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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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Macon wife stabs husband with screwdriver

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 7:58am

MACON, Ga. — Authorities say a Macon woman stabbed her husband with a screwdriver during an argument over money.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that 21-year-old Ieshia Etheridge was arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated assault.

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Cam Newton, Carolina's 'D' too much for Arizona

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 10:17pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Superman is headed for the Super Bowl.

He’s taking the Carolina Panthers with him.

Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others, and Carolina’s big-play defense stifled the league’s top-ranked offense in a 49-15 romp Sunday for the NFC championship.

The NFL’s new top man at quarterback – Newton is an All-Pro this season – will lead the Panthers against five-time MVP Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in two weeks. Carolina is favored by four points.

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Two North Augusta homicides from 1992 still unsolved

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 9:22pm

The deaths of two North Augusta men in 1992 that police believed to be drug related remain unsolved nearly 24 years later.

Leroy “Leo” Roosevelt McCoy and Joseph Nathan Tillman, both 28, were found gunned down at Tillman’s Boylan Street home on Jan. 27, 1992.

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Jason Dufner wins playoff in CareerBuilder Challenge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 8:21pm

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Jason Dufner won the CareerBuilder Challenge with a par on the second playoff hole Sunday, taking advantage of David Lingmerth’s shot off the rocks that bounced into the water.

Dufner finished with 2-under-par 70 on PGA West’s TPC Stadium Course to match Lingmerth at 25-under 263. Lingmerth closed with 65.

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Denver advances to Super Bowl 50

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/24/2016 - 6:40pm

DENVER — When Peyton Manning was watching games from the locker room a few months ago, none of this seemed possible.

Manning back on the field, playing the role of the most decorated game manager in history.

Manning churning his 39-year-old legs around right end for a 12-yard gain and a first down.

Manning back in the Super Bowl.

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