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Man fatally shot late Friday

4 hours 46 min ago

A man was fatally shot late Friday on Dugas Street in Augusta.

Lawaun Jermaine Flournoy, 38, had been shot multiple times when authorities found him in the 1000 block of Dugas after responding to a call about 11:30 p.m. Emergency medical technicians pronounced him dead about 12:10 a.m.

No arrests have been made in the shooting. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that an investigation is ongoing. An autopsy was scheduled today at the GBI crime lab in Atlanta.

North Augusta holds off Evans to remain undefeated

19 hours 59 min ago

North Augusta coach Brian Thomas was quick to point out his team has several mistakes to fix.

Nonetheless, the Yellow Jackets will go into their bye week still undefeated after pulling out a 28-20 win over Evans.

“I’m pleased we won,” Thomas said. “That’s the good thing. We won. That’s what matters, the bottom line.”

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Last-second field goal lifts Aquinas over Laney

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Crimmins Hankinson’s 44-yard field goal as time expired capped a crazy finish and lifted Aquinas to its first victory, 19-18, over Laney on Friday night at Laney Stadium in a cross-town renewal that waited 41 years.

The Irish (1-1) rallied to set up Hankinson’s kick after the Wildcats scored with 38 seconds left on Mario Sumpter’s 40-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Redfield on fourth-and-12.

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Hyde Park activist not pleased with city buyout offer

20 hours 21 min ago


The man who fought to get Augusta to address contamination concerns in the Hyde Park community now is questioning the city’s offer of $90,500 for his four rental properties there.

Hyde Park was long rumored to be contaminated and was marked with signs warning children not to play in the dirt. In 2011, it became the target of a sweeping city buyout, for the stated purpose of creating a 44-acre regional stormwater detention pond.

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3 charged after fight at Augusta apartments leads to stabbing

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:59pm


A 14-year-old and two women are facing charges after a fight resulted in a stabbing at River Glen Apartments on Sunday.

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3 arrested after drugs, guns found at home

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:46pm


Police discovered money, a stolen gun and marijuana after executing a search warrant at an April Drive home Wednesday.

After entering through a barricaded front door, narcotics investigators detected a strong odor of marijuana. They discovered bags of marijuana along with an assault rifle, a .45-caliber handgun and a magazine drum holding 100 rounds of ammunition.

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Augusta man gets probation in cyclist's death

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:24pm


An Augusta man who killed a bicyclist just before dawn in 2013 was acquitted Friday of felony vehicular homicide charges.

Judge J. David Roper found evidence that Christopher Provost committed only misdemeanor vehicular homicide when he struck 42-year-old Dennis Skillman on Mike Padgett Highway just north of Tobacco Road on May 15, 2013. Roper sentenced him to one year of probation under the First Offender Act.

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Aiken bridge to close on Monday

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:23pm

An Aiken County bridge will be closed to traffic through mid-October starting Monday.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation said a bridge on Silver Bluff Road will be replaced and should be reopened to traffic on Oct. 12.

During construction, traffic will be detoured along Atomic, Dragstrip, Green Pond and Williston roads.

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2-year-old shot in North Augusta

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:31pm


The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Friday afternoon shooting of a 2-year-old at his North Augusta home.

Lt. Steve Shunn said police were called to the home on Hutchinson Drive at 1:24 p.m. and arrived at 1:30 p.m. to find the child with gunshot wounds to both legs. The child was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Shunn said the child was at home with family members when the shooting occurred. No other details are available as police continue to investigate the incident.

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Aiken County motorcycle crash kills 2

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:59pm


Two people died when a motorcyclist lost control of the bike in Aiken County.

South Carolina Highway Patrol’s Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the crash was discovered about 7 a.m. on U.S. Highway 78 near Levels Church Road. The motorcycle was traveling east when the driver apparently lost control and struck the curb. Both driver and passenger were killed. Jones said the passenger was wearing a helmet, but the driver was not.

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University Hospital to add monitored beds

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:53pm


Facing a crush of new and sicker patients coming in through its emergency department, University Hospital moved Thursday to add more monitored beds and upgrade its patient monitoring system.

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Verdict expected Friday in fatal 2013 hit-and-run

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:13pm


A verdict is expected today for an Augusta man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a bicyclist more than three years ago.

Christopher Provost, 39, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide in the 2013 death of 42-year-old Dennis Skillman on Mike Padgett Highway.

Provost waived his right to a jury trial in Richmond County Superior Court, opting instead for a bench trial before Judge J. David Roper.

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Subway employee will not face charges, police say

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 5:30pm


A Gordon Highway Subway employee who fatally shot an alleged robber at the restaurant while defending her 14-year-old son will not face criminal charges.

According to Richmond County Lt. Allan Rollins, Kovedia Williams, 36, was acting in self-defense when she killed Cornelius Harrison, 24, on Sunday afternoon. Another suspect in the attempted robbery, Howard Maurice Harris, 23, was arrested Monday.

“Everything is reviewable by the district attorney’s office but we are not pressing charges,” Rollins said.

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Funeral date set for Waynesboro mayor

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 5:00pm


The funeral for Waynesboro Mayor Pauline Jenkins will take place Sept. 3 at Burke County High School.

The service will be at 11 a.m., according to Phinazee & Son Funeral Home.

Jenkins, who was Waynesboro’s first black and female mayor, died Wednesday after an illness. Waynesboro’s vice mayor, Herman Brown, will serve as interim mayor, City Manager Jerry Coalson said.

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Docs ask feds to probe use of live animals at USC med school

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:07pm

COLUMBIA  — The emergency-medicine training program at the University of South   Carolina   School of Medicine violates federal law by using live animals, according to a complaint filed Thursday by a doctors group that seeks alternatives to using animals in medical education and research.

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Man accused of firing gun at cop during traffic stop

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:48pm

DECATUR, Ga. — Authorities say a Georgia man has been arrested after he fired at gun at a suburban Atlanta police officer during a traffic stop.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams says in a news release that authorities arrested 24-year-old Tamarcus Gresham of Lithonia on an aggravated assault charge in connection with Wednesday's incident.

Officials say an officer saw a car with a loose license plate and initiated the stop. Gresham was a passenger in the vehicle.

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Confederate flags stolen from Ga. cemetery

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:09pm


BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A city police report describes the theft of 70 flags from the graves of Confederate veterans at Oak Grove Cemetery as theft of property.

Two officers of a Sons of Confederate Veterans camp say it was a desecration considering Congress long ago conferred the same status on the Confederate dead as other U.S. veterans.

The report of the missing flags was made August 18 by Hal Crowe, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Thomas Marsh Forman Camp #485.

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Authorities considering charges in park vandalism

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:26pm


Officials are assessing damage caused by someone spinning their tires at Blanchard Woods Park to determine if charges will be filed.

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Trial on Mercy Ministries rooming house delayed

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:28pm


After several delays, a problematic Harrisburg rooming house has again delayed having its day in court.

Chief Magistrate Judge Wil­liam D. Jennings said Wednesday that he agreed to a continuance sought by Freddie Sanders, the attorney for Mercy Ministries, to allow city agencies to look at “repairs and renovations that have been made.”

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New dorms unveiled at Augusta University

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:16pm


Not far from the entrance to Oak Hall, two signs were planted on opposite sides of each door. The banners read: Welcome home.

With more than 150 guests in attendance, Oak Hall and Elm Hall were officially unveiled to the public Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Augusta University’s Health Sciences campus. Among those in attendance were school President Brooks Keel and Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis.

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