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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father, sons join together in law firm

Growing up, Richard Gools­by's sons watched him try cases in state and federal courts. They can still watch him try cases, but now he can watch them, too.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

History of violence detailed in former mental patient's trial

Reginald Ogletree has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to a charge of aggravated assault. He is accused of nearly killing Michael McDaniel on June 17, 2012, at the East Central ...
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Former mental patient serving as own attorney in assault trial

A former patient at East Central Regional Hospital accused of nearly killing another patient is representing himself at trial this week.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, June 2, 2014

Officer cleared in fatal shooting

The Richmond County grand jury found insufficient probable cause against Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Woodard to warrant an indictment against the officer in a 2013 fatal shooting.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Daylily Show and Sale set for June 7

There will be plenty of beautiful day lilies to see on June 7 during the 2014 Daylily Show and Sale. Come out to see the flowers, a photography exhibit, plant sale, and presentations such as ...
By Sandy Hodson

Former deputy admits role in tax fraud

Sean Street, 39, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft, a federal crime punishable by a mandatory two-year prison term.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Man pleads guilty in 2012 slaying

Michael A. Brown, 30, pleaded guilty Monday in Richmond County Superior Court to felony murder and armed robbery and was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, May 23, 2014

Bond denied for murder suspect

Nathan Mims is charged with murder in the death of 43-year-old Natty Ortiz-Ramos in her home in Shadowood Apartments on Lumpkin Road.
By Sandy Hodson

Woman denied bond in apartment arson fire

Christian S. Jones, 24, has been in custody since the May 11 fire inside her Lumpkin Road apartment building.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Man convicted in near-miss of sheriff deputy

A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Roderick D. Haynes of aggravated assault, obstruction of an officer, fleeing a police officer, driving under the influence and misdemeanor ...
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Last of theft crew pleads guilty to federal charges

The fifth and final member of a crew that targeted women who left their purses in vehicles pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Augusta.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, May 16, 2014

Paine suspect hearing postponed

The bond hearing scheduled Friday for the suspect in the May 5 Paine College shooting, 20-year-old Xavier D. Cooper, was postponed.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Driver in fatal crash pleads guilty

Michael L. Johnston, 44, had six prior arrests for driving under the influence before the March 4, 2013, crash on Morningside Drive that killed 41-year-old Kathleen Gilmer.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

City wins lawsuit over election date

The lawsuit contended the decision to move the local elections from the November general election ballot to the May 20 statewide primary election ballot violates the Voting Rights Act.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Man pleads guilty to killing friend

An argument over cooking methamphetamine led to the murder of his friend, Joseph Leon-Guerrero said Thurs­day as he pleaded guilty.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Plaintiffs in election date lawsuit file response

It will now be up to U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to decide how to proceed with the lawsuit that contends the election date change for local elections violates the Voting Rights Act.
By Sandy Hodson

Paine suspect appears in court

The suspect in the Paine College shooting made his initial appearance in Richmond County Magistrate Court on Wednesday afternoon.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, May 5, 2014

Former youth detention guard pleads guilty

A former Richmond County Youth Detention Center employee pleaded guilty Monday to having marijuana packaged for resale in his car at the juvenile facility.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, May 2, 2014

Jury acquits in River Glen homicide case

A Richmond County Superior Court jury deliberated more than two hours before finding Christopher Smith, 26, not guilty of murder and possession of a firearm in the death of 24-year-old Doniel Hicks.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, May 1, 2014

PK Plant Swap is Saturday

The 17th annual Plant Swap begins at 9 a.m. at the Pendleton King Park's Franke Pavilion. Plants donated by area master gardeners are sold to raise money for the park.
By Sandy Hodson

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