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Contract killer sentenced to death

ATLANTA – A Fulton County jury has sentenced a man to death for carrying out a contract killing by strangling a young mother with a vacuum cleaner cord. The defendant, 52-year-old Cleveland Clark, was convicted last Friday for the murder of Sparkle Rai nine years ago for $10,000. The same jury...

07/03/09 - 7:11am

Some scale back celebrations

Josephine Dunbar of Augusta is celebrating the Fourth of July on a budget this year. On Thursday she spent $6 on firecrackers and sparklers at Wacky Wayne’s Fireworks on U.S. Highway 1 in North Augusta. In years past, her family members each bought large amounts of fireworks, but they’re...

07/02/09 - 11:47pm

No charges against Wadley officer in shooting

The Jefferson County District Attorney will not file charges against a Wadley police officer who shot a man two months ago. District Attorney Hayward Altman announced the decision in a press release earlier this week. Cpl. Patrick Paquette, a part-time officer for the police department and a full...

07/02/09 - 11:01pm

Augusta manages just one run

Scoring opportunities came and went tonight at Lake Olmstead Stadium. With the exception of a fourth-inning RBI single from Ehire Adrianza, the Augusta GreenJackets failed to take advantage in another 2-1 loss to the Lexington Legends. For the second night in a row, the GreenJackets managed only on...

07/02/09 - 10:32pm

Diaz puts Atlanta up for good

ATLANTA – Matt Diaz drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning double and the Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia 5-2 tonight to complete their first home sweep of the Phillies in four years. Diaz had his second consecutive three-hit game to lift the Braves to their fourth consecutive win an...

07/02/09 - 10:28pm

Two arrested in Wrens trying to cash counterfeit checks

Wrens police arrested two men today after they attempted to cash what authorities say are counterfeit checks at a Jet Store . Maros T. Johnson III, 30, from Atlanta has been charged by the Wrens Police Department with one count of forgery in the first degree, a felony. The identity of the seco...

07/02/09 - 9:19pm

SLED chief warns against using agency for political probes

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's law enforcement chief expressed frustration today over "mischaracterizations" of the controversy surrounding Gov. Mark Sanford and warned against using his agency to probe allegations against politicians.

07/02/09 - 7:03pm

Veterans unsure of compensation

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — An attorney for veterans potentially exposed to HIV and other infections by endoscopies at three Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, including Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, said his clients are waiting to hear if they will be compensated for mistakes that led to congressional hearings and new VA spending on patient safety.

07/02/09 - 6:04pm

Richmond school offices closed until July 13

The Richmond County School System’s central office will be closed from Friday until July 13, according to Louis Svehla, the system’s public information director. The action was taken to honor the July Fourth holiday, as well as a cost-savings move. The offices will reopen 8 a.m. July 13....

07/02/09 - 5:17pm

Corps to waive day use fees in August

The Army Corps of Engineers will waive all day use fees from Aug. 1-9 at its more than 2,400 Corps-operated recreation sites nationwide, including Thurmond Lake and other Savannah River Basin reservoirs. The waiver applies to day use fees collected at boat launches and swimming beach facilities. Fe...

07/02/09 - 5:11pm
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