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SC cop shooting shrouded in mystery

1 hour 31 min ago


NORTH AUGUSTA — Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with some habits, including ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over.


The last time he did that, the 68-year-old black great-grandfather got killed — shot to death after a slow-speed chase as he parked in his own driveway, by a 25-year-old white police officer.


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Fire closes Broad Street

3 hours 17 min ago

An early morning fire closed parts of downtown Broad Street and motorists were advised to avoid the area around Ninth Street.

Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the Perry & Co. building near the former WAGT-TV studio on the northwest corner of Broad and James Brown Boulevard (Ninth Street), and police were closing lanes from Eighth Street back to 10th so firefighters could run hoses across the street.

Firefighters at the scene said the area on fire included residential apartments. 

The blaze was reported after 5 a.m.

Gurley falsely accused of bar punch

5 hours 20 min ago

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley was falsely accused of assaulting a man early Sunday in a downtown Athens bar, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The accuser, a 20-year-old UGA student, called police from his home at about 3:18 a.m. to report that he’d been punched by Gurley more than an hour earlier at the Bourbon Street Bar & Grill on Broad Street, police said. He accused the football player of attacking him after he took a photograph of himself with Gurley in the background, according to police.

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Commission defers Augusta Animal Services policy changes

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 7:07pm


The Augusta Commission’s public safety committee on Monday deferred four policy changes for Augusta Animal Services to be decided by the full commission Oct. 7.

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Elections board OKs Sunday voting

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 6:53pm


Voters can leave the pews and head straight to the polls next month after the Richmond County Board of Elections voted 4-0 Monday to allow Sunday voting in the upcoming general election.

A single location will now be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the board’s main location inside the municipal building. The location wouldn’t require voters to pass through the building’s security checkpoint and can facilitate as many as 20 machines, said Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey.

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TGI Fridays closes its doors

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 6:00pm


The TGI Fridays restaurant on Washington Road served its last meal Sunday.

On Monday, notices posted on doors said the restaurant was closed. Situated on the corner of Stanley Drive, the restaurant was the only TGI Fridays in the Augusta area.

Phone and e-mail messages to the company were not returned Monday, and a woman who answered the phone at the restaurant refused to comment.

A road construction project to realign Berckmans Road with Alexander Drive will use portions of the existing Stanley Drive, including the road adjacent to the restaurant.

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Augusta hospitals critique bids

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 5:37pm


ATLANTA -- Consultants for three Augusta hospitals took turns Monday bashing each other’s proposals for a Columbia County healthcare center before a pair of state officials who will have to decide between them.

Criticisms included locations, cost estimates, staffing and even sincerity.

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Bob Richards seeks answer to cycling mystery

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:47pm


Local car dealership owner Bob Richards Jr. is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can fill in the blanks about a biking accident that left him with multiple broken bones.

Richards, 56, was set to compete in Sunday’s Ironman competition, but is now in a walker and wheelchair after a baffling injury on the Aiken-Augusta Highway on Aug. 24 while training for the triathlon.

The last thing he remembers is turning around about 8:30 a.m. in the Bob Richards dealership parking lot just beyond the Bobby Jones Expressway overpass and heading back toward Augusta.

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Sex with teen leads to prison term

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 3:55pm

Having sexual relations with an underage teen, even one willing and eager, is a crime punishable by five years in prison, as one Augusta man learned Monday.

Bobby M. Laws Jr., 27, was originally indicted on a charge of child molestation, but a plea negotiation was worked out considering the circumstances of the crime and the unwillingness of the 15-year-old victim and her mother to cooperate, Assistant District Attorney Garon Muller told the judge.

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Roundup at the I-20 corral

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 3:48pm


Eight horses that got loose Monday afternoon from a pasture and briefly wandered along Interstate 20 were safely rounded up by Columbia County Animal Services, the sheriff’s office and the state Department of Transportation.

The horses escaped from a pasture at a home on Swint Road, which backs up to the interstate between the Harlem and Grovetown exits. They trotted along the shoulder of I-20 for about a half-hour and never caused a traffic hazard by going into lanes of traffic, according to Daniel Mayne, the Animal Services operations manager.

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Police seek fraud suspect

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 3:04pm


Police are seeking an Augusta woman suspected of fraudulently cashing a check belonging to a former employer.

Police said Beverly Marie Moore, 37, cashed a forged check Sept. 5 that was drawn on the account of Soultry Sounds Auto Sales.

Moore is facing charges of third-degree forgery.

Anyone with information on Moore’s whereabouts is asked to contact Investigator Michelle Walden of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1454.

Friday fight involved 15-20 girls, women

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:58pm


Police said about 15 to 20 teenage and adult females were involved in a Friday brawl on Second Avenue that reportedly involved baseball bats and a Taser.

The women were still fighting when deputies arrived just before 6 p.m. According to an incident report, the fight started when one woman cursed another. It continued to grow as more girls and women, ages 15 to 25, became involved.

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Burke County at Thomson is the Game of the Week

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:17pm


Call this one the semi-primer.

This Friday, Burke County and Thomson square off in The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week in the first of two meetings this season.

Stop by The Augusta Chronicle booth for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Our team will be there promoting our new Augusta High School Football App, featuring team pages, latest scores, video and photos.

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Savannah River Site begins cleanup of coal ash landfill

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 1:21pm


Savannah River Site has started a new cleanup project to remove 1.3 million cubic yards of ash created by a former 1950s-era, coal-fired power plant.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the site’s primary contractor, will perform the work to clean up an ash landfill and three basins fill with ash and water, according to a news release. The 90-acre site is located at SRS’s D-area.

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Police looking for shooting suspect

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 1:07pm


Police are seeking a suspect in a shooting Saturday evening on Laural Oaks Drive.

Adrian Curry, 35, of Laural Oaks Drive, is being sought on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police were called to the 4700 block of Laural Oaks Drive about 7:30 p.m. Saturday and found Jonathan Dukes, 23, with a gunshot wound to the right thigh.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

'Hap' Harris named interim Augusta commissioner

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:30pm

With no public discussion, Super District 10 Commissioner Grady Smith garnered seven votes Monday for his pick, Louis “Hap” Harris, as interim replacement for resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith.

Grady Smith nominated Harris, his two-time campaign organizer and a downtown insurance agent, for the five-month appointment at the start of a Monday called meeting and a roll-call vote was taken.

With Commissioner Mary Davis and Mayor Deke Copenhaver absent, Harris was voted in with seven supporting votes.

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Martinez slaying suspect has hearing

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:14pm


The Florida man accused in the fatal Aug. 14 shooting outside a Martinez church appeared Monday for the first time before a Columbia County judge.

Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, of Jacksonville, had been transferred to the Columbia County Detention Center on Friday, officials said, and a hearing is required within 72 hours of incarceration.

“This hearing is an obligation to go over charges against you, advise you of your rights and answer any questions you may have through your attorney,” Magistrate Jason R. Troiano said.

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Man tried to swallow drugs, dies

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:43am


An Augusta man who tried to swallow a bag of marijuana during his arrest earlier this month has died and the GBI is investigating.

David Palmer, 60, was suspected in a Sept. 16 altercation with a woman on Turkey Trail.

Deputies who entered the residence said they found the woman on the floor with facial injuries.

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Martinez man killed in I-20 accident

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:36am

A Martinez man died after being struck getting out of his disabled vehicle Sunday night on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County.

Tracey Watson, of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, identified the victim as Gary Pittman Morris, 63.

Police said Morris was driving black BMW on eastbound Interstate 20 when he hit debris that was falling from a sanitation truck about 8:30 p.m. He pulled his disabled vehicle to the side of the interstate, got out and and was hit by a tractor-trailer that was also eastbound.

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Retired Aiken solicitor doesn't slow down

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 7:45am




AIKEN — Barbara Morgan served as the solicitor for South Carolina’s Second Judicial District for nearly 20 years. In early 2009, she left that post, but her plan wasn’t to slow down and take it easy.


“I didn’t retire,” Morgan said. “I got the opportunity to renew, refresh and restore. I didn’t really have a bucket list, but there were times in the middle of the night, when I was preparing for a trial involving the death penalty or a serious murder, that I would think, ‘OK, if I ever have the time, what am I going to do?’”

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