Stories by Sandy Hodson

Articles from the Sandy Hodson section archive

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

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Man sentenced to 25 years in home invasion

A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Sam Samuel of armed robbery, burglary, criminal gang activity, a weapon violation and three counts of false imprisonment. Judge J. David Roper ...
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Final evidence given in home invasion, rape case

The final evidence presented in the case against 19-year-old Sam Samuel was his admission that he committed armed robbery, burglary, false imprisonment and a weapon's crime. 
By Sandy Hodson

Supreme Court denies Sentinel appeal

In an unanimous decision released Thursday, the Georgia Supreme Court denied a motion for reconsideration filed by Sentinel Offender Services.
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Trial begins in Augusta home invasion, rape case

The two men forced their way inside and demanded money, screaming that they were told she had money. But there wasn't any cash in the two-bedroom Harrisburg home. They weren't leaving without ...
By Sandy Hodson

Plaintiffs counter Sentinel's plea to state Supreme Court

Plaintiffs in the civil rights lawsuits against Sentinel Offender Services have fired off a counterattack to Sentinel's plea to the Georgia Supreme Court to reconsider.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Riverwalk attackers sentenced

The three people implicated in the brutal Riverwalk attack on a couple taking a stroll at the end of their first date pleaded guilty Monday.
By Sandy Hodson

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Order after Sentinel ruling frees some from jail

The recent Georgia Su­preme Court decision in the civil rights lawsuits filed against private probation firm Sentinel Offender Services has brought changes to many courts in the state.
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Judges propose new rules for probation providers

On Friday, the council issued a news release about their proposed amendment to the Uniform Rules for State Courts.
By Sandy Hodson

Teen to remain in custody pending May trial

Jeremiah Kelly was 15 when he and then 16-year-old William Clark were arrested in the slaying of 28-year-old Anthony D. King on Crawford Avenue on Aug. 3, 2012.
By Sandy Hodson

Bond denied for man who killed mom

Robert Caviston, 56, has been in custody since his arrest Nov. 15. Caviston is accused of killing his 92-year-old mother and setting their home on fire.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Fencing ring-leader earns Augusta man prison term

Rodurick Dorsey was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by 12 years on probation.
By Sandy Hodson

Private probation litigation battle continues

Lawyers representing the for-profit private probation firm Sentinel Offender Services filed a motion Thursday asking the Georgia Supreme Court to reconsider its unanimous decision in the appeals ...
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Police report scams demanding payment in lieu of arrest

Since October, local law enforcement agencies have received reports of a scam in which a caller claiming to be a police officer demands a payment in lieu of arrest for failure to appear for jury ...
By Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Man pleads guilty in 2011 nightclub murder

Robert Wright, 27, was accused of murder, aggravated assault and weapon violations along with Dachavous Murphy, 22, for the Sept. 15, 2011, slaying of Ashley Brown.
By Sandy Hodson
Top headlines

Allen has hometown swearing-in

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen returned home to Augusta on Thursday for a ceremonial swearing-in, a platform he used to update his top priorities for his first term in Congress.
Search Augusta jobs