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Friday, March 14, 2014

Defense portrays troubled childhood of Hargrove

Adrian Hargrove's defense team began laying out their case Friday in hope of convincing the jury to find the man charged in three slayings guilty but mentally ill.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, March 13, 2014

12 years for minister molester

In January, a Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Walter Underwood Jr., of molesting an 8-year-old girl several years ago.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sheriff: Triple homicide suspect took responsibility

The details of the Feb. 9, 2008, triple homicide were too painful to discuss, Adrian Hargrove told a sheriff's investigator, but Hargrove said he took full responsibility, Richmond County Sheriff ...
By Sandy Hodson

Man gets 15 years in prison for child porn

Judge J. Randal Hall sentenced Christopher Ceolinski to 186 months in prison without the possibility of parole, a sentence enhanced because Ceolinski engaged in a series of sexual exploitations of ...
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Testimony continues in triple homicide case

Adrian Hargrove proclaimed in recordings of phone calls to his wife that he had nothing to do with a triple homicide, and pumped her for details about what evidence sheriff's investigators had.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, March 10, 2014

Murder trial begins in 2008 triple homicide

After a monthlong jury selection, witnesses began testifying Monday in the death penalty trial of Adrian Hargrove, who is accused of killing three people in 2008.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, March 7, 2014

Wadley man convicted of double homicide

A Wadley, Ga., man tried in Augusta for the stabbing deaths of two people, was convicted of multiple charges Friday and sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences, without the possibility ...
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Judge rules evidence admissible in Paine rape case

Jurors will hear a Paine College rape suspect's statements to detectives and details of escalating violent acts against women, a judge ruled Thursday.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Senate passes bill on coroner duties

The Georgia Senate passed a bill, sponsored by Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta, that seeks to clarify current law on a coroner's obligations regarding unclaimed objects or property of deceased people.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, March 3, 2014

Conviction affirmed in '08 fatal home invasion

In an opinion released Monday, the state's highest court affirmed Cornelius Moore's convictions. Moore, now 22, was convicted of murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and weapon charges.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Civil rights suit filed against GRU police officer

An Augusta man repeatedly tased by an Georgia Regents University police officer filed suit Friday in U.S. District Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Bond set in vehicular homicide case

A $50,000 bond was set Friday for the man facing a charge of vehicular homicide in the death of 8-year-old who struck by a vehicle while crossing street to get on his school bus.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Suspect in 2010 crimes pleads guilty

A murder case against Mariah S. Federick, 22, was dismissed Wednesday but she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in another shooting.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Charges reduced in Hyde Park scam

A lack of interest by the city to pursue a charge against two women in connection with a scam involving flood-prone Hyde Park led to the offenses being dropped against one and reduced for the other.
By Sandy Hodson

Fatal shooting leads to 20-year sentence

An Augusta man who fired the bullet that killed a woman when he exchanged gunfire with another man pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Tuten resigns as coroner

Grover Tuten, who had been on paid leave, has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of theft and five counts of violation of oath of office.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Bank's contempt of court sanctions over

U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. closed the contempt of court action against Wells Fargo on Wednesday.
By Sandy Hodson

Judge asks high court to end delays in murder cases

Judge J. David Roper made the plea to the state's highest court in his mandatory pre-trial report filed Monday in the case of Kelvin Johnson.
By Sandy Hodson

Dentist convicted of killing files appeal

The dentist who pleaded guilty to murder in the death of his wife in 2004 and of an estranged girlfriend in 1990 has appealed.
By Sandy Hodson

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Dealing with storm-damaged landscape

Experts in dealing with landscape damage from ice storms offer tips to Augusta-area residents.
By Sandy Hodson