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Body found, but police puzzled

BLUFFTON, S.C. — Authorities say they are trying to figure out what killed a man whose body was found in woods near a mobile home park. Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner told The Island Packet of Hilton Head that some things found around where 46-year-old Gustavo "Gus" Melendez were odd, but...

06/06/09 - 9:00pm

Coming Sunday: Our most accident-prone intersections

The data for 2008 is in, and Augusta Department of Traffic Engineering reveals our most accident-prone intersections in Richmond County. No. 1 is the intersection of 15th Street and Walton Way, according to the annual study. Others on the list and what traffic officials are doing to fix them will ...

06/06/09 - 3:41pm

Driver to start in rear at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. – Tony Stewart lost his pole position and will start from the back of the pack for the Pocono 500 after wrecking his car during practice at Pocono Raceway today. NASCAR's Sprint Cup points leader lost control of his No. 14 Chevrolet and spun off the tunnel turn at the end of...

06/06/09 - 2:53pm

Death row inmate caught in Augusta OK with old attorney

CONWAY, S.C. — A South Carolina death row inmate appealing his conviction because he says his lawyer at his trial was inadequate has told a judge he is fine with using the same attorney for a second death penalty trial later this year. Stephen Stanko -- who was captured in Augusta following a ...

06/06/09 - 2:41pm

Federal jury awards settlement to mental health center ex-director

A former director of an Augusta mental health center should be paid the remainder of his settlement, a jury in U.S. District Court ruled this afternoon. The jury deliberated less than three hours before finding that F. Campbell Peery was owed $202,000 from a settlement he received when he left Comm...

06/06/09 - 4:09pm

Mega Millions grand prize now $25 million

ATLANTA — There has been another rollover in the grand prize for the multistate Mega Millions lottery game — to $25 million. The rollover occurred because no player matched all the winning numbers from Friday night's $17 million drawing. The next Mega Millions drawing will be Tuesda...

06/06/09 - 11:56am

Kuznetsova beats Safina for French title

PARIS -- Svetlana Kuznetsova conquered her nerves and beat a shaky Dinara Safina to win the French Open. Showing uncharacteristic calm, Kuznetsova earned her second Grand Slam title Saturday by defeating Safina 6-4, 6-2 in an all-Russian matchup. Jitters have often betrayed Kuznetsova down the stre...

06/06/09 - 11:24am

Man sought in purse theft

Authorities are looking for a man who they say stole a woman’s purse then hit her with his car while trying to flee. The 45-year-old victim said she was in the checkout line at the Asian Choice Food Market on Shartom Drive Thursday night when she noticed the man beside her “eyed” her...

06/06/09 - 10:52am

Search continues for suspects in two Aiken armed robberies

Aiken public safety officers continue to look for suspects in two unrelated gas station armed robberies. In one case, a man is accused of robbing the Price Shell at the corner of Whiskey Road and Price Avenue about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release. The suspect was described as black,...

06/06/09 - 8:35am

I-20 lane is closed

A lane on I-20 westbound between Bobby Jones Expressway and Wheeler Road will remain closed today and won't reopen until 6 a.m. Sunday, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release....

06/06/09 - 8:13am

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Officers tell of trauma from taking life

Although every experience is different, officers who take a life often experience severe bouts of depression, alcoholism, marital problems, sleepless nights and feelings of being alone in the ...
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