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Saturday, Aug 22, 2015

Child exploitation task forces busy

Law enforcement agencies in Georgia and South Carolina have been busy with child exploitation crimes in recent months, but the rise in incidents doesn't necessarily mean there's more crime.
By Travis Highfield

Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Courthouse security officer admired, respected

Security officer Otis McCraw, who died this week, was able to shine a positive light around him, courthouse associates said.
By Sandy Hodson

Paine College gets new police chief

Leroy Morgan Jr., was introduced to the campus as its new police chief during the opening conference for faculty and staff help on Aug. 3. He takes over for Joseph Nelson who recently left to ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Guilty verdict in brutal assault

It took a Richmond County jury only minutes this afternoon to convict Ronnie Lee Jones of aggravated battery and rape in a brutal assault on a woman Aug. 22, 2014.
By Sandy Hodson

Ex-jailer charged in wife's death absent at hearing

Matthew Jor­dan Blakley, a former Aiken County jailer arrested in June and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife, did not appear in an Aiken County courtroom Friday ...
By Mike Rosier

Sego Middle School locked down after report of gun on campus

A prank call by a Sego Middle School student about a gun on campus led police to lockdown the school earlier today.

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

Man with gun robs Augusta gas station

A man wearing a black and green ski-mask robbed an Augusta gas station late Wednesday night, fleeing with an unkown amount of cash.
By Sean Gruber

Lawyer withdraws from federal practice

An Augusta attorney who admitted he cheated his former law firm partners voluntarily withdrew his name from the roll of attorneys permitted to practice in the federal courts of the Southern ...
By Sandy Hodson

Nurse who treated burned woman testifies

The emergency room nurse who attended to a woman Ronnie Jones is accused of setting on fire and raping nearly broke into tears Thursday as she testified about the condition the woman was in when ...
By Sandy Hodson

Security tighter at Regal Cinemas

Augusta moviegoers might be subject to bag searches after a new policy change at Regal Cinemas.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Suspects sought in break-in attempt

Aiken County police are seeking information on two men caught on camera breaking into a home.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

Decomposed body found in Burke County

An investigation is ongoing after a decomposed body was found Wednesday in Burke County.
By Doug Stutsman

GSP Grovetown post still undermanned despite higher patrol output

The undermanned Georgia State Patrol Grovetown post has grown over the past six months - barely.
By Travis Highfield

Man insists on serving as his own attorney

In the third day of Ronnie Jones' trial for allegedly setting a woman on fire and raping her, the accused insisted on acting as his own attorney.
By Sandy Hodson

Police looking for Target shoplifters

According to a news release, a man dressed as a woman took two pairs of pants and a purse from the store on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway on Aug. 9, sprayed a guard with tear gas and left without ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Fogle to plead guilty to sex acts with minors, child porn

Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle to plead guilty to sex acts with minors, child porn charges.

SC team bookkeeper accused in theft

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The bookkeeper for a Charleston soccer team has been accused of taking $100,000 over the past four years.

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Feds say major drug trafficking operation busted

According to an indictment, the conspiracy began in August 2013 in Jefferson County and expanded into Burke, Emanuel, Johnson Washington, Henry and DeKalb counties.
By Sandy Hodson

Survivor of fire, sexual assault testifies

The woman who survived second- and third-degree burns testified that when her body was set on fire, parts of garage where the assault occurred also began to burn.
By Sandy Hodson

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.

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.24-31

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center Aug. 24.-31

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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Fellow cop likely shot DeKalb officer, GBI says

ATLANTA - Investigators say police officers who arrived at the wrong metro Atlanta home for a report of suspicious activity shot the man who lives there and "likely" shot one of their own, leaving ...
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