Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Monday, July 14, 2014

Columbia County man shot in leg

An Evans man said he was shot in the leg early Monday as four people tried to rob him outside his apartment.
By Valerie Rowell

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mother arrested with pot in car

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta woman Saturday after she was found with 447 grams of marijuana in her car hidden near her children, a police report states.
By Travis Highfield

Officer grew up in police family

Mark Warchol is still adjusting to being a part-time law officer after leaving the North Augusta Department of Public Safety for a full-time job at Bridgestone earlier this year.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Car struck, shot at on Sand Bar Ferry Road

A Beech Island man says an acquaintance intentionally struck the side of his vehicle while driving Friday and fired a shot at him.
By Travis Highfield

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thief snatches $100 bill from customer

An Augusta man is short $100 after a robber snatched the money from his hand as he paid for coffee Saturday morning.
By Travis Highfield

Arrest made in Jonathan Circle shooting

Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested a Keysville, Ga., man in connection with last week's shooting on Jonathan Circle.
By Travis Highfield

SMART making a presence downtown

It's been a successful first month for a highly visible team of officers in downtown Augusta. The new SMART Unit made up of community safety officers and sheriff's deputies officially hit the ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Vehicle overturns in Belk's parking lot

NORTH AUGUSTA - An accident in the Belk's parking lot caused an SUV to overturn Saturday, leaving the drivers of both vehicles shaken but unharmed.
By Travis Highfield

Friday, July 11, 2014

Body found in Lake Thurmond

About 4 p.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office responded to a call that a white male, around 35-years-old, had been found near the Chamberlain's Ferry Boat landing area, according to Lincoln ...
By Doug Stutsman

Hephzibah Police Department receives body cameras

The department has received eight Taser AXON body cameras - valued at $2,619.53 - from the Deputy J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation.
By Travis Highfield

Man gets life for molestation

A Richmond County Superior Court convicted Frank K. Jones, 53, of one count of aggravated child molestation. He was acquitted of a second count.
By Sandy Hodson

Number of stolen vehicles drops in Richmond County

More than 404 vehicles have been reported stolen so far this year in Richmond County, down from 488 in 2013. The decline in thefts follow a national trend.
By Travis Highfield

Police looking for Beech Island man

Willie D. Widener, of Storm Branch Road, has been missing since July 4 when he was dropped off in downtown Aiken by a family member.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

23 charged in drug busts

Twenty-three people have been charged in drug investigations involving a Harrisburg heroin operation and a south Richmond County methamphetamine operation.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

North Augusta man had pipe bombs when arrested

Police said Thursday that Darin Lee Mabrey had two pipe bombs among other items in a package he was found with during a Saturday arrest.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Inmate charged in prison slaying

Tyrafred Amira Campbell is being charged in the June 29 slaying of 29-year-old Shannon Levi Grier.
By Doug Stutsman

Bloodhounds track down drug fraud suspect

Leslie Alan Murphy, 32, was one of 11 suspects identified in an Aiken County investigation into fake drug prescriptions in June.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Suspect crashes stolen car during traffic stop

Deputies are searching for a male suspect accused of stealing a Honda Civic, then wrecking the vehicle after fleeing a routine traffic stop.
By Doug Stutsman

Man sought on molestation charge

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has obtained warrants for Benjamin Warren Evans, 29, charging two counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated child molestation and family violence ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Aiken police looking for father, son

Aiken police are searching for a father and son who fled from them Monday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Missing man found

A Beech Island man missing since July 4 has been found.

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings July 14-21

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center July 14-21.

Richmond County registered sex offenders

See photos and information for 406 registered sex offenders living in Richmond County. Updated Nov. 7, 2013.

Browns owner's truck-stop company must pay $92 million fine

The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty for cheating customers.

Weekly crime map, database

A total of 187 crimes tracked by The Augusta Chronicle were reported to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office during the last week.

More officer-involved wrecks reported in 2014

Through the first five months of 2014, Richmond Coun­ty sheriff's deputies were involved in 68 accidents and were found at fault 38 times, according to documents provided by the city.
By Travis Highfield