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Golf club employee accused of stealing $1,200 from customer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:55pm

An area golf club employee was told not to return to work after she was seen on video stealing $1,200 from a customer’s wallet Monday.

Video showed a 72-year-old victim leave his wallet on the restaurant counter at Green Meadows Golf Club while he turned to speak with another patron, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The female suspect, who has not been arrested, took $1,200 out of his wallet and then slid the wallet behind a soda dispenser, the report stated.

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Martinez man charged in trespassing, eluding incident in Grovetown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 7:27pm

A Martinez man was arrested Monday afternoon in Grovetown on charges of driving under the influence, possession of a shotgun, obstruction of law enforcement and attempting to elude sheriff’s deputies.

Raymond Majzer, 34, of Morehead Drive, was seen trespassing on the 400 block of Railroad Avenue around 5:30 p.m. according to an incident report from the Grovetown Police Department.

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Tennessee cutter Teri Arney wins $35,000 Non-Pro Any Age finals in Augusta Futurity debut

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:43pm


Teri Arney will have a great story to tell her co-workers back at the crime lab.

In her first Augusta Futurity appearance, she walked away a winner Tuesday. Aboard Sadiereyes, Arney marked 220 to win the $35,000 Non-Pro Any Age finals by 3.5 points at James Brown Arena.

Arney, of Lebanon, Tenn., claimed the first-place check for $3,500. Brandi Scott and Freckles Dual Play finished second at 216.5 for $3,000, while Jason Britt and Dontreynonmyparadesf placed third (216, $2,500).

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Aiken man arrested in Dollar General robbery, deputies say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:31pm


Aiken County authorities have arrested a man accused of robbing a dollar store and attacking two clerks late Monday.

Quarmaine Marquise Jones, 22, of Aiken, was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on two charges of assault and battery in the first degree and one charge of strong armed robbery, according to a statement form Capt. Eric Abdullah.

About 10:03 p.m., Aiken County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Dollar General at 4435 Jefferson Davis Highway in reference to the robbery.

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Residents use fuel rewards, club memberships for huge gas savings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:44pm


Travis Doss arrived early last week at the Kroger gas station on Washington Road to reserve a pump for him and his wife, Katharine, to share.

For years, the Augusta couple has used their Kroger Plus Card on holiday gift card purchases for friends and family – a Christmas tradition that pays double the savings in gas prices each January.

They were about to find out how much their rewards totaled this year.

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SC man dies from workplace injury

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:40pm


A Barnwell, S.C., man was killed in an accident at Macuch Steel in Augusta last week.

Coroner Mack Bowen said Ralph Avery Zorn, 59, died Friday at Georgia Regents Medical Center shortly after falling from a scissor lift at his workplace at 1527 Augusta Ave.

Bowen said Zorn was on the scissor lift about 20-30 feet in the air when another piece of equipment hit the lift, knocking Zorn to the ground.

Autopsy results determined Zorn died from multiple blunt force injuries.

OSHA is investigating the death.


Six-time Augusta champion Austin Shepard wins Classic Open go-round

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:20pm

Austin Shepard is back in Augusta making noise in the event he seems to enjoy the most.

The three-time Classic Open champion will enter the finals of this event later this week with a good chance to add to his number of wins in the Garden City.

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Temperatures to drop again by Friday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:32pm


It may seem like the beginning of spring has arrived this week, but experts say winter is far from over.

Temperatures will shift again on Friday away from the pleasant upper-60s to more January-appropriate numbers. Several back-to-back systems will keep that cold air hanging around for a while.

At least for Thursday evening through Saturday, that temperature change will include some rain. There is a 70 percent chance of rain Friday with expected highs below 50 degrees.

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Ga. cop gives 'eating while driving' ticket

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:27pm


ATLANTA — Madison Turner told Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News he had no idea he could be ticketed after Cobb, Ga., police pulled him over last week for eating while driving.

But that’s just what happened to the Alabama man, due in court Feb. 3.

“The officer explained to me that he observed me eating a burger for two miles,” Turner said. “He said specifically three times, ‘You can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.’”

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Darius Rucker returning for Rock Fore! Dough concert

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:51am


Three rising country music artists will join Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker for the 11th annual Rock Fore! Dough concert benefitting First Tee of Augusta.

Singer and songwriter Sam Hunt, southern rock band A Thousand Horses and local musician Phillip Lee Jr. take the stage April 7. Rucker is performing at the concert for the eighth time.

The concert, held annually during the week of the Masters Tournament, is at the Lady Antebellum Amphitheater in Evans for the third year. The lineup was announced Tuesday morning.

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Camera knocks out Tiger tooth

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 8:28am


CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — Tiger Woods has another reason not to like cameras — his agent said it cost him a tooth.


Woods made a surprise visit to Italy on Monday to watch girlfriend Lindsey Vonn capture her record 63rd World Cup race. The photo that generated all the buzz was Woods missing his front tooth.


The culprit, according to his agent, was a camera.


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SC paid $5 million in road damages

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:38am


South Carolina has paid more than $5 million for damages from the state’s roads in the past year.


The Greenville News reported documents it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed the state spent more than $5 million in legal claims by motorists and others whose cars were damaged or who were injured or killed.


The figures from the state Insurance Reserve Fund show the state also spent more than $2 million in legal costs in those claims.


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Richmond County Development Authority wants extension for jobs news

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:47pm

Augusta committed last month to build a road, extend utilities and do site work at a corporate park if a major manufacturer announces plans to locate here by Feb. 1, but the announcement is now on hold after the unnamed company’s board couldn’t meet due to inclement weather.

According to documents obtained by The Chronicle, the Richmond County Development Authority wants to amend the city’s resolution of support for the inducement package, allowing an announcement by April 1 due to the weather issue.

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Woman, child flee during attempted burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:26pm

An Augusta woman and her child fled Sunday evening as burglars allegedly attempted to enter their home.

Around 10:44 p.m., deputies responded to the 2000 block of Garr Drive, where a woman said she heard voices coming from outside her bathroom, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon hearing the voices, the victim went into her daughter’s bedroom and began changing her diaper. Moments later, their burglary alarm sounded, and the victim grabbed her child, ran outside and fled in her truck.

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Suspect sought after ransacking Augusta home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:17pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect accused of stealing a computer and television from an Augusta home early Monday.

Around 6:07 a.m., deputies responded to the 900 block of Hopkins Street, where two victims say an unknown man ransacked their home, according to an incident report.

The victims say they were asleep when they heard “a loud boom” at their front door. One victim says he lept out of bed and noticed the 40-inch living-room television was gone. Also taken was a 17-inch HP laptop computer, valued at $900, according to the report.

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Augusta celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy in service at First Presbyterian

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 8:37pm



Racial tolerance was the message delivered at the annual CSRA Memorial Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. to honor the slain civil right’s leader philosophy on life.

About 750 filled First Presbyterian Church of Augusta on Monday. Choirs offered traditional hymns, spirituals and contemporary Christian songs with equal fervor as those in the church pews danced and sang along.

Many in the church said they believed the celebration truly celebrated the legacy of the movements that fought for racial equality.

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Richmond County authorities report drop in crime in 2014

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 8:29pm


Crime in Richmond County has declined sharply over the last two years, possibly due to shifts in policing tactics, officials say.

According to statistics provided by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office this week, the department received 5,553 reports of violent and property crimes last year, down more than 27 percent from 2012.

During the two-year period, street robberies fell from 216 in 2012 to 139 in 2014, with a drop of more than 34 percent in aggravated assaults involving guns.

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Grovetown man arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 8:18pm

A man was taken into custody Saturday for throwing Molotov cocktails at a home in Grovetown.

Gerald Snodgrass, 59, of Railroad Avenue, has been charged with first-degree damage to property and criminal attempt to murder, according to an incident report from the Grovetown Police Department.

Around 10:41 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to the 600 block of Katherine Street, where two witnesses said Snodgrass was lighting bottles on fire and throwing them at a home.

Snodgrass told deputies he came to the location earlier in the day to buy drugs and had his wallet stolen.

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Jessica Bagley making most of Augusta Futurity opportunity

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 7:47pm

When her mother was diagnosed with cancer a second time, Jessica Bagley started to appreciate showing cutting horses a little more.

A trip to Augusta this week means a break from doctors’ offices. A 2½-minute trek around the red Georgia clay gives Bagley a little piece of serenity.

And while her daughter finds joy once again inside the pen, Mary Kingsbury watches her compete at the Augusta Futurity.

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Mobile home destroyed by fire, same site as December homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 7:06pm

An Aiken County mobile home that was the site of a Dec. 12 homicide was destroyed Monday morning by a fire.

The home, located on the 100 block of Railroad Street in Bath, was unoccupied and no one was injured in the blaze, according to Capt. Eric Abdullah.

The cause is under investigation.

“We don’t know if the fire and homicide are connected,” Abdullah said. “And we’re not going to speculate … the investigation is in its early stages.”

On Dec. 12, two men were shot at the residence.

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