Sandy Hodson

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Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Bond denied for homicide suspect in fatal stabbing in Augusta

Avery B. Hollands, 28, was arrested on Nov. 10 in the stabbing death of Maurice Lamar Grant, 39.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Woman says police lights set off defibrillator

As the judge noted Thursday, Ida Mae Johnson wasn't the usual suspect who tried to outrun police.
By Sandy Hodson

Third defendant pleads guilty in child sex sting

Ian B. Selby, 25, is one of 21 people arrested in May in a joint city-state operation targeting adults solicting minors for sexual contact.
By Sandy Hodson

Augusta couple plead guilty to arson, fraud

On Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court, Tashima K. Gantt, 42, and Mark Lewis, 49, pleaded guilty to first-degree arson and insurance fraud.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Retrial on hold after double jeopardy argument

Confusion about a mistrial on one charge in the trial of a man charged with murder was recounted in court as the man appealed, claiming a retrial would be double jeopardy.
By Sandy Hodson

Bond conditions loosen in Medicaid fraud case

The 16-count indictment accuses Carl "Tony" Wardlaw and seven others - including his wife and two sisters-in-law - of conspiracy and Medicaid fraud.
By Sandy Hodson

Man convicted of misdemeanor vehicular homicide in death of Augusta woman

The jury convicted Logan Carothers of the lesser offense of homicide by vehicle in the second degree.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Vehicle homicide trial continues for second man accused in fatal crash

Logan Carothers, 27, has pleaded not guilty to the felony charge. His trial continues Wednesday.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

First of 16 defendants in drug trafficking case pleads guilty

Charvis Lawrence, 32, pleaded guilty to a single charge of use of a communication facility in the commission of a crime - arranging a drug deal by phone.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Former Augusta area residents victimized by fraud in real estate transfer

In a new twist on identity theft, someone made off with nearly a quarter million dollars Don and Abby Evans were due from the sale of their former West Lake home.
By Sandy Hodson

Man accused of shooting same victim second time denied bond

Rodney Reese, 25, and J'quez Washington, 22, both requested bond in Richmond County Superior Court on charges of aggravated assault and weapon violations.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Man sentenced to 20 years after molestation plea

Keenan J. Mosely, who was caught molesting a 10-year-old girl, pleaded guilty but mentally ill in Richmond County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Man takes plea after third shooting arrest

An Augusta man recently indicted on charges that he was involved in a third shooting was convicted Thursday on reduced charges.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Rape victim's suit against hospital back on

The Georgia Supreme Court has denied a request by Select Specialty Hospital to further appeal the rights of an Augusta woman to sue the hospital where she was raped by a nursing assistant.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Portrait of Augusta legal icon unveiled at courthouse that bears his name

The portrait of John H. Ruffin Jr. was unveiled by his wife and son who thanked the Superior Court judges and others responsible for commissioning the painting by artist Coleen Barnhart.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Third robbery earns Augusta man 20-year prison term

April McBride was at a bus stop on Wheeless Road with her daughter just after 10 a.m. on May 28, 2014, when she was accosted by a young man who held a knife to her throat and demanded money, said ...
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Ex youth academy director accused in theft

A Richmond County grand jury last week returned an indictment against Lynda Dukes, accusing her of violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Man charged with child molestation enters plea, gets 5-year prison term

A man facing child molestation charges in a case uncovered several years after the fact by a mother checking her daughter's text messages entered an Alford plea Monday and was sentenced to five ...
By Sandy Hodson

Richmond County murder conviction reversed on appeal

In an opinion released Monday, the state's highest court ruled Demetric Twitty's conviction could not stand.
By Sandy Hodson

Man suspected of repeated domestic violence to remain in Richmond County jail

Keith Edgley, 57, was recently indicted in connection with the Sept. 9 injuries suffered by his wife of 19 years, Myrtle Greffen.
By Sandy Hodson
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