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Panel to study Winthrop president pay

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:04am

COLUMBIA— A state commission is slated to consider increasing the salary of Winthrop University interim president Debra Boyd.

The school’s provost took over last month when Winthrop trustees suspended, and later fired, Jamie Comstock Williamson, less than a year into her tenure as president.

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3 hurt in SC prison fight

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:01am

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. — Three corrections officers have been hurt after a disturbance at a state prison in Dorchester County.

Emergency crews were called to Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeland around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said in a statement that the lockdown at the maximum security prison was lifted around 3 a.m. today. She said officers had control of the prison throughout the disturbance.

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Suspects sought after armed robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:14pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for four suspects following an armed robbery at an area apartment complex Tuesday.

Approximately 11:29 a.m., Marcus Young III told deputies he was hit with a handgun “twice in the mouth and under his chin” before being robbed at gunpoint on the 2400 block of Amsterdam Drive, according to a Richmond County incident report.

The suspects are accused of stealing $30, as well as Young’s credit card, driver’s license and Nike shoes.

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Contributions pour in for Ben Hasan and Bob Finnegan prior to District 6 runoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:41pm

Newspaper publisher Ben Hasan led the May 20 election and out-raised second-place finisher Bob Finnegan in the latest campaign financial reports due Tuesday, with significant support from a law enforcement political action committee.

But the tables could turn as local power brokers throw their money behind Finnegan in the July 22 District 6 runoff, which could shift the color balance on the 10-member Augusta Commission.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office offering reward in armed robbery case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 7:44pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward following an armed robbery Monday at a gas station.

Two victims were held at gunpoint at the BP gas station on 2061 Gordon Highway, according to a statement from Sgt. Michael McDaniel. The suspect – described as a black man between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, 130 to 140 pounds – was last seen wearing long plaid shorts, a black hooded sweatshirt and a camouflage scarf over his face. He was armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun.

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Gov. Nathan Deal pushes for marijuana drug trials at Georgia Regents University

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 7:34pm


Georgia children with difficult to treat seizures will get access to a marijuana-derived oil in a clinical trial through Georgia Regents University perhaps as soon as this month, or at least by the end of the year, Gov, Nathan Deal said.

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Home for Good Dog Rescue co-founder makes accusations against director of Augusta Animal Services

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:57pm


A co-founder of an animal rescue based in New Jersey said that his organization has been blocked from getting dogs from Augusta Animal Services and that at least one diseased puppy died after the director refused to allow his group to take it to a veterinarian for treatment.

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Columbia County wreck injures 4

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:28pm


Authorities say the driver of a Lexus sedan lost control Tuesday afternoon going around a curve on South Old Belair Road and knocked down a telephone pole before crashing into the side of a parked semi truck.

Four occupants of the car, including three children, were taken to hospitals with injuries that were said not to be life-threatening.

Charlie H. Castillo wants to withdraw guilty plea after admitting role in prostituting teen in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:44pm

An Augusta man who pleaded guilty to his role in prostituting a teenage girl told a judge Tuesday he’s really not guilty.

Charlie H. Castillo, 32, insisted on testifying Tuesday in U.S. District Court against the advice of his attorney and the judge’s words of caution.

Castillo’s attorney, Michael C. Garrett, filed the motion to withdraw Castillo’s guilty plea at his client’s request. Such a motion is rarely successful in federal courts where judges employ an extensive discussion with defendants when they enter guilty pleas.

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Brush fire slows Bobby Jones traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:57pm


A brush fire slowed traffic on Bobby Jones Expressway near Deans Bridge Road Tuesday afternoon.

One westbound lane is shut down while fire crews respond to the fire reported around 3 p.m., according to Richmond County dispatch.

Tickets on sale this morning for Augusta premiere of James Brown movie

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:30pm


The star and director of the James Brown movie bio will walk the red carpet at its Augusta premiere, according to the Godfather of Soul’s daughter, and a limited number of tickets for the event go on sale this morning.

Chadwick Boseman, who plays Brown in Get On Up, and director Tate Taylor will attend the Augusta screening on July 24, Deanna Brown-Thomas said Tuesday. Keith Robinson, a graduate of Lakeside High School who plays Brown’s band member, Baby Roy, is also expected to attend, she said.

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Fire burns Columbia County home; brush fire slows traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:15pm


A fire in Columbia County rendered a home a total loss, and a brush fire on Bobby Jones Expressway snarled traffic Tuesday afternoon, according to reports.

Firefighters were on the scene of a residential blaze on Clifden Avenue in Amherst subdivision, off Columbia Road.

Authorities suspected the two-story house to be a total loss. Two adults and two small children escaped without injury after they awoke to find the kitchen on fire.

Just after 3 p.m., a brush fire slowed traffic on Bobby Jones Expressway near Deans Bridge Road.

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Noise alert: Explosives training at Fort Gordon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:47pm


Explosives training at Fort Gordon could make for a noisy few days for its neighbors later this week.

The 202nd Explosive Ordnance and Disposal Unit will conduct routine demolition training Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to dusk.

The booms might be heard in the communities near the fort.

More arrests made in Agerton Lane shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:02pm


Arrests continue in the shooting Saturday evening of a 14-year-old boy outside Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches on Agerton Lane.

Richmond County sheriff’s officials said today two juvenile boys, ages 14 and 16, also have been charged in connection with the crime. Police already had charged three people in the shooting that left Tyrese Deondre Hammond, of Hephzibah, with a bullet wound to the upper chest.

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Workers at Kimberly-Clark plant in Beech Island win $1 million Powerball prize

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 1:56pm


Fourteen co-workers at the Kimberly-Clark plant in Beech Island are splitting a $1 million Powerball prize.

One of the winners, David Adams, of Warrenville, told South Carolina lottery officials he and the other winners formed the Process Specialist Retirement Fund a year and a half ago with the hopes of one day hitting it big. Each week, members contributed $5 for 35 chances at a Powerball jackpot.

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Deal, manufacturer of a marijuana-derived drug meet at Georgia Regents University

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:21pm

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and the British manufacturer of a marijuana-derived drug met today at Georgia Regents University to discuss the possibility of clinical trials of the company’s marijuana-derived drug for children with difficult seizure disorders.

Augusta teen charged after radio host threatened

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:18pm


An Augusta teen was charged Monday with threatening a talk radio show host.

The 16-year-old was charged with making terroristic threats against WGAC host Austin Rhodes, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Rhodes called authorities about 11 p.m. Sunday and said someone had threatened him through Facebook. Rhodes said that he recently had discussed a drive-by shooting in Augusta on his show and that it had sparked a conversation on his professional Facebook page, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

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Atlanta case: Police now wonder if child abused

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:46am


ATLANTA — Court records released Monday show police want to learn about the health of a toddler in the months before he died of heat exposure in his father’s car near Atlanta.

Search warrants and affidavits released Monday show investigators are seeking medical records for 22-month-old Cooper Harris, as well as information about any medical conditions he might have had and his growth and development.

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UGA eyes new NCAA practice rules

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:27am

ATHENS, Ga. -- No more than two live contact practices a week.

That’s the “guideline” the NCAA recommended Monday for college football teams during the regular season. That came after six months of work that the NCAA and the College Athletic Trainers’ Society did with medical organizations, coaches, administrators and commissioners.

That practice policy has been in place as a rule in the Ivy League since 2011 and was adopted by the Pac-12 last season.

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Immigration case costs South Carolina $98,000

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:37am

COLUMBIA — South Carolina has been ordered to pay legal fees to a group that sued the state over its immigration law.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Monday ordered the state to pay $98,000 in attorneys’ fees to groups including the American Civil Liberties Union.

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