Testimony begins in doctor’s murder

Police had only considered Glenn V. Riggs II as a suspect in the disappearance of a South Carolina surgeon before a Facebook confession to his "best friend" resulted in a murder charge.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Democrat political signs stolen

Someone stole $120 worth of political signs from the front of the Democratic Party of Georgia office in the 1000 block of Claussen Road.

7 drug arrests made after Aiken home searched

Seven people were arrested on narcotics charges after police issued a search warrant at a dilapidated Aiken County residence Friday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Probation sentence in indecency case

A man with a history of public indecency charges will receive probation for his latest arrest.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man’s plea for probation in sex sting case fails

A man arrested in a 2015 sex sting will spend years in prison, despite asking the judge to probate his case.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man uses hatchet in sub shop burglary

Police said a man used a hatchet to break into a south Augusta restaurant early Wednesday and steal cash.

Widow wins motion for an expedited discovery

The widow of a sheriff's officer suing Augusta to get the survivor's pension she believes she is owed won a motion for expedited discovery Wednesday.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday shooting under investigation

Police are investigating a shooting outside of the south Augusta Applebee's restaurant early Tuesday.

Augusta man guilty in Barnwell doctor's murder

Glenn V. Riggs II was found guilty on all three counts in the 2013 death of a Barnwell surgeon
By Bianca Cain Johnson

UGA student posed as fictional lawman when requesting police ‘backup’

A University of Georgia student was arrested for impersonating a police officer early Saturday after he called 911 to say he was a lawman in need of assistance on a murder case, Athens-Clarke County police said.
By Joe Johnson

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Bond denied for Evans slaying suspect

In a Columbia County Superior Court bond hearing for Lenell White, the prosecutor told the judge that White stabbed Lavon Crawford, 60, on Sept. 21 on Washington Road because the Evans man gave ...
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Aiken County law enforcement hold media luncheon

Law enforcement and media members joined for two hours Thursday to address ways to improve communication.
By Doug Stutsman

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Six chickens killed at Augusta home, suspects sought

An investigation is ongoing after six chickens were found dead Monday at an Augusta residence.
By Doug Stutsman

Theft suspects sought in Aiken

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is requesting assistance in locating theft suspects.
By Doug Stutsman

Competency of man facing murder charges may affect trial

Ryan Jones, 29, has been held in jail without bond since his arrest in the deaths of Roosevelt and Edna Jones and his brother Russell Jones.
By Sandy Hodson

Former AU vice provost arrested on theft charges

A former vice provost at Augusta University was arrested today on a grand jury arrest warrant that accuses him of theft.
By Sandy Hodson

Aiken sheriff's deputy fired after arrest

An Aiken County sheriff's deputy has been fired following an arrest Tuesday evening while off duty.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Teenage mom, infant daughter missing

Aiken County sheriff's investigators are seeking a teenage mother and her infant daughter who have been reported missing from the Murphy Village area.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Civil rights lawsuit against Columbia County, sheriff moved to federal court

According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Florrie Johnson contends she was wrongfully arrested and jailed for three days in September 2014.
By Sandy Hodson

Woman sentenced to prison for role in defrauding elderly Evans couple

Vania Allen was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Augusta last week.
By Sandy Hodson

No crime in hot-car death, lawyer says

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Georgia man charged with killing his toddler son wept in court Tuesday as his attorney told a jury the child's death two years ago inside a hot SUV is certainly the father's ...
By Russ Bynum

Burke County Sheriff's Office seeking third suspect in shooting

Police identified the suspect as Randall Lee Dixon, 21.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Arrest in Greenbrier bomb threat

A Greenbrier High School student is facing charges of terroristic acts and threats, accused of making a bomb threat last week.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

Augusta inmates get access to drug, alcohol programs

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has partnered with local volunteers to offer Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous programs at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Columbia County inmate charged in jail flood

A Columbia County inmate is facing an additional charge after flooding his cell on Sunday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

2 Grovetown High students charged after vodka spotted

According to an incident report, one of the students brought a cup containing whipped cream-flavored vodka on the school bus and began offering other students sips.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Columbia County woman pleads to vehicular injury charge

Sommer L. Collins, 21, pleaded in Columbia County Superior Court to serious injury by vehicle.

Augusta man to serve 20 years for sexual assault on disabled relative

Ronald Harris pleaded in Richmond County Superior Court to incest and exploitation of a disabled adult.
By Sandy Hodson

Jury seated in hot car death

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A jury evenly split between men and women was selected Monday to decide the trial of a Georgia man charged with murder after his toddler son died two years ago while left in the ...
By Russ Bynum

Augusta-area lawyer disbarred by Georgia justices

The Georgia Supreme Court found that Christopher Nicholson's dishonesty in the practice of law and the injury to another a sufficient basis for disbarment.
By Sandy Hodson

Slideshow: Latest Columbia County bookings

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center Oct. 3-10

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