Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings

Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — "blunt impact projectiles" that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that's the goal.
By Denise Lavoie

Police continue search for Gloverville suspect

GLOVERVILLE — Aiken County authorities are searching for a suspect in a pair of car break-ins Tuesday after a man matching the description of the suspect surrendered to police but was later released.
By Mike Rosier

Two men arrested in separate crimes at Family Dollar store

Two men are facing charges after two unrelated crimes at an Family Dollar on Broad Street in the past week.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Officials search for man accused of robbery, firing shots at bar

Richmond County sheriff's officials said a Finish Line Cafe employee and several customers were walking to their vehicles around 2:50 a.m. when an unknown man in a ski mask approached and demanded their belongings.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Hornsby third-grade shooter found gun in family kitchen

The third-grade pupil who accidently discharged a handgun in his classroom Tuesday found the weapon while exploring his family kitchen, police say.
By Sean Gruber

Suspects sought after ransacking Augusta home

An 82-year-old man arrived at his home in the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue and found his back door had been kicked in.
By Doug Stutsman

For the record

Richmond County marriage licenses applications and indictments

Man sentenced to more than 13 years for child pornography

An Augusta man who exchanged e-mails with strangers discussing how to kidnap and rape little girls was sentenced Tuesday to 160 months - more than 13 years - in prison for possession of child pornography.
By Sandy Hodson

Thomson officer fired over arrest

A veteran Thomson police officer was fired earlier this month for violating department procedures for transporting a prisoner and for his conduct during the investigation.
By Donna Stillinger

Man accused of starving dogs out on bond

A Burke County man who faces cruelty to animal charges in the starvation deaths of several dogs has been released on bond for the second time.
By Sandy Hodson

Judge tosses probation suit

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Philip Keen Jr., sought to overturn the state statute which outsourced probation services for misdemeanor offenses and municipal code violations.
By Sandy Hodson

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Augusta man convicted of aggravated assault

The Richmond County Superior Court jury found Lamont A. Morris III, 27, guilty of all charges in the March 13 assault on Patrick T. Sapp who was visiting the mother of his infant.

Teen charged in armed robbery

Steven Michael Valentin has been charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man charged with kicking baby

A Grovetown man remained in jail Tuesday after he admitted kicking his baby over the weekend.
By Valerie Rowell

Teen released on bond in school gun case

A Columbia County judge granted bond Tuesday to an Aiken teen charged with taking a weapon onto Lakeside High School grounds.
By Valerie Rowell

Man shoots suspect in home invasion

According to an Aiken County sheriff's incident report, three men forced their way into a home in the 500 block of Cedar Road in Windsor about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Suspect arrested in McDonald's holdup attempt

One man is facing charges after the Deans Bridge Road McDonald's was robbed with a BB gun Tuesday morning.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Suspect sought after flooding Augusta hotel room

An Augusta man is being sought by authorities after a hotel room he rented was flooded and damaged.
By Doug Stutsman

Monday, Aug 17, 2015

No decision on bond for Aiken teen

A judge did not make a decision Monday on a bond request for an Aiken teenager charged with taking a weapon onto Lakeside High School grounds the first week of school.
By Valerie Rowell

Trial begins for man accused of setting woman on fire

Ronnie Jones, 31, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of aggravated battery and rape.
By Sandy Hodson

Man pleads guilty in child molestation

Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. said he would accept the plea negotiation of 14 years in prison followed by 26 years on probation for Richard A. Jones only to spare the victim from testifying at trial.

Ex-VA manager released on bond again

A three-week stay in jail convinced a former manager at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center that he must obey every condition of bond, Cathedral Henderson told a judge Monday.
By Sandy Hodson

Police investigating stabbing

A 32-year-old Augusta woman called police to Econo Lodge, 2051 Gordon Highway, about 1 a.m. today after being stabbed in the arm.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

4 charged with rape

Three adults and one juvenile have been charged with the rape of two 21-year-old Atlanta area women hired as escorts.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015

Restaurant worker sought after money stolen from safe

A man is being sought after more than $1,100 was stolen from a safe at an Augusta restaurant.
By Doug Stutsman

3 Augusta women robbed at gunpoint

Three Augusta women say they were robbed of $430 at gunpoint early Sunday.
By Doug Stutsman

Victim of road rage, Grovetown man says

A Grovetown man says he was injured when a passenger in another vehicle threw something at him Saturday afternoon.
By Doug Stutsman

Out-of-towner slaying a mystery

With Wanda Huggins lacking any family ties in the area, Columbia County investigators aren't sure why she might have been traveling through Appling in 1987.
By Travis Highfield

Prescription drug fraud on rise, police say

Local narcotics investigators say they are seeing a surge in prescription fraud cases.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Saturday, Aug 15, 2015

Vandals set fires in building at church

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating an arson at an incomplete church building where three construction vehicles were also vandalized Friday.
By Sean Gruber

Rape victim's lawsuit against hospital revived

An Augusta woman’s lawsuit against the hospital where she was raped by a nursing assistant can proceed to trial because of a recent decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals.
By Sandy Hodson

Search: Georgia sex offender map

Search the map for sex offenders registered in Burke, Columbia, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Warren and Washington counties.

Richmond County registered sex offenders

See photos and information for registered sex offenders living in Richmond County.  Updated Jul. 17, 2015.

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings Aug. 17-24

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

Weekly crime map, database

A total of 260 crimes tracked by The Augusta Chronicle were reported to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office from Aug. 19 to Aug. 25. Violent crimes during the week included 84 assaults, three of which were classified as aggravated assaults. The most assaults in a single day, 16, occurred on Aug. 22 and again on Aug. 25

3 arrested in July armed robbery

North Augusta Public Safety officers have arrested three people who they say robbed a Taco Bell last month.
By Travis Highfield
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