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Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Sheriff's nephew pleads guilty in pot case

Walter Taylor Hensley, 23, pleaded guilty to trafficking marijuana. Although the crime carries a mandatory minimum five-year prison term, Judge Daniel J. Craig sentenced him to 10 years on ...
By Sandy Hodson

Man gets 15 years in family attack

An Augusta man who violently attacked two family members was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Jury being called in Aiken officer's death

About 170 Aiken County residents could be called for jury duty this month in the trial of the man accused of killing Aiken Public Safety Officer Scotty Richard­son in 2011.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Trial set in private probation civil rights case

According to the habeas corpus petition filed on his behalf that winter, Hills McGee was arrested and jailed because Sentinel Offender Services wanted McGee to pay the company $186.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Care-giver indicted on murder charges

A Hephzibah woman faces a charge of murder in the drug-overdose death of a toddler entrusted to her care.
By Sandy Hodson

Firm says city owes $1 million cleanup bill

A tree service company has filed suit against the city of Augusta, contending that it refuses to pay its bill for last year's ice storm cleanup work. Southern Arbor Tree Care wants $1,836,450 in ...
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Man sentenced to 4 years for beating

A man whose attack on a stranger in a downtown Augusta club nearly killed the victim and left him with permanent brain damage pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
By Sandy Hodson

Man who spied on girl gets prison halved

A Columbia County man’s prison term imposed for secretly video-recording a girl as she dressed and undressed was cut in half.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Man gets 20 years in cold-case slaying

James "JT" Mills lay in an unmarked and unknown grave for nine years before a confession in one slaying led to the discovery of his remains in 2010.
By Sandy Hodson

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015

Most lawsuits settled in Graniteville tragedy

According to federal court records and annual reports of Norfolk Southern, the largest settlement was to the owners of Avondale Mills, which closed in 2006.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

Woman claims self-defense in shooting

An Augusta woman who shot her boyfriend just before Christmas did so to save herself from another beating, her attorney told the judge Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Teen accused of raping 5-year-old granted bond

District Attorney Ashley Wright said that she was opposed to bond but that the suspect was entitled to it because he has been held for more than 90 days without being indicted.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Lawyer accused of not paying debt

A pending investigation by the State Bar of Georgia that has led to the suspension of Chris Nicholson's law license is related to failure to pay a debt.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Judge has attorney committed

Involuntary commitments are limited to a 72-hour evaluation period normally, but the judge's order specifically extends Nicholson's commitment.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

Attorney facing contempt of court again

A judge filed a citation for contempt against Christopher Nicholson after a Dec. 11 outburst. According to the petition, Nicholson yelled at the judge and left court without permission.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Bond denied in child molestation case

Christopher Hankerson, 44, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of child molestation.
By Sandy Hodson

Judge re-sentences teen in home invasion case

Judge David Roper re-sentenced Sam Samuel to 25 years in prison but structured the sentence in such a way that Samuel can be eligible for parole consideration in 15 years.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Sheriff's nephew gets 5-year sentence in marijuana case

A nephew of Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle who was caught with 20 pounds of marijuana was sentenced to five years in prison.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Deadly drag race leads to prison term

Rodney Kelly, 26, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and serious injury by a vehicle for the July 28, 2013, death of 23-year-old Marcus Kelly and the broken leg suffered by 17-year-old Jerome ...
By Sandy Hodson

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Experts weigh in on grand jury process

Lack of indictments in two recent high profile shootings involving police officers in Staten Island, N.Y. and Ferguson. Mo., has the public and legal commmunity wondering about the validity of the ...
By Sandy Hodson
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