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Blue Cross to help hacked customers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 1:51pm

ATLANTA -- Current and former Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members are being offered free identity repair assistance and credit monitoring services in the wake of a massive data breach involving the insurer’s parent company, Anthem.

Blue Cross members dating back to 2004 can start accessing these services before receiving a mailed notification from Anthem that will be sent in the coming weeks.

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Ga. student recovering after bull goring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 9:08am

The spokesman said that University of Mississippi sophomore Benjamin Milley, 20, was not ready to talk publicly but was in contact by telephone with his family. The spokesman said he was accompanied by friends at the hospital.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with hospital rules.

Milley suffered several wounds, including a 40-cm (16-inch) goring in the thigh, when he was caught by a fighting bull during a festival in the nearby town of Ciudad Rodrigo on Saturday.

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Fatal Warren fire ruled accident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:52am

An overnight fire that killed an 81-year-old Warren County man has been ruled an accident.

Ralph Hudgens, Insurance and Safety Fire commissioner, said state investigators determined the fire that killed Johnny C. Duggas started in the kitchen of the home as the result of a malfunction in the electrical panel.

State insurance spokesman Glenn Allen said the couple was heating with space heaters which overloaded the panel.

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Feds list 200-plus cases handled by Savannah-based prosecutor and ATF agent who had five-year affair

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:02am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Federal prosecutors have identified more than 200 cases in which Savannah-based Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Ippolito and a federal agent with whom she had a five-year affair “collaborated.”

Federal judges have removed both Ippolito and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agent Lou Valoze from court duties pending an investigation of whether their ongoing extramarital affair has jeopardized prosecutions and convictions.

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Mayor schedules 'office hours'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 1:39am

Mayor Hardie Davis’ second “Office Hours” event outside city hall will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 pm. Thursday at Jason’s Deli, 2907 Washington Road.

Davis’ guest will be interim District 7 Commissioner Hap Harris, according to a news release.

Harris is in a heated three-way March 17 contest for the District 7 commission post with contenders Sean Frantom and Sonny Pittman.

Davis said residents can share ideas, ask questions, address concerns and meet their neighbors at the meeting.

Paine men rally at Claflin, claim share of SIAC title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:11pm


Paine College made history Monday night.

The Lions rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit and pulled out an 86-85 overtime win at Claflin.

With the victory, the Paine men clinched at least a share of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title – the school’s first regular-season conference championship – with two games remaining. The Lions have won three SIAC Tournament titles, their last one in 2002.

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Rain fee needs more public input: commissioners

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:07pm

While it remains on Tuesday’s meeting agenda, Augusta Commission members say they plan to delay implementation of a new stormwater fee.

Expected to generate some $10 million annually through a $6.40 monthly fee charged to most households, several commissioners said Monday more public input is needed.

“I think we’re going in the reverse, to get a little more information, a little more public input,” Commissioner Sammie Sias said, “to make sure the public understands completely and give them additional time to express themselves.”

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North Augusta police seeking a person of interest in homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 4:42pm


North Augusta police are seeking a person of interest in an unsolved homicide last month.

Terry Odell Dumas, known as “Ice,” 19, has been connected with an attempted murder at Ridgeview Manor on the same night as the fatal shooting of Donnie Lee Brooks, 23.

Brooks was pronounced dead at the apartment complex on Bradleyville Road on Jan. 11.

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Fired deputy had clean record, file shows

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:26pm

 Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the person asking the deputy to talk to the child.

A Richmond County deputy recently arrested on charges of abusing a friend’s child in an effort to scare him straight had 10 years of military service and no previous complaints as a deputy.

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Aiken man charged in Edgefield County killing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:02pm

An Aiken man was arrested after a fatal weekend shooting in Edgefield County, S.C., authorities said.

Ezekiel Harris, 21, has been charged with using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in connection with the shooting, Edgefield County sheriff’s Cpl. Robbie Harter said. Harris was released on bond, and more charges could come.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Harris and 32-year-old Marco W. Harris had attended a family event near the intersection of Fox Terrace and Edgefield Road, where they argued and Ezekiel Harris fired a gun.

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Tours share former president's home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:31pm

Though he once lived down the street, Robert Klein and his wife, Lynn, had never visited the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson.

On Presidents Day, the couple, who now live in Harlem, decided to take a tour.

“It’s my birthday today,” he said. “We heard about it on the radio this morning, and we said it looked like something we could do today.”

Said his wife: “We like history and pretty much we wanted to see what it was like during the years that he was president.”

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Urban Outfitters to close area distribution center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:30pm

TRENTON – Urban Outfitters announced Monday it will close its Edgefield County distribution center once a new center is ready in Pennsylvania.

The retail company is building a twice-as-large facility in Gap, Penn., about an hour from Philadelphia, that should be complete in July. The $110 million, 1 million square foot e-commerce “fulfillment center” was announced in 2013 and should employ 500 people.

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3 charged with meth possession after truck stopped

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:22pm


Police say a Gordon High­way traffic stop for a windshield violation Sunday led to three methamphetamine arrests.

According to a police report, a Richmond County deputy stopped a 1991 Chevrolet 1500 pickup about noon Sun­day after noticing spider-webbing of the windshield.

The officer asked the driver, identified as Jessica Ann Glenn, 24, of Hephzibah, to step to the rear of the vehicle, where she admitted that one of the two occupants in her vehicle was a stranger.

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