2 found dead near Langley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 1:05pm

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two deaths in the Langley area.

Sgt. Steve Shunn said a volunteer firefighter went to a home on Jackson Street to conduct a wellness check about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and requested the assistance of officers. After officers forced entry into the home, they discovered the bodies.

According to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, the bodies have not been positively identified due to significant decomposition. They may have been at the scene “for days or weeks,” Carlton stated.

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Bouncer sentenced in Georgia Southern death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 10:55am





STATESBORO, Ga. — A former Georgia Southern student who was a bouncer has been given a 20-year sentence for fatally beating a fellow student outside a bar.


News outlets report that Grant Spencer was sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter Wednesday, following the August 2014 death of 18-year-old Michael Gatto.


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Martinez jogger struck, killed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 8:37am


A man jogging along a Columbia County road Wednesday night was struck and killed by a hit and run driver, authorities said.

According to a news release, Tim Smith, 22, of Wheeler Road, Martinez, was hit about 8 p.m. He was wearing a yellow reflective vest at the time and was running facing traffic. He was taken to Doctors Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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AU, NSA ink degree program deal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:50pm

National security officials kicked off Georgia’s largest cyber summit Wednesday by inking a deal allowing soldiers at the National Security Agency’s Fort Gordon complex to obtain degrees at Augusta University.

The articulation agreement signed by the university and NSA’s National Cryptologic School, scheduled to start this spring, will enable a pilot class of 25 military personnel at Augusta’s NSA intelligence-gathering facility the chance to earn bachelor’s degrees in one of four career tracks, such as political science and international relations.

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Augusta personnel policy changes headed to commission committee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:28pm

Proposed changes to the city personnel manual are moving on to an Augusta Commission committee.

Commissioner Ben Hasan, who differed with some of consultant Jonathan Boxer’s recommendations, said the Administrative Services committee will thoroughly “vet” the revisions.

“We put too much stock in the consultant,” Hasan said.

“He presented options to us, as opposed to solutions.”

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North Augusta turns out for girl's funeral

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 4:41pm


NORTH AUGUSTA — There were plenty of tears at Ella Kate Bumgardner’s funeral Wednesday, but there were laughs, too, and the promise of reunion.

“We know where Ella is … safe in her Savior’s arms,” said Dr. Ryan Pack, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of North Augusta, who declared the service a “celebration of 10 years of life.”

And hundreds of North Augustans lined Georgia Avenue, wearing her favorite color green, as they had been asked to do when the procession left the church.

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Daughter pleads guilty to murder in death of former News-Times sports editor

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 1:44pm


The daughter of a former Columbia County News-Times sports editor pleaded guilty to murder charges in his death on Monday, according to a North Carolina newspaper.

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Aiken police investigating shooting incidents

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 9:29am

Aiken police believe two men recovering from gunshot wounds may have been involved in the same shooting Tuesday evening.

Aiken Department of Public Safety officers were called to a shooting at the intersection of Abbeville and Chesterfield streets about 6 p.m. and discovered a man with a gunshot wound sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle.

While officers were on the scene, they received another call that a shooting victim had arrived at the Aiken Regional Medical Center emergency room.

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Police seek man who robbed Subway on Walton Way

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 8:44am

Police are seeking information on an armed man who robbed a Walton Way restaurant late Tuesday.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a man who had his face covered entered Subway, 1569 Walton Way, with a gun and demanded cash around 9:45 p.m.

Anyone with information on the case can contact Investigator Lucas Grant or any violent crimes investigator at (7060 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Augusta political group issues endorsements

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 5:54am

The Augusta Richmond County Committee for Good Government

issued its endorsements Tuesday night for the upcoming election.

The group voted to support all incumbents, backing the re-elections of Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree and district school board members Marion Barnes, Barbara Pulliam and Helen Minchew.

Augusta water taxi, pedestrian bridge under discussion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:27pm


Plans to operate a water taxi and convert the Fifth Street Bridge to a pedestrian walkway resurfaced during an Augusta Commission discussion about riverwalk maintenance Tuesday.

Several commissioners, including Sean Frantom and Marion Williams, and Mayor Hardie Davis went aboard The Patriot on Monday to look at options for a water taxi service in a meeting arranged by Recreation Di­rec­tor Glenn Parker, Williams said. The Patriot is a pontoon boat that provides tours on the Savannah River.

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Richmond County school board member seeks suspensions for anthem protests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 6:54pm


A Richmond County school board member wants athletes, cheerleaders and band members who wear school-bought uniforms to be punished if they don’t stand during the national anthem.

Frank Dolan made the recommendation during Tues­­day’s monthly committee meeting. He stated his opinion as the Richmond County Board of Education’s finance committee was approving $28,975 for 70 new band uniforms for Cross Creek High School.

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Cookie dough recall underway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 3:26pm

GARNER, Iowa — An Iowa company is recalling the cookie dough it sold to Blue Bell Creameries and other food companies because it may be contaminated with listeria bacteria.

Dough-maker Aspen Hills notified customers about the recall on Sunday, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether any of this cookie dough had reached consumers because the Garner, Iowa, based company doesn’t sell directly to consumers. Aspen Hills did not say the companies or states where the dough was sold.

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Warrants tie woman's arrest to May slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:47pm

Police still have not released many details on a recent murder arrest, but warrants confirm it is connected to a May shooting.

Shakara Shanese Harden, 28, was booked into the Richmond County jail Fri­day on charges of murder and criminal attempt. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will not discuss the case, stating only that it remains under investigation.

According to warrants, Harden is accused in the armed robbery and death of Marcus Mandrell Scott on May 24.

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