Woman arrested on murder charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 2:59pm

A 28-year-old female was arrested Friday and is facing murder charges.

Shakara Shanese Harden is currently being held at the Richmond County Jail on charges of murder and felony criminal attempt, according to the jail.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office stated they are not releasing any information at this time, but confirmed, “This is an old case.”

The investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office.



Augusta weatherman arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 2:54pm

An Augusta man remains in jail Saturday after being arrested Friday on charges related to sexual exploitation of children.

Kevin Andrew Niewood, 27, is accused of electronically furnishing obscene material to a child, according to jail records.

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Evacuees remain in Augusta, local relief effort praised

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 12:51pm

It was a first visit to Augusta for Daniel and Jonathan Morales - and a first trip away from home for their dog, 10-month-old Rocco.

“He feels, I think, pretty stressed,” Daniel Morales said. “He’s not used to a lot of people.”

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Watch for storm e-mail scams, SC warns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 11:35am



Aiken County safety authorities issued two warnings Saturday morning.

First, motorists should limit travel because of weather and traffic problems, and citizens are urged to travel only if necessary.

Second, the Sheriff’s Office said the Governor’s Office warns that citizens across the sate are getting e-mails from an unknown address with attached links for “outage updates.”

Authorities warn this is attempt for the e-mail’s sender to gain access to your computer or personal information.

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Storm moves on, but SC still dangerous

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:53am


CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew’s impact on South Carolina (all times local):


10:30 a.m.


South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is warning South Carolinians that Hurricane Matthew is still a danger across the state.


Haley met with reporters late this morning to urge the state’s residents to continue to be careful as the storm moves northeast along the coast.


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Hurricane closes parts of I-95 on Georgia coast

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 6:39am

BRUNSWICK, Ga.  — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew in   Georgia   (all times local):

6 a.m.

Portions of Interstate 95 near the   Georgia   coast are blocked by flooding and debris from Hurricane Matthew.

The   Georgia   Department of Transportation said Saturday morning two exits along I-95 were closed because of excessive water on the roadway in Liberty County, about 30 miles southwest of Savannah.

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Power outages sweep coastal Georgia as hurricane rolls north

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:04pm

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — More than 100,000 residents were without power in coastal Georgia as gusty winds strengthened and rain grew more severe with Hurricane Matthew swirling toward the region Friday night.

Outages could climb through the night in the storm-struck counties of Chatham, Glynn, Camden and McIntosh, Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said. He said utility company crewmembers are expected to head toward the storm-hit areas Saturday after the weather clears.

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Red Cross requests support from volunteers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 6:35pm

The Red Cross is asking Augustans to volunteer to help keep shelters for hurricane evacuees staffed.

Opportunities to volunteer at Red Cross shelters are expected to continue through October 14, and can include helping distribute food, water and hygiene kits. 

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, must pass a background check and motor vehicle check and must be in good health. Training takes place on site.

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Voting registration deadline nears for presidential election

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 5:23pm


Time is running out to register to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election – and advance voting starts in eight days.

Local elections officials say applications continue to pour in ahead of Tuesday’s registration deadline.

“We’ve got several thousand that we’ve yet to process, and they continue to come in pretty steadily every day,” said Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.

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Glenn Hills-Laney matchup moved to Wednesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:42pm

The Glenn Hills-Laney game originally scheduled for this weekend has been moved to Wednesday because of the threat of storms from Hurricane Matthew.

The Wildcats will play host to the Spartans at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The two teams were initially set to play Saturday and both have bye weeks the following week. Laney has won the past eight meetings dating back to 1998, including shutouts in three of the past four matchups.

Fire department cancels Saturday event

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:30pm

The Augusta Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency has canceled the Family Emergency Ready Day Program scheduled Saturday at the Augusta Mall.

The new date for the emergency readiness event will be announced at a later time.