Police are investigating a note left Monday at a fire station warning firefighters to “watch their backs.”
Firefighters at Station 9, 3507 Walton Way Extension, discovered the note stuck between the door and door frame around 2:30 p.m. According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, the note said, “You fools killed my mom watch your backs black lives matter.”
Fire department spokeswoman Dee Griffin said the department is working closely with the sheriff’s office, but at this point they have not determined a suspect.
ATHENS, Ga. — An Athens man who saved a dog from a hot car has been arrested for smashing a window to free the animal.
Multiple news outlets report Michael Hammons was charged with criminal trespassing after freeing a small Pomeranian mix in distress from a hot car outside an Athens store. Witnesses say while a group of shoppers waited for police to arrive to free the dog, the Desert Storm veteran took action and smashed the window.
Deputies say the car’s owner insisted Hammons be arrested.
Don Grantham, the new chairman of Georgia’s transportation board, said Monday that something must be done to stem the increase in the state’s highway-related fatalities.
“That is totally unnecessary and uncalled for,” Grantham, a former Augusta Commission member, said at a news conference Monday announcing the Department of Transportation’s Drive Alert Arrive Alive campaign. The yearlong campaign is aimed at reducing deaths, which average an estimated 100 per month.
During the first quarter of this year, more than 400 people died on state roads.
ATLANTA — Highway fatalities in Georgia jumped 25 percent in the first three months of the year, and state officials vowed Monday to take action with a crackdown on seat belt use.
Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry said the 450 automobile-related deaths puts the state on pace to lose 1,200 lives this year. It also represents a reversal of nine years of declines, although McMurry acknowledged that driving has also increased somewhat.
“We know that they are preventable because data tells us a very alarming story,” he said.
More than 700 family, friends and colleagues of former state legislator Ben “Joey” Brush Jr. filled the Sanctuary of Augusta church Monday morning to pay their respects and bid him goodbye.
Although known for his career in politics and his profession as a builder, Brush was remembered Monday as a family man with a deep connection to his faith by two pastors who worked with him for years in Christian ministry and fellowship.
An agreement with University Hospital will allow the University of South Carolina Aiken to offer a new degree program next year, officials announced Monday.
Debate about the fate of two 19th-century buildings on the city government campus will continue today at a meeting of Augusta’s Public Services Committee.
Augusta accountant Jack Steinberg is not backing down from a proposal to preserve one or more of the buildings – one of which is Georgia’s oldest structure built as a synagogue – by creating a museum of Jewish history at the site.
The man convicted of stealing more than $600,000 from the Vic Hawk Law Group and its clients was back in court Monday to press his claim that the judge was wrong to seize $6,500 from his jail account.
U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. agreed with Richard Owen that except in rare circumstances Social Security benefits are not subject to garnishment. But Owen didn’t prove the money in his account was solely Social Security benefits sent to Owen by his adopted son, Bowen said.
Hanging in Jenny Dickson’s room is a painting of an owl from her first patient. It’s proof she was good at reaching people even before she graduated as a physician assistant at Georgia Regents University.
Dickson’s remarkable work during her clinical rotations earned her the $25,000 Beard Award given annually to a GRU graduating student who exemplifies compassionate care.
Deputies are searching for a suspect accused of taking $6,500 from a local business.
About 5:08 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to Christmas Tree Shops, in the 200 block of Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, and found someone had cut open the store’s money safe, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
“At least $6,500” had been removed.
Two Augusta women were arrested Saturday after being accused of trying to steal fake eyelashes from an area business.
Victoria Kibunzi, 19, and Monshay Guilford, 21, were charged with shoplifting and taken to the Richmond County jail after deputies found fake eyelashes and two pairs of sandals concealed in a purse, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Deputies say the eyelashes were taken from Hair Zone, located in the 3400 block of Wrightsboro Road.
A woman accused of taking advantage of a 95-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to theft.
Teri R. Watts, 40, entered her plea in Richmond County Superior Court. She was initially charged with the exploitation of an elderly or disabled person.
Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Watts to 10 years on probation. She will have to repay the victim $7,900 and turn over any claims on his 2006 truck. Brown also imposed a $2,000 fine.
ATLANTA — A former employee of the Richmond County Tax Commissioner’s Office got her claims of racial discrimination before the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday, claiming she was improperly laid off after 26 years working for the county.
An attorney for Tax Commissioner Steven Kendrick said Nancy Cochran merely lost out when she gambled after a reorganization by applying for only one job – which she wasn’t qualified for – when there were others that she was better suited to handle.
A new boiler at Savannah River Site’s biomass power-generating plant will help prevent a loss of steam and electricity production during extreme cold weather.
The U.S. Energy Department and Ameresco, a renewable energy company, broke ground Monday on an expansion of the original biomass generation facility that began operations in 2012. The heating plant uses wood chips and shredded rubber tires as fuel to power SRS operations.
NEW YORK — The NFL came down hard on its biggest star and its championship team, telling Tom Brady and the Patriots that no one is allowed to mess with the rules of the game.
The league suspended the Super Bowl MVP on Monday for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game.
Heath Corley resigned as head coach of Ridge Spring-Monetta’s football team Monday.
Corley, who led the Trojans for three seasons, stepped down to become the defensive coordinator at Barnwell. He cited his family as the reason for the move.
“It’s for my family, my kids,” Corley said. “It’s time for me to step back and be a daddy. I don’t want to blink and my kids be 30 years old.”
The Masters Tournament and Augusta National Golf Club opened up the application process to obtain 2016 Masters tickets on Monday.
All applications must be done online at www.masters.com and only one application per person or address will be accepted (one per household). All applicants must be 21 years or older.
Practice round tickets for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday will cost $65 each. The deadline to apply is June 30, and all applicants will be notified in mid-July.
A man who admitted to pointing a weapon at a woman, a crime he also committed four years earlier, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of terroristic threats Monday.
Bertram R. Owens Jr., 25, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Owens to five years in prison followed by five years probation.
The Georgia Supreme Court has affirmed an Augusta’s man murder conviction.
In an opinion released Monday, the state’s highest court found Cornelius Price, 23, was fairly tried and convicted in Richmond County Superior Court in June 2010. Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Price to life in prison plus 25 years for murder, hijacking a motor vehicle and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime.