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Augusta man robbed, assaulted

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:07pm

An Augusta man was robbed and assaulted Thursday morning in Richmond County.

About 8 a.m., deputies found Reginald Alan Trumpler, 32, bleeding and naked at the intersection of Anderson Avenue and 12th Street.

Deputies questioned Trumpler, who said he came to Anderson Avenue to buy drugs and was robbed of $180 and his clothes, the report said.

The victim said he was hit in the head with a pistol and struck with a golf club.

He was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center.

'Mass band' brings Augusta-area students together

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:34pm

Few things are quite as loud as a marching band practice.

Percussion instruments rattle teeth, bellowing tubas punch through chests and the room vibrates with energy as the performances reach a crescendo.

Students swing their instruments to the beat, laughing as they nail a particularly difficult tempo or note. The drab gray Academy of Richmond County classroom struggles to contain the roughly 60 students playing their instruments and choreographing movements as more continue to trickle inside.

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Annual Take Back the Night Rally puts spotlight on sexual assault

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:07pm

As Cynthia Zamot turned into the main entrance of Georgia Regents University, she saw hundreds of T-shirts lining both sides of Walker Street.

Each shirt had a message, many of which left the 49-year-old sexual assault victim feeling “overwhelmed with emotion.”

“It was like I wrote them,” she said. “It’s incredible to know that people feel the same pain I felt – and still feel – after all these years.”

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Hospital finances wildly different last quarter

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 8:49pm

With the boards of Augusta’s two largest hospitals meeting Thursday, University Hospital and Georgia Regents Health System revealed very different financial pictures for the first of this year.

A key rating agency, however, changed to a negative outlook on University – which showed a positive margin of $7 million in its first quarter – and warns its pursuit of a Columbia County hospital could lead to a downgrade of the rating on its bonds.

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University Hospital to pursue Aiken assisted living center project

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:47pm

 

University Hospital is making its first big foray into Aiken County with a $20.2 million assisted living center.

University’s boards voted Thurs­day to pursue the 88-bed, 86,000-square-foot project at The Vil­lage at Woodside neighborhood in Aiken.

Jim Davis, the University CEO, said the hospital was approached by developers of Woodside to create the new assisted living center, similar to facilities University operates at Brandon Wilde.

“This would give us a nice presence in Aiken,” Davis said.

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Suspect sought in April drive-by shooting

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:16pm

Police continue to search for another suspect in an April 16 drive-by shooting.

Two men were wounded – one in the buttocks and one in the foot and hip – when shots were fired from a vehicle in the 1400 block of Brown Street about 8:30 p.m.

Fredrick McArthur Nelson Jr., 21, was found by police Tuesday. A second suspect, Carl Antonio Nipper, 26, surrendered the next day.

Police are seeking information on a third suspect, Reginald Forest, 27.

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Q&A with Augusta mayoral candidate Hardie Davis

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:13pm

 

An engineer, pastor and for seven years a state legislator, Sen. Hardie Davis says he’ll bring legislative experience and the ability to compromise to city government if elected mayor May 20.

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Harsh winter sends travelers out of town

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:02pm

Cooped up inside for what has been described as one of the Southeast’s harshest winters, a record number of residents are booking vacations in search of more tropical climates, but some travel agents said the cold weather isn’t entirely responsible for the surge in sales.

Travel agents in Augusta and Aiken say other contributing factors might include higher airfares to Europe and uncertainty in euro and British pound exchange rates.

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Augusta man sentenced to life in prison without parole for "senseless" killing

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 5:49pm

 

A young Augusta man who killed without any apparent reason was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jonathan Lee Felton, 23, was convicted in Richmond County Superior Court of murder and weapon charges for the Oct. 25, 2010, shooting of 22-year-old Eric “Easy” Wright.

“It was a senseless death,” Assistant District Attorney Garon Muller told the jury Mon­day in his opening statement.

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Recusal request denied for Augusta man facing capital murder trial

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 5:28pm

 

A request to remove the judge assigned to preside over the capital murder trial for a Hephzibah man accused of killing his parents and little brother was denied Thursday.

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Augusta medical billing company moving to North Augusta

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 4:28pm

 

NORTH AUGUSTA — Medical billing company Medac Inc. announced Thursday that it will move headquarters from west Augusta to North Augusta, with construction of a two-story office to begin later this year.

The company, which had offices in Augusta for more than 20 years, had been courted to move into the former Fort Discovery in downtown Augusta. The 550-employee company will spend $12 million to consolidate three locations and add 65 jobs, said co-founder and president Bijon Memar.

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Police warning about vehicle break-ins

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 4:02pm

 

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Aiken Department of Public Safety are searching for suspects after a series of unrelated vehicle break-ins.

Police are asking the public to be vigilant about locking and securing their vehicles and putting belongings out of sight.

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Austin Rhodes wins Rotary journalism honor

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 2:33pm

 

The Augusta West Rotary Club on Thursday awarded its 2014 Louis Harris Award to Austin Rhodes, an afternoon radio talk-show host on WGAC.

The club has presented the award annually since 1979 to honor the memory of Harris, a community leader who was editor of The Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Herald in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

In accepting the award, Rhodes thanked WGAC management, his co-workers and many colleagues in attendance for their support over the past two decades.

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Georgia Bank & Trust has new president, board chairman

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 1:24pm

 

As the chief executive of an Augusta-based bank takes on new responsibilities with the American Bankers Association, the bank announced Thursday a new president will oversee local operations.

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Savannah tour seeks Paula Deen, Forrest Gump impersonators

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:41am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A simple impression won’t likely get you far, but if your impersonation of a Savannah icon nails that character, Old Savannah Tours might have a gig for you.

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SC Teacher of the Year named

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:38am

COLUMBIA— A special education teacher from Horry County has been named South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year.

Jennifer Ainsworth of Socastee High School was announced as the winner in Columbia on Wednesday night. She was among five finalists from across the state.

Ainsworth said her inspirations are her 96-year-old grandmother, her late mother and her former class teaching assistant who died last year.

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Augusta police charge familiar scam suspect in latest incidents

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:30am

 

A well-known Augusta scam artist charged at least seven times since 2010 with plying strangers with hard-luck stories, then taking their money, is behind bars again.

Police said Eva Carrol Smith, 47, was arrested Thursday, this time suspected of snatching money from a woman on Broad Street Wednesday after telling her not only had she been locked out of her car, but was pregnant with twins.

In recent years Smith has been often charged with misdemeanor theft by deception, mostly in incidents in the medical district and downtown.

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Wednesday attack victim identified

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 4:39am

Authorities have identified an Augusta man who said he was shot by a stranger Wednesday.

While in the parking lot of Good Hope Baptist Church at 710 E. Cedar St., David James Towns, 39, told deputies ge was shot three times in the face by an unidentified black male, according to a Richmond County incident report.

Investigators acknowledge Towns was wounded, but said Thursday they are uncertain what caused his wounds.

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Belair Road shooting victim identified

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:56pm

From Staff Reports

An Augusta man shot early Wednesday morning has been identified.

While in the parking lot of Good Hope Baptist Church at 710 E. Cedar St., David James Towns, 39, was shot three times in the face by an unidentified black male, according to a Richmond County incident report.

Deputies found the victim about 5:30 a.m. after responding to a call in the 3800 block of Belair Road. Towns was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center with what they described as nonlife-threatening injuries.

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Augusta campaigns continue in Sand Hills

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:07pm

Augusta’s Sand Hills, like many of the city’s older neighborhoods, suffers from being a bit forgotten, despite being in the center of town.

Situated midway between Georgia Regents University’s Summerville Campus and Augusta National Golf Club, Sand Hills homeowners had no trouble expressing their chief concern to Augusta mayoral and senate candidates at a Tuesday forum: Dilapidated, abandoned homes, and the problems that frequent them.

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