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Augusta man arrested in Saturday home invasion

2 hours 52 min ago


An Augusta man has been arrested in connection with a home invasion Saturday that hospitalized one man.

Gerry McNair Haynes, 38, of the 500 block of Brooke Lane in Augusta, was charged with home invasion in the first degree and aggravated assault regarding the incident in the 2200 block of Morningside Drive. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said more charges could be brought against Haynes as it investigates similar incidents on the street.

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Coastal Carolina wins College World Series

4 hours 24 min ago

OMAHA, Neb. — Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore often said he just wanted his team to reach the College World Series.

Until this week, he never imagined the Chanticleers would do so much more: They're heading back to Conway, South Carolina, with the school's first national championship in any sport.

The Chanticleers defeated Arizona 4-3 in the deciding Game 3 of the College World Series finals on Thursday, capitalizing on two errors on the same play to score four unearned runs in the sixth inning of a game delayed a day by bad weather.

It was worth the wait.

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Fibrant to close, drop 600 jobs

8 hours 30 min ago


The sprawling industrial plant that helped make Augusta a major chemical producer a half-century ago will shut down by the end of 2017.

The Netherlands-based owner of Augusta’s Fibrant LLC caprolactam plant, known for decades as DSM Chemicals, said Thursday it will shutter the nearly 600-employee operation due to weak global prices caused by an oversupply in Asia.

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Police seek Grovetown 'flasher'

9 hours 41 min ago

Police are seeking a man who exposed himself several times Tuesday in a Grovetown shopping center.

Wal-Mart employees told police they saw the man walking through the store about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday exposing himself to customers. A manager and several other employees were following him through the store with the intention of stopping him when the unknown man saw them and fled through the garden section. He was last seen running into the woods behind the store.

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Joint Base Andrews, near Washington, D.C., lifts lockdown with one exception

10 hours 50 min ago

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — A law enforcement official said Thursday no active shooter was found at a military post outside Washington, and the base said a lockdown was lifted except for the building where an active shooter had been reported.

The law enforcement official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Joint Base Andrews tweeted just after 10:30 a.m. Thursday that the lock down had been lifted with the exception of the Malcolm Grow medical center.

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SC AAA fights distracted driving

13 hours 5 min ago

CHARLESTON, S.C. — With the summer driving season here and the Fourth of July weekend approaching, AAA Carolinas is urging motorists to avoid distracted driving.

The motor club based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is launching a new safety campaign even as new research finds that distracted driving, especially using cellphones, can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.

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High bacteria in water near Riverbanks Zoo

13 hours 7 min ago

COLUMBIA — Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia says it’s found high bacteria levels in the nearby Saluda River.

The State newspaper reported bacteria levels high enough to make people sick were found in the river near the zoo.

Riverbanks uses water from the river only for irrigation of plants and ponds where four elephants and 40 flamingos live. There is no indication the animals have been sick.

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Fumes evacuate SC Publix store

13 hours 10 min ago

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — A Publix supermarket in Summerville was evacuated after fire officials responded to reports that people were experiencing shortness of breath and having difficulty breathing.

Fire Chief Richard Waring tells news outlets that 10 people were treated for breathing problems Wednesday afternoon, but no one had to be hospitalized.

Fire officials do not know what caused the symptoms. Waring says there was no odor or any signs of a gas leak.

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SC, DOE in court over nuke fuel suit

13 hours 12 min ago

COLUMBIA — Attorneys for the federal government and the state of South Carolina are in court arguing about a lawsuit concerning an unfinished plant to turn old plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

A federal judge in Columbia is hearing arguments today in South Carolina’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy over the mixed oxide fuel project at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.

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Woman shot near Atlanta's Lenox mall

13 hours 21 min ago

ATLANTA — Authorities say a woman has been shot near an Atlanta shopping mall after two men followed her and her boyfriend inside the mall and then tried to rob them.

Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. Warren Pickard tells news outlets that the suspects followed the 23-year-old woman, her child and her boyfriend to their car Wednesday evening after the couple had shopped at Lenox Square in the Buckhead neighborhood.

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Stolen beer found, can't be kept

13 hours 24 min ago

ATLANTA — Authorities have found most of the nearly 80,000 bottles of beer that were stolen from an Atlanta brewery last week, but the company says every last drop will have to be thrown away.

SweetWater Brewing Co. spokeswoman Tucker Berta Sarkisian said in a news release that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Southeastern Transportation Security Council on Wednesday returned 30 of the 40 pallets of beer that had been stolen, minus a few cases.

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No suicide; wife charged in husband death

13 hours 26 min ago

BUFORD, Ga. — A woman has been charged in connection with her husband’s death, which was initially reported as a suicide last year.


Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera said in a news release Wednesday that 35-year-old Liubov Volkova has been indicted on a murder charge and accused of fatally shooting her husband, 38-year-old Jordan Whitson.


Authorities say Volkova told authorities on Nov. 1 that her husband had shot himself in the cheek inside their Buford home.


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Evans mom's events with teens lead to probation

20 hours 36 min ago

An Evans mother on Wednesday pleaded guilty to six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to six years on probation in a case that both the defense and prosecuting attorneys called unusual.

Rachel Lynn Lehnardt, 35, was sentenced in Columbia County for allowing her 16-year-old daughter and her underage friends on two separate occasions to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana in her home and for showing the teens sex images on her phone.

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Mayor's "ban the box" effort folded into larger Augusta Commission policy changes

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 10:22pm


Augusta may soon “ban the box” on city job applications but it won’t be on Mayor Hardie Davis’ timeline.

Davis launched a public push to eliminate the check box for criminal convictions earlier this year but when the mayor called for a June 7 vote, he found the effort rolled into an ongoing Augusta Commission revision of the city personnel policies and procedures manual.

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Arrest made in home invasion

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 7:03pm

One person is in custody following a Saturday home invasion on Morningside Drive.

According to a news release from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, an unnamed suspect was arrested Wednesday in connection to the invasion. The investigation is ongoing and the identity of the suspect is being withheld until victims of the home invasion view photographic lineups, the release stated.

More information is forthcoming.

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Paine College gets $1 million donation from Christian Methodist Episcopal Church College of Bishops

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:03pm

Declaring it a “historical moment,” the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church College of Bishops donated $1 million to Paine College to help it solidify its finances as it battles to keep accreditation, Bishop Kenneth W. Carter said Wednesday.

In what was both figuratively and literally a revival that often brought a fervent crowd to its feet to clap and shout, speakers declared that Paine would win its fight and come out stronger for it.

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Police still looking for clues on missing Burke County man

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:51pm

Police continue to look for clues in the suspicious disappearance of a Burke County man one month ago.

“At this point we really don’t know what happened,” Burke County sheriff’s Sgt. Dedric Smith said Wednesday. “...It’s a difficult case.”

Simon Powell, 63, was last seen about 7 p.m. on June 1 in Dickies coveralls and driving his white 2012 Ford pickup. Smith said family members said it was out of character for Powell to go missing, especially for that length of time.

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Pastor facing sex charge kills self in Ga.

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 8:20am

MARIETTA, Ga. — Georgia police say an Indiana pastor accused of going to Kentucky earlier this month to try to have sex with a minor has died in an apparent suicide.

Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce tells the Lexington Herald-Leader 46-year-old David J. Brown’s body was found Monday in a Marietta storage unit.

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Disabled Ga. boy drowns in bathtub

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 8:18am

MORROW, Ga. — An Atlanta-area man has been charged with murder after his 11-year-old disabled stepson drowned in a bathtub.

Clayton County police spokeswoman Sgt. Ashanti Marbury tells news outlets that Michael D. Smith of Morrow placed the autistic and physically disabled boy in the bathtub Tuesday afternoon and left the bathroom to check on three other children in the home. When he came back, the boy was submerged in the water and dead.

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High-speed chase for car dealer worker

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 8:14am

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Officials say a car dealership employee in the Atlanta area has been arrested and fired after he led Johns Creek police on a high-speed chase in a dealership’s Mercedes-Benz car.

News outlets report that Frederick Spry was hired a few months ago to drive cars between dealerships, but later lost his driver’s license. Police say that was the reason Spry didn’t stop when a Johns Creek officer tried to pull him over June 16.

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