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Public safety officials push for new radio system

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:05pm

After a February ice storm left deputies and firefighters without radio communications for extended periods, Richmond County public safety officials say they have a renewed interest in purchasing their own radio system.

Last month, Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Lewis Blanchard brought the issue to the attention of the Augusta Commission, urging it to redirect the more than $600,000 it spends renting airspace from the South Carolina-based Palmetto 800 system and put it toward a lease-to-own program that would strengthen communications for county departments.

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Chris Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:24pm


NORTON, Mass. — Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Champion­ship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder Cup team was the least of his concerns.

Kirk, who played the final two rounds with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the No. 1 player in the world, went the final 37 holes at the TPC Boston without a bogey. And he closed with 5-under-par 66 for a two-shot victory in a FedEx Cup playoff event.

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Lincolnton 17-year-old drowns in cove

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:11pm


Many in Lincoln County were in mourning Monday after the weekend drowning of a teenager from a well-known family in Lincolnton, Lincoln County Coroner Paul Reviere said.

The body of 17-year-old Jacoby Mason was recovered Monday morning in the Blackfoot Road area of Soap Creek, he said.

“They’re good folks,” Reviere said of the family. “It hit the community hard, any time something like this happens. In a small town community, this kind of touches everybody.”

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Phllies no-hit Atlanta Braves

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 4:34pm

ATLANTA — On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter.

Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season’s fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Monday and giving a last-place team a reason to celebrate.

It was all the more unusual in that Hamels (8-6) left the game with his bid intact after six innings. He seemed fine with the decision, too, having already thrown 108 pitches at a hot afternoon at Turner Field.

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Personal care home under scrutiny

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:29pm


A warrant to search a four-bedroom home in Hephzibah suspected of serving as an unlicensed personal care home for 18 people was issued recently.

According to a civil petition filed in Richmond County Superior Court, an auditor had a tip that some of the residents were forced to sleep on the floor in the house, which lacked air-conditioning.

In addition, the auditor had information indicating a wheelchair-bound person was wheeled outside to be bathed by use of an outside hose.

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Savannah cops investigate 2 weekend slayings

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:20pm



SAVANNAH, Ga. — Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.


Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say the first shooting happened Friday night. They say 21-year-old Devonte Mumford was found shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday with a gunshot wound in the parking lot of a sports bar on Skidaway Road.


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Owner of South Carolina strip club charged in prosititution case

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:12pm


WELLFORD, S.C. — Authorities say the owner of a strip club in Spartanburg County has been charged with prostitution after dancers offered to perform sex acts for money on undercover officers.


Welford Police Chief Jeff Bowers told local media outlets that the dancers told the undercover officers that part of the money they paid would also go to the owner of Teazers Entertainment, 51-year-old Timothy Treadwell.


Police say they also are seeking arrest warrants against the dancers.

Commissioners seek attorney general's opinion on SPLOST distribution to local non-profit entities

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:06pm

Two Augusta commissioners are seeking an opinion from the office of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens on the city’s disbursement of sales tax proceeds to non-profit entities.

The previous and proposed expense of special-purpose, local option sales taxes on construction projects by nonprofit organizations such as Paine College, Symphony Orchestra Augusta and Augusta Mini Theater was among issues raised by voters and activists who rejected the city’s SPLOST 7 referendum May 20.

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North Augusta woman charged in husband's shooting

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:03pm

A North Augusta woman has been charged in connection with the shooting death of her 63-year-old husband.

Deborah Morris was arrested Monday afternoon on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime for allegedly killing Stephen Morris at the family home in the 600 block of Woodlawn Avenue.

North Augusta officers responded to an emergency call Monday before noon and found Morris on the floor with a single gunshot wound to the head.

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office responded and pronounced Morris dead at the scene.

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September events expected to generate $9 million in tourist spending

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:57pm


September is going to be an almost $9 million month for visitor spending.

The combination of cyber network discussions, triathletes competing and a downtown international festival will generate $8.97 million in direct visitor spending this month, reported the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Augusta Sports Council.

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UGA win has media gushing

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:21am


ATHENS, Ga. -- Unbridled optimism is running rampant following Saturday’s uplifting lid-lifter for the Georgia football team against Clemson.

The No. 12 Bulldogs broke open a close game to dispatch No. 16 Clemson 45-21 for their largest margin of victory over a top 20 team since beating Hawaii 41-10 in the Sugar Bowl to end the 2007 season.

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Employee played lottery without paying, boss says

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 9:31pm

An Augusta restaurant owner is short about $3,000 after one of his employees played lottery tickets without paying, a police report states.

Randy Sconyers, who owns Road­runner Cafe at 2821 Wash­ing­ton Road, told police Sunday that a 32-year-old male employee working the night before was caught on surveillance playing the Keno! lottery game without putting money back into the register, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

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Plants, fences obstructing views are threat to motorists

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:52pm

Sometimes the biggest threat to a motorist isn’t what’s on the roadway, but what’s off of it.

The threat can be tall or short. It can be living or inanimate. From trees to bushes to signs to fences, it’s whatever obstructs the view of oncoming traffic, and Augusta has its own set of ordinances to combat the problem.

“It’s for the safety of the citizens,” said Pam Costabile, the city’s code enforcement manager. “They can cause a lot of problems.”

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Columbia County cold case dates back to 1978

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:41pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Chronicle begins an occasional series on unsolved deaths in our region.


Columbia County sheriff’s investigators might never know what happened to Craig Fallaw outside a West Lake security booth Oct. 6, 1978.

Senior Investigator Wynn Howard said most witnesses, any possible suspects and the officers who worked the case could be dead.

“It’s still open,” Howard said of the case. “A murder is never closed until it’s solved and then adjudicated.”

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New firefighting equipment offers more protection

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 7:07pm

Augusta firefighters are enjoying a pleasant adjustment to new uniforms and turnout gear, correcting what many felt was a wardrobe malfunction.

Before a recent change, the uniforms featured a poly-blend fabric that had the potential to melt to a firefighter’s skin.

The new cotton uniforms are not the perfect solution but offer more protection and a sharper appearance, De­puty Chief Sterling Jones said.

The fire department chose to change blends last year, but the new uniforms didn’t arrive until early 2014.

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Augusta ranks 92nd among 200 safest driving cities

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:50pm

Augusta drivers are apparently getting worse, according to Allstate Insurance Company’s 10th annual “America’s Best Drivers Report” released this week.

In the report, based on Allstate claims data, Augusta ranked 92nd-safest among America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency.

In 2013, Augusta ranked 88th, and the year before it was 89th.

This year, it was preceded by Ontario, Calif., and followed by Memphis, Tenn.

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Meth lab cleanup at Georgia motels lacks firm rules

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:23pm

Room 121 at Economy Inn in south Au­gusta looks just like the 40 others available for lodging off Deans Bridge Road.. The bed is made, there are fresh towels in the bathroom and an empty refrigerator is ready.

But for four months, no one has stayed inside the one-bedroom unit, where police say the last occupants made methamphetamine.

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Thieves take trailer filled with lawn equipment

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 5:33pm

An Augusta man lost more than $7,000 in lawn equipment after someone stole his trailer late Friday or early Saturday, a police report shows.

About 10 a.m. Saturday, Rich­mond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2000 block of Hiram Road, where Steven Watson, 36, said someone unhooked his trailer from his vehicle and pushed it out of his yard, the report says.

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Car catches fire in Aiken County crash

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 9:41pm

Aiken County sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Beaver Dam Road that caused one vehicle to catch fire, dispatch said.

Deputies, along with emergency medical workers and the South Carolina High­way Patrol, were called to the accident near Wire Road at 8:46 p.m. It wasn’t immediately known whether anyone was injured in the accident.


Thomas leads Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets over Wofford Terriers

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:00pm

ATLANTA — Justin Thomas had 353 yards of total offense and DeAndre Smelter caught two third-quarter touchdown passes in Georgia Tech’s 38-19 victory over Wofford in both teams’ season openers Saturday.

Making his first career start, Thomas went 11 of 15 for 282 yards and completed his last eight passes for 250 yards to help the Yellow Jackets hold off the pesky FCS Terriers.

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