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Tuesday practice round underway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:23am


The skies have cleared up and dozens of golfers are on the course for today’s practice round at the Masters Tournament.

Inclement weather chased players off Augusta National and forced tournament officials to close the course early Monday. But the sun has been out some today, and the forecast is for good weather the rest of today, although it could be a bit breezy with gusts up to 20 mph.

Thousands of patrons are on the course and following the action. Major champions Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley are among the players on the course this morning.

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Ga. man kept pregnant teen murder victim under surveillance, GBI says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:58am

ATHENS, Ga. -- A 34-year-old man apparently kept his pregnant teenage girlfriend under surveillance before he allegedly beat her to death at their Jackson County home outside of Jefferson.

A search of the home following 16-year-old Cheyanne Nicole Hair’s death four months ago turned up a cellphone concealed in a bathroom wall that contained images of “an unconscious and beaten Hair,” according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent’s search warrant affidavit filed last week in Clarke County Superior Court.

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Bandits hit three loan companies in 24 hours

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:20am

Police are investigating two armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery of loan offices that happened in a 24-year period.

Two of the incidents happened within 20 minutes of each other, Aiken Department of Public Safety dispatch said.

Police were called to an attempted armed robbery at TitleMax, 1320 Richland Avenue, at 9:07 a.m. Tuesday after a passerby noticed people dressed in black with their faces covered trying to get into the locked business.

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Georgia Democrats includes questions on primary ballot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:34am

ATLANTA -- Voters choosing a Democratic ballot for the primary will also get to weigh in on a handful of issues.

The Secretary of State’s Office released this week the list of non-binding questions that will appear on Democratic ballots. The Democratic Party of Georgia submitted them during last month’s candidate qualifying period, but the Republican Party did not offer any, according to Jared Thomas, the agency’s spokesman.

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Update: Coroner identifies shooting victim

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:34am

 Police are investigating a shooting death that began as an altercation on Broad Street Tuesday morning and ended with a North Augusta man dead a mile away.

Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose identified the victim as Antonio L. Counts, 28. He was pronounced dead at 3:55 a.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, and an autopsy will be done at the GBI crime lab in Atlanta.

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Commission candidates report fundraising for May 20 elections

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:55pm

A shorter season seems to be making for smaller campaign war chests, especially in the Super District 10 Augusta Commission election.

According to campaign filings due Monday, incumbent Grady Smith has raised $12,666.72 in cash and in-kind donations toward his re-election campaign, compared to challenger Brandon Dial’s $7,362.48.

The numbers are down since Smith’s election to the seat in November 2010, when he raised $61,732 in a contest with Sean Frantom, who raised $17,270.74. Since then, the Georgia legislature moved the elections earlier in the year, to May.

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Par-Tee makes most of change in venue

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:58pm

The Par-Tee on the Green became more of a party in the rain Monday, but that didn’t keep more than 100 people from showing up at the event’s backup venue: a parking deck.

The event, originally scheduled on the Augusta Common as a replacement for the Mayor’s Masters Reception, was forced to move to the Richmond County Board of Education’s deck at James Brown Boulevard and Ellis Street as rain pelted the area for most of the day.

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VA patient's death tracked to Charleston hospital

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:38pm

The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Monday that the last remaining death in its Southeast Network of hospitals related to delays in gastrointestinal care happened at its medical center in Charleston, S.C.

The news, which comes after a nationwide review of VA medical records dating back to 1999, ends months of speculation that the death toll at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta could include a fourth cancer patient.

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Pet adoption event planned

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:26pm


A group of animal welfare activists hope Masters Tournament patrons will leave Augusta this year with a lifelong commitment as a souvenir.

About 10 volunteers will host Adopta-Paw-Looza at the Augusta Common Saturday, where they will have craft vendors, music, and various rescue groups offering dogs and cats up for adoption.

“A lot of animals need homes,” said organizer Dennis Briatico. “We are counting on foot traffic from the Masters … so maybe some of these tourists will take some dogs home with them.”

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Man arrested 2nd time at Augusta National

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:26pm


A Pennsylvania man arrested over the weekend for driving onto the grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club, was caught trying to do it again Monday, this time claiming to be the father of 2013 Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott.

Joseph John Murphy, 50, of Hatfield, Pa., first tried to get onto the grounds about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. An incident report said Murphy left on the advice of a security guard but returned 10 minutes later, driving past a gate and onto the property.

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Storms, flooding across Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:49pm


ATLANTA -- Heavy rain has drenched much of Georgia today and the storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue a series of severe weather advisories.

Forecasters issued flash flood watches and warnings covering parts of north, central and western Georgia that were expected to expire tonight. Forecasters say up to 3 inches of rain has fallen in some areas, and an additional 1 to 2 inches is expected to fall later in the day.

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'Thunder Over Augusta' canceled this year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:32pm


There will be no “Thunder” in Evans this May.

The popular Armed Forces Day celebration known as Thunder Over Augusta has been cancelled this year, organizers said Monday.

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Man's death, woman's burns still under investigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:14pm


Multiple police agencies continue to investigate a suspicious fire where police discovered a man dead and a woman on fire.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, deputies were sent to the couple’s home at 3625 Crawfordville Drive in reference to a domestic dispute call.

Authorities said a neighbor discovered Karla Jean Harter, 46, on fire outside her home and helped to put out the fire. She was taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital with third-degree burns to 85 percent of her body. She remains in critical condition.

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Judge disqualifies MLK estate lawyer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:30am




ATLANTA — A judge has ruled that a lawyer for the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. cannot participate in a dispute over the ownership of King’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.


The slain civil rights icon’s estate, controlled by his sons, is locked in a legal dispute with his daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, over ownership of the items. The Martin Luther King Jr. Estate Inc., which is run by Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King, wants to sell the items, while Bernice is opposed to the sale.


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UPDATE: Practice round ends

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:18am

The Augusta National announced this afternoon that it will close the gates for today’s practice round and not reopen the rest of the day.

However, the club announced,  purchasers of Monday Practice Round tickets will be sent refunds in May, and will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2015 Practice Rounds tickets.  Further information will be included with the refund.

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Storm moves tonight's Par-Tee on the Green

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:05am

Tonight’s Par-Tee on the Green has been moved to a different location due to inclement weather.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the celebration will take place at the Richmond County Board of Education parking deck at James Brown Boulevard and Ellis Street.

Event organizer Karen Gordon said they have secured several generators for vendors and will be bringing in extra lighting and ramped up security. If the weather does clear, the celebration will move to the upper level of the parking deck.

The event is scheduled for 5-8 p.m.

Aiken suspects arrested; drugs, guns seized

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:39am


Six people, including an Aiken Safe Communities participant, have been jailed following an investigation into trafficking and selling narcotics.

During the investigation, police seized cocaine, marijuana, five handguns, a shotgun, money and four vehicles.

On Thursday, Aiken County sheriff’s narcotics unit and ATF agents executed search warrants at homes on Powerhouse Road in North Augusta and Weaver Street in Aiken.

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Tenn. slaying fugitives caught in Newberry

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:26am


NEWBERRY, S.C. — The four Tennessee teens who led police on a 10-hour chase last week are due in court in South Carolina.


Authorities say the teenagers are expected to appear before a judge in juvenile court on Monday in Newberry County.


Police have said a 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old boys fled Greene County, Tenn., after the 16-year-old killed his 36-year-old father.


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Harlem Department of Public Safety receive lightning bolt decals for felony arrests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:48pm


You can learn a lot about a Harlem Department of Public Safety officer just by looking at
the front fender of their patrol car.

For about three months, officers with the department who make self-initiated felony arrests within Harlem city limits have been awarded red lightning bolt decals to place on their patrol cars just above the drivers side wheel well.

The lightning bolt program was put in place by Chief Gary Jones, who adopted the idea from a similar program sponsored by the Georgia State Patrol years ago.

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14-year-old robbed at gunpoint

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:32pm

Police say a 14-year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint by unknown men at his Hephzibah home Sunday.

About 2:30 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3800 block of Crest Drive, according to an incident report.

Police spoke to the 14-year-old victim, who said he was robbed when he opened his front door to someone he originally believed to be a friend of his brother, who is currently being held at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on armed robbery charges.

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