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Monetta farmer found dead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:37pm

A farm accident killed a 67 year old Monetta man.

Roger Loge was pronounced dead Tuesday  at the scene near his home on Old Shoals Road, Monetta, Aiken County Tim Carlton said. He is believed to have died about 11 a.m. Monday.

Loge failed to show up for work in Columbia and his body was found by a neighbor after a call from Loge's wife, who was out of town, and could not reach her husband, Carlton said.

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Commission vote to reappoint assessors chairman fails

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:21pm

A divided Augusta Commission failed to reappoint longtime Board of Assessors Chairman Charles Smith to his post Tuesday, despite warnings from some that the move could jeopardize the state’s ongoing review of Augusta’s property tax digest.

At Tuesday’s commission meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith pushed to reappoint Smith, who has led the board for many years, but several commissioners who have taken issue with recent board activities didn’t support the move.

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Doctor takes stand as mother's murder trial begins

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:49pm

 

Dr. Mary Lynn Sheram couldn’t say who harmed 2-year-old Mason “Tucker” Smith, but his severe brain injury was no accident, she testified Tuesday, and it wasn’t caused by Tucker holding his breath until he passed out.

Tucker suffered what is now called abusive head trauma, Sheram said. It used to be known as shaken baby syndrome.

Tucker’s mother, Mary “Katie” Smith is accused of murder in his Aug. 3, 2014, death. She has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court.

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Trial starts for Augusta man accused of assaulting wife, stepdaughter

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 7:02pm

The trial began Tuesday for an Au­gusta man accused of attacking his estranged wife and her daughter just before Christmas last year.

Troy W. Deloatch, 50, has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault, family violence battery and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

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Irish Travelers from Murphy Village indicted for racketeering, fraud

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 5:18pm

Twenty people identified as Irish Travelers living in Murphy Village in Aiken County have been charged in a 45-count indictment under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

The indictment alleges that they participated in a number of fraudulent schemes to obtain life insurance benefits, food stamps and Medicaid funds, and committed fraud involving automobile financing, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia.

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Warriors, Bulldogs ranked in preseason polls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:09pm

 

The Georgia Sports Writers Association released its preseason high school football poll Tuesday, featuring a couple of area teams.

Jefferson County is the highest ranked among local programs in its respective classification at No. 6 in Class AA. The Warriors went 11-3 and reached the state semifinals last year, and they expect to have another successful season with a high-flying offense and strong defensive front.

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Information session on animal ordinance changes to be held Wednesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 1:16pm

Big changes and big programs of which the public may not be aware are the topic of a series of city of Augusta forums.

The sessions, which begin Wednesday at Gracewood Community Center, will cover changes - effective Jan. 1, 2017 - in Augusta’s animal services ordinance that include a mandatory $10 registration fee for owners who don’t spay or neuter their pets and a ban on unsupervised tethering of animals to fixed objects.

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Man charged with operating chop shop

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:59pm

An Augusta man was charged with operating a chop shop after police found a pickup in pieces at his Richmond Hill Road home.

Dion Devon Williams, 30, was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on charges of operating a chop shop and theft by receiving stolen property.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a 68-year-old man contacted police May 20 after his 1989 Chevrolet 1500 pickup was stolen from his home on Shadowood Drive. He told police he had left the keys on the seat. A handgun was in the truck.

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Woman claims Atlanta Uber driver assault

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 8:22am

 

 

 

 

 

ATLANTA — Authorities are investigating after a woman says she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver after leaving an Atlanta bar.

 

News outlets report Atlanta police say the victim told officers she was leaving the Park Bench Pub around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when she called an Uber to get a ride home.

 

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Three facing charges in auto break-in incidents

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 8:15am

 

Three people are facing charges in connection to a string of entering automobile incidents over the weekend.

Martez Raheem Williams, 19, of Shamrock Drive; Quentin Lowell Fielding, 23, of Grand Boulevard; and Kitana Monique Long, 18, of Barton Drive, are facing five felony counts of entering an automobile.

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Stolen medical records may be for sale

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 7:33am

 

 

 

 

ATHENS, Ga. -- The hacker who infiltrated Athens Orthopedic Clinic’s computer system and gained access to more than 200,000 patient records is being identified in published reports as “The Dark Overlord,” who claims to have broken into a number of healthcare databases and obtained millions of personal records.

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Mayor pro tem pushes to reappoint assessors chairman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:52pm

 

Despite ongoing issues between the Augusta Commission and the Richmond County Board of Asses­sors, Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith is pushing to reappoint longtime board Chairman Charles Smith.

Grady Smith said he was contacted by other assessors board members asking him to reappoint Smith, who is no relation to the Super Dis­trict 10 commissioner.

“He’s got the deep respect of the board,” Grady Smith said. “You can’t just put old Tom, Dick and Harry on there.”

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Two killed in Burke County wreck late Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 3:07pm

 

A Swainsboro, Ga., teen and Waynesboro man died after a two-vehicle collision in Burke County late Saturday.

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Two sheriff's cars crash into each other

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 2:16pm

 

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy and investigator crashed into one another downtown Sunday morning while pursing a man with a knife.

Lt. Allan Rollins said multiple units in the downtown area were responding to a suspect with a knife, but more extensive details on that case are not available.

Sgt. Paul Godden and Deputy Charles Norton had their lights and sirens on in the crash, which injured both men. Details on the injuries were not available, but officials said they were not serious.

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SC murder suspect's mom aids escape

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:14am

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBIA — Authorities say the mother of one of three suspects charged in a deadly Columbia shooting drove her son to North Carolina to help him escape police.

 

The State of Columbia reports Columbia police say 44-year-old Yvonne Antoinette Jamison was charged with misprision of a felony after authorities arrested her son, 22-year-old Jamal Hughey, in Wilson, North Carolina, last week on murder and other charges in Donquiese D. Green’s death.

 

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SC teacher DUI, crashes into cop car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:12am

 

 

 

 

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina teacher is accused of driving under the influence after police say she crashed into a patrol car, injuring a police officer.

 

Citing court records, news outlets report 24-year-old Wendy Ellen Burnett was charged with felony DUI following the Saturday morning crash.

 

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100 firefighters put out SC blaze

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:09am

 

 

 

 

 

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. — A fire at a South Carolina auto salvage yard that produced billows of smoke that could be seen 20 miles away is out after as many as 100 firefighters battled in 90-degree temperatures to extinguish it.

 

Berkeley County Emergency Medical Services Director Dan Barb tells local media outlets the fire broke out about 1:30 Sunday afternoon. It was extinguished seven hours later.

 

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Man sentenced for killing pregnant teen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:07am

 

 

 

 

JEFFERSON, Ga. — A man will spend life behind bars without the possibility of parole for the slaying of his 16-year-old pregnant girlfriend.

 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office says Jonathan Michael Smith was sentenced Thursday in Cheyanne Nicole Hair’s death.

 

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Georgia cop killer suspect arrested

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:03am

 

 

 

 

MCRAE, Ga. — Authorities in south Georgia say a man accused of fatally shooting a police officer has been arrested.

 

The Telfair County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on its website that 24-year-old Royheem Delshawn Deeds was in custody. The website of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office in Florida says Deeds was booked into jail just before 3 a.m. Monday.

 

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Macon woman, 67, shoots threatening teen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:01am

 

 

 

 

MACON, Ga. — Authorities in central Georgia say a 67-year-old woman shot and wounded a teenager.

 

The Telegraph newspaper in Macon reports Delores Gibson-Council told police she encountered a group of young people about 8:30 p.m. Saturday as she was driving down the street. She said she honked her horn and a 14-year-old boy came to her door and threatened her, and she shot him in the abdomen.

 

The teen was listed in critical but stable condition.

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