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Revised Augusta animal ordinance facing more criticism

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 8:07pm

Augusta’s proposed animal ordinance is facing criticism from Augusta commission members set to review it, despite revisions made by a city subcommittee.

“In my mind, this is not going to work. You’re putting the burden on people who love their pets and will do the right thing,” Commissioner Marion Williams said.

The ordinance is Augusta’s first effort to slow pet overpopulation and charges owners a $50 annual fee if they don’t spay or neuter their dogs and cats.

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Fatal wreck on I-20 westbound

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:22pm

Law enforcement and the Columbia County Coroner’s Office have been called to the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 20.

According to Columbia County dispatch, first responders were called to the westbound lanes of I-20 near mile marker 179 about 3:04 p.m.

Upon arrival, deputies found a black car about 100 feet into the woodline along the interstate, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Butch Askew said. The vehicle struck several trees and rolled several times before coming to a rest.

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Man arrested as serial peeping Tom

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:51pm

A serial peeping Tom has been caught again, police say, taking videos up women’s skirts.

Charles Tremblay, 39, was booked Friday into the Richmond County jail on charges of unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance.

According to arrest warrants, Tremblay is accused of using his cellphone to take videos underneath a woman’s skirt without her knowledge at Macy’s in the Augusta Mall.

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SC gun sales see record month

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:05pm

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A record 50,000 South Carolinians sought to either buy guns or carry concealed weapons during December.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the statistics come from the FBI criminal background check system. The spike came when President Barack Obama indicated he would seek to tighten gun control measures this year.

It was the busiest month ever in South Carolina.

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Augusta man sentenced to 13 years in prison for vehicular homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 2:33pm

When Richard J. Dukes’s pickup hit Stephen Brinson on Tobacco Road on May 3, Brinson was dragged 75 feet down the dark road, the prosecutor said Monday during Dukes’ sentencing hearing.

Dukes, 31, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to vehicular homicide, admitting he was legally drunk when he struck Brinson with his Chevy truck.

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Arrest made in year's first homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 2:32pm

Police have made an arrest in the first homicide of the year.

Kevin Antwan Williams, 25, was booked into the Richmond County jail Sunday on charges of murder and theft by taking.

Williams is accused of mortally wounding James Sims III, 34, in a liquor store parking lot at 1773 Kissingbower Road on Jan. 11.

The shooting was the first Augusta homicide of 2016. Since then there have been four cases investigated as homicides.

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Augusta man pleads guilty in 2012 cold case homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 2:23pm

One of two men arrested last year in a cold-case homicide from 2012 pleaded guilty Monday.

Damarkeo J. Lockhart, 22, kept backing out of the plea negotiation Monday in Richmond County Superior Court, but with potential jurors lined up outside the courtroom ready for jury selection, Lockhart finally admitted he was guilty of felony murder.

Lockhart, an 11th-grade dropout who had supported himself by doing odd jobs, was sentenced by Judge J. Wade Padgett to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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