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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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