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Friday, May 15, 2015

Bond denied for man accused of killing neighbor

Walter Lee Johnson, 60, is accused of shooting 49-year-old Marion Utley at his home on Norris Lane.
By Sandy Hodson

Chick-fil-A working with S.C. highway patrol to reward motorists

Chick-fil-A has provided the South Carolina Highway Patrol with 55,000 coupons to thank people for buckling up and putting their children in proper child restraints.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

North Augusta investigators looking for robbery suspect

North Augusta Public Safety investigators are searching for a male subject accused of robbing the Greg's Gas Plus at 100 Edgefield Road at gunpoint.
By Mike Rosier

Aiken man's death called homicide

A man shot in the head at a Brown Lane home in Aiken last week has died, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Augusta man denied bond

Bond was denied Thursday for Eddie Lee Freeman, 30, an Augusta man facing a retrial on a murder charge in a 2006 fatal shootout.
By Sandy Hodson

Lawn equipment stolen

Deputies say more than $4,300 worth of landscaping equipment from a trailer at the Augusta Mall while workers groomed the grounds Wednesday.
By Travis Highfield

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bipartisan support in Washington for reform of misdemeanor courts

Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday agreed that the nation can no longer ignore what they see as the systemic denial of legal representation for poor people in misdemeanor courts.
By Sandy Hodson

Argument over religion led to graveyard shooting

Ed Wilie Jordan Jr., 47, was booked on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Couple charged with driving impaired with young children in vehicle

An Augusta couple was arrested Tuesday after police were told they were driving under the influence and in possession of drugs while three young children were in the vehicle.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Bonds set for Blackville teens

BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- A bond hearing was held Wednesday for five teenagers arrested in the April 30 shooting of a woman at the Hilda Crossroads.
By Laura J. McKenzie

Gas leak alters Walton Way traffic

Part of Walton Way is being shut down due to a natural gas leak.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

5 Blackville teens face charges in shooting

Five Blackville teens have been arrested in the April 30 shooting of a woman at the Hilda Crossroads.
By Laura J. McKenzie

Woman faces Arizona fraud, theft charges related to late-term abortion

A woman in the custody of Columbia County authorities is facing extradition to Arizona where she is accused of faking a cancer diagnosis in order to obtain a state-funded abortion.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cops say tire slashing new scam

In each case the victim returns to his car and discovers a tire flat. A man then approaches and offers to help change the tire and then asks for money or tells the victim a sob story to get cash.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

No McDuffie County equipment seized in EMS raid

Homeland Security agents executed a two-hour search warrant on the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Service on May 6, without warning. 
By Wesley Brown

Child molester gets 35 years

Benjamin Evans pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to 11 sexual offenses committed against two children while they were between the ages of 10 and 12.
By Sandy Hodson

City employees involved in cemetery shooting

Two city employees were involved in a shooting at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, Augusta Administrator Janice Allen Jackson told a City Commission committee meeting.
By Susan McCord and Bianca Cain Johnson

Man takes shot at burglar

The man, 69, told police he woke about 2 a.m. to hear noises coming from the kitchen of his home on Circular Drive.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Police investigating threatening note left at fire station

Firefighters at Station 9, 3507 Walton Way Extension, discovered the note stuck between the door and door frame around 2:30 p.m. Monday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Monday, May 11, 2015

Judge refuses to return funds to jailed ex-paralegal

The man convicted of stealing more than $600,000 from the Vic Hawk Law Group and its clients was back in court Monday to press his claim that the judge was wrong to seize $6,500 from his jail account.
By Sandy Hodson

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings May 11-18

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center May 11-18.

Weekly crime map, database

A total of 267 crimes tracked by The Augusta Chronicle were reported to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office during the past week.

NYPD officer dies from gunshot wound to head

NEW YORK (AP) - Brian Moore, who was in a coma after undergoing brain surgery following the Saturday shooting, was pronounced dead at a Queens hospital.
By Michael Balsamo

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

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Indictments and Marriage licenses for Richmond County

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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