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Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

South Carolina sheriff to plead guilty in bribery case

Lexington County Sheriff Metts agrees to guilty plea in bribery case; deal calls for probation.
By Jeffrey Collins

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Georgia Avenue reopens after man barricades himself in car

Parts of Georgia Avenue and Center Street were closed for nearly 90 minutes after a man was threatening to harm himself near the 13th Street Bridge in North Augusta.
By Doug Stutsman

Judge pushes legalization of tolling of misdemeanors

Richmond County State Court Chief Judge Richard Slaby pressed Augusta legislators Monday to support a bill that would legalize "tolling" of misdemeanor sentences, something the Georgia Supreme ...
By Susan McCord

Homeless man charged with break-ins

A homeless man has been charged with break-ins that occurred this year, including some at an Augusta church.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man jailed after missing child found

An Augusta man was jailed Sunday after a passer-by found a 3-year-old walking alone on Milledgeville Road.

Child removed from unsanitary home

A child was removed from a Hephzibah home and her parents charged after police found them living in unsanitary conditions.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Santa Claus decorations taken from Walker Street home

An Augusta woman suspects children stole Christmas decorations off her lawn.

SC teachers face child porn charges

MAULDIN, S.C. - Two members of the Greenville County School District have been charged with owning and distributing child pornography, according to authorities.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

8 vehicles vandalized at Ford dealership

At least eight vehicles were vandalized by juveniles Friday night at Bobby Jones Ford.
By Travis Highfield

Augusta man arrested in November shooting

An Augusta man accused of shooting another man in the head last month was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on Sunday, jail records show.
By Travis Highfield

Bait shop owner shot in 1996 wasn't robbed

Police theorized that illegal fishermen could have shot and killed a bait and tackle shop owner in 1996, but that's as far as the clues led them. Thomas H. Cochran, 64, was found May 10, 1996, ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Propane tanks stolen from Hephzibah business

More than $450 worth of propane was stolen from a Hephzibah gas station late last week.
By Travis Highfield

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Officials say body cameras not a 'cure-all'

Contrary to popular belief, experts say body-worn cameras won't be what prevents officer-involved deaths like those seen in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y.
By Travis Highfield

Armed robbery reported on Walker Street

Deputies say an Augusta man was robbed at gunpoint while walking on Walker Street late Friday.
By Travis Highfield

Bond set in double homicide

Bond was granted Friday to an Augusta man facing charges including murder in a shooting that left two people dead.

Experts weigh in on grand jury process

Lack of indictments in two recent high profile shootings involving police officers in Staten Island, N.Y. and Ferguson. Mo., has the public and legal commmunity wondering about the validity of the ...
By Sandy Hodson

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Men open fire on officers answering call; four hurt

DECATUR, Ga. - Two men accused of invading a home outside Atlanta opened fire on two police officers with an AK-47 assault rifle Friday morning, causing a gunbattle that left four people injured.
By Ray Henry

Man sentenced to 25 years in home invasion

A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Sam Samuel of armed robbery, burglary, criminal gang activity, a weapon violation and three counts of false imprisonment. Judge J. David Roper ...
By Sandy Hodson

Judge: Mom who drove kids into ocean was insane

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A South Carolina mother was insane when she drove her three children into the ocean and therefore not guilty of child abuse, a Florida judge determined Friday.
By Mike Schneider

Graniteville man, 24, dies in Bath shooting

The Aiken County Coroner's Office has confirmed that one person was shot and killed Friday on Railroad Street in Bath. 
By Doug Stutsman

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings Dec. 8-15

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center  Dec. 8-15

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