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Richmond County sheriff's deputies seek Delmont Street intruder

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:28pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying a man who they say forced his way into an Augusta home Monday.

According to a RCSO statement, the suspect entered a home in the 200 block of Delmont Street just before 4 a.m. After forcing his way through a side window, he began talking to a young girl inside the residence before leaving.

The suspect is described as a black male about 30 years old with a thin build. He has a thin mustache and shoulder-length dreadlocks, and was last seen wearing a green, military-style jacket and blue jeans.

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Augusta man arrested in connection with Hephzibah shooting that injured 1

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:46pm

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies have made an arrest in a shooting last month on Laural Oak Drive.

Adrian Lamar Curry, 35, of London Boulevard, was arrested Monday on felony charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to jail records.

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Augusta manufacturers likely to avoid paying energy tax

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 8:58pm

Augusta manufacturers appear headed for a victory Tuesday over plans to tax them for the energy they use, as support has waned among city commissioners scheduled to vote on the tax.

“It probably won’t pass, but we’ll try to look at some things for the sheriff’s deputies,” said Augusta Commission member Ben Hasan, who was elected in July on a pro-law enforcement platform.

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Old Academy of Richmond County to serve Augusta's

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:51pm

After sitting mostly vacant for the past 20 years, the old Academy of Richmond County on Telfair Street will soon be revived as a learning institution for 21st century innovators.

On Nov. 1, tech hot spot the will move from its Broad Street storefront into the structure at 540 Telfair St., which opened as a school in 1802 and has served as gallery space during the Westobou Festival.

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Augusta firefighters to receive Ebola training

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:23pm

Though there has only been one confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S., the Augusta Fire Department isn’t taking any chances.

In a news release Monday, the department announced each firefighter will be instructed on the origin of the disease and how to properly protect themselves if they are called to transport patients who exhibit symptoms.

Instructions will be provided via a video created by Dr. Phillip Coule, the department’s medical director and a professor of emergency medicine at Georgia Regents University.

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Mysterious death attributed to pre-existing condition, coroner says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:22pm

An Augusta man whose August death was shrouded in mystery after authorities detected a “foul, musty chemical odor” at his grandmother’s home has now been attributed to a pre-existing medical condition, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said Monday.

Walton Peterson 38, who was found unresponsive by his grandmother, Drue Stokes, on her couch was pronounced dead by Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose at 5:34 a.m. on Aug. 1. Authorities said Peterson lived next door and went to Stokes’ house the previous day to spend the night.

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USA Swimming suspends Michael Phelps for 6 months

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 6:00pm


Michael Phelps’ comeback took a major hit Monday, with USA Swimming suspending the 18-time Olympic champion for six months and forcing him to withdraw from next year’s world championships.

Phelps, 29, also lost six months of funding from the sport’s national governing body as a result of his second DUI arrest. He is banned from participating in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through April 6, 2015.

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Georgia fifth, S.C. sixth in charitable giving

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:21pm

Five of the six most charitable states are in the Southeast, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which analyzed tax return data to reach its findings.

The study – based on 2012 IRS tax returns – listed Georgia as the fifth-most charitable state; South Carolina ranked sixth. The giving rate is based on the ratio of contributions to adjusted gross income.

Utah topped the list at 6.56 percent. Georgia’s average giving rate was 4.2 percent, just above South Carolina at 4.13.

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Hephzibah-Westside is Game of the Week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 4:03pm

Is there an unprecedented No. 5 coming Hephzibah’s way?

The Rebels football program has never won five games in a row in one season, but Hephzibah is 4-1 in 2014 thanks to a four-game winning streak heading into Friday’s home game against Westside in The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

Stop by The Augusta Chronicle booth for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Our team will be there promoting our new Augusta High School Football App, featuring team pages, latest scores, video and photos.

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North Augusta senior selected to Shrine Bowl

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:37pm

North Augusta’s Victor Johnson was selected on Monday to the 78th annual Shrine Bowl Game roster for the South Carolina team.

Johnson, a star lineman on both sides of the ball, is committed to Appalachian State after he previously committed to East Carolina. There are two former Yellow Jackets standouts currently with the Mountaineers: offensive lineman Parker Collins and wide receiver Montez McGuire.

The Shrine Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 20 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.

Supreme Court reverses Augusta murder conviction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:53pm

The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed an Augusta man’s murder conviction.

Eddie Lee Freeman, 30, has been in prison for the past six years. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion that grants Freeman a new trial.

District Attorney Ashley Wright said Monday she will seek to retry Freeman.

The state’s highest court ruled the judge who presided over Freeman’s Richmond County Superior Court jury trial, Carl C. Brown Jr., made an improper statement in front of the jury.

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Man wanted for stealing debit card

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:26pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a man accused of using a stolen debit card.

On Sept. 27, a white man who appears to be in his mid- tolate 20s was captured on surveillance video conducting a transaction at the Security Federal Bank ATM in Graniteville with a debit card stolen from a restaurant in Richmond County, according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser.

The suspect was last seen driving an older model burgundy Mitsubishi Galant.

Trail opens near Augusta Canal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:14pm

Sixteen years after the project originated, River Levee Trail – located along the Augusta Canal – opened Monday for public use.

The 1.6-mile trail extension boasts two wooden bridges, including a cable-suspension bridge.

“Most projects that are worthwhile take a long time to happen,” said Dayton Sherrouse, Augusta Canal Authority executive director. “By that measure, this is a super worthwhile project.”

Funding began in 1998, Sherrouse said, and the Augusta Canal Authority gradually completed portions as money became available.

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Augusta man's murder conviction affirmed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:13pm

The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Monday the murder conviction for an Augusta man found guilty in the brutal beating death of a woman.

The court found Geoffrey Lee Prince, now 47, was fairly tried and convicted of murder in the Dec. 17, 2003, killing of 48-year-old Vanessa Adolph.

Adolph’s body was dumped along a private road off River Watch Parkway. Prince tried to implicate another man in her slaying but sheriff’s investigators confirmed that man was in the hospital the day Adolph was beaten and strangled.

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Augusta, Ironman event agree to three-year deal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:40am


Augusta will continue to be the host city for the Ironman 70.3 triathlon for the next three years.

The Augusta Sports Council announced Monday that a deal had been reached to hold the event in September through 2017.

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Update: Warren crash victim identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:05am


A single-vehicle traffic accident on Old Wire Road in Warren County killed a child Monday morning.

Ritchie Howard, Georgia State Patrol Grovetown post commander, said Thomeshia Ruff, 24, of Warrenton was travelling south on Old Wire Road when she lost control of her 1990 Honda Accord while negotiating a curve.

Howard said Ruff travelled into the north bond lane before leaving the roadway, striking a ditch and overturning. Ruff’s daughter, 7-year-old Des’Yani McNair was killed in the crash.

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New intox machine for RCSO

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:59am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has a new breath alcohol tester after receiving a state grant to purchase the $8,000 Intoxilyzer 9000.

The previous model, the Intoxilyzer 5000, has been used in Georgia since 1995, but the machine will be decommissioned Dec. 31, 2015.

Agencies across the state have been making the switch to the 9000 model ever since. Departments were given three years to make the switch to the newer model.

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Area reunion set for Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:58am

The fifth annual Harrisburg-Frog Hollow reunion is scheduled for Saturday at the American Legion Post on Milledge Road.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and entry is $10 per person.

“It’s like a family reunion,” said Faye McNair, a native of the Harrisburg community. “You never know who’ll show up but I can promise it’s a great time.”

McNair, the event founder, expects more than 300 people to attend.

Included in the festivities are a live band, twist and shag contests, raffles, door prizes, food and a cash bar.

Proceeds from the event are donated to veterans.

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