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Thefts from charter buses reported

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:22pm


Police are investigating after someone stole DVD equipment and seats from charter buses at Lewis Bus Lines.

Police were called to the business at 4156 Mike Padgett Highway Monday morning after the theft was recovered. According to a news release, someone removed 28 DVD monitors, six DVD players and two cloth passenger seats from 10 different buses parked on the property.

The employee told police he estimates the theft took place some time since March 30. He stated drivers and employees have access to the buses at all times.

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Defendant in 2010 fatal crime spree pleas guilty

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:17pm


The third defendant accused of committing a 2010 crime spree that included armed robbery, sexual assault and homicide pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Michael T. Rewis, 23, was set to stand trial this week in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, four counts of armed robbery and six weapon violations.

Before the jury selection began, however, Rewis opted to plead guilty to murder and two counts armed robbery in exchange for a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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2 plead guilty to conspiracy in auto parts theft scheme

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:15pm

Two former employees of a McDuffie County auto parts warehouse pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to steal parts estimated at $120,000 to $200,000.

Joseph Battaglia, 38, and Jamaal Bradley, 27, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court. Sentencing dates will be set once pre-sentencing investigations are completed.

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Local court warns of e-mail scam

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:06pm

State court officials are urging local residents to beware of court notices going out by e-mail.

State Court Judge Richard Slaby’s office started receiving information on this week that multiple residents have received e-mails requesting they appear in state court. State court officials said court notices always go out by mail, and never by e-mail.

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Deal to speak in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 2:52pm

Gov. Nathan Deal will speak May 7 to the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Post-Legislative Breakfast, according to a news release.

He also plans to hold a bill signing ceremony at the event, which begins at 7:30 a.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Evans.

There is no charge for Columbia County Chamber members. Non-members can attend for $25. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the chamber at (706) 651-0018 or visiting its Web site at


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