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Child dies in Augusta apartment fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:49am


An 18-month-old girl died soon after being pulled from an apartment fire Wednesday evening.

Coroner Mark Bowen said Ariyanna Woods was taken to the emergency room with third-degree burns to most of her body. She was pronounced dead at 6:50 p.m.

Fire department spokeswoman Dee Griffin said investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that occurred about 5:45 p.m. at Magnolia Apartments, 2133 Vandivere Road.

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Active shooter drill at Fort Gordon today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:12am


Fort Gordon will be conducting an active shooter drill today.

The drill will be conducted in the Luketina Hall area and will only affect personnel in that building. Unless specifically directed, no action is required by any other Fort Gordon personnel.


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Columbia County school bus bursts into flames; no one injured

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:17am

A Columbia County school bus burst into flames Wednesday morning before beginning its morning route.

The driver was able to exit the bus before the flames began and no students were on the bus when the fire started.

According to an incident report from Martinez Fire and Rescue, the fire occurred near the 400 block of Faircloth Drive in Martinez around 6:20 a.m. and firefighters were on scene by 6:24 a.m.

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Reward offered after stabbing Tuesday at Papa Johns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:13am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

About 11 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to Papa Johns in the 1800 block of Walton Way in reference to an attempted armed robbery and stabbing. According to a news release, two employees were inside the business at the time of the incident and both were stabbed by the unknown suspect.

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Augusta men indicted on murder charges in February slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:31am

Three men accused of murder in the fatal shooting of an Augusta man in February have been indicted.

Brandon A. Carter, 20, Shawncy T. Barrett, 24, and Elijah B. Washington, 35, should face arraignment in Richmond County Superior Court on May 20.

Carter, Barrett and Washington each face charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the Feb. 16 killing of 25-year-old Terrance Terrell Baker in a parking lot in the 3400 block of Wrightsboro Road.

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SRS celebrates tank closure, 20th anniversary of defense-waste processing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:30am

The assistant secretary of energy and other dignitaries will be in Aiken today to celebrate the closure of Tank 12 and the 20th anniversary of defense-waste processing at the Savannah River Site.

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Expect heavy mosquito season, local experts say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:10pm


You might want to stock up on mosquito repellent.

Local mosquito experts are expecting a bad season for the disease-carrying pests after a mild winter and some recent heavy rain.

“They have been very quiet up until last week,” said Fred Koehle, the special projects manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control. “Last week they came out of hiding.”

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