Trial of man charged in son's hot SUV death will be moved

MARIETTA, Ga. - The trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die will be moved, the judge said Monday, granting a defense request to hold it elsewhere because pretrial publicity has caused potential jurors to form strong opinions about the case.
By Kate Brumback

Augusta woman died in Richmond County jail of infection

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen reported Debra Leverette, 50, died of peritonitis.
By Sandy Hodson

Second man suspected in club shooting

A second man has been charged in connection with a shooting at a downtown club last month. Niatavius Diquyll Green, 23, was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on two counts of aggravated assault and a count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Private probation firms collect millions

The number of people on probation sentences in Georgia helped generate $10 million for private probation companies in a single quarter, with the one handling cases in Richmond County leading the way.
By Sandy Hodson

Crash kills Augusta man

An Augusta area man died Monday evening after being partly ejected during a rollover crash on Old Waynesboro Road.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Richmond County inmate found dead

An investigation is ongoing after a Richmond County inmate was found dead early Sunday.
By Doug Stutsman

Chrome wheels stolen from Augusta yard, police say

A suspect is sought after nearly $3,000 worth of chrome wheels were taken Friday from an Augusta backyard.
By Doug Stutsman

Teacher's 2008 slaying unsolved

Ann Fox Smith, 47, was found in her home on Whitney Drive on April 25, 2008, after she failed to show up for work at Kennedy Middle School, where she had taught special needs students for 18 years.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Harlem pedestrian hit, killed

A 26-year-old Harlem woman died after being hit by a car while walking across Gordon Highway in Columbia County on Sunday evening.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Inmate who died in Augusta jail identified

An inmate who died at the Richmond County jail on Sunday has been identified as Debra Leverette, who had been in jail since March 30.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Authorities finish investigation on Appling shootings

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said Monday it is confident the man who committed suicide afterward was the killer.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Articles from the Crime & courts section archive

Monday, April 25, 2016

Attorney disbarred by SC Supreme Court

Timothy Eugene Mo­ses had admitted to stealing from his former partners at the Hull Bar­rett law firm.
By Sandy Hodson

2 shot, killed outside Atlanta Burger King

ATLANTA - Police are investigating a fatal double shooting that occurred in a northwest Atlanta Burger King parking lot.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Couple's 1977 deaths unsolved

More than 38 years ago, Grover Cleveland and Gwendolyn Sailors were found slain in their Tamarack Drive home near Interstate 20. Both had been shot four times.
By Travis Highfield

Suspect sought after man injured in shooting

A 35-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound on Jackson Street late Saturday.
By Doug Stutsman

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Grovetown man faces drug, driving charges

A 25 year-old Grovetown man was in the Richmond County jail Saturday facing numerous charges including fleeing police, driving under the influence and felony possession of marijuana.

Shooting suspect's daughter calls him 'ticking time bomb'

Columbia County experienced its deadliest shooting incident since 1998 on Friday night, in a neighborhood that has come a long way from a troubled past.
By Abbigail Lennon

Friday, April 22, 2016

Federal review sought in driver's death

An alliance of area ministers, elected officials and representatives of the National Ac­tion Network announced plans Friday to ask the Justice Depart­ment to review the shooting of Ernest ...
By James Folker

Suspect found dead after killing 5 in Appling

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office confirmed the suspect in the shooting deaths of five people in Appling killed himself.
By Travis Highfield

Rash of homicides brings back bad memories for family

For Nichole Campbell and her family, 2016 looks way too much like 2010.
By Mike Wynn

Bond denied for 2 suspects in Augusta slaying

Bond was denied for Broderick Merritt, 34, and Jaqwon T. Baker, 18, who are charged with murder in the April 12 shooting of 22-year-old Malik A. Miles .
By Sandy Hodson

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Meeting planned on police shooting, verdict

Carey Hill Baptist Church and the South Carolina Chapter of National Action Network will hold a town hall meeting Friday"due to the injustice of the verdict" in the case of former North Augusta ...

Man receives 20-year prison sentence in 2013 fatal shooting at motel

Marcus Cole­man was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Ralph Harrell at an Augusta motel on Dec. 29, 2013.
By Sandy Hodson

Man gets 20-year sentence for 2005 rape

An Augusta man who started a crime spree a decade ago by robbing and raping a convenience store clerk pleaded guilty Thurs­day.
By Sandy Hodson

Augusta man pleads to lesser charges in attempted robbery of drug dealer

Deondre J. Williams, 20, pleaded in Richmond County Superior Court to aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, admitting he shot at the victim on Aug. 28.

Registered sex offender pleads guilty to new child molestation charge

Christopher Hankerson, 45, pleaded in Richmond County Superior Court to a single count of child molestation.
By Sandy Hodson

Remains identified as those of missing Florida priest

Crime lab technicians in Atlanta reviewed Rev. Rene Robert's dental records this morning to positively identify the body.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sheriff's anti-violence effort targets illegal guns

Richmond County Sheriff Rich­ard Roundtree said Wednes­day that he wants to take 500 illegal guns off Au­gus­ta streets in 100 days, and he has the support of local judges and the ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Bond denied in missing priest case

WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Bond was denied Wednesday for a former Aiken County man linked to the disappearance of a Florida priest and facing charges of malice murder.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Autopsy results reveal no lethal trauma, coroner says

An autopsy revealed no lethal trauma in the suspicious death of a 22-year-old Augusta woman.
By Doug Stutsman

Man attacks people, pets at park, police say

A 26-year-old man is facing charges after he reportedly struck dogs and people while visiting Pendleton King Dog Park during the weekend.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Slideshow: Latest Columbia County bookings

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center April 25-May 2.

Weekly 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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