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Friday, April 17, 2015

Final suspect in chop shop operation pleads guilty

Kyle E. Palmer, 22, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to operating a chop shop and theft. Judge Sheryl B. Jolly accepted the plea negotiation and imposed a sentence of two years in ...

One injured Friday in gas station shooting

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting Friday afternoon at an Augusta convenience store.
By Doug Stutsman

Parole board rescinds plan to free rapist in letter to DA

Charles Ivey Jr., 54, was slated for parole after serving 20 years of a 30-year prison term imposed in December 1996 for aggravated assault, burglary, rape and aggravated sodomy in connection with ...
By Sandy Hodson

Animal Rescue owner cited, stripped of license

The owner of an Evans animal rescue group was sentenced Wednesday after being cited for not caring for animals properly and was stripped of her license.
By Valerie Rowell

Police seek armed robbery suspect

Byron Danta Harris, 22, is facing charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, theft by receiving and hit and run.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Cops seek name of hit-and-run victim

Authorities are seeking help identifying a man killed last night after being struck by two hit and run drivers.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Family Dollar store robbed late Thursday

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are searching for two men suspected of robbing the Family Dollar on Central Avenue in Augusta late Thursday.
By Staff Reports

Learning center burglarized

A filing cabinet key and surveillance video camera were stolen during an apparent burglary last week at the Sylvan Learning Center on Furys Ferry Road in Augusta.
By Staff Reports

Church worker guilty of child molesting

Christopher A. Lane, 24, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to the charge that carries a five-year mandatory minimum prison term.

Convicted rapist scheduled to be paroled

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole is set to release Charles Ivey Jr., 54, according to a notice sent to the district attorney's office.
By Sandy Hodson

Child abuse ends with prison term

Ricardo A. Sturgis, 28, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to second-degree cruelty to children.

Augusta couple charged with insurance fraud

An Augusta couple is facing charges after setting their home on fire to collect insurance money.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Deputies could get body cameras in July

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office started testing various body-camera models last fall. Lt. Allan Rollins said the department had hoped to have cameras on officers by now.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Teen pleads guilty to child molestation

An Augusta teen caught sexually assaulting a 7-year-old pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Fake court e-mail infecting computers

A fraudulent e-mail requesting state court appearances is resulting in computer viruses for Richmond County residents.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

RCSO investigators ask for public's help locating fraud suspects

Police are seeking information on a couple who committed financial card transaction fraud at Target.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Police chief who shot ex-wife indicted on misdemeanor

ATLANTA - A Georgia police chief who said he accidentally shot his ex-wife while they slept was indicted Wednesday on a misdemeanor reckless-conduct charge, a prosecutor said.
By Ray Henry

Thousands in copper wire stolen from mobile homes

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect accused of stealing $2,000 worth of copper wire.
By Doug Stutsman

2 Aiken men sentenced on gun charges

Two Aiken men were sentenced in federal court, each on charges of a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
By Doug Stutsman

Augusta guardian ad litem program overhauled

The Augusta Judicial Circuit overhauled its guardian ad litem program last month, adopting new policies to contain outrage from families who say inexperienced child-custody evaluators are ...
By Wesley Brown

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings April 20-27

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center April 20-27.

Weekly crime map, database

Violent crimes during the week included 92 assaults, two of which were classified as aggravated assaults. The most assaults, 20, occurred on April 4, but the fewest, seven, occurred the next day on Easter Sunday.

Reward offered in 2 slayings

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering rewards in two unsolved Aiken County homicides this year.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

For the record

Marcus Andre Coleman, 21, of Aiken, malice murder, two counts felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime

Suspects sought in Zales Jewelry theft

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for three suspects in reference to a theft by shoplifting that occurred at Zales Jewelry Store in the Augusta Mall.
By Doug Stutsman
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