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Joseph Murphy, former dean, remembered for impact

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:55pm


Dr. Joseph Murphy, a former Augusta State University dean of education, died Wednesday at the age of 83, but colleagues said he left behind a lasting memory in education in Augusta.

“He provided a lot of change as we moved from Augusta College to Augusta State University,” said Paulette Harris, who holds the Cree Walker Endowed Chair in College of Education at Georgia Regents University. “The time he was there we were growing tremendously in education.”

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Agencies team up for community policing operation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:46pm

Agencies teamed up in Richmond County for a two-day operation serving warrants and using community-oriented policing to focus on known gang members.

A team of more than 80 representatives from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and the U.S. Marshal’s Service conducted the operation Wednesday and Thursday.

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Bond granted in vehicular homicide case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:42pm

A $23,000 bond was set Friday for an Augusta man charged with vehicular homicide in a motorcycle wreck.

Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. granted bond for 52-year-old Michael Acord, who was jailed this month after his release from a hospital.

Acord was seriously injured, and his passenger, 44-year-old Regina L. Allen, was killed the night of May 27 in the Washington Square plaza parking lot.

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Aiken inmate dead in cell

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:38pm

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called to investigate the death of an inmate Friday at the Aiken County Detention Center.

An Aiken County sheriff’s new release states that deputies were serving meals around 11:30 a.m. when they discovered the inmate, 31-year-old Derek D. Simpkins, unresponsive in his cell.

Onsite medical responders performed life saving measures on the inmate until emergency medical responders could arrive. The responders pronounced him dead.

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Reports: Gurley season over; presidential pardon sought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:17pm


The Todd Gurley case continues to grow interesting.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday afternoon that his University of Georgia suspension will likely last all season.

Someone familiar with the NCAA investigation of the possible violations by the running back told the AJC that it’s a “significant” case of the sale of memorabilia and that Gurley is unlikely to be cleared to return to the field this season.

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SC jail nurse faces inmate sex charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:31am

LEXINGTON, S.C. — A nurse who worked at the Lexington County jail has been charged with having sex with an inmate.

Lexington Sheriff Lewis McCarty said in a statement Thursday that 42-year-old Selena Patreace Brown of Irmo was charged with three counts of sexual misconduct with an inmate.

Brown is accused of having sex with an inmate being held at the jail in June, July and August.

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Burned body in Ga. park identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:39am

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Police say the burned body of a woman found in a metro Atlanta park has been identified as a northwest Georgia woman.

Authorities say a couple walking their dog in a Gwinnett County park found the body of the woman, later identified as 26-year-old Lauren Taylor of Dalton.

Gwinnett police Cpl. Ed Ritter said the body was found Wednesday morning on the pathway next to a pavilion in Deshong Park, east of Stone Mountain.

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UPDATE: Gas leak closes Hephzibah Middle

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:27am

Hephzibah Middle School will be closed for the remainder of the day after a gas leak was discovered Friday morning.

Students were transported to Hephzibah High School while officials determined the cause of the leak. Dee Griffin, spokeswoman for the Augusta Fire Department, said the smell is coming from a leaky valve on the roof of the building.

SLED investigates ex-Aiken deputy

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:06am


The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating an Aiken County detention center deputy who was recently fired for policy violations.

The allegations of misconduct go back to September, but the sheriff’s office didn’t make the information public until Thursday, through a news release.

The release stated that the deputy, who will not be identified during the investigation, was terminated and all information was turned over to SLED to determine whether any of the violations were considered criminal acts.

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