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Florida cops have a 'rug problem'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:54am

LARGO, Fla. — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has a rug problem

Department spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said Wednesday that a new, $500 rug at the sheriff’s administration building said “In Dog We Trust” instead of “In God We Trust.”


The forest green rug with the sheriff’s yellow badge was in the entrance area for a couple of months when the error was discovered Wednesday by a deputy.


Barreda says the error was made by the rug manufacturer and it’s in the process of being corrected. A second rug did not have the misprint.

Ga. lawyer arrested in $500,000 theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:48am

A Vidalia, Ga., attorney has been arrested on charges of forgery and theft by deception in connection with a $500,000 civil settlement he allegedly never gave his clients.

Wilson Randolph Smith, 63, was arrested Tuesday night by Toombs County sheriff’s deputies and placed in the Toombs County Detention Center awaiting his appearance before a Superior Court judge, Sheriff Alvie Kight said Wednesday.

The arrest came after an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office, Kight said.

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UGA student shot, killed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:36am

ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia student was fatally shot Tuesday in what police are calling a drug-related homicide.

Min Seok Cho, 21, reportedly was shot in the head when he met someone to buy marijuana.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim met the person or persons responsible for the shooting to exchange marijuana,” Athens-Clarke County police said Wednesday in a media release.

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Elton John coming to Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:15am


Elton John and his band return to Augusta and the James Brown Arena on Tuesday, March 10 as part of the “All The Hits” tour, according to a news release.

The tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly acclaimed remastered album, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

GRU President Azziz expected to resign today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:55pm


Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz is expected to announce his resignation today according to a highly placed official at the university.

Azziz is expected to make the announcement during a called meeting of his cabinet at 8 a.m. today. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents is expected to make the formal announcement later today.

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Paine football players still in shock over shutdown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:09pm


When he played running back during his prep career at Butler, Jeff Menefee was able to shake defenders with his strong body.

On Wednesday evening, Menefee walked out of Paine College’s Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel unable to shake the news he received five days earlier. When the school announced plans to shut down the football program Friday evening, Menefee said he and his teammates were stunned – and the feeling hasn’t left.

“Nobody really knows what to do,” he said. “Every­body is still in shock. I really don’t know what to do with my life.”

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Augusta teenager charged with first-degree burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:51pm

An Augusta teenager is in custody after allegedly stealing $1,500 worth of electronics Tuesday from a home on Brussels Street.

While making rounds at Trinity Manor Apartment Complex, a Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy noticed Verdre Lamont Scott, Jr., 18, bent over behind building six, according to an incident report. The deputy says he saw Scott throw an object to the ground and walk away quickly. The deputy took Scott into custody and returned to building six, where a PlayStation 3 and three flat screen televisions were discovered.

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Edgefield man charged with murder in shooting incident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 5:39pm

An Edgefield woman died Tuesday after being shot in the head late Sunday night.

Patricia Kay Love, 29, of Red Hill Road, was pronounced dead at 3:56 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, according to Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett.

Jody Ray Jones, 42, of the same Red Hill Road address, has been charged with murder, using a firearm while intoxicated and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the Edgefield County detention center.

House targets VA bonuses in new bill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:42pm

Five months after making it easier to fire negligent employees, House lawmakers are looking to tighten their grip on the Department of Veterans Affairs, introducing a bill this week to recoup bonuses from staff found to have contributed to poor patient care.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has introduced a bill that would allow VA secretary Robert McDonald to take back performance pay from employees linked to long wait times, delayed appointments and preventable deaths — with no chance for an appeal.

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Braves trade Gattis to Houston, AJC reports

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:17pm

The Atlanta Braves agreed to trade slugger Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros on Wednesday for a package of prospects, a person familiar with the situation told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It wasn’t immediately known which prospects the Braves would get in exchange for Gattis, who was in Houston for a physical examination on Wednesday, as first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.


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