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Heat hospitalizes 4 at SC school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:01am

 

BURTON, S.C. — Four Beaufort County school students are fine after they were taken to the hospital suffering from the heat illnesses when their school was evacuated.

 

The Beaufort Gazette reports students at Robert Smalls International Academy were evacuated for about 90 minutes Thursday when smoke was reported in the building.

 

Students were taken to shady areas but the temperature was 95 degrees at the time. The four students were treated and released from the hospital later in the day.

 

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TB tests for Ga. high school students

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:51am

 

MARIETTA, Ga. — Officials say students at two suburban Atlanta high schools will be tested for tuberculosis after one student tested positive for the disease.

 

Cobb County school officials announced the testing Thursday. They said the student is believed to have contracted the disease over the summer.

 

School system spokesman Jay Dillon said the student attends Hillgrove High School this year, but attended McEachern High in the spring.

 

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Toxic vapors at old Ga. Army base

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:48am

 

FOREST PARK, Ga. — Tests have found that toxic vapor is accumulating in some homes near Fort Gillem, a former military depot just south of Atlanta.

 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports testing this summer found hazardous chemicals in levels high enough to pose a danger to human health in the air of 26 of 29 homes sampled.

 

The newspaper reports that Army officials are expected to begin informing residents of the results in the coming day, and that Army officials had no immediate comment on the matter.

 

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Augusta mom arrested, charged with deprivation of 5-year-old son

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:09pm

Richmond County Sheriff deputies arrested a 26-year-old mother Wednesday, charging her with deprivation of a minor.

Jamila Desrai Maston, of Augusta, was charged with the misdemeanor crime after leaving her 5-year-old son unattended for more than two hours after he departed the school bus.

Approximately 5:29 p.m., officers responded to 210 Sapelo Court, where Jayvion Maston, 5, was observed by a maintenance supervisor while getting off the bus and walking towards his home, according to a RCSO incident report.

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Augusta food bank expands to serve residents, military

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:56pm

Golden Harvest Food Bank opened a new Augusta warehouse Thursday to serve the growing number of area residents, households and military families who depend on pantries, kitchens and shelters for groceries and meals each year.

In the Augusta area, Golden Harvest estimated that it serves 199,500 people, 49,275 children and 34,710 senior citizens annually in 30 counties, according to a 2014 study the nonprofit participated in that was sponsored by Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank network.

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Augusta Commission members reluctant to judge Donnie Smith

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:44pm

Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith’s peers on the commission were reluctant to pass judgment on their colleague Thursday, citing a need to wait for more information and respect they had for his work on the commission.

Smith, 51, retired early from Georgia State Patrol on Monday. A case summary released Thursday on the first part of an investigation ongoing since June affirmed allegations he’d worked for an Augusta hospitality house during Masters Week while also drawing his state patrol salary, a violation of state policy and state law.

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Teenager in custody after home robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 9:07pm

A 17-year-old suspect is in custody after police say he burglarized a home Tuesday in Richmond County.

Approximately 11:43 a.m., deputies responded to the 200 block of Chatham Road, where Patrick O’Neal Bennett is accused of stealing four rings, a fireproof safe, a laptop and Xbox 360, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Bennett gained entry by breaking a kitchen window, stole the items, then fled the scene in a 1999 Dodge Caravan.

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Fort hospital recognized for low surgical complications

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:26pm

With new technology and longstanding safeguards in place, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center celebrated a national study this week that found the Fort Gordon hospital has consistently ranked among the best in the country for lower-than-expected surgical complication rates.

The findings of a 2013 study by the American College of Surgeons – first reported by The New York Times this summer – show Eisenhower is among four of the military’s 16 largest hospitals that had surgical complication rates below 2 percent last year.

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Death penalty trial expected to begin next month

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:10pm

 

Only a month remains before Kelvin Johnson’s death penalty trial begins, and the defense has yet to turn over any significant discovery, District Attorney Ashley Wright complained to a judge Thursday.

It’s not fair, Judge J. David Roper agreed, but the rule in death penalty cases is that discovery doesn’t have to be provided until 10 days before trial.

The judge told Wright, however, that he would ensure she had whatever time she needs to adequately prepare for any defense witnesses.

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Third suspect sought in Aiken home invasion, assault

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 6:50pm

Aiken Public Safety investigators are searching for an Aiken man wanted on charges of first degree burglary, kidnapping, strong armed robbery and first degree assault.

Michael Wallace Dorn, 39, is accused in an Aug. 24 home invasion on the 200 block of Williamsburg Street, according to a news release from detective Jeremy Hembree. Dorn, Justin Cooper and Tobias Thomas are accused of forcing their way into the victim’s home, assaulting the victim and stealing electronics and money.

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Islamic Society of Augusta condemns ISIS

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 6:21pm

The Islamic Society of Augusta released a statement Thursday condemning the beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

“The anti-Islamic terrorist group ISIS has been wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq under the banner of its misinterpretations of Islam,” said Dr. Hossam Fadel, one of three members at large of the Islamic Society of Augusta. “Islamic principles forbid the killing of noncombatants. United States national Muslim organizations have condemned its actions.”

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Police asking for help finding missing man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 3:54pm

Police are asking for assistance in finding a Warrenville man who has been missing since July.

Martine Aguilar, 20, was last seen in the Clearwater area on July 28. He was reported missing by a close friend exactly one month later.

Police said Aguilar suffers from mental retardation.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811 or Crimestoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.

Joan Rivers dead at 81

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 3:04pm

NEW YORK — Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

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Augusta detention center barber faces charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 1:25pm

An Augusta Youth Development Campus barber has been charged with soliciting a youth at the facility.

A Department of Juvenile Justice news release stated the youth reported harassment by Steven Kenneth Boler to a corrections officer on Aug. 17. Boler, 51, was immediately escorted from the facility and an investigation began.

Boler resigned Aug. 21 and was arrested by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 3 on a charge of enticing a child for indecent purposes. The news release did not give details on the harassment.

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Storm problems across Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 1:06pm

ATLANTA — Thunderstorms spawned intense lightning and powerful winds across Georgia, sparking house fires in suburban Atlanta and toppling trees and power lines in several counties.

Heavy rains today also flooded several lanes of Interstate 20 in Atlanta, leading to traffic jams during the evening rush hour.

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Angela Pringle takes oath, becomes Richmond County superintendent

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:29pm

 

Angela Pringle officially became the Richmond County Superintendent of Schools on Thursday, reciting the oath of her office in a courtroom packed with family members, education officials, politicians and members of the public.

Pringle’s oath, administered by Probate Judge Harry James, required her to state she was fully qualified to hold her office and to follow the laws of Georgia while performing her new job. After reciting the oath, Pringle thanked her family and Richmond County Board of Education members for helping her during the selection process.

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Murder charge in Atlanta SUV child death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:20pm

ATLANTA — More than two months after his son’s death in a hot car, a Georgia man who prosecutors say sat in his office exchanging nude photos with women while his son languished for hours was charged with murder on Thursday.

A Cobb County grand jury indicted Justin Ross Harris on multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates that prosecutors believe that Harris intentionally left his son Cooper in the hot car to die.

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