Suspect in 12-hour standoff in custody

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called to Wrights Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday about a domestic dispute, which escalated with the deputies' arrival, Lt. Allan Rollins said.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Augusta murder trial ends in acquittal

A Richmond County Superior Court jury found Keith L. Polite, 26, not guilty of murder and weapon charges in the Oct. 6, 2010, fatal shooting of 16-year-old Terrence L. Turner.

Martinez man arrested on public indecency charge

A Martinez man was arrested Monday and charged with public indecency.
By Doug Stutsman

Former Augusta fire marshal convicted of extortion

After deliberating close to three hours Thursday evening, the jury convicted Beard of six counts of extortion and one count of attempted extortion.
By Sandy Hodson

Augusta man accused of rape

An Augusta man is accused of raping an Augusta woman who died less than an hour after the incident, authorities say.
By Doug Stutsman

Burglars hit Greene Street law offices

Several Greene Street lawyer offices experienced burglaries over the weekend, according to police reports.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Jurors hear ex-fire marshal's meeting with FBI agent

Beard has pleaded not guilty to six counts of extortion and one count of attempted extortion. Defense wit­nesses began testifying Wednes­­day after federal prosecutors rested their case.
By Sandy Hodson

Dating violence high among young, disabled

Advocates and providers gathered Wednesday for the Love Shouldn't Hurt 2016 conference in North Augusta, sponsored by Walton Options for Independent Living, to talk about recognizing the signs of abuse and ways to offer help.
By Tom Corwin

For the record

Richmond County marriage licenses and indictments

Deputy shoots at car during chase; driver escapes

A Richmond County sheriff's deputy fired shots and his stun gun during a police pursuit Monday that reached speeds of more than 100 mph.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

1998 killing of Westside High student still unsolved

Eugene Crawford, 19, was found shot to death Nov. 21, 1998, near the Butler Manor subdivision.
By Doug Stutsman

Shoplifting arrest made at Augusta Wal-Mart

A man was charged with shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Wrightsboro Road on Saturday morning.
By Doug Stutsman

Harlem man arrested after drugs found in motel room

A Harlem man was arrested Friday after methamphetamine and marijuana were found in his room at an Augusta motel, police say.
By Doug Stutsman

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

January a big month for burglaries

Since 2011, January has been in the top five months for most burglaries. In three years - 2011, 2012 and 2014 - January held the top spot. Last year, January came in fourth with 154 burglaries.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Chrome rims stolen from Augusta carport

An Augusta woman is searching for answers after nearly $2,000 worth of chrome rims were taken Friday from her property.

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Bond granted in fatal shooting outside liquor store

Kevin Antwan Williams is accused in the Jan. 11 shooting of James Sims III in the parking lot of the Kis­singbower Package Shop.
By Sandy Hodson

89-year-old suspect in hospital shooting dies

Charles W. Gorrell, who was accused of killing a relative at University Hospital in 2012, died Friday morning, attorneys said.
By Sandy Hodson

2 inmates face murder charges in 2002 case

Two Georgia inmates nearing possible parole for their role in the 2002 kidnapping and assault of an Evans man later found dead now face murder charges in South Carolina.
By Valerie Rowell

Thieves wanted after theft at Augusta business

An Augusta business is searching for answers after more than $1,000 worth of equipment was stolen Wednesday.
By Doug Stutsman

Suspect sought for stealing liquor

A suspect is sought after allegedly stealing a bottle of liquor Thursday from an Augusta business.
By Doug Stutsman

Nursing home death investigated

The death of a 73-year-old Augusta man in a Jefferson County nursing home is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Man, 68, pleads to child molestation, gets prison term

A 68-year-old Augusta man who admitted he committed child molestation was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.

Augusta man gets 15 years for stabbing

An Augusta man who stabbed an acquaintance repeatedly and hard enough to break the tip of the knife in his neck was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison.
By Sandy Hodson

New York fugitive caught in wreck near I-20

A New York man wanted for allegedly stabbing his stepdaughter was arrested near Harlem early Thursday.
By Valerie Rowell

Police delay downtown substation plans

Financial issues have delayed plans for a downtown Augusta substation inside space donated by Unisys.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

SCE&G warns of phone scam

SCE&G customers are becoming victims to the latest scam.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Free ride offered for Super Bowl drinkers

Don't let Super Bowl celebrations land you behind bars this weekend.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

House candidate McLeod released after arrest

Richmond County Magistrate Court Judge William D. Jennings III signed the warrants for the arrests of attorney Wright McLeod and Amy Palowitch, ruling there was probable cause to support a charge ...
By Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Extortion trial for former fire marshal to begin Monday

Jason Beard has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges of extortion and attempted extortion.
By Sandy Hodson

Former AWP employee applies for warrant against candidate McLeod

At a pre-arrest hearing in Richmond County Magistrate Court on Friday, Janice Jamison presented her case as to why she has requested warrants for the arrests of lawyer Wright McLeod and Amy ...
By Sandy Hodson

Updated: Sex offender search

Search the map for photos and information on registered sex offenders living in Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond counties.

Slideshow: Latest Columbia County bookings

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center Feb. 1-7.

Weekly crime map, database

There were a total of 283 crimes tracked by The Augusta Chronicle that were reported to the Richmond County Sheriff Office Jan. 20-26.

Person robbed on Deans Bridge Road

About 10 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to 4706 Deans Bridge Road, where a person had been robbed at gunpoint, according to Richmond County dispatch.
By Doug Stutsman
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