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Arrest after Clearwater bank holdup

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:01pm

 

A man has been taken into custody shortly after police said he robbed a Clearwater bank.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said deputies were called to Regions, 4385 Jefferson Davis Highway, about 10:30 a.m. Police arrested David Jackson Jr., about 11:32 a.m.

The man did not display a weapon but did demand money from employees. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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Groups team up to fight Augusta's stormwater fee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:05pm

 

Former Augusta Commissioner Moses Todd’s I Love Augusta group is joining forces with a southside property owners group to push for the repeal of the stormwater utility fee.

Todd, who said his group has already gathered more than 3,000 signatures on a petition supporting the effort, said teaming with Augusta-Richmond County Property Owners Association means more “boots on the streets” and businesses to distribute the petitions.

The association is “one of possibly three organizations coming on board,” Todd said.

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Warren man's death called accident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:56am

 

 

The Georgia Bureau said Monday it believes a Warren County man found dead last week died an accidental death.

On Monday an autopsy was performed in the death investigation of Dexter Thomas Jr., the GBI said in a news release. Preliminary results indicate that the manner of death is accidental, however, the investigation is ongoing and additional information will be forthcoming, the GBI said in a news release.

 

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Augusta woman found dead had been in fights

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:03am

Officials are investigating the death of a 22-year-old Augusta woman that occurred after she was involved in “a couple of fights last week.”

Hannah Newman, of Oakdale Road, was discovered dead at her residence by her father on Sunday. Coroner Mark Bowen said the death is considered “suspicious.” He said Newman had been involved in a few fights.

Richmond County sheriff’s records list Newman in at least four incident reports in the four days before her death.

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Suspect in missing Florida priest case linked to Aiken County burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:47am

 

 

A former Aiken County man who’s a suspect in the disappearance and possible death of a Florida priest has been linked to a burglary – including that of firearms – and suspected arson at a home in Aiken County.

Aiken County’s sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said warrants have been filed against Steven James Murray, 28, for charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon receiving stolen goods less than $10,000. Murray is being investigated in the disappearance of the Rev. Rene Robert.

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Ga. woman, 77, says pit bull attacked her, killed her dog

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:00am

 

 

 

 

TUCKER, Ga. — A 77-year-old woman is recovering after she says a neighbor’s pit bull attacked her and killed her dog.

 

Jeanette Lasseter tells WSB-TV the pit bull attacked her early Sunday while she was taking her 8-year-old Maltese dog out for a walk in Tucker.

 

Lasseter says the pit bull bit her thigh and dragged her down a driveway.

 

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Grovetown prepares for more delays amid Robinson Avenue construction project

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:36pm

 

City planner Frank Neal need only take a few steps outside Grovetown City Hall to catch a glimpse of the construction zone that is Robinson Avenue.

To him, the orange cones along the popular Fort Gordon route is an indicator of progress and a strong example of the taxpayer’s dollar at work.

The Rev. Bill Eckles, whose office at Grove First Baptist Church overlooks Robinson Avenue and the church’s cemetery on the other side, sees something different -- a headache.

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Mayor suggests downtown "quiet zones" for trains

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:37pm

 

Trains that wail day and night through downtown Augusta could be silenced under a proposal from Mayor Hardie Davis.

Davis added to Tuesday’s Augusta Commission meeting agenda a request to establish a “rail crossing quiet zone” downtown but didn’t provide any additional information about the proposal or answer messages seeking comment.

The Federal Railroad Ad­min­is­tration provides application materials for requesting a quiet zone if rail crossings meet certain criteria.

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2-vehicle accident kills driver

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:24pm

Charges are pending against an Evans man whose SUV crossed the center line and hit a pickup, resulting in the other driver’s death, officials said.

Officials said that about 4 p.m. Sunday, Douglas Sherwood Robinson, 42, of Cox Road, was traveling south on Baker Place Road near the Interstate 20 overpass in a GMC Yukon when he crossed into the northbound lane and hit the front of a Toyota Tacoma.

The Tacoma’s driver, Francisco Briceno, 45, of Harlem, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Atlanta traffic jam as patient bolts ambulance, runs into traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:24am

ATLANTA — A patient bolted from an ambulance, ran across five lanes of traffic and was struck and killed by cars, shutting down early morning traffic Monday on one of metro Atlanta’s busiest interstates.

 

The ambulance was transporting the patient to Grady Memorial Hospital for an evaluation shortly before 4:45 a.m. when he became agitated and removed his restraints, police said.

 

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Charges pending in Columbia County fatality

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:19am

Charges are pending against a Evans man who cross the center line and struck another vehicle, resulting in a death.

Officials said that around 4 p.m. Sunday Douglas Sherwood Robinson, 42, of Cox Road, was traveling south on Baker Place Road near the Interstate 20 overpass in a GMC Yukon when he crossed into the northbound lane and struck the front of a Toyota Tacoma.

The Tacoma’s driver, Francisco Briceno, 45, of Harlem, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Morning crash kills Aiken woman, 19

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 6:41am

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A 19-year-old Aiken woman was killed this morning when the vehicle in which she was riding crashed near Graniteville.

According to Coroner Tim Carlton, the victim was Wiylesha D. Kinard.

Officials said the driver, Dakota Calhoun, 22, lost control of his Pontiac G6, resulting in it overturning and crashing into a tree on Ascauga Lake Road near Chalk Bed Road about 12:45 a.m. Both occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

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