Suspect wanted for using stolen debit card

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in identifying a subject wanted for using a stolen debit card.
By Doug Stutsman

Bringing wrong items to airport can lead to serious problems

Transportation Security Administration employees Monday morning at Augusta Regional Airport showed what passengers are attempting to bring onto planes and what they don't want to see.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man gets 60 years for robbing, raping woman

An Edgefield County man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison without possibility of parole for raping and robbing an 83-year-old woman in February 2015.

Augusta mother jailed after kids found alone at CVS

An Augusta mother remains in jail after being charged Sunday with four counts of deprivation to a minor.
By Doug Stutsman

Suspects sought for shoplifting at Grovetown Wal-Mart

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is requesting public assistance in identifying shoplifting subjects.
By Doug Stutsman

Police called over unruly patient at hospital

Deputies responded to Augusta's Trinity Hospital on Saturday after a patient was accused of damaging property.
By Doug Stutsman

Aiken officer named in lawsuit resigns

An Aiken Department of Public Safety officer named in a federal lawsuit alleging civil rights violations during a 2014 traffic stop has resigned, Chief Charles Barranco confirmed.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Moms charged with leaving kids at motel

Two mothers were charged after leaving their young children alone at a motel while they went to X-Mart to flirt.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Police seek man who fired shots at car

Police are seeking a man who they say fired multiple shots at his girlfriend's vehicle on Wednesday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Drug suspect's bond revoked after arrest

An Augusta man in jail for the past week after being accused of going after his estranged girlfriend with a stolen gun will remain in jail.
By Sandy Hodson

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Suspect in assault on officer will remain in jail

Vernon L. Cratic, 28, was back before Judge J. David Roper, who is assigned to preside over Cratic' pending 2015 second-degree burglary case in Richmond County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Burglar shoots at Cobb policemen

MARIETTA, Ga. - A gunman inside a gun shop near Atlanta began shooting at police officers, who returned fire after responding to reports of a break-in at the business shortly before dawn today, ...
By Jeff Martin

Monday, July 18, 2016

Teen charged with entering vehicles

Columbia County sheriff's deputies responded early Thursday to four residences on Keesaw Glen, in a neighborhood off High Meadows Drive, after residents discovered someone had rummaged through ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man arrested after exposing himself

According to an incident report, a deputy found the man lying on a mattress on the ground in an open field near a burned residence. His boxer briefs were pulled down.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Ex-prison guards face court together

Three former guards at the Augusta State Medical Prison will stand trial together Aug. 29 over the alleged beating of a handcuffed inmate.
By Sandy Hodson

Judge rejects plea deal in animal abuse case

Judge James G. Blanchard Jr., who presides over an informal version of veterans court in the Augusta Judicial Circuit, had been asked to accept Lawrence Allen, 28, into the program.
By Sandy Hodson

2 SC women charged in bullets thefts

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Two women have been arrested after sheriff's deputies in South Carolina say the women stole ammunition from a sporting goods store in Spartanburg.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Murder Mystery: Ronald Irvin's 2011 death remains unsolved

It's been more than four years, but the 2011 slaying of Ronald Irvin remains a mystery to Richmond County law enforcement. Irvin, of Naples Drive, was shot and killed during a home invasion on ...
By Doug Stutsman

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Woman reports thefts worth $4,350

An Augusta woman told deputies someone got inside her Damascus Road apartment Friday and took electronic items and jewelry valued at $4,350.

Series of vehicle break-ins reported

A series of vehicle break-ins and thefts -- some in which a hole was found drilled below the door lock -- were reported Friday night in west Augusta.
By Bill Kirby

Lincolnton man, 41, fatally shot

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office are investigating the Friday night slaying of a Lincolnton man.

New Aiken police officers become part of 'family'

In an intimate ceremony Friday, Aiken Public Safety Capt. Brian Brazier let his six new officers know that they had become a part of something special.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Friday, July 15, 2016

Augusta historic site falls into ruin

Inspectors found Wesley Sims of Alabama had started tearing down the Goodale House on Sand Bar Ferry Road without obtaining the proper permits, said Shawn Rhodes, senior unified code enforcement ...
By Sandy Hodson

Grand jury finds Richmond County deputy justified in 2015 fatal shooting

Deputy Brian Mealing and others responded to a 911 call for assistance from Taylor Wicks' family, who reported he was suicidal and had a weapon, according to the presentment.
By Sandy Hodson

Bond denied for 17-year-old accused in slaying

Tra'quan Clay, 17, must await possible indictment and trial in jail, Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. decided after finding Clay could pose a danger to the community.
By Sandy Hodson

Williston man dead in shooting

A 35 year old Williston man was pronounced dead Thursday night at the scene of a shooting incident at 519 Morgan St in Aiken

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Woman acquitted on main charge in shooting

Matina M. Adolphe, 26, made a tearful apology after the Richmond County Su­per­ior Court verdict was returned.
By Sandy Hodson

Teen charged in fatal brawl denied bond

D'Aciea Byrd, 16, is one of 12 people indicted in June on murder charges in the death of 18-year-old Demajhay De­shawn Bell during a March brawl.
By Sandy Hodson

Man wanted on burglary charges

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is requesting public assistance in locating an Augusta man wanted in connection to several burglaries.
By Doug Stutsman

5 teens, expectant mom charged in attack

Five teens and an expectant mother are facing charges after they attacked a new mother outside a pediatric office last month, police said.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

UPDATED: Sex Offender Search

Search for sex offenders living within 0.5 - 5 miles from addresses in Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond counties. (updated 5/12/16)

Slideshow: Latest Columbia County bookings

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center July 18-25.

Crime map, database

Browse the weekly map of crimes as reported to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office or search the database of all crime reports. You can search by date range, or by entering all or any part of an emergency response area, address or type of crime.

Person robbed on Deans Bridge Road

About 10 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to 4706 Deans Bridge Road, where a person had been robbed at gunpoint, according to Richmond County dispatch.
By Doug Stutsman
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