Convicted felon gets 6 years in prison for firearm

A convicted felon caught trying to sell an assault weapon after shooting a hole in a window at Goodwill Indus­tries was sentenced Thursday to serve six years in prison.
By Sandy Hodson

Car, guns stolen from Aiken town's police department

A police car, weapons and other property were stolen during a break-in at a small Aiken County police department.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

3 arrested after carjacking

Three men have been charged with a carjacking early Wednesday morning on McNutt Road.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Cops 'going to have to kill me,' priest slaying suspect told dad

The father of Steven James Murray, who is accused of killing a Florida priest, told police his son called him during a high-speed chase to say police would have to kill him because he wasn't going to prison.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Kindness of slain Fla. priest recalled

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A Florida priest found slain in Burke County earlier this month was remembered Tuesday for his kindness.

Sheriff's office releases Appling shooting tapes

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has released three 911 calls that followed last week's shootings in Appling that claimed five victims before suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes turned the gun on himself.
By Travis Highfield

State attorney general plugs campaign to "unmask" child sex abusers

"It's the buyer that creates the demand," Sam Olens said.
By Susan McCord

Augusta man sentenced in shooting

An Augusta man accused of shooting another man in the stomach at the request of a friend pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated assault and a weapon violation.

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Richmond County indictments and marriage licenses

Bond granted in burglary of Goodwill Industries

Bond was granted Friday for a man suspected of twice breaking into Goodwill Industries last fall.

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Man attacks people, pets at park, police say

A 26-year-old man is facing charges after he reportedly struck dogs and people while visiting Pendleton King Dog Park during the weekend.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Man wanted in scam at convenience store

A suspect is wanted for theft by deception after obtaining nearly $2,000 from an Augusta convenience store, police say.
By Doug Stutsman

Martinez man arrested on child sex charges

A Martinez man was arrested Monday on child sex charges, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Bruce Beggs.
By Doug Stutsman

Trinity emergency room locked down after reports of shooting

Deputies were called to 2516 Wrightsboro Road around noon regarding a shooting, which resulted in Trinity Hospital's emergency room going on lockdown.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Arrest after Clearwater bank holdup

A man has been taken into custody shortly after police said he robbed a Clearwater bank.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Augusta woman's death under investigation

Officials are investigating the death of a 22-year-old Augusta woman that occurred after she was involved in "a couple of fights last week."
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Suspect in Fla. priest case linked to Aiken County burglary

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will be assisting in a three-state investigation into the disappearance and apparent death of a Florida priest.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Monday, April 18, 2016

Body found believed to be missing priest

The body of a missing 71-year-old Florida priest was believed to be found Monday in Burke County, according to Sheriff Greg Coursey.
By Doug Stutsman

Hephzibah church ransacked, burglarized

About 3 p.m., deputies responded to New Exodus Missionary Baptist Church, located in the 3600 block of Morgan Road, and found a broken sliding-glass window.
By Doug Stutsman

Police re-arrest man who escaped through police car window

An Augusta man tried to escape custody Monday when he climbed out of a window of a police cruiser while handcuffed.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Officials asking for public assistance in shooting case

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is seeking public assistance in locating a suspect wanted for aggravated assault.
By Doug Stutsman

Driver killed in a head-on crash

Charges are pending against the driver of an SUV that hit the front of a pickup Sunday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Jackson couple's killer still sought by police

Louis "Baker" Cochran, 74, and his wife Sandra, 70, were found dead at their Green Pond Road home by one of his co-workers Dec. 8 after he didn't come to work.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

4 arrested in break-ins, gun thefts

Columbia County sheriff's deputies arrested an adult and three juveniles Saturday after two break-ins on Pheasant Creek Drive and Pin Court.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Past offer capped officer's plea deal

Facing criticism that he failed to deliver justice for the family of a man fatally shot by a North Augusta police officer in 2014, the solicitor says he was bound by an earlier plea offer.
By James Folker

3rd suspect arrested in Augusta slaying

Marquise DeQuan Overton was charged Friday in the death of James Pixley, who was shot Wednesday in the Bellmeade neighborhood.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Man facing domestic violence charge granted bond

Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. set a $10,000 bond for Ronald Squires, 44, in Richmond County Superior Court where Squires faces a charge of felony battery.

Man to serve life in prison for child molestation

An Augusta man accused of molesting two sisters was convicted of child molestation charges Thursday and sentenced to life in prison.

Homicides climbing at heavy pace

An analysis of homicides recorded by The Augusta Chronicle since 2010 shows that generally the 11th homicide does not occur until between June and August. This year, it came nearly two months earlier.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Bond set for murder defendant in AK-47 shooting death

A retired judge set a $70,000 bond Friday for a convicted felon accused of shooting another man to death with an AK-47 rifle.
By Sandy Hodson

Slideshow: Latest Columbia County bookings

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center April 18-25.

Weekly crime map, database

Browse the weekly map of crimes as reported to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office or search the database of all crime reports. You can search by date range, or by entering all or any part of an emergency response area, address or type of crime.

Person robbed on Deans Bridge Road

About 10 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to 4706 Deans Bridge Road, where a person had been robbed at gunpoint, according to Richmond County dispatch.
By Doug Stutsman
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