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$3,500 in valuables stolen from Augusta home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:47pm

Deputies say an Augusta woman lost more than $3,500 in valuables during a break-in late Friday.

About 2 a.m. Saturday, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 400 block of East Boundary Street in reference to the theft, according to an incident report.

Upon arrival, the 28-year-old victim, told police that between 11 p.m. Friday and 1:30 a.m. someone entered her home, stealing various electronics and a 9mm pistol.

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Grading the Gamecocks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:31pm




The stars of the game were the offensive linemen. The Gamecocks were able to give quarterback Dylan Thompson plenty of time to throw, and Thompson responded with 271 yards and three touchdowns. Also, Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds combined for 159 yards rushing. South Carolina also won the time of possession, 31:27 to 28:33.



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Grading the Bulldogs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:16pm



Georgia rolled up 408 yards of offense, including 131 rushing yards from All-American Todd Gurley. Hutson Mason completed 16 of 22 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns, but his intentional grounding late in the game proved to be killer.


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Paine home opener generates buzz

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:59pm

After five decades Paine College football returned to Augusta on Saturday and Lions fans couldn’t be more excited.

More than three hours before Paine kicked off against Livingstone College at Lucy C. Laney Stadium, tents began sprouting along Laney Walker Boulevard. Grills were rolled into place and the smell of freshly cooked ribs and hot dogs permeated the thick late-summer air.

Donald Quarles, of Augusta, was set up near the stadium’s entrance, and said he was anxiously awaiting Paine’s first home football game since 1962.

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South Carolina upsets Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:42pm

COLUMBIA — Two weeks ago, South Carolina was much maligned for its porous defense in a season-opening loss against Texas A&M.

Two weeks ago, Georgia was highly-praised for its blowout win over No. 16 Clemson.

On a wet and wild Saturday evening, everything changed for the Bulldogs and Gamecocks.

Fighting for its season, South Carolina rolled up almost 450 yards of offense and made a key defensive stand late to upset No. 6 Georgia, 38-35.

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Complexities of domestic violence can have deadly consequences

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:41pm


Beatings left bruises, a shove down the stairs cut Tiffany Salter’s head open and loved ones tried to help. But Salter couldn’t walk away from the man she loved. She kept going back to him.

On July 7, 2012, Salter became a victim of fatal domestic violence. Todd Goff, her boyfriend, put his hands around her neck and choked the life out of her. Goff was sentenced to life without parole for malice murder in Salter’s death.

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Racial gap between police, community closing, officials say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:54pm

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree envisions a police force that is “reflective of the community that it serves.” That is, one that mirrors the county’s demographics.

His sheriff’s office, and those in Columbia and Aiken counties, are getting closer to that goal, but still have a ways to go, according to figures they provided last week.

But their progress reflects a national trend, according to a report released last week by the Associated Press.

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Weather delays UGA-USC game

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 3:40pm


COLUMBIA - The start of the game between No. 6 Georgia and No. 24 South Carolina was delayed by rain and lightning. It is now underway.


Officials announced the delay about 30 minutes before the scheduled kickoff. There was no immediate time set for the game to begin.


Rain fell intermittently at Williams-Brice Stadium with lightning strikes within an eight-mile radius of the venue.


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Police identify Ga. beach drowning

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 3:08pm


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Glynn County officials have identified a body that washed up on a beach as an area psychologist.


Glynn County Coroner Abe Brown told The Florida Times-Union that David Patterson was known to swim in the area. Brown says Patterson’s body was discovered by someone walking on the beach early Friday morning.


An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the cause of his death. Police have said no foul play is suspected.

Reforms show results, juvenile justice officials say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 2:58pm

ATLANTA -- Sweeping changes in how misbehaving youths are treated have reduced the number of teens requiring lock-up, saved taxpayers money and show signs of helping produce productive adults, according to officials.

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Georgia Power price plan rattles solar companies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 2:50pm

ATLANTA — A plan by Georgia Power to change the way it pays for solar electricity from small- and medium-sized projects is worrying developers just a year after they pushed the monopoly into using more renewable energy.

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Patriots pound Red Devils in first-ever meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 12:22am


During a 50-minute lightning delay, Westside coach Scott Tate reminded his team about the Richmond Academy game two weeks earlier.

In that contest, the Patriots blew a 24-6 lead and settled for a tie. This time around, Westside took care of business.

Joshua Reynolds rushed for 189 yards, while Quinton Phillips scored on a pair of touchdowns as the Patriots pounded Lincoln County, 40-7, on Friday night.

“This time, we cut down on our turnovers, cut down on our fumbles,” Reynolds said. “We just played with our hearts.”

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Two Augusta women scammed out of $9,500

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:27pm

Richmond County deputies are searching for a man accused of deceiving two Augusta women out of $9,500.

After receiving a call from an unknown male saying she needed to pay a sum of money to avoid being arrested for an unresolved tax issue, Beatrix Knox, 55, and Julia Knox, 78, purchased 19 prepaid Reloadit cash cards – loaded each with $500 – and gave the suspect the authorization codes, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Beatrix Knox later realized the call was not legitimate and wishes to prosecute.

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Thomson officially loses half a game to Hart County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:20pm

THOMSON — A glass half empty counted as a full loss for Thomson.

After lighting forced a 50-minute halftime delay, Thomson forced a Hart County three-and-out to start the second half. But with Hart County set to punt on fourth-and-11 with 11:06 left in the third quarter, another lightning strike forced another delay and the game was eventually called.

After consulting his handbook, the head official declared that playing half a non-region game counted as official and Hart County walked away with a 17-7 victory in just 24:54.

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School board discusses projects at retreat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:14pm


Richmond County Board of Education members received an update on rightsizing and construction projects during their retreat Friday.

Program Director Jeff Baker used blueprints and building mock-ups to illustrate the direction of several ongoing school construction projects.

Baker first covered the merger between T.W. Josey High School and Murphey Middle School, expected to end in May 2015. Murphey Middle School is slated to close and Josey will be converted to a sixth- through 12th-grade school in March as part of the most recent wave of rightsizing.

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Officers take leadership training

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:43pm

About 20 police officers began a yearlong training program Friday geared toward making them leaders in their departments.

“The sheriff is really determined we’re going to develop our future leaders,” Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Bill Probus said.

The sheriff’s office has always had leadership training, but it was only meant for employees already in management roles. The new 12-month program developed by Aiken Technical College’s school of business is designed to help develop future leaders.

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Child pornographer given maximum prison term

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:03pm


A Hephzibah man who posted pictures on the Internet of his sexual abuse of a child was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Rahmad Ali James, 37, will have to serve all of the federal prison sentence and will be under supervision for an additional 10 years once released.

U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall imposed the sentence Thursday. James pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexual exploitation of a minor through the production of child pornography.

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Judge rules sentence will stand, child abuser has 80 more years in prison

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:56pm

Mark Pistorious said he was convinced the judge intended to sentence him to concurrent time in prison, meaning he should be free now.

Senior Judge Albert M. Pickett said Friday, however, that he always carefully reviewed sentencing documents before signing them, meaning Pistorious has 80 more years behind bars.

Pistorious, now 54, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court in February 1994 to five counts of cruelty to children and one count of sexual battery.

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Man accused of setting wife on fire denied bond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:52pm


An Augusta man accused of setting his wife on fire will remain in jail pending possible indictment and trial, a judge ruled Friday.

During a bond hearing in Richmond County Superior Court for Ronnie Lee Jones, Assistant District Attorney Pete Lamb told the judge that Jones became angry with his wife on Aug. 22 because she was going to let her son borrow her car. Jones knocked her to the ground, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire, Lamb said.

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'Chronicle' pressroom takes pride in each run

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:35pm

‘Stop the presses.” That clichéd movie scene depicting halting the printing press as a big story breaks is a rare occurrence in real life.

I asked Joe Battle, our pressroom superintendent, whether he recalls anyone yelling that in his 29 years at The Augusta Chronicle.

“Apart from something mechanical happening, I think I heard that once,” Joe said. It wasn’t for breaking news, just some guy who said he always wanted to know what it felt like to say it. (Joe didn’t stop the press.)

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