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Jackson Man Threatens Sheriff Hunt & Injures SLED Agent

David Ballard

A Jackson man was charged Wednesday with threatening the life of Sheriff Michael Hunt and his family and then injuring a SLED agent while being interviewed at a local police station, authorities said. David Solomon Ballard, 33, of the 200 block of Patton Drive, is accused of threatening bodily injury or ...

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Illegal Immigrant Rapes North Augusta Teen at Gunpoint!

Rodrigo Antunez Castro

An illegal immigrant raped a North Augusta teenager at gunpoint after luring her into meeting him using social media, authorities said. He allegedly threatened to throw her off an overpass if she kept resisting him. Rodrigo Antuez-Castro, 21, was charged Tuesday with criminal sexual conduct in the first-degree, kidnapping and possession of a weapon ...

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RCSO Deputies Find Chase Suspect Hiding in Dumpster


A North Augusta man was pretty banged up after leading authorities on a two-state chase Tuesday night that ended in a crash and the suspect trying to hide in a dumpster. Craig Allen Redd, 24 (above and at right), appears to have suffered painful injuries in the crash, based on ...

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Cops Arrest Man in Augusta’s Last Murder of 2017


An Augusta man was fatally shot in the final hours of 2017 and authorities made a quick arrest in the murder. Anthony Kyle Butler, 20, has been charged with murder in Sunday night’s shooting death of 22-year-old Michael “Coop” Cooper (pictured at right from Facebook). Deputies responded to gunfire at Sierra ...

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Martinez Teacher Beats Preschool Child with American Flag Pole

Shannon McCune Facebook

A Martinez preschool teacher has been arrested after a 4-year-old pupil said she beat him with an American flag pole, authorities said. Shannon McCune, 27 (pictured), was charged Friday with two counts of cruelty to children – causing excessive physical or mental pain.  She remains in jail under a $35,200 bond. ...

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