Woman kills would-be robber

A woman shot and killed a man who tried to rob her Wednesday when she showed up at a meeting to buy a car that had been advertised on Craigslist.

SLED denies request for 911 call in fatal shooting

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says it won't turn over the 911 call made prior to a fatal officer-involved shooting in Aiken, citing a pending investigation.
By Travis Highfield

Mom charged after kicking teen out of home

An Augusta mother is facing charges for kicking her 14-year-old daughter out of her home for laughing at her during an argument.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

McDuffie slaying suspect caught

The woman wanted in the slaying of her father in Dearing on Tuesday night has been apprehended.
By Donna Stillinger

Children find man hanged in park

Columbia County officials said the death of a 20-year-old man who was discovered Monday afternoon hanged in a tree at Evans Towne Center Park was a suicide.

Towing services offered to holiday drinkers

Tow to Go will offer a free vehicle tow and ride to their home or a safe destination within 10 miles anytime Wednesday through Saturday.

Arrest made in Warrenton shooting

A Warrenton man has been charged with aggravated assault after he reportedly shot a would-be robber at his house.
By Donna Stillinger

Pastor died of smoke inhalation

An autopsy has determined the cause of death for an 82-year-old pastor who died in an October fire at Lively Stone Apostolic Church.

Woman sought in McDuffie County killing

Police are asking for the public's help to locate a suspect in a shooting death in McDuffie County.

Suspects sought in television thefts

Three men stole five televisions Sunday from the Wal-Mart on Wrightsboro Road.
By Doug Stutsman

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Woman says police lights set off defibrillator

As the judge noted Thursday, Ida Mae Johnson wasn't the usual suspect who tried to outrun police.
By Sandy Hodson

Third defendant pleads guilty in child sex sting

Ian B. Selby, 25, is one of 21 people arrested in May in a joint city-state operation targeting adults solicting minors for sexual contact.
By Sandy Hodson

2 arrested in March double homicide

Authorities have arrested two people connected to a March double homicide in Warrenton.
By Travis Highfield

Man gets prison for child molestation

Billy D. Ellison, 37, entered his plea in Richmond County Superior Court.

Augusta couple plead guilty to arson, fraud

On Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court, Tashima K. Gantt, 42, and Mark Lewis, 49, pleaded guilty to first-degree arson and insurance fraud.
By Sandy Hodson

Aiken fugitive back in custody

A man sought by Aiken authorities after he removed his electronic monitoring device has been captured.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Augusta home ransacked, jewelry stolen

About 3 p.m., deputies responded to the 3300 block in Tanglewood Drive, where more than $1,000 of jewelry had been taken from the residence, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office ...
By Doug Stutsman

Retrial on hold after double jeopardy argument

Confusion about a mistrial on one charge in the trial of a man charged with murder was recounted in court as the man appealed, claiming a retrial would be double jeopardy.
By Sandy Hodson

Bond conditions loosen in Medicaid fraud case

The 16-count indictment accuses Carl "Tony" Wardlaw and seven others - including his wife and two sisters-in-law - of conspiracy and Medicaid fraud.
By Sandy Hodson

Trenton man accused of stealing from Aiken home

John Lennon Sharpe, 32, has been charged with grand larceny, according to a statement from Aiken County Detective Jeremy Hembree.
By Doug Stutsman

Man convicted of misdemeanor vehicular homicide in death of Augusta woman

The jury convicted Logan Carothers of the lesser offense of homicide by vehicle in the second degree.
By Sandy Hodson

Ex-McDuffie County official in custody

Former McDuffie County EMS Director Tim Edwards is in custody after a hearing Wednesday in federal court.
By Donna Stillinger

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Augusta man arrested in attack on pregnant wife

Shawdell Brewer, 33, is accused of attacking his wife in front of their 3- and 13-year-old sons
By Doug Stutsman

Vehicle homicide trial continues for second man accused in fatal crash

Logan Carothers, 27, has pleaded not guilty to the felony charge. His trial continues Wednesday.
By Sandy Hodson

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

First of 16 defendants in drug trafficking case pleads guilty

Charvis Lawrence, 32, pleaded guilty to a single charge of use of a communication facility in the commission of a crime - arranging a drug deal by phone.
By Sandy Hodson

Man pleads guilty in tax fraud scheme

An Augusta man pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft in a tax fraud case.

Convicted killer wins relief in prison term

One hundred years will be shaved off an Augusta man's prison term, but he won't be leaving jail anytime soon, if ever.

SC toddler finds gun, kills self

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Police in South Carolina say a toddler got ahold of a gun and fatally shot himself.

North Augusta woman charged in break-in

AIKEN - A North Augusta woman has been arrested after authorities say she entered someone's home, broke a bottle of hot sauce and ate a doughnut.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

Columbia County teacher accused of sexual assault on student

A Columbia County high school teacher is facing sexual assault charges after confessing to having a sexual relationship with one of his students, officials say.
By Steve Crawford

Search: Georgia sex offender map

Search the map for sex offenders registered in Burke, Columbia, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Warren and Washington counties.

Richmond County registered sex offenders

See photos and information for registered sex offenders living in Richmond County.  Updated Jul. 17, 2015.

Slideshow: Latest Columbia County bookings

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center Nov. 16-23
Kelly Gissendaner

Witnesses, visitors recount Gissendaner's final moments

Kelly Gis­sen­daner sobbed, then apologized and described her husband, Doug Gissandaner, as “an amazing man.” And then she sang Amazing Grace until she died at 12:21 a.m., according to witnesses.

Weekly crime map, database

Violent crimes during the week included 82 assaults, four of which were classified as aggravated assaults. The most assaults in a single day, 17, occurred on Nov. 11. There were also four robberies, and one car jacking.

3 arrested in July armed robbery

North Augusta Public Safety officers have arrested three people who they say robbed a Taco Bell last month.
By Travis Highfield
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