Billboards show appreciation for law enforcement

Two Augusta billboards will be part of a statewide campaign to thank law enforcement for their work. They started going up Wednesday in all corners of the state.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Hearing set for man accused of killing priest

Steven J. Murray, 28, will be able to enter his plea to charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime on Aug. 15 in Burke County Superior Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Man dies in stolen truck crash

A man was pronounced dead Wednesday following a single-vehicle crash in Wagener.
By Doug Stutsman

SC man found shot dead in ditch

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. - Jasper County authorities are investigating after a man was found dead in a ditch with a dozen bullet wounds near Hardeeville.

Sting leads to prostitution arrests

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office released little information and denied interviews "due to the sensitivity of the case," but said the emphasis was placed on prostitution at area hotels.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Pair enter not guilty pleas in robbery case

Robbie Lee Mauzon and Saul Edward Saylors each face two counts of conspiracy to commit the robbery of a commercial business, two counts of robbery of a commercial business, and two counts of the use and carry of a firearm during crimes of violence.
By Sandy Hodson

Augusta woman arrested after traffic stop

Police said Adrienne Lousie Hicks asked if she could help the deputy with something and he stated he was conducting a traffic stop.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Crews investigate chemical leak on Marvin Griffin Road

Hazmat crews and other emergency responders were called to the industrial area on Marvin Griffin Road after a chemical leak this morning.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Man shot dead on Teakwood Drive

A 22-year-old man died after being shot several times early today in south Augusta.

Augusta teen remains found in Kentucky

An investigation is ongoing after a teenager originally from Augusta was found dead in Kentucky.
By Doug Stutsman

Owner of former barbecue building fined, could be jailed

The owner of a building that once housed Edmund's Bar-b-cue restaurant on U.S. Highway 25 in Aiken County near Belvedere has been fined and could spend 30 days in jail if he does not "abate the property nuisance in 60 days," according to the county's Code Enforcement Office.
By James Folker

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Friday, July 22, 2016

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

Kissingbower theft suspect arrested

One of two men who robbed a Kissingbower Road store in June has been arrested.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

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

Body found in old house

Officials are investigating a badly decomposed body discovered by a pre-demolition crew at a Wilder Road home earlier Friday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Augusta woman arrested for shoplifting, obstruction of law enforcement

An Augusta woman was arrested Wednesday after attempting to steal clothes and toiletries from Wal-Mart.
By Doug Stutsman

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Not the time to hassle cops, Augusta judge tells defendant

A judge told an Augusta man Thursday that he picked the wrong time to resist arrest, despite his past wrongful conviction.
By Sandy Hodson

Riverwalk shooter hunt continues

Three weeks after a shooting that sent fireworks observers scurrying on Riverwalk Augusta, police said they are no closer to identifying the second unknown shooter.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Augusta free legal clinic by appointment

A free legal clinic will be held next month for older residents who would like to have a will, financial power of attorney or health care directive.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Board upholds Augusta firefighters' terminations

Augusta’s personnel board has upheld the terminations of two firefighters who admitted picking up items from a Columbia County wreck scene.
By Susan McCord

Georgia chief justice stepping down

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson will leave the court in early January.

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

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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