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Conjoined twins born in Augusta die after two days

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:32am

Conjoined twins Chance Aiden Crafton and Chandler Kaiden Crafton died Wednesday night from “multiple complex medical complications” two days after they were born at Georgia Regents Medical Center, the hospital confirmed Thursday.

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Conjoined twins pass away

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:01am

The conjoined twins receiving treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Georgia died last night due to multiple complex medical complications, according to a news statement.

The boys—who shared a heart and liver—were delivered by C-section on Monday at the Georgia Regents Medical Center and remained in critical condition in the NICU in the adjoining children’s hospital for two days.

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SC councilman faces child sex charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 7:00am





GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Authorities say a newly elected Georgetown city councilman has arrested and been charged with a sex crime involving a minor.


Local media outlets report that police said 43-year-old Sheldon Amonda Butts is charged with third-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor.


Butts surrendered to officers at the Georgetown County Detention Center on Nov. 7. It was not clear whether he has an attorney.


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Georgia boy, 2, shot in face, dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 6:52am





JACKSON, Ga. — A 2-year-old boy has died after authorities say he was shot in the face at a home in Jackson.


Jackson Police Chief James Morgan tells media outlets the incident happened Wednesday night. Morgan says the shooting appears accidental, but it’s still unclear exactly what happened.


Morgan says the child and his twin brother were in a room together when the gun went off.


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SLED investigating officer-involved fatal shooting in Aiken County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 10:05pm

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting in Aiken late Wednesday.

About 8:38 p.m., Aiken County deputies responded to a home in the 1300 block of Pine Drive NW in reference to a domestic dispute involving a man and a woman, Capt. Nick Gallam said. Deputies cleared the scene but returned roughly nine minutes later after hearing two gunshots. They entered the home and found homeowner Brian Gavin, 57, pointing a firearm at the woman.

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Paine receives more than $200,000 during rally, say school officials

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 5:57pm


Paine College received over $200,000 in donations during the school’s Build it Back Rally held Tuesday, according to school officials.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sunya Young said the college was still receiving gifts, and officials were still working to tally up total donations.

One of the largest donations came from Paine’s student body, which donated over $108,000 from the student activities fund to help the college through its current funding shortfalls.

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Aquinas, Lincoln County both playing at home in to begin the state playoffs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 5:38pm

Both Aquinas and Lincoln County will open the playoffs at home for the Class A state playoffs.

The 9-1 Irish, the Region 7-A champions, are seeded third in the Class A private bracket and will play 14 seed Brookstone in the first round next Friday as they look to win a state title for the second time in three years. The Cougars are 6-4 after missing the playoffs a year ago.

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Utility fund heats homes of Georgia military families

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 3:33pm


Natural gas provider SCANA Energy is joining forces again this year with United Military Care to help Georgia service members, veterans and their families stay warm through a special fund they’ve started.

Simone McKinney, SCANA spokeswoman, said Tuesday that the utility company launched its “Heat for Heroes” campaign this week to capitalize on the $12,000 in estimated donations it contributed to the joint effort last winter.

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Woman conned into buying fake gift card at Augusta ATM

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 2:01pm

A 64-year-old Alabama woman told police she was tricked out of $200 by a man she met at an Augusta ATM.

The victim contacted police to report the deception about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, the woman was attempting to get money out of an ATM at Walgreens on Wrightsboro Road but was having difficulty with the machine. A man came over to assist her, then offered to sell her a $500 MasterCard gift card for $200. She agreed and he helped her get money out of the machine.

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