Citations up; fatalities down

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office should pass last year's speeding ticket total, but it's also on track to see fewer traffic fatalities.
By Travis Highfield

North Augustan accused of child exploitation

A North Augusta man is accused of disseminating child pornography after he was caught while using a file sharing service.
By Travis Highfield

Augusta woman wanted for assault

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for a woman wanted in connection with an aggravated assault.
By Doug Stutsman

Augustan sentenced for terrorist aid

An Augusta man intent on joining the terrorist Islamic State was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 15-year prison term for criminal attempt to provide assistance to a terrorist organization.
By Sandy Hodson

Coroner investigating 'suspicious death'

The Richmond County Coroner's Office is investigating a suspicious death on Berthoud Pass, officials said Tuesday.
By Travis Highfield

Suspicious package evacuates Television Park

Television Park was evacuated Tuesday after a suspicious package delivered to the building was found to contain a threat and an unknown substance.
By Travis Highfield

Aiken teen wanted in shooting incident

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is requesting community assistance in locating an Aiken County teenager.
By Doug Stutsman

Augusta park vandalized, suspects sought

An Augusta Parks & Recreation employee Monday morning discovered damage to the park on the 600 block of Fourth Street.
By Doug Stutsman

Push to test old rape kits creates GBI backlog

ATLANTA — Georgia law enforcement agencies have swamped the state crime lab with requests to provide DNA analysis on “rape kits,” the gear used to gather evidence in sexual assault cases.
By Lauren McDonald and Walter Jones

Arguments made in suit against private probation firm

Whether a pending federal lawsuit against a for-profit private probation company survives the first major legal hurdle is now up to a judge. Sitting in U.S. District Court in Augusta, Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. heard arguments Monday in the suit filed by Philip Keen against Judicial Alternatives of Georgia.
By Sandy Hodson

Man beaten by group wanting to use vehicle

An Augusta man was hospitalized Sunday after refusing to let four strangers borrow his vehicle.
By Doug Stutsman

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Friday, July 24, 2015

Repeat sex offender sentenced to prison

An Augusta man still on probation for a sex crime against a child was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for committing the new offenses of statutory rape and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Man accused of rape denied bond

Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of beating and raping an ex-girlfriend.

Sheriff's office body cam policy now in effect

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has finalized its body camera policy, which lays out when officers are required to record interactions with the public.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Children left alone escape fire; mother charged

An Augusta woman has been charged after her home caught fire while her three young children were home alone.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Slain caregiver's family files suit against woman

The children of an Au­gus­ta man fatally shot by an 86-year-old dementia patient have filed suit against the woman who lived with the patient.
By Sandy Hodson

Another probation company hit with civil rights suit

The sixth federal lawsuit against a for-profit company overseeing misdemeanor probationers was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Brunswick against Providence Commu­nity Corrections.
By Sandy Hodson

Woman gets life for fatal 2012 River Watch Parkway wreck

Monique Sullivan was sentenced to life in prison July 23 for the 2012 wreck on River Watch Parkway that killed a mother and severely injured two other motorists.
By Sandy Hodson

Police urge securing air-conditioning units from summer theft

As summer heat continues to hit Augusta, a recent spate of air conditioning thefts have been reported in Richmond County.
By Doug Stutsman

Car crashes into pond in Columbia County

Columbia County authorities said the driver of a car that plunged into a pond off of Hardy McManus Road early Thursday escaped without injury.

Family Dollar on Broad Street robbed

A black man armed with a handgun entered Family Dollar in the 1900 block of Broad Street and demanded money, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
By Doug Stutsman

Landlord removes door when tenant can't pay

A landlord removed the front door from his rental home Tuesday after the tenant couldn't pay the rent.
By Doug Stutsman

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Richmond County without a murder since June

More than 35 days have passed since Richmond County's last homicide, eclipsing the longest stretch thus far in 2015.
By Doug Stutsman

Church shooting suspect indicted on 33 counts

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The man accused of slaying nine black church members in Charleston last month has been indicted on dozens of federal charges, according to a federal law enforcement official.
By Meg Kinnard

Four dead, including gunman, in suburban Atlanta shooting

SUWANEE, Ga. — A gunman killed a woman and two children and wounded another man before killing himself inside a suburban Atlanta home early Wednesday, a sheriff said.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Infant left in parking lot

An infant was hospitalized Tuesday after being found alone in the parking lot of Cheddar's on Walton Way Extension.
By Doug Stutsman

Death of teen shaken as baby ruled homicide

September Nicole Watson lost her ability to talk, walk, crawl turn over or feed herself after her father, Jerry Lee Hood, violently shook her when she was just 5 weeks old. She lived the remainder ...
By Travis Highfield

Josey teacher accused of hitting girl with truck while driving intoxicated

A T. W. Josey High School teacher was arrested in Columbus, Ga., over the weekend on several charges including DUI and serious injury by vehicle.
By Travis Highfield

Court wants clarity before ruling on appeal in homicide

In a 2-1 opinion the appellate court remanded the case of Devin Washington, 21, back to Richmond County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Wal-Mart employee arrested after cash, merchandise found missing

A Wrightsboro Road Wal-Mart employee was arrested Sunday after management discovered nearly $2,000 in cash and merchandise missing.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Teen arrested after DNA tests confirm fatherhood

According to a police report, the girl admitted to her mother she had been having sex with Zavia Anderson, now 19, since the summer at both her house and an abandoned house. Anderson denied the ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

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 July 20-27

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center July 20-27.

Weekly crime map, database

Violent crimes during the week included 107 assaults, five of which were classified as aggravated assaults. The most assaults on a single day was 22 on July 12. Other violent crime included four robberies.

Suspects sought in Zales Jewelry theft

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for three suspects in reference to a theft by shoplifting that occurred at Zales Jewelry Store in the Augusta Mall.
By Doug Stutsman
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County official quits

Barry Smith, Columbia County's longtime director of Community and Leisure Services, resigned suddenly Monday without explanation, county officials said.
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