Suspect in fatal hit-and-run arrested

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 9:00am


Authorities say the Martinez man charged in a fatal hit-and-run had already begun repairing damage to his vehicle before he was arrested early Friday in North Augusta.

Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Steve Morris said Chris Cheek was found in downtown Augusta late Thursday and followed into North Augusta. Morris said deputies contacted the North Augusta Department of Public Safety for assistance. They stopped his car, and Cheek was arrested without incident.

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Accident snarls Washington Road traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 7:08am

A traffic accident involving several vehicles is snarling Washington Road morning commuters.

Richmond County dispatchers reported the accident at the Boy Scout Road -Washington Road intersection just before 7 a.m.

Several units ont the scene as well as an ambulance.


Five charged in 2014 Augusta slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 9:16pm

Five people have been charged in what is believed to be a 2014 gang-related slaying, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

The investigation began about 5:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 2014, when a deputy investigating a vehicle stopped on eastbound Bobby Jones Expressway near Mike Padgett Highway found a dead man behind the wheel. The man, who had been shot, was identified as Gerald Kentral Clifford, 28, of Sixth Avenue, the sheriff’s office said.

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Sheriff's office widow sues after year waiting for pension

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 9:05pm

The widow of a retired Rich­mond County sheriff’s lieutenant is filing suit after waiting a year without receiving her survivor’s pension.

Linda Goodman said she’s struggled since her husband, Bill Goodman, died last October.

“Bill talked about it all the time – you don’t have anything to worry about, you’ll have Social Security, you’ll have these benefits, you’ll be taken care of,” she said. “We were together for 46 years and he was very protective of me.”

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Project Jackson construction proposed to start in March

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 8:10pm


Construction of a stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets in Project Jackson is proposed to start March 1 and be finished by April 1, 2018, according to the latest Master Development Agreement, which is on the agenda for Monday’s North Augusta City Council meeting.

The council is scheduled to consider second-reading approval of the agreement. Second readings include a public hearing. The agreement still can be amended by the council and is not a done deal until all the partners have signed off on it.

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2 found dead near Langley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 1:05pm

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two deaths in the Langley area.

Sgt. Steve Shunn said a volunteer firefighter went to a home on Jackson Street to conduct a wellness check about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and requested the assistance of officers. After officers forced entry into the home, they discovered the bodies.

According to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, the bodies have not been positively identified due to significant decomposition. They may have been at the scene “for days or weeks,” Carlton stated.

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Bouncer sentenced in Georgia Southern death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 10:55am





STATESBORO, Ga. — A former Georgia Southern student who was a bouncer has been given a 20-year sentence for fatally beating a fellow student outside a bar.


News outlets report that Grant Spencer was sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter Wednesday, following the August 2014 death of 18-year-old Michael Gatto.


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Martinez jogger struck, killed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 8:37am


A man jogging along a Columbia County road Wednesday night was struck and killed by a hit and run driver, authorities said.

According to a news release, Tim Smith, 22, of Wheeler Road, Martinez, was hit about 8 p.m. He was wearing a yellow reflective vest at the time and was running facing traffic. He was taken to Doctors Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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AU, NSA ink degree program deal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:50pm

National security officials kicked off Georgia’s largest cyber summit Wednesday by inking a deal allowing soldiers at the National Security Agency’s Fort Gordon complex to obtain degrees at Augusta University.

The articulation agreement signed by the university and NSA’s National Cryptologic School, scheduled to start this spring, will enable a pilot class of 25 military personnel at Augusta’s NSA intelligence-gathering facility the chance to earn bachelor’s degrees in one of four career tracks, such as political science and international relations.

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Augusta personnel policy changes headed to commission committee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:28pm

Proposed changes to the city personnel manual are moving on to an Augusta Commission committee.

Commissioner Ben Hasan, who differed with some of consultant Jonathan Boxer’s recommendations, said the Administrative Services committee will thoroughly “vet” the revisions.

“We put too much stock in the consultant,” Hasan said.

“He presented options to us, as opposed to solutions.”

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North Augusta turns out for girl's funeral

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 4:41pm


NORTH AUGUSTA — There were plenty of tears at Ella Kate Bumgardner’s funeral Wednesday, but there were laughs, too, and the promise of reunion.

“We know where Ella is … safe in her Savior’s arms,” said Dr. Ryan Pack, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of North Augusta, who declared the service a “celebration of 10 years of life.”

And hundreds of North Augustans lined Georgia Avenue, wearing her favorite color green, as they had been asked to do when the procession left the church.

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Daughter pleads guilty to murder in death of former News-Times sports editor

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 1:44pm


The daughter of a former Columbia County News-Times sports editor pleaded guilty to murder charges in his death on Monday, according to a North Carolina newspaper.

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Aiken police investigating shooting incidents

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 9:29am

Aiken police believe two men recovering from gunshot wounds may have been involved in the same shooting Tuesday evening.

Aiken Department of Public Safety officers were called to a shooting at the intersection of Abbeville and Chesterfield streets about 6 p.m. and discovered a man with a gunshot wound sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle.

While officers were on the scene, they received another call that a shooting victim had arrived at the Aiken Regional Medical Center emergency room.

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Police seek man who robbed Subway on Walton Way

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 8:44am

Police are seeking information on an armed man who robbed a Walton Way restaurant late Tuesday.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a man who had his face covered entered Subway, 1569 Walton Way, with a gun and demanded cash around 9:45 p.m.

Anyone with information on the case can contact Investigator Lucas Grant or any violent crimes investigator at (7060 821-1020 or 821-1080.