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Georgia, states have power to restrict Ebola patients

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:53pm

While an asymptomatic nurse in Maine challenges the state’s ability to confine her at home because she treated Ebola patients in West Africa, the law in Georgia pretty clearly gives the Georgia Department of Public Health commissioner the authority to quarantine without a court order, the department said.

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Search of alleged steroid dealer's home yielded drugs, firearms

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:51pm

An Augusta man who alleged sheriff’s officers have used illegal steroids, some for years, came to the attention of a Richmond County Sheriff’s narcotics officer twice, according to an investigator’s affidavit.

Investigator Jason Kennedy signed the affidavit to obtain a search warrant Oct. 16 for 1732 Pennsylvania Ave., the house where Brandon Paquette kept a stash of steroids, a confidential informant told Kennedy.

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Ellison leads the way for Georgia Southern vs. Troy

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:48pm

STATESBORO, Ga. — Georgia Southern put on its second show this season for a national television audience Thursday night.

The Eagles dominated from start to finish and breezed to a 42-10 victory over Troy before a season-low 18,321 fans at Paulson Stadium and a national audience on ESPNU.

“It was a great, great job by our guys, particularly on defense,” Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz said.

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Some sex offenders forced to stay inside on Halloween

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:57pm


Sex offenders on parole or probation will be subjected to increased supervision tonight and won’t be allowed to participate in Halloween events.

All on-parole offenders must keep outside lights off and are prohibited from answering their doors – except for law enforcement. Decorations outside the home are prohibited.

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Evans woman arrested, charged with carrying gun at Augusta airport

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:39pm


An Evans woman was arrested Thursday morning for carrying a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag at an Augusta Regional Airport checkpoint.

Cheryl Arrington, 53, is charged with carrying a weapon in a commercial airport, according to Capt. Steve Johnson of the Richmond County Marshal’s Office.

“We asked (Arrington) if she could produce a valid license to carry the weapon and she could not,” Johnson said. “At that point, she was arrested and transported to jail.”

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Judge lets Augusta man stay on probation after new arrest

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 7:41pm

An Augusta man on probation for beating a woman with a broomstick is now accused of going after another person with a gun – four months after being sentenced for the first crime – but will remain on probation, a judge ruled.

Geraldo M. Williams, 25, was back in Richmond County Superior Court on Thursday before Judge Michael N. Annis. Annis had sentenced Williams to six years probation under the First Offender Act on April 3.

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Victim identified in Thomson shooting

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:39pm

The McDuffie County Coroner’s Office has released the name of a victim who was shot and killed Wednesday evening in Thomson.

About 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Quiltaveous McGahee, 22, was shot once in the head at his home on the 400 block of Fourth Street, according to Deputy Coroner Sandy Yelton.

McGahee was transported to McDuffie Regional Medical Center, where he died at 6:51 p.m. in the emergency room.

According to GBI Special Agent Pat Morgan, the agency is investigating the shooting as a homicide.

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Teen charged in convenience store robbery

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:26pm

A teenager who was punched in the face while attempting to rob a Wheeler Road store for the second time is in custody, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said today.

Melvin Jackson, 17, has been charged with robbery by sudden snatch and criminal attempt robbery.

Police said Jackson robbed the Circle K at 3744 Wheeler Road on Oct. 20 and then returned three days later for another attempt.

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Grad rates show improvement by local school systems

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:10pm


Graduation rates in both Richmond and Columbia counties followed the statewide trend of slow and steady increases in 2014, although progress in individual schools varied greatly.

Richmond County’s rate improved from 58 percent in 2013 to 61.8 percent in 2014; Columbia County jumped from 76 percent to 84.5 percent; and the statewide rate increased less than a percentage point to 72.5 percent, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education on Thursday.

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Accused of extortion, Glascock deputy quits

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:50am


A Glascock County sheriff’s deputy has resigned after accusations of extorting money from local residents.

According to a news release from Glascock County Sheriff Dean Couch, Deputy Tony Arrington resigned, effective Oct. 20, after he was charged with violation of oath of public office.

The sheriff asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into allegations against Arrington.

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Ga. watches sex offenders on Halloween

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:21am

Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles officials say sex offenders on parole will be subject to increased supervision on Halloween.

The agency said in a news release that the offenders will be under curfew or will be required to report to a specified location on Friday.

The curfews will be in place from dusk until dawn, and parole officers will do compliance sweeps during the evening hours in many parts of the state.

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Atlanta cops seek 'very pregnant' caped bandit

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:18am

ATLANTA — Police are trying to foil a robbery suspect described as pregnant and donning a large, red cape.


Police say the woman is a suspect in at least four armed robberies in recent weeks.


The clerk at a Walgreens store told police the woman said she had a gun and took about $200 from the register before escaping in a gold Nissan Maxima on Oct. 6. The clerk described her as being “very pregnant” and wearing the cape.


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Chilly weekend headed our way

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:15am


Cold temperatures are in store for Georgia in coming days.


National Weather Service forecasters say a freeze is possible in parts of the northeast Georgia mountains Sunday, as a large area of cold high pressure builds into the region. In that area, temperatures in the Toccoa area are expected to drop to around 32 degrees by early Sunday morning. It’s expected to stay mostly dry during that period.


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SC cop charged with assault

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:13am

PICKENS, S.C. — A Pickens police officer has been charged with assaulting a woman.

Multiple media outlets reported that 56-year-old Robert Lee Sapp is accused of touching a woman without her consent earlier this year.

Sapp was charged Tuesday with assault and battery and misconduct in office. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted on both charges. It was not clear if Sapp has a lawyer.

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Body found in Lake Greenwood

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:10am


GREENWOOD, S.C. — The body of a Greenwood man has been found in Lake Greenwood.


Multiple media outlets reported that the body of 52-year-old John Robert Mabrey Jr. was found Wednesday afternoon.


Investigators think Mabrey drowned while trying to retrieve his boat. Sheriff’s spokesman John Long said Mabrey’s body was found about 75 yards from his dock in about 15 feet of water.


Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox says an autopsy is planned Thursday to determine the cause of death.

Giants win World Series

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:23pm

KANSAS CITY - Former GreenJacket Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants have won the World Series, securing their eighth title with a 3-2 win over the Royals in Game 7.

Man shot, killed in Thomson

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:05pm

The McDuffie County Coroner’s Office says a person was shot and killed Wednesday evening in Thomson.

Approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies responded to a residence on Fourth Street where a man was found suffering from a single gun-shot wound, according to GBI Special Agent Pat Morgan.

The victim was transported to McDuffie Regional Medical Center, where he later died in the emergency room.

According to Morgan, the GBI is investigating the shooting as a homicide.

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VA director resigns after Inspector General report issued

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:49pm

Robert Hamilton’s resignation as director of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center this week comes as senior leaders within the Department of Veterans Affairs begin to review a “comprehensive” Inspector General report on health care issues at the Augusta hospital, federal officials said Wednesday.

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Patient screened for Ebola, cleared at Doctors Hospital

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:43pm

A person who recently returned from Ghana was isolated and screened for Ebola Wednesday evening at Doctors Hospital.

According to spokeswoman Lindsay Thetford, the patient arrived at the emergency room and told doctors he was not feeling well.

Upon hearing the patient had arrived from Africa within the last 24 hours, the patient was isolated and screened for the virus before being cleared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Department officials, Thetford stated.

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Man sought in armed robbery

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:18pm

Deputies are searching for a man following an armed robbery Wednesday evening on Deans Bridge Road.

Approximately 8:20 p.m., officers responded to the Dollar General at 3250 Deans Bridge Road where an unknown black male pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded several prepaid Visa cards, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

After receiving the cards, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

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