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Official: No McDuffie County equipment seized during EMS raid

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:04pm


Federal investigators remain tight-lipped about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s unannounced search last week of McDuffie County’s Emergency Medical Service, but a local official said Tuesday that agents seized no county equipment from the Thomson office.

However, McDuffie County Manager David Crawley would not say if personal effects were removed as evidence.

“They did not take any county equipment and the search did not involve county computers,” he said.

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Motion for partial demolition of historic buildings passes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:01pm


Facing a crowd of historic preservationists and history enthusiasts Tuesday, Augusta Commission members again gave hope about preserving two historic buildings on the downtown government campus.

The buildings, Georgia’s oldest standing structure built as a synagogue and an older court building, “have been in use since they were built in the 1860s, and we think they have a future,” Historic Augusta Executive Director Erick Montgomery told commissioners.

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Man with a history of child molestation gets 35-year sentence

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:30pm


An Augusta man whose history of sexually abusing children spans half of his life was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison.

When Benjamin Evans is released from prison, he will remain on probation for the rest of his life, Judge Daniel J. Craig ordered.

Evans pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to 11 sexual offenses committed against two children while they were between the ages of 10 and 12.

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Fox Creek's Wesley Brown resigns to take over Spartanburg program

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 6:14pm

After five successful seasons with the Fox Creek Predators, Wesley Brown resigned Tuesday to take over the varsity baseball program at Spartanburg High School in the Upstate, where he will also serve as assistant strength coach.

A pair of area assistant baseball coaches – Darius Washington at Midland Valley and North Augusta’s Sam Line, who is a Spartanburg native – are expected to join Brown with the Vikings.

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Fort Gordon soldiers deploying to aid fight against terrorist group

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:26pm


Fort Gordon soldiers will deploy at the end of May to assist U.S. operations against terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

About 20 troops from the 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade are scheduled for a nine-month deployment to provide network and communications support for Operation Inherent Resolve, according to a news release.

The soldiers will support combined joint task force efforts to train, advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces and restore security and stability to the Iraqi government, according to the release.

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City employees involved in cemetery shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:12pm


Two city employees were involved in a shooting at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, Augusta Administrator Janice Allen Jackson told city commissioners during a committee meeting.

Around 1:15 p.m., deputies found Theron Wilson, 43, suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen at the cemetery. Wilson, a supervisor with Trees and Park for the City of Augusta, was conscious and alert, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins. Wilson, who has been with the city since 2007, was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center.

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Man takes shot at burglar

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:10pm


An Augusta man told police he shot at a person he found burglarizing his home while he slept Sunday morning.

The man, 69, told police he woke about 2 a.m. to hear noises coming from the kitchen of his home on Circular Drive. Armed with a .357 revolver, he went to investigate and discovered the silhouette of a man in the kitchen. According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, he fired a shot, prompting the burglar to run out the back door.

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Police investigating threatening note left at fire station

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:59pm


Police are investigating a note left Monday at a fire station warning firefighters to “watch their backs.”

Firefighters at Station 9, 3507 Walton Way Extension, discovered the note stuck between the door and door frame around 2:30 p.m. According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, the note said, “You fools killed my mom watch your backs black lives matter.”

Fire department spokeswoman Dee Griffin said the department is working closely with the sheriff’s office, but at this point they have not determined a suspect.

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