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Recent articles by Sandy:

Bond granted to Burke County teacher accused of child molestation

A Burke County math teacher accused of having sexual encounters with an under-age girl was granted bond Friday.Eddie Byrd, 50, was arrested earlier this → Read More

Augusta man denied bond in child homicide case

A man accused of murder in the beating death of a 12-year-old boy was denied bond Friday.Clarence Brown, 37, and the boy’s mother, Jasmine Camp, 32, are charged with murder in the June 8 death of Derrick Camp, and four counts of cruelty to children for the alleged physical abuse of other children.During Brown’s Richmond County Superior Court video-conference bond hearing, District Attorney… → Read More

Bond granted to accused Burke County teacher

A Burke County math teacher accused of having sexual encounters with an under-age girl was granted bond Friday.Eddie Byrd, 50, was arrested earlier this → Read More

Augusta teen granted bond in murder case

An Augusta teen charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his 15-year-old cousin was granted a $75,000 bond Friday.Willik L. King, 15, is charged with → Read More

Bribery plea in Columbia County

A former manager of a Columbia County driver license bureau pleaded guilty Thursday to bribery.Cohester Johnson-Stroman pleaded in Columbia County Superior Court to a single charge of bribery. The investigation in 2017 revealed, however, that Johnson-Stroman took 16 bribes from June to August 2017, totaling $3,492.The Department of Driver Services received a tip about suspicions Johnson-Stroman… → Read More

Former Columbia County driver license bureau manager pleads guilty to bribery

A former manager of a Columbia County driver license bureau pleaded guilty Thursday to bribery.Cohester Johnson-Stroman pleaded guilty in Columbia County → Read More

Short list drawn for Richmond County Magistrate Court judgeship

Three local attorneys, including the remaining Richmond County Magistrate Court judge holding court solo since the March 10 death of the chief judge, have made the short list as replacements.The list, released Wednesday, will be forwarded to Gov. Brian Kemp who will decide who shall serve out the term of Judge William D. Jennings III.The Georgia Judicial Nomination Commission narrowed a list of… → Read More

Augusta District Attorney tests positive for coronavirus

District Attorney Natalie Paine announced today she tested positive for COVID-19.In a news release, Paine said she has no symptoms and was tested as a → Read More

Bond reduced for Augusta woman charged in son’s death

Bond was reduced for an Augusta woman who has been held in jail since her 4-year-old son found a loaded gun and shot himself.Shelby Foss, 26, has pleaded → Read More

Veteran Burke County sheriff suggests ways to improve policing

Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams is among those horrified by the video of George Floyd’s death with a police officer’s knee on his neck. → Read More

Charges upgraded to murder in Augusta elder neglect case

Charges against an Augusta man have been upgraded following Thursday’s death of an elderly woman covered in ant bites.Kenneth Leverett, 58, is now charged with murder, neglect of an elderly or disabled adult, and tampering with evidence in the death of 78-year-old Vivian Marshall.Leverett is the victim’s son, according to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen.Marshall was discovered by Gold Cross… → Read More

SC Supreme Court: Tommie Rae not James Brown’s wife

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled James Brown’s significant other isn’t his legal wife and doesn’t have any rights to his estate.In an opinion released Wednesday, the court ruled in favor of the Godfather of Soul’s children and the administrator of his estate. The legal battle over Brown’s estate began not long after his Dec. 25, 2006, death.Brown signed a will in 2000 setting aside the… → Read More

Elderly Augusta woman found covered in ant bites; man charged with neglect

An elderly woman is on life support and the man she was living with on Wrightsboro Road is charged with neglect of an elderly adult and tampering with → Read More

Former Richmond County cop sentenced to prison

A former Richmond County Sheriff’s investigator was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for stealing narcotics from evidence.Patrick Kaney, → Read More

Guilty plea in Augusta domestic violence case

A man who threatened to kill a former girlfriend and her children unless she sent him money pleaded guilty Wednesday to terroristic threats.Gabriel Solis, → Read More

Guilty plea in bid-rigging at military bases in Georgia, including Fort Gordon

A Tennessee business man admitted this week that he rigged bids for contract work at Fort Gordon and Fort Benning in exchange for cash and gifts.David → Read More

N.C. man pleads to reduced charge in Augusta traffic stop that led to tasing

A North Carolina man accused of attacking a Richmond County Sheriff’s investigator during a traffic stop, which could have meant decades in prison, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor for one year of probation.Dexter E. Page Jr., 29, was indicted in May 2017 for aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction of an officer, attempted removal of a weapon from a public official,… → Read More

Augusta VA nurse rejects plea deal

A VA nurse accused of hitting an intubated patient rejected an offer which would have led to the dismissal of the charge in less than seven months.Jeffrey → Read More

Analysis: Georgia faring much worse than South Carolina in pandemic rates

Georgia and South Carolina have had very different experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, where the rate of cases, deaths and hospitalizations in Georgia → Read More

Bond denied Augusta man in vehicle assault

An Augusta man seen by Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies ramming his girlfriend’s vehicle was denied bond Friday.Johnathan E. Burden, 38, is charged with family violence battery and aggravated assault in connection with a May 21 incident. After hearing details of the case during Burden’s bond hearing, Senior Judge J. David Roper denied bond.At the time of the alleged assault, Burden was on bond… → Read More