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Police seek 2-county fraud suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 9:58am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating a suspect in at least six financial transaction card frauds this month at 1739 Walton Way, Augusta; 4681 Jefferson Davis Highway and 3581 Richland Ave., Clearwater, and possibly other locations.

Any help in apprehending this suspect would be appreciated. Contact Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jimmy Wren at (706) 821-1020, or dispatch at (706) 821-1080.

Warrant finds Georgia father did Web search on kids dying in cars

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 8:43pm


ATLANTA — A Georgia man charged with murder after his 22-month-old son died in a hot SUV searched online for information about kids dying in cars and told police he feared it could happen, according to documents released Saturday.

The warrants released by the Cobb County Police Department provide more insight into the investigation of Cooper Harris’ death on June 18.

Justin Ross Harris, 33, has told police he was supposed to drive his son to day care that morning but drove to work without realizing that his son was strapped into a car seat in the back.

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Augusta man robbed of $600 during card game

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 7:12pm


Police say an Augusta man was robbed at gunpoint after he started winning a card game early Saturday.

Deputies were called to Red Carpet Inn at 2050 Gor­don Highway about 4 a.m. Ricky Cooper, 46, said he was robbed of $600 while playing cards with two men, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

While playing the game, one of the men retrieved a gun from under a pillow and walked outside. He was followed by the other man, who goes by Thomas, who re-entered and said the first man was having girl problems, the report said.

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Thousands celebrate Augusta's gay community during Pride Weekend

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:16pm


For Matt Rivera, the fifth annual Augusta Pride festival was his way of keeping true to a promise of being open and honest. He came out as gay last December.

“It’s like a fresh start,” the Georgia Regents University freshman said. “My hometown wasn’t very open. So when I moved to Augusta last year, I made a promise to be more open and to be more accepting of myself. Coming to the festival is a special way to keep that promise.”

About 10,000 people crowded the downtown area Saturday for the city’s annual festival focusing on gay rights issues.

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2 arrested in Aiken County drug bust

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 5:34pm


Aiken County authorities have arrested two men after a lengthy undercover narcotics investigation, officials said Saturday.

According to a news release, Aiken County sheriff’s deputies and Aiken Department of Public Safety officers executed a search warrant Wednesday at an Aiken home in the 400 block of Florence Street. Officers seized powder cocaine, crack cocaine, several weapons and money.

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Authorities search for possible drowning victim in river

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 5:29pm

Authorities are searching for a possible drowning victim, who might have slipped into the river while fishing Saturday.

About 1:58 p.m., the North Augusta Department of Public Safety was called to the Hammond Hills area, where two men had been fishing along the banks of the Savannah River, Sgt. Maurice Ransom said.

The victim, identified only as a 32-year-old black man, slipped on the bank of the river and struggled to make his way back to the shore. His friend attempted to rescue him, but was unsuccessful and returned back to the bank of the river, Ransom said.

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Vietnam veteran fabricated heroic acts during trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 5:01pm


In pleading the case of Charles Chavous in April, defense attorney Scott Con­nell detailed his heroic acts during the Vietnam War in an attempt to convince Judge Mi­chael N. Annis that Cha­vous was deserving of leniency.

But Chavous’ deeds of heroism weren’t true.

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Doctors Hospital's push for trauma designation sparks backlash

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 4:30pm


A push by Doctors Hos­pital to be designated a trauma center could hurt the existing trauma center at Georgia Regents Medical Cen­ter and end up costing trauma patients an automatic $9,900 once they step through the door of Doctors, officials said.

Even the state director of the office that governs trauma centers said the move could hurt existing ones.

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