Cops talk to churchgoers about gunmen

For the second time in as many weeks, local church officials were briefed by law enforcement on how to survive active shooter situations until help arrives.
By Travis Highfield

Jury finds in plaintiff's favor in wrongful death case

A jury awarded $600,000 in damages to the daughter of an elderly man who died four years ago at Select Specialty Hospital.
By Sandy Hodson

Inmate claims roommate he killed wanted to die

An inmate who admitted to a prison guard that he had killed his roommate said he did so because the man was in pain and wanted to die.
By Sandy Hodson

One injured in Augusta shooting

One man went to jail and another went to a hospital after a shooting Tuesday afternoon near Deans Bridge Road.
By Doug Stutsman

No murder charge for Martinez mother

There is not enough evidence to prosecute a Martinez mother charged with murder in the death of her 5½-month-old son, a judge ruled Tuesday.
By Valerie Rowell

Williston man faces child porn charges

A Williston, S.C., man has been arrested and is facing charges on eight counts of sexual exploitation of minors.

Augusta woman charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping

An Augusta woman was arrested Saturday on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and obstruction of law enforcement.
By Doug Stutsman

Witness confronts suspect in court

Serving as his own attorney, Roger Bettis tried to weaken Tammie Cates' identification of him as the man who left a woman wounded and half naked before confronting Cates with a knife.
By Sandy Hodson

Piece of roof removed in burglary attempt

At least one person tried to break into C&M Curb Market, in the 600 block of East Boundary Street, by removing a corner of the building's roof.
By Doug Stutsman

Church's Chicken robbed of safe

When employees arrived at Church's Chicken on Peach Orchard Road about 8 a.m., a safe that had been bolted to the wall was gone.
By Doug Stutsman

Retrial underway in 2009 hospital attack

An Augusta man accused of attacking women in a hospital restroom is representing himself this week in Richmond County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Monday, July 27, 2015

Augusta VA manager jailed after violating bond

A manager at the Charlie Nor­wood VA Medical Center in Augusta who faces federal charges in connection with veterans' medical care was jailed Monday for violating bond.
By Sandy Hodson

Officers clear up 13 South Carolina road laws

Highway laws can vary from state to state, but that's no excuse to break them. South Carolina law enforcement officials have seen plenty of misconception and oversights.
By Sarita Chourey

Push to test old rape kits creates GBI backlog

ATLANTA — Georgia law enforcement agencies have swamped the state crime lab with requests to provide DNA analysis on “rape kits,” the gear used to gather evidence in sexual assault cases.
By Lauren McDonald and Walter Jones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Missing Graniteville man found safe

A missing Graniteville man was found safe Sunday morning.
By Doug Stutsman

2005 slaying of woman found with baby still unsolved

Catrina Beatrice Evans was dead nearly a week before she was discovered in her apartment with her 13-month-old child crawling near her feet a decade ago.
By Travis Highfield

Home intruder demands money, strikes man

A 62-year-old man was hit on the head by a burglar at his home early Saturday.
By Doug Stutsman

Confederate flags ripped up at Hephzibah home

A pair of Confederate flags were ripped up outside a Hephzibah home, police say.
By Doug Stutsman

Man beaten by group wanting to use vehicle

An Augusta man was hospitalized Sunday after refusing to let four strangers borrow his vehicle.
By Doug Stutsman

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Computer equipment stolen from elementary school

A burglar stole a Dell computer and monitor from Rol­lins Elementary School after smashing their way into a classroom, a police report states.
By Sean Gruber

Citations up; fatalities down

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office should pass last year's speeding ticket total, but it's also on track to see fewer traffic fatalities.
By Travis Highfield

Friday, July 24, 2015

Murder suspect now sought by Aiken authorities after assault

A 24-year-old man wanted for murder in Florida is also sought by Aiken County deputies for an assault earlier this week, officials said.
By Travis Highfield

Repeat sex offender sentenced to prison

An Augusta man still on probation for a sex crime against a child was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for committing the new offenses of statutory rape and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Man accused of rape denied bond

Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of beating and raping an ex-girlfriend.

Sheriff's office body cam policy now in effect

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has finalized its body camera policy, which lays out when officers are required to record interactions with the public.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Children left alone escape fire; mother charged

An Augusta woman has been charged after her home caught fire while her three young children were home alone.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Slain caregiver's family files suit against woman

The children of an Au­gus­ta man fatally shot by an 86-year-old dementia patient have filed suit against the woman who lived with the patient.
By Sandy Hodson

Another probation company hit with civil rights suit

The sixth federal lawsuit against a for-profit company overseeing misdemeanor probationers was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Brunswick against Providence Commu­nity Corrections.
By Sandy Hodson

Woman gets life for fatal 2012 River Watch Parkway wreck

Monique Sullivan was sentenced to life in prison July 23 for the 2012 wreck on River Watch Parkway that killed a mother and severely injured two other motorists.
By Sandy Hodson

Police urge securing air-conditioning units from summer theft

As summer heat continues to hit Augusta, a recent spate of air conditioning thefts have been reported in Richmond County.
By Doug Stutsman

Car crashes into pond in Columbia County

Columbia County authorities said the driver of a car that plunged into a pond off of Hardy McManus Road early Thursday escaped without injury.

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 July 27- Aug. 3

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center July 27-Aug. 3.

Weekly crime map, database

Violent crimes during the week included 107 assaults, five of which were classified as aggravated assaults. The most assaults on a single day was 22 on July 12. Other violent crime included four robberies.

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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