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Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Man gets 30 years for abuse, child porn

A Hephzibah man who posted pictures on the Internet of his sexual abuse of a child was sentenced to 30 years in prison. 
By Sandy Hodson

Judge rules sentence will stand, child abuser has 80 more years in prison

Mark Pistorious said he was convinced the judge intended to sentence him to concurrent time in prison, meaning he should be free now.
By Sandy Hodson

Man accused of setting wife on fire denied bond

During a bond hearing in Richmond County Superior Court for Ronnie Lee Jones, Assistant District Attorney Pete Lamb told the judge that Jones became angry with his wife on Aug. 22 because she was ...
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Park's new waterfall is labor of love

The waterfall is the initial phase of the project that will include the nearby wetlands area. The water exchange between the lake and wetlands will help with flood control.
By Sandy Hodson

State Court Judges' Council chooses to ignore ethical opinion

The Council of State Court Judges declined to withdraw the briefs it filed in pending litigation over the use of private, for-profit probation services.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

District attorney complains to judge about death penalty case attorneys

Kelvin Johnson, 29, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to murder and other charges in the Aug. 26, 2009, slaying of 69-year-old Martha Greene.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Gun rights group sues Sheriff Roundtree

The suit by seeks an injunction to prohibit the sheriff's office from requiring a 10-day waiting period before a dealer can sell a used gun.
By Sandy Hodson

Judges violated code of conduct, commission says

The Council of State Court Judges of Georgia crossed ethical boundaries when it filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending appeals of the civil lawsuits against Sentinel Offender Services.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Personal care home under scrutiny

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.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Bond denied for drive-by suspect

Bond was denied Friday for one of three suspects accused of taking part in a drive-by shooting that left a man with six bullet wounds.
By Sandy Hodson

Suit filed over raid at wrong house

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a mother, daughter and grandchild who say they were terrorized by local deputies who raided the wrong house.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

Man who shot friend gets 8 years in prison

A 20-year-old man who shot his best friend to death while horsing around with a handgun pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter.
By Sandy Hodson

Robbery suspect denied bond

Shawn Doby, 22, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court in connection with a robbery of a mother and daughter on Thomas Lane, and the attempted robbery of a Thomas Lane resident ...
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Man pleads guilty to assaults, gets life plus 20 years

Jarius Dantzler has pleaded guilty to assaulting Tiqwana Tate and two other women in exchange for a sentence of life in prison plus 20 years.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

Victim's testimony of attack opens trial

The man accused of committing three violent attacks, including the rape of a Paine College student, is on trial this week.
By Sandy Hodson

Charges dropped in armed robbery

Criminal charges against three men accused of robbing and shooting a man were dropped after the reported victim said he could not identify his assailants.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Man arraigned in roommate's death

An Augusta man accused of killing and dismembering his roommate pleaded not guilty Friday to murder charges.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Drunken assault leads to prison term

A 29-year-old man who attacked a female taxi driver and fought with a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy after a night of drinking pleaded guilty Thursday.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Jury acquits man in 2013 Augusta homicide

The Richmond County Superior Court deliberated for nearly four hours at the end of a three-day trial before reaching the unanimous decision that Killeon S. Cooper, 20, was not guilty.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Sex trafficking of teen yields prison terms

Five people have been sentenced to federal prison in the sex trafficking of a teenage girl.
By Sandy Hodson

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Grad rates show improvement by local school systems

Graduation rates in both Richmond and Columbia counties followed the statewide trend of slow and steady increases in 2014, although progress in individual schools varied greatly.
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