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Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Bond granted in vehicular homicide case

Michael Acord was seriously injured, and his passenger, 44-year-old Regina L. Allen, was killed the night of May 27 in the Washington Square plaza parking lot.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Supreme Court reverses Augusta murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed an Augusta man's murder conviction.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Bond set in Carrie Street homicide

A judge set a $100,000 bond Friday for Robert Anderson Jr., who contends he fired in self-defense when confronted by an angry crowd. One person was killed.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Woman charged with running unlicensed care home

A woman suspected of running an unlicensed personal care home where residents may have been neglected, abused or exploited has been arrested. 
By Sandy Hodson

Man gets maximum for murder

An Augusta man convicted of murder and other charges was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum possible prison term.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Man gets 5 years for sex with teen

Bobby M. Laws Jr., 27, was originally indicted on a charge of child molestation, but a plea negotiation was worked out considering the circumstances of the crime and the unwillingness of the ...
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Scam artist headed to prison

Eva Carrol Smith has been conning people out of money for more than two decades, authorities said. Until Thursday.  
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Husband seeks leniency for wife who shot him

After 56 years of marriage on March 12, Annie Gaines had had enough of her husband's philandering and indifference toward her, she would tell the sheriff's deputy who later transported her to the ...
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

State high court asks questions in Sentinel case

Georgia Supreme Court justices peppered both sides with questions during oral arguments in the legal battle over private probation.
By Sandy Hodson

Augusta man's murder trial begins

Rickey Grover Smith, 62, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of murder, aggravated assault and weapon violations.
By Sandy Hodson

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Private probation lawsuits reach high court

On Monday, the controversy over private probation firms will belong to the Georgia Supreme Court. The justices will hear oral arguments in the appeals of 13 civil lawsuits filed in Richmond and ...
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Man faces possible indictment on murder, assault charges

Richmond County Civil Court Presiding Judge H. Scott Allen found probable cause existed to send the case against Robert Anderson Jr., 49, to the grand jury.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Suspect in fatal home invasion pleads guilty

Kelvin Johnson, 29, will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance for parole after pleading guilty to killing 69-year-old Martha Greene in 2009.
By Sandy Hodson

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 GeorgiaCarry.org 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
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Turkeys get taste of own medicine

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