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Man charged in wife's death


A 44-year-old Warren County man has been charged in the shooting death of his wife during a domestic dispute at the couple's Mesena home - in the presence of his 17-year-old daughter and 6-month-old grandchild.

Willie Hudson Jr., 44, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime Wednesday, after being released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital the day before, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Gary Nicholson.

Mr. Hudson was treated for a gunshot wound to his upper chest, inflicted by the same 12-gauge shotgun used to kill his wife, Janice Hudson, 43, on May 31, Agent Nicholson said. Mr. Hudson is being held in the McDuffie County jail.

Teen faces murder charge in shooting

A Washington County teenager has been charged in a fatal shooting, according to Washington County Sheriff Thomas Smith.

William Dayton III, 17, of Tennille, Ga., was charged with murder and surrendered to deputies on Tuesday, the sheriff said.

He is accused of shooting 18-year-old Julius Johnson, of Washington County, in the head at a home on Grady Mertz Road about 11 p.m. Monday Mr. Johnson was flown to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. He was pronounced dead Tuesday.

Man killed after train hits driver side of car

A man was killed Tuesday evening when his car was hit by a Norfolk Southern Train in Screven County, according to Georgia State Patrol Operator Chris Oglesby.

Philip Ray Allison Jr., 32, of Neville, Ga., was traveling south on Dover Road when he failed to yield to an oncoming train and was struck on the driver side of his Toyota Camry.

Board announces Golf Hall facilities closing

As expected, the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Authority Board of Directors announced Wednesday that the Botanical Gardens and Signature Putting Course will close on June 30 "due to a lack of operational funds."

The Reynolds Street facility was put in limbo last week when Gov. Sonny Perdue cut $633,685 from the Golf Hall of Fame before signing the state's $20.2 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

A news release said the operations of the Golf Hall of Fame will be moved to the home of Executive Director Dianne King, and that an induction ceremony will be held in January at the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites.

Pupil suspended for showing off handgun

A 14-year-old Richmond County middle school pupil was expelled for bringing a handgun to school, according to a disciplinary report released Tuesday.

The Spirit Creek Middle School eighth-grader brought the .22-caliber semiautomatic Jennings handgun to school to show classmates "like a toy," prompting Spirit Creek and Willis Foreman Elementary to be locked down, the report said.

The pupil was suspended for the remainder of the school year and expelled for all of next year, the report said. He will be sent to the alternative school for the year after he returns.

Authorities seek man who robbed bank, fled

Police were searching Wednesday for a man who robbed the North Augusta Regions Bank on West Avenue.

About 12:43 p.m., the robber entered the bank and put a mask over his face, took money, and fled, according to North Augusta Department of Public Safety Lt. Tim Pearson.

Anyone with information can call the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.

Armed, masked man takes woman's purse

A 60-year-old woman was the victim of a Columbia County home invasion Wednesday by a man armed with a knife and wearing a stocking over his face.

About 3 p.m. Wednesday, a man entered the home on Summer Place in Martinez and snatched the purse of the Augusta victim, who is a caretaker at the Martinez home, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. The assailant fled with another man in a waiting vehicle, possibly a dark Pontiac.

Anyone with information on the case can call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at (706) 541-2800.

Woman stabs uncle in volume dispute

Authorities say a 19-year-old Augusta woman stabbed her live-in uncle in the chest with a kitchen knife after they argued over the volume of her radio.

Terri Harvey, of 577 Mack Court, initially fled but returned and was charged with aggravated assault, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The victim was treated at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and was in stable condition.

Inmate charged with possession of crack

An inmate in the Aiken County Detention Center faces more charges after authorities discovered two bags of crack cocaine hidden in her living area, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Jessica D. Gregory, 24, who had been in custody on disorderly conduct and malicious injury to real property charges since May 27, was charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Aiken County storm causes power outage

The storm that knocked down trees in parts of Aiken County Tuesday night caused power outages for about 14 residents, said a representative from SCE&G.

The power outage happened in the area of Dixie Clay and Huber Clay roads near Langley Pond.

Aiken Tech job fair for part-timers today

A job fair recruiting part-time adjunct faculty for Aiken Technical College will be held at 5:30 p.m. today in the community room of the Health and Science Building 1200.

For more information, call (803) 593-9231, ext. 1356. Applicants must complete a state job application, which can be downloaded at in the ATC Jobs section.

- From staff reports