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Two Butler High students facing gun possession, stolen property charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:45pm

Two Butler High School students are facing criminal charges in connection to a gun sale on school property.

The two students, 17-year-old Leroy Prince and 17-year-old Patrick Johnson, were arrested after an investigation Tuesday. According to police incident reports, Price brought two semi-automatic handguns to Butler High to sell. Johnson then met with Price and took a 9 millimeter handgun from him while still on school grounds. The handgun was reported stolen in 2007, according to the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office.

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Two arrested on drug, weapons charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:31pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division arrested two people Tuesday on drug trafficking and weapons charges.

Robert Karl Powick, 40, and Elise Lauren Staples, 32, have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to a statement from Sgt. Michael McDaniel.

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Aiken man wanted on DUI charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:10pm


Aiken Public Safety is asking for help finding an Aiken man wanted for felony driving under the influence.

Dustin Tre Munoz, 21, is accused of operating his motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Munoz disregarded a red light at Silver Bluff Road and Hitchcock Parkway, which caused a traffic collision, according to Detective Jeremy Hembree. The collision, which occurred Sept. 6, resulted in “great bodily injury to the driver of the vehicle he initially struck,” Hembree said in a statement.

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Last member of theft crew sentenced

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:08pm


The fifth and final member of a crew that targeted women who left their purses in vehicles was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.

James J. Woodard pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity fraud. In 2012 in Richmond and Columbia counties, the crew stole identification and checkbooks from purses left in vehicles. Then women were recruited to serve as “cashers,” drawing money from the accounts.

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West Lake employee arrested on drug charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:20pm

An employee of a Martinez golf and country club was arrested and accused of drug possession at work.

Edilberto Morales Diaz, 35, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of methamphetamine and trafficking methamphetamine. Diaz is the manager of the Men’s Grille at West Lake Country Club, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. A woman who answered the phone at the club Wednesday wouldn’t say whether Diaz is still employed by West Lake.

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Temperatures cool down for fall

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 1:18pm

Cooler days are here just as the calendar ordered, with autumn arriving on Monday night.

Temperatures for Friday and Saturday will be especially cool, with expected highs of 81 degrees, according to the National Weather Center forecast.

“Usually sometimes mid- to late September we start to pick up some swings in temperature, but they’re usually more noticeable in October,” said Georgia state climatologist Bill Murphey.

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Harlem's Jeremy Graham Band to open for Montgomery Gentry

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:39pm

Montgomery Gentry concertgoers will have the chance to hear a song from a local band that should hit the radio waves early next year.

Harlem’s Jeremy Graham recently signed a three-year contract with Dominion Entertainment, and he and his band will perform the single Ride Out to Nowhere on Friday at Lady Antebellum Pavilion before Gentry takes the stage.

Ride Out to Nowhere is a song when you have a little something on your mind, and you need some alone time,” said Graham, the band’s lead singer and one of its songwriters.

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