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Court denies Brady's 'Deflategate' appeal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:28am

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court has rejected Tom Brady’s attempt to get a new hearing on his “Deflategate” suspension.

Brady was asking for the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. In April, a three-judge panel said that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was within his powers when he suspended the star quarterback four games for his role in a scheme to doctor the footballs used in a Jan. 18, 2015, playoff game.

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Savannah River Remediation receives safety award

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 9:53am

 

Savannah River Remediation, the Savannah River Site’s liquid waste contractor, received the Palmetto Shining Star Safety Award from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

SRR was selected for the award for its dedication to safety both on site and within the local community. According to a news release, SRR reached one million or more safe work hours without a lost-time injury or illness in 2015 and achieved a significantly lower incidence rate than reported by South Carolina in the previous year.

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Local police departments report increased displays of gratitude since Dallas shootings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 11:56pm

Local law enforcement agencies, large and small, have received an outpouring of support and kindness since the shooting deaths of five officers at a protest in Dallas late Thursday.

“It does make the job easier, knowing the support we have from the community,” said Aiken Department of Pub­lic Safety Lt. Jake Mahoney.

By mid-morning Friday, he said, tokens of appreciation were pouring into the department.

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Four locations open Monday for advance voting in July 26 runoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 6:49pm

Richmond County Board of Elections is expanding advance voting in the July 26 runoff to four locations.

The change comes after the board reexamined its policy Monday and determined that, unlike a primary runoff, multiple advance voting locations are necessary in the citywide runoff election for state court judge, board member Chip Barbee said. The only location currently open is at the Augusta Municipal Building.

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Salvation Army auto auction preview underway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 3:26pm

Previews for the upcoming Salvation Army Auto Auction started Tuesday.

The auto auction, which will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, will have 65 cars, boats, RVs, jet skis and a limousine. The feature car is a 2014 Honda Accord. Others include a 2000 Volkswagen Cabrio convertible, a 2001 Toyota Highlander, a Cherokee camper and a 1994 Cadillac limo.

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Riverfront items go for Augusta Commission committee discussion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:57am

Safety as well as maintenance on the downtown riverfront will go for discussion in two Augusta Commission committee items today.

Commissioner Sean Frantom is calling for talks today about “safety during large downtown events” in light of the July Fourth gunfire at Riverwalk Augusta. One of the shooting suspects was wounded and another is being sought by police.

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Richmond County officials seek pink-haired suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:48am

Police are seeking a pink-haired woman who stole a cellphone while grocery shopping.

Surveillance video show the unidentified woman taking a black LG cellphone from the counter at Food Lion, 2116 Windsor Spring Road, about 6 p.m. on July 3. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking her for questioning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Thomas Langford at (706) 821-1038 or 821-1020.

 

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Deputies respond to Dollar General holdup

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:46am

Deputies were called to the scene of an armed robbery Tuesday at Dollar General on Deans Bridge Road.

An employee called police about 9:10 a.m. after a man with a gun demanded money. A witness last saw him running toward the Villa Marie apartments.

Deputies and K-9s were in the area setting up a perimeter and conducting a search.

 

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Possible probe into U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford's niece's injury

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:14am

BEAUFORT, S.C. — South Carolina investigators are considering a request to investigate after U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford’s niece’s foot was apparently injured in an incident involving the congressman.

A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department incident report shows the injury occurred at Coosaw Plantation, the Sanford family farm, June 18.

The report, in which many of the details are blacked out, did not describe the injury or who contacted deputies.

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UGA student goes naked in public

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:02am

ATHENS, Ga. — For the second time in a month a University of Georgia student was taken to the hospital after being found naked in public while apparently high on drugs.

According to a UGA police report, a 20-year-old student last week was seen walking on Oak Street while wearing nothing but a baseball cap and carrying a fake guitar. The 20-year-old told police he had consumed as many as six tabs of LSD.

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Pokemon game injuries rise

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 8:40am

 

 

LOS ANGELES — Beware: “Pokemon Go,” a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health.

The “augmented reality” game, which layers gameplay onto the physical world, became the top grossing app in the iPhone app store just days after its Wednesday release in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. And players have already reported wiping out in a variety of ways as they wander the real world — eyes glued to their smartphone screens — in search of digital monsters.

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Morning shooting in Beech Island

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 8:33am

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early morning shooting in Beech Island.

Deputies responded to 5060 Westminster Way about 12:44 a.m. and found a man in his residence with a gunshot. He told deputies he was standing on the front porch when two armed men got out of a gold-colored vehicle and shot at him several times before driving away.

According to a news release, the victim was shot once in the arm. Other shots struck the apartment structure.

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Crowd outside Georgia governor's mansion leaves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 5:13am

ATLANTA — Most of the hundreds of people who gathered for a sit-in outside the Georgia governor's mansion had departed the scene by 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mayor Kasim Reed and Police Chief George Turner appeared at the sit-in Monday night, where they spoke privately with protest leaders. Then most of the crowd headed home.

Turner told protesters earlier they could not stay there all night.

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Augusta solar energy effort breaks ground

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:40pm

Augusta’s three five-acre solar panel arrays will place it first in Geor­gia among municipal solar projects, Mayor Hardie Davis said Monday.

At a groundbreaking Monday, the mayor bragged on the city’s effort – a partnership with Georgia Power and contractor Inman Solar that was set in motion last year by the Augusta Commission.

The first location, an unused former Augusta Utilities compost site near the Mayor’s Fishing Hole on Lock and Dam Road, will have an educational component involving nearby Phinizy Swamp Nature Center, Davis said.

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