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Friday, Aug 7, 2015

Bond hearings held for homicide suspects

While bond was denied Friday for one Augusta homicide suspect, a $50,000 bond was set for another in Richmond County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015

Inmate gets life, no parole for murder

Thomas Tiraboschi was nearing the end of a 20-year prison term in 2013 when he killed his cellmate at the Augusta State Medical Prison.
By Sandy Hodson

Prison term for fake crime 'victim'

A woman was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for impersonating a crime victim to get criminal charges dropped against a man.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015

Man gets 95 years in hospital attack

It took the jury less than a half-hour to find Roger Bettis guilty on all counts for the attack on two women in a hospital restroom in 2009.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

Hospital attack witness testifies in retrial

Serving as his own attorney, Roger Bettis tried Tuesday to weaken Tammie Cates' identification of him as the man who assaulted another woman before confronting Cates with a knife.
By Sandy Hodson

Jury finds in plaintiff's favor in wrongful death case

A jury awarded $600,000 in damages to the daughter of an elderly man who died four years ago at Select Specialty Hospital.
By Sandy Hodson

Inmate claims roommate he killed wanted to die

An inmate who admitted to a prison guard that he had killed his roommate said he did so because the man was in pain and wanted to die.
By Sandy Hodson

Witness confronts suspect in court

Serving as his own attorney, Roger Bettis tried to weaken Tammie Cates' identification of him as the man who left a woman wounded and half naked before confronting Cates with a knife.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Aug 3, 2015

Retrial underway in 2009 hospital attack

An Augusta man accused of attacking women in a hospital restroom is representing himself this week in Richmond County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Local prosecutor tops in Georgia

Prosecutor Hank Syms was selected by his peers to be the 2015 Assistant District Attorney of the Year for Division 1.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Augustan sentenced for terrorist aid

An Augusta man intent on joining the terrorist Islamic State was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 15-year prison term for criminal attempt to provide assistance to a terrorist organization.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, July 27, 2015

Arguments made in suit against private probation firm

Whether a pending federal lawsuit against a for-profit private probation company survives the first major legal hurdle is now up to a judge. Sitting in U.S. District Court in Augusta, Judge Dudley ...
By Sandy Hodson

Augusta VA manager jailed after violating bond

A manager at the Charlie Nor­wood VA Medical Center in Augusta who faces federal charges in connection with veterans' medical care was jailed Monday for violating bond.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Slain caregiver's family files suit against woman

The children of an Au­gus­ta man fatally shot by an 86-year-old dementia patient have filed suit against the woman who lived with the patient.
By Sandy Hodson

Another probation company hit with civil rights suit

The sixth federal lawsuit against a for-profit company overseeing misdemeanor probationers was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Brunswick against Providence Commu­nity Corrections.
By Sandy Hodson

Woman gets life for fatal 2012 River Watch Parkway wreck

Monique Sullivan was sentenced to life in prison July 23 for the 2012 wreck on River Watch Parkway that killed a mother and severely injured two other motorists.
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Court wants clarity before ruling on appeal in homicide

In a 2-1 opinion the appellate court remanded the case of Devin Washington, 21, back to Richmond County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Attorney faces federal court ban

A well-known Augusta attorney has been ordered to appear before the U.S. District Court to show cause why he shouldn't be banned from practicing in the federal court of the Southern District of ...
By Sandy Hodson

Man gets probation in ice storm repair case

A man who presented himself as a qualified contractor after Augusta's 2014 ice storm entered an Al­ford plea to theft charges Thursday, not admitting a crime but acknowledging that the prosecution ...
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sentinel lawsuit to stay in Richmond County

Sentinel Offender Services defense motion to move at least one of the civil rights lawsuits it faces to Columbia County for trial failed Wednesday.
By Sandy Hodson
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