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5 killed in Appling shootings; suspect confirmed dead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 9:51pm

Five people were killed in two separate shootings in App­ling on Friday night in what authorities say were domestic-related incidents.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has confirmed suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, killed himself. He was found dead inside his home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

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Several injured in head-on collision

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 6:40pm

Several people were injured Friday in a collision on Windsor Spring Road. 

The accident happened near the intersection with Richmond Hill Road after a Volkswagen Beetle reportedly crossed the center line and hit a Nissan Altima, according to dispatch. Details about the injuries weren’t known.

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Doctors Hospital of Augusta given all clear after bomb threat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:15pm

Doctors Hospital of Augusta has been given an all clear after a bomb threat was called in this afternoon, hospital spokesman Adam Landau confirmed.

“We had a bomb threat called in,” he said.

The hospital’s policy is to search the area for anything suspicious but “we do not evacuate,” Landau said. Law enforcement was called in, but nothing suspicious was discovered during the search, he said.

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Man sets self on fire, runs into house, police say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:28am

Shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, units from the Richmond County Fire Department assisted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire alarm call and then reports that an individual had set himself on fire and run into the house.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, Steven Valakos, 37, had reportedly been involved in a domestic issue with the occupant of the residence and taken these actions. He is currently being treated for his injuries and the fire has been extinguished.

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Tiger Woods greets players at Junior Invitational at Sage Valley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:05am

 

GRANITEVILLE — The first tee was the place to be Friday at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

A day after making a surprise appearance at the prestigious junior tournament, Tiger Woods was back to greet participants and take photos with them before they teed off in the second round.

“It’s awesome. He’s my superhero,” said Joaquin Niemann, of Chile. “To be here and meet him is really nice. This tournament has done a good job.”

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Judge will weigh Mercy Ministries' challenge of housing violations

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 9:22pm

A Harrisburg rooming house for the homeless cited for numerous code violations didn’t have its day in court – yet.

Richmond County Chief Civil and Magis­trate Court Judge William D. Jennings III agreed at a hearing Thurs­day to rule on Mercy Minis­tries’ motion to dismiss numerous city accusations of fire, building and zoning code violations at the Crawford Avenue facility for not being specific enough.

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Tiger Woods makes appearance at Junior Invitational

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 8:38pm

GRANITEVILLE — Social media lit up Thursday evening after Tiger Woods made a surprise appearance at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

Woods, a four-time Masters Tournament champion, talked to the 54 participants and their guests and also hit full shots, according to social media posts.

Woods hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since August and he missed the Masters for the second time in three years after undergoing two back surgeries last year.

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Slain driver's DNA not found on North Augusta officer's gun

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:30pm

 

COLUMBIA — After a North Augusta police officer shot and killed a driver in 2014, he told investigators the man had grabbed his gun – but a newly released investigative file reveals that the driver’s DNA was not found on the muzzle of the officer’s weapon.

And a police dashcam video shows the unarmed driver appeared to briefly wave his empty hands out his window seconds before the shooting.

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