Sandy Hodson

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Ex-VA hospital supervisor convicted

Cathedral Henderson, 51, of Mar­tinez, was found guilty of 50 counts of making false statements in relation to health care and one count of making a false statement to a federal agent.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, May 26, 2016

VA workers testify about orders

In the fourth day of Cathedral Henderson's trial in U.S. District Court on 50 counts of making false statements, Tara Holliday told the jury that Meribeth Bredehoft, then chief of health ...
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Death penalty trial for accused priest killer

The man accused of killing a Florida priest in Burke County has been indicted and District Attorney Ashley Wright filed notice this week that she intends to seek the death penalty.
By Sandy Hodson

Operation Mayday defendant acquitted

Matthew Sears was one of 21 people arrested in the undercover sting operation conducted in May 2015.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Brown, Flythe win Superior Court races

With most of the votes counted Tuesday evening in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties, Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. easily beat back a challenge by an Augusta attorney.
By Sandy Hodson

Hattie Sullivan wins clerk's race

Sullivan will replace Elaine Johnson who is retiring after more than 20 years in the office.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, May 23, 2016

Trial of ex-VA supervisor opens

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lamont Belk told a jury Monday that Cathedral Henderson is criminally responsible for directing employees to falsify medical records that led to the cancellation of services.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, May 20, 2016

Augusta man denied bond in toddler's homicide

During the bond hearing for Jamie S. Brown, 36, the prosecutor said the toddler who died of blunt force trauma was covered in scars and wounds in various stages of healing, including a cigarette ...
By Sandy Hodson

Man gets 5 years for cocaine trafficking

Tony Gilchrist was sentenced to five years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Burke County School District settles teacher's sexual harassment lawsuit

Allison Hood filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in August 2015.
By Sandy Hodson

Augusta man to do prison time for domestic violence

Judge sentences Phillip Miles on Thursday to four years in prison, followed by one year on probation.
By Sandy Hodson

Augusta man convicted of child molestation

The guilty verdict involving a 10-year-old girl means Antonio Gathers will spend the next 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Trial to begin Monday in Charlie Norwood VA medical care scandal

Cathedral Henderson has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges. His attorney has previously stated that Henderson was following direct orders from his supervisor.
By Sandy Hodson

Augusta woman pleads guilty to reduced charges in title pawn fraud

Chandler Parker Heath, 35, entered her plea in Richmond County Superior Court to theft by taking.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Child molestation trial underway

Antonio Gathers, 30, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of aggravated child molestation and child molestation.
By Sandy Hodson

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cash caught in solicitor's paperwork

Nearly $1.42 million that should be in Augusta city coffers or back in the pockets of people who posted cash bonds is sitting untouched in a bank account, some of it for years, because of a backup ...
By Sandy Hodson

Saturday, May 14, 2016

2 seek seat after longtime judge retires

Two candidates are seeking the seat held by Augusta Judicial Circuit Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet: Richmond County State Court Judge John Flythe and local attorney Evita Paschall.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, May 13, 2016

Clerk of court hopefuls aim to maintain good service

For the first time in more than 20 years, the job of Richmond County clerk of Superior Court is open, and two native Augustans are vying for it.
By Sandy Hodson

Man charged in brother's death denied bond

Marcellus L. Nipple and two others were charged with murder after his brother was killed in a shootout.
By Sandy Hodson

No bond for suspect in priest death

Steven J. Murray, 28, appeared briefly in Burke County Superior Court, where he could face trial on murder and other charges in the killing of the Rev. Rene Robert of St. Augustine, Fla.
By Sandy Hodson
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