Testimony began Tuesday in Medicaid fraud trial

Testimony began Tuesday in the Medicaid fraud trial of several family members accused of bilking the government out of more than $3 million.
By Sandy Hodson

Production equipment stolen from Bell Auditorium

An out-of-town production crew claims someone stole thousands of dollars in equipment during a performance at the Bell Auditorium.

Two facing charges after authorities uncover forgery operation

Two illegal immigrants are facing charges after Aiken County sheriff's investigators uncovered a major forgery operations at their Graniteville home.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Barnwell mother shoots son in self-defense

A Barnwell woman will not face charges after shooting her son in self-defense, according to police.
By Jonathan Vickery

No Second Chance: Why juvenile offenders stay locked away

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Markeil Thomas trudged into Clay County Courtroom 12 in a faded jail jumper, shackled at the wrists, waist and ankles.
By Tessa Duvall

Jury convicts man who killed boxer Vernon Forrest

Seven years after Augusta boxer Vernon Forrest was shot and killed during an armed robbery, an Atlanta jury has convicted the shooter of murder.

2001 parking lot slaying of man remains cold case

Sam Lewis III, 23, of Augusta, was shot several times in the chest in the 3100 block of Skinner Mill Road on July 1, 2001.
By Doug Stutsman

Man, 35, shot in hand in attempted robbery

An Augusta man was shot early Saturday in an attempted robbery.

Fair employee arrested after pulling guns on fellow workers

A fair employee is facing charges after police said he pulled out a handgun and rifle and began shooting while searching for someone in the RV section of the Georgia Carolina State Fair on Monday evening.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

Boy's hit-and-run death in 2010 still unsolved

There is no memorial or reminder of the tragedy that occurred at the corner of James Drive and Travis Road six years ago when 9-year-old Donovan Brown was killed by a hit-and-run driver, but the ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Augusta man receives life sentence for murder

William H. Clark, 20, was found guilty Friday in Richmond County Superior Court of felony murder, aggravated assault and two weapon violations.
By Sandy Hodson

Prison sentence for child molestation

An Augusta man whose father served time in prison for child molestation was sentenced to prison Friday for aggravated child molestation.

Authorities believe Langley couple's death homicide/suicide

While conducting a wellness check around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aiken County deputies entered a home at 38 Jackson St. and discovered two bodies.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Police arrest homeless man over 911 prank calls

Miller Abrams, 30, was booked into the Columbia County jail Wednesday on a charge of unlawful conduct during a 911 call after deputies found him with the cellphone used in the pranks.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Suspect in fatal hit-and-run arrested

Authorities say the Martinez man charged in the fatal hit-and-run of a jogger had already begun repairing damage to his vehicle before he was arrested early Friday in North Augusta.
By Abbigail Lennon

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Five charged in 2014 Augusta slaying

Five people have been charged in what is believed to be a 2014 gang-related slaying, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man pleads guilty to impersonating officer

After a road rage incident in May, Martez D. Hayes got out of his car wearing a badge, ballistic vest and a T-shirt with "police" on the front to curse and threaten the other driver, said ...
By Sandy Hodson

2 found dead near Langley

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating two deaths in the Langley area.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Augusta man charged with sexual exploitation of children

Kevin Andrew Niewood, 27, of Woodhill Lane, was booked into the Richmond County jail Friday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Augusta woman granted bond in child abuse case

Cassey N. Willis, 26, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to causing her 17-month-old stepson brain damage.
By Sandy Hodson

Killer sought after husband, wife shot to death in Edgefield County

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that no arrests have been made after a man and his wife were shot to death Sunday before their house being set on fire.
By Doug Stutsman

Daughter pleads guilty to murder in death of former News-Times sports editor

Crystal Brooke Howell shot her father, Michael Joseph Howell, 50, in the head with a shotgun while he was napping on Feb. 24, 2014.

Aiken police investigating shooting incidents

Aiken police believe two men recovering from gunshot wounds may have been involved in the same shooting Tuesday evening.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Police seek man who robbed Subway

Police are seeking information on an armed man who robbed a Walton Way restaurant late Tuesday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Augusta man gets bond in shooting case

A $75,000 bond was granted Tues­day to an Augusta man who has spent months in jail awaiting trial on aggravated assault and weapon charges.
By Sandy Hodson

Edgefield couple killed, house set on fire

David Burnett, Chief Deputy Coroner for Edgefield County, identified the victims as Charles Deas, 32, and Andrea Deas, 25.
By Doug Stutsman

Augusta man pleads guilty over police chase

An Augusta man who led law enforcement on a chase through south Augusta earlier this year opted to plead guilty Tuesday instead of standing trial.
By Sandy Hodson

Warrants tie woman's arrest to May slaying

Police still have not released many details on a recent murder arrest, but warrants confirm it is connected to a May shooting. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office will not discuss the case, ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Hurricane victims should be wary of scams

Officials warn that those facing storm damage or other effects from Hurricane Mat­thew should be wary of people who pose as inspectors, government officials, volunteers or contractors as the ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Slideshow: Latest Columbia County bookings

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center Oct. 17-24

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