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Rome funeral home offers free burials for drunken drivers

ROME, Ga. — Planning to drink and drive this New Year's? A north Georgia funeral home has a deal for you. Between now and noon Thursday, drivers can visit McGuire, Jennings and Miller Funeral Home in Rome to sign a contract stating they plan to drink or take drugs and then drive on New Yea...

12/29/09 - 4:39pm

Columbia County issues tax reminder

Columbia County landowners wishing to claim their property tax payments on their 2009 federal tax returns might need to pay their bills by Thursday. Though the deadline for making property tax payments for 2009 is Jan. 15, Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen said payments made after Dec. 31 ...

12/29/09 - 4:14pm

Savannah lawyer admits obstructing federal investigation

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah attorney Benjamin Eichholz today pleaded guilty to obstructing a federal investigation into embezzling money from employee retirement pension plans held by his law firm. In return, as part of a negotiated plea with federal prosecutors, the remaining 76 counts in the indictm...

12/29/09 - 3:08pm

DOE extends Wackenhut contract

The U.S. Energy Department and Wackenhut Services Inc. signed final contracts today authorizing the private security firm to extend its Savannah River Site duties into 2010 and beyond. The company, with about 870 local employees, has provided security and paramilitary services at SRS since 1983 and...

12/29/09 - 2:39pm

Smith sworn in as District 122 state rep

Augusta's newest state representative won seat earlier this month when he was the only person to pay qualifying fee.

12/29/09 - 4:48pm

Woman dies hours after early morning wreck

A 49-year-old Blythe woman died this morning after she was involved in a two-vehicle wreck while crossing Gordon Highway on Barton Chapel Road. The wreck was reported at 7:42 a.m., and the victim - identified as Martha Conn of the 100 block of Gin House Road - was pronounced dead at 9:54 a.m., acco...

12/29/09 - 4:38pm

False crime report covered up drug transaction, police say

An Augusta man has been arrested after he lied to police in order to recover the money that he lost during a drug deal, police said. Rontavious Ellison, 19, of 912 Champion Pines Lane, was charged with false report of a crime, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report. Mr. Ellison told ...

12/29/09 - 2:28pm

Man robbed at mall food court

A thief stole a man’s wallet from his hands inside the Augusta Mall food court Saturday. The 20-year-old victim said he was counting his money when two men approached him and asked about the location of a motel, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report. One of the men then snatche...

12/29/09 - 2:43pm

Man exposed self on riverwalk, woman says

A 57-year-old Augusta woman said she chanced on a man exposing himself as she was walking along Riverwalk Augusta on Monday night. She said she was near Seventh Street on the riverwalk about 8:25 p.m. when the man, described as being white, slender and about 25 years old, began fondling himself, a ...

12/29/09 - 2:33pm

Three arrested in Aiken robbery

AIKEN – Authorities have arrested three people they believe robbed a group of friends Saturday night. Shawiday Pope, 21, Marion Pope, 25, and John Drayton, 20, all of Aiken, were charged with four counts each of kidnapping and four counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, Aiken Department...

12/29/09 - 2:37pm
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