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Aiken, S.C. police seek suspect in shooting incident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 2:49pm

Aiken police seek suspect in shooting

Cory Quindell Brown, 34, of Hillsboro Drive in Aiken, has been identified as a suspect in the shooting and is facing charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. Anyone with information can contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

– From staff reports

OSHA investigates falling death of crane operator at Augusta's International Paper mill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 2:46pm

 

OSHA representatives arrived at International Paper mill in Augusta early Tuesday to investigate the death of a Hephzibah man.

On Monday, Michael J. Hill, 44, died when he fell out of the cab of a crane that he was operating. Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said he fell 50 to 70 feet before striking the ground and was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:05 p.m.

Mill Communications Manager Samantha Hood said the crane was a permanent-mounted model used in the wood yard to unload log trucks entering the mill.

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Gas line leak hinders traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 2:41pm

 

A ruptured gas line has resulted in road closures near the Augusta National Golf Course.

The 2-inch gas line on Berckmans Road was reported about 10 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies have blocked Berckmans Road from Heath Drive to Ingleside Drive while crews make repairs. The road is expected to be closed until early afternoon.

 

Aiken County arrests 7 in burglary ring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 2:40pm

 

Seven people are in an Aiken County jail accused of nearly 100 residential burglaries and car break-ins over the last few months.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said the crew of suspects has been connected to nearly 100 crimes since September and are also being investigated in Barnwell, Columbia, Edgefield and Lexington counties.

Aiken County investigators are also continuing to work numerous cases that could be connected to the suspects.

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Slight majority favors moving battle flag

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:32pm

COLUMBIA — A slight majority of South Carolina voters favor the removal of Confederate Battle Flag, according to and OpinionSavvy Poll conducted for Morris News, Fox 5 Atlanta, and InsiderAdvantage’s Southern Political Report.

A survey of 752 registered voters in South Carolina conducted Monday evening showed that 50 percent of respondents favor the growing call by public officials and business leaders to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol.

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Deputy shoots man who had rifle in a standoff, victim died Monday at Georgia Regents University Medical Center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 7:45am

Less than a year before Tyler James Wicks was shot by a Richmond County deputy at his home, he pulled a handgun on two deputies and told them to shoot him.

Wicks died Monday night at Georgia Regents University Medical Center after being shot in his home on the 2600 block of Blueberry Circle.

Police were called to the home near Butler High School about 10:20 p.m. and Wicks, 29, was threatening to shoot any law enforcement officers who responded.

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Richmond County election board set to remove voters from two demolished apartments from its rolls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:41pm

The Richmond County Board of Elections is preparing to remove from voter registration lists nearly 500 former residents of two demolished apartment complexes who haven’t updated their address information.

The board voted 5-0 Monday to challenge the qualifications of 302 former residents of Cherry Tree Crossing, an Augusta Housing Authority complex reduced to rubble last year to make way for a new development.

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Lee shoots 63, leads Georgia Junior Championship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:32pm

 

S.M. Lee would’ve played in the Georgia Junior Championship last year, but he missed it for a simple reason.

He didn’t know about it.

Lee made sure he didn’t miss this year’s event. On Monday, the Buford, Ga., golfer posted 9-under-par 63 at West Lake Country Club to lead the Georgia State Golf Association event by seven shots after the first round.

“I’m glad I came out here today,” he said. “Fun tournament. Good golf course. I don’t think it could be any better.”

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Hephzibah man dead after fall from crane at International Paper plant in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:49pm

 

A Hepzibah man is dead after falling from a crane Monday night, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

The coroner’s office was called to International Paper in south Augusta about 6 p.m., Bowen said.

Michael Hill, 44, had been driving a crane when he fell out of the back of the cab for unknown reasons. He fell 50 to 70 feet before striking the ground and was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:05 p.m., Bowen said.

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Murder trial begins for man accused in young niece's death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:21pm

A murder trial began Monday for an Augusta man accused of causing the death of his 17-month-old niece.

Jerome Hughs, 37, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Su­perior Court. He has been free since Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet set a $30,000 bond in January 2014.

Hughs is accused of causing fatal injuries to Kaidence Alexander on Feb. 20, 2012. According to previous court testimony, the toddler died from asphyxiation and severe head trauma.

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Private e-mail accounts see official use

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 8:50pm

 

Some of the area’s top elected officials, including Augusta Superior Court Judge J. David Roper and nearly every Aiken County Council member, use personal e-mail accounts to conduct government business – an issue one community says it’s reviewing to determine whether stricter policies are needed.

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GRU women's golf coach leaving for Ole Miss

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 5:54pm

Georgia Regents women’s golf coach Kory Henkes is leaving Augusta to lead the Ole Miss women’s golf program, the Rebels announced Monday.

During her four years with the Jaguars, Henkes led the team to the NCAA Regionals three times.

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Mayor to hold office hours Wednesday in downtown Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 3:17pm

Hardie Davis will hold mayor’s office hours in District 1 Wednesday at Metro Market in downtown Augusta.

The Mayor’s Office Hours program is an opportunity for residents to speak with the mayor, commissioners and other local officials in an informal setting while highlighting local businesses, Davis said in a statement.

District 1 Commissioner Bill Fennoy will join Davis for the meeting, which is free and open to the public.

Haley calls for Confederate flag to come down

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 3:08pm

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina’s governor declared Monday that the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of the Statehouse, reflecting what she described as a new consensus that the slayings of nine black churchgoers has changed what the banner stands for.

“The murderer now locked up in Charleston said he hoped his actions would start a race war. We have an opportunity to show that not only was he wrong, but that just the opposite is happening,” Gov. Nikki Haley said, flanked by Democrats and Republicans, blacks and whites who joined her call.

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Augusta's 100-degree weather could linger for several more days as the summer shapes up to be one of the hottest on record

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:40pm

 

If it seemed toasty last week, get ready to be even warmer with several back-to-back days of scorching, triple digit heat and possibly the beginning of one of the hottest summers Augusta has seen in a few years.

Meteorologists say temperatures near or above 100 degrees are expected each day through Thursday. Last week’s heat wave hit 100 only once – June 16, when the 100-degree high tied with the record for the date set in 1920.

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Mother used her two children to help shoplift items at Augusta Wal-Mart, police say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:21pm

Police said a mother used her two children to help her steal more than 100 items from Wal-Mart on Sunday.

Elisabeth Nicole Bryant, 35, of Patterson Bridge Road, was booked into the Richmond County jail on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and felony theft by shoplifting.

According to an incident report, Bryant entered the Deans Bridge Road store with her 13- and 9-year-old children around 3 p.m. Bryant and her oldest child each grabbed a shopping cart. Surveillance video shows Bryant concealing items in a trash can in her child’s cart.

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