improve veteran care

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:55pm

The deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Af­fairs announced Friday a collaboration with the Augusta-based veteran care organization America’s War­rior Partnership that he said will help advance the agency’s new strategy for improving patient care.

During a visit to Augusta, Sloan Gibson said the VA must improve its partnerships with nonprofit community-based groups and more effectively collaborate
with agencies that can address veterans’ health care, housing and employment needs.

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Georgia man with gun turns tables on carjacking suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:06pm

ATLANTA — Atlanta police say a would-be carjacker ended up getting held at gunpoint by his intended victim.

WSB-TV reports ( ) Hashim Fannin was parking outside a Family Dollar store earlier this month when a man slid into the passenger seat and said, “You know what this is.”

Fannin says he drew his gun and made the man lie face-down in the parking lot. Cellphone video of the encounter shows Fannin holding his handgun and saying, “Just stay there and wait for the police. It’s that simple.”

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Wheelchair activist/musician headed for Savannah killed in deadly crash

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:50pm

Musician Frank Barham, who was traveling to Savannah, Ga., from Atlanta via wheelchair for a benefit concert, was killed Wednesday in an accident on Ga. 21 in Screven County at the Effingham-Screven county line.

The crash also killed Barham’s support team member Margaret Kargbo, 36, of Atlanta and sent another support team member, Carrie Johnson, 34, of Villa Rica, Ga., to the burn center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Barham, 59, of Atlanta died from his injuries at the scene.

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Dog hung from bridge near Atlanta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:44am

ATLANTA — DeKalb County Police are looking for any information about a dog they said was found dead, hanging on a chain off of a bridge in southeast Atlanta.

Multiple news outlets report the brown-and-white pit bull mix was discovered Wednesday hanging from a bridge on Kelly Lake Road near Panthersville. Authorities say the dog was around one year old and female. Animal cruelty detectives said they believe it was intentionally thrown over the side of the bridge. They said they will charge whoever is responsible with animal cruelty.

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Soldier who saved family at graduation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:42am

HOSCHTON, Ga. — A Georgia high school senior invited the soldier who helped her family escape from Iraq during the first Gulf War to her graduation.

Multiple news outlets report 18-year-old Lava Barwari invited retired U.S. Army soldier Greg Pepin to her graduation ceremony at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton Thursday night.

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Macon woman's finger bitten off in fight

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:59am

MACON, Ga. — A Macon woman says somebody bit off one of her fingers during a fight.

A Bibb County sheriff’s deputy reported a man found 44-year-old Lawonder Lynn Murry crying on a street corner Wednesday evening. The woman was yelling, “She bit my finger off!”

Murry told the deputy she had been fighting on the ground with another woman. Murry said the woman “bit off her right index finger and spit it on the ground.”

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Savannah losing minor league baseball team to Columbia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:44am


SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The owner of the Savannah Sand Gnats announced Thursday that the minor league baseball team would be leaving the city after the current season.


Hardball Capital CEO Jason Freier made the announcement during an afternoon news conference in Columbia, where the franchise will move to after the city agreed to build the team a new stadium.


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Dog flu reported in Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:41am


ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Lab confirmed this week the strain of canine flu infecting thousands of dogs in the Midwest has reached Georgia.


A strain of the virus -- H3N2 -- was detected in a dog from the metropolitan Atlanta area. The dog showed coughing, lethargy, anorexia and was up to date on DHLPP, Rabies and Bordetella vaccinations. UGA reported the affected dog recently was in contact with other dogs at a metro Atlanta boarding facility.


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Vision loss worse in South, CDC says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:32am




Health officials say bad eyesight in the U.S. is most common in the South.


A new report found the South was home to three-quarters of the U.S. counties with the highest prevalence of severe vision loss.


The South also has higher rates of poverty, diabetes and chronic disease. Health officials believe those problems are all related to the vision loss.


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DC mansion slaying suspect caught

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:13am


WASHINGTON — An ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper was arrested Thursday, a week after authorities said the family was killed and their mansion was set on fire.

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Guidance sought on oil pipeline in SC

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:19pm


Five South Carolina lawmakers requested guidance from the state attorney general this week to determine whether it would be unconstitutional for a for-profit company to seize private land from residents through eminent domain in order to build an oil pipeline.

Their question comes as North America’s largest energy infrastructure company, Kinder Morgan, is attempting to build a $1 billion pipeline that would transport oil from Belton S.C., to terminals in North Augusta, Savannah and Jacksonville, cutting through 603 private tracts in Georgia and 680 in South Carolina.

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Panel approves modification to Hammond's Ferry development plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:18pm


Members of the North Au­gus­ta Planning Commission extended a 5-1 vote of confidence Thursday in the future success of riverfront development at Ham­mond’s Ferry, accepting a major modification that adds “sports stadium” to permitted uses of land in the general development plan proposed by developers and the city.

Commissioner Larry Watts was the lone vote against accepting the modification and making the recommendation.

“I’m very apprehensive of the cost of this project,” he said. “It’s hard to take a vote back once you make it.”

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Show dogs not exempt from licensing requirements approved by animal ordinance subcommitee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:33pm


Performance and show animals won’t be exempt from steep annual licensing fees for owners who chose not to spay or neuter pets under a requirement approved Thursday by an Augusta subcommittee that’s revising the city’s animal ordinance package.

The ordinance – which needs approval from the Augusta Commission – requires microchipping for all animals.

Owners with unaltered animals will be charged a $100 annual fee per animal, not to exceed $500 per owner, while a one-time $10 licensing fee will apply to sterilized animals.

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K-9 training takes place in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:33pm


Explosives K-9 units from across the state came to Richmond County on Thursday to give their dogs training and their handlers training aid.

“We’re required to do training, but it’s best when we can come together and do it,” Cpl. Bruce Williams, Richmond County sheriff’s bomb squad commander, said of the event that attracted 28 of the 46 Georgia task forces.

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Breanna Gasper awarded mortgage free home in honor of husband Staff Sgt. Frank Gasper who died in 2008

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:24pm


The widow of a soldier killed by enemy fire in 2008 during his fourth deployment to Iraq was to be awarded a newly renovated, mortgage-free home in Hephzibah on Thursday night by the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Breanna Gasper, on behalf of her husband, Staff Sgt. Frank Gasper, was to be recognized and honored as a Project Rebuild True Hero in a special presentation held during a Darius Rucker concert in Alpharetta, Ga., for his service and sacrifice to the country, according to a news release from the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

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Bond granted to two suspects in Operation Mayday sex sting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:23pm


A judge agreed to set $30,000 bonds Thursday for two people arrested this week in a sting operation that targeted adults seeking sexual contact with minors.

Richmond County Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Craig denied bond Tuesday for 21 of the 22 people arrested in the joint state and local undercover Operation Mayday. Craig told them, however, he would consider bond if more information became available.

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Man sentenced for crash that paralyzed child

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:06pm

A man whose drunken driving left a child paralyzed was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison.

Fredrick Turner, 33, pleaded guilty in Columbia County Superior Court to two counts of vehicular injury and traffic offenses.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Homlar said Turner’s blood-alcohol level was 0.186 when he crashed head-on into the victims’ vehicle.

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Memorial Day weekend delay likely in search for man missing in Thurmond Lake

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:55pm


Lake Thurmond authorities say the search for a personal watercraft operator who went missing Monay at West Dam recreation area will likely be suspended for the holiday weekend.

Christopher Lee Harper, 43, was riding his Yamaha WaveRunner just before 3 p.m. off the beach at the park when some beach-goers saw him flung off, according to Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division Capt. Mark Padgett.

“We’ll go through tomorrow (Friday) and see what it looks like,” Padgett said late on Thursday. “We’ll probably suspend it for the weekend.”

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Man charged in 2012 slaying of Wackenhut guard

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:19pm


The police investigation into the slaying of a Wackenhut guard at Savannah River Site has been closed with an arrest after more than two years.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins confirmed Thursday that Demarkeo Jarome Lockhart, 21, has been charged in the killing of Hester Jackson.

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