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Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

DeKalb police rescue 2 girls after tip about prostitution

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — DeKalb County police say three people were arrested after officers got a tip two girls were being held and forced into prostitution.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Warning issued for phone scam

Two Richmond County residents were victims of a phone scam this week that defrauds people by tricking them into paying money to avoid arrest for false claims that they missed jury duty.
By Meg Mirshak

RCSO investigating theft of Augusta National photos, James Brown autographs

An Augusta woman says thousands of dollars' worth of James Brown autographs and Augusta National Golf Club photographs were stolen from her rental property.
By Doug Stutsman

Law enforcement seizes thousands in Wadley raid

An eight-month investigation resulted in law enforcement seizing drugs, vehicles and currency Thursday in Wadley.
By Parish Howard

RCSO warns of robberies targeting delivery drivers

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is warning businesses of a recent trend of armed robberies to fast-food delivery drivers.
By Doug Stutsman

Man gets prison for stalking

A man under two different court orders to stay away from an Augusta woman was convicted of aggravated stalking for continuing to harass her.

Woman pleads guilty in arson case

Christian S. Jones, 25, admitted she set fire to a mattress in her Lumpkin Road Apartment on May 11. The fire spread to eight other apartments in the building.
By Sandy Hodson

Prison nurse guilty of giving inmate tobacco

Tara D. Belangia, 40, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two reduced counts of giving prohibited items to an inmate without the warden's permission.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Sheriff's Office collects illegal road signs

In an effort to clean Augusta, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office partnered with the License & Inspections Department on Tuesday and Wednesday to remove all signs on street corners, public ...
By Doug Stutsman

SC Senate passes tougher domestic violence penalties

COLUMBIA, S.C. - In a state where gun rights tend to be fiercely guarded, the South Carolina Senate on Wednesday agreed to take firearms away from many people convicted of criminal domestic violence.
By Jeffrey Collins

Officer who shot handcuffed man cleared

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednes­­day that the man was armed with a handgun that police ...
By Russ Bynum

Two middle school students charged with gun possession

Aiken Public Safety investigators charged two middle school students Wednesday with possessing a gun on school grounds.
By Doug Stutsman

Deputy discharges weapon

A Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputy accidentally discharged his weapon on Wednesday, according to a statement from the department.
By Meg Mirshak

Man charged with attacking father with golf club

A Grovetown man was charged Tuesday after authorities say he attacked his father with a golf club.
By Valerie Rowell

Weather delays Georgia woman execution until Monday

The Georgia parole board says it will not spare the life of the only woman on the state's death row, but weather has pushed the execution to Monday.

K-9 named for fallen officer hard at work

Scooter - named after fallen Officer Scotty Richardson - has big shoes to fill at the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Training a blast for FBI agents

During the first day of class, about 30 FBI agents from across the country gathered at the Richmond County sheriff's training range to watch things explode.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man sentenced to life in prison in rape case

A Burke County Superior Court jury deliberated 40 minutes before finding Darrell Williams guilty of burglary and rape for the attack on a 16-year-old girl in 2011.

Fourth person arrested in Thomson murder

A fourth person has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old in Thomson earlier this month, officials said Tuesday.
By Travis Highfield

South Carolina closing 2nd minimum-security prison

Citing fewer inmates returning to system, SC closing another minimum-security prison.
By Meg Kinnard

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings Feb. 23 to March 2

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center Feb. 23 to March 2.

Weekly crime map, database

A total of 119 crimes tracked by The Augusta Chronicle were reported to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office during the past week, including one homicide, the March 1 killing of 75-year-old Bobby Mitchell Shue.

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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Georgia gun owners worry SC

COLUMBIA - Against the wishes of law enforcement officials, lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would allow concealed-weapon permit holders from Georgia and other states with lower safety ...
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