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North Augusta Man Sets Fire to ‘Possessed’ House

Donald Ginn

A North Augusta man set fire to his own house Wednesday because the house was “possessed,” authorities say. Donald Ginn, 29, was charged with arson in the third degree following the morning fire at 1005 Thurmond Street. The man’s neighbor said Ginn walked up to him outside the burning home ...

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Greyhound Passenger Found with 25 Pounds of Marijuana

Charles Smith arrest

A passenger on a Greyhound bus was caught in Augusta Tuesday night with 25 pounds of marijuana. Charles Edward Smith Jr., 28, of Hemingway, S.C., was carrying the dope in his luggage and tried to escape from Richmond County investigators while in handcuffs, a sheriff’s report says. A confidential informant ...

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Columbia County Seeks Suspect for Child Molestation

Peter Johnson Suspect

Columbia County authorities are looking for 50-year-old Peter Johnson for child molestation and aggravated child molestation. Johnson, also known as “Bo-Peep,” is accused of repeatedly touching the private area of his girlfriend’s 8-year-old granddaughter when his girlfriend was gone, according to a sheriff’s report. The girl told a school official ...

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Grandma Leaves 5-Year-Old Girl in Car Alone to Shop

Laura Banks

A Hephzibah woman was arrested Saturday for leaving her 5-year-old granddaughter alone in a car outside the Tobacco Road Bi-Lo, a sheriff’s report says. Laura Banks, 48, was charged with deprivation of a minor in the case. Deputies were alerted to a little girl sitting alone inside a 2000 Buick ...

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Exclusive: Woman Drives Drunk on Augusta National

Page Hall

How drunk is drunk? A North Augusta woman turned into Gate 6 of Augusta National Golf Club this week and didn’t stop before driving on club grass, striking club signs, and speeding on the club property. Page Mariam Hall, 51, of Leigh Place Driver, North Augusta, was charged with DUI ...

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Augusta Mom Leaves 5 Kids at Home All Night

Sherry Brown

An Augusta mom left her five children at home alone, a fact revealed when her 10-year-old went to school by herself and alerted a school officer Sherry L. Brown, 28, was charged with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel Sr. ...

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Caught on Video: Arrest Made in Augusta Mall Fight


A 17-year-old girl was arrested Thursday in connection with violent Augusta Mall fight last month that was caught on video and circulated over the Internet. Keoshamine Nero, 17, was charged Thursday with simple battery in the case. A graphic video of the fight quickly circulated on YouTube and other sites ...

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Cruelty Charges: 2 Men Smoke Weed with Toddler in Car

Getting High with Toddler

Columbia County authorities arrested two men for child cruelty Thursday when they were caught smoking dope in a car with a 1-year-old girl in the back seat. Roderick Holloway,22, (left) and Quashawn Garcia, 19, were found getting high in a white passenger car outside the Fitness Gallary on Washington Road ...

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