Emphasis on traffic enforcement could influence driver behavior

Has Sheriff Richard Roundtree's emphasis on traffic enforcement influenced driver behavior? Some officials say it might have, but it's probably too early to see a lasting impact.
By Travis Highfield

Eye doctor agrees to pay additional civil payment

Jeffrey Sponseller who operated Sponseller Eye Care One will pay $275,000 to settled a civil action filed over his violation of the False Claims Act.
By Sandy Hodson

Richmond County elementary schools lead in weapons cases

There were more weapons-related incidents in Richmond County elementary schools during the 2014-15 school year than at middle or high schools, with the weapons ranging from blunt objects to handguns.
By Sean Gruber

Owner of gun in Hornsby Elementary shooting charged

Kingsley Smith was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and has since been released, Richmond County School Safety and Security Chief Alfonzo Williams said.
By Travis Highfield

Charges reduced in vehicular homicide

On Thursday in Burke County Superior Court, Brandon D. Nunnally, 25, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of homicide by vehicle and weaving over the roadway.

Police investigate miscarriage after assault arrest

Police are investigating a woman's miscarriage that occurred shortly after she reported an assault by the unborn child's father, authorities said.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Bond granted in gang rape case

Jahmal Hamm, 18, Curtis D. Jordan, 19, Devonta L. Kitchens, 17, and Maxene Saintal Jr., 16, each faces charges of two counts rape, two counts aggravated sodomy, and armed robbery.
By Sandy Hodson

Victim robbed at Augusta hotel

A Jackson man was robbed of $10 Thursday while buying a drink from a vending machine at an Augusta hotel.
By Doug Stutsman

Burke slaying suspect arrested

A 22-year-old is facing a murder charge in connection to a badly decomposed body discovered in Burke County last week.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Columbia County sheriff seeks pawn law change

Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle said Thursday he will ask county commissioners to rescind and revise an ordinance meant to stem sales of stolen goods, which has been criticized as too broad.
By Steve Crawford

Domino's employee sought after thefts

A Domino's pizza employee is accused of taking $600 from the business between July 30 and Thursday, police say.
By Doug Stutsman

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Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

Columbia County might revise pawn law

Columbia County might revise its new ordinance regulating pawn shops and other buyers of used merchandise, after a local lawyer questioned its constitutionality.
By Steve Crawford

Pupil shot at W.S. Hornsby

A third grade female pupil at Hornsby Elementary School was accidentally shot Tuesday morning by another third-grader handling a gun in a classroom.
By Bianca Cain Johnson and Sean Gruber

SC mayor indicted on wiretap charges

LYMAN, S.C. - The mayor of the town of Lyman has been suspended following his indictment on charges of wiretapping and misconduct in office.

Thomson officer fired over arrest

A veteran Thomson police officer was fired earlier this month for violating department procedures for transporting a prisoner and for his conduct during the investigation.
By Donna Stillinger

Monday, Aug 24, 2015

Man accused of starving dogs out on bond

A Burke County man who faces cruelty to animal charges in the starvation deaths of several dogs has been released on bond for the second time.
By Sandy Hodson

Judge tosses probation suit

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Philip Keen Jr., sought to overturn the state statute which outsourced probation services for misdemeanor offenses and municipal code violations.
By Sandy Hodson

Backhoe pushed car through intersection

An Evans man is facing charges after he pushed a woman's vehicle through of an intersection when she failed to move soon enough for the green light, police said.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Conviction in Ga. ramming death

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - An Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole plus an additional 40 years following his conviction on murder charges in the death of a woman rammed by a ...

Sunday, Aug 23, 2015

Suspect sought in Aiken County robbery

A suspect is sought after a carjacking and robbery Sunday afternoon in Aiken County.
By Doug Stutsman

Johnston man dies after hit-and-run

A Johnston man died Saturday evening after a hit-and-run in Edgefield County.
By Doug Stutsman

Killer of two women in 2010 case never found

A passerby alerted police after finding the bodies of Nancy Cushman, 19, of Beech Island, and Angela Brooks, 17, of Warrenville, in an empty lot near the railroad track at Twiggs Street and Laney ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015

Child exploitation task forces busy

Law enforcement agencies in Georgia and South Carolina have been busy with child exploitation crimes in recent months, but the rise in incidents doesn't necessarily mean there's more crime.
By Travis Highfield

Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Courthouse security officer admired, respected

Security officer Otis McCraw, who died this week, was able to shine a positive light around him, courthouse associates said.
By Sandy Hodson

Paine College gets new police chief

Leroy Morgan Jr., was introduced to the campus as its new police chief during the opening conference for faculty and staff help on Aug. 3. He takes over for Joseph Nelson who recently left to ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Guilty verdict in brutal assault

It took a Richmond County jury only minutes this afternoon to convict Ronnie Lee Jones of aggravated battery and rape in a brutal assault on a woman Aug. 22, 2014.
By Sandy Hodson

Ex-jailer charged in wife's death absent at hearing

Matthew Jor­dan Blakley, a former Aiken County jailer arrested in June and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife, did not appear in an Aiken County courtroom Friday ...
By Mike Rosier

Sego Middle School locked down after report of gun on campus

A prank call by a Sego Middle School student about a gun on campus led police to lockdown the school earlier today.

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

Man with gun robs Augusta gas station

A man wearing a black and green ski-mask robbed an Augusta gas station late Wednesday night, fleeing with an unkown amount of cash.
By Sean Gruber

Lawyer withdraws from federal practice

An Augusta attorney who admitted he cheated his former law firm partners voluntarily withdrew his name from the roll of attorneys permitted to practice in the federal courts of the Southern ...
By Sandy Hodson

Nurse who treated burned woman testifies

The emergency room nurse who attended to a woman Ronnie Jones is accused of setting on fire and raping nearly broke into tears Thursday as she testified about the condition the woman was in when ...
By Sandy Hodson

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: Columbia County bookings Aug. 17-24

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center Aug. 17-24.

Weekly crime map, database

A total of 260 crimes tracked by The Augusta Chronicle were reported to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office from Aug. 19 to Aug. 25. Violent crimes during the week included 84 assaults, three of which were classified as aggravated assaults. The most assaults in a single day, 16, occurred on Aug. 22 and again on Aug. 25

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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