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Local murder conviction reversed

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted of murder in Richmond County should get a new trial because prosecutors failed to disclose their key witness had worked out a deal that could have reduced his sentence.

11/23/09 - 1:11pm

Someone sets man's car on fire

An Augusta man told police on Sunday that someone had set fire to his car while it was parked next to his garage. The incident occurred at the 3600 block of Audubon Place. The homeowner said that at about 6 a.m. Sunday he heard several loud noises outside and looked out to find an unknown person ha...

11/23/09 - 12:18pm

Man caught on video tampering with soda machine

A man was caught on video surveillance breaking into a soda machine at an Augusta heating and air business over the weekend. The man, described as white and wearing a baseball hat, dark zip-up jacket and jeans, was seen forcing open a door and entering a secured office area of Plunkett Heating and ...

11/23/09 - 12:14pm

Large candy cane used in attempted burglary

Police say they believe a large plastic candy cane was used in an attempted burglary of an Augusta Kawasaki/Suzuki dealership on Sunday. At about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, an officer found a front window broken out at the 2531 Peach Orchard Road location. Nothing appeared to be missing, but authorities did...

11/23/09 - 12:11pm

Man attempts to pass off counterfeit bill

A man attempted to use a $100 counterfeit bill at an Augusta business Sunday night. According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the man entered the Sprint Food Store on Gordon Highway at about 9 p.m. Sunday and tried to purchase some items with the fake money. When a worke...

11/23/09 - 12:08pm

Police seek suspect in Sunday robbery

Police are looking for a man who they say robbed a GNC store in Augusta Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. at the GNC on Bobby Jones Expressway when a man entered the store and told a worker to open the register, noting that he had a sick child, a Richmond County Sheriff...

11/23/09 - 12:05pm

Pastor and family lose home to fire

A well-known pastor and his family lost much of what they own when fire gutted their brick home beside Fort Creek Baptist Church in McDuffie County on Sunday night.

11/23/09 - 11:48am

Mangrum runner-up medal sells for $9,775

The 1940 Masters Tournament runner-up medal given to Lloyd Mangrum has been sold at auction for $9,775. Kenley Matheny of thegolfauction.com said that price included a 15 percent buyer's premium. Only one bid came in for the silver medal, and it matched the reserve price of $8,500. The auction...

11/23/09 - 11:27am

Mower ruled no motor vehicle

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a riding lawn mower does not fit the definition of a motor vehicle. The court, by a 4-3 vote, overturned the conviction of Franklin Lloyd Harris, who was convicted of stealing a riding mower from a Home Depot in Dalton in 2006. Harris was als...

11/23/09 - 10:54am

Toddler kills himself with gun

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A Hall County man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after his 21-month-old son found a loaded handgun in the home and accidentally shot himself to death. Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland says the father, 33-year-old Raley A. Lane, was in the same room when the...

11/23/09 - 10:54am
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