Service station bandit sought

Police are seeking a man who robbed an Olive Road service station this morning.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man charged with exploiting the elderly

Police were first called to the 92-year-old woman's Murphy Street home on Aug. 16 after her daughter realized she had written more than 25 checks to Ronald Clayton Newman, 58, who worked as a handyman.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Police arrest two men in Burke County shooting

According to a Burke County sheriff's news release, deputies were called to a Claxton Road residence in the Girard area about 9:35 a.m. The victim told police he was returning to his home when three people attempted to rob him.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Augusta man sues city, sheriff officers over alleged tasing

An Augusta man who said he suffered a skull fracture after being tased in jail has filed suit against Augusta and two Richmond County sheriff's officers.
By Sandy Hodson

Augusta man robbed of car, money

An Augusta man told police an armed robber took his money and car, which also contained 10 pairs of sneakers.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Class action lawsuit to proceed against Sentinel Offender Services

Friday's ruling by Judge Daniel J. Craig means that anyone sentenced for a misdemeanor offense in Columbia County Superior Court may be a party to the lawsuit that seeks to recover from Sentinel all fees paid to the for-profit company.
By Sandy Hodson

Police investigating gas station robbery

According to a Richmond County sheriff's incident report, a man in a mask went into Circle K, 2822 Peach Orchard Road, about 2:15 a.m. and demanded cash.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Sheriff: 3 arrested in quadruple slaying in South Carolina

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - After more than a year and thousands of hours of investigation, three men have been charged with murder and other crimes in a July 2015 quadruple homicide at a home in rural South Carolina, a sheriff said Thursday.
By Bruce Smith

Suspect sought for stealing shoes, brandishing knife

A suspect is sought for shoplifting and brandishing a weapon after attempting to steal items Monday from an Augusta business.
By Doug Stutsman

Prison term imposed on Augusta woman guilty of robbery

Once Tabitha McNair, 30, completes the prison term, she will have an additional six years to serve on probation, said Assistant District Attorney Libby Bitting.

Augusta drunk driver who struck deputy gets prison

Albert Patrick, 62, wasn't sentenced for aggravated assault on an officer or serious injury by vehicle but for violating the conditions of the probation sentence he was serving for possession of cocaine.
By Sandy Hodson

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Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Grovetown woman claims fake sex ad posted on Craigslist

After viewing the ad, she learned someone had posted on it her Facebook photo and cell phone number.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Two Columbia County juveniles claim "clown" harrassment on social media

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office was contacted on two occasions in the past week by juveniles who claimed they were harassed by clowns on social media.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man jailed in Evans High thefts

A man who two years ago ran for a Richmond County school board seat is facing theft charges after Columbia County deputies say he took several athletic jerseys from Evans High School.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Details few in 1995 homicide

Aiken County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Eula Helen Street in Gloverville on April 2, 1995 where they found Paul Edward Griffin, 58, dead in his home.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Agency makes changes to physical training testing

The Richmond County Sher­iff's Office is adjusting its physical training assessment to account for an officer's age and sex.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Columbia County rape suspect denied bond

Paul Alvin Tabor, 61, is accused of raping and taking nude photos of a 39-year-old woman with the mental capacity of a 7- to 14-year-old.
By Abbigail Lennon

Augusta driver's bureau employee accused of fraud and bribery

Gladys Shepard Williams was named in a nine-count indictment this month that accuses her of issuing fake driver's licenses in 2003, 2010 and 2011.

Man accused of killing elderly priest pleads not guilty

The man accused of killing an elderly priest in Burke County entered a not guilty plea Friday.
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Augusta mother pleads guilty to child abuse

Mercille D. Jenkins, 26, admitted in Richmond County Superior Court that she beat her 5-year-old son with a large serving spoon after he came home from school with a bad conduct report on May 2.
By Sandy Hodson

2 guards tell court they beat inmate

Two former guards at the Augusta State Medical Prison pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to deprivations of rights.
By Sandy Hodson

Police say ex-NASCAR driver's father strangles wife, shoots self

ORANGE, Calif. - The father of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon strangled his wife then shot himself in their Southern California home, police said Thursday.
By Amy Taxin

Burke child charged with shooting at mom

According to Burke County Sheriff's Sgt. Dedric Smith, the juvenile - who was not named - became upset with his mom after she questioned where he went after getting off the school bus.
By Doug Stutsman

Augusta man pleads guilty in steroid case

Brandon Paquette, 34, pleaded in Richmond County Superior Court to possession of a controlled substance, steroids, with intent to distribute.
By Sandy Hodson

Two people arrested in Goodwill clothes theft

On Monday, deputies were called to the store at 4074 Washington Road about 6:30 a.m. after a witness observed a couple taking items from the donation drop off area and putting them into a vehicle. ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Inmates get opportunity to earn GED in jail

Studies show that inmates who participated in high school or GED programs had 30 percent lower rates of becoming a repeat offender than those who had not.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man arrested for stealing lingerie, alcohol

A North Augusta man was arrested Tuesday after attempting to steal lingerie and alcohol from Wal-Mart.
By Doug Stutsman

Car break-ins reported at Augusta hotel

Deputies responded to Doubletree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway, about 6 a.m. after an employee discovered several vehicles with busted windows.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Police report shooting incident

One person has been charged in a shooting this morning in the Twigg Street area in an incident that initial reports stated was a man in a clown mask wearing women's clothes.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

Homicides up in local counties

The fatal shooting Monday of Anthony James Lawson, 40, of Augusta, was Richmond county's 21st homicide, surpassing the 20 totaled in 2015.
By Doug Stutsman

UGA graduate researcher killed, two other cyclists injured by DUI suspect

A University of Georgia graduate researcher was killed and two other bicyclists were injured Monday evening in east Athens by a suspected impaired driver.
By Joe Johnson

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Augusta man sues city, sheriff officers over alleged tasing
An Augusta man who said he suffered a skull fracture after being tased in jail has filed suit against Augusta and two Richmond County sheriff's officers.